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LIBRA: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don’t linger in a doorway. Don’t camp out in a threshold or get stuck in the middle of anything. I understand your caution, since life is presenting you with such paradoxical clues. But if you stay ambivalent much longer, you may obstruct the influx of more definitive information. The best way to generate clarity and get the help you need? Make a decisive move — in or out, forward or backward, up or down.

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VIRGO: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Mythically speaking, it’s a propitious time to make an offering to the sea goddess. In dreams, meditations or fantasies, dive to the depths, find the supreme feminine power in her natural habitat and give her a special gift. Show her how smart you are in the way you express love, or tell her how you’ll honor her wisdom in the future. If she’s receptive, ask her for a favor. Maybe she’ll be willing to help you access deep feelings not fully available to you. Or teach you how to make conscious the secrets you’ve …

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LEO: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Ever situated yourself between two big bonfires on a beach and basked in the primal power? Is there a special moment in your past when you sat between two charismatic people you loved and admired, soaking up their life-giving radiance? Have you read a book that filled you with exaltation as you listened to music that thrilled your soul? These are the kinds of experiences to seek next week. Get nourished stereophonically by rich sources of excitement.

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CANCER: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny CANCER (June 21-July 22): Feeling a bit pinched, parched and prickly? Given the limitations you’ve had to wrestle with lately, I’m not surprised. Even though you’ve passed some sneaky tests and solved itchy riddles, they’ve no doubt contributed to the pinched, parched prickliness. How can you recover? All you have to do is respond smartly to succulent temptations life brings in the weeks ahead.

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GEMINI: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Almost 2,000 years ago, Roman doctor Scribonius Largus developed recipes for three kinds of toothpaste. One had deer antler ashes, aromatic resin from the evergreen shrub mastic and the rare mineral sal ammoniac. His second toothpaste was a mix of barley flour, vinegar, honey and rock salt. The third: sun-dried radish blended with finely ground glass. These three blends have metaphorical resemblances to life choices before you now. Go with the second option. At the very least, avoid the third.

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TAURUS: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In 2009, actress Sandra Bullock starred in three films, two of which earned her major recognition. For her performance in “All About Steve,” she was given a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. She won the Best Actress Oscar for her work in “The Blind Side,” on the other hand. You may experience a similar paradox in the days ahead. Some efforts might be denigrated; others are praised. You may even be criticized and applauded for the same damn thing. How to respond? Learn from Sandra, who gave gracious acceptance speeches at both awards …

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ARIES: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States four times, more than any other president. We can conclude he was one of the most popular American leaders ever, yet he never won a majority of the votes cast by citizens of his home county in New York. I foresee a possibility of a comparable development in your life. You may be more successful working on the big picture than in your immediate situation. It may be easier to maneuver when not dealing with familiar, up-close matters. What’s outside your circle may be …

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The Battle for the Armory

FLOG Councilwoman Withdraws Bill on Armory Lease Ron Word An arts alliance is embroiled in a battle
 with the Sons of Confederate Veterans for control over a massive brick structure that once served as the Duval County Armory, and Mayor Alvin Brown’s office says the City Council is moving too fast. For about three years, the armory, which resembles a brick fort, has been empty — the victim of age and flooding from nearby McCoys Creek. The city of Jacksonville’s Parks & Recreation Department was the last to occupy the 98-year-old structure on State and Market streets at the edge …

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Death Investigation in the Bag

Chuck Shepherd A formal investigation into the strange death of British intelligence code-breaker Gareth Williams concluded in November with a police judgment that the death was an accident, despite the body’s having been discovered inside a zippered, padlocked garment bag in an otherwise unused bathtub in his London apartment. An earlier inquest into the 2010 death had unsatisfactorily failed to rule out foul play, setting up the police examination, but two facts stood out, according to the officer in charge: The key to the padlock was found within easy reach of the bag and, according to experts, even though no …

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I, Linda, Take You, Ferris (Wheel) …

Chuck Shepherd It was Linda Ducharme’s turn in the spotlight in November as one of a seemingly increasing number of people who commit to betrothing themselves to inanimate objects (“objectophiles,” “mechaphiles”). The Gibsonton, Fla., woman’s spouse is a Ferris wheel called the Sky Diva, and their relationship was chronicled on Logo TV channel’s show “What!?” (Most famously, Erika La Tour Eiffel of San Francisco staged her 2008 wedding to the Eiffel Tower.)

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