The guide for women
A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO WHAT A MAN IS REALLY SAYING:
I’VE GOTTA GO.
Get out of the way and stay away until it clears.
I don’t see why you’re making such a big deal out of this.
What meaningless self-inflicted psychological trauma are you going through now?
YES, I LIKE THE WAY YOU CUT YOUR HAIR.
I liked it better before.
YES, I LIKE THE WAY YOU CUT YOUR HAIR.
$50 and it doesn’t look that much different!
YES, I LIKE THE WAY YOU CUT YOUR HAIR.
For $50 they should have GIVEN YOU hair!
LET’S TALK, HONEY.
I’m trying to impress you by showing you that I am a deep person, and maybe then you’d like to have sex with me.
WILL YOU MARRY ME?
I want to make it illegal for you to have sex with other guys.
WILL YOU MARRY ME?
I might as well get tax benefits for going through these talks.
Coming right after yesterday’s ‘Information Overload Day’ is another day that suspects that you have your head in the clouds. It’s ‘National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day’ and I’m sensing a clutter theme — in this case, tech clutter like unreturned emails and voice messages, undeleted texts and old bookmarks. All this clutter can have the same negative effect as physical clutter. Take some time today to clean up your virtual mess and you’ll feel much more confident and clear.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
Your Charm for Today
The tortoise represents the dome of the sky, the universe. It tells you to take slow, deliberate steps and you can achieve everything you desire.
In China, Japan, and many other countries in the East, the Tortoise is regarded as a talisman for repelling every description of magic, and the supposed malign influence of the evil eye. This jade charm is also used as a powerful amulet for good fortune, happiness, both of the heart and body, endurance, strength, and longevity. In Eastern Asia the Tortoise is regarded as the symbol of the universe, the dome of the sky being represented by the shell, and the earth by the body of the tortoise.
Your Animal Spirit for Today
October 21, 2013
Badger is a ferocious opponent, unwilling to back down over any issue. Unfortunately, this unwavering stance leads some Badgers to their demise. If Badger has dug into your reading, he is asking whether you are fighting the right fight. Is this issue the hill you’re willing to die on, or are you fighting for no other reason than pure stubbornness? Think about it.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The Protector represents the presence of a strong ally ready to assist you when your path is full of difficult challenges. The Protector is represented by the Archangel Michael: God’s warrior angel. Archangel Michael is in the writings of many religions including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. While Michael is male, in the context of this Oracle, The Protector is not gender specific. Regardless of whether Your Protector is male or female they can have a powerful positive influence when you find yourself facing trying times.
As a daily card, The Protector denotes the immediate presence of a commanding ally working to put the balance of power in your favor. The protector is especially powerful at helping you get what you rightfully deserve and thwarting underhanded schemes aimed at keeping you down
CHINESE ASTROLOGY: YEAR OF THE SNAKE
October 21, 2013
In the love realm, you must produce something other than jokes so that your indiscretions will be forgiven; try small gifts. New friendly ties will be created, and it will be in your best interest to cultivate them. You’ll be in shaky physical form: bad nervous resistance and lethargy, for instance. The professional initiatives that you’ll take this day will lead you straight along the path to success.
Monday, Oct 21st, 2013
What is traditionally known as the Temperance card is a reference to the Soul. Classically female, she is mixing up a blend of subtle energies for the evolution of the personality. One key to interpreting this card can be found in its title, a play on the process of tempering metals in a forge.
Metals must undergo extremes of temperature, folding and pounding, but the end product is infinitely superior to impure ore mined from the earth. In this image, the soul volunteers the ego for a cleansing and healing experience which may turn the personality inside-out, but which brings out the gold hidden within the heart. (This card is entitled “Art” in the Crowley deck.)
