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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When I was 19 years old, I was wounded by a shotgun-wielding assailant on the campus of Duke University. A few years ago, I revisited the scene of the crime. For two hours I sat there meditating on the exact spot where I'd been shot. Among the questions I pondered was this: Had there been any benefits that came out of that difficult event? The answer was a definitive YES. I identified several wonderful developments that happened specifically because of how my destiny was altered by the shooting. For instance, I met three lifelong friends I would not have otherwise encountered. My challenge to you, Virgo, is to think back on a dark moment from your past and do what I did: Find the redemption. (Read my full story here: http://bit.ly/StrangeBlessing.)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In her multi-platinum song "Tik Tok," pop star Ke$ha claims that she brushes her teeth with whiskey - Jack Daniels, to be exact. In interviews, she has said this is not a glamorous fiction or rhetorical device; she really does it. "Jack Daniels is an anti-bacterial," she told Vanity Fair . You might want to experiment with rituals like that yourself, Libra. At least for the next two weeks or so, it wouldn't be totally crazy to keep yourself more or less permanently in a party mood. Why not prep yourself for unfettered fun from the moment the day begins? From an astrological perspective, you need and deserve a phase of intense revelry.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): English raconteur Quentin Crisp told the story of a veteran Hollywood film actor giving advice to a younger actor just getting started. "You're at a level where you can only afford one mistake," the wise older man said. "The higher up you go, the more mistakes you're allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style." I think this perspective is perfect for you to meditate on, Scorpio. The time is ripe to fuel your ambitions and gain more traction in your chosen field. And one of the goals driving you as you do this should be the quest for a greater freedom to play around and experiment and risk making blunders.

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