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ARIES: July 16-21 Tuesday, July 15
  “I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whatever’s going on,” says satirical news commentator Jon Stewart. That’s a healthy attitude. To do his work, he …
TOILET TRAINING Wednesday, July 16
Enric Girona recently donated his prototype pet commode to El Vendrell, Spain, hoping to spark worldwide interest. Conscientious owners can train their dogs on the station (a hole in the ground with a flush handle) connected to the sewer system, as …
AN OPEN LETTER TO ANGELA COREY Wednesday, August 6
Our writer is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take this anymore
ARIES: August 6-12 Wednesday, August 6
Researchers in Peru have tracked down previously unknown varieties of wild cacao plants. That means there are exotic kinds of chocolate you and I have never known, and they’ll be commercially available in a few years. As delicious as your Chocolove XOXOX Extra Strong Dark candy bar may taste now, you’ll journey further into a new frontier of ecstatic delectability. Use this theme as a metaphor for the work ahead. It’s time to make good things even better, take fun diversions and transform them into experiences that engender transcendent bliss. Turn “yes” into “YESSSS!”
TAURUS: August 6-12 Wednesday, August 6
At your next meal, imagine the food is filled with special nutrients that enhance courage. During the meal after that, pretend you’re ingesting ingredients to boost perceptiveness. The next time you snack, visualize your food as infused with elements to augment the amount of trust you have in yourself. Then you’ll be ready to carry out next week’s assignment: Use your imagination to pump up courage and perceptiveness as you carry out smart adventures you haven’t trusted yourself enough to try.
GEMINI: August 6-12 Wednesday, August 6
Leaves and berries of the deadly nightshade plant are highly poisonous. If ingested, they cause delirium and death. On the other hand, a drug obtained from the same plant is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. It’s helpful in treating illnesses from gastrointestinal and heart problems to Parkinson’s. Is there a metaphorical equivalent in your life? An influence that can either be sickening or healing, depending on various factors? Now is the time to be focused on ensuring the healing effect predominates.
ANATOMY OF A SCREW-UP Thursday, June 19
How Action News (accidentally) labeled a competitor’s weatherman a sex offender
VIRGO: August 6-12 Wednesday, August 6
The literal meaning of the Swedish word smultronställe is “wild strawberry patch.” Metaphorically, it refers to a special place that feels like your private sanctuary. It may be hard to find or unappreciated by others, but for you it’s a spot that inspires you to relax deeply. You may have had a life-changing epiphany there. When you’re there, you have a taste of what it’s like to feel at home in the world. Do you have a smultronställe? If not, time to find one. If you do, spend more time there next week.
LIBRA: August 6-12 Wednesday, August 6
If I’m reading astrological omens right, bells are about to ring for you. Festive lights will flash, celebratory anthems throb. It’s like you’re going to win a fortune on a TV quiz show; or get an A+ on your final exam; or be picked as homecoming king or queen. It’s possible I’m a bit off, and your success will be subtler. Maybe you’re about to accomplish the healing of the year, or discover the secret of the decade.
 
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