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Madame Miranda posts are written by M. Davis McAfee. They were based on M. Davis McAfee’s descriptions of the motivations behind each sign as well as the positioning of celestial body mapped by We appreciate the ability to self-reflect through astrology, but our horoscopes serve entertainment purposes only.

This week, the Sun crosses the line from Libra to Scorpio, marking the official start of this mysterious sign’s season. Meanwhile, a dark Moon passes through the first three Houses of the Zodiac, all of which pertain to our immediate surroundings—self, security, and communication. The dark Moon encourages us all to rest. However, the cosmos also suggest that this week we should be hunkering down to keep things close at home.

Additionally, this week marks the end of Saturn’s once-a-year retrograde. This ringed planet helped us address unwelcome (but necessary!) obligations within ourselves. Now that the planet returns direct, these challenges will likely return outward—which can be a blessing and a curse, depending on your sign’s actions.

How will your sign do this week?

For someone as passionate and motivated as yourself, it can be hard to transition from being on the move constantly to relaxing at home. This is not necessarily a bad thing. You can still make the most of your downtime. Now is a great time to start the projects you’ve been putting off “when your schedule clears up.”

Don’t waste the opportunity while it’s here. And more importantly, don’t overwhelm yourself by overcomplicating things. The promise of a new venture can spark creativity. But there’s a reason you’ve been planning this the way you have.

It can be difficult to know when it is time to quit. If not for the intervention of others, you’d likely work until you completely exhaust yourself. The stars encourage you to look around before you reach that point.

After all, it’s not always easy to see the progress you’ve made down the path while you’re standing on it. It is only possible to appreciate the whole picture when you take a step back, pause and look at the bigger picture.

Gemini, don’t let your past pain steer you through life. This residual hurt can color reality in different—and often inaccurate—ways. There’s nothing wrong with letting your experiences teach you. However, you shouldn’t let them blind you.

However, it is not easy to let old wounds heal. Let’s face it, what happens if the old wounds are pulled apart again? These stars encourage you to forget about your fear. The temporary discomfort is well worth it if you can turn your pain into something that’s positive.

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There is power in leaning on your community, but there’s also power in leaning on yourself. Even though your ruling planet is at its darkest, reflect on your priorities and goals. What can you do? YouHow do you feel about your future?

Do not dwell on the opinions of others. At the end of the day, you deserve to do what’s best for you. If someone in your life refuses to acknowledge that, then that’s a good sign that an emotional or mental boundary was long overdue.

When you put your mind to something, you often get exactly what you’re after. However, this can make it easy to forget how it feels to put in the effort. 

That part is often far less glamorous, but that doesn’t make it any less important. It will pay off over the long-term, Leo. Not only will you have a more solid foundation on which to build, but you’ll also get the pride of knowing you stuck it out.

Our society has created a sense of urgency around everything we do, but that’s not how we are designed to function. Don’t rush your mind or body into doing something it doesn’t feel prepared to do, Virgo. It takes time to achieve the best things in your life.

You can show grace and patience to yourself and others. It will be easier to see the way forward if you have more time to fully process the situation. But it won’t reveal itself before it’s ready to. Now, it’s a matter of waiting.

There’s a big difference between truly believing in something and simply tolerating it. Avoid falling for the latter to avoid being held responsible. Even though it seems harmless, inaction can have devastating consequences.

How would you advise a stranger how to handle a situation like yours? If you aren’t following your advice, consider why that might be. It’s likely that you already know the answer, but you’re not satisfied with what it turned out to be.

You’re on the precipice of significant transformation, but you won’t get there keeping one foot behind you at all times. It’s normal to feel anxious about unfamiliar territory. Try to remember that at one point, every experience and person you’ve come to know and enjoy was once unfamiliar.

You don’t have to be boring in order to be a novelist. This week, the stars encourage you to be open-minded and keep your mind open. You might be surprised at what new experiences can open up in you. What’s the harm in trying?

Your hard work is paying off Sag. You’ve reached a comfortable peak with your external endeavors—work, love, or friendships—which is nice, albeit a bit boring. Instead of finding more external commitments or conflicts that will keep you busy, make use of this free time. Inner self’s advantage.

Have you put off caring for something more important than yourself? What was the last time that you used your mental extra to care for yourself? The wiggle room won’t wait around forever. Make sure you use it.

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Cap. There are many similarities between the larger connections of nature and general society as well small, delicate bonds between people and within ourselves. You will see that very few situations are truly new.

As you travel a new route, let this be a strength. This is because of past experiences. Your confidence and the know-how that you seek are within you all of these years.

Aquarius, personal growth is not a one-and done deal. Your evolution is a lifelong endeavor, and that’s a Good thing. It also means that there will always exist an opportunity to learn from others and make improvements. 

However, this does mean that you’ll have to let go of some parts of yourself with each shift. While it’s natural to want to grieve these aspects of your life, try to keep your eyes on the silver lining ahead—the new and improved “you”Waiting on the other side.

You have knotted your emotions and the only way to unravel them is more chaos. Try the opposite approach AgainYou can change your method. It’s clear the original method isn’t working, so why waste any more time trying it out?

Don’t be afraid to lean on those around you or experiment with new things. Sometimes the best solutions are hidden in the most unlikely places. What could happen when you shift your perspective?

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