Mercury's Trials in Capricorn
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). How much do you want to accomplish? With little on your plate, you'll work slowly, take detours and just barely meet your deadline. With lots on your plate you'll work quickly, take shortcuts and just barely meet your deadline.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). What stops people from having fun together is an entire story in their heads about how it should go -- a story based on their assumptions about each other and not based on getting to know who is really there.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's an art to making mistakes well. The weak way is to pass the blame. The strong way is to think in terms of cause and effect instead and then just figure out how to fix things.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 11). You've much to share and the right people to share it with, too. But you have to vet them to make sure. People should prove themselves over time before you let them get close to you. Your care in choosing bright environments and influences (and not settling for less) will bring beauty to your days. Libra and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 40, 22, 12 and 36.
COSMICALLY CURIOUS ABOUT... EMPATHS: People with sensitivities need to leave the house with more than the standard key, wallet and glasses. Earlier in the week we discussed what an empath shouldn't leave the house without. Here's another item for the list.
Tool 3: Psychic protection.
I'm not talking about crystal magic or spells. This is about mustering up a certain kind of vibe that lets people know you're watching out for yourself.
You don't have to seem tough. Armor is protection. Bubble wrap is protection, too. I think for most of the circumstances in my life, I'll take the bubble wrap, because I don't want to go into the world as if it's a battle. I want a fun, flexible layer of protection, because most of the time, I prefer to think of life as a game or a curious amusement. I need a psychic protection that's more of a buffer than a barrier.
There are many ways to create psychic protection. Maybe it's just a way of being, or maybe it's a ritual, or manner of self-talk. It can be the earphones you wear to discourage random people from talking to you. It can be the way you hold your eyes so as to focus on just what you need to do, or so as to invite seemingly good-intentioned people to say hi.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: At the age of 3, Capricorn actress Amanda Peet made her stage debut when she broke from her seat in the audience and got on stage during a play. Since then she's lit up too many stages and screens to count. With three planets in Sagittarius, the magic of other worlds is strongly appealing. Look for Peet in "The Romanoffs," an upcoming project by "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner.
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