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Aries 12: A flock of wild geese Libra 12: Miners emerging from a mine

T h e f i r s t t he m e con c e r n s GRO UP S . T he c o l l e ct i v e n o u n flo ck d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e O l d E n g l i s h f l occ ( a g r o u p of p e r s o n s, c o mp a n y , a n d t r o op ) a n d i s r e l a t e d t o t h e O l d N o r s e f lok kr ( c r o w d , t r o o p , a n d b a n d ) a n d t h e M i d d l e L o w G e r m a n v loc ke ( c r o w d , f lo c k , s h e e p ) . 1 T h e wo r d i t s e l f m e a n s a g r o u p o f a n i ma ls t h a t li v e , t r a v e l, o r f e e d t o g e t he r , a g r o u p o f p e o p le u n d e r t h e l e a d e r s hi p o f o n e p e r s o n , a n d a la r g e c r o w d o r n u m b e r . 2 A m i n e r i s o n e w h os e w o r k o r b u si n e s s i t i s t o e x t r a ct o r e o r mi n e r a l s f r o m t h e e a r t h. 3 T h e k e y w o r d h e r e i s mi n ers , t he p l u ra l o f m i n e r , a n d t h u s s o m e q u a n t i t y i s i n d i c a t e d , a g r o u p o f i n de t e r m i n a t e n u m b e r . A s e c o n d t h e m e c on c e r n s t h e EA RTH o r t h e E NV I RONMENT . R e c a l l t ha t a m i n e r i s o n e wh o e x t r a c t s m i n e ra l s f r o m t h e e a rt h . A mi n e i s a n e x c a v a t i o n i n t h e e a r t h f r o m w h i c h o r e o r m i n e r a l s ca n b e e x t r a c t e d . T h e w o r d w i ld d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( IE ) r o o t w e lt - w hi c h m e a n s w o o d s , w i l d . P a r o n y m s i n cl u d e we a l d ( a n a r e a o f o p e n o r f o r e s t e d c o u n t r y) , wo l d ( a n u n f o r e st e d r o l l i n g p l a i n ) , a n d wi l de rn e s s ( a n u n s e t t l e d , un c u l t i va t e d r e g i on l e f t i n i t s n a t u r a l c on d i t i o n ) . A t h i r d t h e m e c o n c e r n s WI LDL IF E . F i r s t , t he r e s t h e ke y w o r d g e e se , t h e p l u r a l o f go o se , w h i c h re f e r s t o a n y o f v a r i o u s w i ld o r d o m e s t i ca t e d w a t e r b i r d s o f t h e f a m i l y A n a t i d a e . 4 S e c o n d , a s s h o w n a b o v e , s he e p a r e i m p l i e d i n t he e t ym o l o g y o f f l ock . Th i r d , a m o n g t he p a r o n y m s o f t h e k e y w o r d w i ld a re t h e w o r d s vo l e ( a n y o f v a r i o u s r o d e n t s o f t h e g e n u s Mi c ro t u s ) a n d wi l de b ee s t ( A f r i c a n a n t e l o p e ) . F i n a l l y , on e o f t he p a r o n y m s o f e mergi ng i s t h e w o r d m e rga n s e r w h i c h r e f e r s t o a n y o f v a r i o u s f i s h - e a t i n g d i v i n g d u c k s o f t he g e n u s M e rgu s. 5

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1 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=flock 2 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/flock 3 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/mi ner 4 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/goose 5 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/merganser

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