Horoscopes (Oct. 4-10)

Oct 4, 2017 at 1:00 am

ARIES (March 21- April 20):

Getting on with your life seemed like the right thing to do. Only lately have you begun to realize that you can't move forward with the weight of too many loose ends dragging you down. There comes a time when all our chickens come home to roost. That being the case you'd do well to make amends and reckon with the blood on the tracks before your past keeps the future from unfolding. Those of you who are well aware of this are better off than those of you who choose not to be accountable. It's time to clean things up before what goes around comes around.

TAURUS (April 21 -May 20):

Complex family scenarios are confusing to you. Your efforts to heal things keep backfiring. With many issues to contend with, the question of whether it's worth it to keep up the good work is staring you in the face. At times like this it's often best to back off and let nature take its course. You can't expect to make your influence felt when the aws of karma have more to say about what's going on than your high hopes and your good intentions. Pulling out of the fray will give others a chance to look at themselves and do wonders to turn both your life, and this situation, around.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

The questions of the last few weeks have yet to be resolved. The less you worry about it the better. Money concerns, along with "stuff" that relates to people who have come back to haunt you, or who are here for all the wrong reasons, are part of the picture. You don't owe anyone anything, and it is no longer your job to be all things to all people. At the moment, for your own sake, do what you can to maintain your sense of self and don't think that you need to go by the rules. Status quo constructs have little to offer when it's time to fly by the seat of your pants.

CANCER (June 21-July 20):

Your concerns about others, and whether or not they will make it through the gauntlet, keep many of you awake at night. When these things overtake us it helps to realize that there is nothing we can do to change things for anyone but ourselves. If you take your mind off their issues long enough to consider your own, you will see that the deeper part of you has its own issues. What you project onto others is a mere distraction. Focus on healing yourself. This will do more to heal and support those closest to you than obsessing about them and their trials.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 20):

It does no good to shut yourself off so that others can feel good about themselves. It's one thing to be loving and kind and quite another to waste your time patronizing people who have nothing to offer or teach you. The piece of you that feels the need to be like everyone else is in a headlock with the part of you that needs to go deeper in order to find itself. You have come to a place where it's time to stop making so much room for everyone. If anything, you need to be free to move within your own parameters and own the right to change the way you relate to things.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 20):

It's hard to explain what's going on right now. It feels like you've been in some sort of limbo that would come close to defining things. Blocks and interruptions of one kind or another make you wonder if you're going nuts. Being someone who has always known what you're here for, as of this moment, nothing seems clear. It would be easy for me to tell you to ride this out and wait for signs to come in from the universe, but I know too much about how this feels to be the one to tell you how to deal with it. If life moves the way I think it does, time and patience are the key.

LIBRA (Sept. 21-Oct. 20):

You've got yourself covered in more ways than one. Having seen your share of lies and bullshit, the bigger part of you knows that it pays to be more aware of other people's issues than they are. With too many unconscious egomaniacs playing in the sandbox, you see the extent to which your life could get hog-tied to their misbegotten aims. As the part of you that is a champ at putting on a happy face and dealing with it plays side by side with what's really going on, your ability to maintain pretenses will serve to remind you that more often than not, the end justifies the means.

SCORPIO (Oct. 21-Nov. 20):

Don't over-anticipate the difficulty in this situation; there is always a way out. If your habit of bringing everything to the table has you going too far, doing too much, feeling overly obligated, or in a stranglehold with standards that are way too high, you will lessen your chances of turning whatever you're dealing with into a miracle. There's nothing wrong with being present and accounted for and it's great that you have all the right stuff; at the same time, there's something to be said for knowing enough to open the windows and allow a little magic to enter the picture.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20):

As you do your best to detach from the past, whatever's left of it keeps calling you to pay attention. Fears that you have made a mistake, and the idea that your safety and security rely upon remaining attached to people and things that you've outgrown could be on the loudspeaker. Whatever's falling away needs to be released. Your tendency to try to keep it all patched together is either working for you, or it isn't. The plain truth is what's needed at times like this. Even if others choose to sidestep the issues, put your cards on the table before the week is out.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 20):

The questions you face are all about what happens to us when it comes time to reinvent ourselves. The old way of doing things has a lot to it; whatever you've learned from that can definitely be taken with you. But enough has changed in the last few years for you to adjust half of what it has taught you because you are no longer the same person, and none of the same rules apply. Stretch your mind and your limits to include all possibilities. This is one of those times when your life depends upon your sincerity and your ability to get real enough to be totally vulnerable.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 20):

Half of who you really are is recessed behind a wall of energy that makes it difficult for others to know who you are. It's not that you are hiding anything. It's more about a long history of needing to protect yourself from that which overwhelmed you as a kid. If others take you to be "above it all," it's because they don't have enough wisdom and compassion to see past the veneer. That's all about to change. This week, someone who is quite clear that you're just like the rest of us will come along to unlock your heart and give you a chance to be who you are.

PISCES (Feb. 21-March 20):

Finding your strength will be easy once you stop looking for it in other people. At this point they can't do much but make your situation harder. If you are already losing it for lack of support, it's up to you to behave like a grown-up long enough to achieve some level of sanity. Part of the problem is the lines of communication are down. Beyond that, too many people are confusing the issues with the kind of petty gossip that comes up whenever there is this much to talk about. Balance is what's needed here. Do you know where to look now that it's your turn to provide it?