Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Desire is a trap. Sometimes you want something so bad you can’t let it go—even when you know letting it go is the only way to get it. The problem is, there are no guarantees. Here’s where you’ve got to subject yourself to logic-driven tough-love. Look at it this way: desperately hanging on absolutely guarantees you won’t get your wish. Letting go of it means you still probably won’t get it, but you might. There’s only one real option, right?
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Your life’s a wheel. Some people manage to climb to the top and stay there for ages, while others seem to be continually crushed underfoot. You get the best and worst of both worlds—moments of success followed by crushing defeat, followed by glory and failure. As you ride the wheel through the ether and the mud, you’re privy to a variety of experiences that are the envy of most. Some people live boring, safe lives, but, like it or not, that’s not your lot. That might seem unfair now, while you’re under the wheel instead of on top of it, but once you get a chance to think about it, you’ll realize that you really wouldn’t want it any other way.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
It’s not that you don’t understand yourself. It’s that you’re frequently convinced (usually with good reason) the rest of the world doesn’t understand you. You have no idea how to communicate what’s going on inside — which you actually understand very well — to those it concerns. You’re so convinced they’ll take it the wrong way that you garble it completely — ironically thereby ensuring they’ll do exactly that. There are at least a couple people ready and capable of really getting you. All you have to do is be clear, patient and open. The rest will take care of itself.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Sometimes you wish you shared that talent for invisibility. Because you’re not as attention-grabbing as some signs, it’s almost impossible for you to escape notice, even when you’d really like to, like this week. Fading into the wallpaper’s simply not an option and trying to will just lead to embarrassment and even more attention than if you’d just stepped forward and presented yourself. I guess this week’s keywords would be: “dignity in less-than dignified circumstances.” Aim for that and you can’t go too far wrong.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
The more Fish I get to know, the more I’m convinced you’re all aliens. How else could your point of view be so fundamentally different than most of the rest of ours? A lot of people don’t know just how weird you are underneath, but some new ones are about to find out this week. Luckily, we’re long past the days of witch hunts. Most intelligent people are fascinated and respectful of difference. That’s why I urge you to flaunt, not attempt to hide (probably in vain) what makes you so weird and unique.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Can I just tell you how sexy you are? It’s not because you’re especially good-looking, well-endowed, or talented. It’s because of who you are. Your confident, playful energy is likely to be greatly appreciated and sought-after. You’re not likely to have this many opportunities presented to you, just because of your very nature, for a long time to come. The coolest part is that your adventure-seeking is cumulative: the more doors you open, the more will open for you. Don’t take a chance, though, and you’re not likely to get another one any time soon.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
If you’ve really put all of yourself into it, there’s a point when whatever you’ve created develops a life of its own, whether we’re talking about a work of art, a kid, or a relationship. You can no longer truly control it. All you can do is hang on, throw love at it, and occasionally try to gently steer it in the right direction, or at least keep it from flying off a cliff. This is a moment to be cherished and celebrated, not dreaded. Despite the inherent frustrations independence and freedom are beautiful things. Keep that in mind this week.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Beware invisible peer pressure. For some reason, you imagine what people might think of you, and it keeps you from doing something (or not doing something). Your actions aren’t limited by others’ actual opinions, just your best guesses about what they might be. When people actually try to pressure you into something, you’re remarkably resistant. It’s only your own fears about their judgment that compel you—usually in the wrong direction. Wipe all that speculation from your mind. Doing what you want (or simply what’s right) is what you ought to be doing.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Thank goodness for your shell. I know at times that emotional wall between you and most of the world is the bane of your existence. But there are other times, like this week, when you’ll be pleased to have it. So what if you lack the thick skin or emotional resilience of a Sagittarian or Gemini? You’ve got a shell. Although in general it’s good practice to keep that thing as wide open as possible, I’d advise against that at the moment. There’s a storm coming. This is a good week to lock up tight and wait it out.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Congratulations, sort of. You’ve won third place in the astrological category Tends Toward Extremes. Naturally, Leos gravitate more often to less specifically self-destructive extremes than the winning signs (Scorpio and Pisces), but that doesn’t mean your own indulgences are exceptionally healthy. One or two of yours aren’t doing you any good — especially because you don’t particularly enjoy them. Quit smoking or having the kind of relationship which makes you feel bad about yourself. Extremes are fascinating, until they’re not. These are making you a less interesting person than you’d be without them. Ditch them.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You have good and bad days. We all do. The difference is you don’t acknowledge that. You expect yourself to perform at the top of your game at all times, and you’re unduly harsh when you inevitably fall short once in a while. Cut yourself some slack. When you’re at your best, you blow most of the rest of us away, at least in the Getting Shit Done department. Even on your worst days you’re still more proficient and efficient than your average Pisces. This week may have more supposedly “bad” days than good ones, but that doesn’t mean they have to suck. They’re actually quite likely to be lovely and pleasant—as long as you’re not beating yourself up for not beating your own best records.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
I’ve met Libras whose scales were seriously out of whack. They’d lost their true selves within a warped assortment of temporarily-assumed personae. In other words, they’d made such a habit of being the person the situation required that they forgot who they were. Every Libra bears the burden of this risk. You may be teetering on the edge of losing your true self. If that’s the case, stop trying to fix the world. It may seem selfish to ignore other people in need while you “search for yourself,” but it’s not. You can’t lift someone else up unless your own feet are firmly planted on solid ground.
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