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  1. Your favorite color is red, or else.
  2. Your weekly CICADA-scope!

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  3. Week of 3/12: CICADA-scope

    Aries: Your tendency to dress up your problems so nobody worries about you will result in both a regional shortage of tweed and a particularly dapper local cockroach population. Taurus: An unexpected travel opportunity will arise when a low-flying pan-dimensional spacecraft misinterprets your entire yoga class’s Warrior 1 pose as an SOS signal and performs an emergency rescue operation. Gemini: Your lucky unicellular eukaryotic organism is Syringammina fragilissima. Cancer: It’s best to let sleeping dogs lie, especially when they have that many heads. Leo: You might be feeling a little run-down lately, but it’s nothing a few fresh brains can’t fix. Virgo: You’ll finally find true love this week, but all attempts to kiss your beloved will result in you getting a fat lip from hitting the mirror. Libra: You are what you eat, and what you are is a frankly astonishing quantity of spiders. Scorpio: You’ll get a little despondent this week when you realize that the parole-breaker you’ve been chasing around France for almost two decades is probably the longest and most consistent relationship you’ve ever had. Sagittarius: The good news is you’ve offended so many deities at this point that they’re all too busy squabbling over who gets to deal with you to actually do any proper cursing or smiting. Capricorn: Any irate customer demanding to see your manager might regret it when they find out exactly who and what you work for. Aquarius: Your efforts at using a Ouija board this week will result in the first documented case of phishing spam from the other side of the veil. Pisces: You’ll be relieved to learn that what you thought was severe lifelong tinnitus is actually the echo of an eternal scream too high and terrible and distant for most mortals to hear. images © xenia_ok/Shutterstock.com; painterr//Shutterstock.com
  4. March/April 2018 issue is live!

    More March/April content is up now! Go check it out.
  5. What's your favorite holiday?
  6. Your weekly CICADA-scope!

    Your weekly reminder that the stars play with your lives like a cosmic game of Monopoly.
  7. Week of 3/5: CICADA-scope

    Aries: Prepare for a big surprise this week when a routine x-ray reveals what you have instead of a skeleton. Taurus: Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become incantations. Watch your incantations, for they become infernal summoning rituals. Gemini: It doesn't hurt to shop around! Don't just settle for the first cute person who inflates their throat sac and regurgitates a bit of squid for you. Cancer: It's time to tackle that big project you've been putting off forever. Get out the shovel and dig the well in the exact spot you dream of every night, to the exact specifications of the terrible whispers that plague your every waking moment. Leo: You chose your building materials well. Sure, it might not be as strong as bricks, but any big bad wolf would have to stop and wonder exactly what kind of pig lives in a house made of antique dental tools. Virgo: Usually it’s a bad idea to count your chickens before the eggs have hatched, but you appear to have somehow ended up with exponentially more chickens than eggs—all perfectly identical, perfectly silent, eyes gleaming with ancient hunger. Libra: You’ve got a lot on your plate this week, so it might be a good time to ask for help. Instead of getting overwhelmed, take a deep breath, write a clear and organized to-do list, and bury it at the crossroads at midnight on a new moon. Scorpio: You’re a huge sucker for the classics, so you knew from the moment she waltzed into your office with her Monroe smile and Garbo nose and Davis forehead and Bacall elbows that you’d do anything for her. And you have. Such terrible, terrible things. All for her. Sagittarius: Feel free to fool around until the cows come home, but you’ll regret it. The cows bring with them a terrible reckoning, and we’ll all pay when they come home. Capricorn: An astrologer read the stars for Capricorn’s horoscope, and they were SHOCKED at what they found! Aquarius: Some might say you’re looking for love in all the wrong places, but you’re pretty sure you’ll find exactly what you’re after in the peat bogs of Denmark. Pisces: Everyone remembers that thing you did and they talk about it all the time.
  8. March/April 2018 issue is live!

    First round of content was just released! Check it out here.
  9. Let the wild rumpus start!

