The communication was a little weird back there, and now we get to figure out why. The Mercury retrograde offers a chance to look at the way we’ve been expressing ourselves. We can tune the parts that weren’t quite working. Did we hide what we might have featured? Did we shout when whispers would have landed louder? This transit is also a chance to be someone slightly different without the hoopla of an announcement.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You respect the systems people create and the rules they use to manage them. And though you will honor the preferences of others whenever possible, you also see where leeway might be granted. Do not be afraid to ask for what you want. You’ll be making more worlds better than just your own.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). A series of natural and spontaneous changes will prompt your gentle response. Why are you so chill now? Perhaps you sense the futility in creating friction or offering resistance. Or maybe you simply feel that after this initial adjustment period, your life will get better. And you’re so right about that.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It would be easy to assume that everyone around you sees the same thing, but even those closest have a drastically different view. This week, it is most notable in your appreciation of beauty that is not so obvious to others. The influence of unusual loveliness seeps into your work, lending an irresistible quality.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There’s no wrong outlook on life, but there are ways of seeing things that make it easier or harder to get to your goals. The influence of lighthearted people will help you maintain a spirit of optimism. Emotional and intellectual flexibility keeps you moving forward past obstacles and limits.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Things have been so up in the air for you lately, you would appreciate if at least one area of life felt settled. Alas, all seems designed to keep you on your toes. At least you make the dance look good! And this week, those watching will agree. You’ll even get a round of applause.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Understanding the perspective of others takes work. At the very least, you must move to where they are to see it how they see it. It might involve stooping, climbing or shifting into uncomfortable positions. Empathy is always a worthy endeavor, though. It allows you to live more lives inside your current lifetime.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You may not be able to control when you feel afraid, but you can work on bringing more awareness to the emotion, and you can talk to yourself in a way that helps you get through it or even rise above it. You’ll make progress this week because you decide that no matter how you feel, you’re not going to stop.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Bottom line, winners fail more times. Those who decide to succeed are agreeing to fail. Success is essentially a commitment to the recovery process. This week, you’ll fall, get up, try it a different way and probably fall again. You’ll be willing to keep adjusting until you figure out how to fly.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you could peak inside the mind of another, you might be surprised by what they take away from their charming interactions with you. Suffice it to say, you’ll spark imaginations in ways you may never know, though you’re likely to at least have a general sense that something magical is occurring.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). As a rule, you’re kinder than is necessary. Occasionally, it has happened that someone takes advantage of your kindness, and it won’t be the last time. And while you may be temporarily disappointed by this evidence of misplaced energy, you’ll never regret your choice to be a generous person.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Doing what’s right isn’t always obvious. Sometimes it takes research. It would be most efficient if you didn’t have to concern yourself with moral judgments because every option before you was vetted and deemed wholesome. This week, it will be the case, as you participate in groups of kindred thinkers.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The stable aspects of your world depend on steadfast mechanics to produce predictable outcomes at an efficient rate. And while that part operates well, you can’t help but notice other parts of your life in which you ache for change. You’ll be willing to gamble a little stability for a chance at exciting transformation.
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS: Growth of any kind is fascinating, but exponential growth is particularly amazing to witness. Many will delight in watching you rocket to meet goals that were once barely imaginable to you. Supporters will rally for you, but it’s the opposition that brings out your best. Be grateful for worthy opponents, as they give you purpose and motivation to get stronger. Consider learning a new language, code or culture, as it will round out the foundation of your intellectual and emotional expansion.
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