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Horoscope, Saturday, February 8, 2014

By From page A14 | February 07, 2014

Mercury Retrograde Message

This Mercury retrograde challenges us to end a cycle of blame. Blame comes from assuming that because something is wrong, it’s also bad. People are wrong all of the time. If “wrong” is considered negative, it leads to blame, shame and punishment. When “wrong” is neutral, it easily can be made right by taking a different action.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). If you could take care of all of your own needs, you wouldn’t have any reason to be angry at all. But you also wouldn’t have a reason to connect with others, and that’s why you’ll be happy for what you lack.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Of course the bull can be stubborn, but this isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, you’ll be celebrated for that particular brand of stubbornness called “tenacity.” Your refusal to give up will lead to a victory.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). All things being equal, why not surround yourself with people who believe in you and like being witness to your work instead of with people who are critical and jealous?

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Everyone has triggers to anger, but mature people resist acting on them automatically. Each time you take a moment, breathe and choose your reaction wisely, you retrain your brain and raise your emotional intelligence.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It seems like you’re making constant adjustments in order to stay on the right path, but don’t think your situation is any worse than anyone else’s. Good lives are filled with correction.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). To have positive illusions of who a loved one is and will become is to be in love. Today you’ll take every opportunity you see to support your loved one’s attempts to grow and develop.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You won’t be sure whether you’ve landed in a good place or a bad place today, but if you are lucky enough to be there with one of your favorite people, it’s heavenly either way.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). What one person considers to be a tense situation might be status quo for another person. Today will be about testing and expanding the limits for you and your team.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You need and enjoy relationships, but at the end of the day, you are your own person: autonomous. You don’t have to make a big deal about this now. They’ll find out sooner or later that you make your own decisions.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The time you spend with family is precious even when it’s not all that fun, smooth, comfortable or even civil. There’s something necessary in family connections, and that’s where you’ll focus tonight.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Today’s decision-making boils down to your feelings about each choice. You can logically assess the pros and cons all you want, but in the end, you’ll still make the choice that feels the best.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’re not nitpicking or critical. You’re just calling it as you see it. You have to notice when an action is taking you in the wrong direction in order to course correct.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 8). The message you get most often from the universe this year is that you are loved and you belong. You’ll be paid handsomely for the responsibilities you handle so well over the next six weeks. March shows you in the thick of a creative endeavor. Your romantic heart informs the choice you make in June. Aries and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 24, 7, 30, 11 and 42.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “I’m a Libra, and my husband is a Taurus. Is it ethical for me to hide some of our money? I don’t want it for myself. It’s more because his pattern is to spend everything in his account and go into debt for things he wants but doesn’t need. If I’m ever to have any financial peace, I’m afraid I’m going to have to either divorce him or do some secret accounting. This would be easy for me because I do all of the bill paying and bookkeeping anyway.”

Your husband was born under the sign of money, luxury and stubbornness. Taurus men are extremely difficult to convince on most matters, but when it comes to money and what he wants to buy, prepare to have no influence whatsoever. As long as he makes money, he feels it’s his right to spend it how he wishes, no matter how many bills, needs or children are involved. Since you are sitting in the financial driver’s seat, my advice is to implement the savings plan you believe to be a good idea and show him a statement each month to inform him of the dollar amount of his debt and checking account. He may be spending simply because he doesn’t have a visual grasp of the budget.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: James Dean was a bright star and the iconic “Rebel Without a Cause.” His Mercury, Venus and Saturn in cool Capricorn indicates great wells of self-control and emotional restraint, as well as lofty ambitions and the talent to get there. Mars, the passion planet, in Leo, the sign of entertainment, indicates a strong need for attention. Dean’s Scorpio moon brought the brooding intensity to this natal chart.

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