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On Friday, communication planet Mercury enters Virgo, where it will remain until October. During this time, it’s worth making an extra effort to say exactly what you mean. Don’t rely on buzzwords or vague platitudes. Instead, try to be specific: The clearer you are with yourself about what you want, the sooner you’ll find it, and the more specific you are with others about what your goals are, the better they’ll be able to help you along the way. Right now, the details are more important than ever, but you shouldn’t assume the pieces will fall into place on their own. Take the extra time to make sure you’re being understood.
When you have an idea you’re excited about, you like to act on it without delay. Instead of getting bogged down in planning conversations and debates, you want to begin when inspiration strikes. This means you’re sometimes hesitant to let others in on your plans in case they try to meddle, dissuade you, or slow you down. This week, though, you’ll be better off in the end if you talk it through with people you trust. They can help you strategize and may see challenges or opportunities that you don’t. They can also make the entire process more fun.
Lately, when you try to plot out your future, you quickly become overwhelmed. It’s stressful enough trying to figure out what you’ll be doing a month from now; making choices you’ll still be happy with years down the road seems impossible. So this week, stop trying to plan everything out a dozen steps ahead. Life is far too unpredictable for that to work, anyway. Focus on doing the best you can for yourself today. Say “yes” to the opportunities and invitations that feel right, and “no” to the ones that don’t. For now, it doesn’t need to be more complicated than that.
Sometimes you think of the people in your life as if they’re puzzles to be solved. If you could figure out what makes them tick or find the key to their personality, then your relationship would be transformed. Most of the time, this genuine willingness to learn about people is a wonderful trait. Every so often, though, you need to be reminded that people are inconsistent and that even after you think you have someone figured out, they can still surprise you. This week, people (including yourself) may prove wiser or funnier or more interesting than you’ve given them credit for.
You want to be a good person, someone who treats others with care. But nobody’s perfect, no matter how hard they try — not even you. Even though you know this intellectually, you still feel ashamed in your heart for all the times you’ve made the convenient choice rather than the right one, or let a friend down, or spoken too harshly. This week, your challenge is to release your regret over making mistakes. Perfection is too much to ask of yourself. If you feel guilt over something you’ve done, it’s never too late to make amends. Otherwise, give yourself permission to move on.
It’s hard not to feel some resentment over all the things you wish had been different for you: the ways you should have been cared for, the opportunities you deserved but never got, the tough situations you wish someone had protected you from. This week, though, it’s possible to stop dwelling on what could have been and turn toward the future instead. If you stop brooding over what can’t be altered, you’ll have that energy to devote to fixing those things you can. You have more power than you realize. You can still create the life you’ve dreamed of.
You do what needs to be done without complaint, even when the tasks at hand are repetitive, uninspiring, or thankless. While you’ve met people who appear to consider themselves above the boring work, you’re still happy to do your part. Just don’t be too self-sacrificing this week. If those around you seem to have forgotten, remind them that they have to do their part too and that you have more to offer. You have your own interests, ambitions, and purpose in life, and you deserve time and energy to devote to them.
You aren’t normally susceptible to jealousy, but this week, you may find yourself struggling with it. All around you, people are flaunting careers, relationships, and social lives that are better, more impressive, or more fulfilling than yours. No matter how good you know your life is, you can’t help but wonder whether it’s lacking somehow. The key is not to ignore the green-eyed monster when it emerges but to pay attention to see what it might show you. If you’ve been suppressing your true desires, this is a chance to finally acknowledge them.
You’ve convinced yourself that your worrying is productive, that stressing out over the future is a way to protect yourself from danger, and that brooding on everything that seems wrong with you is a good way to improve yourself. This week, though, you’ll realize all that agonizing hasn’t accomplished anything. All it has done is exhaust you. So for now, take a break from all the critical analysis and existential questioning. Focus on smaller, more practical problems in your life: ones you can get a handle on, ones you can actually solve.
When certain items on your to-do list are daunting, you know you can always do the easy stuff first. It’s not the best habit (most people agree you should eat the frog in the morning), but at least you’re doing something. This way, you aren’t completely stuck. Yet you can’t put off the hard parts forever. Eventually, you have to tackle whatever it is you’ve been avoiding. This week, if you take on the tasks or conversations you’re less than excited about, you’ll probably find they aren’t nearly as bad as you’d thought. More than that, you’ll feel renewed confidence and the exhilaration of facing your fears and coming out on top.
You’ve been worried about wasting time recently because you well understand that life doesn’t last forever, that you have only so long to make your mark. But while this sense of urgency can be motivating, it quickly becomes overwhelming. You grow so scared of using your time in the “wrong” way that you end up paralyzed. This week, try to remember it isn’t your job as a human being to optimize your time but simply to use it — sometimes in productive ways, sometimes in lazy or silly ones. All are necessary.
There are times when you feel out of place, as though you weren’t built for the world as it is. In these moments, you occasionally wish you could become a different person entirely — someone simple and straightforward, someone who fits in with ease. You know changing your core self isn’t possible; this week, remember it’s not what you want deep down, either. You can only be who you are, and who you are is amazing. There’s always room to grow and learn, but that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you.
One of the best things about you is your willingness to dream big. Some people are hesitant to declare that things could be different, afraid it makes them vulnerable to embarrassment and disappointment, but not you. You know change is possible and worth working toward. Sometimes, though, you get so caught up in imagining that you forget to act. So this week, get practical. Think about the tangible, concrete steps you could take to make the world a little better. You don’t have to do it all at once, but you’ll be glad to have done something.
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