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Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, October 25th

We want to share our feelings in an all-or-nothing manner today. We may express our love in dramatic ways as sexy Venus does the tango with the sultry Scorpio Sun, but the heat of passion can turn to ice. If we push our luck too far, the Moon’s conjunction with karmic Saturn reminds us of appropriate limits. Thankfully, messenger Mercury completes its three-week retrograde period this afternoon, freeing our thoughts to move forward once again.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You say whatever is on the tip of your tongue today; however, you could step into deep water so quickly that you don’t have time to get your bearings. Unfortunately, you may be even more impulsive than ever with your words now that mischievous Mercury moves forward in your 7th House of Relationships. Although you might be tempted to stir up some drama, you’re still better off approaching a conversation about your feelings with thoughtful deliberation. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You feel like royalty now as you luxuriate in the splendor of your own domain. But just because jolly Jupiter is camping out in your 4th House of Home doesn’t mean you will get everything you want now. Stay optimistic, even if you face a minor setback. It’s crucial to project a positive attitude now that the Sun is traveling through your 7th House of Partnerships. Setting the bar high encourages your friends and family to step up to the plate and give it their best shots.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

Playing to your audience is tricky business if you aren’t on stage today. It’s tough to be a teacher if you don’t have a class. Above all, you need a stable platform from which to express your creative ideas. Nevertheless, you could still make real progress on a project now by thinking outside of the box. Solidifying routines may still require additional time, yet creating structure reliably leads to greater opportunities down the road.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Your feelings are so tangible that they could overwhelm your plans today. However, avoiding serious emotional commitments now allows you to encourage your imagination to meander without restraint. Keep in mind that even the most impractical thoughts can have practical consequences. Exploration of your inner worlds leads to outer rewards.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Everyone might be relying on you to be the nurturing one of the group with four planets residing in your 4th House of Emotional Security. Additionally, others expect you to entertain and amuse them now. However, you’re simply not in the mood to put on a performance and you want to avoid the spotlight completely. Tracing your feelings back to their underlying causes can make a real difference, enabling you to make positive changes that last.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You would be quite content these days if people left you alone for a while. You long for seclusion and may greatly benefit by carving out some quiet time for self-reflection. Still, there might be one or two close friends you really want to share your thoughts with now; just don’t let your socializing grow out of hand. Your self-esteem depends on your ability to establish healthy boundaries while still being vulnerable with those you love.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Sometimes making the simplest changes in a relationship can take longer than you expect. Thankfully, the Sun’s alignment with your key planet Venus refreshes your dreams and widens your vision of the future. Paradoxically, your confidence is on the rise, even as you sink deeper into your feelings. Nevertheless, carefully building on a solid emotional foundation makes more sense than rushing ahead just because you like what you see on the horizon.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Charming Venus cozies up to the Sun in your 1st House of Personality, you won’t likely be short on charisma — even if others criticize or attack your plan. This is your moment to shine; you’re at the top of your game, so eagerly invite in every opportunity that knocks at your door.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You are a natural-born traveler yet responsibilities are stacking up today, prohibiting your free movement. If you do end up taking a trip now, it will likely be for business, not pleasure. Nevertheless, you still may want to go somewhere special, so expand your intellectual sphere by researching a new and different destination. Don’t wait for fate to decide your future; stand up and be counted as someone who makes their own opportunities.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You might have to work with a very stubborn person today, someone who seems bent on turning a simple exercise into a totally frustrating experience. Pride is not a strength at this time, but a sure sign of weakness. Thankfully, real cooperation is possible when humility is present and there is respect for all parties involved. Remember that bossing others around won’t get you what you want now, but practicing compassion could just do the trick.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You want to step back and take in the whole picture today, so you are quite willing to walk away from the details and leave them to someone else. You’re not interested in superficial matters; you’re too serious to get sidetracked, especially if you’re seeking power and integrity now. However, be ready to drop whatever you are doing if someone with convincing sincerity shows up. The right person can act as a catalyst that changes everything for the better.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You can transform the most boring drudgery into an exciting adventure today by simply putting all of your heart into your work. The same old chores that usually annoy you to no end suddenly invite you to explore your imagination and cultivate your creativity. The good news is that you can be productive and playful at the same time as long as you are willing to work hard without taking yourself too seriously.

