Mercury Calls for Levity

By Holiday Mathis

June 28, 2017 6 min read

If everything is sacred then nothing is. Similarly, all the choices available cannot be your favorite. Furthermore, if you try and make too many things extremely important, life becomes cumbersome and you become immobile. The mantra "No biggie" will apply to much as Mercury harmonizes with Neptune and aligns with Mars. Lighten it up.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). This week features the cosmic equivalent of an invitation to a fancy dinner in which you'll be around new people you'd be keen to impress. Your choice of attire will be equally important to the topics you pull out of your conversational hat.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It's hard to "hate the sin and love the sinner," when both the "sin" and the "sinner" happen to be forwarding your interests. Take a look at what you might be complicit in by simply wanting what you want.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The reckoning your soul longs for may be with someone from long ago. That moment has passed, and it will be impossible to get back to it, but there's still a way to make things right going forward.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). While the welfare of others is a worthy investment, don't give your resources out of a sense of guilt or obligation. Anyone who makes you feel like you're indebted is incorrect and possibly conning you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It may feel as though you are toning down something about yourself to avoid challenging, upsetting or offending people around you. It's true that what you really want will cause waves, but it's nothing you can't handle.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The universe will be persistent with you. What starts out as a suggestion, if not taken, will later be presented to you as a challenge. If you still do not take on the idea, it will present as more of a demand.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If your leisure time doesn't provide the stress release you need and your work keeps ramping up the tension, perhaps both need a serious look. Don't passively live out the default version of your life. Go for the juice.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The words that help you reason your way through a problem will mean nothing to your emotional brain, which speaks a different language. To get your whole mind on board, engage through your senses.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). People will often go to greater lengths to avoid boredom than they will to avoid pain. You can use this fact to your advantage and get good results by applying your knack for entertaining.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It will take more than hard work to win at this game. Momentum will help. It's a matter of reducing friction and aligning yourself with maximum congruence; get all the elements aligned in the same direction.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). More than any other time in history, people have come to expect to be entertained at every juncture. Finding reasons to be engaged (instead of waiting for the obvious captivation cues) is a sign of special intelligence.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In those times when your life feels completely filled up and yet oddly unfulfilling, identify the activities that are the equivalent of eating junk food — i.e., quantity rich and nutrient poor.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 28). It may seem like the consequences of one direction or the other will alter life drastically. Don't let this paralyze you. The reality is that you'll come out smiling either way. Lighten up and choose. Companionship is rich, though September calls for a solo mission. Professional breakthroughs happen in January and June. Gemini and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 20, 4, 44 and 15.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I'll soon be interviewing for a project-management job that I really want. This is the break I have been waiting for. The pay is great, the benefits are super, and the position is a rank above the one I have. I'm a sensitive Cancer and sometimes I get overly nervous when the pressure is on. I'm afraid I'll blow the interview. How can I make sure that I don't?"

Preparation is the way, dear Cancer. Start by asking yourself the standard interview questions you are likely to get, like: "Why do you want to work here?" "What do you know about our company?" "Why should we hire you?" Focus all your answers on the benefit you can provide the company and the value you would add, not on what you would gain (pay, benefits, position, etc.). Rehearse what you're going to say in a mirror, or better yet, record a video of yourself so you can analyze and refine your responses.

On the day of the interview, clear your schedule except for the interview. Leave yourself plenty of time to get ready and travel. Arrive early, and breathe. Remember, you are not interviewing to save your life. Tell yourself, "It's just a job," and then do your best.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: John Cusack is said to be fiercely protective of his personal life — probably because he wants a personal life. Symbolized by hard-shelled creatures, Cancer and Scorpio are the best at protecting and defending their right to privacy. Look for Cusack in the upcoming thriller "Blood Money," a modern take on the classic "Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

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