Capricorn Big-Picture Forecast for 2017
At the beginning of 2017, I wrote several big-picture horoscopes that envisioned the opportunities and challenges you would face in the coming year. I thought you might like to re-read them now and see how accurate or apropos they turned out to be.
Capricorn writer Edgar Allan Poe has been an important cultural influence. His work appears on many "must-read" lists of 19th-century American literature. But during the time he was alive, his best-selling book was not his famous poem "The Raven," nor his short story "The Gold-Bug," nor his novel *The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.* Rather, it was *The Conchologist's First Book,* a textbook about mollusk shells, which he didn't actually write, but merely translated and edited. If I'm reading the astrological omens correctly, 2017 will bring events to help ensure that your fate is different from Poe's. I see the coming months as a time when your best talents will be seen and appreciated better than ever before.
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."
I thought of you when I read a tweet by a person who calls himself Vexing Voidsquid. "I feel imbued with a mysterious positive energy," he wrote, "as if thousands of supplicants are worshipping golden statues of me somewhere." Given the astrological omens, I think it's quite possible you will have similar feelings on regular occasions in 2017. I'm not necessarily saying there will literally be golden statues of you in town squares and religious shrines, nor am I guaranteeing that thousands of supplicants will telepathically bathe you in adoration. But who cares how you're imbued with mysterious positive energy as long as you are?
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