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EXPLORE THE BIG PICTURE OF YOUR LIFE with my EXPANDED AUDIO HOROSCOPES for the Coming
Year.

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What new influences and

opportunities will be headed your way in 2017?
What fresh resources will

you be able to draw on? How can you conspire
with life to create the best

possible future for yourself?

Beginning this week, and for the next two

weeks as well, I’m exploring the
BIG PICTURE of your life in my Expanded

Audio Horoscopes. If you slip into
a philosophical, visionary mood at the

end of each year, you might
appreciate my perspectives on your long-term

outlook.

To listen to your BIG PICTURE horoscopes online, go to


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Register and/or log in through the main

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“Long Term Forecast for

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Each forecast is 7-9 minutes long.

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I describe some major themes I think you’ll
be working and playing with in

2017. After you register and/or log in,
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A SPELL FOR YOU IN 2017

your debts

forgiven

your wounds healed

your apologies accepted

your

generosity expanded

your love educated

your desires

clarified

your uniqueness unleashed

your untold stories

heard

your insight heightened

your load lightened

your

wildness rejuvenated

your leaks plugged

your courage

stoked

your fears dissolved

your imagination fed

your

creativity uncorked




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THE HISTORY OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP

WITH DESIRE

Imagine it’s 30 years from now. You’re looking back at the

history of your
relationship with desire. There was a certain watershed

moment when you
clearly saw that some of your desires were mediocre,

inferior, and
wasteful, while others were pure, righteous, and

invigorating.

Beginning then, you made it a life goal to purge the

former and cultivate
the latter.

Thereafter, you occasionally

wandered down dead ends trying to gratify
yearnings that weren’t worthy of

you, but usually you wielded your
passions with discrimination, dedicating

them to serve the highest and
most interesting

good.




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FORGIVE YOURSELF

Forgive yourself

for the blindness that put you in the path of those who
betrayed

you.




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99 REASONS WHY 2016 WAS A GOOD

YEAR

1. British Columbia protected 85% of one of the world’s largest


temperate rainforests, home to the wonderfully named ‘Spirit

Bear.’

2. Peru and Bolivia signed a $500 million deal to preserve

Lake Titicaca.

3. The US government abandoned its plan for oil and gas

drilling in
Atlantic waters, reversing its decision from a year

ago.

4. Malaysia established a one-million hectare marine park that

pioneers a
mixed-use approach to marine conservation.

5. More than

20 countries pledged more than $5.3 billion for ocean
conservation and

created 40 new marine sanctuaries covering an area of
3.4 million square

km.

6. New research showed that acid pollution in the atmosphere is now


almost back to the level that it was before it started with

industrialization
in the 1930s.

7. In 2012, the US and Mexico

embarked on an unprecedented bi-national
project to revive the Colorado

River. By 2016, the results had astonished
everyone.

8. Since the

year 2000, global malaria deaths have declined by 60%.

9. The number of

women dying from pregnancy and childbirth has almost
halved since

1990.

10. Uruguay won a major case against Philip Morris in a World

Bank ruling,
setting a precedent for other small countries that want to

deter tobacco
use.

11. Malawi achieved a 67% reduction in the

number of children acquiring
HIV, the biggest success story across all

sub-Saharan nations. Since
2006, they’ve saved 260,000 lives.

12.

Life expectancy in Africa has increased by 9.4 years since 2000,
thanks to

improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and
expanded

access to ARVs.

13. Mobile phones made significant inroads in the

fight against rabies, a
disease which kills more people annually than all

terrorists combined.

14. Thailand became the first country in the

Asia-Pacific region to
eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and

syphilis.

15. Harvard scientists created a new platform for antibiotic

discovery
that may help solve the crisis of antibiotic

resistance.

16. Liberia was officially cleared of Ebola, meaning there

are now no
known cases of the deadly tropical virus left in West

Africa.

17. The number of cigarette smokers in the US dropped by 8.6

million
since 2005.

18. World hunger reached its lowest point in

25 years.

19. Ontario announced a $100 million initiative to curb

violence against
indigenous women.

20. Myanmar swore in its first

elected civilian leader in more than 50
years.

21. In 1990, more

than 60% of people in East Asia lived in extreme
poverty. As of 2016, that

proportion has dropped to 3.5%.

