On Tuesday, communication planet Mercury moves out of diplomatic Libra, and into probing, provocative Scorpio. While Mercury is in Scorpio, you won’t be taken in by false exteriors or comforting lies. You’ll settle for nothing less than the truth.
On Friday, Mars retrograde finally ends, after two months. While action planet Mars was retrograde, you may have felt your energy wilt, your drive and initiative shrink, your confidence go wobbly. But now that Mars is traveling forward in the sky again, your sense of your own power can come rushing back. You can feel, with a reawakening certainty, that change is happening, and that you have a place in it. You can feel, with a clarity you worried was lost to you, ready for action.
In times of uncertainty and change, it’s inevitable that you’ll sometimes get things wrong. You’ll make predictions that turn out to be false, you’ll prepare for situations that never come to pass, you’ll overestimate some threats and underestimate others. There’s nothing shameful about that. Being incorrect is an unavoidable part of living, so don’t tie yourself in knots aiming for perfection. The point isn’t to avoid ever being wrong; rather, it’s to strive to live so that even your wrong steps are generous and brave, so that even your mistakes expand your sense of what is possible.
There are so many people constantly trying to define the boundaries of your world, trying to police the inside of your head. There are so many people who make it their business to tell you which parts of your humanity are allowable, and which should be suppressed. This week, though, you truly don’t have to listen to anyone who doesn’t deserve it. You don’t have to respect anyone who doesn’t respect you. Trust yourself on this: Your instincts are right. You have your own purpose, and your own work to do.
This week, you’re probably going to disagree with some of the people around you — including people you trust and admire, even people you love. This isn’t something to fear or avoid, but to lean into. Disagreements can be frightening, sometimes, but they can be a generative, life-giving force, too. Handled with respect, conflict can build trust, not destroy it. This is a week to respect other people enough to tell them the truth, even when that truth is jagged and strange. Unearned unity is no unity at all; this week, you can trade it in for something deep and abiding and real.
Even if nothing is really better than it was before, even if the world is still as dark as it’s ever been, this week you might feel like you’re slowly regaining your balance again. Even if the weight of the world is still oppressive, you might feel like you’ve recovered the power to move and make choices. This is a moment to think about purpose — not in terms of personal ambitions, but in terms of how you want to move through a changed world, and how you want to share this world with others.
This is a week to let yourself make plans, even knowing that the future is wild and uncertain. You don’t have to wait until things have resolved into clarity; if you do, you’ll be waiting a very long time. This week, it’s enough to follow the map that you have now, knowing that you’ll have to adjust it as you go. All this uncertainty might have made you temporarily forget, but the truth remains: You’re wise and good and ready to fight. You’re more than a match for these times.
Unfair as it is, an increased sense of urgency doesn’t always lead to an increase in your own powers. Unfair as it is, an increased sense of responsibility doesn’t always lead to an increase in your capacity. At the end of the day, you still remain you — a person whose heart is bright and good, but a person who only has so much energy to give. On your own, you’ll never feel like you’re doing quite enough. So this week, seek out ways to combine your own powers with others’. By joining with other people, you can build strength beyond what you could ever build alone.
Lately, it can feel like everyone in the world feels entitled to your trust, your attention, your respect, that they’re all demanding your time and energy, your scattered emotional resources. So this week, it’s more important than ever that you remember you’re allowed to say no. You can turn away from someone who has proven untrustworthy; you can withdraw your energy from those who offer nothing in return. It’s a week to be intentional about where your energy is going, intentional about who you’ll work alongside.
This week, outcomes that have always seemed inevitable might suddenly seem changeable. Patterns that have always seemed ironclad and unbreakable might reveal themselves to be fragile and imperfect. You’re so skilled at working within limits, at finding advantages even in the narrowest spaces, but this week will ask you to expand your thinking beyond this — to imagine that the limits aren’t even there, that the rules aren’t even real. This week will ask you to believe in wild transformation, in futures that haven’t even felt possible until just now.
This week, you can feel a sense of purpose slowly flowing back into you. You can feel your powers growing sharp again, your mind rumbling back into motion. During periods of slowdown and reflection and doubt, it can be hard to believe that your confidence will ever really come back — but it always does in the end. Even if the external situation hasn’t quite changed, even if the intolerable gravity of the world still weighs you down, something important inside you will come back to life this week. You’ll remember what it feels like to know that you’re brave, that you’re strange, that you’re needed.
It may feel as though you’ve been trapped in the same cycle for ages — like you’re stuck asking the same questions, raising the same points, engaging in the same unending debates, over and over again. This week, though, it’s possible to break free from all that. It’s possible to break out of unproductive loops, to turn away from dead-end streets. You don’t have to create comprehensive new theories of the universe, or build, fully-formed, a new world to inhabit. For now, withdrawing from the old cycle is enough to break the curse, to start again.
When you want, more than anything, to exert some control over your own life, it can be challenging to accept that everything just happens at its own speed. Change takes as long as it takes; there’s no good way to slow it down, and no reliable way to speed it up, either. This doesn’t mean that the work you do doesn’t matter. It just means that, sometimes, change comes slowly, even when you’re pushing hard for it — but without you, and the people working alongside you, it might never have come at all.
Lately, it can feel harder than ever to keep your focus on what really matters to you. It can feel harder than ever to keep your attention on the people you truly care for, on the communities you’re part of, on the projects you’ve chosen to take on. Minor characters and minor issues in your life can take on outsized significance, as long as they’re noisy enough. So this week, keep reminding yourself that you don’t — you truly don’t — have to care equally about everything that’s ever happened. Give yourself the chance to prioritize, to make decisions, to choose how you’ll use your limited energy.
Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of November 2. The weekly horoscopes for the week of November 9 will be online next Sunday.
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