Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Here’s the thing about inconsistent boundaries: they’re rarely honored. Only sporadically enforce rules, and most children (and adults) will quickly realize they can get away with pretty much anything. In a way, you’re training them to misbehave, because they know if they make holding firm unpleasant enough, you’ll cave. It’s more obvious with children, but sticking to your guns is often a greater kindness with those adults in your life most likely to step across lines you’ve drawn than giving in could ever be. Please try to dependably do so—if you can’t be consistent about it, though, there’s hardly any point in bothering at all.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Along with Leos, Taurens, and Scorpios, you’re one of the fixed signs of the zodiac. That makes you more stubborn and resistant to personal change—especially if its impetus comes from outside yourself. That’s why this week’s sudden reversal may surprise you. You could never have expected to be feeling the way you do, given your history, and past reactions to similar stuff. This time it’s different, though, isn’t it? Don’t bother wasting time or energy struggling to analyze exactly why or how that’s so. Instead, I suggest you simply enjoy the shift and run with it.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
It’s hard to say whether patience or discipline will prove to be more important this week, but I suppose it’s safe to conclude that a hearty mix of both is probably necessary to get anywhere close to your short-term goals. Pushing too hard too soon is a sure route to crash and burn, for example. Unfortunately, consistency in these departments is something you haven’t historically been particularly good at. Luckily for you, recent practice and a notable (and relatively new) influence should help you appropriately bide your time and stick with your efforts until you get the results you want.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Lack of love has nothing to do with someone’s unwillingness to bend to your will. In fact, resistance to your desires may ironically have more to do with an abundance of affection, and perhaps an attempt to steer you in a different direction “for your own good.” Whether or not this is misguided (as it surely might be), the intentions aren’t cruel or selfish, but rather they’re attempting to do what’s best for you—as they see it, anyway. Knowing the benevolent intentions behind these annoying developments should rob them of any sting they might otherwise have had, and allow you to proceed with patience and understanding.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
It’s less of a big deal to hitchhike to a neighboring town than it is to try to bum rides clear across the country. The longer your journey and more people involved, the more difficult and risky such an adventure becomes. Naturally, you must weigh these potential perils whenever you consider embarking on anything with so many unknowns. Of course, everything could go perfectly smoothly, without delay or danger—but planning around such unlikely luck isn’t particularly wise. I’m not saying embrace pessimism, but running with foolhardy optimism isn’t likely to get you anywhere close to where you want to go, either.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Half the time, warnings like, “Watch out!” or “Be careful!” come just a little too late to do you much good (sometimes, aggravatingly, even after whatever you were being warned about has already occurred). This week, however, if you pay such things close heed and react quickly, they should come just in the nick of time—or perhaps even well in advance. So stay alert and listen attentively to what people tell you. Quick reflexes and/or careful planning should keep you on a safe course this week, as long as you’re paying enough attention to make use of them.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Staying true to yourself doesn’t mean forcing everyone else to adapt to every little thing about you. You should be a constantly evolving being who’s always seeking to improve, and, specifically, becoming the kind of person others consistently enjoy being around, since you love having people around. Such evolution is a continuous, dynamic process, but it becomes easier as you develop better habits for making those around you feel comfortable and loved. Of course, since there’s an element of trial and error in such a process, you’re bound to screw up. Instead of such mistakes dragging you down, make sure they’re at least helping you along your way—by being determined to learn from them.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You know how to roll up your sleeves and get things done. The problem is you like doing them in your own time and your own way. Even if that’s more efficient and deadline-friendly than the instructions you’ve received, failing to heed those guidelines may reflect poorly on you. In other words, yes, your way is probably better, easier and more enjoyable. In this case, though, it’s just not the best way. This week, it’s probably in your best interest to swallow your pride and mostly just do as you’re told. There are times to rock the boat and shake things up, but this isn’t one of them.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Although to you it may seem as if some are living in extreme states of excess and decadence, their perception may be one of existing mostly modestly, with only a couple indulgences. This difference in perspective is a likely source of conflict this week, if you’re not careful about who you express it to, and how. I understand where you’re coming from, but ask yourself just what expression of this particular opinion is likely to accomplish. Since it’d probably just piss people off without encouraging much in the way of change, you might be best off simply biting your tongue—for now, anyway.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
It’s understandable that Grandma may be a bit of a prude, given her upbringing, but the same sense of fraught propriety on you would be as out of place as if you wore Victorian corsetry on a daily basis and always spoke without contractions. That’s not to say you must abandon all your more traditional values; just that clinging to them out of principle, instead of real, heartfelt sincerity, will come off as artificial, pretentious, and just plain weird. When was the last time you gave them a thorough examination and made sure they still made sense to you? If it wasn’t recent, this week is an excellent time to do just that.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
In a relationship, there are always things you’d like to change about your partner, and vice versa. It’s perfectly fair to encourage or require that they change some things (asking someone to quit smoking). Making such transitions, while challenging, is likely to result in both of you being happier and better off. Other demands are perhaps more reflective of a general incompatibility than anything else. If you’re making such requests (or they’re being made of you), it may be time to consider moving on. However, before you do, make sure it’s because what’s being asked for is essentially unfair, not because it’s just something you’re too lazy or stubborn to do.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-DEC.21)
Dying your hair or getting contacts to replace your glasses is an easy way to subtly alter the first impression you create, but a more profound and effective way—albeit a more difficult one—is to change the attitude with which you approach new people. Sagittarians are usually excellent at meeting others for the first time, but if you are going to fall flat, it’s usually for one of two reasons: coming off as too blunt or gruff, or appearing to try too hard. These are actually pretty easy pitfalls to avoid, as long as you keep a scrutinizing eye on what you say and how you say it. This week, make sure you do.