Illustration by Taylor Dow

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The Sun enters Sagittarius, and communication gets fiery.

So long, Scorpio! Thanks for the cathartic cries and emotional revelations! Now Sagittarius—a curious, creative, extroverted fire sign—lights up the sky until December 21. Party on! Spontaneous Sagittarius is like a confetti cannon: exuding energy in different directions, celebrating good times, and spreading cheer … but also pretty scattered. And loud. As a Sagittarius with five total planets in Sag, I’ll confess some secrets about the sign: We’ll show up with a ton of enthusiasm, but not on time. We’ll start six separate projects with zeal, but following through on all those commitments is, um, not always our strength. After all, with Jupiter the jolly party hopper as our ruling planet, our whims are always shifting and it can be hard to complete goals. We like flexible plans because we value the freedom to wander more than the efficiency of a straight, strict line. We’re risk-taking explorers who are often overly optimistic about what’s possible—or what we can get away with. Impulsive and passionate, our tendency to blurt out what’s really on our mind can cause awkwardness. We’re great at putting our foot in our mouth. Though we love learning, we frequently get details confused. And because Mercury is stuck in Sag for the rest of the year, these Sagittarius communication (and thinking) traits are in the air, affecting everyone.

JUST BEING HONEST

We start out this week with Neptune’s turn to direct motion on Wednesday, which we’ve been feeling last week and will continue to notice until about the 27th. Neptune activity stirs heightened emotions, sleep issues, confusion, and even risk of feeling under the weather. Yet as Neptune now slowly rolls forward, things should become clearer. We see the truth. Scorpio season gave us a taste of ruthless truth, and Sagittarius keeps that love of honesty burning brightly. But Mercury in Sagittarius gives everyone a blunt tongue. Therefore it’s wise to ask someone if they want your opinion before you dish out “advice.” Just because something is true doesn’t mean it will be well received. Share your opinion, but be prepared for the consequences. And be considerate of timing, tone, and audience. Fire signs are talented at telling people off. So if that’s not your intention, choose your words carefully.

Speaking of communication: On Monday evening Saturn and Mercury—both in Sagittarius—will collide in a “conjunction.” Brace for a serious conversation or heated words, especially about philosophical differences. These two planets will repeat this exact configuration on December 6 when Mercury retraces the point on its retrograde path. So even if the conversation doesn’t go how you’d like, you’ll get a chance to revisit it on December 6.

YOU CAN PLANET

On Wednesday the 22nd Neptune turns direct after being retrograde since June. It may feel like a thick fog drops away to show you what illusions are just that: unreal. You may also feel extra emotional, tired, or highly tuned in to your intuition. Consider joining forces with new partners. Also be open to new ways of doing things, both today and tomorrow. Thursday the 23rd has a void Moon until noon, so hold off on definitive decisions until after the noon hour. With the Moon in Aquarius, it’s a good day to alter old patterns and traditions. There’s also potential for discord and disagreements, so speak carefully. Things should improve after 4 p.m. Without mincing words, Friday the 24th looks nasty. If you’re visiting relatives try to sneak away to take a walk by yourself. The day includes: minor power clashes, partnership stress, and fired-up words that poke and provoke. Remember you can only control yourself. Saturday the 25th looks much better! What a turnaround. People are in the mood for fairness and taking responsibility. You might also hear some big news on Saturday. Sunday the 26th really puts you in touch with your feelings when a Pisces Moon touches Neptune. Tears will be flowing … but so will empathy and heart-healing (thanks to a positive angle between Venus and Chiron). You may require extra alone time on Monday the 27th. In the late evening Mercury and Saturn collide, resulting in strong words or even transportation trouble. Your thoughts could feel heavy and serious. Tuesday the 28th is a good day to work toward a personal goal, even if you bump into challenges. If you have to negotiate with others, the Aries Moon says it’s good to check in with yourself about what you truly need. Strike a balance between give and take.

spacewitch@seattleweekly.com

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