TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You really don't need to do a whole bunch of verbal strong-arming, Taurus, in some fevered pitch to make sure the work is actually getting done. From my vantage-point, everything does seem to be moving forward on the job/career front… maybe not quite exactly as you'd hoped or planned, but in a manner that nonetheless positively impacts your position. And should you wish for this work to 'move forward' faster and/or more consequentially, I suspect there's plenty you can do on your end without having to engage in potentially contentious discussions, to issue directives, or to lay down the law with anybody else. Pick an area in which you're already directly involved in the hands-on labor (rather than, say, fixating on another area where some other person apparently needs a nudge), and please just work on that yourself. This just isn't the best time to try getting other critical players on board with your overall vision for who should be doing what, when, and how. In fact, as this week moves into next and Mercury's both past his final Saturn square and into your solar 11th, you'll find that any such conversations which need to happen will be best conducted as a team endeavor rather than just one-on-one (or, as they say, head-to-head).
SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): Filed in the 'How Not to Fuck Myself Over, Mars-Retrograde-in-the-12th-Style, This Week' category comes some fairly straightforward advice, Scorpio: Keep your mouth shut. For just this single week ahead, your cerebral sense-making faculties are under the effect of extreme subjectivity… making it very likely that whatever version of this story you're so totally sure is the one-and-only truth on the matter will later reveal itself to be jarringly incomplete, one-sided, still searching for its footing, and/or altogether wrong. For the record, that doesn't make the story any less real, in your experience of it and the emotional responses it conjures—but only for this moment. And as long as you don't launch into a series of dramatic and/or irreversible actions based on a faulty belief that this will remain your final truth forever, you ought to be fine. More than that, privately exploring this range of emotions released into your body by taking in the 'facts' (ahem) of this tale can end up being a very useful process. However, talking too freely about the narrative details, when we've already discussed how your liberal use of creative license obscures the full accuracy of this or that facet, only sets you up for later accusations of having changed your story… which, of course, would probably prove a valid charge.
On a related note, this week's Michael Lutin poetry:
The irony of Direct Jupiter and Retrograde Saturn
No question. The direct motion of an
No question the retrograde of Saturn
at the same time
is a loss of momentum.
Jupiter lessens evil
and always provides you
Saturn retrograde sucks
from your desire
to explore your options.
You must continue to find
beauty and meaning
in the midst
in the midst of pain.
It's like having a beautiful wagon
full of golden goodies
hitched to a stubborn, dying mule.
You may have to get out
and haul yourself forward.