Your weekly horoscopes are here, and Mercury is FINALLY out of retrograde!
We made it out alive
by The Tab
Nothing takes the wind out of your sails like a Mercury retrograde, and this particular retrograde has been harder than most. We've been getting in fights, waking up feeling like shit, and questioning our overall purpose.
But we're finally in the last week of it because it ends on the 15th! So if you’re still thinking obsessively about what could’ve been and what once was, you can rest assured you'll have answers soon. Here's everything the stars have in store for you this week, with illustrations by Lucy Turnbull for babe.
The end of a Mercury retrograde in Aries? Could you ask for a better fresh start?! You'd already begun laying the foundation for a new you, but this was the last push you needed. For once, you're in the best place at the best time, and you're actually on board instead of watching this ship sail away without you. Just be careful not to leave any loose ends untied. Moving forward only feels good if you remember to turn off your straightener on the way out.
I'm sorry you had to hear it from me, but you weren't doing anything about it yourself. Stop going back to them because they're acting like they care! They don't!! And they've made that abundantly clear. You're the only one who can't see it, and your friends are too nice to tell you the truth. Besides, don't do it for them, do it for you. Because you miss the you that you used to be before all of this. She's still in there, and she'd hate to see you change yourself for someone else.
If it doesn't make you happy, it isn't worth it — and I cannot stress this enough. Whether it's a job, a boyfriend, a living situation, and "friendship," you wouldn't be hung up if it weren't truly bothering you. There are too many cities to see, too many flights to catch, and too many other versions of yourself to discover, to waste time in this place, being unhappy. And years down the line, when they see you again — that ex, or ex boss — they'll know it was them who fucked up. Just don't wait on it.
Well that retrograde went just about as horribly as it could've. But you see that speck of light? At the end of the tunnel? It's just a few good decisions away. Take care of yourself this week. Nurture your friendships and relationships, but nurture your own needs before anything. It's easy to lose sight of what's most important while Mercury is hurdling backwards through time and space, but the thing you lost sight of this time was you. Now you have to go and get her back.
Is that good karma I smell? I told you it all evens out in the end. So, you had a shit retrograde, but you dealt with it in the best way! You didn't turn inward, and instead, you actually let other people in for once?! Now? They might be here to stay. Just because you can be outgoing doesn't mean people know they can be emotionally intimate with you. So my suggestion this time around is to spell everything out for them. No games, OK?
Having a hard time getting out of your feels? Yeah you can blame that on the retrograde. But, for every bad day you've had recently, you'll have at least two or three good days headed your way. The thing about retrogrades is they offer us a perspective we wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise. It just takes a ton of emotional turmoil to get there. But the things that make us interesting are born out of darkness. So take some of it with you as you move forward.
If something is bothering you, it's because it matters, so stop brushing it aside every damn time someone asks what's up. You're more empathetic than most signs, and because of that, you're always working away trying to fix everyone else's problems. But what about your own? Just because you're good at giving advice doesn't mean you're good at putting it into practice in your own relationships. So I challenge you do that this week. I challenge you to put a name to what's hurting you.
You know that saying: Don't assume, because it makes an ass out of you and me? Yeah. Don't just assume things because you never know what might actually be happening. Love you, but you're too quick to judge, which means you're driving yourself insane about something which may very well be nothing. And how is that person supposed to know what you're upset about anyway? Talk to them before jumping to conclusions.
Honey, there's literally nothing wrong with having feelings. Just because your sign "loves to travel" or enjoys "trying new things" doesn't mean you always have to be the one who's too independent to care or be tied down. IMO, there's nothing braver than telling the people you love when you love them, and there's absolutely no adventure that can match it. It's like learning a new language, or discovering a new place. It's a plane ticket you didn't even know you wanted. So take it.
I'll only say this once but please, for the love of god, stop seeking the validation of anyone but yourself. That person doesn't know you. I mean the real you. The know the Instagram version of you, the version you present online, but we all have one of those, and they're hardly even a shadow of our actual selves. No amount of likes or retweets is going to make you feel better for longer than ten minutes. So delete some apps and think about making real, tangible changes instead.
Everything that happens to you for the rest of this month is entirely within your control. And with that knowledge, I urge you to take the high road! Make decisions that are harder, because you know they'll take you further. If that means cutting someone out, do it now. If that means working out when you'd rather not, or controlling your alcohol intake when you're out with friends, then so be it. There's nothing more attractive then self-control. Something you have just about NONE of right now.
Look little one, sometimes things happen to you that are completely out of your control. Just because it feels like it's your fault, doesn't mean it is. You can't change the way the stars are aligned, or the way fate plays out, but you can change the way you deal with it all. Take it on the chin and with a smile, because when the going gets tough — especially for someone you love — they're going to need you more than ever. Don't close them out.