Sign Language

Taurus (April 20-May 20)Some windfalls must be rejected on ethical grounds (finding someone’s wallet, for example), but no one reasonable would really question your right to keep a lone $100 bill you found on the street. When pure, blind, wonderful luck blows in your direction, accept it with grateful, joyful equanimity and no questions. This is one of those gift horses you shouldn’t look in the mouth. You’ve gotten good at rolling with the bad shit when it comes along; this week, refine your ability to gracefully fly with the good shit when it arrives. Gemini (May 21-June 20)No one likes a tattletale, but sometimes taking matters into your own hands simply isn’t advisable, possible, or wise. This is one of those times when reporting what you know to someone in a position of power or authority is really your only viable recourse. Even though it may not exactly feel good to do it, it’s still the only “right” thing to do. Don’t wrestle with this moral dilemma for too long. There’s no point. You’ve already decided to get involved; all that remains is the when and how, and I’ve solved at least part of that for you. Now just get over your reservations and get to it.Cancer (June 21-July 22)Solve one problem at a time. It’s true, looking at the messy morass in front of you would fill almost anyone with despair. It’s a knot few could unravel. However, even from here, while looking at the big picture, you can still see a snarl or two you might be able to untangle. Tackle those. You may never be able to clear out this complicated jumble of problems, but as long as you only take on one or two snags at a time, you’ll at least feel like you’re making progress. For now, at least, that should be enough.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)This is one of those situations where, ironically and paradoxically, the harder you try to make things work out, the less likely they’re going to do so. You can’t force this to go the way you want. In fact, the less control you exercise, the more likely it’ll work out as you’ve hoped. It’s incredibly hard for you to let go while also staying invested and involved—however, mastering this delicate balancing act will dramatically increase your overall happiness in life. This week, like it or not, will present more than one excellent opportunity to practice. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)Life is full of little disappointments. However, these don’t need to be anything but minor blips unless you decide to fixate on them and allow them to eclipse everything that’s wonderful and nearly perfect, and right in front of you. That’s like holding a penny up to your eye so that you can’t see the piles of heaping treasure laid out before you. You’d feel poor indeed with just a penny to your name—all because you deliberately (albeit unconsciously) blinded yourself to all that was really there. That, my friend, would be a shame. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)One rite of passage into adulthood is setting proper boundaries for the people in your life. Not just those you’re responsible for—your children, for example—but also those who might bristle at terms you’ve dictated, like your parents. Libras, who are generally eager to please and be liked and who aren’t fond of conflict, have more difficulty with this transition than many—but it’s still a necessary one. This week is all about setting, communicating, and enforcing boundaries for people who aren’t naturally inclined to respect them. Don’t be a wimp about it. Stick to your guns until they get the picture.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)Everyone has doubts, especially when making a big decision. That they are willing to question their potential choices is indicative of an open mind; that they can reveal those reservations to you is even more special. Don’t let such natural uncertainty poison you or fill you with fear. Rather, be patient and let them sort through those feelings. True, they may decide against the path you hope they’ll take. But you’ll know if they do choose the route you’re rooting for, it’ll be after careful consideration, and all the more wonderfully certain that it’s the “right” path. And then, of course, it’s full speed ahead! Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)You like everything to be on the up and up, so doing anything that smacks of being sneaky rubs you the wrong way. Nevertheless, that doesn’t change the reality that sometimes acting in a circumspect manner is, weirdly, the most ethical and effective way to get to where you need to go. Going behind someone’s back, or discreetly sharing information without getting directly involved, may occasionally be far wiser than simply stepping up and boldly announcing what you know (which is the most likely way to get a door slammed in your face). This week, try it.Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)Someone crossed a line, and paid a penalty for it. Now it’s up to you what place, if any, they can have in your life. It’s naively idealistic for either of you to assume that once they’ve “done the time,” they can simply return to life as it was before, with a clean slate. Human emotions aren’t wired that way. It’s perfectly within your rights (and may, in some cases, be the kindest thing you could do) to tell them they are cut off, probably forever. However, if you can find a way to give them a provisional invite back into your world, and want to, this week would be a good time to give that a try. 

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)It’s astonishing that we are still having debates about stuff like marriage equality or a woman’s right to choose, as the forces of forward-thinking enlightenment have been sounding off on these subjects for decades or longer now. It just goes to show how effective illogical, backwards-thinking stubbornness can be at preventing what’s good and right. Don’t give up hope, though. When it comes to outspoken advocates of thoughtful progress, few are as wonderfully driven as you. And if you stop fighting the good fight, it’s as good as lost. Change is inevitable—and the harder you do battle for it, the sooner it’ll finally get here. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)Sometimes—especially in relationships—you want something so badly that you blind yourself to huge red flags or glaringly obvious shortcomings in order to still “achieve” your “goal.” That’s totally human and understandable. And the opposite extreme (having such exacting standards that no one could possibly deliver on them) would be worse. However, opening your eyes and seeing what’s really there is an important step toward actually getting something like the relationship you want—and this happens to be a good week to take a good long hard look at what’s in front of you, and compare it, like it or not, to the imaginary picture you’ve had in your head. Aries (March 21-April 19)Just because something is worded well doesn’t mean it’s a valid argument. There are many eloquent and intelligent people in your life who aren’t above a bit of slick sophistry to forward their own agenda. You are brilliantly intelligent, but you do have a blind spot for things that are flashy or dramatic, so a well-spun tale can point you in the wrong direction, and you won’t realize how full of holes it is until it’s much too late. Because there are more than a few silver-tongued devils in your life, be on the alert this week, and don’t let yourself be swayed by anything but an ironclad