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    The Spiritual Meaning of Mercury Retrograde December 2016

    Ever heard the saying, don’t shoot the messenger? And yet every time Mercury goes retrograde, do we not shoot him down? Do we not blame him for the truth and illumination that we are responsible for?

    “Mercury has very special role of translating wisdom and great personal awareness. He travels between humans and gods, darkness and light, and remains just the messenger not the judge.” – River Rain

    Mercury has already started slowing down and is preparing to enter into retrograde on December 19th, 2016 until January 8th, 2017.

     

    Entering a new year on a Mercury retrograde means that things are going to be slow and contemplative during the first part of next year. This may be because 2016 has been a heavy year of releasing for many people.

    In order to process and start the new chapter that 2017 offers, it seems that the Universe is givings us some downtime in order to make sense of where we are headed to next.

    Many people fear Mercury Retrograde, but it is actually a very powerful and transformative time. A time when we can clear away the fog and see the truth of our soul.

    Mercury is the Divine messenger of the gods and rules over communication and the throat chakra. When Mercury is operating as normal, he works alongside the amazing light of the Sun. But when Mercury goes retrograde, he travels into the darkness of the underworld, unearthing secrets and old pains of the past.

    It is through this process that Mercury is able to bring truth, awareness, understanding and illumination to the surface.

    Mercury needs to go into the underworld because when he is in there, he fishes out old thoughts, beliefs and conversations that need to be cleansed and purified.

    Any delays that Mercury brings us during his retrograde are therefore always for a higher purpose. Perhaps it is Mercury’s aim to make us stop, look and really listen to all that is going on around us.

     

    Perhaps the delays or the confusion that Mercury brings when in retrograde is trying to teach us or show us something deeper.

    In fact, if you feel negatively impacted by Mercury Retrograde, it could be a sign that you need to look into your life and assess what is really going on.

    What are you skimming over? What do you need to pay attention to?

    In December, Mercury is going to retrograde in the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is practical and stable, which means that Mercury is going to be clearing out our closets in a very practical and matter of fact way. There will no room for emotion, instead Mercury is going to clear out our throat chakra with a certain air of disconnect.

    This is great, because in many ways it tones down any emotional reactions and allows us to see things from a more grounded point of view.

    Practices like journalling, creative activities and exercise are also going to be great outlets during this retrograde period. In fact, anything you can do to get your energy moving may help you to shift and see things from a new perspective.

    During a Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, we are encouraged to take responsibility for what we choose to express and how we choose to express it. We are also encouraged to clear out and release things that we may have been clinging on to emotionally.

    2016 brought us many retrograde planets and perhaps it is only now that we are starting to make sense of all of this. Retrograding planets allow us to dig below the surface in order to uncover hidden truths and hidden treasures.

    2016 being a year of endings, required us to do this work so we can enter into the new chapter of 2017 with clarity, purpose and direction.

    This final retrograde for 2016 is really going to help cement everything that you have been working on this year. So embrace it.

    Allow Mercury Retrograde energy to wash over you like the powerful teacher that it is. Who knows, it may just change your mind about this often misunderstood and feared aspect forever.

     

     


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    Trump's  tough compaign tweet goal: Rattle Boeing

     

    It didn't take too long for President-elect Donald Trump to send a strong message to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg.

    As reported in today's column, the Chicago-based aerospace and defense giant is waiting to see how the incoming Trump administration will affect its business. Such concern especially applies to Trump's foreign policy and its approach to international trade issues with China — a huge client of Boeing's commercial jet business and a frequent Trump target.

    This morning, Trump shook up Boeing another way by suggesting the U.S. government abandon a deal with Boeing for development of a new Air Force One.

    Trump's singling out a major U.S. company in such an adversarial manner may be unprecedented. While other incoming and sitting presidents have criticized industries, unions and business groups, it's unusual for one to focus on a single company, especially when you consider Boeing is also a contractor tied to the nation's defense industry. But, Trump's cost-containment message isn't aimed just at Boeing but at other major defense contractors too, suggests one industry analyst.

    "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!" Trump tweeted this morning.

    Trump did not provide specifics backing up his claim of cost overruns. A U.S. Government Accountability Office report said the project would run $3.2 billion between 2010 and 2020.

    Boeing plans to replace the two aging 747-200 aircraft that serve as Air Force One with two new, modified 747-8 planes. In a statement issued after the tweet, Boeing said it looked forward to working with the Air Force on the project and delivering the "best planes for the president at the best value for the American taxpayer."

    This may not be the last brouhaha between Trump and Boeing.

    In a speech to Illinois manufacturers last week, Boeing's CEO advocated for a measured and drama-free approach to crafting and improving new and current trade agreements.

    Without naming Trump, Muilenburg noted that concern about trade deals was a 2016 election campaign theme.

     


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    Michelle Obama Responds To Kanye West Comparing Her To Kim Kardashian...

    If you recall, Mr. West had some pretty bold things to say comparing the status of his chick Kim Kardashian to our first lady, Michelle Obama. He told The Breakfast Club the following on the subject of politics:

    "Don't nobody care about that Obama wearing…Do you care about Vogue? Do you read that? I don't care what position anybody got. You are either helping me or hurting me." This isn't the first time he's spoken out against the first lady and president. Last month he told Ryan Seacrest: "No one is looking at what [Barack Obama] is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a [bikini] pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day."

     

     

     

     

    Hi, it's Michelle.

    Michelle Obama, Barack's wife. Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America. That makes me the First Lady of the United States of America. Me = Michelle Obama.

    I hope all is well.

    You know, Kanye, I woke up this morning. In the White House. And one of my aides told me she had something to show me. Something that would make me laugh. A "cute" thing, if you will. It was a series of quotes, Kanye. About my husband and me. About my Vogue magazine cover. And fashion. And classism. They were your quotes. You were the cute thing, Kanye.

