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Horoscopes by Tracy Allen.
October 23–November 21
The life-affirming sun blazes into Scorpio this week, but not before thinker Mercury has turned retrograde in your sign. Although you’re imbued with the yang energy of your birthday season, Mercury’s reversal prompts your mind to turn inward. Your spirit is ready for a new year, while your head is busy wrapping up the old one. Although miscommunication will make corralling people for a celebration tricky, try to view this three-week period as a blessing. You have a chance now to reassess where you’re at in your life before setting new goals. Recap the past year and explore your feelings about it, trying to understand and accept the good and the bad. The sun’s pleasant meeting with spiritual Neptune in your heart house can facilitate this process immensely, as you release your personal blocks to happiness and love. Neptune is calling you to have faith that your personal story carries transpersonal meaning.
November 22–December 21
With the vitalizing sun entering your seclusion-and-spirituality sector and mindful Mercury turning retrograde there, you’re in for some major cocooning and soul searching in the next few weeks. This is a period for delving into the mysteries of your subconscious; studying metaphysical topics; revisiting things one last time before bringing them to closure; pursuing avenues of the imagination; revising creative projects; conducting discreet investigations; and indulging in some out-of-character nostalgia. Directing your energy inward will enable you to attain a sense of peaceful wellbeing that you may not have even known you were yearning for. Social Venus in your sign has an uncomfortable meeting with Jupiter in your sharing zone that signals you might not get what you want from someone this week and need to adjust your expectations. Your inner life is apt to offer more satisfaction.
December 22–January 19
The sun’s entry into your group zone turns up the heat on your social life, but Mercury’s reversal there makes it harder to be in sync with people. This backtracking phase is offering you the opportunity in the next three weeks to stop and consider where you’re at in the process of forming alliances and making a new wish list. The likelihood of miscommunication with friends or professional contacts increases, as messages within a network could get muddled, possibly due to trust, jealousy or control issues. Press pause and listen to your intuition, as the sun harmonizes with Neptune in your mindset house. Neptune is about spirituality and releasing, so taking the high road with sincerity—not sanctimony—will feel sublime. With Neptune in that part of your chart for many years to come, keep the high road firmly in mind as a win-win option.
January 20–February 18
Mercury’s retrograde turn in your ambition angle this week could have you struggling to use good judgment with people in power, and it may delay your progress on the job momentarily. Still, these three weeks of retrograde allow you to reassess your current objectives and tie up loose ends in a project you’re trying to get off the ground. Researching your next move and reconnecting with a mentor would also be appropriate uses of this time. Fortunately, the sun is climbing to the top of your chart, firing you up to take on career matters. His rendezvous with Neptune now promotes the value of flexibility in your career path and reminds you to factor creativity and service into your aims. Making the most of your talents and aspiring to serve a higher purpose are at least as important as chasing wealth, spiritual Neptune reminds you.
February 19–March 20
Brainy Mercury goes retrograde in your philosophy house this week, indicating a need to reexamine your beliefs. Perhaps it’s time to re-ask a question that you assumed you had the right answer for. Or maybe you should be dusting off an old viewpoint and putting it to the test. If such needs don’t become evident on their own, understand that sometimes you have to put everything on the table—not taking anything as a given—in order to get yourself to see differently. It could be that something you’ve got squared away in your mind will change shape when you place it under the microscope, thus engendering a new vision. The freedom of a fresh perspective can merge with the power of your imagination to fuel you creatively and spiritually. If your hopes for self-expression aren’t fulfilled by your career yet, all the more reason for reviving your faith.
March 21–April 19
As cerebral Mercury begins to backtrack in your hidden-matters house this week, your mind is drawn to deeper and darker subjects than usual. Past relationships, secrets, sexuality, other people’s business, painful memories, psychological complexes and mortality are all fodder for further investigation. Mercury’s retrograde phase is a time for going back over things in your head, and in this area of your chart, these particular things tend to get swept under the rug in the face of everyday life. So this period of reflection is especially valuable. Dwell on the very subjects that you normally push to the back of your mind so you can gain real emotional understanding of them, not merely an intellectual grasp. If you’re concerned about opening a can of worms, know that the energized sun’s positive encounter with spiritual Neptune in your endings sector can help you to release what you dredge up.
