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Belief Is Not Required



Major Planetary Note (MPN): Mercury is in retrograde.

Basic Meaning of MPN

Stop the freakin' presses! Do we even pay attention to presses anymore? Twitter, Grindr, Facebook, etc., must have it now and before now. Paying attention is not the same as having awareness. And, please, rarely, if ever, are you too broke to pay attention. Thank you, very much, I'll be here all week.

Mercury as ruler of Gemini and Virgo has a strong relationship to our perceptions. When in retrograde, we can sometimes look back and long for a "do over." The four signs on the mutable axis (Gemini, Virgo, Sag and Pisces) seemingly need Mercury to back up in order for each of them to re-examine their lives. Gemini and Virgo examine how much they give; Sag and Pisces examine how much they receive. The sign, house and element of the Mercury slowdown will give more detail, but that's what the pros are here for. Suffice it to say, Mercury is in Leo for nearly 10 weeks. Walking the fine line between arrogance and confidence is a good place to begin self-analysis.

Mercury has a strong connection to our sibling relationships. This column is dedicated to my baby sister. We both are born under each other's sister, or sibling, sign.

Thought Food (contemplate): Tell me, mama/would you live your life the same?/or come back and rearrange? (Lenny Kravitz, "Thinking of You").


Do you have someone in your life who acts as your listening, nonjudgmental sister? One medical study notes that those who have sisters live an average of four years longer.

Do you know which astrological signs are your sister signs? Count three over from your sun sign.

(Hint: We're on the astrological wheel or circle; you must count your sign, too. Example: Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces are the eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th signs. Scorpio and Capricorn are sister signs; Sagittarius and Aquarius are, too.)

Sister signs have telepathic capabilities between them, ease of communication depicted by their compatible elements. Scorpio and Capricorn, water and earth respectively, feed each other. Scorpio through the depth of soul, and Capricorns through for their expression. Or put it another way, Scorpio has the pulpit and Cap passes around the collection plate. Sagittarius has the long-range vision of the future, and Aquarius brings in the social network to realize said vision (with their original tweaks and quirks.) The other seven signs in order are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Libra.

Here's your guide to your own sister signs. (Each sign has two. Remember: We're on a circle, so you count in both directions.) Oh, I haven't forgotten the men; it's just that hetero bizarre world being what it is, we, as a gender, haven't learned how to collectively add length to life yet ... (or there's no study I've seen).

Fire Element
Your sibling signs breeze through the less intense air element.

Leo, July 23-August 22, concentrating spirit, aka individuality (fire)

As the second fire and fifth sign, you thrive on being seen as important. Your need to dominate situations and folks increased in direct proportion to your insecurities. What didn't daddy give to you? Your sister signs, Gemini and Libra, will no doubt be able to write a dissertation to answer how your parents (Mamma, too) did not do right by you. Gemini plays the role of entertaining sprite, full of ideas and spicy varieties to your ofttimes conventional nature. It's one thing to be conventional because it had not occurred to you to be anything else; it is another thing to be so because the good opinion of the world is more important than your free spirit. Librans can come to your aid as your PR friend. They can place you in touch with those who want to explore the naughtier sides of life, while maintaining your more, shall I say, controlled persona. Until August 8, while Mercury backs up in your sign, please locate your inspirational wanderer within your soulful spirit ... chances are that when you accept you, we'll follow and not judge. But if you judge your behaviors, I guarantee nothing.

Sagittarius, November 22-December 21, adapting and learning spirit, aka individuality (fire)

You heat up the astrological wheel as the third fire and ninth sign. As the only fire sign above the horizon, yours is the most objective of where to express your burning passions. Through this objectivity, you can also mimic what it means to be spiritual, gathering followers as a result. Weak followers do not challenge your visions, no matter how flaky they may be. This is why the goddess created Libra and Aquarius as your sibling signs. You need, yes, I said, need Libra's ability to see all perspectives. When your arrows are too tightly wound and narrow-focused, the scale bearers can mildly and persuasively get off the mountain shore and high horse to see where your entitlement has blinded you. Aquarius, however, does not possess the patience of Libra. They will jump in and take your entire quiver, if they know you're about to go off a cliff. (You see, these star children have even a longer-range vision than you do, but they tend to utilize more facts in their mix.) Return to a place where your family originated. If you can't do so literally, take a virtual trip via the Internet.