    And my aide was right. It did make me laugh. Oh, what a hearty White House laugh it was. Tell me, Kanye, what's your goal with this? Why us? Are you still mad about my husband calling you a jackass a few times? Is that why you're focusing on me instead of on all the other women who have been on the cover of Vogue? That's what this is all about, isn't it? You're out here all mad simply because we're stylin' on you? I know Barack never did apologize for the name-calling, because you know how you men are with your stubbornness. But it's more than that. It's bigger than fashion. To you, this has become a couple vs. couple thing. I once overheard some of our summer interns talking about you — about how mad you get when you're compared to other rappers, because your peers are Jesus and Jobs and Walt Disney. I heard it and actually respected that. It shows you have some drive to be a great man. You should fight to get your respect. I see my husband, the President of the Free World, get disrespected every day. And it tears me apart.

    So you have to understand where I'm coming from when I say it's laughable for my 21-year marriage to be mentioned on the same website as your thing with Kim. Imagine if someone compared you to Papoose, Kanye. Well, you're Barack's Papoose. And yes, Kim is my Remy Ma. My husband's not moving our family out the country so you can't see where we stay. Because he runs the country, you see. And, again, we live in the White House. Very visible.

     

    sidenote:   Kick that azz Michelle, he ain't nothiing to worry about anyway, very laughable Kanye West IS!

     


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    MERCURY RETROGRADE  Dec. 19th  to  Jan 8th, 2017

     

    The Next Mercury Retrograde Cycle – Dec. 19, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017

    Mercury Retrograde

    Many of you know the drill: Count on greater misunderstandings, as all communications are more likely to suffer; expect delays and/or undelivered mail or messages. EXPECT to write and rewrite in the present and WISH to rewrite the past. Always get repairs done of any kind before Mercury Retrograde begins or wait until it ends.

    Emergencies excepted, Mercury Retrograde is definitely NOT the time to start a new relationship, a new job, or long-term project — let alone a new career; it is not the time enter into binding commitments (marriage, financial, or otherwise) without the absolute expectation of necessary modifications, alternative compromises and/or reversals in the original plan and/or intent. Unless it’s an emergency, it is generally not a good idea make or go to medical appointments during Mercury Retrograde.

    Interpersonally, communications at all levels are problematic, and we are inclined to think slower – process communications slower! We have to be patient with each other and ourselves. Expect computer issues – not the least of which will likely include slower connections (also MUST back-up data).

    EXPECT misleading information — if not deception (especially with Neptune in Pisces); EXPECT missed appointments, traffic problems, the failure to keep one’s word because of a promise that could not be kept; misplaced documents, more compute-related problems.

    Any Mercury Retrograde cycle is THE time to re-think, re-do, re-define, re-organize, re-assess, re-orient, and/or re-plan without taking action on the “new plan” until after Mercury Retrograde ends. It is the time for completions; i.e., cleaning up paperwork, paying old debts, doing what we’ve promised that hasn’t been completed OR otherwise handling those matters responsibly.

    It is not the time for repairs to machinery or automobiles in particular; chances are, repairs have to be made to the repair! It IS the time to chill – to *think* more than we expand our activities; plan what to change and how to move forward after Mercury Retrograde ends. Think of it as an *opportunity* that comes around 3 or occasionally 4 times in a year.

    NO ONE escapes the discomfort of Mercury Retrograde — wherever we have Gemini, or Virgo in our natal charts, we are going to experience the effects of any Mercury Retrograde cycle.

    Mercury “rules” those individuals with a Gemini or Virgo Sun. Those with a Gemini Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, will, most likely, be in the uncomfortable position of having to re-think exactly where they are most comfortable; i.e., easy, adaptable communications suitable for the moment. On the other hand, for the Gemini who is aware of Mercury Retrograde, the opportunity exists to clarify communications — being so precise there is little room for misunderstanding.

    Virgo Sun, Moon, or Virgo ascendant, will likely experience the usual difficulties presented by a Mercury Retrograde cycle; however, their main opportunity is to analyze how they may be the carping critic and unnecessarily complicating matters for everyone with whom they are in contact. The main issue will likely be analyzing everything to death with slower reasoning powers, so all the analyzing actually gets in their way. Other issues may be intolerance for disorder or totally rationalizing a double standard they might be using to manipulate a situation.

    Mercury will be retrograde in one zodiacal sign or the other, and those whose Sun, Mercury, Moon, or Ascendant in that sign will be seriously affected by the Mercury Retrograde cycle of the sign.

    To reiterate, during any Mercury Retrograde cycle, one should not enter into any binding agreements or life-altering commitments. Commitments made during a Mercury Retrograde cycle are most often commitments not kept. Where agreements cannot be avoided, there should be an expectation of having to modify the agreement at some point during its term. The signing of any important document should either be put on hold or signed with the knowledge that it will likely have to be changed in some way.

    We are all being forced to loosen our grip on one or more situations in order to prepare for what is coming. The first half of Mercury Retrograde is the time for the greatest reflection and introspection.

    During the second half of Mercury Retrograde, people will be especially inclined to just get on with business/life as usual — foolishly so. Added tension stems from a new perspective and the added awareness that we are literally blocked from doing what we feel ready to DO to the fullest extent. What we SHOULD focus on is physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being, as well as plans for greater fulfillment in our lives after the cycle ends.

    REMEMBER: Sleep deprivation during Mercury Retrograde causes extreme confusion, inflexibility, and general difficulty staying in reality-based thought. When we feel the least bit sleepy it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, not to mention — refreshing — to STOP what we are doing, and close our eyes just long enough to allow the sleepiness to subside. It can be as little as 2-5 minutes.

    REMEMBER ALSO: During ANY Mercury Retrograde cycle, most folks are inclined to think/process information slower — just “BE” with that, and USE it for deeper thinking about any subject, issue, or idea. Be patient with each other.

