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Weekly horoscope (Feb. 7-13) 

Temporary detours ahead

For All Signs: Mercury, ancient god of travel, messages and routine business, turns retrograde on Thursday this week. This phenomenon occurs three times per year, lasting approximately 3.5 weeks each. Be prepared for a flurry of phone calls and changes in schedule. If your work is related to publishing, travel or the communications industry, be prepared for last minute changes and potential computer snafus. Avoid signing contracts while Mercury is retrograde because you may change your mind later. If you must settle an issue legally at this time, be sure you thoroughly understand what you sign. The Mercury retrograde is intended to be a time of quiet reflection, gathering (but not acting upon) information, and finishing old projects. Most of us have a hard time making decisions during these periods because we know instinctively that conclusions are premature, requiring more data or gestation time. But our forward-moving culture likes to pretend business as usual, regardless of the natural rhythms of life. So we are destined to experience temporary detours in routine daily affairs.

Aries: Memories from your life history may surface. Old friends or acquaintances who return for a short time could be the trigger for this life review. It is possible you may have a greater than normal need to reflect and give attention to your inner self.

Taurus: You are likely to find yourself thinking a lot about old friends and may want to get in touch with them. This is a time for nostalgia. Others are thinking about you, too. Pick up the phone or send an email.

Gemini: Your ruling planet, Mercury, has altered directions in the house of career and life direction. If you happen to have applied for a job recently, you may find that you are changing your mind about that route. Now is the time to research, but don't take action yet.

Cancer: You may be feeling stress related to your lover or a partner, maybe even a child. The issue is tied to your internalized sense of what a woman should do or be. Our culture has always struggled with feminine images. Is she a caretaker or a seductress?

Leo: Mercury is retrograding in the territory of taxes, debt, and joint resources. You will likely experience a need to review financial history. Some may be hesitating over whether or not to become sexually involved with a new lover. The answer for that one is to step back for now. Think again in March.

Virgo: Mercury is retrograding in the territory of significant relationships, contracts and clientele. These areas may be challenging right now because it is difficult to make decisions. Have patience. It is temporary.

Libra: You may find that your diet and exercise program are on hold. You have a desire to improve your environment. Before you make big purchases, get organized. Then you can see your space and define what you truly need.

Scorpio: Mercury will be retrograding in your territory of children, creative life and romance. You need to reconsider recent relationship decisions. It is also possible that you will want to reconnect to former lovers.

Sagittarius: The area of Mercury's focus is related to property, family and issues of security. Family members may be erratic. Have patience.

Capricorn: Your focus is on neighbors, siblings and others. Concentrate on communications and double check what you think you heard.

Aquarius: The probability is high that you will discover some error made in the past. It may be as simple as finding a bill that was forgotten and left unpaid. Or it could be a little more complicated.

Pisces: Mercury's etrograde will likely affect your daily affairs. Use the energy to research information and gather resources for better decisions later.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. (There is a fee for services.)

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