Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Whoa. I’m getting a tan just standing next to you. Putting out this much shine must really be straining the fusion reaction that is your heart. However, don’t shut it down. Those who can’t take the glow, the UV radiation, or the heat may back off for a bit (unconsciously spreading your notoriety even further) but trying to flip on the dimmer switch is like trying to stop a sneeze—definitely not a good idea. Keep on sparkling this week, sweetheart; those who can’t take it can just get the hell out of the way.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
What’s the point of even trying to make yourself understood? Almost no one gets you, anyway. From your end, your actions are generally well-meaning, intelligent, sincere, and, most of all, crystal clear—but few seem to see them the way you do. On the one hand, you can say, “Screw ‘em. I don’t need to explain myself. The only person I need to answer to, ultimately, is me.” But on the other, if you continue to make a concerted effort to convey where you’re coming from, one or two fairly important people are likely to catch on—and you could always use more of this kind of ally.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Everyone focuses, frequently, on the dual nature of Geminis and Pisceans, but skips over that aspect of your personality. In some ways, you’re even more divided than those other, often wish-washy, signs, because your duality isn’t contained entirely within yourself. Libras have an extreme (almost psychotic at times) adaptability; you mold yourselves to fill in whatever’s missing from a situation, or more commonly, a relationship. One of the main questions every Libra has to answer, eventually, is which parts are essentially “you” and which can be swapped or sacrificed to facilitate a greater good. Take it seriously; this week you’ll be asked whether you want to give up or hang onto one of your favorite things, and you’ll have to live with your answer for a long time.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Plants bloom to signal their receptivity. Birds dance and wave brilliant plumage. Butterflies generate long-distance pheromones, and cats put out a stink so fierce it has the whole neighborhood yowling. What’s your signal to the rest of the world that you’re feeling more open than you have in ages? This isn’t the time for subtlety; this kind of vulnerable approachability is so rare that it’d be a shame for interested parties to miss out because they didn’t notice. There are a number of horny suitors out there, dying to get into your pants, heart, or head (or any combination of those), so if you’re not getting what you want or need, it’s because your flowers aren’t big enough, your dance not wild enough, or your perfume too discreet, not because there’s no one interested.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You may be a fire sign, but I think you’re more like the embers left over once a roaring campfire has died down—especially this week, when your smolder is even hotter, but less flashy, than usual. In other words, it’s a good time to make the moves on that tragically frozen-hearted beauty you’ve been wondering about, the one who’d be scared off by a big crackling blaze, but might welcome the thawing warmth of your gentler glow. Sometimes you may feel a bit outshined by those tempestuous Aries and your radiant Leo brethren. This week, you’ll have the chance to discover that being low-key is a strength and advantage, not the other way around.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This week the spotlight is on you. You’re screwed. Forget flying under the radar as you’d planned; you’re pinned under a glaring spotlight of attention—one might even call it scrutiny. Don’t squirm. You’ve mostly been on the up-and-up these last few months, so your minor transgressions won’t earn you too much guilt or punishment. Just don’t hope to get away with anything that’s not strictly by the book; you’ll get nailed. So doing things on the sly is out; that leaves doing them out in plain sight, which, when you think about it, can be just as fun (and in some cases, way naughtier).
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Enigma is your secret weapon this week. Being open and forthright is laudable, and rare—however, you’ve lately taken it to an extreme. There’s a difference between practicing honesty whenever important and simply making yourself completely transparent. Retain a little mystery—keep some of the details to yourself. It’s more appealing that way. You’re at risk of scaring someone off by spilling too much too soon. It’s not that they can’t take it; it’s that maybe they can’t take it all at once. Sure, that might be reason enough to say, “Screw ‘em.” But why not try unfolding slowly, like a flower, rather than exploding like a firecracker? It could be fun.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You’re more likely than most signs to admit you’re wrong. In fact, many Pisces are apt to decide, on their own, without prompting, that what they’ve been thinking about, believing in, or espousing for days, months, or years, is simply incorrect. This is largely an admirable quality, and demonstrates the breadth and depth of your considerations. But every once in a while, it limits you—because if you’d clung to the “mistaken” belief or habit a little while longer, you might have a experienced a new layer of truth hidden within it that you had no idea it possessed. Push through to the next level before you let this one go and move on. It might very well change your ultimate direction completely.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
You have unparalleled focus. Your uncanny ability to simply block out all distractions (or whatever else might be going on inside your head) to concentrate on the task at hand may prove useful this week. So remember to use it. If you forget to turn on the tight beam of your attention, you’re sure to be diverted by some of the other flashy (but ultimately unimportant) things going on around you, and end up missing out on what you truly want. It might take near-obsession to get to where you want to go. You’re certainly capable of it. I guess the question is: how much do you really want it?
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Your average Libra is so adaptable that she loses all sense of self when exposed to an extreme person or situation. You’re almost the exact opposite; you stand your ground even in the face of a natural disaster. You force others to either get used to you, or get lost. This kind of strength can cut both ways, however—and this week you’re likely to get slashed, because by being inflexible you’ll end up missing out on something (or someone) you actually really want. The kind of compromise being asked of you isn’t much of a concession, if you really think about it—so please at least do that.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
The stakes just keep getting higher, don’t they? Keep breathing and maintaining your equilibrium as you climb to ever loftier heights. It’s dizzying and bewildering, but there’s no need to sabotage the process; you’ve got at least one trustworthy companion who’s going there with you—and who’s just as excited and freaked. If you really don’t want to do this, you don’t have to. You can always back out now, admit to yourself that not everyone is cut out to climb Everest. But the thing is, you are. To give up now would be such a waste. Take a break at the next base station for a while, before ascending further, if you must. But don’t climb down now.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Emotional parasites abound this week, so beware. Limit your vulnerability by being a human cactus: utterly self-sufficient, low-maintenance, resilient, and slightly unapproachable. Those with kinder intentions, who you’d actually welcome into your life, will most likely be charmed, not daunted, by your prickliness, and are patient enough to wait until you’re feeling more receptive. As for the spiritual leeches, they give up quickly. The hungry little vampires can’t wait around to get to your sweet juju; they’ll run off in search of easier prey. In other words, you’ll know them when you see them—preferably walking swiftly in the other direction.
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