    Mercury Retrograde also affects all modes of travel and all modes of communication. It is definitely not a good time for travel (and we should do so ONLY when our Personal Energy Influences show positive indications). EXPECT greater stress in any event. Also, it is no secret that when people use cell phones while driving, the distraction can cause disastrous accidents. During Mercury Retrograde, the hazard is multiplied when those who use them are so busy talking (not to mention texting) they go through red lights or don’t stop for pedestrians on a busy street, or even see animals (and animals can’t think). People are supposed to be able to think, but thinking is more often impaired during Mercury Retrograde, and, when using a cell phone – let alone texting – one’s thinking may not be sharp enough to negotiate both the situation on the road and the telephone interaction.

    Whether we are pedestrians or behind the wheel of a vehicle – it will pay dividends to take an extra 10 seconds for a second and third look before leaving a GREEN light!!!

     

     

     


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    OCTOBER HOROSCOPES 2016

     

    Aries: March 21 -- April 19
    Personal theme: I am!!

    Epigram: Recent unsettling events made it clear you need to rethink elements of your life you`ve regarded as unchanging. While you`ve already reorganised a few things, as the weeks of October unfold you`ll discover others that are holding you back. Some involve longstanding, but outdated, commitments; but as important as arrangements involving others, some of what you`re struggling to keep afloat. Letting these go may seem a defeat. However, the moment you make these changes, you`ll realise how wise it was.

    Outline: Your competitive side is out in full force on the 1st and 2nd, which spells trouble for your opponents. You`re always a good sport, but there`s no mistaking that you really want to win! Someone new arrives in your life on the 6th or 7th and you`re not sure what to make of them at first. Exercising caution is really hard when you`re excited/enthusiastic about what might happen, but having a little bit of patience now will definitely pay off in the future. You`re full-on ready to battle on the 15th and 16th, but who are you really fighting? Take a good look around, Aries, and if no one is being aggressive toward you it might be time to put away your weapons. Unexpected events on the 21st and 22nd trigger emotions that you haven`t felt recently, and while your first instinct is to hold back the tears, it`s actually healthy to let them flow. Tears of happiness and sadness both have strong abilities to heal you. Old habits die hard, which is super evident on the 26th and 27th. What will it take for you to quit an unhealthy pattern for good? Only you know the answer to that very important question.

    The New Moon on the 1st presents a golden opportunity to find love or launch a business partnership. You will have to work hard to strike a healthy balance between your personal and professional lives during the first half of October. Don`t be resentful if your nearest and dearest want to spend more time with you. Your career success is reliant on a rewarding social life. Stop pouring all your energy into work. The Full Moon on the 16th prompts you to make a change. You may decide to radically alter your appearance as the first step on this journey. Conserving resources is strongly advised for the final days of October. Find ways to make materials stretch as far as they possibly can. Fix broken appliances instead of buying new models. Prepare meals at home rather than eating at restaurants. Rent movies online as an alternative to going to the cinema.

    It`s hard to imagine that this will be anything other than a dynamic and challenging month. Inevitably, your financial position will be affected. This is not to say that it will be threatened, but probable that you will have to think fast to protect your interests. This will surely be particularly true around the Full Moon on 16th when the Moon aligns with Uranus in your sign. A by-product of this lunation could be the decision to go it alone, to develop your entrepreneurship or at some level take better control of your situation. All this will take place whilst Mercury is moving through your opposite sign. Indeed, it could be that around the 7th, it will become clear that a partnership is not working quite as you would wish it to. A power struggle could take place. It might be this that leads you to determine that you need to have better control of your own financial affairs. For a few born under Aries, a revised strategy put to work soon after the New Moon on 1st and obvious to all by the 5th could make a difference. However, it does appear that if others are not ready to play ball by 7th, then you will need to do things your way.

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    Taurus: April 20 -- May 20
    Personal theme: I have!!

    Epigram: One of your strengths is your capacity to confront a challenge or turn an exciting idea into action. Yet with your ruler Mars in cautious Capricorn until early November, you`re facing life-changing decisions, so need to move slowly or work closely with others. This seems tedious. Yet by midmonth, your facts and priorities are clear. Don`t be surprised if you`re unexpectedly emotional about changes. If you`re to move ahead without the burden of baggage from the past, you must acknowledge these deep feelings.

    Outline: You`re very into the economics of the situation on the 6th and 7th. You want the bottom line on how much it`s going to cost before you even start to set up an event or plan a shopping trip. Using coupons/rebates and sales are all good ways to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. You may encounter some tough emotional dilemmas on the 13th and 14th, but your friends are always there for you to lean on. They`ve got your back, Taurus, so don`t ever think otherwise. Indulging in life`s little luxuries is your favourite pastime on the 17th and 18th, and you demand the best of everything. It`s so delightful to be pampered while you enjoy the best that your money can buy! You may be feeling a little out of character on the 19th and 20th, and your memory might fail you when you really need it. Taking notes right now might not be a bad idea -- whether you`re still in school or not. You`re extremely moved by something on the 26th or 27th, so much so that you want to DO something. If you don`t already volunteer for your favourite charity or cause, this might be the time to start.

    The New Moon on the 1st is ideal for launching a fitness routine. Taking up a graceful sport like dancing or ice skating will appeal to your artistic side. Don`t push yourself too hard to impress someone who has taken your fancy. The last thing you need is to incur an injury. An argument with a colleague could erupt in October. Do your best to fulfil your responsibilities, even if it means dealing with a hypercritical know it all. The Full Moon on the 16th will put an end to a period of isolation. Solitary pursuits won`t seem so lonely during the second half of the month. If you`re looking for love, you could find it with someone who shares your deep appreciation for beauty and luxury. Are you already in a relationship? Your amour could get a big pay rise or promotion. Go and celebrate.