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Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for October 25th

Welcome to a major transition day for many reasons. As already indicated in this calendar yesterday, the Sun merges with Venus at 2 degrees of Scorpio (12:32AM) while Mercury finally leaves retrograde status by turning direct at 17 degrees of Libra (12:20PM). The previous Sun-Venus conjunction occurred back on January 11 and Venus was in reverse. Today’s alliance is known as the Superior Conjunction of Sun-Venus (from an astronomical viewpoint), and the Earth, Sun, and Venus are lined up in the solar system. One could call this a Full Venus — as it was named by the eminent astrologers Dr. Marc Edmund Jones and Dane Rudhyar many decades ago. Love vibrations are definitely on the rise and you need to channel them with care and wisdom. In the meantime, all Mercury themes are enhanced as the Messenger of the Gods planet escapes from retrograde motion and, although virtual motionless all of today, begins picking up some daily speed over the next few days. Mercury connects with communication, learning and primary education, words and language, transportation and travel plans, business and trade, messages and paperwork, health and medical concerns, the five senses, air and breathing, wind and temperature changes, as well as apparent acts of magic, sleight of hand, and theft. Nevertheless, other astro-factors are trying to intrude their presence into this Saturday’s stellar performance. The Moon in Scorpio is void for a little over 12 hours — from 9:12AM to 9:41PM when the lunar orb enters upbeat, fiery Sagittarius. It is during this uncertainty zone that Mercury makes its shift and as the Moon forms its monthly union with productivity-enhancer and nutrition-monitor Ceres (8:22PM). Later on, once the enthusiastic Sagittarius Moon vibes have taken hold, Venus unites with Pallas (10:37PM) — providing a shining light of problem-resolution during the overnight psychic atmosphere. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Sat., October 25th

We want to share our feelings in an all-or-nothing manner today. We may express our love in dramatic ways as sexy Venus does the tango with the sultry Scorpio Sun, but the heat of passion can turn to ice. If we push our luck too far, the Moon’s conjunction with karmic Saturn reminds us of appropriate limits. Thankfully, messenger Mercury completes its three-week retrograde period this afternoon, freeing our thoughts to move forward once again.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You say whatever is on the tip of your tongue today; however, you could step into deep water so quickly that you don’t have time to get your bearings. Unfortunately, you may be even more impulsive than ever with your words now that mischievous Mercury moves forward in your 7th House of Relationships. Although you might be tempted to stir up some drama, you’re still better off approaching a conversation about your feelings with thoughtful deliberation. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You feel like royalty now as you luxuriate in the splendor of your own domain. But just because jolly Jupiter is camping out in your 4th House of Home doesn’t mean you will get everything you want now. Stay optimistic, even if you face a minor setback. It’s crucial to project a positive attitude now that the Sun is traveling through your 7th House of Partnerships. Setting the bar high encourages your friends and family to step up to the plate and give it their best shots.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

