Horoscope, Saturday, November 9, 2013

By From page A12 | November 08, 2013

Last Day of Mercury’s Retrograde

Though this is technically the last day of Mercury’s retrograde cycle through Scorpio, Mercury will seem to move so slowly for the next six days that it won’t quite feel like the cycle has ended. This gives everyone a chance to ease back into normalcy while still processing the lessons learned.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). If push came to shove, your friends would help you out, but you make choices that ensure they probably never will have to. The most auspicious move is to play it safe.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You don’t need to be with another person to feel rooted today. You’re solid naturally. You can connect with living things that are not people. You can even connect with rocks.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It’s said that with age comes wisdom, but with age also come other complicated dynamics that can play in favor of or against wisdom. So don’t automatically take the advice of your elders just because they’re older.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). One way to show your love for a person is to give that person a nickname. With the cosmic forces inspiring your imagination in quirky ways, you’ll think of the best contenders.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You feel as whimsical as a child now, and when you act on some of those whims, the results can be extremely attractive. People need a little spontaneity in their lives now.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Counting costs matters to you on some days, but today you just want to make sure that what you do has enormous value to someone. If that someone is you, all the better.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Organize a group discussion, or take part in one that’s already going on. You’ll learn more from a roundtable type of discussion than you will from speaking one on one with someone.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It seems that a large group is marching forward, and you must get in step or be left behind. This is illusory. There are no large groups of people, only individuals. And with individuals, everything is negotiable.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It’s unclear whether you will be able to get what you want. You’re also not so sure that you can force yourself to want what you have instead. Stay open-minded. Tomorrow brings a change.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You don’t have to actually be brave to execute brave action. In fact, most brave people are actually just people who have a habit of mustering courage and following through.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It’s better to be a learner than to be learned. Learned people only know about what already has happened. Learners are constantly pushing into the future, their curiosity leading the way.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You may feel that you’ve seen better days, but the best is yet to come. Don’t discount this stage! The awkward in-between phase can be quite beautiful if you relax into it.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Nov. 9). A new alliance kicks off your year. There’s no limit to what you can do with this person by your side. The next six weeks show you navigating strategic relationships, working rooms and ultimately gaining rewards. February is exciting. May and July change your routine, allowing you to take on a new interest. Aquarius and Pisces people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 22, 19, 48 and 3.


One way to avoid drama on the last full day of Mercury’s retrograde cycle through Scorpio is to vow not to make assumptions. Assumption-free living is a steep challenge because it goes against an essential part of human nature. We are hardwired to take most duplicate and/or learned information for granted and give our attention to solving problems that are new and different. If our brains couldn’t do that, we constantly would be starting from scratch, and life would be as difficult as it was when we were innocent, ignorant infants. The problem arises when we take for granted information that seems the same as that which we’ve already learned but is actually new and different. For instance, it would be wrong to assume that because a person is a certain age they will have the same interests as other people you know who are that age. Each individual is different. If you meet a new person and immediately assume you know who that person is, it will block you from asking the questions that will help you understand who a person actually is.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: As a teen, Scorpio Nikki Blonsky knew she wanted to play the role of cheerful Tracy Turnblad when she saw the musical “Hairspray” on Broadway — a dream that came true when she won the role in the film version. With her natal sun, moon, Mercury and Pluto all in that psychic part of the sky, Blonsky has a highly developed sixth sense. Her Venus in Libra shows a love of all things artistic.

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