Mercury and Saturn Extend the Tension

The Mercury-Saturn tension is still going strong. For some it causes an ache of desire. Desire isn’t born out of loss. It’s not a longing for what we lack. We all lack many things that we don’t feel desire for. Desire isn’t about lacking something; it’s about wanting extra — a buildup of energy that magnetizes a particular focus. Fortune favors bold action.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). In some ways you feel like you’re finally getting the respect you deserve, and in other ways it feels like too little too late. Why isn’t this enough? That’s a valid question. Perhaps the attention is coming from the wrong person.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Pushing won’t make things happen any faster. Back off instead: That might work. Certainly people will want to rush to you when you give them a compelling enough reason and then leave the right amount of space between you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You can’t help but be curious, and your compassion makes it difficult for you to shut a door once it’s ajar, therefore people will open up to you whether you want them to or not.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The fact-finding part of your mission could go on longer, but the law of diminishing returns would apply. You have all of the information you need to make your decision.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Whatever game you choose to play, you’ll be good for the game. Your high level of sportsmanship will bring out the best in your opponents. You’re especially well-matched with Sagittarius and Aries.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your point of view isn’t wrong, though it may seem a little stale today. You’ve seen things from this angle for too long. Spin the globe. When it comes to worldviews, all reference points are relative.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Because you put care into the little things, people will trust you with the big things. From dressing yourself to presenting big projects, attention to detail is what will make the difference.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Wrap up those loose ends, because a new chapter is opening up for you very soon. You’re about to meet someone who will help you do the very thing you’ve wanted to for so long but never had the opportunity to.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Smiles improve moods. Even fake ones. So does sunshine. So do hugs. The things that make you feel happier may seem corny to you, but don’t let that stop you from trying them.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You appreciate agreeable people, but you’re more likely to trust those who disagree with you, since it takes nerve to disagree with someone as strong as you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Choose your words carefully. Semantics matter. That’s why car dealers advertise ”pre-owned vehicles” instead of ”used cars.” Consider which words might give you an emotional advantage.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You don’t have to work in so-called ”artistic” media for what you’re doing to be considered an art. Love is an art. Walking is an art. Artistic impulses will be validated by like minds who see the deeper levels.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 26). There are people whose lives get better because of what you contribute this year, and that is among the most satisfying of feelings. The last part of 2017 focuses on honing your talents and economizing your life. There’s a burst of happy love at the beginning of 2018. Exciting, glamorous events punctuate your calendar. Libra and Leo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 7, 20, 19 and 42.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: ”I went to a fortuneteller, and he said that my Mercury was badly aspected. He asked me if I ever had a speech impediment or had trouble taking tests. Then he told me that sometimes I lie and gossip about people and that I should stop. I was really offended. I can’t believe I actually paid someone to insult me. What do you make of this? My Mercury, by the way, is in Aries. Also, I stuttered as a child, but I haven’t stuttered in years. As for gossip and lies, I think I do those things the normal amount.”

I believe that aspects are like luck. Who is to say what is good luck or bad luck? Most people who have overcome challenges would credit hardships as the best events of their lives, as those are the events that gave them superlative character and a skillset they would not otherwise have needed to develop. Some aspects, such as squares, semi-squares and oppositions, indicate a challenge. Trines, sextiles and semi-sextiles indicate ease. As for Mercury in Aries, it’s a strong position, indicating originality and a strong ”voice” — not just your actual voice but your point of view, too.