This Halloween is ruled by the soulful Scorpio sun and a robust Gemini moon. Beyond the costumes, candy and fun is a deeper meaning to this holiday of transformation. If you believe that after death life goes on in different dimensions and/or forms, seize the chance to honor those who’ve walked the Earth before us.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Snap a picture! Today’s circumstances will never be duplicated. Halloween alter ego: a mad scientist, Lady Gaga (your sign mate) or a member of the paparazzi.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your ingratiating manner with friends will get you invited to future events. Halloween alter ego: a celebutante or a vampire (like the one played by your sign mate Robert Pattinson).
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll get comforting signals that let you know that you and your loved ones are on the same page. Halloween alter ego: an Angry Bird, a Dark Knight or a bombshell like your sign mate Marilyn Monroe.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll apply your charms to solving a professional problem or smoothing over a social glitch. Halloween alter ego: Captain America or a wizard (like the one played by your sign mate Selena Gomez).
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll witness a soul in need. Compassion wells up inside you, prompting you to open your heart and offer help. Halloween alter ego: your sign mate Barack Obama, Cat Woman or a circus performer.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll wisely offer your opinion when it’s asked for and hold back in all other instances. Halloween alter ego: a witch or royalty like your sign mates Prince Harry or Michael Jackson, the king of pop.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If only your friends were as good as you are at guarding secrets. Halloween alter ego: a sports figure, part of a couple’s costume like eggs and bacon, or a reality-television star like your sign mate Kim Kardashian.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). A friendly exchange contains just the right ingredients to make you smile. This could be the start of a lovely relationship. Halloween alter ego: the Hulk or a pop star (like your sign mate Katy Perry).
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Sometimes, for the sake of a good story, you tell the truth but not the whole truth. Halloween alter ego: a devil, an alien or a music star like your sign mates Nicki Minaj and Jimi Hendrix.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Shop around, and you’ll find that what you want is more affordable than you once thought. Halloween alter ego: a sea monster, a zombie or an icon like your sign mate Elvis Presley.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Share your ideas, and you’ll receive the validation and encouragement that will fuel their development. Halloween alter ego: a hippie or a historic figure like your sign mate Abraham Lincoln.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll conquer a self-imposed obstacle, which may be illusory, but that’s the hardest kind to overcome. So celebrate when it’s done! Halloween alter ego: a mystical creature or a political figure like your sign mate Mitt Romney.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 31). Born on a day of intrigue and mystery, you’ll live up to your reputation this year. In November, you’ll get attention for your work and for the unique way in which you present yourself. December seals a deal. A loving presence makes your personal life a joy in 2013. In May and July, you’ll be paid to travel. Leo and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 3, 10, 49 and 22.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “What do you think about Ouija boards? Are they safe?”
Ouija boards are currently sold as a game, but there are many who take the practice quite seriously. The board is commonly printed with the alphabet, numbers and words such as “yes,” “no,” “hello” and “goodbye.” A small piece of wood called a planchette is moved around the board with the light touch of fingers to spell messages from, supposedly, the beyond.
Similar methods of spirit writing have been practiced by many ancient cultures, including Chinese, Greek and Indian. Entire scriptures and texts have been attributed to spirits speaking through such outlets, and throughout history these methods often have been banned. Many mediums claim that this is an effective tool for communicating with unseen beings, but there’s something that just doesn’t feel right about it to me.
If there’s someone you’d like to communicate with, I believe it’s much easier and better to simply send messages with your mind and heart and ask for a response. Often answers will pop right to mind, appear in dreams or surface when you’re writing in your journal. Of course, everyone is different, but these ways just feel more protected to me and generally less creepy.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Willow Smith’s hit song “Whip My Hair” has been covered by thousands of fans on YouTube, as well as superstars Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. (Well, maybe that was Jimmy Fallon imitating Neil Young, but the tribute stands.) Willow was born when the sun and Mercury were in soulful Scorpio and the moon and Venus were in fiery Sagittarius.
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