Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
It’s supposed to be good luck to fold 1,000 origami cranes in a year. I’m giving it a try. Someone gave me a stack of fancy paper and whenever I have a minute I fold it into a crane. It’s very meditative, actually, and it occurred to me that this kind of activity might suit you, because of its low time commitment (it only takes a minute). Like I said last week, you need to generate bits of downtime; because finding or making a spare half hour on a regular basis is beyond you, I thought I’d suggest something like this, that you can squeeze into all the chinks in your schedule. I’m not kidding about this. If you don’t find some way to truly chill out during the gaps in your routine, it’ll be all gaps before you know it.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The word Libra is Latin for “balance.” But unless you know that, it’s not the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the word. For instance, some people think of a certain cocktail. Personally, I recall the French word for “free,” which is spelled differently but pronounced similarly. Ironically, you’re hardly the most free folk in the zodiac; that whole balance thing means safety and responsibility often take precedence over absolute freedom. Nevertheless, my alternative interpretation is appropriate because of what you can do for others this week: free them. Someone’s counting on you to help them escape an insidious trap only you can properly see. Please don’t let them down.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
There are at least 73 good reasons why you shouldn’t smoke, drink or otherwise screw yourself over, but you’re not likely to heed them. Scorpios have a built-in self-destruct that no one can override; the only one who can convince you to turn your shit around before you drive full-speed off a cliff is you. There’s good news to go along with all this depressing crap, though: you’re more likely to be able to quit your bad habit cold turkey and never look back than any other sign. Guess what else? This week’s the best week to do just that; you won’t get a better chance until sometime next year.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You don’t respond well to authority figures, unless they’re backing you up. When they tell you not to do something you really want to do, your usual response is a hearty laugh and a “Go screw yourself,” then it’s all on. Hey, rebellion turns me on. In this case, however, more than one of your friends have independently approached you with the same emphatic suggestion. Maybe it’s best if you listen. This isn’t just your ass on the line; you’re risking a pair of friendships as well. These guys are just not going to be around to help you nurse wounds you acquired by ignoring their advice. How much would your life suck then?
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Here’s the kind of situation you can expect this week: You’re about to enter some big meeting or pick up a hot date when you notice your deodorant just kicked out. On the one hand, it’s just B.O. But on the other, these stupid details matter, sometimes. Don’t spend the entire time freaking, when one little thing (for example, ten seconds with a stick of deodorant) could change your whole outlook and experience. It might be slightly embarrassing to ask to borrow someone’s deodorant, but so what? Just do it anyway. It’s far less stress in the long run.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Someday, they may be able to manufacture tiny robot mites that can crawl right into our brains and broadcast what we think to the whole world. While it might be interesting to have your dreams available for daytime playback, I doubt most of us could sanely withstand such a fundamental violation of our inner sanctums. You Aquarians, who bristle when someone is too curious about your feelings, might especially have trouble. Hopefully, the day when our brains our invaded by nanobots is still far off. However, you should prepare for some lesser invasions of your privacy this week, because they’re unavoidable. Just remember: it could be worse.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Even you would think my apartment is messy right now. I’ve been doing a bit of traveling and a lot of procrastinating and so the mess and disorganization has really built up. What I lack that you don’t, however, is an ability to be at ease amongst chaos. It actively bugs me, but you’ve managed to function amid bedlam and disarray your whole life. While you can appreciate cleanliness and serenity, you don’t absolutely require them. There may come a time this week when all around you are effectively incapacitated by too many unknown variables. Recognize it for what it is: your turn to roll up your sleeves, wade into the disorder and shine.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Equality is overrated, according to you Rams. I’m not talking civil rights here–you’re usually up for a level playing field. But beyond that, it’s all on. You play the cards you’re dealt. That means some people are smarter, or faster, or prettier, or healthier, or just plain better than other people. You don’t give a shit about bullshit political correctness. Let people be offended by the fact that life’s not necessarily fair. Resist other people’s lameass strategies to reduce the amount of competitiveness in your life. If they don’t like the way the game is played, they don’t get to change the game. All they get to do is not play.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Bulls love bloopers. Admit it: you like to see other people mess up. It’s not like you’re a malicious asshole; it’s just funny. Remember that, when others have a chuckle at your expense this week. You’re not immune to mistakes, after all. Why begrudge someone else their enjoyment of them? Yeah, it’s different when the shoe’s on the other foot, especially because you go out of your way to avoid situations you’ll screw up in. But developing a sense of humor about your own flaws and screw-ups is never a bad thing, so don’t get all puffed-up and defensive when that embarrassing moment comes. Just let all that pride go and laugh along.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Some say that Geminis are in love with the sound of their own voices. It’s not really vanity, though; you’re inflamed with ideas, not ego. However, that distinction is lost on the one who most often has to hear your endless patter. I’ll be blunt: they’re over it. Don’t flip your shit, though. They don’t want you to actually talk less so much as listen more. The distinction is an important one, and makes all the difference. You can say everything you want–just take breaks so other folks can speak their piece, too.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
It’s a good week to ponder imponderables. All those questions without answers usually drive you nuts, but as you’re more likely to be able to accept or laugh at them than usual, you could win yourself a little peace of mind while strengthening your sense of humor. Anything that reduces the amount of worry in your life has got to be a good thing. Cool, now that you can stop freaking out about what happens when we die, or why someone doesn’t love you, you can focus on tackling problems that actually have solutions.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Perhaps someday you’ll be able to simply download yourself into a new body when this one wears out, but not soon. You’ve got to take care of the gravity vehicle you’re riding around in now. You haven’t exactly been doing that–admit it. You’ve been eating like shit, not sleeping enough, and doing too many things that are just plain unhealthy. I’m not asking you to become a vegan Buddhist gym nut, or anything. I’m just saying: tone it down and clean it up, just a little. You know what I’m talking about. Get to it.
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