Aries, March 20-April 19, initiating spirituality (fire)

The first sign is you, first fire and first of all the other 12. You blaze trails, with your sister girl companions being Gemini and Aquarius. Did you bristle at the "sister girl" designation? If you did, your need to grow up is only matched by your need to be considerate of what others want first. Please resist any temptation to be considerate out of a need to save face or to put into your karmic "I did for you, now it's your turn to do for me" bank. Gemini will use humor and trickery to show the immediate (but usually unintended) consequences of your behavior. Gotta love them twins. Aquarius, though, will not play those games. These people love your pioneering spirit, but they will not stand for any entitled or momentary lapses in hypocrisy. You do realize that you can feel as entitled to special treatment as any Leos, right? That's why Aquarius chimes in as not only your sister girl sign but also your best-friend one, too. (A "sister girl" is a designation between black women, where the friendship crosses back and forth between friendship and sisterhood.)

Earth Element
Your sister signs fall in the fruitful water signs.

Virgo, August 23-September 22, adapting and learning earth (physical)

Virgo, the virgin, represents the second earth and sixth sign of the zodiac, aka "circle of animals." Mutable signs occur when the seasons are changing. They are dualistic in nature. Yours is a human sign, as is Gemini (twins) and Aquarius (water bearer). Intact and pure virginal Mary and the other famous Mary Magdalene are symbols of your sign. Virgin did not mean "no sex"; it meant unattached, not owned. Your sister signs are Cancer and Scorpio. Food, home, hearth fires, and a willingness to give abundantly to those you love compose some of the healthiest virtues between you and the moon children. The danger is that complacency and too much comfort lead to slovenly, xenophobic ways. That's where Scorpio helps you reach the depths of your own soul, not the one you absorbed through your heredity. These intense and insightful folks aid in your transition between owning your desires while simultaneously dropping your defenses or expectations of exile. Gotta know the whole you to love the whole you. These next six weeks are all about liberation of your soul! From ... ?

Capricorn, December 22-January 20, initiating earth and its structure (physical)

Oh, dear, mountain goat, your sign is the third earth and 10th sign. Like Sagittarius (who is the only subjective fire sign above the horizon), you are the only earth sign above the horizon. The upper hemisphere in star talk demonstrates what is seen in the disinfectant of daylight, our objective reality. Therefore, like your next neighbor fire sign, you know where you want your physicality to manifest. Your sister signs are Scorpio and Pisces. Scorpio will help you bury the bodies, symbolically speaking, of course ... ? That's a joke, mostly. No, really, there's a loyalty between you and Scorp that is rarely verbalized. My intensely private Cap sister may not like my talking about the signs in this way. That's a joke, for sure. Anyway, when your sister-girl relationship with Scorpio gets too insulated and "ends justify the means" like, you need to call a Pisces for a compassionate take on things. Now, it has to be a fish with a spiritual, artistic and psychological practice, because if you get one of those spaced-out or materialistic Pisces, you'll need Scorp again to help bury the body. Leo 2012's wisdom is this for you: Lust may not last longer than love, but the physical body has needs.

Taurus, April 20-May 20, concentrating earth and her pleasures (physical)

The first earth and second sign gives Taurus an abundance of personal magnetism. You can easily become ungrateful, greedy and entitled to a life of ease. At the beginning of crisis or rejection, you run (well, you rarely run); you move methodically to the proverbial hills. Your sister signs of Pisces and Cancer can offer up other options for you. Pisces gives you perspectives you had not considered. You won't tell those born under the sign of fishes this, but you'll respond faster the next time they call or text. Cancer keeps you humble. These emotional folks remind you how good your childhood was compared with theirs. They'll get you to see how strong you are and how you can make anything happen if you consistently work at it. Your ruler is about to begin to cover new ground. It's called Venus Unbound and Unfettered, a new book. Your relationship life is ready for a new chapter.

Air Element
Your sibling signs blaze confidently through the fire element.

Libra, September 23-October 22, initiating intellectual (air) and forming new relationships

As the second air and seventh sign, Libra is in a unique position to see the egocentric ways of the preceding six signs and the rigorous development demanded of the following five signs. Yours is the first sign of the upper (collective) hemisphere. How do you transform enough of the ego's self-interest to truly connect with another? Because you are a mentally driven air sign, this process is an intellectual one. Conducting your endless public-polling efforts are your two sibling signs of Leo and Sagittarius. Leo adores your cute-as-a-button nature (if male, it's your jaw line). These royal lions or lionesses will allow you in their court only when you have learned your lesson of self-appreciation first. Shopping sprees, manicures, pedicures and salon visits are musts. In order to not seem too superficial, volunteerism is at least discussed. You know very well what (and whom) you want. Sag, like the ol' hip-hop moniker, demands that you "keep it real." Let me just say, there is nothing worse than a showy and vacillating Libran (other than maybe a mean-spirited and judgmental Pisces). This particular type of Libran picks the petals from the daisy (poor, poor daisy) while narcissistically saying, "he loves me, he loves me not." Sag ain't having it (and neither is Leo; that's why they stopped calling you). Sag keeps you honest within yourself because they'll tell you when you're faking the funk.

