Your Horoscope

Taurus (April 20-May 20) If what you’re doing is perfectly allowable within the framework of the “game,” then you’re not technically cheating, even if someone else thinks so. As long as everyone involved more or less has access to the same resources and advantages, and has at least tacitly agreed to this arrangement, it’s their own fault if they don’t take advantage of them. Don’t let them guilt you into limiting yourself because they can’t keep up. It’s on them to negotiate new rules, play harder, or just stop playing; it’s on you to provide the challenge they can rise to or walk away from.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) You’re not really much better or worse off than most of your peers; the real difference is purely a matter of perception. It’s how you feel in your current situation that’s the main factor in seeming to create gaps between you and those in similar situations. Are you emphasizing all the ways in which you’re worse off, and feeling like shit because of it? Or are you focusing on all the many ways you’re lucky? Being negative will just drag you down even further. Concentrating relentlessly on the positives, however, will make you happier and, ironically, even luckier; I highly recommend it.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) You might be tempted to put a siren and flashing lights on your car—everything feels like an emergency lately. However, could it be that you’re just inflating the seriousness of these situations a little too much? Take it down a notch, and stop expecting people to pull over and get out of your way just because what you’re up to feels like a crisis to you. It’s really not that big a deal, in the grand scheme of things, and forcing people to treat it as such anyway would mean that they might not get out of your way when a real catastrophe occurs. Chill out and slow down this week.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Doing the right thing isn’t always easy; this week it might even be more onerous than usual. This is when you need to employ that legendary Leo stubbornness and willpower and insist (to yourself) that you buckle down and do what’s right, even if it’s a royal pain in the ass. Compromising here would be a very slippery slope, and one you shouldn’t try to navigate. Just stick to the solid, level high road, even if it’s annoying, longer, or simply kind of ugly. It’s still the safest, best, and most honorable way to get to where you’re going.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Before you put on your one-man-band outfit and attempt to embody an entire parade all by yourself, remember that you don’t have to. While you may be capable of adequately being all things to all people (in your own life, anyway), it’s not required. It’s not even expected. That’s right, you can stop stressing yourself out trying to wear thirteen hats at once and be in three or four places at almost the same time. You don’t have to fill every need. Go ahead and be as many different things as you want to be—and not a single thing more.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Just because someone can get away with something doesn’t mean they should. If your good looks or money or position let you cut in line or get access to something you probably shouldn’t have access to, the right thing to do is very simple, if difficult to actually go through with: say no. Just because someone is offering—perhaps even insisting—doesn’t mean you should allow your own basic morality to be compromised by accepting something that doesn’t belong to you or wouldn’t be given to you if you were in another situation. Right is right, and wrong is wrong—don’t allow yourself to be seduced into thinking otherwise.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The grass always looks greener and more lush wherever you’re not—until you get up close and you realize that it’s just as much a mess (or more so) than your own place—at which point you’d probably regret leaving in the first place (especially if it involved burning a bridge). Turn your gaze away from all those temptations you’d regret pursuing. For the moment, anyway, you’re mostly better off just where you’re at. The main problem with your current situation, actually, is how little you’re focused on it. Rectify that and you’ll see things improve dramatically and very quickly—so much so that the temptation to look elsewhere will likely be virtually eliminated.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Every relationship is different, but in most the lines you draw are going to get blurred, especially when it comes to your own privacy. Anyone that cares about you is going to do a bit of snooping here and there when they can (and if you’re honest, you’re just as likely to do the same to them), and react to whatever information they discover that way. Deal with it. Instead of freaking out about it, just accept that a certain amount of unwanted intrusion comes along with the intimacy you desire; it’s the price of admission. It’s up to you to decide whether or not you’re willing to pay.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) There’s a troll under that bridge and unless you fulfill his greedy requirements, he’s not going to let you cross it. There are a few ways to approach this situation (and no, just shooting him isn’t realistic). You are, of course, capable of stepping up—what you might not be is willing. One option is simply conquering your reluctance and doing what’s required. Another possibility is to walk away and find another, troll-free bridge to a brand-new destination. Of course, the most difficult (and exciting) prospect is to discover another way to cross the river right here. A rope swing, raft, or tightrope, perhaps?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’re no stranger to feeling left out—but you thought you’d left those experiences behind you in junior high. Luckily, you mostly have, but of course there’ll be situations in your adult life where you will (often inadvertently) be excluded. Don’t make a big deal about it, even though it’s pushing that sensitive button from your youth. Whether it’s intentional or not, causing drama will just make things worse. This week, create a situation for yourself that will make you happy regardless of whether or not you’re included in that particular scene. Then it will, of course, cease to have any power over you.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Stay within your budget. There’s a way to do what you want to do without having to go bankrupt. Don’t let some moron talk you into monogrammed napkins at your wedding or the lobster on a night out. These are frills you don’t need and didn’t even want until someone told you that you ought to want them. Keep it simple. Just stick to what your wallet dictates—you’ll discover that it’s not only enough to enable a great time, it’ll even feel luxurious (as long as you’re not constantly comparing it to the expensive fantasy version).

Aries (March 21-April 19) It’s okay to be proud of what you’ve done, especially if it was a challenge you rose to and surmounted, but understand that not everyone is likely to be as impressed as you are. Therefore, tone down the bragging, if you even need to mention it at all. Those who will think better of you for what you’ve accomplished are pretty likely to notice on their own (so you don’t need to point it out to them), and those who would just scoff don’t deserve much focused attention from you, anyway—just ignore them as much as possible.