By Caeriel Crestin - For Weekender

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

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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

I’ve decided to be a Scorpio this year. The timing of my Leo birthday is just way too inconvenient. I can do that. So can you. We’re Leos; we’re entitled. No one will really be fooled by my astrological switcheroo, of course, but out of love people will probably humor me and play along, and show up to my party in November. They’ll cut you some slack, too, regarding any similarly quirky and outlandish decisions you decide to make, so long as there’s a strong element of fun involved. Indulge your imaginative whims. Remake reality to suit yourself. There are no rules, so long as no one gets hurt. Self-reinvention is one of your superpowers. You’re not only allowed to do it, you’re encouraged.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You think you know efficiency? You haven’t even scratched the surface of being efficient. You need to take your ideas to a whole new level, and think of ways to conserve energy and time and have fun, too. Oh, it’s possible. Imagine playground equipment that generates energy as kids play on it. Every pump of the swing or turn of the merry-go-round does us all good. You see where I’m going here? We need more of that kind of creative thinking in the world. This week, luckily, that’s exactly the kind of thinking you’re especially good at. Wow us.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Your astrological symbol is the scale. You weigh things. The problem is that when they come out nearly even, you’re virtually paralyzed by indecision. Ironically, that means that whichever path or option you choose is as likely to work out as the other. Let me kick you back into action, by reminding you of this: there’s a third option you’ve forgotten to consider: running out of time, and missing out on either of the paths you’ve got before you. That would be unquestionably worse than those, I think you’ll agree. Choose, already. It’ll be fine.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Some miracles are more inane than inspiring. Sure, it’s pretty fantastic when someone’s terminal cancer goes away, whether the cause is divine intervention or chemotherapy, but who cares if the Virgin Mary appears on a piece of toast? Lately you’ve let yourself drift so far into the world of the mundane that you’re wowed by the truly mediocre. A cinnamon bun that looked like Mother Theresa (don’t they all, though?) would floor you, and that’s not good. It’s time reset your perspective. Simple “miracles” like nun-shaped pastries are all well and good; just don’t forget to look for truly transcendent ones, too.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

As individuals, we’re each becoming more and more powerful, with greater access to information, communication, and resources than most humans have had in the past. With greater power, however, comes greater capacity for harm (or help). Unfortunately, I think most people have a negative impact on the world at large; no one is pure evil, of course, but many people’s actions are generally making the world a worse and worse place to live. I believe we have the power to reverse that trend, but it won’t be easy. For everyone who chooses to improve the world, there are ten who don’t bother. It will take every ounce of our conscious choice and commitment to counter that. Are you ready to give that little bit more, to pick up the slack for those who can’t be bothered? I hope so. If not you, then who?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Some things you just can’t rush, even inside your own head. Even when you know exactly where you’d like to end up, it’s hard to just leap to that place. You’ve got to hit all the milestones along the way, whether your journey is mental, spiritual, or physical. It’s good to be ambitious, and to push yourself. But be kind and patient to yourself too, please. Don’t let your keen drive to succeed steer you into a wall. This trip will take some time to complete, especially since there are whole sections of tortuous mountain roads entirely shrouded in fog. Give yourself that time, so that you can arrive, and in one piece.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Some birds have no sense of smell. Even if they had bigger brains, it would still be very hard for them to conceive of what an odor is. Similarly, you may think that what you see is what you get, when in reality there are so many things going on beneath the surface of what’s available to you. Luckily, you’re a lot smarter than a bird, and you have an imagination that can stretch infinitely far, if you exercise it enough. Since succeeding in the situation before you means becoming aware of more than what’s immediately apparent, I hope you’re able to be flexible enough to do so.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

I’m glad that you’re done letting people push you around. However, I hope you have enough awareness to be conscious of why they might try. They can’t know better than you do about what would make you happy, but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely clueless either. Consider what they have to say. Factor it in. Most likely the best solutions for you are ones that are complicated, and allow for the most possibilities, despite your general indecisiveness. Forging a complex reality in which many, many paths are open to you is of course more difficult and complicated than just settling for what’s right in front of you. Nevertheless, I think you’re capable of it, and ought to try.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

The shortest route between two points isn’t necessarily the best one, especially this week. Take a moment to stop and think, and check the map. Don’t opt for efficiency over effectiveness, joy, fun, or beauty. Your goal right now shouldn’t be getting from point A to point B as quickly and painlessly as possible. That route will leave you feeling miserable and empty, not accomplished. I’d rather you choose the path that adds the most richness, adventure, and inspiration to your life. Even if it takes ten times as long to make the trip, it’s well worth it.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Sometimes you may feel as if you’re in a submarine. Life feels like a billion trillion gallons of water pressing in on you from all sides, and only your will keeps it from crushing you completely. Still, every submarine needs to periodically surface, to refuel and restock supplies. You need to take a break from the crushing pressure. Even a day, a week, or a month might be time enough to check for cracks and change the air so you can properly breathe. Take the time you need. You have no choice, anyway; if something breaks, there’s no way you can do repairs down there. Better to surface now before you drown.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Even wet wood will burn, if you’re patient and persistent enough. You might have to work very hard to get it to turn into a strong, warm blaze, but it’s absolutely possible. Is it worth it, though? That’s the question before you now: Will you keep trying to get the soggy pile of twigs in front of you to ignite? It would turn into something like the bonfire you crave, eventually, but it might take a very long time. Or is it perhaps time to go searching for new wood that’s already dry and ready to burst into flame?

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

There’s something about your life right now that makes you weary, I know. It feels like a tremendous weight that you’ll be stuck with forever. It’s true that you might not be free of it for a very long time. However, it’s not yours alone to carry, even though it might seem that way. There are ways and ways, to shift the weight, or have someone else take over, if only for a little while. This week, work on that possibility. Get out from under the world you carry on your shoulders. Give yourself a couple weeks at least. The next time you pick up that burden, it will still be just as heavy as you remembered, but also a million times easier to bear.

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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]