Pillow Fort Moon

By Holiday Mathis

October 19, 2019 6 min read

Cancer moon is a mother vowing to nurture and protect you. If you feel like snuggling up in a warm blanket, to some degree you'll be accommodated, pillow fort optional. And just for good measure, the social swirl of Libran luminaries will tag on a twinge of guilt, as playful friends let you know you'll be missed.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Words are almost as great a disguise as the old glasses, nose and mustache in their ability to conceal main features and obscure intent and identity. Of course, the voice always gives it away.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The only difference between repeating a series of actions in exchange for money and repeating the same actions for free is that money provides an external motivation and free cultivates an internal one.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The best way to gain a skill is to jump in and figure it out, expecting to mess up a fair amount and learn as you go. So save your money. Don't buy the class, just begin the task.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Adulthood is rife with lies, liars, fictional constructs, unnecessary rules, imaginary power endowments and much more falling under the catchall category of "nuance." Expect it, deal with it, prevail and then reward your own maturity.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). This is no time to lose heart! Don't give into thought processes that spiral downward. There's nothing wrong with you, life is inherently messy, and all humans are flawed. Choose optimism and march on.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). As much as you'd like to keep certain information to yourself, there are people whom you feel so comfortable around that you will inevitably let down your guard and spill the beans. To keep a secret, keep away.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The ability to remain very cool is a difficult one to cultivate, involving years of practice in high-intensity, adrenaline-surging situations. You should be proud of your emotional control. You came by it honestly.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In one podcast, your signmate Henry Winkler recently claimed the qualities of tenacity and gratitude as his guiding values. Should you do the same, fortune will favor you this evening.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The difference between freedom and indentured servitude is a margin. If you can spend two-thirds of your day doing what you please, you're among the truly free.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Right now, you don't necessarily need people around you who want what you have. Your dream team will be made of those with complementary talents and skills and a well-matched sense of humor.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You respect that the others in your circle have their own responsibilities, stressors and stimuli to process. That's why you're careful not to take up more than your share of the airtime. If only all were so conscientious.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're exposed to many kinds of people, some of whom are so much like you that interacting with them will give you the clarity of a rare vantage into your own life.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 19). You will go out of your way, waste your time and break your budget in the name of friendship. This is how you know you're doing it right. Without sacrifice, there is no bond, no truth, no beauty. For your love and generosity, you'll be meaningfully rewarded beyond your wildest imaginings. Gemini and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 19, 40, 45 and 38.

HALLOWEEN PANTHEON: SKULL AND BONES: The idea that the remains of the dead prompt ritualistic behavior is not limited to the human sphere. There are documented instances of grief-like or death-aware behaviors from the animal kingdom as well, encompassing the likes of elephants, magpies, orca, pigs, chimpanzees and more.

Of course, confirmation that Homo sapiens handled their dead in special ways dates to prehistory, and they are not the only hominids to have buried bones with a marker and flowers, as evidenced by Neanderthal graves.

The sacredness of bones is expressed differently in various cultures. There have been those who eat their loved ones, burn them, make jewelry out of them... even cultures who have for thousands of years exhumed their loved ones on special occasions, dressed them in sacred clothing and included them in their various lively festivities. While this ritual may sound bizarre, and most would surely find it off-putting to dine next to the corpse of Grandmother, in some places the practice is still upheld today.

So it should come as no surprise that the old-fashioned disguise that is the skeleton suit remains an evergreen Halloween staple and a classic reminder that underneath our skin we humans are remarkably alike.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Ty Pennington transforms lives as he makes over homes to the extreme. Millions of viewers are inspired to make improvements of their own and prove Pennington's claim: "Good design can change your life." Of course, he's an aesthetic, artistic Libran people-person. Moon in Leo promises that Pennington enjoys the spotlight and sharing it with the well-deserving.

Write Holiday Mathis at HolidayMathis.com.

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