Communication becomes bogged down today, even if we think we’re really clever. There may not be as much forward movement as we wish now that Mercury is retrograde. Loose ends fray and conversations tend to go awry during this three-week period. The mental intensity is kicked up a notch once the Moon enters witty Gemini at 12:13 pm EDT. Additionally, an independent Mars-Uranus alignment prompts us to break out of our routine and seek excitement.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You’re eager to blast off today, but the launch may be postponed due to circumstances beyond your control. Communication issues are emphasized when messenger Mercury begins its three-week retrograde phase. Conversations wander off track if you don’t have all the details in place. Although you might be inclined to take a direct approach, it’s helpful to allow time to assimilate your experiences before doing anything about them.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
Problems may arise through a misunderstanding with a close friend or intimate partner today. Instead of just brushing conflict aside, it’s best to uncover the source of the disagreement and talk about it while it’s still fresh. Once you see where you went wrong, it will be easier to let it go and move on to something more positive. Extending an olive branch demonstrates your willingness to take the high road.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
It makes sense today to stop running around from one distraction to another. You won’t get much done if you keep going at this breakneck speed. Unfortunately, you may be required to go back and redo what you didn’t do right the first time around. Paying attention to details now can prevent delays later on. Cultivate patience as a coping skill to help you adjust your pace. Slow and steady wins the race.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You’re through with struggling to keep your feet on the ground today. Fantasy is overtaking reality, which, ultimately, might turn out surprisingly well. The key is to enjoy your mental meanderings without necessarily acting on your feelings. You could run into trouble if you treat a dream as if it were real. There’s nothing wrong with using your imagination to entertain yourself as long as you remember your way back home.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You’re motivated to get things out in the open, but you may be fighting an uphill battle as a family member or someone at home seems to be keeping secrets. Your lack of clarity could send you into a state of confusion, but you might not want others to know about your uncertainty. Thankfully, a vicious cycle of non-disclosure can be broken once you decide to openly share what’s on your mind. Don’t let pride get in the way of progress.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Be extra careful as you schedule your time today, since you can’t afford to miss an appointment or get behind in your work. Still, your best intentions can fall short due to an uncharacteristic disregard to the details. Compensate for your current spacey behavior by writing everything down so you don’t forget what you need to remember.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Although you might want to focus all your mental energy on a very practical issue now, it’s rather unlikely that you can prevent your mind from wandering all over the map. You may be distracted by your creative desires or by a less productive romantic interest. Don’t worry so much about what you accomplish today. Give yourself a gift; go ahead and entertain a playful diversion just for the fun of it.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You might feel as if you’re enveloped in a self-protective bubble today that insulates you from other people’s problems. But you’re not as safe as you think now that trickster Mercury turns retrograde while visiting your sign, creating the illusion of suspended time. You may be unsure of choices as your moods swing wide and fast, making it difficult to take definitive action. Be gentle with yourself until things settle down and you know which way to go.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You are a study in cosmic contradiction today as you soar into the highest spiritual realms of your imagination. At the same time, however, you are pulled into the emotional shadows where you aren’t as confident. Don’t try to choose one path over the other. If you do, your reverie might suddenly come to an end and you’ll be plunged back into the mundane world again. Oddly enough, you can be in both places at once if you keep both your mind and your heart open.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Your impatience with overly emotional friends and coworkers can stir up more trouble than it’s worth today. You don’t want to interact with those who might get in the way of your productivity, but avoidance may not be possible. Others are merely reflecting your own subconscious tendencies now. Let go of your goals for a while and let yourself drift. Funny enough, sinking into your dreams will help you accomplish more in the long run.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Instead of pushing forward on your career path, it might make more sense today to take a breather while you integrate your recent experiences. Taking time to regroup and consolidate during the next three weeks may be the best use of this Mercury retrograde phase. You will ultimately gain more ground if you have the wisdom now to relax and reassess your priorities.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Dreamlike images flood your consciousness today, challenging you to untangle your desires from the real world. But your key planet, surreal Neptune, can easily inspire a spiritual breakthrough now or confuse you with its lack of focus. Don’t worry if the intuitive flashes are impossible to interpret; it may take a while to understand them. You’ll receive great insight about where to go next in your life if you recognize that your colorful visions are direct messages from your subconscious mind.
If anyone needs to reassess their approach to relationship this week, it’s you, Aries. On Monday, Mercury will turn retrograde in the area of your chart that rules shared resources — physical and emotional. You might review how much you’re willing to share with your partner. Are you ready to have joint bank accounts, or is this out of your comfort zone? Have you allowed your mate to see you naked yet? Not physically but emotionally? From now until November 10 you’ll have an opportunity to decide whether you’ve been drawing healthy boundaries or using them as a barrier that prevents real intimacy.
This week it’ll become crystal clear that your relationship can use a bit of communication rehab. Mercury turns retrograde in your partnership sector on Monday, which will allow you to obtain closure regarding an unfinished conversation or previously unspoken words. However, this will only happen once you’re willing to dig deep and talk about a sensitive topic. You might need to reassess a recent decision concerning your relationship. You and your significant other might also opt for third-party help, such as a counselor to open up dialogue you’re too anxious to communicate on your own.
