Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Many people in the world don’t share your values. That’s not usually a problem, except when they’re people who are close to you, like family members, coworkers, or even lovers. On some things, of course, you can simply agree to disagree, or make a rule that the subject is verboten. However, there are other issues where the disagreement is so fundamental that it makes it difficult for you to coexist or cooperate. This is a harder quandary to solve. Sometimes it leads to estrangement. If that happens, it’s good to periodically reach out and see if the gap can be bridged. If you have any inclination to do such a thing, now would be a good week to try.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
When you have too much downtime, your active mind stirs up trouble. You create problems where there are none, imbue situations with too much emotional meaning, and generally have a tendency to get over-dramatic. Keep yourself busy. No need to run yourself ragged, but if you fall asleep shortly after your head hits the pillow, you’ll be happier—and so will those around you. Fill up your mental appointment book right now, and keep your busy brain from attending to all but the most pressing and relevant issues. Those are really the only ones it should be bothering with, anyway. The rest really doesn’t matter.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Yes, ultimately, certain decisions are yours to make, and no one else gets to make them for you (even if they think they should). However, since some of these may have a significant impact on those close to you, they should be allowed to weigh in, and heard with an open mind. Be ready to change your mind, if they make a compelling case—and, for instance, are willing to help shoulder the burden of the consequences of the choice they’re attempting to convince you to make. If they’re not willing to put up, though—they should just shut up.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Virgos love projects. That’s why you frequently get involved with people with obvious baggage. These people are often intensely creative, passionate, dynamic, and exciting to be around, but they can also veer into the paranoid, delusional, or even abusive, when they’re at their worst. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t take on such projects—I’m sure most of the time they’re grateful you’re willing to put up with their shit, and as long as they’re working on their own evolution, it’s a noble thing you do. However, know where your line is. When you don’t, you’ll find that by the time you’ve figured things out, they’ve already stepped way past it—and it’s too late.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
We all make mistakes; quite often there are prices to be paid for those mistakes. Trying to shirk them rarely works out well, and escaping the consequences of your own (admittedly poor) choices should be a last resort reserved for when they’re truly dire, not for every little screw-up in your life. Most of the time, it’s better to simply stand up and face the music, then move on, hopefully wiser. That’s certainly the case this week, when evading messes will only create more and bigger messes. Don’t. Just roll up your sleeves and clean up before things really get out of hand.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Reach out. It’ll cost you almost no effort. While it may, as you suspect, be ignored or even unwelcome, there’s no real harm done. On the other hand, there’s a slight chance it might make a big difference. That possible good, even if unlikely, is potentially very great, and outweighs almost all other considerations. You never know when a small gesture from you might mean a huge difference in your life. Since it requires so little and promises so much, the only thing I can see stopping you is your pride. And that’s a silly reason to potentially miss out on so much.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
If harsh news needs to be delivered, better it come from you than be discovered some other way. It may be difficult to be the bearer of bad tidings, but you’re better equipped to deal the blow with as much kindness as possible (without shrinking from telling the truth) than anyone else you know. Therefore, it’s right that such a duty falls to you, as unpleasant as it might be. Look at it as an opportunity to be there for someone, and to make a difficult chapter of their life potentially just a little easier. They’d at least try to do the same for you.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Refusing to go to the beach because you don’t look as good in a bathing suit as you’d like is silly. Understandable, but still silly. Life’s short, and chances are you’ll look progressively worse in bathing suits as you get older—does that mean you should never go to the beach again? Don’t deprive yourself of wonderful experiences for absurd reasons like this one. Remember, no one’s likely to judge you anywhere near as harshly as you judge yourself. Almost all of those cruel self-judgments do more to hold you back than anything else. This week, let some of them go, so you can simply enjoy yourself. You deserve that.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Bittersweet is the flavor of the week, perhaps even of the year. It’s an acquired taste, to be sure. Acquire it. Learn to love it. It’s actually one of the best and most interesting flavors in life. If you really appreciate it, it’s a constant affirmation that you’re truly living. You only get to experience that taste when you truly care about something that’s not really in your control. That’s life. Bittersweet is something that people with few attachments or cares never get to experience. When you taste it, don’t feel sorry for yourself—consider yourself very lucky, instead.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Different people can see the same situation many different ways. However, trying to find a perspective where you can behave villainously and still come off as the good guy is disingenuous. Own what you do, and if you’ve acted unethically or unkindly, accept it, instead of trying to twist things to escape the consequences of your own actions. None of us is a saint. Shit happens. The correct thing to do afterwards is stand up and claim it, instead of trying to shift the blame. This week, make sure you do mostly the former, and none of the latter.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
I love your passion. However, some of your reactions to life’s events can be a bit over the top. I hope you never lose that enthusiasm and excitement. But at the same time your continued evolution requires that you learn to rein it in and direct it, so you’re not just a constantly distracted whirlwind of gusto. This week, your continued focus (or lack thereof) will make all the difference in whether or not you get the outcome you’re hoping for. There will be many compelling distractions, and you don’t need to ignore them—just don’t let them carry you away until you’ve done what you came to do.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
It’s never too late to begin anything (until you die). I know you’re unlikely to impulsively embark upon a new path, especially one that would seriously impact those close to you, but I hope you don’t rule it out. Trying something new is part of being alive. Being willing to grow and learn and challenge yourself is a way to feel satisfied in your life. This week is a fantastic opportunity to take the first steps down a new path you’ve been considering for a while, perhaps something risky or totally unknown. It doesn’t mean you need to follow that path to its conclusion—just, for now, take the first steps.