Mercury's Ego Challenge

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Perhaps the big-ego lifestyle is one that seems vivid and glamorous, but it is also very difficult because of the many demands and expectations that must be met to nourish the big-ego appetite. One could use Mercury's plunge into the deep waters of Scorpio to go the other way, shrinking the ego through truth-seeking and loving sacrifice.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Soon you'll go from stealing the show to having your own show. But you're not quite ready for either one just yet. Quiet observation and careful listening are the skills you most need to employ for now.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). People have unspoken demands of one another, and the agreement to those demands is often also something that is never discussed. But when it's time to change the deal, as it is now, the way to do it is with words.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You need to express yourself. The added pressure you put on yourself about whether that expression is good enough is really unnecessary and could actually be quite harmful if you let it stop you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). If you can't figure out the business side of a problem, it's perhaps because the other sides of it are a little murky as well. But the good news is, as you sort through, organize and get clear, all sides improve at once.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The stumbles and heartache and sacrifices -- they weren't for nothing. You'll solve the problem, win the project, save the day. At the very least you'll have a better idea than you would have come up with last month.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'd like to believe that people always get what they give, although it just doesn't seem to happen in some cases. Even if it's only true some of the time, it's still worth putting into practice. Your life is richer for it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The ego gets smaller the same way the body does. Don't feed it as much. Don't give it everything it wants. The ego will serve you best when it's strong but lean.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you're the one in charge, it's easier to say yes. That's why effective leaders have to be people who aren't afraid of being unpopular and declining the proposals of their constituents.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). A slow, gradual approach will be very favorable for this leg of the journey. You'll be stronger and more certain by the time you get there, and you'll be received with confidence and trust.


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