22. Homelessness in the United States

declined by 35% since 2007, and
Los Angeles committed to $1.2 billion to

help get more people off the
street.

23. Taiwan is on the verge of

becoming the first Asian country to legalize
same-sex marriage.

24.

Gambia and Tanzania banned child marriage, following sustained
lobbying by

civil society groups.

25. The drive to end female genital mutilation

in Africa made a major
breakthrough, when the Pan African Parliament

endorsed a continent-wide
ban.

26. Germany took on rape culture,

introducing a law to broaden the
definition of sex crimes by zoning in on

the issue of consent.

27. The African Union announced a new single

African passport that
permits holders to enter any of the 54 AU member

states without a visa.

28. Italy became the last large Western country

to recognize same-sex
unions in 2016.

29. Denmark became the first

country to no longer define being
transgender as a mental illness, and

Canada announced a ban on
transgender discrimination.

30. 2016

marked the 24th year in a row that teenage pregnancy rates
declined in the

United Kingdom and the United States.

31. Global carbon emissions from

the burning of fossil fuels did not grow
at all in 2016. It’s the third

year in a row emissions have flatlined.


See more of THE REASONS

2016 WAS A GOOD YEAR:


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Week beginning December 29


Copyright 2016 by Rob Brezsny


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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): As I was ruminating on your

astrological
omens for 2017, I came across a wildly relevant passage

written by Rabbi
Tzvi Freeman. It conveys a message I encourage you to

memorize and
repeat at least once a day for the next 365 days. Here it is:

“Nothing can
hold you back — not your childhood, not the history of a

lifetime, not
even the very last moment before now. In a moment you can

abandon
your past. And once abandoned, you can redefine it. If the past

was a ring
of futility, let it become a wheel of yearning that drives you

forward. If
the past was a brick wall, let it become a dam to unleash your

power.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Naturalist John Muir regarded

nature as his
church. For weeks at a time he lived outdoors, communing

with the
wilderness. Of course he noticed that not many others shared his

passion.
“Most people are on the world, not in it,” he wrote, “having no

conscious
sympathy or relationship to anything about them — undiffused,

separate,
and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but

separate.” Is
there anything about you that even partially fits that

description,
Aquarius? If so, I’m pleased to inform you that 2017 will be

an excellent
year to address the problem. You will have immense potential

to become
more intimate and tender with all of the component parts of the

Great
Mystery. What’s the opposite of loneliness?

PISCES (Feb.

19-March 20): Seven Chilean poets were frustrated by their
fellow

citizens’ apathy toward the art of poetry. They sarcastically
dramatized

their chagrin by doing a performance for baboons. Authorities
at the

Santiago Zoo arranged for the poets’ safety, enclosing them in a


protective cage within the baboons’ habitat. The audience seemed to be


entertained, at times listening in rapt silence and at other times

shrieking
raucously. I’m sure you can empathize with the poets’ drastic

action,
Pisces. How many times have you felt you don’t get the

appreciation you
deserve? But I bet that will change in 2017. You won’t

have to resort to
performing for baboons.

ARIES (March 21-April

19): Donatello was a renowned Italian sculptor. His
favorite piece was “Lo

Zuccone,” a marble statue of the Biblical prophet
Habakkuk. As Donatello

carved his work-in-progress, he addressed it.
“Speak, damn you! Talk to

me,” he was heard to say on more than a few
occasions. Did the stone

respond? Judging from the beauty of the final
product, I’d have to say

yes. One art critic testified that “Lo Zuccone” is a
“sublimely harrowing”

tour de force, a triumph of “forceful expression,”
and “one of the most

important marble sculptures of the 15th century.” I
suspect you will have

Donatello-like powers of conversation in 2017,
Aries. If anyone can

communicate creatively with stones — and rivers and
trees and animals and

spirits and complicated humans, for that matter —
it’ll be

you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): According to Japanese novelist Haruki


Murakami, “A certain type of perfection can only be realized through a


limitless accumulation of the imperfect.” Let’s amend that thought so it’s


exactly suitable for your use in 2017. Here’s the new, Taurus-specific


version: “A messy, practical, beautiful type of perfection can be realized


through a patient, faithful, dogged accumulation of the imperfect.” To

live
up to the promise of this motto, make damn good use of every partial


success.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gemini gymnast Marisa Dick has

created a
signature move that has never been used by any other gymnast. To

start
her routine, she leaps up off a springboard and lands on the balance

beam
doing a full split. The technical term for this bold maneuver is “a

change-
leg leap to free-cross split sit,” although its informal name is

“The Dick
Move.” The International Federation of Gymnastics has certified

it in its
Code of Points, so it’s official. During the coming months, I

expect that
you will also produce one-of-a-kind innovations in your own

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EXPLORING

YOUR LONG-RANGE FUTURE

Would you like some inspiration as you muse and

wonder about your
upcoming adventures in 2017?

