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Free Will Astrology

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) The German word verschlimmbesserung refers to an attempted improvement that actually makes things worse. Be on guard against this. I fear that as you tinker, you may try too hard. I'm worried you'll be led astray by neurotic perfectionism. To make sure that your enhancements and enrichments will indeed be successful, keep these guidelines in mind: 1) Think about how to make things work better, not how to make things look better. 2) Be humble and relaxed. Don't worry about saving face and don't overwork yourself. 3) Forget about short-term fixes; serve long-range goals.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) "Telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen," says musician and businessman Derek Sivers. Numerous studies demonstrate that when you talk about your great new idea before you actually do it, your brain chemistry does an unexpected thing. It gives you the feeling that you have already accomplished the great new idea – thereby sapping your willpower to make the effort necessary to accomplish it! The moral of the story: Don't brag about what you're going to do someday. Don't entertain people at parties with your fabulous plans. Shut up and get to work. This is especially important advice for you right now.

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