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For week of October 4-10, 2001

For All Signs It is imperative that we be mindful of this Mercury retrograde period. This is a time in which we may not be thinking clearly, or our conclusions may be drawn from a faulty basis. Given the grim events of September, we must take precautions to insure that our personal and global decisions are not in error. This particular retrograde is in the partnership sign of Libra, which suggests that those we consider to be partners may change their minds or alter their position. Check and double-check all data before making a final decision on anything of importance now. The Mercury retrograde affects everyone, from countries to corporate bodies to individuals.

Aries Circumstances are likely to put you on hold this week. There is likely to be interference in your plans that is generally beyond your personal control. Periods like this simply require forbearance. How very many times in the life of a Ram one hears the words, Be patient! It is the bane of the Rams' existence.

Taurus Rely on your slow-paced Bull self and take your time this week. You are more sensitive than usual to the people in your life right now, and a casual remark may reopen an old wound. You could overreact to the situation of the moment, which is not as serious as that of your history. Try to maintain perspective.

Gemini You must take some time, perhaps a matter of weeks, to consider your actions in relation to a partner or significant other. Perhaps you need a time out period while each of you reflects on the situation. Even if you do not recognize the need for a breather, circumstances may generate it anyway.

Cancer You may be aware on some level that you are slowly shifting into a new cycle. Some things in your life may be reaching their conclusion now, and you will be moving toward a more contemplative lifestyle. You may be moving toward some type of teaching, and could feel a need to seek spiritual sustenance. Follow that lead.

Leo You have multiple balls in the air and several of them are asking for decisions. If possible, delay final conclusions while you investigate the information further. Mistakes have never been easier to make than they are right now. Negotiation and arbitration among one or more factions may produce the most successful results.

Virgo The position of this Mercury retrograde suggests that you will be reevaluating your financial picture over the next few weeks. Previous errors, if they have been made, may surface now for reparation. Name almost any verb that begins with re and it likely applies to you for the time being.

Libra Because Mercury is retrograding in your sign this month, you may have a need to back out of previous promises or put them on hold. At the very least, you want to think things over before you commit. This is well warranted. It is likely you don't have all the information you need to make a clear decision.

Scorpio You may be feeling stressed or anxious concerning matters of finances, bills, and the budget. Do what you can, but when you have completed that, make it a point to turn your attention to other matters. Obsessing will usurp energy unnecessarily that you can redirect toward more productive thinking.

Sagittarius You and another are embroiled in a potentially harmful ego battle. You may feel so aggravated that you would like to go for the throat, in order to prove your point. Take a breath. Take two. Consider requesting assistance from a consultant, one that is not biased toward either party. It will help to ease the tension.

Capricorn Tension has been mounting since August and you know it is not likely to depart very soon. In the short term scheme of things, you can do very little except wait. This may be affecting your overall state of health, so attention to your body at this time is crucial. Assistance comes from one who has authority or power.

Aquarius You and another are not understanding each other very easily right now. Either one of you may think you know what is on the mind of the other, and the probability is that you are both mistaken. Set important issues aside for consideration at a later time. Meanwhile you have a favorable aspect in the area of distant contacts.

Pisces You are unusually sensitive this week and more easily hurt than at other times. This is a short phase and will work out soon. Don't allow yourself to brood. It will waste energy needed for other foci. You are tempted to overspend or to indulge yourself in other ways. Spiritual food will quench that need.

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