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VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22): In the creation myths of Easter Island's native inhabitants, the god who made humanity was named Makemake. He was also their fertility deity. Today the name Makemake also belongs to a dwarf planet that was discovered beyond the orbit of Neptune in 2005. It's currently...
Aug 31 2012
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22): A guy I know was invited to hang one of his paintings in a New York gallery — on one condition. It had to be a piece he created on the spot, in the gallery, on the day the show opened. That would be way too much pressure for me to handle. I need to spend a long time on...
Aug 24 2012
LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22): One of history's most notorious trials took place in Athens, Greece in 399 BCE. A majority of 501 jurors convicted the philosopher Socrates of impiety and of being a bad influence on young people. What were the impious things he did? "Failing to acknowledge the gods that...
Aug 17 2012
LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22): When Tchaikovsky wrote the musical score for his famous *1812 Overture,* it included 16 cannon shots. Literally. These blasts weren't supposed to be made by, say, a sledgehammer pounded against a wooden mallet, but rather by the detonation of an actual cannon. As crazy as that...
Aug 10 2012
LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22): You've been making pretty good progress in the School of Life. By my estimates, you're now the equivalent of a sophomore. You've mastered enough lessons so that you can no longer be considered a freshman, and yet you've got a lot more to learn. Are you familiar with the...
LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22): The state of Maine has a law that prohibits anyone from leaving an airplane while it is flying through the air. This seems like a reasonable restriction until you realize how badly it discriminates against skydivers. Legal scholars will tell you that examples like this are not...
Jul 27 2012
CANCER (Jun 21-Jul 22): Most change is slow and incremental. The shifts happen so gradually that they are barely noticeable while you're living in the midst of them from day to day. Then there are those rare times when the way everything fits together mutates pretty quickly. Relationships that have...
Jul 20 2012
CANCER (Jun 21-Jul 22): Let's hypothesize that there are two different kinds of freedom possible for you to pursue. One is simplistic and sterile, while the other is colorful and fertile. The first is characterized by absence or emptiness, and the second is full of rich information and stimulating...
Jul 13 2012
CANCER (Jun 21-Jul 22): The epic breadth of your imagination is legendary. Is there anyone else who can wander around the world without ever once leaving your home? Is there anyone else who can reincarnate twice in the span of few weeks without having to go through the hassle of actually dying? And...
CANCER (Jun 21-Jul 22): Every 10,000 years or so, reports the Weekly World News, hell actually does freeze over. A rare storm brings a massive amount of snow and ice to the infernal regions, and even the Lake of Fire looks like a glacier. "Satan himself was seen wearing earmuffs and making a...
Jun 29 2012