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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.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). To regret wasting your time is an even further waste of your time. So instead, you'll take action. You'll plug a leak, break a chain or erase the board and start all over.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It will be difficult to get anything personal done if you involve too many people. When it comes to working alone, motivation is the hardest part, but after you get motivated you can work much faster than you would with a group.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A large gesture creates a big impression. That it's the right impression is more important than its size, though. Think about what you're trying to accomplish, and make a plan instead of rushing forward with the first idea.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 17). Because you know that the minutes go by regardless of what you've put inside them, you are ever vigilant to fill your time with what has meaning and value to you. You have never been so in touch with what moves you, and new inspiration and motivation comes each and every month of your next solar return. Aquarius and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 11, 40, 2 and 9.

TURN THE DOWNSIDE OF YOUR SIGN INTO AN ASSET: Each sign has strengths and weaknesses, and often they are the very same qualities. For GEMINI, being prone to communicate can be a blessing or a curse. The twins are not so great at keeping secrets, and they are the kinds of poker players who give way too much information with their many "tells." Young Geminis are likely to be scolded by teachers, librarians and parents for chatting at the wrong time or blurting out what is obvious yet inappropriate. However, the drive to communicate is applied to tremendously successful effect in the area of sales. No one can work a room like Gemini! This sign can get rich on this ability to create rapport and keep the conversation charming!

CANCER natives can be moody little crabs if they let their feelings go unchecked. Intensity of feeling can make life difficult for those born under the Cancer sun, as well as difficult for the people they love. However, the crab's sensitivity can be an asset, too. When they apply themselves to the task of flowing more love and positive feelings into the world, the empathy, compassion and understanding of moonchildren becomes a healing force.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: The Grammy Award winner Eminem was initially rejected by fellow rappers. This only added to his growing anger over a difficult early life and eventually crystalized into a hard-cutting style that catapulted him to superstardom. Discord is upsetting to Libras, who really want everyone to get along. Libra's saving grace is the ability to turn the problem into artistic expression.

To write to Holiday Mathis, visit www.creators.com/author/holiday-mathis and click "Contact."

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