Under the expansive Sagittarius moon, bravely set out to find that intersection of what they want from you and what you want to give. This comes easily to some. But for most, it's a quest fraught with false starts, expensive mistakes and embarrassing outcomes, all of which are worth it, as they move the explorer a little closer to success.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Non-humans have a way of bringing out a different side of people, and you can learn a lot about someone by the way they interact with different species. An animal will bring you luck today.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). In the premodern world, the people who could read did so to understand god or their civic duty. In the modern world, people read to know about whatever they wish. Your knowledge wishes will be quickly and literally granted.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Turn your eyes inward to the heart cellar and there will be everything you need: feelings, paths to other feelings, foundational memories silent as boulders, wordless dreams.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Do you have confidence in your ability to charm? If not, pretend you do. Because it's important to spend some time on the niceties and small talk instead of rushing to the ask before the other person can get away.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You know firsthand how wonderful it feels to receive an unexpected compliment or a token of appreciation from out of the blue and this is why, when you see the opportunity to give this to someone, you do.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're duty-bound to certain conversations you'd rather not participate in. Let the words float by like feathers. It's not important to catch them. It's too much effort to concentrate on things that don't pertain to you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When friends do kind and generous things, the burden of reciprocity is heavy on you. That's a sign that you're a good friend. Fun relationships are actually a lot of work when you're doing them right.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're having trouble committing. It's not because you're fearful or lazy; it's a sense you're getting. There's something at the root of the idea that seems fundamentally flawed. Address it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When you witness gusty, high-pressure tactics you see them for what they are — weakness. The person who has the goods can afford to be cool, knowing offers will be plenty so there's no need to hard-sell.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Love is so often confused with masqueraders such as ego gratification, the settling of old scores or the answer to a shortage of capital. You'll be keen to all imposters.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Breezy conversation and casual promises abound. A few nouns and verbs strung together should not be mistaken for action. Talk lays down a context, but without action, talk is meaningless.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's a day to avoid the conflict. It is said that few wage honorable war. Rivalry has a way of bringing out the worst of people and reveals faults that would not be seen in courteous interactions.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 20). You'd rather do favors for others than be on the receiving end, but you'll learn to love the surprise generosity coming your way. It's well-earned and will be well-spent, too, as you apply resources to the betterment of all. Sophisticated fun, educational opportunities and romantic travel are features of 2021. Gemini and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 13, 38, 24 and 17.
HOW TO WORK THE MERCURY RETROGRADE (INSTEAD OF LETTING IT WORK YOU) To make the most of this introspective and retrospective time, here are Mercury's top suggestions. (Part Five, see archives for earlier signs) SAGITTARIUS: Needing and wishing people to be a certain way is the enemy of close, productive relationships. Challenge yourself to drop as many assumptions as you can about people — what they want, what they're like. If you can erase what you think you know and go in with an open mind, people will occur to you how they really are. Then the real work (and play!) can begin. CAPRICORN: The leader doesn't always have to be at the front. In fact, the front isn't typically the best place. Following the group, you'll see more. And what you learn from a humble position within the group is the absolute most powerful information you could have. Mercury retrograde favors coming at leadership unconventionally, if not sneakily. Undercover bosses get the goods.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: John Krasinski joined his wife Emily Blunt starring in the sci-fi horror drama, "A Quiet Place Part II." Sun and moon in Libra indicate that Krasinski is a romantic who operates at his best while in a supportive relationship, so it's no surprise he's been named one half of the internet's favorite couple. Mercury, Venus and Uranus in Scorpio signal passion and intuition.
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