Feb. 7th, 2017

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We are all cast members in the Short Attention Span Theater while the moody Moon continues her visit in fickle Gemini. We are encouraged to take on more tasks by a series of smooth lunar aspects, but our unchecked optimism could end up being a trap that sets us up for failure. We must answer to authority, pay the piper and accept the consequences of earlier actions (or inaction) when the Moon runs into a tense opposition to stern Saturn later on.


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t feels as if we are being bounced around on the winds of fate today. One annoying incident after another comes out of the blue, requiring us to change our plans. We must find a groove that is deep enough to sustain our work, so we won't be pulled too far off course. Although the search for meaning is about to intensify as opinionated Jupiter stations to turn retrograde tomorrow, the affable Gemini Moon shows us the brighter side of life.


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One day Rose-Lynn Fisher wondered if her tears of grief would look different compared to her tears of joy, so she began to explore them up close under a microscope.

She studied 100 different tears and found that basal tears (the ones that our body produces to lubricate our eyes) are drastically different from the tears that happen when we are chopping onions. The tears that come about from hard laughter aren’t even close to the tears of sorrow. Like a drop of ocean water each tiny tear drop carries a microcosm of human experience.

Her project is called The Topography of Tears.

TEARS FROM LAUGHING UNTIL CRYING
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TEARS OF CHANGE
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TEARS OF GRIEF
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TEARS FROM ONIONS
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Joseph Stromberg of the Smithsonian’s Collage of Arts and Sciences explained that there are three major types of tears: basal, reflex, and psychic (triggered by emotions). All tears contain organic substances including oils, antibodies, and enzymes and are suspended in salt water. Different types of tears have distinct molecules. Emotional tears have protein-based hormones including the neurotransmitter leucine enkephalin, which is a natural painkiller that is released when we are stressed. Plus, the tears seen under the microscope are crystallized salt and can lead to different shapes and forms. So even psychic tears with the same chemical composition can look very different. Fisher said,
“There are so many variables—there’s the chemistry, the viscosity, the setting, the evaporation rate and the settings of the microscope.”


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