Horoscope

Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)

You're all about the destination lately, not the journey. If I asked you where you'd like to go, if you could get there instantly, without hassle, your list would be virtually endless. However, once we factor in considerations like expense, discomfort, and time, there's almost nowhere you're actually willing to make an effort to get to. This applies to metaphorical voyages as well as physical ones; you know where you'd like to go, say, with your relationship, but you're not willing to put in the time or effort to make the trip. Maybe you're just too busy at the moment. Fine. But please don't think you can put it off indefinitely. By the time you can finally be bothered to head in that direction, the city you wanted to visit may have slid right off the map.

Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)

Pisces are the best emotional manipulators in the zodiac. That's something of a well-kept secret. You rarely fight because you (honestly) claim to loathe conflict. However, there's a dark underbelly to your attitude: You also use it as a cover to get your way without ever having to go head-to-head with anyone. Why do I mention this? Because I'm not the only one who's cottoned on to your secret. If you push this one (no matter your expertise and subtlety), you'll be caught out and forced into the kind of fracas you loathe—and would lose, miserably. Back off, and live to not fight another day.

Aries (March 21–April 19)

Some situations call for bold forthrightness, while others require subtlety, issue skirting, and verbal dancing. When someone needs boldness and bald honesty, they call an Aries. More delicate negotiations, however, are simply not your forte. This is one of those weeks when your big mouth is more likely to get you into trouble than help you out. Recognize (and admit) that at once, and do what most mature and effective people do when they bump up against something that they're just plain not good at: They don't try anyway and fall flat on their faces. They delegate.

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

You think you've got it hard? Bullshit. Sure, you've got problems. But your biggest difficulty, quite frankly, is your mind. Most of your troubles arise from having too much time on your hands—time you involuntarily use to create drama out of stuff you should be too busy to worry about. Are these dilemmas real? Yeah, but only because you made them come to life, like Frankenstein's monster, stitched together out of lots of little shit that would've rested quietly out of sight if you'd just had the sense not to dig it up. Your idle mind can only make you miserable at the moment. Don't give it another spare moment; shit's stirred up enough as it is.

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Everyone's heard of someone's granddad who's allegedly never been sick a day in his very hard life (naturally, rife with poverty, abominable working conditions, and crushing responsibilities). You've also surely encountered some ridiculous ex–child prodigy who started her own company at 13 and is a multitalented multimillionaire 10 years later. But you can't hold yourself to those standards. Really. Most of us are just regular folk trying to do something cool with our lives. Admire these freaks of nature. Certainly aspire to greatness yourself. But don't be ridiculously unrealistic. You can't do it the way they did. Please don't kill yourself trying.

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Your unshakably subjective perspective is both strength and weakness. It grants you incredible empathy, compassion, and insight into others. However, it also frequently blinds you to the big picture. You don't often miss that slightly cold and distant viewpoint, but sometimes—like now—it'd be extremely helpful. For instance, a glimpse of that magnificent tapestry of life's unfolding events would reveal that the dull gray patch you're stuck in is actually an important part of something beautiful. Still can't see it? Find someone who can—someone you love and trust—and honor her lofty perspective, and heed her advice.

Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)

You may be extremely sensitive to others' opinions, but you're no follower. Their perspectives don't have much power to swiftly sway you. You're not, however, immune (as some suspect). They're just not patient enough. You absorb every judgment; each one is like a planted seed. Some are buried and never seen again, but a surprising number find fertile soil and sprout, eventually. This is important—nay, vital—information for some of those close to you, who might be frustrated by your unresponsiveness to their desires. Some plants take a season to germinate, and far longer to bear fruit. Let these people know they're just operating on the wrong timetable.

Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 22)

There's nothing wrong with needing love and attention. You feel vaguely guilty about it simply because it's unfamiliar—you're usually so independent and self-contained. But every once in a while, like this week, you "selfishly" need someone to give you lots of nurturing, without necessarily getting anything in return. Of course, admitting you need it is only the first step. You also have to overcome other hurdles: asking for it and accepting it when it's offered. The reason I mention this: to assuage your fear (whether you admit or not) that once you manage to admit and ask for the love you need, no one will be willing to give it. That's just plain silly.

Libra (Sept. 23–Oct. 22)

Every Libra spends too much of her life dreaming of winning the lottery, scoring a fat inheritance, marrying into money, or otherwise coming into wealth without having to do something (like work some boring-ass job) that she doesn't want to do. These fantasies are, of course, nothing to be ashamed of; everyone has made similar wishes at least occasionally. But getting hung up on them, as you have lately, would be a big mistake, especially if it kept you from tackling the more challenging tasks currently on your plate. Dream on, certainly— but get your butt in gear while you're at it.

Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)

Most Scorpios I know love puzzles. Unlike an Aries or a Gemini, who just gets frustrated at anything more complicated than Wheel of Fortune, you love to fidget with complex conundrums, fitting them together in different ways and turning them over and over in your mind until a solution presents itself. This is good for you—so good that when you don't have enough of these twisty tangles to unravel, you'll subconsciously create some where there are none. This is where you get into trouble, wrapping an unsuspecting (and unwilling) non-Scorp in your web of intrigue. Before you tie someone up in problems that don't exist—ultimately for your own entertainment—go find some already-existent, already-tied knots that need your expertise.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

Your naughty side is likely to come into conflict with your moral compass this week. Usually your strict policy of absolute truth doesn't keep you from having fun, but every once in a while, it's tricky. I'm not talking about anything that's likely to mess up your life, like cheating on your lover. But there are opportunities you'd love to take advantage of that might not be easy for you to access while showing all your cards. That's just not the way the game is played. You don't have to lie or even bluff. You just need to keep your hand close to your chest and your mouth more or less shut.

Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

On one level you come off as incredibly capable and accomplished; on another you often seem nervous and insecure. People who are just meeting you see this as a conflict. How, they wonder, did this shy, wilting wallflower do so much? They're just not aware of the five-steps-forward, four-steps-back method of progress you've made pretty much your whole life; that when you've moved too fast in the past, you've usually been slapped and chastened. But revealing all that isn't the way to get their alliance; transcending it is. Luckily, this week, no one's poised to trip you up if you sprint the next lap. In other words, rise above your difficult history. For the moment, at least, you can.

 
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