War correspondent Marguerite Higgins, the Virgo.
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As this week begins, you may still be feeling the effects of Saturday’s full moon in Pisces. Barriers between you and the ones you love seemed at last to come down; roadblocks holding you back seemed to dissolve. It isn’t possible to hold onto this magical feeling forever, but try to for now. Stay connected to the side of yourself that’s compassionate instead of petty, imaginative instead of closed off. Life is not easy — Mercury is still retrograde, after all — but if you keep trying to approach the world, and the people in it, with an open heart, you’ll be better for it in the end.
There are times, like this week, when you miss the way you used to be: inexperienced but brave, reckless but pure of heart. These days, you feel like you’ve seen and experienced too much suffering to ever be truly fearless again. You’ve lost your old sense of limitless potential, and just feel cautious, contained. But it won’t always be like this. Your hard-won wisdom will remain, but your old wildness will come back to you eventually. The universe still holds wonderful possibilities — and they may not be infinite, but they’ll still surprise and amaze you.
You’ve already survived enough hardship and pain that many of your old fears no longer have any hold on you. It’s enough to make you believe — or want to — that you aren’t afraid of anything at all. But even if there’s not a soul on Earth left who can truly intimidate you, there are still other things that scare you: failure, loneliness, the uncertain future. This week, you have the chance to look at your fear head-on. You already know that you’re brave enough to face down all kinds of obstacles — so give yourself the chance to face this one, too.
Lately, you feel as though you’re doing everything according to other people’s schedules. When you want to take action, you’re stuck waiting for someone else to be ready. When you want to slow down, they persuade you to jump into action, to treat their urgent situations as your own. This week, do your best to honor your own rhythms, even if it causes some social awkwardness. As humans, we make compromises constantly — but it’s not fair or right for your own needs to come in last every time.
Caring deeply about other people doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to care about yourself, too — but it can feel that way. There’s a part of you that feels strangely apologetic for having a rich inner world that belongs to you alone, that feels guilt for not working and fighting and loving harder. This week, remember that you don’t have to be “useful” in every moment of your life. Being human is about more than just being productive or “good.” Sometimes, it’s just about the beautiful, pointless pleasures of being alive.
You’re idealistic at heart, and have a strong and unerring sense of justice. Because of this, you’re often resistant to the idea that you should adapt to the world around you. Why change yourself to fit into a system that’s unfair? Why change at all when it’s the world, not you, that has a problem? But this week, remember that change isn’t all bad, and adapting doesn’t mean losing what is best about you. You can hold onto your integrity and your big loving heart, and simply adjust your strategies a little bit. You aren’t giving up your fight, but learning to fight better.
This week, expect that some things will actually go right for you. Not everything, of course — sorrow and stress won’t vanish overnight — but some small things, at least, will surprise you. People in your life will help you — not all of them, but enough. Your hard work might not pay off in the precise way you hoped for, but it will pay off nonetheless. This isn’t to say you should be blindly optimistic, only that if you always expect the worst, you’ll be wrong. Happiness still exists, and it’s on its way toward you.
You’re not someone to tinker endlessly with your routines, or with the processes you’ve developed to make your life easier. When you find something that works well enough, you stick with it. This week, though, try changing something — even if it’s small. Re-think your schedule, or get something different for dinner, or buy a new pen. It sounds silly, maybe, but you’ll be surprised how well it gets you to move differently, think differently, experience the world as if it’s brand new. You can get free of a rut you hardly realized you were in.
The curse of being as capable and smart as you are is that people don’t always recognize your softer side. They take one look at your achievements, your packed calendar, and assume that you’re too busy and serious to dream. Occasionally, you even wonder whether they might be right. This week, make a point of spending time with the people who of see the other side of you, who give you the space to be silly or romantic or impractical. Total competence is too much to ask of anyone. Don’t ask it of yourself.
Being easy to please is one way you try to care for the people you love. You don’t want to make them deal with pickiness; you don’t want to act like a diva. Especially when it comes to the details—what to get for dinner, what color to paint the bathroom—you’re able and willing to make most anything work. Just remember, this week, that sometimes your friends don’t want you to minimize your own preferences and desires. They don’t need you to make yourself “easy” to love. They want to love you for you, in all your difficulty and pickiness and specificity. So let them.
One of your great gifts is the ability to assess a scenario, to accurately read a room. You know how to make the most of any situation, how to bid your time until the perfect opportunity for action presents itself. But what do you do when that ideal moment never arrives? This week, don’t resign yourself to waiting forever or giving up. Though you’re skilled at playing the long game, sometimes the long game means setting your own plans in motion. It’s possible, though not easy, to create the conditions you need.
You’ve been wondering, lately, when exactly the universe will go easy on you. It’s not that you’re feeling sorry for yourself, just that the challenges don’t ever seem to let up. You feel like you’re constantly playing defense, waiting to see what surprises and disappointments and cosmic practical jokes will come next. This week, stop hanging back. The world may not get any gentler — at least not anytime soon — but you can become a more active force in it. Reflect on what kind of life you actually need, and begin planning to make it a reality.
There are times that call for stability, and others that call for spontaneity, and it’s up to you — sometimes frustratingly so — to determine the difference. Lately, you’ve been worried that choosing the reliable option — whether in personal situations or work ones — will resign you to a lifetime of boredom. You fear that once you opt for something solid, you’ll get trapped, and you’ll never get to make an unpredictable choice again. But the truth is, there are different seasons in life. You won’t lose out on all future adventures just because you opt for steadiness when you need it.
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