Gwendolyn Brooks, a Gemini.
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This week, the moon grows through Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio. Your emotions about your life and the people in it are growing. Your questions about next steps are still unresolved. You sense something new on the horizon, but you don’t know what form it will take. You know deep down that your life is going to change, but you don’t know when or how. It’s uncomfortable to sit in this state of uncertainty, but that’s exactly what you need to do. Change happens on a schedule that you cannot control; your job right now is not to try to slow down its speed (or rush it), but to watch, wait, and pay attention to what happens next.
It’s not in your nature to avoid difficult situations: you bravely run towards (and not far from) an emergency – throwing yourself headlong into the fray. You know that ignoring problems won’t make them go away forever, so you better act immediately – waiting only adds to your stress. But lately, life has imposed unwanted delays and required frustrating periods of inaction. You may be afraid of sharing the blame, that your strength and decisiveness have failed you. But this week, they will reappear, and you will finally feel bold again: ready to move, fight, and make choices with confidence.
Lately, you have felt buried under the weight of your obligations. Your boss, your family, your social circle — everyone wants then a lot of you. Your first instinct might be to withdraw, refuse invitations, or hide in the privacy of your home until they all leave you alone. But consider that what you need may not be less activity overall, but rather the kind that makes it supports you. This week, take a look at the events and interactions that replenish you. Don’t just focus on constraints. Engage with the beauty and magic of the world outside of yourself.
You don’t believe that anyone has only one soul mate or only one true professional calling; you know that there are countless paths to genuine happiness. But that doesn’t mean you could be happy with just anyone, or that every job opportunity could be equally fulfilling. You know how to adapt to the conditions in which you find yourself, but remember that you don’t always know have be accommodating. Some people, some careers, and some cities just don’t quite fit. This week you can find surprising joy in saying no to what does not suit you.
When you have the slightest bit of time, effort, or love left, you feel responsible for sharing it. It may be because others have made you feel guilty or because you have a strong natural sense of generosity. Anyway, although this constant giving is possible in the short term, it is not sustainable. You can’t keep emptying yourself forever. One of the kindest things you can do for yourself this week is to admit it when you’re burnt out and make your decisions based on that knowledge. Keep some of your energy for yourself. Otherwise, you are sure to end up with nothing at all.
There may be a part of you that is ready to let go of whatever you are working towards. Whether it’s a personal project or a larger collective struggle, you struggle to see progress and wonder if all that effort is worth it in the end. But even if everything seems overwhelming these days, don’t give up just yet. You are about to make a breakthrough, despite your worry that nothing will happen. Your efforts are already having a greater impact than you can see from where you currently stand. Keep on going.
Sometimes when you choose not to express your feelings, it’s a matter of avoidance, of not wanting to risk conflict. But more often than not, it’s because you have a good reason not to share. You’ve had too much experience making yourself vulnerable to be faced with anger, awkwardness, or unwillingness to listen with an open mind. Even so, this week it pays to be explicit about your emotions, needs, and interests. You might still be misunderstood in the end, and you might not leave every conversation feeling completely satisfied, but you’ll be lighter, at the very least, for speaking for yourself.
Kindness and a simple willingness to show up and listen can get you far in life, but at some point you reach a point of diminishing returns by playing well. Eventually, you encounter an opponent who will not be moved by your generosity of spirit – a problem that cannot be overcome by negotiation alone. If you’re going through this right now, don’t make the mistake of thinking you need to double down on your kindness. Rather, it’s time for a new approach: show your strength. Others may have underestimated you in the past because of how sweet you have been, but they won’t anymore.
You are incredibly insightful. You can see beyond the stories people tell and the masks they wear to the anxieties and insecurities that lurk beneath. But no matter how skilled you are at seeing others clearly — recognizing their weaknesses and loving them anyway — you had to work a lot harder to treat yourself with the same honesty and care. This week, you will have the chance to see how far you have come. The hard work of loving yourself has not been useless or impractical. Even now, it is already illuminating a new way forward.
Most people are afraid to start over, but not you. At work and in life, you know how to come up with new ideas and new approaches, and you’re bold enough to cut and run when a project or relationship isn’t working out. This week, however, it’s important to make sure you don’t quit too soon. If you know in your heart that it’s time to move on, there’s nothing else to say. Remember that sometimes it can be helpful to play the hand you have been dealt, to overcome the weirdness to find what magic might be waiting on the other side.
The higher your expectations of your colleagues, friends, and romantic partners, the more likely they are to let you down. The frustrating truth is that no one can be their best self. everything time. Everyone (even those you love and respect most) experiences moments of imperfection, laziness, and unreliability. Same you cannot live up to your own ideals all the time, no matter how hard you try. Still try to keep believing in people. It’s only natural that they’ll let you down sometimes, but if you give them the chance this week, they’ll surprise you just how principled, brave, and wonderful they can be.
As fascinating and charming as you find the people in your life, and as much as you genuinely enjoy spending time with them, you don’t fully trust that they will grant you you this same generous open-mindedness. You assume that if you show someone else your depths, they will also find you too different a lot. But it’s still a gamble in this life; it cannot be avoided. Although openness may cause some to turn away from you, many others will respond with acceptance and pleasure. This week, hiding your truest, weirdest self will only cause you to miss the human connection you crave. Trusting your friends enough to show them who you really are is a risk, but it’s worth it.
You’ve been hyper-focused lately on everything you’ve been missing – on all the experiences, accomplishments, and relationships that others have accumulated that you don’t. It’s understandable. The universe of possibilities is vast and a single human life can contain only a part of it. You can’t help but mourn the roads not taken, the potential versions of yourselves that never had the chance to come true. But this week, try to avoid getting lost in the melancholic consideration of all that you are not. It is both more useful and more joyful to concentrate on what we areabout this miraculous life that no one will ever know except you.
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