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Weekly horoscope (Oct. 8-14)

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For All Signs: Mercury, ancient god of communications, turns direct once again on Oct. 9. As this planet begins to regain its normal speed, it will be easier to move ahead with plans that have been pending for several weeks. Have patience with the flurry of phone calls and changed appointments that accompany Mercury's shift in directions. Decisions are also subject to change, so if you experienced a disappointment in the last three weeks you might want to give it one more try after the 9th. The after-shadow period is complete on Oct. 24. After that, old issues are resolved and you can proceed.

Aries: New experiences are brought to you by others. Even if a change was not in your conscious awareness, it is needed for personal growth. Do not play the blame game here. It is possible that you overstepped your boundaries and someone is pushing back.

Taurus: The next two weeks will be challenging to your relationships. You may be perceiving yourself as selfless or the other as "too good to be true." Add a touch of realism here, and you will be more accurate and better balanced.

Gemini: Mercury has graced your fifth house of children, creativity, and romances since August 27. It is possible that one or more of these areas has been on hold for the past month. Your attention will be focused in these areas through October and the slowed motion will begin to move forward.

Cancer: Give special attention to unusual messages or to new people who enter your life. A teacher crosses your path in the form of a person, a book, or message that will steer you in the next direction. This time you should listen.

Leo: It is probable that others in your life may be erratic. Partner(s), clientele, friends, and colleagues are far less reliable. If this has already started, then do your best to choose activities that depend only upon yourself.

Virgo: Financial matters will be clearing up as soon as Mercury goes direct in the house of resources and money. In another arena, you need closeness and as you reach out, the "other" just seems to evaporate or evade you. This is truly disappointing. You have necessary repairs on your home or family that become apparent. It is time.

Libra: Mercury has been traveling in your sign since Aug. 27. It has caused you to reflect deeply on your next direction. Now that it is turning direct, you feel more capable of making decisions and moving forward. You'll be cautious at first, but your moves will pick up steam soon.

Scorpio: At last, there is a breakthrough of the clouds in your life. You may become the leader in a project that will be good for many. This is a time in which you may realize that your struggles have been worth the effort. Positive experiences and increased resource supply comes to you via friends and associates, including the community at large.

Sagittarius: Necessary expenses may develop this week. If not that, you could be having a blue mood. It is one of those times when we operate better in solitude. This is an existential dilemma that will pass quickly.

Capricorn: You may be the fortunate recipient of laws or edicts that operate in your favor. For example, you own a business and the city closes down another street, forcing traffic to your site. Don't allow minor aggravations to create a blue mood.

Aquarius: You may have financial concerns related to investments. Contacting friends and associates in distant places will open new doors. Meanwhile your ability to concentrate on projects that require management of details is strong. Organizing will clear the clutter from your mind.

Pisces: Beware of any martyr-like thoughts in relation to your partner(s). You could be seeing yourself as all-giving, all-loving. No one is really like that. Give what you are willing to give because you love the other. Don't do it so that someone will see your actions and think you are wonderful. .

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments (there is a charge). www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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