Recipe for Mercury Direct

By Holiday Mathis

August 20, 2018 6 min read

Most of baking is about simple ingredients — salt, flour and water. But it's how you blend them together that makes all of the difference between, say, a biscuit and a pie crust. Today's tasks may seem to involve unremarkable efforts and resources, but a different approach will yield a much different result. Mercury, now direct, favors a mindful plan.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Someone will come to you with a problem, but unless they ask directly for advice and aid, refrain from intruding in this way. Instead, ask questions that will help them better understand the situation and their feelings about it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You feel like you're destined for so much more than just dragging yourself to the same tasks day after day. Changing it up will give you a glimpse at a glorious purpose, or at least a few different options to consider.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Just as it may benefit a business to obtain financial investors, it will benefit your heart to get the emotional investment of others. How? By sharing your vision, your plan, and relevant proof of past success that you may have.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Why not "accidentally" reveal a story that might make you enormously appealing, or proves that you're the right person for a certain job or role? If you don't tell them, make sure they learn from other channels.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It may seem that people are being callous when really it's just that they are not as conscientious as you are. It would be hard for anyone to be on a day like today. You're really paying attention.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'll do something you're not ready to do. This is, of course, the perfect recipe for growth. People don't grow by doing what they already are fully knowledgeable and experienced in.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Don't let the contradictions and complexities of the world (which will be numerous, obvious and mind-boggling today) turn you into a cynic. There is little to be solved or celebrated from a cynical frame of mind.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You'll be in a position to recognize others, but when are you not? What's different now is that this is a critical juncture. Your acknowledgement will mean and contribute so much to the momentum of the team.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're not always right, but you're more perceptive than most. You will sense what another is feeling and you may even know what they need when they don't know it themselves.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). In order to become who you might be, you'll have to let go of something about who you are. Everything is a trade-off. You get to choose what you're willing to trade though, if that's any consolation.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You've been careful to observe rules and follow protocol. It's caused you to hold your tongue, change your tune and bend in a number of ways, with varying degrees of comfort. For a worthy goal, you'll not regret these efforts.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Don't let dazzling scenery and action keep you from recognizing a quiet truth. Nor should you let a boring environment keep you from it. Close both your lidded eyes to see with the one that has no lid.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 20). Everything is not for everyone. You know yourself better than ever and are an excellent predictor of what will make you happy. You'll feel lucky for the array of choices available to you — including options you only dreamed about in times past. And the most beautiful part is that they will be very specific to you. Cancer and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 2, 22, 29 and 18.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "My sister has come to stay with our family. She has hit on some hard times financially and is currently out of work. She's a good houseguest and welcome to stay as long as she needs to, but I was just wondering if you have a prediction for someone born 3/28/1960?"

Your sister is an Aries with her moon in Aries, too. She's energetic and good about helping you clean and maintain your house. With Mercury and Venus in Pisces, she sometimes has an idealized view of what her career should be and when it doesn't match up with what's really going on at work, she has a tendency to get cranky. Instead of working through issues that come up on the job, she might get frustrated or angry and decide that the job just isn't for her. This is a habit that has to change for your sister to stay at a place long term. Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn suggest that your sister is a solid earner when she works, and she's also likely to come into an inheritance that will last through the years. Though she'll attain work perhaps as soon as December, I do see your sister being a delightful addition to your household in the months to come.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Born in the last days of the sun's journey through Leo in 1992, young Demi Lovato was destined to explore her talents in front of a large audience. Her natal Taurus moon is a singer's moon — Taurus rules the throat. Mercury, the communication planet, was in Leo, the sign of the stage. This multitalented Leo started young — performing on the series "Barney" with her friend Selena Gomez.

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