How is the Mercury retrograde going for you so far? Things do tend to slip quickly and unannounced in and out of our realm of control. Just know that whatever's done can be undone, and the faster you admit to mistakes the easier it will be to fix them. Also, a moment of vigilance could save you from hours of wasted time.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Choosing to be close to people who honor and treasure your best qualities is as much a form of self-protection as choosing not to be with people who don't. Work both sides of it today.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Take out your stamp of approval, and press it, kiss-like, onto your own work. Then ink it up really good and tag a few more things in your life. For instance, anoint your own shoulder with it, because you're doing mighty fine.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The quality of your relationships affects your happiness more than any other single factor. Money and status bumps are nice, but feeling good about what's between you and those close to you is nicer.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll give your knowledge to others today. Everything counts. Tidbits, thoughts, wisdom nuggets — you give it, and it matters. That part will feel good, seeing that you've made a difference.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It takes some trick to turn the conversation the way you want it to go, but you've a few up your sleeve. Besides, you have something to get settled, and a face-to-face exchange is the best way.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Who is taking care of you? This is what you wonder as you spread your care here and there. Don't worry. Someday when you need a hand, it will be there for you. Anyway, it's good to be strong and able. Enjoy that.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The sound of aligned interests is often "ha-ha-ha." Solidarity will be shown through humor, and laughter will be not only a sweet sound but a sign of successful group endeavors to come.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The relationship used to be different. The way it used to be is still inside there, waiting like the surprise center, the smallest Russian nesting doll in the set, the only really solid version of the whole bunch.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll never be sorry for employing civility. There are many other ways you could go that would be effective, maybe even more so, but they are a risk to be measured.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). As far as the "haves" and "have-nots" go, it's a tricky matter. The "haves" will appear to be rich in certain things that most people want. Yet the "have-nots" may be wealthier in the things that matter.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Who are your friends? This is the question of the day, not because you question the ties you know well but because you're moving into new realms with new people and you need to find out where you can safely put your trust.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). What charms one person will most likely charm 100 or more. Consider taking it public. The more people you add to your network today the more money you'll make tomorrow.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Nov. 18). You're not afraid of competition, and you see obstacles as a gift. Because of this attitude, you'll wind up training by putting yourself up against formidable opponents. And yes, you will become mighty. Your position of strength will help you in all areas of life, even love. Relationships will bond through travel. Libra and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 14, 33, 25, 7 and 49.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Though no one can be certain what goes on in the private mind of any other creature, it would seem that one of the many things that set humans apart from the other animals is that we make up stories. We do it for pleasure, but we also do it out of necessity. It's as though our minds just can't be satisfied with two clashing facts until we can bridge them with some kind of storyline that will allow the world to go on spinning in the particular way that makes sense to us.
The gaps that need filling will be many and varied this week, with Mercury retrograde stirring up a bit of mischief and the many cosmic changes of the next seven days. The sun enters Sagittarius, the sign of adventure, luck and a global mindset. This happens on the same day as a very social full moon in Gemini, which also happens to be Thanksgiving Day in the USA. The important takeaway with all that commotion is to go slowly, stay aware and keep your perspective on a par with the others around you. It's only a big deal or a small deal because someone says it is.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: The natal chart of Scorpio Owen Wilson reveals he's a sensitive guy. Neptune — the planet of artists, poets and dreamers — is on his sun, so Wilson shares the qualities of the temperamental and mysterious planet, with Neptune's penchant for both emotional ballyhoo and artistic inspiration. Look for Wilson in an upcoming episode of the comedy series "Documentary Now!"
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