Mercury's Hangover Cure
The day after the exciting full moon can feel like a hangover, though a Mercury change will be a revitalizing cosmic tonic. Initially, Mercury boinging through energetic Sagittarius may feel like a pogo stick for the emotions. What goes up must come down -- but it's accompanied by sound and movement so silly it can only be considered play.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). If you fear that you're bothering someone by reaching out, it's a sign that this person hasn't made you feel comfortable and accepted enough to relax. Not your fault. Also, probably not a good match for you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Thinking ahead will help you play your moments better. A lot of moments won't even happen unless you make a plan. Just don't get stuck there. You don't live inside the plan; you live inside the moment.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're a very responsible person. You'll take charge of the situation as far as it should be taken charge of, all the while keeping in mind that some things are better left alone.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Inspiration will come in the form of people you may feel competitive with. It's something you'll likely keep hidden, and wisely so. Let it burble up in you to be examined and turned into improvement-fuel later.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll look back and laugh at some of the rules you used to give yourself. It's a good time to ask: "Am I doing the same thing now? Is there a rule I'm imposing on myself that is unnecessarily holding me back?"
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). That tough person you admire (but wouldn't exactly want to be exactly) will help you find the courage to cut out a piece of nonsense and get down to what's important to you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your fantasies are the celluloid that will project onto the real world like film to the silver screen. Shift what you think about toward a topic that makes you feel giddy, warm and inspired.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Friends are blessings. You wouldn't take that for granted. And yet, you really should be able to feel free, even a little bit careless around them. Shake off the uptight energy and, hopefully, they will, too.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Even though you can tell when someone is lying, it's not always wise to call the person out right away. Going along may give you a strategic advantage. You can watch and understand what's really going on today.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You may feel a little bit irritable. Do you need more excitement or less excitement to get back into the zone? Let intuition speak to you and then take action (or inaction as the case may be).
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're ready to admit, if only to yourself, what makes you feel secretly superior. Then you can release the belief and let compassion take its place. The more equal and connected you feel to others, the easier life will be.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Synchronicity happens so often in your life that it's almost de rigueur by now. Nonetheless, it will be a delight to learn the one you think of is also thinking of you. You could even show up randomly at the same place.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Nov. 4). You'll give your all to projects, so choose them carefully. A brilliant solo mission will end in satisfaction, money and a prize. Once you know what you can handle alone, join a team. In 2018, first safety and security will invigorate you; then travel will ignite a new passion. Capricorn and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 2, 22, 17 and 9.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I just switched jobs, and the new culture at work is very different from what I was used to. Before I worked with a group of women and we made decisions more or less assuming that everyone on the team was an equal. Our projects usually turned out great. Now I work with a group of mostly men who do whatever the boss says, even if it's not fair. I'm regularly given tasks that are not my expertise and that seem less integral to the thrust of the project. I'm afraid that by continuing to accept these assignments, I'll lose rank. Should I look for other work? I'm a Scorpio."
For independent Scorpio, it's important to recognize that a team effort requires a different mindset than solo work, and that there are different styles of teamwork, some of which require that you do what the leader wants, even if it's not in your job description. Focus on proving that you can bring value to your team, even if the task at hand seems beneath you. Chances are, no one is trying to insult you. You don't have to like the plan to be loyal to it. Instead of wasting energy in second-guessing, try to make it work for at least two more months. If the condition hasn't changed by then, start looking elsewhere.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Matthew McConaughey will go from holding the universe together in "The Dark Tower" to striving to do nothing much in "Beach Bum" which films this fall. The versatile Scorpio is a master of transformation whether losing lots of pounds, as he did for "The Dallas Buyers Club" or losing layers of darkness to light up a romantic comedy. McConaughey was born when the moon and Pluto were in disciplined Virgo.
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