Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Relationships require change. It’s one thing when it’s an annoying habit or two that you’ve been asked to curb, and quite another when it’s a fundamental aspect of who you are (unless that happens to be something you’ve seriously wanted to change, on your own (hurray, you now have support!)). It’s up to you to assess whether requested changes are realistically achievable, or if they’re not something you want or feel able to do anything about. So what’ll it be? Can you be the version of you they want? If not, it’s simple. Walk away—because who they want is actually someone else.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Expecting people to show up to relationships without any baggage is unrealistic. However, it’s reasonable to hope that their emotional luggage isn’t too heavy a burden. Expect a carry-on or two—who travels without those, these days? When they show up with a full set of Samsonite and a trunk, though, it’s time to give yourself a reality check. Is this stuff you’d be willing to help carry for more than the few yards from here to a taxicab? If you’re not willing to shoulder this burden, don’t try—dropping it half a mile down the road won’t be doing anyone any favors. Instead, put it down now, and walk on, unencumbered.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Your competitive streak can inspire you to achieve greatness. However, when you don’t exercise proper judgment, it can also compel you to participate in ridiculous follies. Trying to outdo someone at something no one else cares about, for example, is ultimately going to make you look foolish—ironically, especially if you win. Go ahead and be joyfully and playfully competitive; it’s fun, after all, as long as you don’t get so results-oriented that you become a sore loser. It’s also a great source of fuel for your tank—just make sure you’re pointed in the right direction before you hit the gas.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Children get very attached to certain objects like blankets or dolls, and cling to them whenever they feel upset, scared, or insecure. Of course, as we grow, we learn to shed these comforts, but often they’re replaced by other, perhaps subtler or more intangible ones. What’s your security blanket? It’s okay if you have one, but try to make sure it’s something that’s ultimately good for you (in other words, not a martini or a cigarette). If it is something that’s probably not a positive force in your life, start weaning yourself off of it today. If you can go without a replacement, that’s great. If you need one, try to make it something good for you—like exercise, or salad.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
While I understand the source of your anger and frustration, getting pissed on someone else’s behalf should only be taken so far. I’ve seen Libras carry a grudge long after the people involved have actually forgiven each other and moved on. Your loyalty and empathy are admirable, but there’s a line. This week, you’re in danger of crossing it. Your sympathetic indignation was charming at first, but since at this point no one else cares about this as much as you do, it’s starting to seem weird. There’s plenty of stuff in your own life to get worked up about. Drop this.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Scheduling life isn’t that fun or sexy, but it’s sometimes necessary. Busy people don’t always remember to make room for important stuff until it’s too late to squeeze it in. So remember to allocate some time for activities that are still vital to your happiness, even if they’re not an obvious priority. This week that stuff is all too likely to slip through the cracks, otherwise, and be replaced by stuff that’s much less important, just much more likely to grab your attention. If you don’t attend to the crucial stuff now, by the time you actually do get to it, it may be too late.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Since you’re one of the most excitingly dynamic signs in the zodiac, it’s always surprising when you’re astonished or put out by changes in others. Perhaps it’s because you’re used to being the one who’s able to turn on a dime and transform yourself to suit any new situation, relationship, or interest. When someone else undergoes that kind of rapid metamorphosis, it can freak you out. This week, someone you know is turning over a new leaf, getting a drastic makeover, or pursuing a radical new direction. It’d be nice if you could get on board, so don’t freak out too long.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Even if you weren’t the one who did any wrongdoing, you could be blamed for allowing it to happen and not offering even some token resistance or objection. Don’t expect someone who suffered to simply forget the fact that you stood idly by, even if you felt helpless or powerless at the time. Standing up for what’s right is almost always a good thing to do. Sure, there’s something to the concept of picking your battles—however, remember if you choose not to fight one, those who do fight it may no longer consider you their ally.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’re not exactly suffering through a jail sentence, though it may feel like that at times. Luckily, like most prison terms, this situation has an end date, too. Though the date of your release may feel like it’s eons away, have faith that it will come, and that you’re drawing closer to it every day. Also, bear in mind that just like many sentences of imprisonment, this unpleasant situation can be shortened dramatically by exhibiting extremely good behavior. And if it’s really and truly unbearable, consider this: a prison break is always possible. Just be sure you take into account the potential consequences of such a drastic measure (especially if it fails) before you give it a go.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You’re making the wrong wishes, Pisces. How do I know? It’s because every time one of your desires is fulfilled, you’re still dissatisfied. That’s because many of your dreams and wants have been thrust upon you—by clever advertisements, compelling lovers, or other circumstances. Some of them have even completely eclipsed the things you actually want. It may be a noble and mostly good idea to embrace the things your lover or boss wants for you—but not so completely that you forget your own wishes and fantasies. This week, make sure your heart’s true desires get the same time and attention you give to your adopted goals.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Aries are frequently solo adventurers, but I think you’re truly at your best when you hitch your wagon to someone else’s. When your world-view expands to include others, you grow and excel in ways you couldn’t even imagine before. Whatever it is that inspires you to include others in your exploits (common reasons include falling in love or having kids), I’m excited for you. You’d never otherwise know just how incredibly creative and resourceful you can actually be. It may be easier to go it solo, but life’s richer when you’re part of a team.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
A lot of life is accidental, isn’t it? We navigate through our existences with the best of intentions, but only a fraction of those actually sees fruition. The rest of life is the stuff that happens to us that we can’t predict, or things we do without thinking or meaning to. Obviously, you can’t completely control your life. But I reckon you could exert a tiny bit more influence on which directions it takes. 49% of your life may always be made up of things you can’t control or anticipate, but this week, do what you need to do to ensure that 51% of it is composed of things you consciously choose.