When your ruler, Mercury, turns retrograde on Monday, it might be more of a challenge to communicate effectively. Now through November 10, it’ll be a good idea to review what you want to say in your mind before you express it — especially during conversations with a spouse or lover. Once you say something, even if it doesn’t come across as intended, you can’t take it back. While under normal circumstances it’s not difficult to correct a misunderstanding, when Mercury is retrograde this can sometimes turn into a monumental task.
Don’t be surprised if an old flame resurfaces this week. What might shock you, however, is that this blast from your past will likely reignite all sorts of feelings you thought you had safely buried and under control. Now, it’s possible that you’ll need to face them head-on in order to either grieve the loss of the relationship and obtain closure, or make a decision to give things another shot. In the end, only you know what’s truly best. Romantic idealism will run especially high on Friday.
If you feel as if you’ve lost your edge when it comes to expressing yourself, try not to be so hard on yourself. Mercury will turn retrograde on Monday, and in your case it’ll hit home — literally. If you live with your partner, it might be difficult to communicate effectively about a domestic matter or a decision to move. Hold off until after November 10. In the meantime, this weekend looks spectacular for romance. The Moon will be in your sign. Prepare to be swept off your feet!
When your ruling planet, Mercury, turns retrograde on Monday, you may feel at a disadvantage when it comes to expressing your ideas to others. You might experience a certain amount of frustration at your partner for what you feel is his or her lack of interest in listening to you. Try not to jump to conclusions and give your mate the benefit of the doubt. Remember, communication is nebulous for everyone now. Still, on Friday you might have a conversation that renews your faith in your relationship. Trust that it’s real and move forward together.
A series of missteps this week may lead to frustration in your love life. You may need to contend with your partner’s growing concern that the only thing you’re really married to is your career. Sure, there are fabulous opportunities happening for you these days and it would be foolish to ignore them. At the same time, however, remember there needs to be balance in life. Schedule a weekend of fun, without work-related distractions. The social reprieve will be good for your soul and your relationship.
This week, you’ll become extra mindful of the way you communicate. Mercury will turn retrograde in your sign on Monday, leading to more gaffes in your dialogue with your mate than usual until November 10. This will be the perfect time to carefully revise how you come across to your love. You might realize that you’ve been unwilling to share deeper, private thoughts out of self-protection. Perhaps it’s time to take a leap of faith and trust that it’s OK to share more of your inner self with your lover. On Friday, you just might be inspired to do exactly that.
You might appear less talkative to your mate this week. Reassure your sweetheart that it’s nothing he or she has done that has prompted you to become more introverted. The truth is, you may have so much swirling through your mind these days that you’re better off hashing thoughts out in private. Even so, be mindful that you don’t alienate your mate during this process. Thankfully, between Monday and Wednesday you’ll have an ability to emotionally connect to your partner without having to say a word.
If you’ve been second-guessing romantic feelings for a pal, things are likely to get more confusing this week. On Monday, Mercury will turn retrograde in your friendship sector, and it’s possible that you and a friend will finally speak about the elephant in the room — your attraction to one another. These conversations might initially be uncomfortable, but you both know they’re necessary. If attached, on Thursday and Friday you’ll enjoy an extra dose of harmony with your mate. The two of you might cozy up and enjoy the comforts of home together.
If your intimate life is interfering in the pursuit of your professional goals, this week you might need to reassess your priorities. It’s one thing if you’re in love with someone and ready to forge a relationship, but if you’ve been casually dating and flirting — especially with someone connected to your boss — this week you might pay a price for any lack of sound judgment. If attached, this weekend you and your mate might decide to take a weekend getaway. Enjoy the break together!
A change in the way you look at the world may lead to alterations you’ll feel are necessary in your relationship in order for it to grow. On Monday, Mercury will turn retrograde in the area of your chart that rules the higher mind. Reassessing your spiritual and moral beliefs may lead to the discovery that you and your mate are not on the same page regarding an issue that’s truly important to you. Will this be a deal breaker? Try not to make any snap decisions until after November 10.
8 Ways to Deal With Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio
We’ve already covered Mercury Retrograde, and last month we talked about Mercury in Libra, but what happens when that Mercury decides to slow down a little bit, and in Scorpio of all places? It is a cosmic alignment worth a serious discussion, as this is another aspect in our horoscope that has the potential to wreak havoc in our lives, or miracles. Mercury is about communications and words, and the zodiac sign we know and love as Scorpio is about digging to the truth, so you can imagine, when Mercury slows down or goes retrograde in Scorpio, a LOT of stuff is going to come to the surface that is going to be just plain difficult to deal with. Or awesome. The good news? You get to decide. You’re in the captain’s chair. Here’s your handy action plan for navigating this murky aspect step by awkward step.
