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SAGITTARIUS: October 10-14 Wednesday, October 8
In a competitive Japanese TV game show, 13 people had slabs of meat tied to their foreheads. They poked their heads up through holes in the floor of an elevated platform, where a hungry lizard was. But not one contestant stuck around when the lizard nibbled the meat; they all ducked down and fled. That was probably wise, though it meant the prize was unclaimed.
CAPRICORN: October 10-14 Wednesday, October 8
Director Michael Bay makes big, loud, fast, melodramatic action films, including Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and the four Transformers movies. The critics hate him, but he’s unfazed. “I make movies for teenage boys,” he says. “Oh, dear, what a crime,” he adds sarcastically. I love that. He knows what he’s good at, and makes no apologies. Cop some of that attitude now.
AQUARIUS: October 10-14 Wednesday, October 8
Walking in San Francisco, I passed Pacific Heights Health Club. The sign out front said, “Birthday suits tailored here.” It was a witty reference to the idea that working out at a gym helps people get their bodies in good shape. I’d like to interpret the message a different way, and apply it to you.
PISCES: October 10-14 Wednesday, October 8
Horror novelist Stephen King has sold more than 350 million books. When he was young and destitute, still honing his craft, his self-confidence was low. His breakthrough work was Carrie, about a teenage girl who develops telekinetic powers. When he was first writing that manuscript on an old manual typewriter, he got so discouraged he threw his first draft in the trashcan.
ARIES: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
Shape-shifting is a common fairy tale theme, says cultural historian Marina Warner in her book From the Beast to the Blonde. “A rusty lamp turns into an all-powerful talisman,” for example. “A humble pestle and mortar become the winged vehicle of the fairy enchantress,” or a slovenly beggar in a dirty donkeyskin transforms into a radiant princess. I foresee metaphorically similar events in your life soon. Maybe they’re already underway. Don’t underestimate the magic that is possible.
TAURUS: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
The scientific term for what happens when you get a headache from eating too much ice cream too fast is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. Be on guard against such an occurrence in the coming week. Watch out for other phenomena that fit the description of being too-much-and-too-fast-of-a-good-thing. On the other hand, you shouldn’t worry at all about slowly getting just the right amount of a good thing. Enjoy your pleasures with grace and moderation; you’ll be fine.
GEMINI: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
“Pregreening” is a term for what impatient drivers do as they are waiting at a red light. They partly take their foot off the brake, allowing their car to creep forward, to establish some momentum before the light changes to green. I advise you to avoid this type of behavior in the coming week – both literally and metaphorically. Pregreening might make sense by, say, Nov. 15 or 16. But for now, relax and abide.
CANCER: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was one of the greats. He was a prodigious composer, producing more than 350 works. One of the secrets to his high level of energy seems to have been his relationship with coffee. It was an indispensable part of his diet. He was fastidious in its preparation, counting out exactly 60 coffee beans for each cup.
LEO: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
By the time we’ve become young adults, most of us don’t remember much about our lives from before the age of 5. As we grow into middle age, more and more childhood memories drop away. A few special moments keep burning brightly, but the early events that shaped us are mostly gone. Having said that, I want to alert you to the fact that you are in a phase when you could recover whole swaths of lost memories, both from your formative years and later.
VIRGO: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
Photographer Joel Leindecker can kick himself in the head 127 times in one minute. Guinness World Records affirms his achievement is unmatched. I’m begging you: Don’t try to top his mark any time soon. Don’t commit any act of mayhem, chaos or unkindness against yourself – even if it it’s done for entertainment purposes.
 
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