For All Signs: On September 17, Mercury turns retrograde. We have been experiencing the pre-shadow since August 27th. It floats back through Libra until October 9 and finishes the entire cycle near October 24. At this time we may encounter obstacles and chuckholes in previously made plans. Delays and revisions of schedule are likely with lots of "hurry up and wait." The solution for most of the issues encountered will be waiting for time and maintaining a sense of humor. Hold in mind that Mercury is retrograde at this time and life is supposed to slow down while we reevaluate intentions. Reflection on the past is appropriate now and may offer advice or solutions for present confusion.
Aries: You are a powerhouse this week. Put that energy to productive use and you will accomplish a great deal more than in a routine week. Focus your attention on making the world a better place and you will gain help from others. If you use it to serve your personal ego, people will resist and make life difficult.
Taurus: Your energy may be lagging this week. It is possibly because an old emotional injury is bothering you. Don't allow yourself to get stuck in the mud over this one. Get out of your routine, go to interesting places or treat yourself to dinner and a movie. This downer only lasts a few days — it isn't forever.
Gemini: Please take special note of the lead paragraph, Twins, because Mercury is your ruling planet. It will be retrograding in your territory of children, creative life, and romance. You may need to reconsider relationship decisions. It is also possible that you will want to reconnect to former lovers, even if only to check in and say hello. Issues with children may resurface to be handled once again.
Cancer: September is an eclipse month and the Moon Children are particularly reactive to this phenomenon. Right now you are in the valley between the New Moon Eclipse of last week and the Full Moon eclipse to come next week. The swirling waters have to do with both home and life direction. There is much to be done. It is complex because Mercury is retrograde and decisions are likely only temporary. Don't set anything in concrete.
Leo: Pain caused by a recent situation may cause you to spread anger where it is not warranted. At worst, the anger may be turned inward, leaving you susceptible to germs looking for a host. Use caution when dealing with cars, knives and guns. Your physical cycle is in a dip.
Virgo: It would be easy to see everything through rose colored glasses this week. You may be seeing reality, and then on the other hand, maybe you are seeing what you want to see. Enjoy your enchantments, but don't bet the house payment on them.
Libra: Give attention to the lead paragraph. Mercury is turning retrograde in your sign and will be more likely to affect your daily affairs than many of the other signs. Don't even try to finalize anything while a retrograding Mercury is with you. You may even reverse decisions that you have recently made.
Scorpio: This is not your best week. People will be quarrelsome and you may open your mouth one time too many. Set aside that compulsion to tell the truth, even if it hurts. Given that Mercury is changing direction, you may not actually know the truth anyway. Avoid taking risks.
Sagittarius: Hopes and wishes feed the soul. They give us fuel to move forward. But this time reality stomps all over it. The timing isn't right and although you may think your daydream is a perfect solution, in the mundane world it won't work. Investigate the facts and you will see.
Capricorn: You may be on edge concerning debits or credits between you and another. This can include partner's resources, insurance, alimony, and investments. You may be easily rattled by the circumstances around you. Don't take risks or make impulsive moves. Wait until things have time to settle.
Aquarius: Make every effort to clean up projects so you can move on to another 2.5 year era of your life. (See next week's column for more on this.) Mercury is now retrograding in your 9th house of travel, legal interests, and education. Some things in these areas may need to be corrected or you could change your mind.
Pisces: Not everything that glitters is gold. If you are considering a proposal or an idea that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't invest what you cannot afford to lose and don't promise what you may not be able to deliver. Enjoy daydreams but don't try to make them into reality at this time.
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