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PISCES: September 17-23 Wednesday, September 17
“My definition of a devil is a god who has not been recognized,” said mythologist Joseph Campbell. “It is a power in you to which you have not given expression, and you push it back. And then, like all repressed energy, it builds up and becomes dangerous to the position you’re trying to hold.”
CANCER: October 15-21 Wednesday, October 15
17th-century writer Rene Descartes is regarded as the father of modern philosophy and founder of rationalism. His famous catchphrase is a centerpiece of Western intellectual tradition: “I think, therefore I am.” Here’s what’s amusing and alarming about the man: He read almost nothing besides the Bible and the work of Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas.
DOGGONE SAFETY NUTS Wednesday, July 23
By now, many in the United Kingdom have such exaggerated concern for "health and safety" they're sensitive to even the tiniest, most far-fetched risks. In June, dog show organizers in Keswick made a list of 25 tests for dogs to perform in …
LEO: October 15-21 Wednesday, October 15
You can’t give what you don’t have. Here’s a corollary: You can sort of half-give what you half-have, but that may lead to messy complications and turn out to be worse than giving nothing. Devote yourself to acquiring a full supply of what you want to give. Be motivated by your frustration at not being able to give it yet. Call on your stymied generosity to be the driving force to inspire you to get missing magic. When you’ve got it, give it.
TRAVELLIN' ROSE Wednesday, July 23
District of Columbia government services have improved markedly since the 1990s when NOTW reported frequent misadventures as the "District of Calamity." Still, things happen. Rose Preston called 911 on March 15, fearing a stroke because of a …
What does he think of the Jacksonville City Council’s crackdown, and picking up drunk strangers?
READER'S CHOICE Wednesday, July 23
Bill Hillmann, 32, expert on Spain's bull-running events and author of a chapter in "How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona" (its most famous festival), was hospitalized in July after being gored during the run. The horn passed through one thigh, …
VIRGO: October 15-21 Wednesday, October 15
One of your allies or loved ones will get caught in his or her own trap. Your response will be crucial for how the rest of the story goes. On one hand, you shouldn’t climb in the trap with them and get tangled. On the other hand, it won’t serve your long-term interests to be cold and unhelpful. What’s the best strategy? First, sympathize with their pain, but don’t make it your own. Second, tell the blunt truth in the kindest tone possible. Third, offer limited support without compromising your freedom or integrity.
BIG SNAPPER Wednesday, July 23
In June, an unnamed American exchange student visiting Germany's Tubingen University, exploring a large marble sculpture outside the school's institute for microbiology and virology, was trapped inside and had to be rescued by firefighters. The …
LIBRA: October 15-21 Wednesday, October 15
In 1936, Libran author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the “crack-up” he’d experienced years earlier, including this tough realization: “I had been only a mediocre caretaker of most of the things left in my hands, even my talent.” This is a seed for your oracle.
 
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