Capricorn This Week

You're about to enter a pretty weird chapter of life, Capricorn, in which your usual ability to competently aim your outward-facing acts toward manifesting the outcome of your choosing will be not quite so reliable. Asserter-of-will Mars shuffles into your solar 12th by week's end, where, thanks to an impending retrograde, it'll stay for three full months… and that's only the first part of a story which continues into September. The-long-and-the-short-of-it? Much of this next set of developments due to impact your standing will be out of your hands, at least in terms of any direct control. You'll be especially susceptible to others' inconsistencies, unpredictabilities, and whims. You'll discover qualities in them which perhaps you hadn't known about prior... which could serve as a happy surprise or a deflating reality-check. You'll learn a lot about the current conditions—if, that is, you're properly paying hands-off attention from your corner-of-relative-retreat rather than angrily trying to force the proceedings to head this way or that—which can definitely help you take fullest advantage of the bigger splash you're due to make in the last quarter of '16. But, in all honesty, things are bound to be more than a little weird as it all goes down. Your most important resource during this period will be your friends, neighbors, family relations (the ones who aren't laden with years-old drama), and social contacts. Your check-ins, conversations, and comradely connections with them will prove essential… both for your sanity and your quiet capacity to pull a couple strings from backstage.