Frida Kahlo, a Cancer.
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On Tuesday morning, the sun enters benevolent and introspective Cancer. In the coming month, your attention may shift from the world around you to the one around you. If you’ve neglected your inner life, ignored your need for security or companionship or healing in favor of constant socialization, now is the time to get it right. If you’ve felt estranged from your loved ones, Cancer season offers a chance to find your way back to each other. Then on Wednesday night, love planet Venus enters light Gemini, keeping things from falling apart. too sentimental, and encouraging you to see beauty even in relationships and experiences that are not necessarily deep. You won’t take yourself so seriously that you forget how to laugh, how to flirt, how to simply enjoy the company of the people around you.
Although caring for others makes your life richer, it can also be stressful. The more invested you are, the more vulnerable you are to injury. The more you cherish and appreciate a relationship, the more you have to lose. When you’re feeling particularly pessimistic, you fear that love isn’t worth the risk, that it can only end painfully. This week, your job is to be brave enough to continue caring for others anyway. Because right now, love won’t make you weak or exhausted, but the opposite: strong and fearless and ready to fight, because you know what you’re fighting for.
Sometimes it surprises you (although you know it shouldn’t) when others are as firm in their beliefs as you are in yours, when they turn out to be your equals in determination. Your first instinct in these situations might be to prepare for conflict. What other outcome can there be when two stubborn people clash? But this week in particular, competition isn’t your only option. If you’re open to it, you might discover something better instead: a friend willing and able to stand by your side, to fight as hard for you as you do for yourself.
No matter how charming, fun, or well-liked you are (as a Gemini, that’s probably very), there are still times when you feel invisible. You know people enjoy your company, even admire you, but you’re worried they’re not paying enough attention to see you. It would be easy, this week, to react by becoming stronger, impossible to ignore. But see what happens if you give others the benefit of the doubt. You might be surprised how insightful they really are and how much they appreciate you – not just the mask you wear in public, but the real you – after all.
Lately, you are hyper aware of everything in this life that is completely beyond your control. You cannot force those in power to develop a consciousness that they don’t have. You cannot even persuade certain people close to you to act as you would like. The sun rises and sets, and the seasons change, and humans act on their own chaotic, individual impulses: you can’t control any of that. Even so: You are far from powerless. Every day there are situations, no matter how small, where your care and attention do make a difference, and this week your task is to find them.
It’s hard to live in a ruthless society and not be made cruel yourself in response, to deal with greedy and indifferent people without being changed for the worse. Violence creates more violence; people who benefit from this truth are counting on everyone, including you, to forget that there are other ways of being. So this week, it’s up to you to remember. The world seems to change for the worse every day, but that doesn’t mean you to have to. Protect all that is kind, brave and good in you, and you will be rewarded.
When you ask too much of others – for care, effort, or attention that they are unable to give – you inevitably end up disappointed. And after too many experiences like this, you may start to believe that you never be satisfied, that there is no one out there who will really show up for you, or that you are only cursed in love. But that’s far from the truth. Plus, it keeps you from appreciating the sweet but imperfect ways the people in your life show you that they care. This week, try to accept the gifts that are offered to you. You may find that all of these disparate forms of affection add up to be what you needed after all.
These days, you’ve wondered how if our reality were just a little different – kinder, fairer, less precarious – you could live another fuller life. You dream of more satisfying ways to use your creative talents if you didn’t have to work so hard just to pay the bills; you can imagine how much energy you would have to take care of your community if you weren’t so exhausted at the end of each day. But this week, don’t imagine for a moment that your potential is going to be wasted. You already do so many things in this imperfect world of ours.
Sometimes it seems like the people in your life, even those who love you the most, can’t quite… handle your complete, complicated self. They’re constantly trying to categorize you, to label you, to figure you out once and for all, and they get frustrated, even upset, when they find they can’t. You wonder if it would just be easier to be the person others have decided you are, to stop changing so much, to let go of the messy, gnarled sides of yourself. But it’s not up to you to make yourself small for the comfort of others. It is only your job to live fully.
It is overwhelming to harbor the suspicion that others underestimate you, knowing that you are capable of greater and more wonderful things than anyone else realizes. You wonder what your life would be like if people around you trusted you more, what would have turned out differently if you had received the support you needed. No matter how confident you are, the feeling of being invisible and unappreciated takes its toll. This week, you have the chance to start rebuilding yourself again. Don’t wait for someone else’s approval. You are capable of more than even you can imagine.
It’s tempting for you to wait for ideal conditions before taking action, or to be certain that a relationship is worth it before jumping in. In a way, that makes sense. Why should you accept less than you deserve? But the truth is that change rarely comes at the “right time” and there are no perfect people. Treat this knowledge as a gift, not a disappointment. You don’t have to wait for an optimal time that may never come. You can act now. You can create the world, the relationships, the conditions you need at any time.
When you’ve been faced with a confusing relationship or a difficult decision, your tendency lately is to overthink it. It can be oddly rewarding. It gives your brain something to do, and all the mental effort affirms that you are making good progress. This week, however, do your best to resist the urge to flip the same dilemma over and over again in your mind, to obsess and theorize relentlessly. Right now, the answers you seek are more likely to come when you release your grip and stop trying so hard. Give yourself a moment just to be.
You wonder if you are really strong enough to get through the days ahead. It is not that you are particularly weak, or that you are deficient in any other way. It’s just that the future is so terribly uncertain, and you worry that you’re not ready for whatever change is on the horizon. You fear that you won’t have time to develop the inner strength you need to get through this ordeal. But strength is not something new that you have to generate out of thin air: you have always had it; what you need to do is remember how brave you can be. You’ve proven it before, and you will again.
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