Aug. 27-Sept. 2: Agile Curiosity

Disengage from your fascination with control, Virgo

Aug. 20-26: Relaxed Intensity

Be fruitful, Leo

Aug. 13-19: Crooked, Wobbly, Eccentric

Appreciate a different kind of beauty, Leo

Aug. 6-12: Dormant Creativity

Intensify your lust for life, Leo
"What are the best things and the worst things in your life, and when are you going to get around to whispering or shouting them?" This question was posed by Leo author Ray Bradbury in his book Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity.

July 30-Aug. 5: Amazed Amusement

Awakening and activation will come naturally, Leo
I expect you to be in a state of constant birth for the next three weeks. Awakening and activation will come naturally. Your drive to blossom and create may be irresistible, bordering on unruly. Does that sound overwhelming?

July 23-29: Variety of States

Your probable mix for the coming days, Leo
A researcher at the University of Amsterdam developed software to read the emotions on faces. He used it to analyze the expression of the woman in Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, the Mona Lisa.

July 16-22: Brisk Delight

An imaginative soul isn't predictable, Cancerian
"A poet must not cross an interval with a step when he can cross it with a leap." That's an English translation of an aphorism written by French author Joseph Joubert.

July 9-15: Work Backwards

Visualize the blossoms that will come from the seeds you're planting, Cancer
When novelist John Irving begins a new book, his first task is to write the last line of the last page. Then he writes the second-to-last line. He continues to work backwards for a while until he has a clear understanding of the way his story will end.

July 2-8: Rough Magic

This magic will lead you to useful breakthroughs, Cancer
"I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I am doing," said composer John Cage in describing his creative process. That's excellent counsel for you to meditate on, Cancerian.

June 25-July 1: Potent Start

Name your budding creations well, Cancer
In its early days, the band Depeche Mode had the infinitely boring name Composition of Sound. Humphrey Bogart's and Ingrid Bergman's classic 1942 film Casablanca was dangerously close to being called Everybody Come to Riack's.

June 18-24: Create New Paths

Forgo the paths that others have built, Gemini
Before E. Annie Proulx became a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, she wrote a series of how-to books, including a dairy foods cookbook and an instructional text on making your own hard cider.

June 11-17: Take Action

You need to be more commanding than usual, Gemini
I think it'll be better if you don't engage in much sacrifice, compromise, or surrender in the next two weeks. Normally they are valuable tools to have at your disposal, but for now they may tend to be counterproductive.

June 4-10: New Ideas

Are your possibilities crazy enough to be true, Gemini?
Nobel Prize-winning physicists Wolfgang Pauli and Niels Bohr were both amused at how counterintuitive their innovative theories seemed. Once Pauli was lecturing a group of eminent scientists about a radical new hypothesis. Bohr got out of his seat in the audience and walked up to the front to interrupt his colleague.

May 28-June 3: Fidgety, Inquisitive

Soon you will be in your full, fluttery glory, Gemini
You have successfully made the transition from brooding caterpillar to social butterfly. Soon you will be in your full, fluttery glory, never lingering too long with one thought, one friend, or one identity.

May 21-27: Ready to Unleash

"Aha!" is your talisman, Gemini
"Aha!" is your mantra for the coming weeks, Gemini. Keep it on the tip of your tongue, ready to unleash. This always-ready-to-be-surprised-by-inspiration attitude will train you to expect the arrival of wonders and marvels.

May 14-20: Excellent Instincts

Set in motion the plans to get richer quicker, Taurus
My astrological colleagues discourage me from talking to you Bulls about financial matters. "Most Tauruses know ten times more about the mystery of money than you will ever know," said one.

May 7-13: Interesting Future

Withdraw your attention from the life that lies behind you, Taurus
Here's one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health: Withdraw your attention from the life that lies behind you, and be excited about the life that stretches ahead of you.

April 20-May 6: Long-Term Trends

A useful metaphor for your imminent future, Taurus
eBay is a multi-billion-dollar e-commerce business that has been around for almost 20 years. But it had an inauspicious beginning. The first item ever sold on the service was a broken laser pointer.

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