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Virgo 16. A woman cutting the thorns off roses.

Sages had argued for centuries about the true nature of rose thorns. Some say they have evolved for the purpose of protection, others that the thorns were actually parasites that grew on the rose stems and could not possibly be an actual part of the roses. For roses are the flowers of love, they reasoned, and how could love have anything to do with a thorn?

The truth is that the thorns are an actual part of the rose, though the rose’s motive for having them is quite innocent. The flowers are only seeking to snag a few drops of blood now and then – to nourish their roots.

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