    Until the Full Moon mid-month, Venus moves through your opposite sign. This, together with Mars` transit of Capricorn suggests the building of new financial partnerships and foundations. What`s achieved in the first five days of the month could be considerable. However, it may be that you need to invest more than was originally intended and that between 7th and 15th your situation appears almost precarious. A fight back from 19th should bring fast results however. Indeed, if you need further financial assistance this could arrive in unexpected ways between 19th and 22nd. It might, however, be as well to be prepared for yet another financial crisis in the last days of the month. Yes, you will need to be on your financial toes for much of October. It`s not the case that you can`t make financial advances this month but probable that to do so will require accessing latent financial acumen and working harder than you envisaged being necessary.

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    Gemini: May 21 -- June 20
    Personal theme: I think!!

    Epigram: Ordinarily you dislike others making decisions for you. Judging by October`s unsettling, and ongoing, changes you`ll be relieved to leave such matters to others. What`s more, because things remain unsettled for several months, this allows you to learn more about what and who these new arrangements will involve; and be bold. Venture into situations you regard as unappealing or even unrealistic. Once, they were; but with both times and your priorities changing, you`ll be excited by the most unexpected things and people.

    Outline: The duality in your life makes it hard for you to make decisions on the 1st and 2nd. Your end goal is to be fair, but it`s really hard to make sure that everyone gets exactly what they want. Try to remember that you aren`t solely responsible for everyone`s happiness. You have some pretty profound thoughts on the 11th and 12th, and one or more of them could turn into the next big thing. Don`t blow off your ideas as trivial dreams; you could really and truly turn one of them into something great! There are some deep emotional issues that you`re trying hard to keep repressed on the 17th and 18th, but there`s really no use trying to act like they aren`t there. Plus, once you deal with something unpleasant instead of avoiding it, you`ll feel invincible. The 19th and 20th are light, airy days when you seem to float effortlessly from one thing to the next... which are your happiest kind of days. Not being tied down to any one thing gives you the blissful feeling of weightlessness. A burst of energy on the 28th, 29th or 30th helps you accomplish something you`ve been putting off. Now that it`s done, you can move on to something fun!

    The New Moon on the 1st will put you on the path to love. If you already have a partner, let your amour wine and dine you. Are you single? You could meet someone special at a restaurant, nightclub or spa. It will be hard to resist the charm of someone with a musical laugh. Don`t let a creative block get you down. Inspiring breakthroughs can occur while you`re doing routine chores. The Full Moon on the 16th is ideal for attending a party. You could make friends with a provocative rebel who prompts you to look at life differently. A close partnership will show signs of strain at the end of October. Try not to push a business or romantic partner into a hasty decision. If you show respect for their boundaries, the two of you can hammer out a compromise. An engrossing work assignment will bring you lots of intellectual stimulation during the final days of the month.

    Since 2010, the two planets Uranus and Pluto have appeared to be at right angles and are now separating from that aspect. Over these last few years maintaining control of your financial position might not have been easy. If your financial life could be shown on a volatility index that graph would surely show tremendous peaks and troughs. That same index could fluctuate wildly this month. Obviously, you won`t be the only sign to be affected by aspects forming this October. You, though, could be significantly challenged resource-wise if lines of credit are cut or reduced. It might also seem that others are incorrectly valuing what you have to offer. Demands on your resources may well be high between the Full Moon on 16th and Mercury`s opposition to Uranus on 20th. Assuming you manage to negotiate this and with Mercury moving through another of the Air signs between 7th and 24th, this looks promising, you could perhaps talk your way out of difficulty, it might be as well to be prepared to experience a financial jolt from an entirely different quarter in the last days of October however when someone for whom you feel responsible requires immediate financial assistance.

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    Cancer: June 21 -- July 22
    Personal theme: I feel!!

    Epigram: Because September was unsettling for everybody, October is about gathering facts, clearing up confusion and rethinking plans. These involve necessary but dull practical matters. However, you`re restless and so increasingly drawn to developments that involve intriguing people and exciting pursuits. While, in reality, most aren`t anything new, a few are as thrilling as they are unexpected. Explore everything, but out of curiosity. Ignore pressure to make swift commitments. Bide your time until you`ve experienced enough to say you`re well informed.

    Outline: There are a lot of conflicting ideas swirling around in your head on the 1st and 2nd, and it can be hard to know where to turn. Who can you trust? The people you`ve known the longest should be your first resource. Feeling stressed or worn out on the 6th or 7th? Why not do something a little self-indulgent? If you don`t have anyone who`s going to pamper you and give you much-needed TLC, there`s nothing wrong with getting it for yourself. You definitely deserve it! There are a lot of distractions to keep your mind off things on the 13th and 14th, but covering up a problem won`t make it go away. You know this. Instead of sweeping the dirt under the rug yet again, it might be time for some serious cleaning. Living a wilder lifestyle than you normally do is appealing on the 19th and 20th, but going out a lot and having too many adventures can get tiring. Is it possible you`re not missing out on anything at all? Sometimes being a homebody has its fair share of appeal, and then some. Something you`ve always wanted comes into view on the 23rd, 24th or 25th, but you`ll have to work hard to get it. If it`s worth it, you`ll reach for it.

    The New Moon on the 1st is ideal for finding a new home or welcoming an addition to your family. A relative or roommate could bring welcome stability to your household. Your love life will be a source of profound pleasure during the first half of the month. Don`t let nosy relatives interfere with your private life. Setting healthy boundaries is critical to the health of a romantic relationship. Career demands could become increasingly stressful in mid-October; it may be necessary to miss a family gathering. The Full Moon on the 16th could present an opportunity to get ahead, provided you are willing to make some personal sacrifices. Working unusual hours or adopting an unfamiliar role could be in the cards. It will be difficult to devote much time to your best friend or romantic partner during the second half of the month. Be honest with loved ones about your limited availability. Don`t make promises you cannot keep.