Playing to your audience is tricky business if you aren’t on stage today. It’s tough to be a teacher if you don’t have a class. Above all, you need a stable platform from which to express your creative ideas. Nevertheless, you could still make real progress on a project now by thinking outside of the box. Solidifying routines may still require additional time, yet creating structure reliably leads to greater opportunities down the road.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Your feelings are so tangible that they could overwhelm your plans today. However, avoiding serious emotional commitments now allows you to encourage your imagination to meander without restraint. Keep in mind that even the most impractical thoughts can have practical consequences. Exploration of your inner worlds leads to outer rewards.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Everyone might be relying on you to be the nurturing one of the group with four planets residing in your 4th House of Emotional Security. Additionally, others expect you to entertain and amuse them now. However, you’re simply not in the mood to put on a performance and you want to avoid the spotlight completely. Tracing your feelings back to their underlying causes can make a real difference, enabling you to make positive changes that last.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You would be quite content these days if people left you alone for a while. You long for seclusion and may greatly benefit by carving out some quiet time for self-reflection. Still, there might be one or two close friends you really want to share your thoughts with now; just don’t let your socializing grow out of hand. Your self-esteem depends on your ability to establish healthy boundaries while still being vulnerable with those you love.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Sometimes making the simplest changes in a relationship can take longer than you expect. Thankfully, the Sun’s alignment with your key planet Venus refreshes your dreams and widens your vision of the future. Paradoxically, your confidence is on the rise, even as you sink deeper into your feelings. Nevertheless, carefully building on a solid emotional foundation makes more sense than rushing ahead just because you like what you see on the horizon.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Charming Venus cozies up to the Sun in your 1st House of Personality, you won’t likely be short on charisma — even if others criticize or attack your plan. This is your moment to shine; you’re at the top of your game, so eagerly invite in every opportunity that knocks at your door.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You are a natural-born traveler yet responsibilities are stacking up today, prohibiting your free movement. If you do end up taking a trip now, it will likely be for business, not pleasure. Nevertheless, you still may want to go somewhere special, so expand your intellectual sphere by researching a new and different destination. Don’t wait for fate to decide your future; stand up and be counted as someone who makes their own opportunities.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You might have to work with a very stubborn person today, someone who seems bent on turning a simple exercise into a totally frustrating experience. Pride is not a strength at this time, but a sure sign of weakness. Thankfully, real cooperation is possible when humility is present and there is respect for all parties involved. Remember that bossing others around won’t get you what you want now, but practicing compassion could just do the trick.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You want to step back and take in the whole picture today, so you are quite willing to walk away from the details and leave them to someone else. You’re not interested in superficial matters; you’re too serious to get sidetracked, especially if you’re seeking power and integrity now. However, be ready to drop whatever you are doing if someone with convincing sincerity shows up. The right person can act as a catalyst that changes everything for the better.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You can transform the most boring drudgery into an exciting adventure today by simply putting all of your heart into your work. The same old chores that usually annoy you to no end suddenly invite you to explore your imagination and cultivate your creativity. The good news is that you can be productive and playful at the same time as long as you are willing to work hard without taking yourself too seriously.

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Daily Cosmic Calendar for Friday, October 24th

If you are sensing some big changes about to occur on the horizon, your intuition is spot on. Tomorrow brings the first Sun-Venus conjunction since January 11 as well as the official Mercury turnaround into forward motion following a three-week retrograde cycle. Before those two events become reality, today’s astro-psychic agenda looks dazzling in a very favorable way. With the potency of the Sun and Venus entries into Scorpio from Thursday at your beck and call, three inspirational, 72-degree aspects provide a wide variety of revelations. Mercury makes the first of these 72-degree connections with the red planet Mars (2:00PM) and this is followed several hours later by Sun-Jupiter (7:10PM) and Venus-Jupiter (8:23PM) 72-degree sky configurations. This trio of divine harmony gives you plenty to crow about in your favorite arts, crafts and hobbies. In addition, business and professional matters have a rosier glow than usual — although with Mercury still retrograde you don’t want to leap headlong into agreements and long-term contracts until you feel that the coast is clear from the astrological perspective. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, October 19th

We want to have everything in place before we take action and have all our thoughts in order prior to saying anything aloud today. Unfortunately, the perfectionist Virgo Moon can be so picky when it comes to attending to details that we could end up letting the moment pass without making our move. However, we can mislead ourselves with sloppy logic as mental Mercury aligns with fuzzy Neptune. Luckily, our common sense guides us through the fog.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Untangling a misunderstanding with a close friend or partner could be the right thing to do today. Although your first impulse may be to apologize for your role in the current mess, the planetary emphasis on your 7th House of Relationships indicates that both parties share the blame. The Virgo Moon helps you to keep your feelings to yourself until you are fully aware of all the emotional dynamics at play. Luckily, your patience will be rewarded in a surprising way if you don’t push ahead too soon.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You aren’t happy about an imbalance of power today. You may feel intimidated by someone who appears to have an agenda that is different than yours. Thankfully, you have the ability to create boundaries, if necessary. It’s crucial to stand up for your beliefs, but this strategy can backfire if you become overly stubborn. It’s not in your best interest to set off on your own since collaborating with others now is your most effective route to success.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You may instinctively resist an authority figure today because you want to follow your own inspiration. You believe you have a better way to do accomplish goals, and all you want is acknowledgement and respect for your strategy. This can be your chance to demonstrate your cleverness as long as you are also pragmatic in your approach. Don’t let anyone talk you out of your intended plans; however, listening to an expert’s opinion improves your chances of reaching your goals in record time.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

