April 27, 2011 | 02:08 PMTaurus (April 20-May 20)
Imagine if you were limited to only ten foods for the rest of your life. Not only would you have trouble remaining healthy and fit on such a diet, you'd surely get bored and sick of them pretty quickly, no matter how much you loved them at first. That's true of all the things you adore right now. Don't wear them out! Put that beloved song on repeat and you'll never want to hear it again next month. Spread the love to make it last. Mix things up. You want to want this stuff (or that person) a year or ten years from now? You know what to do.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Rationally, you should be able to recognize that what's important to you isn't necessarily all that critical or even interesting to those around you. Sure, you can twist someone's arm to participate anyway. But imagine how it would feel to let them off the hook—then consider doing it. Of course, if you do make the offer, really mean it—don't use it as some kind of loyalty test. If you tell them they can skip out, don't get pissed if they happily do so. They probably will! If that's not okay, don't pretend for even a second that it is.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
No one holds a grudge like a slighted Crab. But consider what you actually get out of hanging on to those negative feelings—generally, nothing. In the meantime, it makes you unpleasant to be around, and hard to live inside your own head. Rationally, realize that letting go of that shit, while extremely challenging, is the only healthy path to an overall happier place. That doesn't mean you need to forgive those who wronged you, or pretend nothing happened—but nursing resentment will only make everyone around you uncomfortable. See if you can just take them off your radar instead.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
If, for some unknown reason you woke up tomorrow a redhead, a different race, or the opposite gender, you'd be a medical anomaly—but you'd still be yourself. People would perceive you differently, and you'd perceive yourself differently, but you'd still be you. Wouldn't you want people to believe that you're who you say you are—despite what they perceive you to be, based entirely on your looks? When someone tells you about themselves, try to take them at their word, even if it conflicts with what you'd guessed. Sometimes, people will lie—but that's not likely to be the case this week.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Be a creative communicator this week. Imagine two people have the same message, but one simply "states the facts," while the other gets the point across and makes people laugh, too. Who do you think will enjoy not only a better reception, but a more attentive audience? You don't need to be a comedian. But try to think of ways to convey your thoughts and also add joy or fun to someone's day. You'll not only be more effective, but also get better results from relatively little effort on your part. You don't have to try hard (which would probably backfire); you just have to try.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Every scenario has its price of admission. Whether it's a relationship, a job, or even a fun time with friends, there will probably be things that you're not crazy about, but have to put up with in order to be there. Your duty this week is to figure out, as quickly as possible, exactly what the price of admission is and whether or not you're willing to "pay" it, so you can spare everyone the hassle and annoyance of a lot of wasted time and effort. This isn't always clear as a sign posted at the door, but you should be able to figure out what's up pretty quickly nevertheless; when in doubt, just ask.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Coercing someone (through whatever means) to do as you wish is a dangerous business. If your influence or hold over them is powerful enough to get them to do whatever it is they're reluctant to do, it might be potent enough to compel them to take other action instead—action you might not like. Forcing someone's hand is a risky business in a card game—it's even more so in life. As exciting as it is, it's not always your best option; in this case, it's probably completely unnecessary. Therefore, try a less dramatic course.
Occasionally, your decision isn't about whether or not to tell the truth (generally, if you're a reasonably evolved Sagittarian, you're honest to a fault), but how much truth to tell. Sometimes there are things you know that aren't your responsibility or even right to share. This is a tricky moral call to make, and I expect you to struggle with it a little. It's not always a clear-cut line. Do you tell a stranger that her husband is cheating on her? Do you let the buyers of your home know they're paying too much? While lying is never going to feel good, sometimes the best and smartest thing you can do is simply keeping your mouth shut and minding your own business.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Loyalty is a no-brainer for a Leo or Scorpio. Capricorns, though, can sometimes get confused about what they owe the people they love. Would you, for example, give a flaky friend an excellent job reference, even if you wouldn't actually hire them yourself? That's loyalty—however, some Capricorns might think they owe the perfect strangers on the other end of the phone line more than their flawed but well-known buddy. That's a little backwards. That doesn't mean you need throw all ethical considerations out the window; just make sure you're cutting your friends as much slack as possible, and coming through for them in every way you can. Then you'll have done your part.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Once you've said and heard everything that needs to be said, there's no point in continuing the discussion. However, some people will be only too happy to go round and round in circles forever if you let them. Don't. Walk away. In time, the words will either sink in, or something else will change, and another exchange might have fruitful results. That's not likely right now. It may feel a bit harsh, but if you're certain nothing's about to shift, it's actually a kindness to cut things off. They're not going to—so that's now your job.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
It doesn't matter what you're looking for—love, a job, a new place to live. Here's the problem with casting a wide net: You often get a "yes" before your top choice has weighed in, and are forced to choose between that pretty good bird in the hand and the awesome one still waiting in the bush—which may fly away before you catch it. Since you Pisces despise having to make decisions like these (and will often end up losing both opportunities through your indecision), I don't think the wide net strategy is a good one. Instead, you should be baiting your hook and fishing where you're most likely to catch that one fish you really want. You may never get it, it's true—but you'll never know unless you try.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
If you got a birthday gift you didn't like, it'd be pretty darn arrogant and ridiculous to go to the giver and demand something "better." Even if this week's situation is much less obvious than that, the basic mechanic is similar—and making entitled demands would be just as petty and selfish. Therefore, don't. Accept what's given in the spirit with which it's given, even if it's "not enough," different from, or inferior to what you were expecting. Oh, and for goodness' sake, please remember to be grateful, or at least act as if you are.
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