Horoscopes by Holiday

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mercury just arrived in Scorpio yesterday, and already he's making deals, the first of which is with the big daddy of the zodiac, jolly Jupiter. This alignment in Scorpio is a sign that the truth will set us free. But since the truth can also be an upsetting or even dangerous implement to wield, try delivering it fast and light — maybe with a wink.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Just because the solution is neat and plausible doesn't make it right. You'll investigate a little deeper, put theories to the test, ask opinions of the young, fresh faces and old-timers and, finally, get to the bottom of this.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You once felt so anchored into a certain belief system that you now, for reasons that are still forming, are starting to doubt. Let this be a sign that your mind is open, as great minds tend to be.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your quickness to laugh might get you in trouble every once in a while, but usually it's an asset. You find that it's just easier to get things done when you have a sense of humor about them.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Like a child who loads up a plate at the buffet table and then can't eat nearly the quantity, you've ambitions you may not be able to digest. So go in slowly. You can always go back for more later if you need to.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Every single person on the earth has had past misfortunes, even a newborn baby (birth is no picnic). So you'll be slow to call anyone out, honk your horn in traffic or get overly frustrated with the general inconvenience of other people.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are many things you can give a person that do not cost money and are in fact more valuable than money. Hope, kindness, attention and affection are free, and you'll wisely be generous with them now.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The advances in thought come when you mix categories. This could mean genres, disciplines, cultures, genders, ages and more. Cross-pollination will bring the best solutions.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're at a crucial juncture in a project or relationship. You can't stay where you stand now, but there's something blocking the path, too. Still, you can either find a way to move forward or find an excuse not to.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Some of the work you've been doing is unnecessary. That's OK! You couldn't have known what was necessary before you started. As you drop the superfluous actions, you'll get faster and more elegant.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Just because a person isn't unkind doesn't mean that person is good or right for you. Neglect is often worse than meanness. You deserve respect, attention and support. Are you getting enough of that?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Even though there are so many miracles around for you to appreciate, not everything can be profound, because that would mean that nothing is. A new sense of purpose will help you prioritize and focus accordingly.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Measure the distance between you and the outcome you now desire to see if it's even possible to get there in one move, because today's problem isn't like a ladder; it's more like a chasm. It can't be bridged in two steps.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 18). You'll have less time to discuss the greats because you'll be too busy becoming one of them. This solar return shows you methodically doing what it takes to see your goal through. The abundant trust and love of others is your blessing, too — one that comes with many responsibilities. Taurus and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 20, 19, 40 and 22.

TURN THE DOWNSIDE OF YOUR SIGN INTO AN ASSET: Each sign has strengths and weaknesses, and often they are the very same qualities. LEO'S drive to entertain people can lead to grandiose plans that never quite pan out. The cat is also ambitious and prideful — two qualities that often go right before "the fall." But if no one tried to flesh out a grandiose vision, what a bleak world it would be! Also, the failings of Leos trying to entertain people are often even more entertaining than if they had succeeded with their original plans. For the cat, the main way to succeed is not to take any of it too seriously.

VIRGOS are famous for their perfectionism. They focus on the details and make every effort to get them right. If they are not careful, they can spend way too much time on very small efforts that the world will not appreciate, while missing out on the opportunity to make a significant impact overall. For Virgo, it is crucial to make an assessment of what will matter and what won't over the course of time. Each project should be summed up before the very first move is made. Careful planning helps the Virgo apply detail-oriented energy where it will be most effective.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Rumor has it that Zac Efron will be playing the "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" Ted Bundy in a thriller depicting the crimes of this terrifying serial killer. This is a bold career move for the loveable Libra, who is typically singing, dancing and making his audience laugh. Lucky Jupiter in Aries indicates perpetual career hotness, suggesting that Efron can afford to take the risk.

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