The Scales (Sept. 22 -- Oct. 22):
You are given a pivotal role as mediator for the positive human spirit at this time. Read the lead paragraph. You have an innate understanding of its meaning. When someone nearby seems not to know, offer yourself as temporary guide. Give quietly and then continue your own path.
For All Signs: The cosmic lesson of this season is "the critic." Each of us is born with an inner teacher which helps us learn the ways of the world from infancy to old age. This teacher is represented by the planet Saturn. The inner teacher is meant to help us recognize when we cause ourselves or someone else emotional or physical pain. However, if we really understand the teacher, we feel that pain only long enough to learn important lessons about how to avoid suffering in the future. In our culture many of us learn to obsess over our guilt in such a way that we cannot easily find joy. Alternatively we point fingers at each other in order to feel somehow elevated. These responses are human contortions of Saturn's educational purpose. Don't drag your own guilt forever. Make decisions instead about how to avoid those behaviors in the future.
Aries: This is the second in a pair of favorable weeks for the Rams. Your attention is on home, family and property. You may be "returning" in some way to the past to touch base and reaffirm your roots. You continue to have help from the background. Old debts may be paid during this period.
Taurus: The cosmic temptation is to fall into old, rather negative patterns in relationships. This could play out in the arena of bringing back former people. It might also be a matter of choosing a critical, self defensive stance in order to get your way. Stay alert and don't go there.
Gemini: Circumstances concerning your job, your life's work direction and co-workers are all favored at this time. You may be the one with the cool head when everyone else is upset. Do be conscious of where you put the small things.
Cancer: Give close attention to warning sounds from your vehicle. Keep the car locked at all times. Read the lead paragraph carefully on the subject of guilt. If you are in a funk right now, understanding the purpose of the "critic" will help.
Leo: You may become the negotiator for the neighborhood or among family members at this time. You have a balanced view and can help others find a central point between the ideal and the practical. You may also have an inspiration on how to fix equipment or other things around the home.
Virgo: It could feel as though you must make two steps back for every forward move these days. Things are moving slowly while Mercury is retrograde. Your temptation is to self-flagellate because you cannot make forward motion as you expect of yourself. Let go of that one.
Scorpio: You may be enjoying the return of a former lover or a friend from the past. Somehow reminiscence plays a role in your thinking now. You could be compelled to contact one or more previous lovers, just to enjoy a chat about old times.
Sagittarius: You are approaching a highly significant culmination that will materialize by the end of this year. It is immensely important that your direction and purpose is to promote the best for the greatest number of people. If this is true, you will succeed admirably. If your purpose is only to promote yourself, you will encounter blockage.
Capricorn: An old issue concerning education, ethics or the law returns to plague you during this period. Don't let it eat your lunch. These things can be discouraging, but they are less so if you focus attention on the brighter things in life.
Aquarius: The state of your physical health may be prominent now. If you need treatment, consider using a combination of traditional and non-traditional healing methods. You probably would not react well to pharmaceuticals during this period.
Pisces: Read the lead paragraph carefully. Observe the people around you and discern the difference in "feel" between persons who act as teachers versus those who simply want to criticize you. If you have caused hurt feelings, the best response is to apologize rather than be defensive about your behavior.
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