Sign Language

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Many of the mistakes you've made are completely reversible. A few, however, are not. In fact, going back to even try to fix those will only make things worse, by reopening wounds that were as healed as they ever will be, and possibly creating new ones. Is there really any point in looking back so obsessively and punishing yourself any more than you already have? Quit that shit. Sometimes you just have to let bygones be bygones, accept that you screwed up, and simply try your best not to make those kinds of errors again.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

No one wants to feel like a charity case. Unfortunately, accepting someone else's generosity can often feel weird to many people, even if they desperately need it. You're in a position to help others, and would love to; the trick is getting them to accept what you have to offer. Make them believe they are doing you a favor. This might involve telling a white lie and doing some Oscar-worthy acting, but this is one case where deception is in everyone's best interest—especially because you'll discover that once they've taken what you've offered, they'll have made the lie truth: You are better off than you were before.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

I love my eBook reader, and it's undeniably helped me squeeze a lot more reading into my day. But I won't lie: A part of me mourns paper books. Being a true reading addict, I've always had a fondness for books, and I'm a little sad that my device has mostly made them obsolete. However, I can't deny its convenience. I dragged my feet on the cellphone front too, and love having the thing these days. Could it be that your resistance to some of the new stuff trying to come into your life isn't exactly reasonable? Consider that your life might actually be better if you let it in (even if you don't want that to be the case); it's probably true.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

It's one thing to offer a magnanimous "Mi casa es su casa," but quite another for people to simply assume such a thing. While continuing to be open and generous is great, during the next couple of months you may also need to enforce your boundaries more than you're used to, when people assume that your laid-back attitude is equivalent to a carte blanche for their bad behavior. It's annoying to have to essentially train people to be considerate, sensitive, and aware, but few better than you can effectively accomplish such a task, so it's best to quit feeling bitter about it and just get to it.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

When you behave badly, people react badly. It may be tempting to try to redirect some of that negativity--perhaps by tearing others down or criticizing someone for an actual flaw they have--in order to distract from your own. While understandable, that's a pretty douchebag move, and I hope that you're mature enough to recognize it as such. You need to honestly and objectively assess what you're up to, if possible, and either stop doing the stuff you're ashamed of, or just own and accept it without trying to defensively counterattack anyone who calls you on it. Either option is acceptable. Pointing fingers and creating distractions to avoid responsibility? Not so much.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Even if you're on the right side of an issue, being an asshole about it won't help your cause; in fact, it's predictably likely to turn people against you and what you believe in, just because they don't want to side with the jerk. If you can't be classy and likable while trying to promote your agenda, it's probably better to just shut up about it altogether. Being right doesn't give you carte blanche regarding your behavior. The sooner you learn that, the better. If you don't get this lesson under your belt before the week is through, you'll be a sad panda, I promise.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

If someone is actively looking for something to get angry or offended about, you can bet they'll find it. Your job is to figure out how legit their beefs are (and they may be more valid than you wish they were) and respond accordingly. That means separating the issue from your own (understandably critical) feelings about it. Yeah, they may be acting nitpicky, bitchy, or simply pathetically lame—but they might also be right. Knee-jerk emotional reactions won't serve you well here, so be as objective and rational as possible—even if that means coddling someone annoying or lame.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

It's so easy to make excuses. We all have tons of practice at getting out of things we don't want to do—we've been doing it all our lives. But if underneath that resistance, this is something you actually really want (and/or perhaps need) to do, your ability to rationalize your way out of it is essentially a huge hindrance to your personal evolution. This week, you must become better at shooting down your excuses than you are at coming up with them, and quickly. Otherwise you can say good-bye to the goals you were aiming for—they're not likely to be this easily achievable again for quite some time.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Sure, you have mixed feelings, but that's hardly new. What don't you have mixed feelings about, after all? Here's the problem: Those confused emotions are showing all over your face, and it doesn't usually read as being torn or puzzled; it comes off as being insincere. That's not you, of course, but there's no room for the complicated reality of the situation right now, unfortunately. That means you have to at least pretend to be a simpler person, commit to the strongest or truest facet of the emotions you're feeling, and run with that. Try it and see what happens.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Some Leos suck at sharing the spotlight. Others are happy to split the attention—as long as they still get more of it than anyone else (they don't call it "the lion's share" for nothing). What you need to do is become one of those evolved Lions who can happily allow others their moments of glory, even if that means you're consigned to a bit part. Trying to get "your due" will not only breed resentment, but it could rob people you love of great moments—because you're eclipsing them. Yes, you're wonderful, but so are many other people—let them shine, too.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Whenever you do something "on principle" instead of from your heart, you run the risk of stirring up more shit than you ultimately want to deal with, and wondering if it was really worth it. Fighting for principles that are important to you is a part of who you are, but you need to reserve some time, energy, and strength for the conflicts that arise, not from some arbitrary rules in your head, but from how you're actually feeling. So before you get on your high horse, make sure you're going to be happy once you're up there; chances are you might want to let this one gallop on past.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Being able to see things from multiple perspectives is usually a strength, but it can swing around to bite you in the ass. What happens when you're determined to rationalize whatever you want to do? You turn out to be really, amazingly good at it—there's always some angle from which your actions, no matter how objectionable, look OK. I'm a big fan of making your own rules, but sometimes this can go too far—and this week you're in grave danger of throwing out the rule book altogether. Like everything you do, this wouldn't totally be a bad thing—but the negatives are likely to outweigh the positives.

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