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SEVEN DAYS | april 09-16, 2008 | astrology 41A

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): High-definition

TV makes everything look more vivid than standard broadcast technology. Images are so high-quality they almost appear 3-D. While this is enjoyable to viewers, some performers are uncomfortable with the way it reveals their skin’s imperfections. Did you know that Brad Pitt has acne scars? I predict a metaphorically similar development for you in the coming weeks, Aries. Every little thing you do will be more highly visible and have greater impact than before. Wherever you’ve been 2-D, you’ll become 3-D. That could turn out really well for you if you take it as a challenge to fine-tune your commitment to excellence and integrity.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “When nothing

is working very well,” says astrologer Caroline Casey, “it might be a cosmic conspiracy to get you to experiment.” Let’s proceed as if that hypothesis were true, Taurus. Identify a place in your life where you’re stuck, where everything you attempt meets with resistance, or where you don’t have the motivation you’d like to feel. Then brainstorm about an experiment you could do that would break you out of the holding pattern. Proceed on the assumption that the universe will become friendlier and more helpful if you try an approach you’ve never used before.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Normally you’re

inclined to massage problems until they relax, not bash problems until they break. Your preference is to paint fuzzy, impressionistic pictures rather than creating crisp snapshots. Nevertheless, the astrological omens indicate that in the next two weeks, you should take an approach recommended by Winston Churchill: “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time — a tremendous whack.”

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I hesitate to be so blunt,

but the fact of the matter is that right now God is on your side. This is true even if you’re an atheist. Simply put, the Divine Wow is listening to you more closely than She is to everyone else; She is more prone to slipping you little gifts than all of Her other children; She is plotting to reveal more useful inside information to you than She has in a long time. Here’s a tip to ensure you’ll get the maximum benefit out of your goodies: Use at least some of your fantastic luck to help people in need.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “On an average weekday,” wrote Saul Bellow, “the New York Times contains more information than any contemporary of Shakespeare’s would have acquired in a lifetime.” (May 21-June 20): What I hope you’ll But religious writer F. Forrester Church adds a achieve in the coming days is a state of mind like caveat to that imposing thought. In his book Lifecraft: The Art of Meaning in the Everyday, that described by Dan Linton, one of my readers. he writes, “The Times is a fine paper. But for This is his report. “Last night I went to Wal-Mart all its information, it only hints, and then only with a friend who was returning some tools. I occasionally, at what Shakespeare knew so well: walked around the store while he was at the that the beauty of the bird, the symbol of the service desk. In the shampoo aisle an unusual man snake, the courage of the pilot, and the wonder of who looked like an Aborigine made extended eye human love will always be touched with mystery.” contact with me. As he walked past he announced In accordance with your current omens, Virgo, in a happy tone, DC ‘Your offers mind is empty.’ I wasand super Effective Dr. Jae Ehrich, Gentle Chiropractic I urge you to abstain from the New York Times’ excited and found my friend to tell him. ‘Isn’t that care using Network Spinal Analysis specialty and seek out Shakespeare-style soul food an insult?’ he asked. ‘No,’ I said. ‘The guy meant for thought. Love enigmas more than certainties. that my mind is clear, which is true. This is the Montpelier 262-6097 www.RiverSideChiropracticVT.com first time in two years I’ve felt that my mind is free of shrunken expectations, limiting concepts, and mention this ad for a 50% discount on your first appointment (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Where would the emotional distortions.’” gardener be if there were no weeds?” asked ancient 5 Chinese sage Chuang Tzu. To that I add: Where would lawyers be without crimes? How would

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psychotherapists fare without neurotics? What would critics do without the stuff they love to diss? Now let’s apply this line of thinking to you, Libra. What thing that you dislike also happens to be something you need? What condition that you’re opposed to is essential in constructing your identity? This is a good time to acknowledge the value of everything you oppose, disagree with, and fight against.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Marie Poland

Fish was an oceanographer who invented a new form of underwater sound detection for the navy. To perfect the technology, she spent years studying the sounds made by 300 different species that live in the sea. Her innovations allowed attack vessels to tell the difference between enemy submarines and schools of fish, thereby avoiding assaults on the fish. She’s your role model for the coming week, Scorpio. May she inspire you to develop more foolproof methods for distinguishing between actual threats and the harmless influences that may superficially resemble them.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Here’s the first thing you need to know about the current state of your destiny: “Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.” That message comes to you from poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Here’s the second piece of wisdom you should take with you everywhere you go. It’s from Vladimir Nabokov: “For aren’t you and I gods? Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Release life’s rapture. Everything is blooming. Everything is flying. Everything is screaming. Laughter. Running.”

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