October 30-November 5, Horoscope: Mars Retrograde Ahead

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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 Theplanetstoday.com. Our horoscopes can be used for entertainment purposes, although we value the opportunity to reflect on our lives through astrology.

This week, a waxing Moon flies from the 4th House of Home & Family to the 6th House of Health. Our intuition sharpens as the Moon becomes fuller. The stars require us to use our emotional faculties to persevere through difficult situations with courage and determination. Also, the Moon will pass by Saturn and Pluto, ending the week between Neptune RG and Jupiter RG.

Mars is retrograde at week’s end, more so than usual. We tend to feel less energetic and less motivated when Mars turns RG. Ironically, this is a time for rest—something the growing Moon is pushing against. Things will get messy, so be prepared to take breaks whenever you need them.

How is your sign doing this week?

You were inspired by the success and productivity of others to do the same. But now that you’re in the thick of it, you’re starting to become disillusioned yet again. Your progress may look good on paper but the stars tell you to assess your inner condition.

Forget about what you’ve accomplished thus far. Aries, you should be focusing on how your feelings are. You will eventually find the right solution for your needs. Either wait for them to explode or you can take care of them now.

It isn’t often that you invest your entire heart into another person. It can be tempting to overlook any warning signs in order to keep them around. But the situation doesn’t have to be so black and white—there are other options.

It is possible to still love someone and hold them accountable. Being accountable can actually be a form of genuine compassion. If they’re not willing to make the changes, then maybe it’s up to you to do so.

The universe does not often provide flashing and flashing signs to help you find your way. They are subtler and easier to miss. That’s why it’s imperative that you keep your heart, mind, and eyes open to what’s around you.

If you grow too comfortable or develop too tight of tunnel vision, you’re liable to miss what the stars are trying to tell you. Before you dismiss something, think twice and consider what your response will be before you say it.

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It can be tempting to give up on something once easy, when it becomes more difficult. After all, something bad must’ve happened to make it more challenging, right? Wrong, Cancer—sometimes, growth is uncomfortable, plain and simple.

Keep moving, no matter how scary it may seem at the moment. You’re closer to the edge of this storm than you think. But if you give up now, you’ll never get the satisfaction of knowing you weathered it. You’ll be glad you stuck around.

Admitting you’re wrong isn’t easy for someone as proud as you. You must keep trying. It will take longer to heal if you pretend nothing happened. Wouldn’t you rather get it over with than protract the inevitable?

Avoidance is another way to keep something. You’ve swept it under the rug, pushed it into the closet, when really, what you need to do is face it head-on. Then (and only then), you’ll be able to let it go for good.

You’ve always played the role of the helper. But this week, the stars encourage you to accept support as it’s given. It isn’t a sign of weakness to rely on your community. Refusing this will only lead to you being exhausted and disowned.

Soon enough, there will be the opportunity to offer assistance. Focus on your recovery and rest for now. You can’t expect others to be able to help you if you don’t extend the same kindness to yourself. Virgo, take some time to think about yourself.

You spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about what others think—of you, themselves, and your shared situations. What about you? You think? Do you even enjoy the company of the people you’re trying to please?

The stars urge you to stop looking at your relationships as if they’re transactional. You aren’t required to invest your time and energy into something that doesn’t serve you. Keep your core beliefs true and you will attract the right people in due time.

For others, what you may perceive as steadfastness might be a failure to see the bigger picture. Everyone is not perfect. Your aversion to accountability will inevitably disaffect your relationships if you don’t get it in check. 

Humility is an essential part of personal growth. Admitting to wrongdoing isn’t a weakness—in fact, it’s the opposite. It’s a sign that you recognize detrimental behaviors and are on the way to fixing them. That’s a Good thing, Scorpio.

You’re used to picking things up quickly. You are a natural at everything you do. However, the task ahead is more difficult. You might need to try several times before you can achieve the same results as you did previously. 

Life isn’t pushing you down, Sag; it’s pushing you forward. It takes tremendous energy to jump from one level of life to the next. Take breaks when you need them. But don’t let your insecurities convince you of a different trajectory.

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Pushing away support and companionship isn’t doing anyone any favors—not the people you’re running away from and certainly not yourself. You aren’t a burden, and removing yourself from a relationship isn’t “saving”An employee at work.

You are in fact, their loved ones would love to be connected with you. The defenses you’ve set in place only serve to separate you, not protect you. Healthy bonds require vulnerability. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll get used to it. Don’t wait!

The stars are warning of an emotional confrontation in the first week. Pay attention to the messages you send and the words that you use. You don’t have to walk on eggshells, but you also shouldn’t go burning bridges at random.

Instead, the stars encourage us to find a compromise. Are you able to communicate your feelings clearly and without being defensive or aggressive? To help you get your thoughts out of your head, journal your emotions prior to starting the conversation.

It can be frustrating to see a project stop after so much work. Pisces, don’t despair! What can you do during this time of rest? How can this resting period be used to your advantage? There are many ways to make the resting phase work for you, more than you think.

You can take some time to evaluate your progress so far. You might not have asked for this stopping point, but it’s one the universe offered anyway. It’s a good idea to turn this negative into something positive.

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