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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Looking for fights will bring no solace. Being too sensitive or critical will lead to disappointment. Get out, and explore avenues of interest that will take your mind off what troubles you. Helping others can heal your despair.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Get involved in helping others, and you will feel good about your accomplishments. Love is highlighted by an emotional incident. Turn any negative you face into a positive, and keep moving forward without regret.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make positive changes at home by doing some renovations or redecorating. If you opt to do the work yourself and stick to a budget, you’ll have money left over to celebrate your accomplishment. Entice someone you love to check out your new digs.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't make assumptions — go directly to the source and ask questions. It’s better to know the truth than to remain uncertain. If you need a moment to sort through the information, find a unique place geared toward peace and quiet.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Do whatever it takes to finish what you start. You will be criticized if you don’t live up to expectations made by older, more experienced individuals. What you do now can make a difference to what is offered later.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A greater interest in your background, friendships, or community connections will develop if you are a participant. Learning about your past through the eyes of those who have known you a long time will give you the wisdom to make good choices.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Discuss wastefulness and budgeting with those who affect your standard of living through poor spending habits. Not everyone will be happy with your plan to conserve, but it’s a good place to start easing your stress.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Ask for support accomplishing your goals. Take a different approach to the way you live, and consider whether your current location is good for you. You’ll receive stellar advice if you listen to someone with experience and insight.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Adventure, excitement, and new beginnings will occupy your mind. Look for opportunities that will entice you and you will discover new challenges and fresh opportunities. An open mind will lead to an interesting proposal.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Look for an unusual route, and you will find your way past an obstacle that’s standing in your way. If talks haven’t worked lately, you may need to move on and take action. Do your own thing, and don’t look back.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t let anyone stifle your plans or pressure you to do things you don't want to do. Focus on your personal, financial, medical, or legal positions. Do whatever will help you stabilize your life and not what someone else demands from you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Get involved in talks that encourage alliances with those heading in the same direction as you. There is much to gain if you put the past behind you and reach out to someone you had a falling out with. Someone you least expect to cooperate with may become your ally.

Halloween Need-to-Know Week - Mummies

• A mummy is a corpse whose skin and flesh have been preserved by exposure to chemicals or extreme coldness, dryness, or airlessness. Famous mummies include Tutankhamen, Seti I, and Bruce Jenner.

• Egyptian mummification involved many complex rituals, such as removing the brain and pickling the organs. The brain was considered useless and discarded, whereas the pickled organs went great with a club sandwich.

• If you’re ever attacked by a mummy, just relax. They’re thousands of years old, and their brittle bones and enervated muscles don’t exactly make them formidable foes. It’s like being afraid of Abe Vigoda.

• Scientists have dated mummies as old as 5,300 years, and while I’m all for sexual freedom, that takes the geriatric fetish a little too far.

• Ötzi the Iceman is the name of a natural mummy found in Italy in 1991. Scientists have ascertained that “Ötzi” suffered from various medical conditions: osteoporosis, intestinal parasites, and … oh, yeah … death.

• They also have mummies in Central America … or at least they did until El Santo obliterated them all with pile drivers and reverse suplexes.

• Some people think that “classic” mummies all carry a curse. To back up this claim, they mention the many mysterious deaths of Egyptian tomb excavators ... often from mysterious illnesses that are mysteriously endemic in Egypt.

Andrew R. Juhl would like to thank his friend Mike for collaborating on this week’s Ledges.

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