Bird's Eye View from Mercury and Venus

By Holiday Mathis

December 15, 2017 6 min read

This Mercury (retrograde) and Venus alignment in Sagittarius will be a real challenge to people who like things the way they are. Restlessness and boredom are like chickens coming home to roost. Those birds are nice enough, but do you really want to live in the same coop with them? Spread your wings. Change is inevitable.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The person you imagine your admired someone to be and the person that someone actually is ... well, of course they can't be one in the same — unless you're a fiction writer inventing a person.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). This conflict embodies the same source of all conflicts. Both sides believe they are doing what's best; they just have drastically different ideas and definitions of what that entails.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Think about the problem as if it were your own, whether or not that's the case. Of course, solving problems that aren't yours always comes with the added problem of getting others to adopt your solution.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Accepting someone's story is often a matter of convenience over plausibility. We all believe what we'd rather believe. Remember this, because you'll be in a position to convince someone of the truth.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The good thing about your cosmic mindset is that it limits the amount of time you're willing to spend on trivial, personal minutia. There are much, much bigger things with which to concern yourself.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When good taste prevents a person from getting involved with good people, that's called snobbery. The division is bad for everyone. You'll fight this in yourself and you'll call it out in others.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you're not sure what to do next, a small voice inside you will chime in: "Is this really what the world needs now?" Your focus on what's missing in the world (instead of what's missing in you) will light the way.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Loved ones don't always agree on how to get things done, but today you'll at least agree on the goal. Focus on this and unify your efforts. You'll prevail on the collective strength of the group.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Purge your stuff and your soul gets purged, too. Release the old; let go of the tired; get rid of the rubbish. It will help you take advantage of opportunities that will come with next week's new moon.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Sleep is what you long for when the alarm clock goes off in the morning and yet still resist in the wee hours of a fun night. For optimum health and vitality through the end of the year, guard your sleep this weekend.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When the environment is neat and orderly, you feel that all is right with the world. It's why you'll work so hard today to straighten things up and organize what you have.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The mirror isn't enchanted; the tomb isn't cursed; the artifacts don't come with power beyond what they're given. But some things really ought to be given power. Make a thing sacred. Do this by giving it sacred attention.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 15). Your unsinkable attitude is what will make this a remarkable year. Setbacks will happen, and you'll keep bobbing back up and moving forward. Gorgeous additions to your environment happen in early 2018. A twist in your professional world will allow for a fresh approach to finance. Aquarius and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 44, 48, 30 and 12.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: Your mindset is more important to your success than anything that could get in the way of you and love. TAURUS: You'll feel more sociable and flirtatious. You're playing a new role. GEMINI: The ones you want to meet are around you. You just have to engage them. CANCER: You are gaining power over yourself, and power inside a relationship, and this will feel terrific. LEO: When it comes to love, the pain of your past nourishes the courage of your future. VIRGO: Rest assured, you matter quite a lot to the ones who matter to you, even when they are being too self-absorbed to do the right things. LIBRA: You'll see a remarkable improvement in your love life, mostly due to your change of approach. SCORPIO: The dynamics of love will bring out both the fearful and the brave side of you in the next 48 hours. SAGITTARIUS: Connection is more than a matchup of preferred traits. It's action and reaction to a shared moment. CAPRICORN: You'll have competition for the attention of the one you want. Good. It will bring out your best. AQUARIUS: Seek understanding of the other person's needs — the same ones he or she is not expressing very well. PISCES: Go in with the sole expectation and desire to have some fun.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: A couple that involves two Sagittarians works extremely well if they are both headed in the same direction. However, that caveat will be tricky to achieve because Sagittarius natives are so active and adventurous, their destinations can be anywhere on the map. This weekend, as both the sun and moon align for a fiery fresh start to any goal, two Sagittarians with the goal of love will be unstoppable.

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