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224.365 - August 12, 2010

In one study, participants were presented with an unfavorable horoscope and then asked to choose between either an indulgence (going to a party) or a virtuous alternate (cleaning their home). The results showed that for people who believe they could change their fate, an unfavorable horoscope increased the likelihood of that person going to the party.
Interestingly, the researchers observed that the act of counter-arguing the unfavorable horoscope required mental resources and left the fate-changers unable to resist temptation. Participants who believed in a fixed fate did not exert any mental energy on the subject, and were consequently able to stay focused on the day ahead.
“Conventional wisdom might suggest that for people who believe they can change their fate, an unfavorable horoscope should result in an attempt to improve their fate,” the authors conclude. “Our results showed that reading an unfavorable horoscope actually has the opposite effect on a person.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or a story where your protagonist makes an unlikely decision based on a bad horoscope.

Journaling Prompt: Do you believe in fate?

Art Prompt: Horoscope

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about superstitions that flourish today. 

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study of the arcane

arcane adj. understood by few; mysterious or secret: arcane procedures for electing people. arcanely adv. mid 16th century: from Latin arcanus, from arcere ‘to shut up’, from arca ‘chest’.

Writing Prompt: Write a scene using the word or concept “arcane”

Journaling Prompt: What kind of arcane knowledge would you like to have?

Art Prompt: Arcane

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Use the word ARCANE in whatever you write today.

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It’s human nature to look for meaning and significance in everything around us. Astrology and astronomy, for example, used to be combined into one field of scientific inquiry. Today, pure science has edged out astrology, but it is still interesting to look at how humans react to celestial events.

In 1811, still spoken of as “the year of the comet,” because of the wonderful vintage ascribed to the sky visitor, a comet shaped like a gigantic sword amazed the whole world, and, as it remained visible for seventeen months, was regarded by superstitious persons as a symbol of the fearful happenings of Napoleon’s Russian campaign. This comet, the extraordinary size of whose head, greatly exceeding that of the sun itself, has already been mentioned, was also remarkable for exhibiting so great a brilliancy without approaching even to the earth’s distance from the sun. -Garrett Putman Serviss, Curiosities of the Sky (free for your Kindle or Kindle software

Writing Prompt: Write about your character’s reaction to a major celestial event. Include his reaction to the reactions of those around him to that event.

Journaling Prompt: Write about what celestial events like comets mean to you.

Art Prompt: Comet

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how comets are discovered.

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