It’s less stressful to hide behind your invisibility cloak today, but your emotions may be revealed anyway. If you decide to express what’s on your mind now, you could receive assistance from the analytical Virgo Moon moving through your 3rd House of Communication. But people might not be interested in hearing all the details of your inner process. Write down your thoughts instead of sharing them; some ideas are best developed without interference from anyone else.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

There’s no reason to overextend your resources today simply because you wish to express your generosity to those you respect. The good news is that everyone is on equal terms and any costs for social activities can be graciously shared. You don’t have to prove anything, but you still may want to contribute for some aspect of the day. Just remember that others won’t be easily impressed by your current display of magnanimity unless it truly comes from your heart.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your sleep may have been a bit restless last night with the Moon lighting up your 1st House of Self and amplifying the intensity of your dreams. Your vivid fantasies linger today as mischievous Mercury’s connection with foggy Neptune makes it tricky to think straight. It’s better to feel your way through the emotional haze than to rely on logic now. Make friends with your inner artist rather than your inner scientist for the best results.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Although you may be screaming on the inside, it’s to your advantage to maintain your gracious manners on the outside. Thankfully, your natural people skills enable you to interact with others in a personable way, even if you lack your normal patience. The fact is you don’t need the distraction of conflict today, especially if it doesn’t matter who wins in the long run. Instead of attempting to prove you are right, lead by example and concentrate on improving yourself.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You intuitively know how people will react to your words today, giving you the power to elicit the response you want. It may not be wise to tell everyone what you’re thinking now with three planets, including retrograde Mercury, in your 12th House of Secrets. Too much disclosure too fast could sabotage your progress. Slowing down your delivery is one tactic to improve your chances for success, especially if you can find a way to enjoy the process as it unfolds.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

There’s no need to let your frustration get the best of you if everything seems to be taking forever to manifest. You’re on the edge of a significant breakthrough but there’s no way to make something momentous happen before its natural time. Nevertheless, you still have your part to play; instead of dreaming about big changes in the distant future, take initiative right now. Some of the greatest journeys are accomplished by putting one foot ahead of the other, one tiny step at a time.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Getting to the bottom of what appears to be even the most trivial of events is more complicated than it appears at first. Although everyone’s motives seem close to the surface, you begin to realize how buried the truth really is once you start digging. Instead of wasting your time trying to uncover the source of someone’s intentions now, just accept people’s actions at face value. You can always return to the scene of the crime and do additional detective work later on if you’re still interested.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

There’s no valid reason to hold onto negative emotions today as they don’t serve a purpose for you. Just try letting the feelings wash over you and dissipate on their own accord. Fortunately, you can benefit the most by focusing on your competency, rather than blaming someone else or defending your position. Ultimately, your reactions have their own bias. If you let others freely say what’s on their minds you will find that you share common ground.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You may be divinely inspired today, but cultivating an ethereal perspective is challenging when mundane reality is so demanding. Other people may encourage you to tend to the details of your life now that the exacting Virgo Moon is visiting your 7th House of Relationships. However, getting lost in the minutiae could lead to trouble. Thankfully, you can balance the energy by consciously steering toward bigger ideas and focusing on the possibility of more amazing adventures ahead.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, October 17th

