May 19, 2010 | 03:19 PM
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Since any decision you make is bound to make someone unhappy, you're in a bind. You have a couple options. If you care more about the happiness of some people than the others, then you can just decide in their favor. Or you can go the route of simply opting for the greatest good—that is, the choice that results in the greatest number of happy people (or perhaps the fewest unhappy people). Whichever route you go, I strongly urge against simply making yourself happy, and also to resist bending to the squeakiest wheel. Neither of those situations will work out well for you. Can you trust me on this, or must you learn that lesson the hard way?
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
If you're going to engage in any kind of debate, make sure you have your facts straight before you open your mouth. To do otherwise is not only disrespectful to everyone else in the dialogue, it'll make you look foolish. You don't want to lose credibility and clout before you've even made your point. So do your homework and show up to the situation prepared and knowledgeable. Improvising here will look like, and obviously be, you talking out of your ass. If you care about the outcome of this discussion, show up with relevant information. And if you don't care that much, why participate at all?
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You're on the prowl again. You know what (or who) you want—it's how to get it that's in question. A Leo's typical method involves lying in wait and pouncing on your prey when it gets close enough to nab without much effort. However, there are other "hunting" methods that might serve you better this week. Actively and relentlessly pursuing what you want certainly goes against the lazier side of your nature—but it's still likely to work. However, if you insist on staying patiently hidden in the tall grass, at least send out some of your pride-mates to flush some potential "prey" in your direction.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Put your money where your mouth is. Strong rhetoric is fine, but unless you're willing to actually back it up with something down here on Earth, it's ultimately just empty words—and will be taken about that seriously. Real action—even something as simple as shelling out some dough—is where meaning lies this week. Put concrete deeds behind your convictions and their force will surely be felt. If you just can't be bothered, spare us all the time and energy, and don't express them at all. In other words don't just talk the talk—walk the walk or keep your mouth shut.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You've finally made up your mind. You've talked about, debated, and agonized over this decision for ages. There's nothing anyone else could add at this point that you haven't heard or thought of already. Shut them down. Give yourself some quiet space to sit with your decision and verify that it's the right one. Sometimes you don't realize what you really want until you commit (at least mentally) to a path. The truly "right' decision may not yet be perfectly clear—what's obvious, though, is that you'll arrive at it if—and only if—you're given (or take) the space and chance to do so.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
How far are you really willing to go? That's something you should decide right now, before you've entered the situation at all. Walking into an auction or a casino without a limit in mind could land you in serious trouble. Know the lines you don't want to cross before you get to within a mile of them. The alternative is an unpleasant surprise, and being forced to make a snap decision that could have important and perhaps even terrible consequences—something that wouldn't happened if you'd just thought ahead with a couple "what if" or "just in case" scenarios.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
What would you do if you looked out your window and saw a trio of unicorns grazing? Would you immediately call the press, snap photos of them and get famous? Would you shoo them quickly into the woods and hiding before anyone noticed them? Would you try to trap or kill them? How you respond to something precious coming into your life will do much to determine how at least the next few years go for you. Will you try to catch and keep it for yourself, allow it to be as free and powerful as when you first glimpsed it, or simply use it to your own advancement and advantage? What does that decision say about who you've become? Are you okay with that?
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Sometimes your choices are mostly taken away from you. That is, you always have options, but it's extremely obvious right now what you should do at every juncture, whether you like it or not. In these situations, you must wisely and gracefully realize how foolish it would be to buck the tide, and simply roll with what's happening, until it makes sense to swim against the current again. Of course, you'll eventually have to resume the hard work of forging your own path (if you want to get to where you're headed, anyway), but it's actually quite liberating to just let go and relax into the flow for a while—try to enjoy it.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
One of the things I love about my Aquarian friends is that even when we lose touch for a while, we can pick up right where we left off when next we meet, without a lot of awkwardness or even much in the way of playing catch-up. You have an amazing ability, even in the face of incredible change and a dynamic and evolving way of doing things, to maintain a certain core that is consistent and comforting. This is what people will gravitate towards, this week, and in general—not whatever's most shiny and new about you. In other words, you needn't put on a show; just be yourself.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Patience, my friend, patience. These things go in cycles. What you're contemplating doing right now is like buying something when it's at its most expensive, even though you know full well that the price will drop a bit further down the line. Why? Because you're impatient, and like most other humans, you crave instant gratification. Resist that urge! It's the kind of thing that's most likely to bite you in the ass right now. Distract yourself with other compelling opportunities and bide your time. When the right moment to act has truly come, you'll know.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
If you disagree with how something's being done, and you possibly have the power to do so—please get off your ass and do it yourself. Criticizing someone else from the sidelines has its place, but generally right now everything that matters to you is within your personal power to improve or fix. So instead of telling others to do as you say, simply do it how you want it done. That will go over much better than barking orders and offering unsolicited critiques of a job someone else has taken it upon themselves to do.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You can sometimes be like a sphinx—distant, inscrutable, and unknowable. Those who ask questions trying to guess your inner state are often given convoluted riddles that are impossible to untangle and correctly interpret. I understand that you have a high degree of emotional independence, and don't really need much from other people to make yourself happy, but perhaps you can look at it this way: sometimes, showing a bit of vulnerability is an act of generosity. Letting someone be there for you can be a kindness, even if you don't technically need that. Keep that in mind this week, and if you see a chance to do something so thoughtful, please take it.
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