Sign Language

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Going it alone is noble and brave, but in this case totally unnecessary. What's your goal here—to be a martyr, or to actually accomplish what you're looking to do? If you just want people to feel bad for you when you (probably) fail, continue as you have. But if you'd rather get where you're going, it's time to find some allies who can help you on your way and share in the joy (and spoils) of success. That's a rewarding end—and incidentally much more fun than the path you're on. Pursue it.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

People make all sorts of zany excuses for their bad or weird behavior. Because you're so quirky and open-minded yourself, you'll often simply accept these at face value, no questions asked. In this case, however, questions really should be asked. It's time to put aside your dislike of (potential) confrontation and steel yourself to demand some honest answers. Put on your most skeptical thinking cap and reflect on how things really aren't adding up, then work on getting to the real story—because otherwise the person losing the most in this equation will be you.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Sometimes we don't know just how weird we are until someone else holds up a mirror or provides a new perspective on our actions—as is likely to happen to you this week. It only then becomes obvious just how odd we all are—but it's a thing to be celebrated, not be ashamed about. Your eccentricities are precisely what make you interesting. Learning you have one or two more than you thought is awesome, not terrible, news. Being "normal" is a myth, and a horribly boring one at that. Be glad you don't remotely qualify. The rest of us (the interesting ones who matter, anyway) certainly are.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

People are designed to screw up—ideally more so when we're young and less so when we get older, sure, but since mistakes are the best way to learn, we should hope we never stop making them on a pretty regular basis. If you're not screwing up, it's because you're not taking enough risks or challenging yourself enough. Excelling at being stuck in a rut isn't a great place to be. This week, see what you can do to start making more mistakes—and thus learning and growing more. Don't be afraid to fail—it's all part of the process.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

When what you have to offer is rejected, it's almost always because you just weren't offering it to the right person. There's no need to feel too awful about that. However, it's good to occasionally check in and make sure that what you're really putting out there is as wonderful and desirable as you think it is. Look at the whole package and try to imagine how you stack up compared to whatever else your intended recipient(s) might encounter—not so you can feel bad, but so you can, if necessary, sweeten the deal. It might not currently be as sweet as you think.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Remember, some people have no lives to speak of. They have plenty of time to waste on truly ridiculous or pointless stuff, much of which may turn out to be extremely aggravating or time-consuming for you. There's not much you can do about this kind of thing, because really any energy you throw at the situation will only be fuel for the fire and make matters worse. Be thankful you have a life, and try to let all these annoyances roll off your back while you go about living it. Eventually these particular sources of stress will fade. They'll be replaced by new ones, surely—but your practice dealing with these now will serve you well later.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Even when you're not saying no, voicing anything negative can often be heard as a no, anyway, because so many people are (unfortunately) naturally inclined to assume the worst. It makes you occasionally reluctant to voice your concerns because they'll be taken to mean much more than you're saying, when they're really all there is. That shouldn't deter you, though, since those concerns are mostly valid and worth discussing. However, practicing ways of telling people what's on your mind without them flipping out or feeling rejected is probably a very good idea—and this is a great week to do exactly that.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Stay classy, Virgo. Even if you're sorely tempted to spar with the catty people in your life and show them just how cruelly sharp your tongue can be, escalating negativity right now (or anytime, really) isn't in your best interest. Winning a verbal fencing match (as you almost certainly would) might be momentarily satisfying, but ultimately pointless and possibly highly detrimental to your long-term happiness and well-being. Interestingly, something that'd really rub them the wrong way is simply being cordial and excusing yourself, demonstrating just how unruffled you are by their crappy comments. This week, try that.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Whenever you put something out into the world for the first time, something that's really important to you, it's natural to feel a bit scared and vulnerable. That anxiety shouldn't keep you from doing it, though. Don't let your understandable cold feet keep you from taking the risk in front of you, and letting people judge for themselves what they think about it. Sure, some probably won't like it or see it the way you do; that's par for the course. I'm betting that more will enjoy or appreciate what you have to offer than you think, and that the good that'll come your way as a result will outweigh the bad by at least three to one. Go for it, already.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

We already know you're so cool you wear sunglasses at night and you're amazing in every way. Here's the problem: That doesn't make you particularly approachable. Since you really want to be approached right now, you need to make an effort to show off your dorkier side, be more vulnerable, and let mere mortals realize that you're not some awesome sex god (even if you secretly are) but just a human being. That doesn't mean censoring yourself or pretending to be less awesome than you are—just show off some of your flaws and needs, too. Ironically, they'll make you much more attractive, not less.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You're always in favor of telling the truth, but surely you've noticed that honesty is not always the best policy? It sometimes causes a lot more suffering and trouble than it's worth. Obviously, being forthright should still be your m.o., but in some rare cases, keeping a secret is better for all concerned. If doing so will spare feelings and not cause any serious harm, then you must resist your natural urges to blurt out the truth and keep your mouth shut this time around. No one would thank you for spilling the beans, so why don't you try locking this one in the vault for once?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Facebook-stalking someone you're interested in is generally considered to be a mostly accepted moral gray area. However, going beyond that is still crossing a line that ought to be respected. You're probably sorely tempted to violate boundaries this week, but you must resist that temptation. Since you can't unlearn whatever you discover, and you can't mention it (because that would expose your egregious nosiness), it's probably better to mind your own business and wait until information is proffered freely. If there's something you simply must know now, I suggest finding out the old-fashioned way: ask.

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