Oct. 20, 2013
All Signs: This week Mercury goes retrograde. (“Whaaat? I thought it was already retrograde?”) In a way, yes. Mercury sloooows down before it goes retrograde and, afterward, it takes days to catch up to where it was in the first place. So I recommend this outer window of time. For example, if Mercury goes retrograde on Monday the 21st (which it does) I would never buy a car six days before that date because Mercury is almost at a standstill. (Ouch.) The safety margins for this Mercury retrograde are Oct. 12-Nov. 27. (The actual retrograde is Oct. 21-Nov. 11.) Note: It’s OK to buy all kinds of things during Mercury retrograde. But avoid buying Mercury-related items like ground transportation, phones, computers, printers, E-books and information-related technology. (“OMG! My cellphone just fell into the toilet!”)
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This is your chance to get in touch with your inner self. (And without elective surgery.) In the next month, you’ll be more aware of doing or saying things that surprise even you. Or you might be aware of a compulsion you hadn’t noticed before. (“Are these your ball bearings, Captain Queeg?”) Your opportunity in the next month is not so much to spot your feelings but rather to strengthen your sense of who you are by helping you to see who you are. It’s that simple. This might relate to your sex life or how you fit into your family or how you disagree with someone else’s value system. You will also focus on property and resources that are jointly held. (“What do I get?”)
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This is the only time of year when the Sun is opposite your sign, which is as far away from you as it gets all year. Since the Sun is your source of energy, you’re going to be more tired and you will need more sleep. Factoid. Respect this. In addition, the opposition of the Sun to your sign makes you more aware of your closest relationships. You’ll start to think about what you want from a relationship. What needs must it fill? What needs of someone else must you fill? Relationships are a two-way street. (Or a roundabout if you’re kinky.) Work with others this month and consult experts because you can benefit by partnering with others.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Chaos, renovations or visiting guests might create tension at home. Fortunately, fair Venus paves the way for smooth relationships. In fact, partnerships will become cozy. Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde creates delays, confusion, errors and mixed-up communications at work. Just accept this and be on the lookout for it. Double-check everything. Assume nothing. The good news is opportunities to boost your income still exist and will continue for months ahead. (Get on this.) The next four-to-six weeks are the perfect time to buff your bod and improve your health. The bottom line is you want your life to run efficiently and effectively. Don’t we all?
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Now you enter a month packed with vacations, parties, fun leisure and flirtations. Enjoy sports events, playful activities with children and romantic getaways. Grab a chance to express your creative talents because you have an urge to do your own thing. This is a strong time for writers, actors, teachers and salespeople because fiery Mars fires your desire to express your opinions and beliefs. Therefore, if you have to sell an idea, you’re in the zone. In fact, you might come on too strong for some because you identify so strongly with your beliefs. (Little girl with forked tongue should not kiss balloon.) But hey, you have divine protection from lucky Jupiter for the rest of this year and well into 2014. Yay!
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
The month ahead is about home and family. Family get-togethers, domestic repairs and changes to your home are just a few reasons you’re lying in bed at night juggling ideas in your head. Leos need to be in charge of their castle. Another thing you’re juggling in your head (and your pocket) is money. That’s because you’re hemorrhaging cash right now! Well, good times, love affairs, children, gifts, vacations and romantic rendezvous do drain the bank. And it’s inevitable because you want to have fun, you’re generous, and you do things with flair! Unless you have Cancer or Capricorn in your chart to put the brakes on things, it’s time to plant a money tree in your backyard. (To be born rich is an accident. To die rich is a miracle.)
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You have a busy stretch ahead. Short trips, conversations with others, increased reading and writing plus errands and busy diversions will accelerate your daily routine. Zoom, zoom. Plus, Mercury retrograde will create snafus, transportation delays, silly errors and misunderstandings. Don’t worry, you’re not losing it. It’s Mercury retrograde being the trickster. Enjoy entertaining at home and redecorating projects. Join a gym or exercise class because you’ve got energy to burn. You want to enlighten others and you will! Your increased physical energy plus a chance to show the world what you can do will keep you pumped!
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You’re wrapped up with financial matters — how you earn your money, how you spend it and how you handle your possessions. Yet, at a deeper level, you’re giving thought to your values in life. (“Sorry, I gave at the office.”) But hey, this means you have to know what really matters. Only by knowing what matters can you make sensible decisions. Secret activities behind the scenes (perhaps love affairs) will take place. Venus will soften your words and attract opportunities to earn money through talking, writing, selling, acting and teaching. Look for old ways and old contacts to earn money. Apply at places you worked before. The next month is ideal for finishing things, not beginning new projects.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
With the Sun in your sign for the first time in 11 months, you can recharge, replenish and restore your energy for the next year. Since it’s all about you, dear Scorpio, it’s totally appropriate to put yourself first. Do what you want. Demand the biggest piece and the best seat. You’ll be aggressive with others, especially in group situations. In fact, you’ll enjoy competitions and physical sports. You’re making money now, which allows you to buy goodies and treasures for yourself and loved ones. Do not deny yourself what you want (within reason) because this is the only time of year when your first duty is to yourself. “It’s me and I’m comin’ in.”
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
With your birthday just a month away, your year is ending. Use the next month to strategize what you want your new year to be all about. Now is the time to make plans, even though you’re dealing with the past. Continue to get rid of what you no longer need — possessions, relationships, people, jobs and residences. “Everything goes!” That’s because you’re letting go of what is no longer relevant in your life. Fair Venus in your sign makes you charming, sociable and attractive to others. This is the time to shop for wardrobe goodies — ya think? Plus your increased ambition will get better results if you look great. (It’s hard for naked people to get ahead in the world.)
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
In the next six weeks, friendships plus your relationship to groups will be something you start to examine. (Your friends are a reflection of you.) Naturally, this includes partying, schmoozing and socializing. Basically, you want to establish a connection with others. Now is the time to share hopes and dreams for the future with others to get their feedback. Expect to see friends from your past as well. Meanwhile, you want a change of scenery and since things are so cozy with partners and close friends — you have your traveling companion, hopefully with a Visa.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
The Sun moves across the top of your chart now, casting a spotlight on you. And this light is flattering! Everyone thinks you walk on water and are the cat’s meow. Don’t be surprised to be asked to take on extra responsibilities or perhaps get a promotion. Whatever people want, say yes because you won’t have to do anything special to dazzle them. The lighting will take care of it. You might get an offer from someone from your past because Mercury retrograde will attract old bosses and authority figures you knew before. It’s all good. Disputes about shared property might arise, but you don’t care because your sex drive is amped and it’s easy to get along with friends and acquaintances.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Travel if you can because you need to get outta Dodge. You want to learn more. You want to meet new people. You want to have an exciting life! Meanwhile, the next month is perfect to finish writing projects, thesis papers, books and anything involved with medicine and the law. Personally, you’ll have a wonderful opportunity to practice patience because fiery Mars is opposite your sign now, and this tends to make you easily annoyed with others. Is it them or is it you? Does it matter? The result is still the same. Just remember — patience is the antidote to anger. (People who think they know everything are very annoying for those of us who do.)