Mercury Joins Saturn in Scorpio
Daddy’s home! Or at least that’s what it feels like as retrograde Mercury and Saturn, the planet associated with fathers, align in Scorpio. There’s a judgment to be made and perhaps a punishment will be dealt, too. This sky reminds us that the best way to govern what you do is to govern first what you say and before that what you think.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). One animal defense against danger is to take up more space by puffing up, standing tall and showing teeth. A person who reacts this way to you either respects you or fears you — or maybe a little of both.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You won’t always feel like talking to people at the moment they feel like talking to you. You’ll have a conversation when you’re feeling relaxed and ready to have it.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Some people are harder to talk to than others, but you have a way of drawing out even the most challenging of subjects with your easy charm and noninvasive methods.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll be in a choosy mood, especially when it comes to your social life. Though you’re knowledgeable, you feel that you have a lot to learn about life, and you want to be around people who obviously have something to teach you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Special relationships are built with rituals and stories that are specific to that bond. If some of the specialness seems to be waning from a relationship, take action to fortify it by creating standout experiences.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’re free to speak and think the way you want to, though you may not feel inclined to stray far from the main consensus. There will be a reward, however, for pushing yourself to be a little more daring.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ve had periods of wandering and doubt, and then you’ve had times of crystal clarity when your purpose was obvious. You don’t have to decide your path today, but at least try to remember what it felt like to be sure.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Advanced thinkers take into consideration all that goes into the making of an end product. Immature thinkers see the end product and think “anyone could do that,” without considering the hundreds of steps involved.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You are not obligated to say what’s on your mind or confess your heart, though there may be a tremendous benefit to engaging in such dangerous honesty.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Though you’ll travel alone, you’ll bring three people to the day’s events: the you of your imaginings, the you other person see, and the you the way you are. Tonight, the three yous are so similar they could be triplets.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If you’re going to defy the norm, do it big and don’t back down. It will only be worth it to go against the grain if you believe in your position enough to commit fully to the act without apology.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You may choose a purpose that takes you from point A to point B, but you also have the sense that there’s a larger purpose for you that you have not thought of because it can’t be conceived; it can only be discovered.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 29). Don’t worry about changing the world this year. When you give your love, the world can’t help but change. An issue you have with your father or an authority figure will be resolved for good in November. December features a lucrative run of business. January brings an image change thanks to a career move. Pisces and Aquarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 12, 29, 42 and 18.
MERCURY RETROGRADE TIP NO. 3: Deal carefully with insults. Scorpio energy can be overly direct, curt and not the least bit concerned with good graces. This passage of Mercury through stinging Scorpio has something to teach us about how to handle less than polite conversation. If someone insults you, don’t assume they meant to. These are highly sensitive skies, and we tend to read too much into situations and comments and take them too seriously.
Your reaction to hearing something you don’t want to hear is telling of your confidence level. An insecure person will jump to his or her own defense or go on the offensive, delivering a worse insult. The secure and mature person may not react at all, realizing that whatever he or she gives energy to will become an issue, while non-attention has a way of diffusing the potency of an insult.
Another tactic of the secure person is to ask questions to clarify the comment and understand where it’s coming from. Perhaps the other person doesn’t realize it was insulting. Maybe this person lacks good judgment or is just ignorant.
Never text in reaction to an insult, and never insult another person via text. Insult texting is truly for character-weak people too gutless for eye-to-eye confrontation.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: A working actor since childhood, Winona Ryder has far more film credits than the number of years she’s been alive. The Scorpio beauty will soon appear in the thriller “Homefront” with James Franco and Kate Bosworth. Rider’s sun, Mercury and Venus are all in Scorpio, indicating strong personal magnetism. Her Pisces moon shows a highly developed sixth sense.
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