Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
The obstacle in front of you is much like an elementary school bully. He’s got the advantage of size and aggression, but no clear agenda. So he does stupid-ass shit like stepping side-to-side, to block your path, repeatedly, just to piss you off. There’s nothing you can do to appease him; getting a rise out of you will only encourage him, and failing to do so will only inspire him to greater efforts. I say knock him down now before things escalate too much. Make it count, so that when he finally picks himself up he’ll think twice before screwing with you again.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
“Force me to do what I want.” That’s your mantra this week, and you should be using it to encourage everyone around you to help you overcome your own resistance to success. Your goals are close, possibly even reachable, but for some reason you’re having a hard time motivating. You need more than a kick in the butt. You need to be chained to your dreams and allowed to do nothing but advance towards them. You need to be whipped and tortured into actually fulfilling your greatest aspirations. Believe me, we are all ready to see you shine and succeed—even if we have to bust your ass until you do.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This week, your temper, sex appeal and energy levels should flare, internally, but don’t let them erupt into action yet. Instead, keep yourself simmering, like a sleeping Vesuvius full of molten fury, just beneath the surface. You’ll have a much better opportunity to spend this fervent force next week, so keeping the lid on until the right moment will really pay off, if only you can manage it. That might be more difficult than it sounds, because your fuse really has been trimmed quite short; mostly it’s going to be about avoiding petty situations that might ignite it.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Get down off your soapbox before someone knocks it out from under you. You’re absolutely right, but this is just the wrong time to make your point. No one is apt to listen to you be preachy, overly philosophical or even merely educational. Not that you need to stifle your important message; you just need to alter the format a little. People are all ears when you’re telling jokes, hilarious anecdotes from your past, and straight-up trashy gossip. Slide your sermons, philosophies, and lessons into those formats and people will flock to you, not run away.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
The problem with having a higher standard for yourself means your opponents can play dirty and sometimes gain an advantage over you. Don’t let their lack of ethics make you compromise yours, though. You don’t need to cheat. You may lose on the sprint when they hitch a ride for part of the race, but you have the strength, speed, and courage to gain back the lead. If you don’t doubt yourself or give up, you’ve got this marathon in the bag. You’re just better, that’s all, and now you have the means to prove it, showing up all the unscrupulous bastards who think they’ve got you beat.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Don’t be snappish or petulant, no matter the temptation. You’re an oyster polluted by astrological irritants that are bound to make you respond to virtually everything with aggravation, not gratification. But the things people are giving you aren’t specifically intended to push your buttons; they’re actually as impersonal as dirt. Don’t spit them right out, no matter how bad they taste. Don’t swallow them either, to turn to ulcers in your gut. Instead, chew on them for a while; right now you have the power to turn shit to pearls, as long as you’re patient, persistent, and willing to suffer just a little (but no more or less). Pearls, I say! To do anything else would almost be a crime.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You like to feel special. What else is new? Welcome to the human condition. Only Leos can take it to more of an extreme, can’t you, occasionally picking partners or friends based on their ability to give you that “special feeling,” rather than any particular commonality or quality of their own? Luckily for you, that bit of shallowness rarely lasts long in a friendship, and you learn to admire and appreciate all the beautiful qualities your flatterers possess, besides silver tongues. This week, honor those qualities—everything that draws you to a person besides how they make you feel about yourself—by making sure they know how much you appreciate them.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Travel someplace and follow the recommendations of the guidebook you bought, and you’ll have a positive, satisfactory experience. Diverge from the guidebook and you risk disaster, or you could find the secret hotspot that’s way better than anything in the travel guide, simply because no one knows about it. Why settle for adequate second best when you don’t have to? Keep the guidebook handy, so you can gauge what average might be. Then don’t quit looking until you’ve found much, much better. You will.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You’re a three-year-old playing with an armed grenade. Fortunately, you have enough coordination to keep the thing from exploding; you just lack knowledge. Now that you know, you can closely examine all the people or situations you’ve idly been tossing about and carefully set down the potentially explosive one and quietly (but quickly) back away. You might feel tempted to succumb to a martyr-ish urge to hold onto it, so no one else need bear the brunt of that detonation, but don’t. This isn’t your bomb, and you don’t deserve to cope with its fallout. Put it down while you still have hands.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’re not cotton candy, babe. You’d like to come off as sweet, light, colorful and casual as spun sugar, but you’re just not. You’re heavy, dark, and rich, like flourless chocolate cake with espresso. There are times for acting, make-believe, and plain old lying, but this week isn’t one of them. Be absolutely real, without embellishment or digression, because anything less will be so obviously crap that people won’t have any qualms about hanging up, walking away or kicking your ass.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The Be My Eyes app connects sighted people with blind people in order to help those without vision accomplish certain tasks where being able to see might be necessary. Pretty cool, win-win concept, right? This reminds me of the ample opportunities before you this week. Thanks to your natural talents, you’re in a position to help someone else (or numerous someone elses) without having to do much at all. You’re not exactly obligated—but why would you pass up on such an awesome mutual win?
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Have you begun construction on your panic room? You’ve been experiencing such an unusually high amount of anxiety (for you, at least; a typical Cancer would consider this level of worry very low) that I’m half-expecting you to invest in a sturdy steel room where you can hide from all the things you’re scared of. The good and bad news is that your many apprehensions are purely in your own head. It’s bad news because a bomb shelter would do little to shield you from your own overactive imagination. But it’s good news because that’s all it is. And an overactive imagination can be tamed into merely an active, vital, and vibrant one.
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