SCORPIO: May 15-21


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Greek poet Sappho was renowned in antiquity. Her nine books were so esteemed, historian Strabo wrote, “in this whole span of recorded time we know of no woman to challenge her as a poet even in the slightest degree.” Yet little of her work survives. In 2004, there were just 264 fragments and three complete poems — then a fourth complete poem emerged, written on papyrus wrapped in an Egyptian mummy's casing. The mummy had been stored for years in a backroom at Germany's Cologne University until someone found it. Seek a similar recovery. Search for a part of the past still beautiful and useful, even if it leads to unlikely, obscure places.

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