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For week of January 17-23, 2002

For All Signs Mercury, ruling planet of communications, travel, and general business, is turning retrograde on January 18. The symbolism suggests any verb that begins with the word "retro." We often are required to "re-do" paperwork or projects during retrograde periods. We need to work a bit harder to make certain we communicate accurately because details are easily lost or forgotten. Be prepared for multiple changes of schedule. Smile, keep your sense of humor, and blame any errors on "Mercury retrograding."

Aries Mars, the red planet of war, enters your sign this week and will be traveling with you through February. This energy is best used to handle physically heavy projects or take initiatives that you might not otherwise tackle. This is assertive energy. It is important to avoid becoming overbearing. Love and social life are particularly favored this week. Make the most of it.

Taurus A small piece of good fortune or fresh news may cause you to alter a previously determined plan in your career or work place. Budget, however, continues to be a challenge. In December you may have generated an idea on how to do more with fewer resources. Consider whether that might help you to accomplish needed goals now.

Gemini Mercury retrograde periods are particularly significant to you because this is your ruling planet (see lead paragraph). It is turning retrograde in the sector of life which involves travel, communications, legal and educational interests. Double check details and facts if you are dealing with these areas. Alterations in plans may be necessary.

Cancer You may see options for expanding your territory at this time, but finances pose limits on how far you can go. Other opportunities will be presented later, so don't consider this your "last best" chance for improvement. Potential partner(s) and their resources are spread too thinly to be of much assistance right now. Don't give up!

Leo A creative venture, begun in December, now calls for additional elbow grease and relationship savvy in order to move it forward. You may encounter a friendly suggestion or other type of help from the cosmos, which will point you in the next direction. Those with children may feel pressure to let go of previous boundaries, but this is only a test. You need to stay within your wisely defined limits.

Virgo Mercury is your ruling planet (see lead paragraph) and it goes retrograde now in the life sector which concerns physical health and employment. You can expect changes at your job or in normal life routines. Previous decisions may be altered or tabled until a later time. This is a good time to put yourself back on a health regimen that you might have abandoned during the holidays.

Libra This is a very good period to study how you have arrived where you are with regard to significant relationships and partnerships in your life. Consider whether you need discussion and positive closure with a lover from the past and take the opportunities presented. You may learn a lot about what you need now and for the future in love life.

Scorpio Keep your eyes on the target, the goal, or your daily regimen. If you pour energy into what you want for your life now, the rewards will be forthcoming. This is the time to start the post holiday diet and exercise program. The period is also favorable to put energy into home improvements. Organize your life in whatever way needs to happen, in order to optimize efficiency for the future.

Sagittarius Issues with partners, whether business or personal, continue to be touchy. It is difficult to communicate right now, though there are probably concerns that must be discussed. It may help to ask a trusted third party for assistance in this area. Whatever your solutions, they must be well grounded in reality. Blind optimism will not be acceptable.

Capricorn Your persistence in the face of struggles is likely to show signs of a payoff or turnaround over the next few weeks. Your physical health will improve, along with your financial condition. There may be more activity in the areas of travel, communications, and education, and these arenas should yield favorable results as well.

Aquarius Be sure to read the lead paragraph, Waterbearers, because Mercury is turning retrograde in your sign this week. This means that you are likely to be changing your mind in some areas, or at least requesting more time to think and gather information before you commit. Patience and careful consideration should be your bywords until Mercury turns direct on February 8.

Pisces Take another look at the tasks begun in 1997. Now is the time to study how you might enlarge that idea, or bring it back into practical manifestation. Turn it over in your mind and fantasize. Consider new perspectives or fresh uses and means of application. Love life remains on hold for the present. But you can find satisfaction in generating ideas for improvements in your work, home, or business interests.

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