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LIBRA: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
Letter-writing is becoming a lost art. Few people have a long-enough attention span to compose a relaxed, thoughtful report on what they have been doing and thinking. Meanwhile, the number of vigorous, far-reaching conversations is waning, too. Instead, many of us tend to emit and absorb short bursts of information at frequent intervals. But I invite you to rebel against this trend in the coming weeks.
SCORPIO: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
Near the end of the 19th century, an American named Annie Londonderry became the first woman to ride a bicycle around the world. It was a brave and brazen act for an era when women still couldn’t vote and paved roads were rare. Her 15-month journey took her through countries that would be risky for a single woman on a bike to travel through today, like Egypt and Yemen.
SAGITTARIUS: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
Author P.G. Wodehouse wrote more than 90 books, several plays, musical comedies and film scripts. When he died at age 93, he was working on another novel. He didn’t suffer from writer’s block, yet his process was far from effortless. He rarely churned out perfection on his first attempt.
CAPRICORN: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
It’s a favorable time to meditate intensely on friendship. Questions to ask yourself: How good of a friend are you to those you want as friends? What capacities do you cultivate in your effort to build and maintain vigorous alliances? Do you have a clear sense of what qualities you seek?
AQUARIUS: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
Before the invention of the printing press, books in Europe were handmade. Medieval monks spent long hours copying texts, often adding illustrations in the margins. There’s an odd scene that often appears in these illuminated manuscripts: knights fighting snails. Scholars don’t agree on what this means.
PISCES: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5
To be in righteous alignment with cosmic forces, keep the Halloween spirit alive for another week. You have a license to play with your image and experiment with your identity. Interesting changes will unfold as you expand your notion of who you are and rebel cheerfully against your own status quo.
ARIES: October 15-21 Wednesday, October 15
New York City’s Diamond District is home to more than 2,000 businesses that buy and sell jewelry. Through the years, many people have lost pieces of treasure here. Valuable bits of gold and gems have fallen off broken necklaces, earrings, watches, and other accessories.
TAURUS: October 15-21 Wednesday, October 15
In 1987, college freshman Mike Hayes was having trouble paying for his University of Illinois education. He appealed for help to famous newspaper columnist Bob Greene, who asked each of his many readers to send Hayes a penny. The response was tidal.
GEMINI: October 15-21 Wednesday, October 15
The word “abracadabra” is a spell that stage magicians say at the climax of their tricks: a catalyst that supposedly makes a rabbit materialize from a hat or an assistant disappear in a puff of smoke. It’s not real sorcery. It’s an illusion perpetrated by the magician’s hocus-pocus. But “abracadabra” has a little-known history, as an incantation real magicians used to generate authentic wizardry, that can be traced back to Gnostic magi of the second century.
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.
 
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