In this week’s

EXPANDED AUDIO HOROSCOPES, I offer you a long-term, in-
depth exploration

of your destiny in the coming months. This is Part One
of a three-part

series.

Part Two and Part Three will be available in the next two

weeks.

Access them online at http://RealAstrology.com. Register and/or

sign in.



They are also available by phone at 1-877-873-4888.

The

cost is $6 per sign on the Web (discounts are available for bulk


purchases), or $1.99 per minute by

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CANCER (June

21-July 22): I hope you will be as well-grounded in 2017 as
you have ever

been — maybe even since your past life as a farmer. I trust
you will go a

long way toward mastering the arts of being earthy,
practical, and stable.

To do this right, however, you should also work on a
seemingly paradoxical

task: cultivating a vigorous and daring imagination –
– as perhaps you did

in one of your other past lives as an artist. In other
words, your ability

to succeed in the material world will thrive as you
nurture your

relationship with fantasy realms — and vice versa. If you
want to be the

boss of reality, dream big and wild — and vice versa.

LEO (July

23-Aug. 22): Even if you don’t think of yourself as an artist,
you are

always working on a major art project: yourself. You may
underestimate the

creativity you call on as you shape the raw material of
your experience

into an epic story. Luckily, I’m here to impress upon you
the power and

the glory of this heroic effort. Is there anything more
important? Not for

you Leos. And I trust that in 2017 you will take your
craftsmanship to the

highest level ever. Keep this advice from author
Nathan W. Morris in mind:

“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s
your masterpiece, after

all.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): French painter Henri Matisse

(1869-1954)
turned out to be one of the supremely influential artists of

the 20th
century. But he was still struggling to make a living well into

his thirties.
The public’s apathy toward his work demoralized him. At one

point, he
visited his dealer to reclaim one of his unsold paintings. It

was time to
give up on it, he felt, to take it off the market. But when he

arrived at the
gallery, his dealer informed him that it had finally been

bought — and not
by just any art collector, either. Its new owner was

Pablo Picasso, an artist
whom Matisse revered. I think it’s quite possible

you will have comparable
experiences in 2017, Virgo. Therefore: Don’t give

up on yourself!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The self in exile remains

the self, as a bell
unstruck for years is still a bell,” writes poet Jane

Hirshfield. I suspect that
these words are important for you to hear as

you prepare for 2017. My

sense is that in the past few months, your

true self has been making its
way back to the heart of life after a time

of wandering on the outskirts.
Any day now, a long-silent bell will start

ringing to herald your full return.
Welcome home!

SCORPIO (Oct.

23-Nov. 21): In accordance with your astrological omens
for 2017, I’ve

taken a poem that Shel Silverstein wrote for kids and made
it into your

horoscope. It’ll serve as a light-hearted emblem of a
challenging but fun

task you should attend to in the coming months. Here
it is: “I’ve never

washed my shadow out in all the time I’ve had it. It was
absolutely filthy

I supposed, so I peeled it off the wall where it was leaning
and stuck it

in the washtub with the clothes. I put in soap and bleach and
stuff. I let

it soak for hours. I wrung it out and hung it out to dry. And
whoever

would have thunk that it would have gone and shrunk, for now
it’s so

much littler than I.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Walk your wisdom

walk in 2017,
Sagittarius. Excite us with your wisdom songs and gaze out

at our broken
reality with your wisdom eyes. Play your wisdom tricks and

crack your
wisdom jokes and erupt with your wisdom cures. The world needs

you to
be a radiant swarm of lovable, unpredictable wisdom! Your future

needs
you to conjure up a steady stream of wisdom dreams and wisdom


exploits! And please note: You don’t have to wait until the wisdom is


perfect. You shouldn’t worry about whether it’s supremely practical. Your


job is to trust your wisdom gut, to unleash your wisdom cry, to revel in


your wisdom

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