Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Scorpios have the hardest time bouncing back from humiliation. Everyone experiences some mortifyingly embarrassing situation at some point in their lifetime, but you Scorps, who do tend to take yourselves a bit too seriously, require a much longer recovery period. This probably seems like a weakness, but like all frailties, it can be a strength. How does this hidden asset make itself manifest? Compassion. When comforting the fallen and disturbed, remember the times when you were more or less where they are now. Then you’ll know exactly what to do.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Part of you will never outgrow that spirited need for absolute independence, no matter how old you get. Avoid anyone who demands that you suppress it. Calls to “grow up” and “settle down” shouldn’t be ignored, but utterly repudiated. You’ll settle down naturally when it’s the right time—chances are a decade or two after most people get to this stuff. Find someone who doesn’t want you to fit into some mold, because that’s something you’re simply not capable of (despite occasional temporary delusions to the contrary). Better yet, find someone who’ll rebel with you. Then there’ll be no end to your adventures.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You know how to haggle. Anyone who pays the asking price for their car, house, or even a cheap shirt at a flea market is just a fool. Finessing the price downward is part of the game; the problem is you can sometimes get carried away and start wrangling and quibbling in situations where it’s not appropriate; consequently the “price” (whatever it is) goes up, rather than down. Be careful where you bargain-hunt this week, as the opportunities to get a real deal are actually few and far between, surrounded by mostly inflexible situations where you’ll get only what you “pay” for. Trying to negotiate will get you kicked out of the shop and the game.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
It’s no fun to feel like you’re annoying and unpleasant to be around. To your credit, you’ve really taken some people’s reactions to heart and wondered if you’re that awful. But never fear; although you’re not perfect, the problem is that the person you’re taking your cues from is simply too sensitive. I wouldn’t prescribe taking your leave of them entirely, but a break might be in order. Your confidence took a beating. Don’t tax it too much by forcing yourself to endure heaps of criticism. Give it a holiday by mixing it up with people who enjoy you.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You can’t keep from getting hurt. This is a lesson most Fish learn early. Unfortunately, many of you adopt (also early on) prophylactic coping strategies—dulling the pain before it even occurs—with food, drugs, alcohol, religion, avoidance, or other bad habits. These are OK as temporary measures, but not too healthy, ultimately. This week practice forgoing your crutches altogether; you’ve got easy comfort on hand—the adult equivalent of Mommy kissing it and making it all better—so there’s no reason to fear or try (probably in vain) to avoid pain.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Hook up with your fellow fire signs (other Aries, Leos, and Sagittarians) this week. You need the recharge—and so do they. It’s exhausting to constantly endure the dampening influence of water signs. Take a break from hypersensitive Piscean buddies, or picky Cancer companions. It’s not their fault (or yours), but they just don’t revel in you and your wild ways, not like those ever-enthusiastic Leos do. Luckily, though they’re low on unhinged zeal, they’ve got tons of something else: patience. Go do what you’ve got to do. They’ll wait.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
I’ve met Taurens who love camping. Communing with nature is right up your alley—only many of you don’t know it. It’s definitely, for you Bulls at least, an acquired taste. You may think of yourself as a totally urban creature, but that’s because you haven’t properly discovered the sensual beauty and serenity only available to you far away from the dirty hubbub of humanity. You need to connect with your animal nature, and the sooner the better. Find a way to cope with the inconveniences outside of your old comfort zone, and you may just discover a newer, bigger, better one.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
I almost burned my kitchen down because I’ve been too lazy to buy a new toaster. You’ve put yourself in a similarly precarious situation. The slightest of precautions on your part could avert a world of trouble, but you’ve managed to skip that step. A new toaster could keep my possessions from turning into ash. A comparable preventative measure on your part, one just as easy as shelling out $10 for a counter appliance, could save you, too. You know exactly what simple safeguard I’m talking about. Take care of it.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
November’s likely to be a very surreal ride for you. You couldn’t call it especially bad or good. I’d be surprised if you could categorize it at all. But “normal” is likely to take on a whole new meaning, and expecting anything would be a mistake. This is surely a test of some of the newfound flexibility and adaptability you acquired. You’ve already passed some simple hurdles: making lemonade out of lemons, though, was easy. What’ll you do when life hands you children in need, or burning houses, or starving cats?
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
How much longer will you make excuses? Shit like, “I can’t write my novel until I get the right computer,” and “I’m just waiting until after this busy period at work to fix my relationship,” won’t cut it anymore, at least not with those of us who have brains. You deserve better. Your ego requires it. You can’t be the fabulous star you want to be just because you’re charming and well-dressed. You’ve got to do something. It’s time to put aside all the things you tell yourself are reasons not to get shit done, and just get it done.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Standing in the path of a speeding train goes against all your best instincts and logic. But what if you knew that train was about to derail? What if you suspected you might have the power to stop it, instead of simply being crushed and killed? You’d consider taking that risk. I’d have a hard time believing you wouldn’t give it a go, even if it meant potential death. Luckily, the kinds of sacrifices likely to be demanded of you this week won’t be so dramatic and final. But neither will they be easy. As you consider them, remember my runaway train scenario and this question: what’s what you may have to give up, when weighed against all that you might save?
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Can’t make up your mind? Are you bewildered by a lack of direction, or even clear signs about what options are on offer? There’s only one escape from that limbo: Avoid mediocrity like the plague. It’s time to hazard your precious, precarious balance. Instead of adding feathers to either end of the scale, thus never risking your now slightly stagnant equilibrium, try adding 10-ton weights. Stop making excuses and try it. Not only will you and your life become vastly more interesting, but you’ll know, quickly and clearly, which way you want to head and what you want to do when you get there.
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