What does this aspect mean?
Generally speaking, Mercury is the planet that deals with journeys, transportation, technology, contracts, intelligence, and legal matters, coming to an almost stop in the most secretive and intense signs of them all. It’s an aspect that is going to last in our horoscope for two months. Normally Mercury doesn’t last that long in the individual zodiac signs, but when it is retrograde, as we previously discussed, it slows down. So essentially speaking when you have the planet of chit chat retrograde in the under the surface mysterious zodiac sign you are going to have a lot of…awkward conversations. Some of them will be amazing. And some of them will be just that. Awkward. How are you going to deal with it?
The key themes of any astrological aspect are the themes that will manifest in your life almost whether you want them to or not. These are themes that you may not be used to, or they may be themes you are very comfortable with. We address them here because knowing what the themes of Mercury in Scorpio are ahead of time will help. When one of these crops up in your life, you can go “ah hah! Mercury is still retrograde in Scorpio.”
- Digging for clues and hidden info. Suddenly you will want to know everything about everyone. You will ask intense questions during conversations with new people, as they will with you.
- Being guarded. As much as you will want to know things, you will want to keep things private. This is true Scorpio style. She doesn’t let her secrets go but will stop at nothing to get yours. You won’t be able to avoid putting up a few walls now. But don’t be afraid to tear them down, secrets you reveal during this period are going to bring you closer to someone.
You’ll notice the two key themes of this aspect are in direct opposition to each other. That’s the cosmic punch of Mercury retrograde in Scorpio! So how are you going to deal with this slow planet in this intense zodiac sign?
Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Checklist
- Mark these dates: From shadow period to shadow period we have this period in effect from October 21 to November 27. These are the dates you can expect the most of this chit chat and guarded activity.
- Another date to note is the November 3 Eclipse. Meditate, meditate, meditate, for enlightenment on some of those secrets you’ve been trying to uncover!
- Make note of “re” themes in this retrograde: re-edit, re-write, re-evaluate, re-imagine, re-consider, re-cover, re-vamp. You will be re-peating a lot of words, communication, messages, and even experiences. You will also be “reliving” a lot, and see a lot from your past come up. Get used to it!
- With Mercury in a Water Sign expect your messages and communications to come in a variety of forms, not all of them conventional. Keep your dream journal handy, and pay attention to every life experience, waking or otherwise.
- Make a list of the mysteries in your life that need to be solved. Are you looking for a family member? Have health concerns that puzzle you? Wondering about a soul connection? You have the cosmic energy now to solve those mysteries. Make a list and then begin tackling them.
- Watch for signs and synchronicities. Scorpio is a very intuitive zodiac sign and depends almost exclusively on signs and synchronicities or happy coincidences to rule their lives. These will be abundant during this period, especially if you ask your angels and guides to send them to you. These signs are the key holders to the secrets you are looking to uncover.
- Don’t be surprised if someone from your past shows up out of the blue. Scorpio is about soul connections, and these could be romantic or otherwise. Always look fabulous before you leave the house if this kind of surprise delights you. If it doesn’t, have a fail-safe statement to provide to anyone that may re-enter your life at any moment in the most unwelcome way. “Great to see you, wish I could chat but I’m on the way to meet my awesomely wealthy and gorgeous fiance have a nice life.” This is precisely how Scorpio would handle it, and so must you, whether you are doing precisely that, or sitting on the couch and wishing you were.
- Come from a place of Yes. This is a period where the more positive you are in your communications, vis a vis Mercury, the more miracles you will produce in your emotional life, vis a vis Scorpio. Come from a place of Yes. Or, a place of openness and acceptance. Don’t be so quick to say no if you are usually in the no place. Say yes first, you just never know WHAT is possible. Scorpio says yes until she gets what she wants and doesn’t even hear the word no. Your mission if you choose to accept it is to embrace all of the potential that Scorpio does every day. Aren’t you lucky! Your romantic partners will be too!
Many people fear the Mercury retrograde period showing up in their horoscope, but this month we get a little gift from our Mercury retrograde as it enters Scorpio during its slowest movement. This is exciting for anyone that’s ever wanted to be a Scorpio! During this time you can create some true miracles in your life by harnessing that powerful Scorpio intensity and passion with the gift of communication as only Mercury can do. What secrets are you hoping to uncover during this time?