    Let`s hope you`re ready for a few challenges. From the New Moon on 1st and on right through until the end of October, the planetary accent is on aspects involving Cardinal signs like your own. This suggests a dynamic and challenging period with, presumably, financial side-effect. These needn`t be of the negative kind: now that Jupiter has taken up residence at the base of your solar chart, the need for more space or an increased window on the world will warrant attention to property matters. This could prove expensive. Yet it`s also likely that by the Full Moon on October 16th, that striking and amazing developments at work will give rise to the need for a fresh approach to financial matters. With Venus moving through another of the Water signs, you might enjoy accessing latent financial talents and acumen. Working out how best to save and where to get the best rates may be codes you determine to crack. Through this period too financial partnerships should reach fresh stage. Indeed, it might even be suggested through someone already very close, that you make a joint investment but that this decision needs to be taken quickly if you`re to make the most of what could be a superb opportunity.

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    Leo: July 23 -- August 22
    Personal theme: I will!!

    Epigram: For months there`s been debate, discussion, planning - and frustrating setbacks- regarding exciting changes in your domestic or working life. While, finally, things come together arrangements don`t go as anticipated. If worrying initially, you soon realise both circumstances and your own requirements have changed, possibly substantially. While this means rethinking certain arrangements, your efforts will lead to an improvement. This means venturing into new territory or overcoming others` doubts. Set aside worries. Be bold. Plunge in. You won`t regret it.

    Outline: You work well as part of a team on the 1st and 2nd, but can your ego get past the fact that you`ll have to give other people credit, too? Once you complete your incredible performance, there`s enough applause to go around. A sizzling romance is on the table for single Leos on the 6th and 7th, and even attached Lions will see a resurgence in passion from their mate. There`s something in the air that`s making everyone frisky, not that you`re complaining! You love to learn new tricks or jokes on the 15th and 16th, because anything that puts you in the spotlight is cool with you. Don`t try any new material out on anyone else until you perfect it, though -- you don`t want to embarrass yourself. The 19th and 20th are great days to network, so if you`re looking for a job or date, ask around or use social media to your advantage. Don`t provide too much personal information until you`re sure who you`re giving it to, though. Being surrounded by the rich and famous feels natural to you on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th..; and you fit right in living the celebrity lifestyle. It won`t be long now until you can truly say you`ve made it!

    The New Moon on the 1st is ideal for taking a course to boost your qualifications or launch a new creative project. Intellectual pursuits can bring tremendous pleasure. Domestic activities can also be fulfilling during the first half of October. Take this opportunity to shop for beautiful furniture and artwork. Don`t get drawn into a power struggle with a contentious colleague. It`s better to develop a reputation for being a good team player. The Full Moon on the 16th will bring a legal matter to an abrupt close. Although you may not be happy with the result, it will be a relief to have this situation resolved. A romantic relationship will resemble a rollercoaster ride as October draws to a close. Work on your communication skills as a means to resolve these differences. Listening more than you speak will keep this alliance alive. If you`re single, stop looking for love and focus on a creative hobby instead.

    Until the Full Moon on 16th, the accent is very much on asset management. With Venus moving across the base of your solar chart, this might not be an entirely unpleasant experience. In fact, in digging deep, you could discover you have more reserves at your disposal than you`d first thought. This is likely particularly true of those with overseas interests. What you uncover between 5th and 7th could be the kick-start needed to take a fresh approach to finance generally. A cooperative banking system might then appeal to you. A few of those born under Leo may experience financial anger management issues around 19th 20th but the majority will surely be energised by developments over those few days - particularly when the rewards of discounting through joint financial endeavour become apparent. As with all signs, the last few days of October could prove challenging. It might be as well to ensure you have a safety net in place to cover emergencies. Though this is of course common-sense at any time.

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    Virgo: August 23 -- September 22
    Personal theme: I analyze!!

    Epigram: When you look back on the series of sudden and often unwelcome, if not truly unsettling, changes that began in late September and continues until early November, you`ll recognise them as timely breakthroughs. Because your initial reaction is unlikely to be positive, you could unwittingly battle promising developments. Knowing that, make no swift decisions but, instead, explore everything. At minimum, you`ll learn something. However, that process of questioning could mean you embrace new ideas and alliances you might otherwise have dismissed.

    Outline: There`s a lot of suspicion surrounding a certain situation on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and it might be up to you to prove your innocence. It definitely isn`t fun being implicated in any kind of wrongdoing, but knowing you (you`re so detailed!); you`ve got more than enough concrete and irrefutable evidence to prove your innocence. Your usual routine is altered on the 13th and 14th, but instead of complaining or stumbling you just go with the flow. Will this a new easygoing attitude stick? Probably not, but it`s a pleasant experience for a couple of days. You do a lot of soul-searching on the 17th and 18th and can come to some very meaningful conclusions when you focus on the task at hand. Find a quiet place where you can be alone with your thoughts without the usual distractions. The females in your life come through for you on the 21st and 22nd, and you may feel particularly close to an older relative. Pay close attention to words of wisdom offered to you, because they may come in quite handy at a later date. A small accomplishment of yours on the 26th and 27th might not mean much to the world, but to you it`s everything. Your modesty is admirable but unnecessary.

    A moneymaking opportunity will arrive at the beginning of the month. This will be a great time to create some financial security for you and your family. Putting a deposit on a home is a distinct possibility. Resist the urge to spend more than your budget will allow. When it comes to spending, trust your head instead of your heart. It may be tempting to take advantage of a last minute sale around the middle of October; don`t fall prey to a slick sales pitch. The Full Moon on the 16th could bring about some unexpected expenses. Try not to be overwhelmed by these bills. You can fulfil these obligations if you stick to your budget. As October draws to a close, you will be given a chance to acquire new skills. Seize this opportunity while it lasts. The more you know, the easier it will be to land the kind of work you want.

