Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
For someone as gregarious, social, and outgoing as you are, your birthday season often passes without an appropriate amount of kerfuffle. It’s because even though you have no problem getting people’s attention, you’re rarely motivated to do so for your own selfish interests. This week, consider just calling for the spotlight because you could shine there, and no other reason. Let people give you some of the praise and attention you deserve but rarely ask for or even allow. You’ll probably be surprised at just who comes out of the woodwork to do exactly that.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
The Point of No Return looms. It’s that moment when you’ve invested so much time, care, and energy in something that you can’t possibly quit without achieving your goal. Persistence and determination are good qualities, but excessive stick-to-it-iveness can be seriously damaging if your goal is unattainable—before you know it, all your resources are drained, and you’re still empty-handed. Beware that inertia-laden end zone. Before you commit to your ambition, make sure it’s achievable. There are times to attempt the impossible; this isn’t one of them. Many important and amazing opportunities lie ahead; I’d hate for you to miss out because you were too busy pursuing a chimerical and ultimately fruitless daydream.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Some bewildered parents try to curb their kids, with hyperactivity-checking drugs, for example, or other artificial restrictions. Unfortunately, this lack of courage and imagination can lead to stunted human beings; misbehaving and making mistakes is how we grow. And it’s better to suffer some painful lessons early—like chicken pox, they’re only more horrible and dangerous to get later. Don’t try to save yourself or anyone else from learning an upsetting truth this week. Better sooner than later: The larger any illusion is allowed to grow, the sharper and more agonizing its shards will be when it’s finally shattered.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Ignore the petty little man behind the curtain, or anyone trying to manipulate you into believing you’re incomplete. One of the most appealing things about the questers in The Wizard of Oz is that they already possessed the things they sought—they simply needed the quest to reveal their hitherto hidden qualities. You’re like the Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man—you already have what you’re looking for, in spades, be it brains, brawn or heart. And if you’re just looking for a way back home, look around—it’s time you finally realized: you’re already there.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
eXistenZ, a movie by David Cronenberg, explores a multilayered virtual reality game that’s so deep, compelling and credible that players are never quite certain whether they’ve exited the game. You can identify. You know that reality isn’t as solid and matter-of-fact as some would have you believe—instead, it’s influenced by expectations, reactions, and perceptions. That’s why a dozen people, each recounting his or her absolute truth regarding an event they all experienced, can tell twelve different, sometimes contradictory, stories. Just a reminder of something you already knew: your truth isn’t The Truth. Tell your tale, then listen with interest and belief to everyone else’s.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
More than any other sign, your living space reflects your soul. Most Cancerian houses are appealingly warm, cozy, cluttered, and filled with sappy sentiment, like your heads. They may not be especially trendy or stylish, but they’re always interesting, comfortable, and real. I don’t mention this so you can abstractly appreciate the sympathetic relationship between bedroom and brainspace; I want you to take advantage of it. It works both ways; this week, it’s an ideal time to refurbish an outmoded room in your house, and revise an obsolete unhelpful attitude, while you’re at it.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
It’s fitting that your ruling planet is the sun, because unlike your fiery cousins, those Aries—who flare up in blinding flashes of unparalleled glory—you’re able to sustain an impressive nuclear blaze for nearly your entire lifetime. The fuel that nourishes this inspired radiance: hope. Optimism, among your tribe, is the ultimate self-replenishing fuel. So never, ever give up—no matter how dark or desperate things get—because your star may grow dim, but it’ll never go out unless you let it.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
There’s something comforting about your presence, even when you’re in frenetic panic-mode and rushing about trying to keep all your projects afloat. You may feel like you’re frazzled and out-of-control, but even when you are those things, you also exude the vibe of someone who’s got their shit more or less together—and that’s a very nice thing to be around. Don’t try to shield your peeps from all the wild, overwhelming shit you’ve got going on. Let us see the big picture of just how crazy and awesome and capable you really are.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Hey, Snow White. I refer to the facet of you that’s slept in a glass case, perfectly preserved, for some time now. Every so often you’ve looked upon it with pride, or shown it off to your friends. On the one hand, it’s an impressive feat that you’ve managed to hold onto it this long—something akin to keeping your virginity until marriage. But on the other hand, what’s so great about conserving your sexual inexperience until you meet a potential lifemate? Liberate yourself. Be your own Prince Charming. It’s time to free the dwarves tending your glass case, open it, and wake that comatose inner princess with a kiss.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Letting go is hard to do. Sometimes, you’re forced to, like when the dog chews the faces off your childhood toys, or when your sister totals your first car. Unfortunately, you might wish for those kinds of shitty happenstances this week, because consciously choosing to release something you love that’s no longer useful or good for you is in some ways much harder than having it taken away or destroyed. However, since you will inevitably lose the beloved crutch in question, wouldn’t it be better to liberate it now, on your own terms, rather than waiting for the universe to wrench it from your life? Believe me, your way is better.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Although you admire and strive for simplicity, your life is rarely, if ever, described as simple. Instead, it’s rife with myriad complications. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For example, it’s never boring. Don’t be too hard on yourself as you try to eliminate obfuscations and can’t nix a single one. You’re just not a Zen-type person, who can eradicate all distractions. Your inner peace is more of the dervish variety, in which you find a point of stillness in the center of a chaotic tornado of activity. Embrace your whirlwind—you’re more likely to find the serene eye of the storm if you’re not always trying to dance out of its way.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
“It only hurts when I laugh.” This week, you make me think of that cracked rib complaint—as a source of pain or misery inextricably tangles itself with a primary fount of spiritual nourishment, like laughter. “So don’t laugh,” is not an appropriate response. Don’t even momentarily contemplate cutting yourself off from any of the wellsprings of your wellbeing, even to avoid a little anguish. Life is about experiencing things. You can’t always choose what it is you feel, but don’t go numb. Sometimes—as you’ll soon learn—joy and sorrow come together, or not at all.
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