Stop, look and listen! The long-awaited, three-week Mercury reversal begins at 3:30AM — energizing 19 degrees of Scorpio. [Mercury remains retrograde until November 10 when it will resume its forward motion at 3 degrees of Scorpio.] All Mercury themes — communications and correspondence, classes and school work, literary and educational endeavors, information exchange and language skills, health and medical matters, business and trade, transportation and travel, air and respiratory conditions, sleight of hand, magic and theft — are emphasized not only at the exact time of the Mercury shift, but throughout the day. Adding to the complexity going on right now is that the Mercury change from direct to reverse happens during a void lunar time-span that began yesterday and lasts until 9:15AM this morning when the Moon enters Gemini. The Moon in the third sign of the zodiac is a general boost for reading, writing and lighthearted interactions with friends and family members. Ride your bicycle, toss the Frisbee around or play a favorite musical instrument. Brooding over past failures is a no-no as Mercury parallels Pluto (8:05PM). It is much better to use this intense contact to enhance your research and detective skills. Keep decision-making to a bare minimum overnight as the Sun approaches a tricky intervention in the recent opposition between Mars and Neptune that occurred two days ago. [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.]
Calendar of the Moon
Colors: Light blue and dark green
Altar: Upon cloth of dark green lay pots of ivy twined up around posts of gold with suns, three blue candles, a vine-painted chalice of water, and a feather fan.
Offerings: Pray for enlightenment, and to be lifted up.
Daily Meal: Sheep, goat, or vegetarian using the fruits of the local harvests.
Call: Hail the month of the Ivy!
Response: Hail the month of twining for the sky!
Call: Where the vine yielded forth the blood of the earth…
Response: The ivy yields up the winds of the sky!
Call: Where the vine dulls the mind with happiness…
Response: The ivy opens the mind with terror and light!
Call: Hail to the chains of the Maenads!
Response: Hail to Dionysos and his torrent of madness!
Call: Hail to the Lady that mates with the Oak!
Response: She has entwined him, she has wrapped her limbs about him!
Call: Even his great strength is not enough to stay her!
Response: She shows that not all strength is standing tall!
Call: Hail to she who is supported by others….
Response: Yet reaches as high as they themselves!
Call: Show us, sacred Ivy, what it is to rise with the aid of the strong.
Response: Show us what it is to be borne up by branches.
Call: Show us what it is to be borne up by hopes.
Response: Show us what it is to be borne up by the Gods.
Call: We cannot reach the sky without aid…
Response: So we entreat you, Ivy, beg for aid for our earthbound hands.
Call: Teach us that the sky can be gained not only by the straight path…
Response: But also by the path of the spiral!
Call: Dance that spiral for us, Ivy, and we shall follow you!
Response: We shall follow you toward the blessed realms of the Gods.
Turn turn turn again
Turn wind turn leaf
Twine o’er the last sheaf
Turn turn turn again
Calendar of the Sun
Great Horn Fair: Day of the Horned One
Colors: Dark Green and Brown
Altar: Upon cloth of brown lay the horns of many animals, branches of pine, cakes shaped like horned animals, and a horn filled with mead.
Offerings: Figures of horned animals.
Daily Meal: Meat from hoofed creatures.
Invocation to the Horned Lord
Hail to the Horned One,
Opener of the Gates of Life and Death!
Great Stag of the Western Islands
Whose Name is Nobility,
Whose Path is Swiftness,
Whose Gift is Wisdom,
We hail you for your sacrifice!
Great Goat of the Eastern Mountains
Whose Name is Lustful,
Whose Path is Ascending,
Whose Gift is Agility,
We hail you for your sacrifice!
Great Ram of the Southern Shores
Whose Name is Protection,
Whose Path is Leadership,
Whose Gift is Courage,
We hail you for your sacrifice!
Great Reindeer of the Northern Tundra
Whose Name is Endurance,
Whose Path is Fate,
Whose Gift is Warmth,
We hail you for your sacrifice!
Great Bull of the Central Plains
Whose Name is Passion,
Whose Path is Devastation,
Whose Gift is Strength,
We hail you for your sacrifice!
Horned One, Lover, Son, Leaper in the Corn
Deep in the Mother, Die and be reborn
(The mead and cakes are shared and passed about, and the remainder is a libation.)