Libra This Week

LIBRA (September 23-October 22): And now, let me turn last week's edition on its ear, Libra, and add a nice Merc-rx twist: It's not only what you say (and how you say it) that counts, but also what you don't say. At the moment, one of the most effective ways to maintain a capable sense of agency is to actively prevent a conversation from veering off-track and/or into any territory you're unprepared to talk about or would simply rather not discuss. But I don't recommend using the overkill tactic of an altogether stonewalling silence, for that's liable to draw more attention to the careful conversational control you'd be asserting… and, as such, essentially beckons the stonewalled person to either attempt fuller engagement (with an even more aggressive tone?) or to walk huffily away with a needless negative impression of you. You'll want to be shrewder and smoother than that—not a straightforward task while Mercury's retrograde, though—and give something sincere of yourself to the exchange, to throw them off the scent of what you >don't wish to give 'em. One last suggestion: If they go off the rails, don't feed their volatility… but don't try to stop it either, or you'll put yourself in the path of their storm.