October 23, 2013 | 04:41 PMScorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
If I were to select a tarot card for you this week, it would be the Ten of Cups, inverted. It generally features ten chalices overflowing into each other. When a card is inverted, it usually means that there's some kind of obstruction to its pure manifestation. In other words, it's obvious to everyone but you that your life is spilling over with bounty and fulfillment, but you're just not quite noticing. You're focusing on the three measly things that are missing—without once admitting that they're absent specifically because you either haven't been pursuing them, or—even more likely—you haven't been letting them happen.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You're much better live than you are in a photograph or video. There's something about the way you engage people and enfold them in the warmth and generosity of your spirit that inevitably colors how you're perceived by them, forever. Without the benefit of that special, engaging glow, people might not find you as impressive or beautiful in two dimensions as they do in three. Therefore, insist that anything important you do this week happens in person, instead of online or over the phone. A smile, handshake, or significant look from you, in real time, could make the deal that'd never happen without it.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Victorians came about as a reaction to the relative decadence of the generation that preceded them. They advocated rigid propriety and extreme civility as a desperate sort of answer to depravity they perceived. You Capricorns are bad about this. Name a Cap kid Moonbeam and give him acid at age 13, and he'll be a Republican corporate CEO in twenty years. Please be careful about that kind of knee-jerk reaction, where you end up embracing the opposite extreme of whatever situation you've been forced into. Transcend that trend, Cap, because even the shittiest events of your last few months have had some good parts that you'd miss out on if you just did an about-face and ran.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your soul is an archipelago. Different facets of your personality have diverged so completely it's as if they live on separate islands, and the transitions between them are more difficult and time-consuming than they used to be (and fraught with perilous storms that blow you off-course, hull-puncturing reefs, and vicious sea monsters). You don't want all your different selves to become so alike that they can live on the same island, however; it's important to preserve your versatility and variety. But please build bridges between islands—improve your ability to switch between your various aspects swiftly—because you'll kick yourself if you miss your goal because you got stuck wearing the wrong hat at the wrong time.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Writing is distilled thought. Reading what someone has written is the closest you'll get to hearing their thoughts, albeit condensed, purified, and refined. Think about it. Trying to speak your mind sometimes turns out wrong, and you end up saying things you really didn't mean. But you're far less likely to write them. Writing is one sure path to a more profound truth of what you think and who you are. Do you see where I'm going with this? You're working very hard to put out into the world a very deep truth that you've been thinking about for a long time. Even if it's something you'd rather say or paint or film than have people read, write it down first anyway—so you can be sure to get it exactly right.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
It's been a long time since you truly believed your old philosophy, "If I can think it, I can do it," but it's no less valid than when you once espoused it wholeheartedly. In fact, in most ways you're more capable of realizing your most ambitious dreams than you were before. So why spend all this time doubting yourself? Count yourself lucky enough to have dreams and ambitions. Many people have no clue what to do with themselves. Don't squander your blessings: inspiration and aspiration. Honor those this week, and either go for your dream or forget about it.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Don't overreact. A burst of exceptionally cold emotional weather could have you scrambling into your fur parka and burning your furniture for heat. Your reflexes are on a hair-trigger this week. However, if you rush to extremes of self-protection, you won't have anywhere left to go when, say, winter really hits. This cold snap is just a harbinger of things to come. I've no doubt you can handle it, as long as you don't start sweating beneath too many layers now. Just chill out and check yourself before you freak out. There's no need to risk frostbite, but don't overcompensate, either. Your mantra: This is gonna be just fine.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Geminis with pets, lovers, or even pesky kids tend to live longer and more happily than those without any or all of these. That's because you function best when you have something to focus attention on besides your own complicated self, and who can reflect back your best qualities when you get a little crazy living inside your own hyperactive head. Because astrological forces are likely to make your thoughts even more chaotic, confusing, and heavy than usual, don't get bogged down inside your skull. Give love and attention to anyone's needs this week but your own (which won't be clearly discernible in any case).
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Some folks hang with rock stars and celebrities just so they can catch a bit of reflected glory. Your strategy has been almost exactly opposite, and much more self-destructive—you've been drawn to losers and sketchy con-artists, from whom you're likely to catch a bit of reflected trouble. I can't explain this odd urge of yours (and, I'll wager, neither can you—probably something about wanting to "save" them), but I suggest you curb it, immediately. These are not most of your friends I'm talking about here—just a couple of poorly thought-out companions who you can't help at the moment, and who'll only drag you down (or try to, unwittingly). Ditch them, kindly, before that happens.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You're not under siege, although we might think so, considering how much time you've spent constructing elaborate defenses of your emotional dwelling. In fact, you've been so busy crafting massive stone walls and deep, monster-populated moats to protect you from purely theoretical attacks (that haven't yet manifested, and may never), that you've neglected to maintain the things that'll shield you from the ambient stresses of life that we all have to deal with, which aren't even specifically aimed at you; the equivalent of freezing rain spilling through a leaky roof and icy drafts creeping in around rattling windows. Chill out on your preparations for an ambush or invasion, and just concentrate on making your inner world someplace worth living.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
By the end of this week you should be more exhausted than—as my Texan roommate would say—a two-dollar whore on nickel-night. Luckily you'll have a lot more fun—it's just the kind of fun you'll really have to work for. So what? You've been slaving away for a month or three now for a lot less than a great time—just crap like rent money and keeping your phone on. Now that the carrot dangling in front of you is less obviously a necessity, but way more enjoyable, you should work harder for it, not less.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Many people see only two possible paths through any given situation: conformity or rebellion. But that viewpoint is simple-minded, and only for those who can't cope with ambiguity or contradiction. You're too complicated (and distracted) to pursue a linear path towards your dreams. Your course to your destination is meandering, to understate things. So what? Take the gorgeously circuitous route you prefer, without feeling like you have to cleave to some straight and narrow path. Most of the tangential side trips you end up going on (with a few notable exceptions) are more than worth the delay. Don't sweat it. As long as you know you're going to get there eventually, and as long as you keep moving, you'll be just fine.
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