By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
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By Tessa Stuart
SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] For millions of years, black kite raptors made their nests with leaves, twigs, grass, mud, fur, and feathers. In recent centuries, they have also borrowed materials from humans, such as cloth, string, and paper. And in the past few decades, a new element has become quite popular. Eighty-two percent of all black kite nest-builders now use white plastic as decoration. I suggest you take inspiration from these adaptable creatures, Sagittarius. It's an excellent time for you to add some wrinkles to the way you shape your home base.
CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] There are many examples of highly accomplished people whose early education was problematical. Thomas Edison's first teacher called him "addled," and thereafter, he was homeschooled by his mother. Winston Churchill did so poorly in school, he was punished. Benjamin Franklin had just two years of formal education. As for Einstein, he told his biographer, "My parents were worried because I started to talk comparatively late, and they consulted a doctor because of it." What all these people had in common, however, is that they became brilliant at educating themselves according to their own specific needs and timetable. Speaking of which: The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you Capricorns to plot and design the contours of your future learning.
AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] Nigeria has abundant deposits of petroleum. Since 1974, oil companies have paid the country billions of dollars for the privilege of extracting its treasure. And yet the majority of Nigerians—more than 70 percent—live on less than a dollar a day. Where does the money go? That's a long story with the word "corruption" at its heart. Now let me ask you, Aquarius: Is there a gap between the valuable things you have to offer and the rewards you receive for them?
PISCES [February 19–March 20] Gawker.com notes that American politician John McCain tends to repeat himself—a lot. Researchers discovered that he has told the same joke at least 27 times in five years. (And it's such a feeble joke, it's not worth retelling.) In the coming week, Pisces, please, please, please avoid any behavior that resembles this repetitive, habit-bound laziness.