    There is little doubt that since the global financial crisis in 2008, many have been living on borrowed financial time. Not for the first time, challenges faced this October could be considerable. Yet there might also be fresh financial pathways to explore. With fast-paced developments likely from the New Moon on Saturday 1st, developing and managing a new financial strategy might not be at all difficult. Despite having your own affairs reasonably under control, you could yet be ambushed around the Full Moon on 16th when it becomes clear that a close colleague or partner is unprepared for a sudden expense. Finding creative ways around this challenge could be demanding over 19th and 20th. Those same dates though would be good for dealing with tax issues and also for reviewing general investments. It may be that there is at least one item that is costing more to maintain than is wise. As with all signs, you could experience significant challenge again in the last days of October: this time most likely coming from poor exchange rates or because a deal that was available a few weeks ago is suddenly rescinded.

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    Libra: September 23 -- October 22
    Personal theme: I balance!!

    Epigram: Being a practical earth sign, you`re careful about the wise use of your money, time and efforts. Yet recent exciting developments have shaken things up. Knowing that, review certain longstanding arrangements and, as much, of habits so deeply ingrained you`d never consider changing them. Spotting and dealing some will be easy, while others will be puzzling. This, in turn, leads to a review of certain alliances, habits and objectives. Rethinking these will pay off handsomely, now and in the future.

    Outline: Your biggest challenge on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th comes in the form of greed. What will you get out of keeping things to/for yourself? Opening your heart to someone truly deserving and appreciative (or your house, wallet, etc.) will pay off big time. Staying focused on making other people happy will actually keep a smile on your own face long after the praise has subsided. You`re a big flirt on the 11th and 12th, but it`s pretty easy to tell that you aren`t being serious. Mostly. Just make sure people know not to take your words literally; there are few things worse than misunderstandings when it comes to romance. If there are contracts or other red tape to deal with on the 15th and 16th, make sure you look over the details with a very discerning eye. If you don`t feel comfortable signing a legal document, have a professional or close friend look it over before putting your name on the dotted line, just to be safe. Something you were looking forward to on the 23rd, 24th, or 25th might not happen, and it`s hard to hide your disappointment. When things don`t go your way, you`ll be judged by how you handle it. Be the better person and take the high road.

    Updating your look will bring good results from the very start of October, when the New Moon makes you yearn for a change. Adopting a more fashionable look will boost your confidence. More money for luxuries will become available during the first half of October. Take this opportunity to buy some beautiful furniture and artwork. You could find some impressive pieces at antique shops and flea markets. Don`t let a loved one`s erratic behaviour ruin your plans during October. The Full Moon on the 16th marks a turning point in an intimate relationship. This may be a chance to break free of an oppressive business or romantic alliance. Landing a new job is a distinct possibility at the end of October. Take this opportunity to build some financial stability for yourself. Don`t let a former friend lay a guilt trip on you. The last thing you need is to get pulled back into a troubled relationship.

    Your financial position may have changed considerably since the global financial crisis of 2008: discovering resources that a decade earlier you`d never have imagined. This, your birthday month, could find you considering challenges that are as exciting as they are challenging. Risk management will surely be necessary. Those of your sign do have a tendency to procrastinate. It may be though (and especially around the Full Moon on 16th), that there is much to commend taking a fresh approach and seizing an opportunity. Of course, if it looks too good to be true it probably is. In this instance though, and having undertaken basic risk assessment, you could find the courage to step forward. Tax matters will surely be involved. Before the Sun arrives in Scorpio on 22nd, you might benefit from a conversation with a financial adviser. In terms of actual investment, once again property matters and improving general environment will surely appeal. In fact, in revitalising the space around you, you could also release a revenue stream.

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    Scorpio: October 23 -- November 21
    Personal theme: I desire!!

    Epigram: While there`s no arguing the positive influence of Jupiter`s presence in Libra, from 9 September, the potential of events and encounters won`t always be clear. Since it`s there for over a year, there`s no rush. For now, focus on exploration. Also, recognise seemingly disruptive events are triggering timely shakeups. If you must commit, ensure it`s understood arrangements are a trial run. Then take chances. What you learn or those individuals you encounter now could transform your life, and in wonderful ways.

    Outline: There`s no way around it: the 3rd, 4th, and 5th are intense days. You feel things deeply, which could cause you to overreact. Always remember that the more you let someone get to you, the less control you have over the situation (and you hate losing control). You have an uncanny sense of intuition on the 13th and 14th, so learn to trust it. You`ve already made up your mind about some unresolved situations, but now it`s time to let everyone else know where you stand. Don`t be afraid to say exactly what`s on your mind. Your future actions aren`t dependent on everyone else`s reactions for a change. The 21st and 22nd are excellent days to get your way, but you might have to play on people`s emotions just a bit. You don`t normally like to use overly persuasive methods, but you`re so good at it right now. It would be a shame to let your talents go to waste. A window of opportunity opens up on the 31st, but are you brave enough to go for it? You have more than enough talent and experience to be a complete success, Scorpio. What are you waiting for?

    The New Moon on the 1st is ideal for retreating to a private corner and getting some rest. Taking a break from your social activities will give you more time and energy for a passionate romance. If you`re looking for love, you could find it at a house of worship or adult education course. Changing your views and values will put you on the road to romance. Are you already in a serious relationship? Take a glamorous holiday with your amour during the first half of the month. You could hear lots of criticism from a neighbour or relative. Don`t let these negative remarks bother you; people tend to be very jealous. The Full Moon on the 16th marks a turning point with your health. Resist the temptation to push yourself too hard. Gentle exercise will have a better effect than rigorous workouts. Money will be tight as October turns to November; be resourceful.

