“I don’t want to suffer,” says Frances, the deeply troubled bestselling author played by Melissa McCarthy in Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers. Frances has travelled to Tranquillum House, a wellness retreat in idyllic Southern California to “take a break” and “fix her life.” Frances wants to heal, but what she really craves is açai bowls and salt scrubs—nothing particularly challenging. Masha, the enigmatic (and masochistic) guru of the center played by Nicole Kidman, looks Frances deep in the eyes and replies, “You’re already suffering.”
This week’s astrology challenges us to take the road less travelled. Sometimes we’re so caught up in our pain, we become numb to it. We stop seeking solutions and only want to drift away. Action planet Mars enters Libra on the 14th, where it remains until October 30th. Mars moves at a slower pace than usual in Libra, where it sharply considers all sides of the situation. Balance is necessary. This week, we’re taking the scenic route to get to the source. It’s a long way down but it’ll be easier to navigate on the other side.
(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that sign too will provide further insight.)