Horoscope for this week

This week, your ears are buzzing with gossip, rumors, and theories. What’s the truth? Should you trust what you hear, or is it all just so much hot air? Are you listening to facts or opinions? Thursday’s Full Moon in Gemini will let you know.

A retrograde Mercury rules over this Full Moon, and this planetary joker conspires with Pluto to uncover all kinds of secrets and all kinds of power struggles over ideas. You’ll know you’re in the loop if this week finds you saying, “I can’t believe she said that.” Pay particular attention to news you think you’ve heard before. You’ll get to hear it in a new way this time around, and you’ll get to put it into a new and bigger context.

Knowledge is power; that’s the theme of the week. Does this mean that you should be calling the nearest attorney general’s office or the tabloids to disclose your news item? Or will it just mean that your honey finds that bitchy letter you wrote to her sister?

The Gemini Moon in opposition to the Sagittarius Sun will reveal plenty of tempting information, but your challenge is to put the facts in balance with your principles before you act. Take some time this week to think about what your beliefs and ideals mean to you, and think about how you can best communicate them to others. Be sure you have an open mind before you open your mouth. Are you tact-challenged?

Sexual vibes for this week? Talk can be very exciting. Try a little role-playing. The mind will stimulate the body now.

Watch out on Wednesday, when self-indulgent Venus squares fun-loving Jupiter. It’s a “one more for the road” kind of energy, and that’s a cosmic setup for a hangover. If you don’t check your balance before you leave the cash machine, you could be facing a week of ramen noodles until next payday. An offer that sounds too good to be true probably is, so stick with your principles and know when to stop. Is knowing when to stop against your principles? Hey, have a good time. It will give your friends more to talk about when the Moon is full!

ARIES (Mar. 21st-Apr. 20th): You’re on the front lines this week as the debate heats up. Strangely enough, with Mars, your planetary ruler, making harmonious aspects from the diplomatic sign of Libra, you might find yourself much more willing to compromise. You’re in an excellent position to listen to everyone’s opinions, to learn the facts, and to communicate your own thoughts in a way that gets everyone listening to you. Even your sister’s opinionated spouse could seem worth listening to this week.

Will you go off and suit yourself when the discussion is over? Is the Pope Catholic? Of course you will. But don’t waste this chance to discover new truths about your world and the people in it. If you let them talk, you could learn an inspiring secret. And then you’d be the one to announce your discovery first. I dare you.

TAURUS (Apr. 21st-May 20th): If it’s possible to have too much of a good thing, especially sex or money, you’ll find out by Thursday’s Full Moon. You may get some offers of both this week, and you’ll have to decide what they’re worth and whether your principles allow you to accept them. In the process, you could discover what you yourself are worth. If there’s a hidden price tag on any of the gifts you’ve been getting, now’s the time to learn what it is.

With your planetary ruler, Venus, squaring Jupiter this week, the pleasure principle has never looked so appealing, but it may cost you. Have you been paying for love with your self-esteem? Find a balance between what others owe to you and what you owe to yourself.

GEMINI (May 21st-June 21st): You could learn a great deal about your significant other this week, if you could let her talk, for a change. And you may find yourself ready to hear something you already know. Your planetary ruler, Mercury, is retrograde until December 10, and that means you have to listen twice. If your sweetie says she wants to join the Peace Corps, it shouldn’t be news to you. What’s news may be the recognition that you weren’t paying attention before.

Don’t just turn on the television so you can listen to all those other people talk. This week, you need to listen to the ones who are close to you. If they express a yearning for deeper meaning in their lives, couldn’t that be what you are really searching for, yourself? You’ve got plenty of facts in your life already, but what do they add up to? Your partners can show you the truth about yourself.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 22nd): Have you been working yourself too hard lately? Are co-workers being unruly and thoughtless? Feeling sorry for yourself? You’ll get some help Thursday from your planetary ruler, the Moon. She’ll clear up any mysteries about what’s been going on behind the scenes. And when she enters your sign on Friday, you’ll be in a better position to act on your new knowledge.

If you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, or if you’ve been pushing yourself too hard, you’ll find out about it this week. Your psychic powers can be very strong now, but you’ll need to be well-rested to put them to work. Let your dreams tell you the best way to use your natural sympathy in the workplace. You’ll feel good when you help your co-workers feel good.

LEO (July 23rd-Aug. 22nd): Girls just want to have fun this week, as your social life expands to ridiculous proportions. Odds are, you’ll love it. Your biggest problem may be too many options. Your friends will call, and you’ll hear what they said to all their friends, who had plenty to say about you. And then they’ll call again to talk about the conversation you just had.

Your planetary ruler, the Sun, joins Mercury and Pluto, and your creative powers are strongly enhanced now. Why fritter these vibes away on trivia? Put your heart into a creative project with your friends, and don’t be surprised if they give you some great ideas. Don’t forget to give them the credit they deserve, either. They’ll love you for it. What could be more fun than that?

