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Mercury Direct, Venus in Virgo
After Mercury changes direction on Friday, October 9, there will be nothing on which to blame our miscommunication and logistical errors. Also, with Venus leaving the exaggerated, dramatic fabulousness of Leo for Virgo's part of the sky, love will take a practical turn. These aspects bode well for a week of getting down to business, streamlining toward the bottom line and generally getting our lives into shape.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The main drama of this week echoes back to something that happened when you were small. You can't change the way it went down then, but you can frame it differently in your mind. This will help you to handle your present situation with more assertiveness, grace, sophistication and effectiveness.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). This week shows you growing in insight and wisdom. Part of it has to do with the company you keep. You'll inhabit a more alert and observant headspace than you've been able to achieve in the recent past. You're likely to use what you learn to improve your lifestyle in more ways than one.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There's very little in this world that can be owned. Most of what we call our own is borrowed. We get to enjoy or care for it while it lasts or while we last. Coming to terms with the temporal nature of things will put you in a sharing mood. People will feel the specialness of the moments they share with you.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Sometimes you lend support in the way of encouragement; other times, in the way of constructive criticism. Both ways will be invaluable to the recipient, so don't hold back. Keep in mind that there are those who haven't leaned to accept support gracefully. Don't take their defensiveness personally.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your mind works in circular swirls, lighting up with many ideas at once. Seek the companionship of creative people — they will understand you best. You'll be in on a project that involves many people and several moving parts. This is exactly what you need to put your energy and confidence into high gear.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It's OK to make the wrong choice — people do it every day. Fearing the wrong choice is paralyzing and robs you of life experience. The spirit in which you make a choice is more important than the choice itself. How you live will be more important than what you actually do.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Creative people like you don't expect to be understood by everyone. Long ago, you accepted the possibility that people might laugh at, dismiss or criticize your work. But the creative process is such an enthralling high, you'll risk derision to follow your muse wherever it leads. The result will be brilliantly satisfying.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Knowing what you enjoy isn't a problem, but being able to dedicate to it the amount of time you'd like — that's where things get tricky. Many around you seem intent on distracting or monopolizing you for their own agenda. The good news is, if you choose to fight for your right to do what you enjoy, you'll win.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Unaccepted feelings have a tendency to be projected onto others, creating an extremely unhelpful and negative dynamic. In light of this, you may as well accept the way you feel and allow yourself to work through it. Most feelings, once accepted, will pass in a matter of moments.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You've evolved. Just as children don't usually notice their own growth, you don't realize the extent of your transformation until reminders come along this week. The old you is a hologram you view to remind you of how far you've come, a ghost inside a story you understand a little better each time you share it.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Take silliness out of the situation, extract the nutty bits and the nonsensical parts, remove the absurdity and the immaturity, and what's left? A one-way ticket to Snoresville. An audience of cricket sounds. Respectable, rejectable drabness. Therefore, minimize your attempts at total appropriateness this week.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's a social week during which you'll further personal and professional interests simultaneously. You'll have time to see many different people, gather loads of new information and spread goodwill like sunshine. Keeping your visits short and sweet will make for plenty of repeat business.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: To see the world as you wish it existed while still dealing effectively in the world that is — that is your aim and your victory in so many of this year's fateful moments. Famous birthdays that fall during this week of the strong-minded and visionary include Kate Winslet, Simon Cowell and John Lennon. Many will share in the beauty of your imaginings, lending love and support when you ask for it and when you don't. A purchase or commitment in January will set the tone for the new year.
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