SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 1989, Amy Tan birthed her first novel, “The Joy Luck Club.” Her next, “The Kitchen God’s Wife,” came out in 1991. Both were bestsellers. Within a few years, the student study-guide publisher CliffsNotes did with them what it has done with many masterpieces of world literature: produced condensed summaries for use by students too lazy to read all of the originals. “In spite of my initial shock,” Tan said, “I admit that I am perversely honored to be in CliffsNotes.” It was a sign of success to get the same treatment as superstar authors like Shakespeare and James Joyce. The CliffsNotes approach is currently an operative metaphor in your life. Try to find it in your heart to be honored, even if it’s perversely so. For the most part, trimming and shortening and compressing will be beneficial.