Aries (March 21-April 19)
Often your role as truth-teller and bullshit-exposer is an unenviable, thankless one. It causes you tons of stress, rarely results in satisfying paybacks, and gets you into trouble more often than not. However, every once in a while, you get the romantic comedy movie resolution, where the douche gets his comeuppance, you are praised for your astute and courageous words and actions, and everyone is grateful that someone, at least, was willing to say what everyone was thinking, and change things for the better. While you may not get exactly that result this week, you’re likely to get at least an appreciative pat on the back. So there’s that.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Transferring a relationship from one world to another (friendship to romance, say, or family to business) always brings with it numerous complications. These are by no means insurmountable—provided you acknowledge and address them without blinders or deception. This new way of relating requires entirely different rules than your old connection; trying to continue as you have, in this new context, would just lead to relationship-destroying disaster. Throw out (or at least shelve indefinitely) the old rulebooks and sit down, right now, to write some new ones from scratch—before you take another step. You’ll be glad you did, later.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
While surely there are some things you’d rather not talk about, be realistic. Acknowledge that sometimes your silence on the subject will prove more intriguing to others than just speaking up about it would be. Keeping mum will only pique their curiosity, forcing them to relentlessly harangue and stalk you until you spill the beans, anyway. While it might be embarrassing or painful to share something like this, it’s still less of a hassle than the alternative. Of course, if you insist on finding that out the hard way, go ahead and stay closemouthed. You’ll wish you hadn’t, later.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Because you’re by nature a generous and nurturing person, you end up with people relying on you for far more or far longer than they should. While you certainly invited them to benefit from all the wonderful things you have to give, at some point they crossed a line, or perhaps simply didn’t move on in the timeframe you thought they would. Now it’s time for you to play mama bird and gently push those reluctant chicks out of the nest. They may not think they can (or want to) fly on their own, but you know better—and the only way they’ll learn is by doing.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Cutting other people some slack is this week’s theme. Sure, you wish everyone could abide by your ideal standards, but of course you know that’s not always the case. Overlooking others’ shortcomings or failings is the kind and generous thing to do here, provided they’re not actually huge, destructive character flaws. Most likely they’re only things that annoy or inconvenience you, so getting over them is in everyone’s best interest. Addressing them would only make you seem petty, while letting them go will probably add to your air of benevolence and wisdom. Does it seem like a no-brainer yet? It should.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
While you are arguably the most practical sign in the zodiac, sometimes when someone else wants to implement their less efficient or sensible idea, you dig in your heels, and can have a huge problem letting them get their way. There’s always room for compromise—only sometimes you’re simply too stubborn to see or acknowledge it. That can lead to some massive disagreements over truly tiny issues, simply because of your persistent resistance. Sure, their idea may downright suck, compared to yours. But being part of a team means being willing to lose, and letting others take the lead. Try that this week, please.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Sometimes when you have good news or fortune, you feel weird sharing it with others who might not be in such a great place in their lives, or are actively suffering from some misfortune. However, there’s no reason you should censor your own happiness; if you wait until everyone else is happy before you share your joy, you’ll never get to share it at all. Presentation, however, is key. If your tone is, “Here are all the ways I’m glad I’m not you right now,” your message will be understandably ill-received. However, if you instead, offer a distraction and your message is, “Things will get better for you, too, in time,” your listeners might prove grateful instead of resentful.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
I generally feel that keeping secrets ends up causing more pain than telling the truth—a tough lesson for you Scorpios, who keep your cards so close to your chests. However, just imagine the pain your silence (or deception) might cause, because in the absence of the truth, people might imagine scenarios that are far worse than what’s actually happening. Allowing them to live with those excruciating fantasies isn’t fair or kind. This week, be kind and let them in on the truth, so they can be released from the crueler lie they’ve made up.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Whenever I see someone with a controlling, jealous, or generally bitchy, unpleasant partner, I wonder why they put up with it. Amazing sex alone can’t justify the misery they surely suffer out of bed, but again and again I see awful people shacked up with long-term partners. Perhaps they simply feel hopelessly trapped. The one thing I can safely conclude, however, is that none of those suffering partners are Sagittarians. Having eluded many, you know how to escape traps with ease. Consider showing someone a way out of the one they think they’re stuck in.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
While it may seem that someone’s taking advantage of you (and perhaps they are, in a way), consider the alternatives. Don’t compare their actions to what a saint might do in their place, but rather to what you’d have to put up with from a stranger filling their shoes. I’m willing to bet that what they’re asking from you is still far less taxing than what you’d be forced to “pay” if virtually anyone else was doing what they’re doing. So deliver with a smile, and remember that they’re doing you a favor, even if it doesn’t always feel that way.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
It’s sweet of you to have taken on so much responsibility. Of course your intentions were almost saintly, but by now you’ve probably realized that you may not be able to deliver on everything you promised, at least not at the level you imagined. It’s time for you to start seeking alternatives. That’s not simply announcing you can’t handle this stuff and dumping some of it on whoever’s close at hand. You still have a duty to find an appropriate surrogate to absorb some of these responsibilities—yes, another arduous task, but not as taxing as being buried under the massive weight of everything you’ve taken on.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
When noises at night keep you from a good night’s sleep, sleeping with earplugs is a practical and effective solution. But wearing those earplugs during a conversation whose content you don’t want to hear is a less laudable way to address the situation. Life is full of stuff you’d rather ignore, but doing so is childish and, ultimately ineffective. Pull out the earplugs, remove the blinders, and face the uncomfortable or painful truths you’ve been trying to shield yourself from. Yes, this will suck—but you’ll find that once you’ve faced them, you’ll be able to happily move on from them and throw out those earplugs and blinders once and for all.