    Your two ruling planets, Mars and Pluto, begin a new cycle a couple of days after the Full Moon on 16th. This is perhaps just as well! By midmonth financial challenges may well have surfaced. You will surely need new reserves of energy to tackle these in the second half of the month and to then be in a position to celebrate your personal New Year in style. Ahead of your birthday, undertaking a financial audit would surely not be a bad idea. There is much to commend doing this between Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th. With others experiencing financial pressures throughout October, there may yet be bargains for you to seize on. Indeed, investment wise, you could make some very shrewd decisions: particularly during the second half of the month. Note that until 17th, Venus makes passage through your sign. It could be that as part of your financial makeover, you also determine to invest in your image through updating your wardrobe. Again, deciding what you want and need could be the first step before seizing bargains in the days between the Full Moon on 16th and the Sun`s arrival in your sign on 22nd. The last few days of October could bring unexpected expenses - possibly due to technical or electrical equipment requiring immediate replacement or repair.

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    Sagittarius: November 22 -- December 21
    Personal theme: I see!!

    Epigram: Planning ahead may be wise; but because October ushers in changes, many unsettling but most worthwhile, you`re urged to adopt a flexible approach. This applies to longstanding arrangements and habits you rarely think of as much, as to future plans. Disruptive as rethinking things seems at the time, the resulting review is also preparing you for the insights that come with the Scorpio New Moon on 30 October. These clarify what should go and where your focus will be for the coming year.

    Outline: You`re the man or woman with the plan on the 1st and 2nd. You might not be an expert in all things, but you have a solid idea about how to approach most situations. Your life has a welcome feeling of contentment on the 6th and 7th, and while there are more adventures to go on, prizes to win, and competitions to enter, you don`t feel a sense of urgency to do anything more than you`re already doing. Slight confusion sets in on the 13th and 14th, and people might refer to you as `scatterbrained` more than once. Be sure to leave your keys where you can easily locate them, and make as many lists as you need in order to remember things to buy at the store, tasks to accomplish at home, or assignments due at work. You`re one of the least jaded people in a group on the 19th and 20th, but there`s no way to ensure that your bright, positive ideas are well-received. Keep your head up instead of letting other people get you down. You could get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something incredible on the 23rd, 24th, or 25th, but there really is no pressure to perform. This opportunity might not come again, but regrets are few and far between.

    The New Moon on the 1st will be an ideal opportunity to pursue a cherished dream. Your hard work and experience will help you forge the lifestyle you`ve always wanted. Whether this means setting down roots in a beautiful community or travelling the world for work is immaterial. The important thing is to visualise what you want and start doing things to achieve it. Don`t expect your loved ones` approval. Cautious types will warn you not to do anything hasty. They don`t share your need for adventure. The Full Moon on the 16th will prompt you to launch a bold creative project. Your charisma will attract lots of romantic attention during the second half of October. If you`re single, you could meet someone special at a nightclub, antique shop or environmental organisation. As the month draws to a close, you will be given more responsibility at work. Your diligence and efficiency will result in a big promotion.

    All signs could experience a month of high drama. Yes, this has been true for many months this year so far. This October though could find you fire fighting on many levels. This will surely be financially demanding: particularly between 7th and 16th. By 19th, you might decide that a different kind of safety net is needed. This is perhaps not just about allowing for emergencies but about building a fund that would enable you to underwrite the cost of a long-term project. With the high probability that close friends and partners will be riding their own financial rollercoasters this month, you might also need to be prepared to bail someone out at short notice. This could include funding a journey. Though this is likely to be a very safe loan, the fact that you`re in a position to access cash quickly will surely be important; and aside from all of this, great thought could also be put into property matters and how much you need to invest in the fabric of a building before the costs of repair are simply too high.

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    Capricorn: December 22 -- January 19
    Personal theme: I use!!

    Epigram: Sometimes obstacles are just that; but those you encounter during October as forcing you to rethink certain arrangements and habits so deep that you wouldn`t otherwise have noticed them. While some changes are major, seemingly modest shifts could lead to miraculous breakthroughs in areas of your life, loves or finances that have seemed hopelessly stuck. Bizarrely, you could be anxious about doing things in a new way. These are taking you out of your comfort zone but bringing new excitement into your life.

    Outline: You`re really trying to get ahead, but frustration sets in when you can`t accomplish your goals on the 1st and 2nd. Luckily you have inner strength and willpower working in your favour, Capricorn, and you`ll get where you want to go if you keep your head down and your mind focused. You`re ready to undertake new responsibilities on the 8th, 9th, and 10th because even if your efforts haven`t made a big difference lately, you`re ready to try again. This time you`re set up to succeed (perhaps with a little help from your friends). Delays are inevitable on the 15th and 16th, and it`s more than a little irritating when you`re late through no fault of your own. Unfortunately, there`s just no accounting for traffic and other people`s inconsiderate behaviour. So if you want to get there on time, give yourself plenty of leeway in case there are ridiculous unforeseen obstacles to jump over. The 19th and 20th are good days for overhauls, and while you don`t like to give up on anything, sometimes it`s best to just scrap a project and start over from scratch. Of course you`d rather do it on your own, but asking for help really isn`t the same as admitting defeat.

    The New Moon on the 1st presents an exciting career opportunity. Getting paid to do what you love will be the answer to a prayer. You might be operating from behind the scenes, which is a welcome escape from intense public scrutiny. Beware of making enemies in the early stages of your new job. Concentrate on building bridges instead of instilling fear during the first half of October. The Full Moon on the 16th will prompt you to make some important changes to your domestic life. Moving to a stimulating area will make you feel less isolated. During the second half of the month, your social life will pick up. Attend as many parties and get togethers as possible. Being surrounded by affectionate, supportive people will give you an optimistic outlook. Devoting more time to artistic pursuits will help you find creative solutions to mundane problems. Allow yourself to think outside of the box at the end of October.

    It would be as well to be prepared for an expensive month. The critical period could actually be in the last few days of October. It`s worth bearing that in mind should you experience a tendency toward extravagance (which is likely in the first seven days). Confident as you may be that you can cope with unexpected costs, it would be as well to be super-prepared around the aforementioned end of month period and also at the Full Moon midmonth. In the days following that lunation, repair costs could be high. Yet it`s also possible that between 16th and 22nd, you will wish to take action to secure a long-term deal. This could be related to property or a legacy or perhaps, associated legal costs. Whatever these are they could yet prove higher than expected. So yes, October could prove a month of dramatic financial activity. It`s likely not all bad though. It may be that by midmonth you receive an offer quite out of the blue: involving a one-off payment that provides useful extra funding.

