Mercury is in retrograde until February 21

This retrograde is taking place in Aquarius. Aquarius is the most tech-y sign of the zodiac, and the speedy planet’s retrograde is known to mess with our tech. Any gadget-related mishaps will probably be especially annoying, so we should be extra careful. Double-check emails and texts before sending and always back up your work on your computer.


If you are getting sick of doing the same thing every day, look in the mirror to find the solution. It’s time for you to use some of your fabulous ingenuity. Brighten up your blah daily routine by coming up with a new avenue to explore. You might find you’ve been missing out on an obvious option that’s right in front of you. Take things where you want them to go today, whether anyone else is on board with your idea or not. You don’t need other people’s permission to live your life.


Feed your hunger for more creativity in your daily routine by taking time to experience some art in all its forms. Music, poetry, dance, even graffiti can offer you some new ideas and give your brain new ways of thinking. Visit a few music websites and find out what’s new on the scene that you might like. Expand your music collection with things from other cultures. Voices singing in unfamiliar languages will transport you to another place and time.


 It’s time for you to get a little more creative with the things you do for fun. Your entertainment budget was blown long ago! You don’t need things to be first class, top shelf, or super exclusive to be enjoyable. It is possible to spend absolutely no money and still have a good time, you know. Put your noggin to work coming up with free fun ideas. And if you need help coming up with inexpensive ideas, ask a frugal friend for their advice. They have some great ones.


Why pressure yourself into taking on more than you can handle right now? Sure, you may feel up for the challenge, but you’re not seeing all of those small details, and they can add up to quite a workload! You would be much wiser to focus on one single project. How can you finish it as perfectly as possible? Getting yourself involved in too many things will only frustrate you and wear you down. Today, the best way to move forward is to pick a path and proceed slowly.


Today you might find yourself in an introverted mood as the day gets started. You won’t be too interested in connecting with other people until later in the day when you’re feeling more confident. You’ve got to ask yourself what you want out of one of your newer relationships. In order to find the answer, you need to think. No one else can tell you what you want. Asking people what they think about your situation will only confuse you, so don’t bother.


If you are trying to start any kind of new relationship today, whether business, friendship, romantic, or otherwise, you need to make sure you’re not putting too much pressure on yourself. Tension is contagious, so the more nervous you are, the more nervous the other person will be too, and that is hardly conducive for a joint project. So even if you’re nervous, try to smile as much as you can. Show them that you are at ease around them. Then they’ll be more at ease around you.


Due to a higher level of uncertainty in your life, you could become a bit overwhelmed today. This isn’t exactly an ideal day to venture out into a lot of new situations. Staying home is the best option for today, but if you can’t swing it, just give yourself some extra time to adjust. And if you need to travel, you can help ease any stress that may occur by bringing along a few things that remind you of home and that will keep you comfortable, such as a favorite book or pillow.


Secrets are for keeping, so if you are privy to any private information today, keep it to yourself. Avoid the people who can get you to spill your guts, and zip your lips. You won’t have to stress about it for too long, though, because by the end of the day the secret will either be irrelevant or spilled by someone else. You’ve built up a reputation for being trustworthy, so don’t ruin it by letting something slip in the heat of the moment.


You think you’re all ready to move forward on something, but you aren’t quite ready just yet, so don’t rush ahead. There are a few details that still need to be taken care of, and you need to finish them before you can run off to the next new thing. Plus, someone is standing in your way. Although they’re not trying to hold you back on purpose, they will be an obstacle. The good news is that this pause in the action will make the end result that much better.


There is favorable energy pulsing around your financial health right now, but you have to do your part to ensure that it stays pumping a while longer. As boring or tedious as it may be, you simply have to do the research required to make an informed decision about your money. Stay informed so you won’t be sorry five years from now. Think about what you want for your future and give it more weight than whatever gadget or new toy you want right now. Delayed gratification is something to explore.


Just because a few things are up in the air regarding an upcoming event or adventure doesn’t mean that you can’t let yourself get all jazzed up about it! Uncertainty is its own kind of excitement, and you should get comfortable with it. Sure, things could fall through and your plans might not come to fruition, but so what? At least you enjoyed that happiness and anticipation. Plus, you will feel more grounded and comfortable about not knowing every little thing in the future.


Are you being too critical of yourself? Giving yourself grief accomplishes nothing. It doesn’t help build your ego, it doesn’t solve any problems, and it most certainly doesn’t help make you happier. If you did something wrong, try to fix it. If you can’t fix it, at least learn from it and move on. Dwelling on a failure is unproductive, and it’s unattractive to the people in your life. No one likes to see you beat yourself up about stuff that doesn’t really matter.

Published in Volume 75, Number 17 of The Uniter (February 4, 2021)

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