Author Louise Erdrich, the Gemini.
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On Monday morning, communication planet Mercury enters curious, quick-witted Gemini. During this time, ask yourself whether you’ve gotten too attached to a single vision for your future, too laser-focused on one particular outcome. How can you benefit from this opportunity to expand your knowledge and broaden your perspective? Are there fresh possibilities you hadn’t considered before? The universe is vast, and there are more choices available to you than you think. Then, on Tuesday, a full moon in Sagittarius marks the culmination of a cycle, of a big story in your life. In the past months or years, you’ve lost so much, but quietly, maybe without your even noticing it, you’ve gained something too. What have you learned about yourself? What new wisdom will you carry with you into the future?
When you’re thinking rationally, you understand that everyone is imperfect, yourself included, and that you’re doing your best in a difficult world. But in your less levelheaded moments, your mind latches on to all the mistakes you’ve ever made or the times you’ve treated others thoughtlessly or even the smallest, silly comments you wish you could take back. Shame rises up and overwhelms you, and you begin to wonder whether your flaws, taken together like that, indicate something terrible about you. They don’t, of course, and this week, remind yourself as many times as you need that you’re human, that you’re still figuring it all out and always will be, and it’s nothing to regret.
For the most part, you’re good at being patient. You understand that neither people nor families nor governments can fix all their problems overnight, and you’re willing to commit to the long, slow process of creating real change. Lately, though, you worry that others are taking advantage of that. They keep promising to pitch in, to make things better soon, but as you’ve watched the days and weeks and years pile up, you haven’t seen any genuine progress. This week, if you’re getting frustrated and restless, remember that you don’t have to keep waiting on others. You’re more powerful than you realize. If you want to see change, you can take action yourself.
You know that significant personal transformation is possible because you’ve done it before. At times when your world became too small to suit you, you fought to make it bigger. When the future that stretched out before you seemed terrifying in its dullness, you created a brighter one. You’re braver than you sometimes believe, capable of defying others’ expectations, and even your own, in order to live more authentically. And so if, this week, you find yourself longing once more for something different, remember: You already had the courage to change your life before. You can do it again.
In your experience, you do your best thinking in private. You make the strongest, clearest decisions when you’re able to make them alone, only letting others into your process when you’ve already found clarity. There isn’t anything wrong with this, but it does mean that you risk missing out on the magic of collaboration. This week, the best ideas will come from letting someone else join you. Find someone you can trust, someone you’re willing to think out loud with, and you’ll find the answers you’ve been looking for.
This week, you might feel frustration, even despair, when you contemplate the big picture. Politicians are disappointing you; the universe is chaotic at best. But when heroes and world leaders don’t offer the hope you need, your friends and neighbors still might. It’s easy to forget about this — the big news stories grab so much of our collective attention, and the larger-than-life characters in them come to seem like the only ones worth noticing. But when you turn your gauze to the ordinary, sometimes irritating, sometimes utterly wonderful people around you, everything looks different and your load is lightened.
You don’t mind working hard as long as you sense that you’re actually making progress, no matter how slowly. But these days, you worry you’re just spinning your wheels, exhausting yourself each day without ever making the world meaningfully better, without getting closer to your goals. Some people in your life appear to have abandoned their dreams, and you wonder if giving up wouldn’t be easier for you too. If you didn’t want anything, you tell yourself, it wouldn’t hurt so badly not to get it. But this week, your task is to convince yourself that the fight is still worth it. Your work hasn’t been in vain, so don’t quit now.
The trouble with adventures, with the kinds of experiences that can expand your life and your heart, is that they aren’t always all that much fun in the moment. Personal growth rarely happens without at least a little stress. You can’t change your life — or the world — without risking anything. And while generally it is wise to avoid unnecessary danger, this week, remember that you don’t always have to retreat from it. On the other side of the strangeness and discomfort, you’ll find the magic you’ve been searching for. Don’t back down now.
It’s both a blessing and a burden to feel things as intensely, as vividly as you do. Your sensitivity deepens and enriches your understanding of the world, but it also lends a charge of intensity to every relationship, every conversation, every experience. It increases the emotional stakes. But it’s impossible to harden such a heavy load without a rest. So this week, you have permission to let your friends’ careless remarks go, to let a professional disappointment slide off your back, and to take a day off from reading the news. You aren’t responsible for carrying the weight of the world all the time. Take a break when you can.
With so much happening in the world around you, and the news bringing the word of a fresh crisis every day, it feels strange and wrong to say that you’re bored. But no matter how intense this moment in history, you might still find your daily life dull, your routines unsatisfying. The world around you is transforming, and you’re hungry for change, too. This week, take your discontent seriously. You have so much energy and wisdom and love to offer. If the universe invites you to live to your full capacity, have the courage to accept.
You find it a little off-putting when others — whether writers or artists or just people in your life — treat love sentimentally, as though tender feelings, on their own, are enough to fix everything that’s wrong in the world. You know that love isn’t necessarily useful or virtuous, that it doesn’t always make a person stronger or kinder or braver. Sometimes it just makes them controlling, selfish, even cruel. But that doesn’t mean you should write it off completely. This week, the world and the people in it will offer you romantic or platonic love, and just because it won’t repair all that’s ever been broken, that doesn’t mean you don’t need and deeply deserve it anyway. You might even really love it.
You are, by nature, curious about the world around you. When a subject captures your interest, your attention is focused and your energy for learning unparalleled. And so when, this week, you find yourself getting distracted — by new ideas or new people, by whole areas of inquiry that have never captured your imagination before — you might fear that you’re losing your intellectual sharpness, your ability to focus on what matters But try instead to think of these diversions as a precious opportunity to explore. It’s never too late to change your plans — or your mind.
One of the worst, most painful feelings is when you find out that your deepest desires conflict with those of the people you love. How can you stand up for yourself when you fear it will only cause problems for someone else? How can you justify making the choices you need to make when you know it will hurt someone you care about? While it’s always important to consider the ways your actions will affect others, it isn’t your job to always put your own needs second. This week, it’s up to you to fight for what you want and need. You’re the only one who can.
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