You’re on a cross-country camping trip and you blearily stumble in somewhere, set up your tent, and crash. It’s not until morning that you notice your camp is perched precariously on the edge of a deep lake, a dump or a cliff. Instead of freaking out about your close call, though, revel in it. It means you’re walking an exciting line in life—side-by-side with potential disaster—but your instincts are spot on. Trust them—especially this week, when the line between you and catastrophe is electrifyingly thin.
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22)
I’m suddenly neck-deep in members of your crew. My life is normally fairly low-key, without too much emotional drama (except for the occasional flurry generated by my Pisces sweethearts), and now potential crises and epiphanies lurk behind every word and gesture. I’m asking advice, rather than proffering some, in this case, because in this department you surely know better than I. I know how you handle yourself, but how do you handle other members of your tribe, and all the possible pleasure and pain they represent? Clue me in (email@example.com).
LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22)
Plan a trip to somewhere you used to live. Adoration from strangers and acquaintances is okay, but it’s nothing like the rich, informed, respect heaped upon you by old flames and long-lost friends. The former can be exhausting, even as it’s flattering. The latter, however, can only charge you up and ready you for the next big thing you’re planning. Therefore, work your timing right; make the trip happen just before your last long sprint to your goal. Even taking time off for your visits, you’re bound, afterwards, to reach your hoped-for destination in record time.
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22)
It’s true that in this life you’ll find a plethora of people who just don’t get you, or value what’s so great about you. Fine; you do what you do for your own reasons, not for popularity or social approval. But nevertheless, it’s vital for your own wellbeing that you have someone in your life who grasps, deeply, just how fantastic you are. You deserve that kind of admiration and support, and you need it if you want to keep on being so awesome without burning out. If you don’t already have that, make finding it your top priority until you do.
LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22)
It’s hard for you to put your best foot forward when you’ve got something like this weighing you down. That whole requiring-balance thing means you’ve got to use that foot to stomp on the other side of the scale, just to keep yourself going. That means you’re not able to necessarily be as light, friendly or engaged as you wish you could be. Limiting how many new people enter your life at this time is probably a good idea, as they’re just bound to get the wrong impression. Since giving them the right impression could have powerful positive ramifications for you, please wait until you can do just that.
SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21)
You need ritual, Scorpio. Sacrificing a virgin at dawn isn’t exactly practical or viable, but you nevertheless need some kind of concentrated task that’s somehow separate from the mundane particulars of your everyday life. Whether it’s downing absinthe or lighting candles at sunset or dancing naked around a bonfire or whatever activity or practice speaks to you (I’m sure you already have some interesting ideas), spend the next seven days letting a little ritualistic behavior influence your life. Then let me know what you learned (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21)
It’s like you’re trapped in a hot air balloon whose controls are broken. All you can do is ride the wind and watch the world passing by below, and wait for the balloon to lose buoyancy and eventually lower you. You’re not used to being so passive, but it’s good (occasional) practice for you to just let things play out as they will, instead of interfering. You don’t always need to be the leader, the one with all the great ideas. This time around, for the next little bit, you can just allow life to happen on its own.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19)
Discipline has never been your problem. I know Capricorns who can stick to—for months or years—diets or work schedules that’d break a Leo or a Pisces in under 24 hours. It’s overcoming your natural caution and making the kinds of wild and irrational choices that come so easily to, for example, those two signs. That’s where you run into difficulty. Perhaps, however, you can apply your rationality and discipline to this limitation, by consciously deciding to at least occasionally making the most impractical choice, based on a sense of fun or adventure, rather than wisdom and pragmatism. This week, why not give it a try?
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18)
When a cat enters a new area, its first task is mapping the place out completely. Some do this slowly, starting from a niche they deem secure, and gradually extending their known territory a foot or two at a time. Others seek out every nook and cranny swiftly and voraciously, not resting until they’ve got the entire place mapped out in their minds. I want you to be catlike this week, Aquarius—employing your own personal style, naturally. As you enter a new space (metaphorically), concentrate on figuring out exactly how big and complicated it is. Then you can use that knowledge to maximize your fun there.
PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20)
Occasionally I like to imagine you as someone who fell asleep a hundred years ago, and just woke up recently, all wrapped with vines and flowers. It’s a charming explanation for why you’re sometimes bewildered by the world today, and why you’re not as susceptible to the same traps of consumerism and other small-minded tendencies as most of the rest of us. But as enchanting as the image of you awakening bleary-eyed and swathed in blossoms can be, there are times when your reluctance to engage with the modern world (especially technology) is actually holding you back.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19)
The Aries I’ve dated were always fun, romantic and never boring—even if they were otherwise nuts or ridiculously short-sighted. But suddenly those seem like minor flaws compared to all you have to offer. I’m not the only one reflecting along these lines; your stock is up, darling. Take advantage of renewed public appreciation of your qualities to further your own agenda. Whether that’s getting laid, making art, achieving a promotion, or having an adventure is up to you. Just don’t put it off—you never know how long this kind of upswing will last.
TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20)
I don’t think Taureans are unreasonably cautious or conservative, as you’re sometimes accused of being. It’s just that you see, quite clearly, that everything has a price. Party too hard and you’ll be sick and hung over. Spend extravagantly this week and you’ll feel impoverished next week. The consequences of your choices are always obvious. Nevertheless, it’s actually good to (occasionally) be stupid and do stuff that’ll cost you more than it’s worth. This week, concentrate on the richness of your potential experience, not how much you’ll “spend” on it.