Aquarius, January 20-February 18, concentrating and solid mind (air)

The last air and the 11th sign, you carry the water, but you are an air sign. You must maintain incredible mastery over your feelings in order to get the best use out of your massive brain. Too much feeling clouds your judgment - as too much condensation in the air makes for heavy clouds that bring rain. You must strike the right balance, lest you become fanatical and anti-social. Sagittarius and Aries are your sister-girl signs. They can behave like your siblings of either gender, fighting you when you need it, nurturing you when you've become "all things to everyone else." That's your secret. You can relate to any human being on the planet; you identify. However, the water bearer has to detach and learn what he or she needs for herself. Aries has very little problem asking for what he wants in the moment. Vision to action without taking a breath, that's the zodiac infant at work. Sag gives you the overarching (pun intended, they're the archer of the zodiac) theory behind your actions. You must synthesize both, let them help you be the star you already know you are. Although, in your lonelier moments, ponder that stars shine brightest in the darkness.

Gemini, May 21-June 20, adapting intellectual, the changing mind

The first air and third sign of the circle of animals, aka the zodiac, Gemini is learning to create the language to communicate. Each sign has different relationships attached to it. Yours represents siblings. Along with Aquarius and Libra, you were born to instigate new forms of how we join with each other. However, your sibling signs are in a compatible element, not the same element. We need a bit of friction, some astrological sibling rivalry to get our blood flowing and synapses firing. And fire is just what this Juris Doctor (lawyer) orders, Aries and Leo. When you oscillate between two actions (naughty and nice), Aries goads you into action; any action will do (just shut up about it, though). Aries and Gemini could have come up with the slogan "git her done." Leo inspires your more refined twin. They'll treat you to the best spots in town to eat, shop or people-watch. Leo likes your quick wit and sometimes slippery ethics, makes them feel superior (as if they need any help). Whatever. Both of your fire-sign siblings want you to take advantage of your potentials, cease being the jack of the trade and become a master of the trade. As I tell anyone involved with fire signs, no matter what type of relationship ... don't look at what they say; look at what they do.

Water Element
Your sibling signs fall in the earth element. In these days of Midwest drought, we need your soulful qualities to make the land lush, symbolically speaking.

Scorpio, October 23-November 21, concentrating feeling (soul)

Scorpio, the eighth sign and the second water sign, lives for the depth of feeling shared between two consenting adults. Still waters run deep; do not go poking around in a snake's home. Is anyone being harmed by our intimacy? Then, mind your own business. Needing those with rapid minds and profound souls, your sister signs are Virgo and Capricorn. All three of you can judge anything and anybody; there will be no "nice" judge like a Paula Abdul (Gemini) on American Idol (yes, that's the last time I watched that show). Anyway, Virgo moderates your emotional extremes; they have the reserves of humility to stick around until you begin to show that you heard them. Capricorn demonstrates to you that everyone does not need to know what your motives or ethics are. Simply play the role you signed on for; do not disappoint. Too much self-analysis gets in the way of common-sense action. That's a Cap motto.

Pisces, February 19-March 19, adapting and learning feeling (soul)

Pisces, the 12th and third water sign, has to use their detached minds (hopefully developed in the preceding sign of Aquarius) to traverse the waves on the waters called "mixed feelings." Your sister signs are Capricorn and Taurus. The former has the need to connect to their communities and make their mark on history. The mountain goat encourages you to leave a legacy, as it were. Taurus acts as your touchstone, a port in the storm. These determined folks speak to you about KISS, aka "keep it simple, stupid." You've got bells and baubles to spare. Taurus wants you to focus on what can be done and enjoyed in the present, not replaying idyllic pasts that interfere with supreme love now. Recommit to a humble undertaking (diet, exercise, making amends). This Mercury turnabout was made for you to repair relationships you know you wrecked. You'll feel less guilt, if you're acting from a true and examined motivation to clear the air.

Cancer, June 21-July 22, is initiating feeling (soul)

Cancer, the fourth sign and the first water sign, lives for home and hearth. Your sister signs are Taurus and Virgo. Together you three bring in the foodie designation. I'd say buy stock in the Food Network! Psychologically speaking, Taurus reminds you that it is OK to be frugal, to squeeze those pennies and return the coin to the machine so you can get more quiet money. Virgo brings in the organic quotient to your eating habits. However, being a mutable sign, the virgin may also bring some junk food every once in a while. You initiate an exercise program with the bull; Virgo inspires you to keep on track. The USA is a Cancer-born nation, and we are learning (your sun sign is what you're here to learn) to have a healthy relationship to food. Your lesson this week is to remember your first memory about the power of food to change your mood. Then, relate this memory to your eating habits at present.

The Rising Sign, aka Ascendant, represents your approach to life and the mask you wear. Read that sign as well to get additional information on what is in store this week.

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