We are out to have a good time as the playful Leo Moon joins up with jolly Jupiter today. The big-hearted Leo energy shines brightly as talkative Mercury hooks up with lovable Venus in friendly Libra. Although everyone seems to get along now, it’s not all fun and games as retrograde Mercury encourages us to suppress our desires. We may feel so vulnerable that we simply deny our negative feelings, hoping the day will slip by without drama.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You have an enticing opportunity to spend quality time with people you really like today, but you still need to finish your work before you go traipsing off with your friends. Unfortunately, they can distract you from fulfilling your promises. Thus, it is not a good idea to disrupt your regular routine today. Keep your current dissatisfaction to yourself and mind your responsibilities for now.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You know exactly what you want to accomplish at work today, yet you also must find the time to honor your personal needs as well. You could believe that any deviation from your plan indicates a lack of success, but this line of thought is far from the truth. You might be a bit emotionally disoriented now, so don’t worry if the day unfolds differently than you imagined. Throw all of your preconceived notions out the window and exercise flexibility for a change.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You might feel unsettled today because your schedule doesn’t leave much wiggle room for fun and games. You don’t have time to let other people’s troubles hijack your day. Luckily, it’s entirely possible to enjoy yourself while still being emotionally responsive to those you love. Your mental versatility and quick wit enable you to offer your genuine support with just the right words. Trust your heart to tell you when you can gracefully slip away.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

It’s time to reconsider your relationships with close friends or business partners, especially if there are money issues involved. Your desire to iron out the details of a financial arrangement can be complicated by a lack of information or a misunderstanding. Even if you want closure today, it’s wiser to leave things open-ended for now. In the meantime, discussing the various options you have will lead to finding the clarity you seek.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your intentions may be admirable today, but others might misunderstand you no matter how positive you are in your approach. The cosmic culprit is trickster Mercury hooking up with friendly Venus in your 3rd House of Communication. Perhaps people don’t trust your words because your delivery is overly optimistic. Don’t try to convince anyone of your altruistic motives; just maintain your position and your integrity will eventually speak for itself.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

The overwhelming uncertainty of your life could undermine your confidence today. Fortunately, you are quite capable of covering your anxiety and hiding your doubts because your key planet Mercury conjuncts gracious Venus in charming Libra. The good news is whatever advantage you may lose to faulty logic now, you gain in charisma and creativity. Fake it till you make it.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Ask precisely for what you want today and you just might receive it as clever Mercury conjuncts your key planet Venus, enabling you to be quite persuasive in your plea. But you may have to risk a little emotional security to be heard, since your attitude is softened by accommodating Venus in your rational sign. Be as specific as possible in your request; the more details you supply now, the better your chances are of success.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You might misread someone’s intentions today and turn an otherwise insignificant comment into a major drama. Unfortunately, your perspective is so distorted now that it’s challenging to maintain clarity. Blowing things out of proportion only makes things worse. It may be more prudent to wait a day or two before you respond in order to see what happens. Treat every interaction as objectively as possible until you know how it fits into the larger picture.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Too many people requesting too much information from you could give you a colossal headache today. Don’t just make up a story on the spot, for your colleagues will immediately catch on. Honesty is the best policy; share the plain and simple facts to the best of your knowledge and leave it at that. As long as you’re being truthful, you don’t have to know all the answers. Sometimes others just have to figure it out for themselves.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your work plans could fall apart today as you watch the details begin to unravel. Hopefully, you can see this predicament as a positive experience because you are receiving an advanced warning that your ideas need more development. Don’t try to force the issue and glue everything back together. Instead, rethink your strategy before taking corrective action. Believe it or not, facing an obstacle now might be a blessing in disguise.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Someone’s overly dramatic story puts you in an awkward position today if you don’t know how to respond. You want to help, but you’re afraid that if you dig too deeply you might uncover details you wish you didn’t know. However, if you don’t investigate at all, then you won’t have all the facts you need to make a big decision. Prepare for the element of surprise; when the answer finally comes, it may not be what you expect.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Be careful about placing too much trust in your instincts now because a flash of inspiration could steer you in the wrong direction. Although it’s useful to recognize the amazing potential of a current situation, your mind may be playing tricks on you today. Even if you believe you’re seeing the actual path ahead, check out your assumptions with a close friend or partner before doing something you might regret. Asking for another point of view never hurts, especially if you take the advice you receive to heart.

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Mercury Retrograde Dos and Don’t s

Mercury Retrograde Dos and Don’t s

Keep moving forward while Mercury moves backward

Maria DeSimoneMaria DeSimone on the topics of mercury retrograde, astrology

 

There is one golden rule when it comes to Mercury Retrograde phases. Interestingly enough, it’s grammatical. If you can commit this simple tenet to memory then you’ll find that retrograde cycles of Mercury are not only easier to navigate, but also rich with potential for growth and personal development.

