Retrograde Advice

By Holiday Mathis

December 7, 2017 6 min read

It's said that sadness is about the past, anxiety is about the future and the present is only peace. Maybe for the enlightened masters. For the rest, some degree of sadness and anxiety will be present throughout the early stages of Mercury retrograde — and simplistic platitudes don't help. Accepting the complicated nature of life might, though.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). No one has all the answers. This will come as a relief to you now, because it means that you don't have to offer a turnkey solution for your people. Instead, introduce them to the issues and invite them to work together to solve this.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What's more important than being right? Understanding. This isn't about knowing more. Knowledge and understanding are not precisely the same thing. The former is more akin to facts, the latter to processes.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You've already survived your worst days, so even if this one isn't unfolding ideally, there's still enormous potential here if you keep your attitude buoyant. Positive people around you will help.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Everything is moving quickly, and you'll get plenty of participation points over the next three days. You'll win a few and lose a few — and don't worry, because anything you lose will come back around.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There's something you want to accomplish that seems not to be in the cards. It's like for every push you make, life pushes back. Don't give up. These pushes from life are just trying to guide you to a better way.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your creativity is not going away just because you happen not to be using it much lately. It's actually swelling up, eager for an outlet. Schedule time for exploration of this side of you in the near future. You're long overdue.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Tenacity, in its less appealing form, is called stubbornness. You'll have this sort of stick-to-it-ness to work with now. Be careful what you agree to, because it won't be so easy to back out.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Develop your plans on paper. This will help you order your thoughts and take stock of your resources, as well as the resources you'll have to acquire to make your wishes a reality.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Still worried about what to give the important people in your life who seem to already have everything? Actually, what you write in the card will be more important. Put time and thought into this and you'll be a hit.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Changing your brain chemistry isn't so mysterious really. There's very little you can do that won't alter it. Ways to get the good chemistry flowing: hugs, music, exercise, learning, laughter and so much more.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll look for the drama, humor and general human-interest aspect of life with the zeal of someone who's been invited to a very important dinner party. It just feels better to have a few good stories in your arsenal.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). We all talk too much now and then. But one who's proven to be a habitual conversation bully will have you running and hiding in avoidance today. Sad, really, but a good lesson in the importance of generous communication.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 7). You'll get the attention you deserve with one stipulation: that you don't settle for less. Stick with those who celebrate and support you and you'll rise past their high expectations and up to your own even-higher ones. Get help in setting up processes that will earn you the extra money and satisfaction you've lacked. Aquarius and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 12, 38, 1, 42 and 25.

PUPPY PROFILE: If you know when your pet was born, check out his or her sun sign and the personality that goes with it.

SCORPIO: This intriguing pup's magnetic personality will reel you in and his or her choices will surprise you. That's not to say these choices will always be what you want. Scorpio dogs have been known to chase skunks, steal pies, tear down wallpaper and the like. They've also been known to save lives, Lassie-style. Whatever your Scorpio dog does, it will be legendary.

This water-sign dog is the ideal beach or lake companion. Scorpio loves fun in the sun followed by a cool swim. Another gift of Scorpio dog's water-sign energy is a deeply feeling, empathetic nature. This is a comfort and cuddle-beast who can heal just by snuggling up.

Scorpio is the sign that represents the cycle of life and the legacies we pass on, which is why the Scorpio dog is among the best to breed. Professional breeders will find that Scorpio dogs pass down the best of their pedigree, and champions of every breed will be spawned of Scorpio parents.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Nicholas Hoult plays inventor Nikola Tesla in "The Current War," a drama about the cutthroat race between electricity titans to determine the electrical system to power the modern world. As for Hoult's tabloid-magnet dating life, Sagittarius natives are known for a spirit of wonder, adventure and romance (though with four planets in Capricorn, Hoult may secretly love work more than romance).

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