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SAGITTARIUS: Dec. 25-31

Rob Brezsny SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “We don’t accomplish our love in a single year as the flowers do,” says Rainer Maria Rilke in “Duino Elegies.” Promise to take that truth into consideration in 2014? Will you pledge to diligently devote yourself to creating the right conditions for love to flourish? In the past, you may not have been fully able to carry out the slow-building marvel; you may not have had quite enough wise perseverance. You do now.

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SCORPIO: Dec. 25-31

Rob Brezsny SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Eierlegende Wollmilchsau is a colloquial German term for a mythical pig that has many attributes: It can lay eggs like a chicken does, produce milk like a cow, supply wool like a sheep and, ultimately, it can become bacon and pork chops. Metaphorically, it may refer to a fanciful device that performs many functions. Imagine a futuristic smart phone that interprets dreams, trims unwanted hair, fixes a cup of coffee, tells you you’re beautiful so you really believe and cures little health problems. No such thing in the real world? Not yet, but you …

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LIBRA: Dec. 25-31

Rob Brezsny LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In 1972, English folk musician Nick Drake recorded his album “Pink Moon,” finishing the entire project in a scant four hours, singing all 11 songs and playing every instrumental track himself. It took years for anyone to appreciate his artistry, but eventually Melody Maker magazine selected “Pink Moon” to fill the No. 48 slot on its “All Time Top 100 Albums.” One way your efforts will be similar to Drake’s in 2014: You’ll have the ability to get a lot done in a short time. Two ways your fate will be different: First, you’ll …

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VIRGO: Dec. 25-31

Rob Brezsny VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good,” says a character in John Steinbeck’s famous novel “East of Eden.” Make this your rallying cry in 2014. In fact, begin right now, wherever you are. Say, “Now that I don’t have to be perfect, I can be good.” Free yourself of the pressure to be the polished, ultimate embodiment of everything you’d ever hoped you would be. That lets you relax, to be more content with the intriguing creation you’ve become. You may be surprised by how much mojo this gives.

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LEO: Dec. 25-31

Rob Brezsny LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In the months ahead, you will exit a confined place, shed cramped expectations or break off your commitment to a compromise that has been draining you. It may happen suddenly, or it may take a while. How the escape unfolds has to do with how thoroughly you extract lessons your “incarceration” made available. Here’s a ritual to expedite the process: Give a gift to those you leave behind, or offer a blessing in the spot where difficult teachings have taken place.

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CANCER: Dec. 25-31

Rob Brezsny CANCER (June 21-July 22): French poet Edmond Jabès said this about the birth of big creative ideas that dramatically transform one’s life: “For the writer, discovering the work he will write is both like a miracle and a wound, like the miracle of the wound.” Whether or not you’re an artist, I expect you’ll experience a wrenching, amazing awakening like this in 2014. The opening you’ve been hoping and working for will finally crack its way into your destiny. It may be one of the most pleasurable disruptions you’ve had.

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GEMINI: Dec. 25-31

Rob Brezsny GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your last best hope to get rich was way back in the last half of 2001 and the first half of 2002. From July 2025 to June 2026, the cosmos will again conspire to give you a big fat chance to expedite your cash flow to the max – way in the future. Why dream of the past or fantasize about the future when fertile opportunities to boost prosperity are before you now? Financial luck flows your way. Viable ideas for making money materialize in your subconscious treasure house. The contacts to help build …

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TAURUS: Dec. 25-31

Rob Brezsny TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937), known as the father of nuclear physics, won the Nobel Prize for chemistry. He was a superb teacher, too: 11 of his students won Nobels. That’s the kind of teacher, mentor or guide I urge you to connect with in 2014. The months ahead will potentially be an optimum time to learn deeply, at 
a rapid rate. One of the best ways to fulfill that promise? Apprentice yourself to adepts who have mastered the skills and savvy you want.

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ARIES: Dec. 25-31

Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Edmund Kean (1789-1833) was one of the most famous British actors of his time. His contemporary, poet Samuel Coleridge, was frustrated by Kean’s inconsistency, but regarded him as a great artist – who on occasion lapsed into histrionics. “To see him act,” said Coleridge, “is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.” I get that feeling about you. You have bursts of brilliance you sometimes don’t follow up on. You’re like a superstar who loses concentration. I think in 2014 you’ll at least partly overcome this. Your word of power is “consistency.”

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Dec. 25-31 Arts Calendar

PERFORMANCE THE GAME’S AFOOT The comedic mystery, subtitled “Holmes for the Holidays,” is staged 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26-28, Jan. 2-4; 2 p.m. Dec. 29, Jan. 5 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, $10-$25, 825-1164, limelight-theatre.org. SPOKEN WORD Local poets and wordsmiths sound off 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at The Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555, ritzjacksonville.com. AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE RITZ  Modeled after Harlem’s “Amateur Night at the Apollo,” the host searches are held Jan. 3 and every first Friday of the month at The Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., …

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