Ready class? Here’s the rule. Remember back in grade school when you learned about the prefix “re?” Well, a prefix is placed before the root of a word and this one means “again.” All you need to remember is that during any Mercury Retrograde cycle, if you’re doing something that begins with “re” such as reassess, revise, revisit, reconnect, redo, recall, resay, refresh, you’re right on track. If you’re not then stop immediately or else suffer the Mercury Retrograde migraine!

Here’s a top list of dos and don’ts that will help you navigate the confusion around any Mercury Retrograde phase.

DON’T initiate. DO finish what you’ve started.
No matter how fantastic your new plan may be, hold off on the launch while Mercury is trekking backwards. There’s a high probability that you’re missing crucial information or that whatever you pitch to others isn’t going to sound as phenomenal to them as it does to you. Instead, use Mercury’s Retrograde as a time to take stock of whatever you’ve already got going on and do your best to polish up and finish existing projects.

This certainly holds true for writing projects (and Mercury Retrograde is a perfect time to edit and revise work). However, it also applies to all areas of your life, from work, money and relationships. Usually, it’s best to not start a new job, get married or begin a new financial chapter in your life now. Polish up your resume, plan your wedding or research investments instead.

DON’T purchase big ticket items. DO comparison shop.
You should not purchase any big ticket item such as a car, computer, appliance or even a piece of jewelry during Mercury’s retrograde for several reasons. First, if it has moving or electronic parts, there’s a good chance that you’ll find a glitch. Repairs are fine (and a perfect prefix) on existing equipment … however no one should have to repair a brand new item! In addition, during Mercury retrograde you might not receive the best bargain if you rush to purchase. If you can wait for your item, it’ll be wiser to shop after Mercury is direct. In the meantime, comparison shop and spend more time thinking about what you really want. You might find that you’ve changed your mind completely by the time Mercury turns direct!

DON’T sign contracts, make verbal agreements or life altering decisions. DO renegotiate, mediate and reconsider existing ones.
This might be the most widely known tip about Mercury Retrograde, but it bears clarification. If at all possible, avoid new agreements! Because once you sign the dotted line or give that handshake, you will likely find that a series of events or misunderstandings cause the initial pact to change or fall apart. Instead, this is a good time to consider a renegotiation. Is your lease up for renewal on your apartment? Now is the time to either shop around or do research on a better agreement to propose to your landlord once Mercury turns direct.

Are you considering asking for a raise? Use this cycle to recognize what you are worth but also to reevaluate whether or not you’re offering your best to the company you work for. If you’re not, now is the time to implement revisions. Are you ready to break up with your lover? Even if your mind is made up, you’ll want to wait. A life altering decision implemented under Mercury retrograde has a waffling effect. You might go through a “make up and break up” phase that is exhausting. If you want a clean break and you’re sure, wait until Mercury is direct. There will be no confusion or second guessing!

DON’T hide under a rock and stop living. DO expect delays and snafus.
Preparation and patience are key during Mercury Retrograde cycles. If, for example, you have a trip planned and you notice it’s during a Mercury Retrograde, don’t cancel your plans and stop living! Instead, consider the added potential for mishaps and prepare accordingly. Recheck your baggage to ensure you’ve packed everything vital. Make sure you have all the proper documentation for your trip. Anticipate delays due to the added issue of miscommunication. Roll with it!

In short, Mercury Retrograde cycles are not meant to be the source of endless aggravation. However, if you go against the flow of this cycle you’re likely to experience more stress. Taking pause every now and then allows us to gain a new perspective and realize what we might have missed in the past. Now we get a chance to fix it and become even stronger because of it … thank you Mercury Retrograde!

