Playing for high stakes
Life always gets intense when the Sun enters Scorpio. That's because Scorpio is ruled by Pluto — the planet of ordeals and the transformations that arise from them. You'll find yourself playing for high stakes in love and sex, and with other people's money. So much hinges on what you say, what you do and the promises you keep. This is not a time for you to enter into any kind of relationship or business negotiation lightly, because there will be hell to pay if you don't keep your end of the bargain. However, if you survive this obstacle course (which will last until Nov. 20), then you will come through it enriched both monetarily and spiritually.
ARIES (March 20 - April 18)
Life's going to feel a bit like you're navigating a psychic minefield. The road ahead always becomes treacherous when the Sun enters that part of your solar horoscope that pertains to hidden agendas, unexpressed desires and steamy emotions bubbling beneath the surface. Loved ones and friends will say that everything's all right, but you can tell that there are trip wires underfoot. The best thing to do during times like this is to let people introduce the taboo topics if they want to. You don't want to inadvertently open a can of worms.
TAURUS (April 19 - May 19)
Don't get guilt-tripped into doing something you don't want to do. One always has to keep an eye out for behind-the-scenes string pulling when Mercury is retrograde in the sign of the Scorpion. This means that loved ones — not to mention a few close friends — will try to get you to do their dirty work for them. This could range from enlisting you to be the bearer of bad news to sticking you with a bill or debt. Don't let your good intentions pave the way to a hellish situation.
GEMINI (May 20 - June 19)
Sit on your hands if you have to between Oct. 21 and Nov. 10, because you're in danger of undoing all the good that you've done recently. Mercury in retrograde often introduces unexpected doubts, hard-to-pinpoint anxieties and counterproductive second thoughts. This will be even more intense than usual because the retrograde will be taking place in the obsessive sign of Scorpio. The best thing to do is to go find something else to occupy that critical mind of yours. For instance, reorganizing your sock drawer may provide a healthy outlet.
CANCER (June 20 - July 21)
Money is a chief area of concern right now, but rest assured that you are still under the aegis of protective Jupiter. Don't mistake this as carte blanche to go and spend as you please. What it means is that any business, transaction or sale that's been caught up in the backward energy of the Mercury retrograde will eventually go through — just not as quickly or as easily as expected. Meanwhile, a loved one will need your undivided attention on Oct. 25. Try to listen to this familiar dilemma with fresh ears.
LEO (July 22 - Aug. 21)
Don't settle for half a loaf, because you're on the right side of a winning battle. However, Mercury's retrograde on Oct. 21 shows that the greatest danger you face isn't your opponents taking you down — it's you yourself compromising when you don't have to because of your need to win approval and make everybody love you again. It isn't easy being the object of so much ire, but doing the right thing is rarely seen as right at the time. Stand strong in the courage of your convictions and you will prevail on or around Oct. 29.
VIRGO (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21)
Friends aren't wrong when they say that your current struggle is all in your head. But to assume that this is self-inflicted and that you could just walk away from it would discount and diminish the importance of your experience. You are involved in a deeply personal process in which you are disentangling yourself from old thoughts, behavior patterns and perspectives that no longer serve you. You will want to test and analyze, of course, but you will also become bolder when you see that you needn't postpone developing your inner potential any longer.
LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21)
The time has come for you to get your financial house in order. What's interesting is the pushback you will get from people who are handling your money. This could come from your husband, accountant or loan officer. It will be hard to feel like you're not being condescended to on Oct. 24, but then you may have given them the impression that you weren't really all that concerned about particulars. Well, that was then, and this is now. You'll be much happier when everything is organized and under your control.
SCORPIO (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20)
You know that there's more going on than meets the eye with a certain someone, but he's not telling. This will lead you to assume the worst (Scorpios always assume the worst when things are questionable — it's safer that way), but another part of you will want to give him the benefit of the doubt. Do it — your faith is not misplaced. The truth will come out eventually, but the most important thing will be the trust points you'll earn for not having pressed for specifics when he knew you wanted to.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20)
Your past catches up with you this week when the Sun enters Scorpio on Oct. 22. Scorpio is famous for hitting below the belt with stinging accusations. Expect to be grilled by loved ones for not being there for them, scolded by money managers for not taking better care of finances or reprimanded by superiors for not living up to expectations. It won't be easy to absorb all of this, but if you accept responsibility for your part in things, then they will accept responsibility for theirs. You'll be amazed at how this will clear the air.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)
You appreciate the merits of delayed gratification. You learned long ago how to look past the short-term gains of instant satisfaction and to wait for the bigger payoffs that come with time and patience. You will want to keep this uppermost in mind on Oct. 21, when Mercury's retrograde introduces another postponement. The person responsible will be terribly sorry and full of apologies — which will suit you fine. Be sympathetic and understanding. You've been given the upper hand here, and you can play the guilt card whenever you want to.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17)
Just because people nod and say yes doesn't mean that they're on the same page with you. They may be doing this to get you off their back or to sweep an uncomfortable issue under the rug. Back up the conversation to make sure that they are keeping up with their part of the bargain — and do it ASAP, because it looks like a matter you believed had been resolved hasn't been. Either someone blew it off or didn't get around to taking care of it in a timely manner.
PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19)
Logic stops being logical when Mercury turns retrograde on Oct. 21. Mercury rules the conscious mind, which is why people will feel lost when things don't go according to plan. You were born under Neptune — the planet of the unconscious. To you, the conscious mind is a small island surrounded by the waters of the imagination. You're comfortable with the unexplained and the unexpected, which is why people will turn to you for guidance. It's a good thing you're so trustworthy, because you could really take advantage of this if you wanted to.