    Salutations, humans, lizard-folk, and otherwise, This week is the launch of our March/April issue, and it’s all about monsters. This is our celebration of all things fanged and scaled and tentacled and other and different—from people on the periphery to literal monsters loving and embracing their own monstrousness. A big part of our inspiration for this issue theme was our interview with Nino Cipri back in the September/October 2017 issue—it’s definitely worth revisiting. We discussed their piece, “A Silly Love Story," which you can view here. While planning this issue, we really wanted to explore every facet of monstrousness. Some pieces are all about defiance and uncompromising self-love in spite of it all—see “Medusa” by Rita Feinstein and “Those Below” by Sarah Helen. Other pieces touch on the loneliness and sense of isolation that might come with otherness—check out “Man of Straw” by Russell Nichols and “Crop Circles” by Wynter Cox. This issue is going to be released over the course of March and April, with some new stuff to check out every Monday. This is sort of a new way of structuring our issues, so please let us know what you think. As always, thank you all for being part of this new phase of CICADA with us. You inspire us. Keep being loud and joyous and angry and monstrous and proud and ferocious. All our love, Team CICADA PS: For those of you that entered the Write the World competition, the winners will be announced on March 9 and the winner will be published in CICADA on March 16.
  10. Do you deserve a lovely plum today?
  11. new users can't join the slam for free

    That’s a great suggestion, and we’ve been thinking along similar lines. Thanks for engaging with this imaginatively—we really want to try to make this work for everyone.
  12. Your weekly CICADA-scope!

    The stars would like to assure you that everything's fine, no need to worry.
  13. Week of 2/26: CICADA-scope

    Aries: Sure, you've successfully caught more flies with honey than with vinegar, but why? What are you doing with all those flies? Taurus: Treat yourself this week! Eat an entire cashmere sweater. Gemini: It's a good time to revive old friendships. Best accomplished through open communication, empathy, grave robbery, alchemy, and a well-timed lightning storm. Cancer: You'll finally encounter a living, breathing cryptid, just like you've always dreamed. Unfortunately, very few people will be impressed by your tale of the Fish-Man of That Retention Pond by the 7-11, You Know the One. Leo: They know. Virgo: Listen to your heart—that low, familiar buzzing sound that makes your teeth ache, in which words are almost discernible. Libra: Your free trial of the stars has expired. Please purchase the full version for $19.99 or be prepared to cower beneath the infinite black void every night. Scorpio: The stars want you to know that you can totally pull off an all-denim outfit. You look great and definitely not like you're going to a hoedown. Sagittarius: Escape your troubles this week by entreating the gods to turn you into a fir tree. Capricorn: Don't worry—for several reasons, your ongoing internal debate over whether or not to get bangs will be totally irrelevant by the end of the week. Aquarius: We read the movements of the stars and planets for advice. Can we be certain the stars and planets are not also reading our movements and drawing their own unknowable conclusions? Pisces: Remember, it's what's inside you that counts: sawdust and desiccated moths and stones etched with ancient runes, just like everybody else.
  14. new users can't join the slam for free

    It took me a long time to think of a reply to this thread—this is an important and difficult topic, so I think the best I can do is to be honest with you. (Also, please know that this is 100% the kind of feedback we need to hear, and you definitely don’t need to feel weird about being open with us.) The print CICADA Magazine had a very devoted readership, but the fact is, it was just too small to keep us going. The old Slam had a larger and equally passionate constituency. Many Slammers also subscribed to CICADA, but the majority did not. Our subs just weren’t enough to pay the bills. It came down to a choice between making some very difficult changes and losing CICADA and the Slam entirely. We had to find a way to be able to cover our costs for publishing CICADA while maintaining our community, so the decision was made to combine the magazine and the Slam, and add new features, new forums, and new capabilities. We want to provide an even better community than before, to justify a membership fee, and we are always thinking of new ways to do that and working on putting those plans in motion. We understand that decision in itself excludes some Slammers, and we’re sad to lose a single one. We’re glad for the dialogue about these issues, and your honesty and commitment to inclusivity makes us proud to have you in our community. That said, we’d love to hear your ideas for solutions. (If you would be more comfortable reaching out directly instead of posting here, you’re also welcome to email us: cicada@cricketmedia.com). Let’s keep this conversation going.