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Friday, October 17th

We are out to have a good time as the playful Leo Moon joins up with jolly Jupiter today. The big-hearted Leo energy shines brightly as talkative Mercury hooks up with lovable Venus in friendly Libra. Although everyone seems to get along now, it’s not all fun and games as retrograde Mercury encourages us to suppress our desires. We may feel so vulnerable that we simply deny our negative feelings, hoping the day will slip by without drama.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You have an enticing opportunity to spend quality time with people you really like today, but you still need to finish your work before you go traipsing off with your friends. Unfortunately, they can distract you from fulfilling your promises. Thus, it is not a good idea to disrupt your regular routine today. Keep your current dissatisfaction to yourself and mind your responsibilities for now.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You know exactly what you want to accomplish at work today, yet you also must find the time to honor your personal needs as well. You could believe that any deviation from your plan indicates a lack of success, but this line of thought is far from the truth. You might be a bit emotionally disoriented now, so don’t worry if the day unfolds differently than you imagined. Throw all of your preconceived notions out the window and exercise flexibility for a change.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You might feel unsettled today because your schedule doesn’t leave much wiggle room for fun and games. You don’t have time to let other people’s troubles hijack your day. Luckily, it’s entirely possible to enjoy yourself while still being emotionally responsive to those you love. Your mental versatility and quick wit enable you to offer your genuine support with just the right words. Trust your heart to tell you when you can gracefully slip away.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

It’s time to reconsider your relationships with close friends or business partners, especially if there are money issues involved. Your desire to iron out the details of a financial arrangement can be complicated by a lack of information or a misunderstanding. Even if you want closure today, it’s wiser to leave things open-ended for now. In the meantime, discussing the various options you have will lead to finding the clarity you seek.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your intentions may be admirable today, but others might misunderstand you no matter how positive you are in your approach. The cosmic culprit is trickster Mercury hooking up with friendly Venus in your 3rd House of Communication. Perhaps people don’t trust your words because your delivery is overly optimistic. Don’t try to convince anyone of your altruistic motives; just maintain your position and your integrity will eventually speak for itself.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

The overwhelming uncertainty of your life could undermine your confidence today. Fortunately, you are quite capable of covering your anxiety and hiding your doubts because your key planet Mercury conjuncts gracious Venus in charming Libra. The good news is whatever advantage you may lose to faulty logic now, you gain in charisma and creativity. Fake it till you make it.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Ask precisely for what you want today and you just might receive it as clever Mercury conjuncts your key planet Venus, enabling you to be quite persuasive in your plea. But you may have to risk a little emotional security to be heard, since your attitude is softened by accommodating Venus in your rational sign. Be as specific as possible in your request; the more details you supply now, the better your chances are of success.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You might misread someone’s intentions today and turn an otherwise insignificant comment into a major drama. Unfortunately, your perspective is so distorted now that it’s challenging to maintain clarity. Blowing things out of proportion only makes things worse. It may be more prudent to wait a day or two before you respond in order to see what happens. Treat every interaction as objectively as possible until you know how it fits into the larger picture.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Too many people requesting too much information from you could give you a colossal headache today. Don’t just make up a story on the spot, for your colleagues will immediately catch on. Honesty is the best policy; share the plain and simple facts to the best of your knowledge and leave it at that. As long as you’re being truthful, you don’t have to know all the answers. Sometimes others just have to figure it out for themselves.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your work plans could fall apart today as you watch the details begin to unravel. Hopefully, you can see this predicament as a positive experience because you are receiving an advanced warning that your ideas need more development. Don’t try to force the issue and glue everything back together. Instead, rethink your strategy before taking corrective action. Believe it or not, facing an obstacle now might be a blessing in disguise.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Someone’s overly dramatic story puts you in an awkward position today if you don’t know how to respond. You want to help, but you’re afraid that if you dig too deeply you might uncover details you wish you didn’t know. However, if you don’t investigate at all, then you won’t have all the facts you need to make a big decision. Prepare for the element of surprise; when the answer finally comes, it may not be what you expect.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Be careful about placing too much trust in your instincts now because a flash of inspiration could steer you in the wrong direction. Although it’s useful to recognize the amazing potential of a current situation, your mind may be playing tricks on you today. Even if you believe you’re seeing the actual path ahead, check out your assumptions with a close friend or partner before doing something you might regret. Asking for another point of view never hurts, especially if you take the advice you receive to heart.

 

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