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    Aquarius: January 20 -- February 18
    Personal theme: I know!!

    Epigram: Since early 2016 you`ve been forced to leave crucial decisions up to others. This seemed unfair then, but it`s now clear the resulting experiences broadened your horizons. Consequently, you`re superbly equipped to take advantage of the dynamic cycle triggered by Mars` move into Capricorn on 27 September. This lasts six weeks, so urgent as things seem, explore every option, including what seems unappealing; and, keep plans flexible until after 20 October. After that, both circumstances and your priorities will be clear enough to commit.

    Outline: How many people can say they`ve had the chance to see the world from a whole new perspective? You get this opportunity on the 1st and 2nd, so don`t waste a minute of it. The view you have is absolutely spectacular, and can be life-changing. Your personal connections are really important to you on the 6th and 7th, and a friendship has the chance to deepen when you go through something traumatic or intense together. You can`t imagine not having this person in your life, and they feel the exact same way. The 11th and 12th are super-productive days, but be careful not to overlook any important details. There`s a lot more value in quality versus quantity. You don`t get any extra life points for having the most! Your health is the focus on the 21st and 22nd, so eating right and exercising are two of your favourite things to do. A healthy lifestyle builds a strong body and keeps your mind active. It`s important to be diligent on the 26th and 27th, especially when money is involved. If something seems too good to be true it probably is, and once you sign on the dotted line there`s most likely very little recourse.

    The New Moon on the 1st prompts you to expand your horizons. Taking up a course of study, exploring different spiritual philosophies and travelling overseas are among the possibilities. Exploring unfamiliar vistas will make you aware of options you didn`t previously see. Don`t let fear get in the way of taking risks during the first half of October. Treat mistakes as learning opportunities. The Full Moon on the 16th will prompt you to make changes to your daily routine. Divest yourself of odious responsibilities that make you tired and anxious. Career opportunities will start arriving during the second half of October. Don`t be hasty about accepting the first offer that comes along. You should set your sights on a position that draws upon your unique vision and strong managerial skills. A social gathering at the end of the month will put you in contact with influential people. A well connected friend will be happy to write you a reference.

    It`s likely that we will all have to deal with a wild financial ride this October. In your case, with Venus passing over the apex of your solar chart as the Full Moon on 16th aligns Uranus, excitement or alarm could be linked to property matters. Of course, for a few, this might have something to do with career development. Whatever, the financial waves could be large and it may be necessary to dig deep into reserves: particularly around 14th and 19th. The two things may not be at all linked. One way or another, by the time the Sun reaches Scorpio on 22nd; focus on building reserves might well require assistance from a financial adviser. It`s then too that you might decide to either immediately invest or build a fund for the purchase of a large item to be made before your birthday next year. It might also be worth checking that tax arrangements are in good order. The optimum period for looking at these would be 18th to 22nd.

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    Pisces: February 19 -- March 20
    Personal theme: I believe!!

    Epigram: Getting rid of clutter may be trendy, but it`s also what life`s all about. Understand that, and you`ll stop worrying when you`re forced to review longstanding arrangements, rethink habits and even edit your possessions. This, then, leads you to reconsider what and who comes first in your life. As important, it`s preparing you for the move by Mars, planet of ego and energy, into Aquarius, in early November, which ushers in changes that, as October began, you`d never have considered possible.

    Outline: Do you feel like you`re swimming with the sharks on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th? You may be the most inexperienced one in the group you`re hanging out with, but you have something they don`t have: a killer sense of intuition. Mistakes could be made on the 11th and 12th, but you have to forgive yourself if you want others to think about forgiving you. You`re sometimes your own worst critic, and once you learn to go easy on yourself others will follow. You have a stunning way with words on the 17th and 18th, so try your hand at poetry, song, or even novel writing. Take advantage of your creativity while it`s at its peak. You`re more than ready to lend a hand when someone needs it on the 25th and 26th, but it`s also possible to bite off more than you can chew. Put a time limit on how long you can help and when the buzzer goes off call it a day. You may be dealing with something tough on the 31st -- something no one else can imagine -- but you have the emotional strength to get through it. Go to your happy place as you wait for the storm to subside.

    The New Moon on the 1st could attract an additional source of income. Money from an inheritance, legal settlement or insurance refund will allow you to launch your own business or pursue your dream career. Instead of spending these resources on creature comforts, you will invest them in your own happiness. Friends may not understand this impulse, but don`t go all prickly or defensive. Those who love you unconditionally will suspend their judgement and give you their full support. You don`t need to maintain relationships with anyone else. The Full Moon on the 16th will attract a sudden windfall. You might have to assume some new responsibilities, but don`t let that scare you. Acquiring cutting edge skills will take time and patience, but it can be done with the help of a tutor. Resist the temptation to exaggerate your experience. It`s better to admit your ignorance and take a beginner`s course. Don`t worry about impressing arrogant authority figures.

    It`s not at all unusual for those of your sign to experience abnormal-sized financial peaks and troughs. This October with rare and exceptional alignments it`s entirely possible that you will feel you`ve reached one or other of those extremes. This is most likely around the Full Moon on 16th. However, long before that - most likely before 7th - an interesting financial offer could be made. This too could add to the need, by 19th, to discuss developments with a financial adviser. A strong possibility is that you`ll either arrange a loan or offer financial assistance. Take time to read through the paper-work involved: it will be time well spent. Whether you are giving or receiving assistance you need to be clear about any interest rates or time obligations involved. What may be important is that a time span can be cut short or lengthened without too great a penalty.

     



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