VIRGO (Aug. 23rd-Sept. 22nd):
The office grapevine hums; rumors about your boss run wild; the papers and memos keep pouring in. You’re so busy trying to take in all you hear at work that your home looks as if a herd of wild horses ran through it. This week, you need to focus on balancing the demands of career and home. Mercury, your planetary ruler, conspires with Pluto to make you see your home in a new light, and shows you what kinds of changes you should make.

Don’t act on your new insight, yet, though. Mercury is now retrograde, and you’ll need to wait until he turns direct on December 10 before you can address in earnest a home or work reorganization project. Right now, you’re supposed to be not only looking, but really seeing what your home means to you. Determine what you need to feel secure. If you really do need 10 years of back issues of “Scientific American,” fine. But you may discover that what you really need is not in your files but in your soul.

LIBRA (Sept. 23rd-Oct. 23rd): Whatever you thought you believed is up for revision this week, as voices and ideas from a distant place illuminate your thoughts. Why, you could change your mind this week! You could change your mind 12 ways — on Thursday alone! “So tell me something I don’t know,” you’re saying. Kidding aside, no one is better-equipped than you to understand the full-Moon energy and the way it helps you hear the other side of the story.

You may be asked to take a stand this week on a matter of principle, whether it’s a command performance before the grand jury or merely a showdown with your sibling’s spouse. You’ll need to be clear about your own ideas. When your ruling planet, Venus, squares Jupiter on Wednesday, she may tempt you into going too far out on a limb. Remember, respect for other opinions doesn’t preclude having your own.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24th-Nov. 22nd): You could want many things very badly this week, and you’ll find out if anyone is likely to give them to you. Has your ex not yet returned your stamp collection or your complete set of V.I. Warshawski mysteries? Confrontations over money or possessions will tell you what you most value about yourself. While it’s not your usual style to be totally upfront with others, at least be honest with yourself.

Perhaps what you want the most is a little more faith in yourself. Be ready to let your partner help you see where that faith might be hiding. Share yourself with others now. The time is right to exchange ideas as well as belongings. With the Sun and Mercury joining your planetary ruler, Pluto, you can afford to be generous. Let yourself shine.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23rd-Dec. 21st):
Life may feel like a game of bumper cars this week as your best friends and significant other tell you exactly what they think about you. And, as you riposte, they’ll know what you really think about them. We know that you thought they’d never find out about each other, or even care, but with the Sun, Mercury, and Pluto all colliding in your sign, you cannot keep secrets this week.

You’ve got the power now, but you’ll need to get off your high horse and listen to others if you want to make the best use of it. So when your loved one starts reading the paper to you over the granola, pay attention. Make those connections. It may sound like witticisms about last night’s talk-show guests, but what she says about them will tell you something about yourself. Allow yourself to hear it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22nd-Jan. 20th):
If there’s been any plotting and whispering behind your back lately, you’ll hear about it now. Jealous of your success, are they? You know your own hard work has gotten you where you are. While that should be clear to everyone this week, it may also become clear to you that you do need to rest occasionally. When you focus all your attention on the material world, your soul feels left out and starts shouting for attention.

Pay your dues to your soul. If it will make you feel better, the aspect between your planetary ruler, Saturn, and the visionary planet Neptune makes dreaming, imagining, and fantasizing practically an obligation for you now. If that’s too much to ask, go to the movies. You know how to recognize a job well-done. This week, you need to recognize that a dream well-dreamed can be as useful to you as your daily appointment calendar.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21st-Feb. 18th):
Can an Aquarian have too many friends? Well, no, but some of those friends sure can carry on, and this week they will. They all have their own pet theories about world peace, alien visitations, and how to pick winning lottery numbers. And they’ll all be eager to share their views with you. It’s a good thing you’ve got the natural talent to accept them all, and that Uranus, your ruling planet, favors your interactions with them and their ideas this week.

An opportunity for a little fling may present itself now, perhaps with an old flame who has returned from the past. Why not? Where your mind goes, your heart will follow. What you have to talk about is just as exciting as what anyone else has to say, so feel free to express yourself, so long as you give other people’s ideas their due. Let the world tell you how much fun you can be.

PISCES (Feb. 19th-Mar. 20th): Your mother keeps talking; your boss keeps talking; your roommates keep talking. Why don’t they all keep quiet so you can read their minds in peace? There, there, now. Your sensitive system may just have to suffer this week, considering all the contradictory messages you’re receiving, and no one can suffer as well as you can. But if you get caught up in a battle of wits at home or in your job, Jupiter in your sign will help you keep faith in yourself. When the Moon enters Cancer on Friday, you’ll feel better.

Listen to both sides of the story. Neptune, your planetary ruler, gets some assistance from Mars this week, and helps you gain a more rational perspective on all you’re learning. If your boss sounds like your mother, you can always go home and cry on your partner’s shoulder. But you’d miss a good chance to stand up for yourself. Your parents taught you what to think about authority figures, and this week, you’ll get some insight into how that affects your behavior. You might find a new way to listen. And the payoff could be a new way for you to present yourself.

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