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ARIES: October 1-7 Wednesday, October 1
As I hike through the wilderness at dusk, crickets always seem to be humming in the distance. No matter where I go, their sound is farther off, never up close. How can that be? Do they move away as I approach? No leaping insects in the underbrush.
RULE NO. 9 Wednesday, September 24
The 15-year-old granddaughter of Cliven Bundy (the Nevada rancher whose dispute with the federal government caused a notorious standoff in March) told Las Vegas’ KSNV-TV that her dad (Bundy’s son) was withdrawing her from her high school because officials would not allow her to carry a knife on campus. She said her dad has taught his kids (just like Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS) to “always” carry a knife.
JUST LIKE THE SCRIPT Wednesday, September 24
In August, a Bradenton, Florida, deputy sheriff was forced to duplicate a classic scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark when he was advanced upon by a menacing-looking, samurai-sword-swinging, 31-year-old man. The deputy, perhaps as nonplussed as Indiana Jones was, shot him dead.
ARIES: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
It’s no secret. The population’s wealthy 1 percent has been getting progressively wealthier as the poor become steadily poorer. I’m worried there’s a metaphorically similar trend in your life. Do all you can to reverse it. Borrow energy from the rich, abundant parts of your life to lift up neglected, underendowed parts.
PISCES: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
For a long time, Illinois writer ArLynn Leiber Presser didn’t go out much. She had 325 Facebook friends and was content to get social needs met in the virtual realm. Then she embarked on a year-long project, seeking face-to-face meetings with all of her online buddies.
AQUARIUS: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
Alan Moore, the British author who wrote the graphic novels Watchmen and V for Vendetta, is nearing completion of Jerusalem, a novel he’s been writing for six years. It’ll be more than a million words, almost twice that of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and 200,000 words more than the Bible. “Any editor worth their salt would tell me to cut two-thirds of this book,” Moore told the New Statesman, “but that’s not going to happen.”
CAPRICORN: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
Congratulations. Your current dilemmas are more useful and interesting than any you’ve had for a long time. If you can even partially solve them, the changes set in motion will improve your entire life, not just the circumstances they immediately affect.
SAGITTARIUS: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
“You can exert no influence if you are not susceptible to influence,” said psychologist Carl Jung. Extrapolating from that, we can hypothesize the more willing and able you are to be influenced, the greater your influence might be.
SCORPIO: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
The English verb “cicurate” is defined as “to tame or domesticate” or “to make mild or innocuous.” It once had an additional sense: “to reclaim from wildness.” It was derived from the Latin word cicurare, which meant “to bring back from madness, to draw out of the wilderness.” Make cicurate your theme now, concentrating on these definitions: “to reclaim from wildness, to bring back from madness, to draw out of the wilderness.”
LIBRA: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
“I am a seed about to break,” wrote Sylvia Plath in her poem “Three Women.” That’s how I see you. You’re teeming with buoyant energy that throbs when a seed’s ready to sprout. You’ve been biding your time, gathering nourishment, waiting for the right circumstances to burst open with your new flavor. That nervous, hopeful, ecstatic moment is about to arrive. Be brave!
 
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