Isabel Allende, a Leo.
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This week, the moon wanes as it moves through Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer, with the last quarter-moon, in Taurus, falling on Tuesday. With the quarter-moon, you may experience tension between your inner self and the world around you. Are your actions aligning with your principles? Does the person you’re showing to others match up with how you see yourself? If you need to make adjustments (or major course corrections), this is a good time to do it.
When you’re dissatisfied with the status quo, when you feel like the universe has treated you or those you love unfairly, it’s easy to lash out and look for someone you can blame. And truth be told, conflict can be energizing. It can light the path forward and lead to positive change. But this week, as cliché as it sounds, it’s important to pick your battles wisely. Your energy is bright and powerful. Don’t waste it on undeserving opponents or issues you aren’t really invested in.
Part of you is tough, decisive, ready to face any opponent and take on any challenge. But there’s another part of you that’s generous, radiating love for the world and the people in it. You don’t always feel like you can let this second side of yourself show, though — you have to protect it, keep it hidden from those who might take advantage. This week, try to lean into your soft side. Give the tough exterior a break and express your feelings. Being vulnerable with people you trust can be empowering. You might even enjoy yourself.
You aren’t intimidated by complexity. While you know people who are constantly disappointed by the universe’s unpredictability, by human inconsistency, you understand that life is complicated and that there usually aren’t easy answers. This week, though, there’s a good chance that things are in fact less complicated than you’re making them out to be. You may be a chameleon, but some people show you exactly who they are. Situations can be exactly as good (or as bad) as they appear. You’ve accepted that life is often tangled up and weird; now, try accepting that from time to time it’s straightforward after all.
You might not be in the mood to be around your friends (or anyone else, for that matter) right now — maybe because everyone is too irritating, too demanding, too much or maybe because you’re tired. If you need time to recharge or to sit with your thoughts, grant it to yourself. Just be careful not to become isolated. People can be annoying, but they also make life sweeter. It’ll be easier to find the beauty and joy that you seek this week when you spend time with others. So after you’ve rested, get back out into the world.
Lately, everybody around you has been even more demanding than usual. Your boss, your partner, your parents (or all of them) — they keep asking for your undivided attention, so much of your time. No matter how much you care about them, you can’t see a way to give everybody what they want. So this week, don’t. Remember that it isn’t your job to please everyone. Disappointing other people’s expectations isn’t the worst thing in the world, as long as you aren’t betraying yourself. You can’t be perfect anyway, so stop trying. You’ll feel lighter, freer.
You get disheartened these days when you’re out in the world and have a chance to observe other people and their behavior. Everybody seems so callous, impatient, unprincipled. It’s not that you’re being self-righteous. You’ve been down on yourself for your own imperfections, too. All this makes it hard for you to have hope for the future. This week, try to reset the way you look at the world. Practice reading others’ actions through the kindest lens you can. Approaching everyone, including yourself, with a little more generosity will open you up to connection. It’ll remind you that it’s not all bad, that it’s always worth it to keep fighting.
Wanting to be liked is a normal, deeply human desire, but recently yours has been dialed up so high it’s been making you anxious, defensive, and hyperaware of how people respond to you. It’s good to be conscientious so you can avoid making the kinds of mistakes that could hurt others, but this goes beyond that. You worry not about doing harm, but simply being uncool or out of fashion—cringe. This week, remember that there are plenty of things worth doing that won’t be popular. You don’t have to dress or talk or feel like everyone around you does. You’re an individual, and you’re allowed to act like it.
It’s hard for you — harder than it is for most — to let others witness your vulnerability. You don’t want anyone to see you trying, growing; you want to do all that privately, and present the finished result to the world. Of course, it rarely works out that way. This week especially, you’ll miss out if you hide your weaknesses and uncertainties from your friends. Let other people into your process. Ask questions. Accept their support along the way. It’ll help you grow, and it doesn’t have to be nearly as embarrassing as you fear.
It’s understandable that you’d fill with rage and despair when you look up and pay attention to the world around you. People can be so horrible, so cruel, and you feel a responsibility to push back and try to change their minds. It’s a worthy impulse, but this week especially, remember that certain people won’t ever be persuaded by logical arguments. They just want to get a rise out of you. But that doesn’t mean you have to take the bait. It’s enough to stay focused on your own work, on the people you love, on the activities that bring joy to your life and make your corner of the world better for everyone.
It’s your nature to jump at every decent opportunity that arises. You’re well aware that they might not come your way again, that your future self might regret not making the most of every opening. This week, though, work on saying no. If a new project seems exciting but you’re already overloaded, pass. If an invitation is tempting but your social battery needs recharging, beg off. When everything about an offer looks great but in your heart or your gut you simply do not want to take it on, say no. You don’t need any other reason.
You tend to live in your head. There’s nothing wrong with that — your inner life is rich with ideas, questions, and plans; you get tremendous satisfaction from your ability to think deeply about what kind of world you want to work toward. This week, it’s crucial not to get so caught up in contemplating that you forget about doing. Focus on getting your hands dirty, on interacting with people and putting your ideas to the test. You might find wisdom or clarity that you wouldn’t have on your own. Just as important, you might have fun.
When you aren’t given the space to express your emotions, or when you worry that doing so will cause more problems than it’s worth, passive aggression is the obvious alternative. It can even, in the moment, be strangely satisfying. This week, though, it’s more important than ever not to give in to that instinct. You won’t get anywhere by dropping hints or making faces. Being up front about your feelings might stir up drama, but it’s also the best way to get what you want.
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