Updated: October 13, 2012 10:41PM
Predictions for the week of October 14
All Signs: Holy Mercury Retrograde! November is the month to finish things, not begin them. Mercury begins to slow down around Oct. 29, before going retrograde on Nov. 6. (Although it’s over on Nov. 26, Mercury won’t catch up to where it originally was until Dec. 10.) Therefore, if buying a car or truck, work with the outside dates Oct. 29-Dec. 10. For smaller purchases, avoid the first three weeks of November. Incidentally, during Mercury retrograde you can buy anything (washer, dryer, stove, etc.), just avoid buying Mercury-related items such as computers, cellphones, printers and all forms of ground transportation (cars, trucks, bikes). The lovely benefit of Mercury retrograde is it’s the perfect time to wrap up old business and finish stuff. (“Stick a fork in me, Lord — I’m done!”)
Aries (March 21-April 19)
You still need more sleep because the Sun is as far away from your sign as it gets all year. (And the Sun is your source of energy.) Jupiter brings you a positive frame of mind and a busy schedule. (Places to go, things to do, people to see.) Mercury in Scorpio makes you think like a sleuth. Encounters are not casual, they’re deep and possibly very probing. (“How’s your sex life?”) You’re also dealing with financial negotiations about shared property or inheritances. And Mars, of course, will excite your desire to travel and expand your horizons for the next month while partnerships continue to be your main focus. “B’d, b’d, b’d, that’s all, folks!”
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You’re working to get better organized and in better shape. (Huff, puff.) Jupiter continues to shine on your House of Earnings, which will boost the finances of many. (It doesn’t happen by osmosis, you have to do something.) Mars totally revs your sex drive for the next six weeks, urging you to defend your best interests in shared property. Meanwhile, Mercury, opposite your sign, makes this a great time to clarify issues with others and explain your point of view. You’re hungry for intellectual stimulation! (Beats zoning out on YouTube where, before you know it, you’re watching car crashes on the Autobahn.)
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Jupiter continues in your sign bringing you new learning experiences. People and resources are drawn to you, making this is a fortunate year ahead! (Best in 12 years.) This is also a playful time, which means you’ll love invitations to party and schmooze. Of course, romance comes first. Fair Venus ensures that your involvement with family will be sweet and reassuring. It’s a great time to redecorate at home for many of you. Mercury sparks your interest in health regimes and makes you more verbal at work. (“Do it this way, not that way.”) But whoa, Nelly! Watch out for Mars, which is opposite your sign making you impatient with everyone. (Ya think?)
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You’re still focused on home and family. Yes, you want privacy and quiet time for some navel-gazing, yet Mercury prompts you to reach out to others. In fact, you’re so prankish and playful some of you are playing practical jokes. Fortunately, Venus sweetens your words with everyone and brings chances to earn money through writing and talking, while Mars energizes your efforts at work, (which is why you take pride in what you do). And underneath this wide variety of influences working on your Cancer soul, Jupiter is helping you to learn more about yourself and conquer some of your inner anxieties (like the fear of picking up doorknobs). It’s complicated.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You’re frantically busy but on the whole you’re enjoying it. Repairs at home and family discussions (especially with young people) are taking place now. Mars makes you playful, flirtatious and energetic, especially socially speaking. It also makes you athletically competitive. Meanwhile, back at the bank, you’re trying to make hefty deposits with good earnings to cover your hefty purchases! Your tastes have been lavish lately, especially on beautiful clothes, jewelry and lovely treasures for your home, not to mention entertaining forays (dinner, the theater and nice hotels). And what about fun vacations! (“What’s a girl to do?”)
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Buy wardrobe goodies because you’ll get things you enjoy wearing. You love being with good friends this week. Actually, you’re enjoying doing anything that pleases you! You attract others, which can benefit you. Tension at home might be because of visiting guests or a chaotic household because of renovations and redecorating. Your reputation continues to shine: “Look Ma, no hands!” But your main underlying concern is money and cash flow. (“Where is it?”) You need to establish your relationship to the things you own. Do you own them or do they own you? Who’s calling the shots? You want to learn how to use what you value to make your life run smoothly.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
It’s still your hour with the Sun in your sign until Monday, Oct. 22. (Use this!) Secret love affairs are taking place for many. This could be partly caused by Mercury prompting you to focus on whatever you value in life; it’s a reality check. You want to define your sense of values. You’re concerned with money, cash flow, earnings and shopping. Mars totally pumps your verbal expression making this a strong time to sell, market, teach, act and present a convincing case to others. (“Where do I sign?”) Of course, Jupiter continues to urge you to travel and learn more about life, which means you’re dropping prejudices and old lies.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’re highly verbal now! Mercury in your own sign makes you want to talk to everyone and tell them your side of things. You need to be understood. (And you have lots to say!) You’re enjoying schmoozing with friends, especially in group situations. Creative artistic people appeal to you now, although you find it easy to express your affection to anyone. (In fact, friends can become lovers and lovers can become friends.) Mars makes you assess where you are in economic terms because it so easily makes you identify with what you own. And of course, you have divine protection from Jupiter this year, making it a great time to get a loan, a mortgage or help from others. Ka-ching!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Venus at the top of your chart attracts opportunities and people who can benefit you. Bosses and VIPs are particularly pleased with you (so you might as well milk this for all it’s worth). Since people see you in such a positive light, you’ll probably be asked to give your creative input on something. Just do it. You might meet a mentor or mentor someone else. The Sun continues to boost your popularity and your desire to schmooze with others, while Mars in your sign puts muscle and enthusiasm behind everything you want to do. You’re gung ho! Combined with all this, Jupiter dances across from your Sun boosting your confidence and making you spend too much money! That’s because you feel many things in your life are coming to a culmination, and it’s kinda thrilling.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Half the planets are above the horizon in your chart now, which makes you feel free and really “out there.” The Sun certainly calls attention to you by shining down on you from on high (pretty powerful stuff; just nod and give the royal wave), while Venus heightens your appreciation of beauty, not only for wonderful places and gorgeous things but also for beautifully crafted ideas. You’re hungry to learn anything that is poetically elegant. Travel for pleasure will definitely please you, as will romance with someone from another culture. You’re giving a lot of thought to your goals and expectations now. Are they working? Discussions with friends can help redefine your objectives. Meanwhile, things are going swimmingly at work and everyone wants to hire you.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’re exploring more of your world simply because you want to. You have a strong urge to know more and you want to travel. You also want to explore opportunities in publishing, the media, the law and medicine. Venus makes intimate relations very sweet and tender. You feel connected with loved ones. In the month ahead, Mars will make you competitive in group situations and sports and pump your energy to participate vigorously. The trick is to make your success the success of others. And finally, Mercury, the fastest planet, is whipping over the top of your chart prompting you to make career plans and get further training. It also facilitates excellent conversation between you and bosses and VIPs. You rock!
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You’re so passionate now! This increased passion combined with your Pisces penchant for being ecstatically euphoric and suicidal all before lunchtime creates a roller-coaster existence for you this month. You’re doing a lot of soul-searching, which could trigger some deep transformations within you. (“So much to think about, so little brain!”) Venus opposite your sign sweetens your closest relationships. In part, this is because it’s easy to express your affection to others now and, of course, they will respond in kind. (Smoochie boochies!) But behind all this pixie dust, Mars at the top of your chart arouses your ambition to achieve. You agree with Michelangelo: “Trifles make perfection and perfection is no trifle.”