This Week’s Horoscope

Gemini (May 21–June 20)Would you prefer to paint an excellent depiction of a bowl of fruit, or a more amateurish portrait of someone you know? Which would you rather hang in your house? For most people, the subject probably matters more than the quality, at least to a point. That's your inimitable advantage. You're complicated, dynamic, and interesting, if somewhat sloppy and rough around the edges. Your peers may be more "perfect" than you, but they're ultimately bores—photorealistic paintings of fruit. Don't let their tedious and mind-numbing perfection intimidate you. If anything, it should be the other way around.Cancer (June 21–July 22)Imagine two breakups. In one, your lover ends things with vicious words and runs off with your best friend. In the other, your partner simply disappears one day and you never see nor hear from them again. Which would be worse? I suspect the former, while more immediately painful, would be easier to bounce back and recover from, while the latter would cause your overactive imagination to invent new tortures for you daily. Don't delude yourself into thinking you're sparing someone else by being hard (or impossible) to read. If you must cause some hurt, be kind enough to really do it, and spare them the anguish of their own imaginations.Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)It's hard to build trust and create a relationship when one person involved is held at gunpoint. While there are no actual firearms in this scenario, there are perceived ones. Equal footing is never possible when one of the people feels so at risk. Lower the figurative gun, Leo. You probably didn't even know you had it in your hand. Notice it, finally, and change things up. This may involve a radical reinvention of your connection, which will hardly be comfortable—but now that you've seen what shape it's really in, how could you conceivably do otherwise?Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 22)Is limbo such a bad place, really? Sure, the lack of definition and direction can be somewhat maddening—but also a bit freeing, don't you think? Sometimes we enter moments in our life that are sort of in between defined chapters, where we're just not sure what'll happen next or where we're headed. Obviously, spending too long in such a place isn't healthy, but a week or three here and there is perfectly fine. You need time to let thought percolate and settle. Don't freak out too much. In fact, make it this week's mission to do your best to enjoy this down time.Libra (Sept. 23–Oct. 22)Many models have made imperfections into the things that set them apart from a sea of pretty faces (think Cindy Crawford's mole). Try not to be too self-conscious about your own flaws. They might not be as aesthetically pleasing as something a model might flaunt, but they're nevertheless the unique something that'll get you noticed, which could lead to romance, a job, or anything else you might desire. You can't do much about your imperfections, so why not proudly own them? Perfection is terribly boring, anyway. Wouldn't you rather be obviously flawed—and therefore interesting?Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)You've never let yourself be particularly limited by rules that don't make sense. Don't start now. When the powers that be start being ridiculous, rebels are necessary to point it out and subvert their authority. This week, that's you. While you should absolutely take your job as dissenter seriously, that doesn't mean earnest preaching from atop a soap box or even angry, violent action. This week, the best way to change people's minds is, weirdly enough, through laughter. The more thoughtfully silly you can be, the better. Poke fun. Be playful. And watch everything change.Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)Moral outrage can be a fantastic and persistent motivator, but it's hardly conducive to a good night's sleep. Learn to put it aside occasionally. There are times and places to fight the good fight, but if you're always doing battle inside your mind, you'll not only be completely ineffective when it comes to the real thing, you'll also be a tremendous bore to be around. You need to learn to balance your righteous agenda with other stuff, like playtime, relaxation, romance, creativity, and just plain fun. This week, work on that—or rather, play with it.Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)Hindsight is 20-20, they say. However, your foresight is equally accurate, if you remove whatever distorting lenses you happen to be wearing. These will mostly take the shape of desires—how you want a situation to be, rather than seeing how it actually is. If you make decisions based on these well-meaning delusions, you'll probably be unhappy with the consequences. Be brutally honest with yourself. The situation is what it is, whether you acknowledge it or not. You will be forced to admit to it eventually, but wouldn't you rather do so now, while you still have power to act? If you wait until later, all you'll be able to say is "Well, hindsight is 20-20."Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)It's time to flaunt your strength. Sometimes showing a little muscle is enough to deter the kind of behavior you want to prevent, which is far better than having to cope with problems after they've cropped up. Offering a powerful warning now can keep you from having to visit a much-less-pleasant place later. Don't be too wimpy to be convincing, though. Committing to your role as peacekeeper means following through when necessary. Fortunately, being truly willing to carry out your unspoken threats will almost always be enough to make them unnecessary. Don't bluff, though—people will see right through it.Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)One of your strengths (which is of course also a weakness) is your ability to just go with the flow of what's happening. Unfortunately, this means you haven't had a lot of practice swimming against the current. Much of the time this is a bad idea; however, occasionally it's necessary. This, my dear, is one of those times when you must pick a destination and do what you must to head in that direction, even if it's difficult and it seems like most of your life is offering resistance to it. Just remember—you may not feel like you have the strength, persistence, and experience to get to where you're going, but you will. Prove it to yourself by actually getting there.Aries (March 21–April 19)The opinions of strangers shouldn't really matter to you, and yet they do. Sometimes they almost feel like an oppressive yoke, limiting what you can or can't do or say. Occasionally, these restrictions are probably good, reining you in when you might otherwise get yourself into trouble. Most of the time, however, they're needless limitations that just keep you from realizing and exercising your fullest potential. You need to put on blinders and earmuffs this week, to inure yourself to the criticism or judgment of people you don't know and shouldn't care about. You know what's right for you. Go there, even if it means tuning out your critics.Taurus (April 20–May 20)You're like a bird that's accidentally flown into a glass-walled room. To your bird eyes, the clear plate windows don't look any different than the open window you flew in through. Here, you'll have to use other tools to figure out how to get out. Obviously, you're much more intelligent than your average fowl, but you may still be somewhat confounded by this week's dilemma. Don't be a bird, who'd flip out when a well-meaning human tries to help it get out, perhaps snapping its neck by flying, panicked, into a window. If similar help is offered you, I hope you have the good grace to calmly accept.

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