Taurus (April 20-May 20): This is your nocturnal time of the year, Taurus. One way or another your nights will be abundantly blessed (and maybe a little cursed) with bottomless ideas and deep, dark adventures. If you're the supercourageous type who likes to face everything dead on, invite the heaviest people you know into your bedroom for bull sessions till dawn. If you're more of a chicken, go to bed early each evening and let your dreams process all the simmering, swirling intrigue.
Gemini (May 21-June 20): All your adult life, the universe has played tricks on you. Some have been so convoluted that you didn't even get the joke. But lately the universe's pranks have become more comprehensible, and have even seemed to display a touch of kindness. What's going on? Have you finally paid off your ancient karmic debt? Has your sense of humor expanded so much that you can now laugh at what once made you cringe? Maybe you're simply beginning to cash in on the strength and smarts you've been forced to cultivate over the years in order to deal with all of God's mischief.
Cancer (June 21-July 22): The moment I had a psychic meltdown, my therapist was summoned for sequestered jury duty. Meanwhile, my shamanic adviser was on a trek in Nepal; my astrologer was on a vision quest; and my mom was consumed with my cousin's difficult pregnancy. My first reaction: "Woe is me!" But after hours of meditating in the fetal position, I had a vision. God appeared above me as a shimmering liquid diamond with a beautiful woman's face and murmured, "I've been conspiring to bring you closer to me. The only way to do it was to cut out the middlemen." May your own story be as sweet as mine, fellow Cancerian. (I think it will be.)
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): This December your approach to work is primed to be both efficient and inspired, Leo. There's little doubt in my mind, then, that you'll be employee of the month. (Unless of course your boss is a petty-minded paranoid who fears your superb efforts will show him up.) On the other hand, you have so much sexy savoir-faire these days that I'm also tempted to name you lover of the month. Think you can manage to be both? I don't see why not. You seem ready and able to work hard at love and to love hard at work.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Pattiann Rogers' book Firekeeper contains a number of sublime poems; my favorite is "The Hummingbird: A Seduction." In it, the poet speaks with the voice of the female bird as she entices the male: "And I would take you and take you and take you/ Deep into any kind of nest you ever wanted." It's my prayer for you, Virgo, that you will soon either hear or utter something like those words in the company of an intimate ally. It is the nesting season for you, after all, and I'd love this deeply relaxing homecoming to be imbued with a full measure of sacred sensuality.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): As manager of a softball team this summer, I came to prize the contributions of the Libran players. Their understanding of the subtleties of the game was so instinctive that they routinely made smart split-second decisions. They seemed to have a sixth sense about how to capitalize on opposing teams' weaknesses, and adjusted brilliantly to the mindfucks their adversaries tried in order to get an edge. In short, the members of your sign were masters of gamesmanship. I assume you share this capacity with them, Libra. If you do, please kick it into high gear this week. It'll be ever so helpful as you have to navigate through an unprecedented welter of ego trips.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio Elson Hughes has made his living by being shot out of cannons for the last 27 years. Because of the exacting precautions he's taken, he's never suffered a major injury. Meanwhile, Scorpio Maryanne Black has practiced psychotherapy for almost two decades. After weathering some deep depressions in her first year on the job, she learned to empathize with her patients' suffering without being infected by it. I offer up these role models, Scorpio, because I believe it's a perfect time for you to emulate the relationships Mr. Hughes and Ms. Black have had with their risks. In other words, don't stop taking the chances that bring you so much meaningful fun. Just redouble your safeguards.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You know too many people who focus on your less flattering aspects. I can no longer stand to see you demoralized by this subtle form of black magic. Starting now and continuing through 1998, I'll be working to counteract their influence by celebrating your very best. To get started, here's a description of your sign from a very old astrology book (published 1647): "Magnanimous, faithful, aspiring in an honourable way at high matters, in all actions a lover of faire dealing, desiring to benefit all men, of sweet and affable conversation, a great reliever of the poore, full of charity and godlinesse, hating all sordid actions, wise, thankful, vertuous."
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Better stop reading now, Capricorn, if you're hoping I'll butter you up with sentimental banalities about how wonderful you are. LAST WARNING! This horoscope is packed with state-of-the-art subliminals designed to kick your backsliding ass! I cannot allow you to lapse into a tight-fisted, status-obsessed groove! I will fight with all my strength to return you to the path of righteousness! So wake up your slumbering sympathy! Replace your sterile drive for efficiency with generosity and expansiveness! Relax the psychic analogue of your anal sphincter, and your anal sphincter too!
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Based on your recent adventures, I'm beginning to fantasize that you're somehow related to daredevil Evel Knievel. Again and again, you've tried the metaphorical equivalent of leaping your Harley over 13 Winnebagos. And the best part of it all is that you've come away virtually unscathed! (Except for that old love wound that got reopened.) But if you think that's wild, get this: Judging by the astrological aspects, I believe you're ready to vault over 14, maybe even 15, Winnebagos this week.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Have you ever entered a contest and won a new trampoline or a year's supply of magic potion or a date with your hero? Have you ever had a flying dream in which you revisited all the places in your life where your happiest moments occurred? Was there ever a time when your parents understood and appreciated you perfectly, momentarily suspending their fixations about what you should be? If so, you already have a good feel for what's in store for you this week.