February 03, 2010 | 01:31 PMAquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
What started as a pet project now has the potential to turn into something more. The question is, do you want it to? On the one hand, this could be something that enables you to generate wealth or opportunities from something you love. On the other hand, transforming it in such a way could kill your love for it altogether. It mostly depends on where you're at, and what you're willing to do, and how. The only question that's really answered is: when? That's easy. Now is the time. What you do is up to you.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
The house is cold, and your bed is cozy and warm. I'm sure the last thing you want to do is get up and take on a task that you'd be reluctant to tackle even under more comfortable conditions. However, if you don't get this shit done now, it'll never get done, so suck it up, grit your teeth, and get down to business. I know that bites, but I'm not telling you anything you didn't already know, am I? The good news is, once it's done you'll be able to crawl back into bed and laze the day away with a clear conscience.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
You may be loathe to move the couch or the fridge for fear of what you'll find behind them, but not moving them is worse, since you're just giving whatever bits of food and crud are back there more time to mold and fester. That's gross. Don't wait for March or April to do your spring cleaning. Roll up your sleeves and get some done this week. Even if it's freezing, open the windows of your life and get some of the detritus out. Don't be lazy. You'll feel a whole lot better once you do.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You keep asking people's advice because you haven't yet heard what you want to hear. Admit that you already know what you want to do—you're just waiting for someone to convince you that it's smart or at least acceptable. The problem is, it's not that smart. However, it seems as if you're keen to learn this lesson the hard way (and, yes, hunt the slight off chance that it could work out the way you hope). In that case, I suggest you stop wasting people's time by asking them for advice you won't take, and just go for it, already.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Just be clear about what you want. Societal expectations aside, you're not truly obligated to do anything. You always have choices. Yes, sometimes they're difficult, unpleasant ones, but acknowledging and considering them is still a lot better than feeling trapped and locked to one particular course of action, especially one you find repugnant. Forget about what you're supposed to feel or do, and admit to yourself what you actually feel and want (or don't want) to do. Once you've acknowledged your own emotions and discarded stupid social programming, your course of action should be abundantly clear.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
When you get a cold, you're usually conscientious about washing your hands frequently, and coughing or sneezing into the crook of your elbow (instead of your hands), to minimize the germs you spread. However, you're not quite as careful about not spreading unpleasant viral ideas—usually things you're worried about. Does sharing your cold with someone else make you feel better? I hope not. Similarly, I hope that you can resist spreading your mental fears far and wide. I understand how sharing the burden might make it feel less intense, but try to do so only with people whose psychic immune systems can bear it without suffering.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Every Leo has some Veruca Salt moments ("I want it NOW!"). However, as you mature, those episodes should become less frequent and intense. Learning to wait and do without are important lessons for every high-maintenance Leo, along with learning to maintain yourself and not rely on others to make your life what you want it to be. Generally, you've been heading in the right direction. However, occasionally you're still subject to regressive emotional episodes. This week could feature some of those, so be on your guard—the moment you start sounding the least bit like an entitled princess, shut up and walk away until the impulse passes.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You could always tear things down and start from scratch, building what you want from the ground up. Although that gives you a better chance of exactly interpreting your vision, it's also incredibly time- and resource-intensive. Sometimes working with what you've got is a far better choice, even if it means you'll have to compromise your dream somewhat. Only you can judge how much of your innate perfectionist streak will come into play here. Will you only be happy with the exact thing featured in your imagination (which could take longer to achieve than you ever dreamed), or could the current available interpretation of it work for you?
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
What happened to fun? I can't remember the last time you set aside time for something that was just about enjoying yourself, and nothing else. Sure, you've had fun, but it's mostly been mixed with other stuff. Pure playtime seems to be rare or absent from your schedule these days. Fix that this week. Once you've carved out a little niche for some mindless (or mindful) play, make sure you keep it open in weeks to come. All work and no play can make you dull—mix in a little quality amusement and you'll be sharp, vibrant, and ready for action when it really counts.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Imagine that this person you're fond of was stuck in a walk-in freezer for days, until you opened the door. Now, some time later, it may seem as if they've recovered and thawed out, but the truth is their core is still a bit frozen and stiff. Trying to move too quickly right now could be very bad. Even though all signs appear to be "go," hold off. Even if by some miracle their feelings are thawed all the way through, they're surely just barely room temperature. Wait a bit longer and they'll be boiling.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Sagittarians are Jacks of All Trades. You're generally good at many things, great at a few, master of none. Having so many talents can often keep you from going deep with any one of your interests. This is a good week to experiment with delving further into one of your fledgling passions, and see how it would feel to devote the majority (yes, more than half!) of your time to it. Of course, that would mean giving up (or putting on the long-term back burner) at least several of your other interests—but you'll never know whether or not it's worth the sacrifice until you give it a go.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You've spent a lot of time putting up walls between yourself and other people, in order to protect yourself and get on with the other stuff you've deemed important in your life. The problem arises when you decide you'd like to get closer to someone—that's when you notice that very few of those fences have gates, so you're stuck climbing over them, walking the long way around them, or knocking them down. I'm not going to argue with your particular social strategy, as by and large it's served you well. However, if and when you build new walls to protect yourself with, make sure you build them with doors, just in case you ever want to end up on the same side of them as someone else.
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