VIRGO: Dec. 11-17


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Leonardo da Vinci created the painting "St. Jerome in the Wilderness" around 1480. It now hangs in the Pinacoteca Vaticana, a museum in Vatican City. For several centuries, though, the treasured artwork was missing. Legend says that in the early 19th century, Napoleon's uncle found the lower half of the painting in a Roman junk shop. Years later, he stumbled upon the top half in a back alley, where it was being used as a wedge in a shoemaker's bench. I foresee the possibility of a comparable sequence unfolding in 2014. You may manage to restore a lost beauty to its proper place of honor, one step at a time.

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