AQUARIUS: March 20-26

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In the 17th century, polite people referred to mountains as “warts” and “boils on the earth’s complexion.” So writes Robert Macfarlane in “Mountains of the Mind.” Annie Dillard describes the peculiar behavior of educated 18th-century European tourists. When they visited the Alps, she writes in “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” “they deliberately blindfolded their eyes to shield themselves from the evidence of the earth’s horrid irregularity.” Don’t be like those dumb sophisticates. When you see irregularities in the weeks ahead, see them as natural and healthy. This lets you perceive their useful beauty.