Must Mercury retrograde always be considered a bad thing? The Leo moon sees playful and dramatic possibilities in this backward aspect today. You can have some fun with pre-Halloween pranks, spooky stories and eerie surprises. What results may ultimately be an odd but memorable expression of your creativity and affection.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You see the futility in avoiding problems. You’re not looking for a new set of difficulties, but if you find one, you’ll handle it. That’s the confidence that will impress someone important today.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Sure, it’s not called lying if you believe it. But that doesn’t make it true, either. You’ll have to do some digging to get to the honest answers, but it’s worth it. The truth will save you time and energy in the end.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Meetings are boring. Meet-ups are promising. This is not about shortening the first word and adding a second word. It’s about taking an entirely different approach to the things you were tired of doing and finding some fun in them.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll take care of business, even though the “business” you take care of is actually personal in nature. Luckily for you, it’s highly unlikely that anyone will audit your day when the sun goes down.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It’s just like you to project a good, confident energy whether or not that is the way you are really feeling. Today it will be easy, though, because at your core is a radiant, genuine vitality.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Those people who talk too much about what’s going great in their lives are usually overcompensating because they believe it’s really not going so hot. That’s why you’ll find sympathy and compassion for them instead of jealousy.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Sometimes the good quality is actually a flaw, and you get that. To be human is to fail over and over. Living as yourself, and not as some idealized made-up version of you, is a joy.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It’s none of anyone’s business what’s going on in your life, but unfortunately that won’t keep people from asking. You’ll be in just the playful mood to spin the facts for your own amusement.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Some of your plans are preventive. They are things you plan so you will never have to do other things. Executing these kinds of plans will take up most of your day and ultimately will be so worthwhile.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your aspirations are lofty but not unattainable. Also, you will keep adjusting them as you go. Your ability to maintain balance with your ambitions will continue to serve you well as the week progresses.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You may feel the impulse to fill every minute of your day, but you’d be wise to resist it. Say “no” to the last-minute suggestion that comes up. You need space and time to plan your week.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). To an uneducated eye, it may seem that you are seeking pain by opening yourself up to criticism — or even asking for it. What they don’t understand is that you sincerely desire improvement, painful or not.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. You’ll cultivate beneficial relationships this year. In November, you’ll meet people whose interests directly match yours, and the mutual fulfillment carries into 2014. You’ll be needed in an instructional role, and you’ll be paid well for it. Your charms amplify, attracting love in March. Travel together in June. Leo and Pisces people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 43, 2, 11, 17 and 20.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Halloween week is just more fun with Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, which means the surprises don’t go off as planned, the spooks will work differently than expected and the polyurethane gore will gross us out on deeper levels. Additionally, Mercury connects with Saturn, the stern taskmaster of the zodiac, on the 29th, scaring us into doing the things we know we should be doing.
Note: This Mercury retrograde specializes in watery losses. Take precaution against anything to do with water and loss. If you leave town, turn off the main water line. If you’re boating, wear a life jacket. Lock up the swimming pool, fix leaks while they are small, and remember to water your plants, but not too much.
MERCURY RETROGRADE CHALLENGE: As the sign of life, death and transformation, Scorpio asks us to think about and prepare ourselves for death, specifically our own. Though this may seem like a grim task, many find it liberating to know that they have taken care of the things that will matter to the ones left behind. The work might be to prepare a will, organize personal possessions or make a bucket list. You’ll probably find that in a backward way such projects are life-affirming.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Singer, designer and actress Kelly Osbourne embodies the Scorpio aesthetic with her surprising, edgy choices. And yet, no matter how shocking she tries to be, there’s an underlying sweetness that comes through to add complexity to the illusion. Her four luminaries in Scorpio are offset by three Capricorn luminaries and three Sagittarian luminaries for a well-rounded blend of elements.
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