By Caeriel Crestin - For Weekender

Sign language: What do the stars have in line for you this week?

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Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Geminis often have difficulty expressing their emotions; some Cancers, on the other hand, can tend towards the opposite extreme: over-articulation of every little thing they’re going through. Your ability to speak eloquently about your inner world is one of your talents, but it can be taken too far, and ultimately drive people away from you. As I told Geminis this week, letting people be privy to your private inner world is generally a gift. But there’s also such a thing as over-sharing. Are you guilty? Is it a feeling of intimacy you’re creating, or simply too much information?

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You can rock this week, if you channel your Sagittarian cousins’ vibe. Let’s review what that means: Archers are truth-tellers and truth-seekers. Check. Wearing your heart on your sleeve and cutting through bullshit are no problem for you. They’re born adventurers, and like things wild and chaotic. Check. You do like to be in charge a lot of the time, but you’re able to occasionally let go and go along for the ride. Sagittarians are never snobs; they’ll gladly and amiably talk to anyone. Yeah. That one might be trickier for you. Nevertheless, it’d be good practice. This week, deliberately develop amnesia about any judgments you’ve made. I’m betting you (and everyone else) will be much happier.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You’re actually not an especially brilliant multi-tasker. It’s more that you’ve mastered the art of making everything you do serve multiple purposes. Sometimes, though, that doesn’t always work. It may be frustrating to have to do something that’s uneconomical and only serves one end, but this week, do it anyway, because it’s not for you. It’s for someone you love. Making other people happy is rarely a streamlined, efficient, or logical process. Nevertheless, I hope you realize that, even though you could be accomplishing ten times as much in the same time, this is more important. So quit your bitching and do what you have to do — and do it well.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Dressing up like a little girl in pigtails and ribbons won’t make you appear innocent; in fact, in most cases it would have exactly the opposite effect. Similarly, you can’t simply put on the appearance of whatever you want to be and hope you’ll come off that way. People will see right through it. If you want to transform, you’ve got to wreak that metamorphosis from the inside out. This will take much longer and require tons more effort than you may have originally wanted to put into this life change. Are you up for it? On the plus side, by the time you manifest whatever it was that you wanted to bring into your life, it won’t matter what you wear; the transformation will be written all over you.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Some plants are resilient. You can cut off a stem, plop it in water, and the plant will magically grow some roots, new leaves, and become viable on its own. Others will simply wilt and die. You could take either metaphorical route this week: opportunistically expanding, even though you’re cut up and put in unfamiliar territory, or giving up and wilting because you don’t have access to your usual sources of nourishment and comfort. Obviously, we’d both prefer you take the former path, but you might not quite know how. Here’s a hint: without roots or leaves, you’ll have to figure out some other way of getting the things you need to survive and thrive. If a plant can do that, you can, too.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

There’s nothing wrong with allowing yourself to be led from the path you’d chosen for yourself. That’s often how you discover new, better ways of living. Sometimes, though, you don’t even realize you’ve been led badly astray until you meet someone who reminds you of who you really are (or were). Some people challenge you to become something or someone new. That’s great. But some people don’t expect you to be anything more (or less) than you already are, quite naturally. You’ve done enough rising to the occasion lately. This week, find someone who’ll let you take a seat, relax, and enjoy just being yourself.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Some people are always late because they just don’t give a shit. Being punctual isn’t the least bit important to them, and they only pretend to feel guilty when they’ve kept you waiting, again. Others, however, are frequently tardy because they simply don’t have a very firm grasp on time; a passing hour can seem like ten minutes inside their heads. You’re habitually punctual, and get annoyed when others aren’t, regardless of their reasons. Since you’ll have to deal with both types of late-comers quite a lot this week, circumvent your annoyance by short-circuiting their lateness. Ask them to meet you a half-hour before you actually want to, and everyone will show up at the same time, happy.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Anyone who’s had a kid, a beloved pet, or a lover knows that feeling of fierce protectiveness that seems to sprout from some deep, instinctual place that’s at least somewhat irrational and only partially subject to our conscious minds. That animal self is a source of power, insight, and strength. While you’re right that you shouldn’t let it rule you, sometimes Aquarians put a bit too much distance between their overbearing, over-analyzing minds, and it. This week, tap into that primal inner spring. What you need the most to get to the next chapter — be it passion, drive, or guiding instincts — can be found there.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

People are often willing to cut you slack. But sometimes you’ve just got to bring it, without excuses, regardless of what else is going on for you. They don’t care if you have a fever, a broken arm, or a broken heart. You either deliver, or you don’t. Many Pisceans are quick to give up when they face this kind of ultimatum. It’s not that they lack the ability to succeed and even thrive despite adversity. They could (and many Fish do). It’s simply because they don’t have the kind of drive and rebellion that would keep, say, an Aries on his feet with two sprained ankles. This week, work on your drive. Are you hungry enough? Show us.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Rams are creatures of extremes. Even though they often come off as the boldest and most confident people around, they’re frequently also the most insecure. Aries I know to be brilliant, extroverted, and wildly successful have confessed that they secretly thought that virtually everyone they knew was cooler than they were. How many pedestals have you built to put your friends and heroes up on? How disappointed (or relieved) were you when they fell off, in the past? I don’t know that you need to go running around knocking down imaginary pedestals just to bring your friends down to “your level.” Personally, I’d rather you built a new one and climbed up.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

What’s perfect isn’t perfect. In fact, this week you ought to live for the imperfections, the cracks in the façade, the unexpected. You need distraction and adversity to really come into your own. Given total serenity and the “perfect” working environment, for example, I doubt you’d get anything done. You’re stiff and you need to stretch out and use your emotional (as well as physical muscles). That means putting yourself in situations where they’ll get a workout, that will truly challenge you. Choose circumstances which require tremendous flexibility. Forget what’s ideal. Go for what’s exciting.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Relating to matters of the heart, you have some relationships that are strictly one-way. That is, your dear friend tells you everything that’s going on for them, but when it comes time to share your own feelings, your mouth might as well be sewn shut. I know you don’t want to bitch or whine about your inner turmoil. You might not even need to share that stuff, since you’re perfectly capable of coping on your own. But sharing isn’t always for you. Sometimes, it’s for your friends. Letting them know what’s in your heart isn’t selfish; it’s actually a kind of gift. Won’t you give it to them?

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By Caeriel Crestin

For Weekender

To contact Caeriel, send mail to [email protected]

To contact Caeriel, send mail to [email protected]