April 20–May 20
One-on-one communication is accentuated when Mercury is in your others angle, but its retrograde turn this week complicates matters. Conveying your message clearly and discerning someone else’s becomes a more precarious undertaking. This period, however, has its pluses. It’s the perfect time to reevaluate your connections and to get back in touch with people you’ve drifted away from. Even though misunderstandings could crop up in your daily conversations, you’re more attuned to what’s not being said. Guided by your intuitive perception, you may find yourself on the same wavelength as other people for the first time in a while. With the sun entering your relationship house, much of your energy is going into and coming out of personal interactions. So even if talk is less straightforward than we’d all like, keep the channels of communication open and read between the lines.
May 21–June 20
With your ruler Mercury going retrograde in your productivity zone for the next three weeks, your efficiency could take a hit. However, it’s entirely possible to derive some benefit out of this ordinarily irritating period. This is your chance to reflect on your work and your health; rethink your methods and your habits; and revise your strategies for self-improvement. Between now and November 10—when Mercury will turn direct—give considerable thought to the kind of niggling details that you might normally be too impatient to linger over. Analyze how you can refine your execution of problematic tasks. The sun is also entering this part of your chart, giving you the stamina to stick with the process. The sun’s hookup with Neptune in your ambition angle highlights the correlation between honing your skills and attaining your long-range goals.
June 21–July 22
Not long before the vibrant sun dances into your fulfillment zone, thoughtful Mercury turns retrograde there, doubling the emphasis on matters of the heart. Mercury’s backward motion could bring romantic reminiscing, creative revision and a revival of past sources of pleasure. Take some time during the next few weeks to contemplate what gives you joy, and listen closely to the story inside you that only you can tell. What makes you feel alive? What were you put here to express? What comes from a deep place within you and stands to become your unique contribution to the world? Such questions will not produce simple answers, but will give rise to an exploration of personal identity. Your mind is going back over old ground, and during this period you can fertilize seeds of love and creativity that have lain dormant. Be patient about their growth.
July 23–August 22
Your ruling planet the sun dives to the bottom of your chart soon after mental Mercury goes retrograde there this week. Family, home, memories, emotions, comfort and security become all the more important for the next several weeks. You may find that you’re thinking a lot about the past or slipping back into childhood patterns during this time, as the planets exhume psychological baggage and beckon you to process your innermost feelings. Mercury’s retrograde period is associated with miscommunication, and the area of your chart that it’s in now implies crossed wires could be emotionally charged and possibly tied to family and housemates. Despite the attendant frustrations, you have an opportunity to face uncomfortable feelings and let go of old grudges. The sun is forming a harmonious angle with unifying Neptune in your sharing sector, allowing you to wash away jealousy, mistrust and hurt.
August 23–September 22
Virgos and Geminis share mental Mercury as their ruling planet, and right now Mercury is in a part of your chart that’s more about information gathering (the Twins’ take on Mercury) and less about analysis (your take.) With Mercury going retrograde this week, your thinking will not only be more Geminian than usual but will also become inverted. Go back over what you presume to know, as resifting data will be more fruitful than taking it at face value and trying to interpret it Virgo-style. Dig a little deeper with your thought process, but instead of deconstructing ideas intellectually, operate from the assumption that things are not merely what they appear to be. Think creatively or spiritually or psychologically—anything that gets you out of the habitual grooves in your brain—in order to enrich your perspective. Then notice how this shift makes it easier for you to connect with others.
September 23–October 22
Gauging the worth of something will be an interesting challenge this week. Mental Mercury is beginning to backpedal in your values house, and covetous Venus in your cognition zone forms an awkward angle with overblown Jupiter. Mercury calls you to take a second look at your talents, your possessions and your approach to finances and examine how your self-esteem affects your attitude towards all of the above. The way you feel about yourself impacts your utilization of assets; the things you surround yourself with; and your financial strategy (or lack thereof.) The sun’s happy meeting with Neptune in your work zone underscores the connection between prioritizing what’s important to you and doing something meaningful with your time. Venus’s run-in with Jupiter could lead you to get carried away in your head, led down the garden path by gargantuan goals. This makes weighing worth—then prioritizing—extra vital.
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