Mercury's Trials in Capricorn
If you've ever taken toddlers to the park, you've probably noticed how the socialization one would think comes with being human doesn't naturally exist. There's so much learning involved in playing well and being civil. Be patient through the awkwardness of Mercury in the early stages of Capricorn. We're all toddlers in the park.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your social life is a series of concentric circles. The rules are different depending on which strata you're dealing in. To act intimately with the outer ring or respectfully distant with the inner ring is a breach of unspoken contract.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You like people, but you don't cling. You're confident that you can find kinship with any number of people in the world. You'll wait for a love that's intriguing. For you, curiosity is a key component in attraction.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're a naturally hospitable person, so you can't fully enjoy yourself unless you know that everyone is having a good time. Your generosity in this regard won't drain you; instead it will actually renew your energy.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Account for what is going right for you: So much is that this will be a very long list. Your focus on the positive will reduce your worries. Your lighter, more joyful heart will attract the same.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Two people make the same mistake. One agonizes over it for ages; the other ponders what happened just long enough to decide what the takeaway is then moves on to new mistakes. Be like the second person.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You have the chance to work behind the scenes. Is that really where you can do the most good? What if you put yourself front and center instead? You're in fine form and have something unique to contribute.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It's inside you now -- that impish urge to upset the applecart. You know better, and you won't make a move, but someone will find the daring gleam in your eye very intriguing.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You don't preserve your self-esteem by doing things perfectly. Self-esteem is built through realizing that even when you make mistakes you're still awesome and worthy of your own love and the love of others.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Everyone needs help from time to time, but even if you don't really need it, you should ask for it anyway. Because people need to give you help. And the help they give makes them like and understand you better.
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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