Becoming a master, or an expert, in any field does not just take practice (though practice is a vital component), it also takes a belief in one’s Self. And I’m not talking about the belief that comes from self-help mantras that give you airy-fairy Om moments and a false sense of self-awareness. No, I’m talking about the ability to stand up for yourself and move forward with your dreams, no matter the obstacles in your path. Sometimes this means utilizing your anger (can read as passion) at or about something to push through others’ resistance or negative perspectives.
Many of us feel as though we are hitting up against walls and challenges with every breath we take these days and the desire to give up or roll over can be overwhelming. We doubt our convictions and we begin to believe that everyone else has “it” all figured out, or is better at “it” (whatever “it” may be) than we are. At the same time, there is an anger that builds upon itself each time these challenges smack us in the face. This anger is a signal from the solar plexus, the will, intent, or inner-beingness, to keep on keepin’ on and to do what we know is right. Utilize the anger or passion you have. Treat it like it is the syrup of courage that will allow you to constructively, yet boldly, break down those walls and make mincemeat out of those challenges no matter what anyone says.
Aries – Mar. 21 to Apr. 19
You can be quite the conundrum, Aries. On the one hand you know what it’s like to get your hands dirty, work hard, and plan for the future. On the other hand, you daydream that one day you will win the lottery or that all the things you desire and the goals you aspire to will suddenly be laid at your feet and things will be easy. Am I right? That laziness applies especially to anything to do with personal growth. There are things that you would like to change about yourself, demons you would like to face, but it has taken you a long time to admit that they even exist. Now that you have acknowledged them, you wish that they could just be resolved and everything would just go back to normal. But that ain’t gunna happen. Facing those demons and making those changes will be part of a process that happens over time and doing so will take a lot of courage on your part. However, the reward for doing so is a sense of self-assuredness, maturity, and just plain feeling comfortable in your own body that you have never felt before.
Taurus – Apr. 20 to May 20
Up and at ‘em ants! Get your butt in gear! Now is not the time to sit around and wait for things to happen for you. Now is the time to recognize that whatever project you are taking on will require hard work, starting with the foundation, and working your way up. Only then will you see the results that you dream about. There is a lot of energy available to you at this time, so don’t waste it. If you find that you are tired or just lack the energy to do what needs to be done, it’s because you are jumping ahead of yourself and acting like as if all the groundwork has already been completed. Go back to square one; it’s all about the baby steps.
Gemini – May 21 to Jun. 20
If you want to find your way back to being the person you know yourself to be, you are going to have to move all that sorrow that is currently sitting at the back of your heart. Denial will get you nowhere, and feeling does not make you a wuss it actually takes a lot of courage and will make you stronger in the end. So if you want to regenerate your energy, emotions, creative fire, relationships, work life, etc., you are going to have to make a concerted and intentional effort to own, recognize, and move your sorrow in a safe and accepting environment. Oh, and believing that nobody cares is just your brain trying to make up stories so that you will not have to be courageous and face your own emotions. Your soul is not buying it.
Cancer – Jun. 21 to Jul. 22
If you want to enjoy the fruits of your labours you are going to have to remember one small thing: it’s all about completion. Starting a project only to get bored, set it aside, and start another one will leave you feeling like you haven’t really accomplished anything and like all that hard work mentioned above hasn’t really gotten you anywhere. Don’t despair. All those great ideas that keep bubbling up inside are worth pursuing, but I would suggest compiling a list. That way, you won’t forget about them and you will have the energy and focus you need to finish those you already have on the go.
Leo – Jul. 23 to Aug. 22
It’s OK to be picky sometimes when accepting help from others. Right now you need to protect yourself and perhaps be a little removed from the drama of friends and family. You also need to use this state of being protective to gain some objectivity and re-assess plans, obligations, and the general state of your life. Don’t get me wrong, those who want to help you are genuine in their intent, but they don’t always have the ability to know when their “help” is actually being helpful. There’s no need to be rude, just be honest. And don’t turn away help that you know you do need. I think we can both agree that doing so would just be counter-productive.
Virgo – Aug. 23 to Sept. 22
Conscious effort is required. Do not think that sitting back and letting life happen to you is the way to go right now. You are on somewhat of a spiritual path wherein you are moving toward an epiphany type moment about your beliefs and who you know yourself to be. But sometimes we have to go through the tough times in order to blossom. So don’t run from your problems, face them. Don’t turn your back on responsibility, get your hands dirty and force yourself to stay on track. And don’t become spineless when faced with doing the right thing, act with integrity. All of these things require conscious effort which will in turn provide you with the ability to be more aware and grounded in a spiritual and universal sense.
Libra – Sept. 23 to Oct. 22
You’re stuck in a quagmire, dear Libra. Or perhaps it’s quicksand. You’re trying to stay afloat but you keep feeling like you’re being dragged down by heavy weights tied to your feet. You feel exhausted and unmotivated. What to do? Well, the answer lies NOT in doing what you think you should do, or what society tells you to do, but in listening to your gut and doing what you know is right. The little stories you spin in your head about how the world works and what you are deserving of or not are only causing distance between you and what you need at this moment in time. Or, put another way: the universe is trying to help you and you won’t let it in; you won’t acknowledge the moments of magic that are presenting themselves. It’s time to engage with life once again.
Scorpio – Oct. 23 to Nov. 21
This is just a reminder of something you already know, so repeat after me: I will find fulfillment through co-creation with others. Why do you need this reminder? Because you often push away the love and support of others because a) you don’t want to get hurt, and b) you are fiercely independent and your pride gets in the way. We all know you can do it on your own, Scorpio, and we all know that you are glorious (yes, it’s OK to let it shine once in a while), but we also care and we want to help you realize your dreams. You’ve given help to others many times in the past, maybe it’s time to be on the receiving end?
Sagittarius – Nov. 22 to Dec. 21
The universe is conspiring to bring you the healing that you require. This healing might be physical, it might be emotional, and it might be mental, but remember that healing is required none-the-less. Even if life has been crazy and chaotic, you do have an opportunity in this moment in time to ride a wave of synthesis where different elements in your life come together to create the space for healing. Take advantage of it, act on it, and ask for help. You need to go inwards, you need time alone, and you need to give yourself permission to take care of yourself and your own needs and not those of others.
Capricorn – Dec. 22 to Jan. 19
With all of the information we have access to in this day and age it’s difficult to remember that we can actually know things innately, that our instincts are often right, and that we have the ability to contribute to a conversation without having read scholarly documents to support our point of view. But the knowing that comes from sitting in silence and from delving deep within is essential to our emotional and mental health. Being in tune with that knowing is also a lost art. So be aware that over the next while that kind of inner knowing is going bubble up through your consciousness and pull from your gut, or your intuition/instinct. It will also be the kind of knowing that is beyond illusion, meaning that you need to trust your gut and not buy into the bullshit of others, especially when you know it’s bullshit.
Aquarius – Jan. 20 to Feb. 18
The more you try to reinforce the barriers you have placed between yourself and others, the more frustrated you are going to feel. This is because you are waging an internal battle. You want to open up, you want to create intimacy, but you are still living in fear. You are afraid you will get hurt (not that you would ever admit this to anyone because you have carefully constructed your social personality to never betray the fact that you do feel). It’s OK though. Everyone gets hurt and everyone must learn how to pick themselves up and carry on; you are not alone. Maybe it’s time to start asking yourself why you put those barriers up in the first place; what are the underlying or subconscious memories that trigger the need to protect yourself? Maybe then you will see that you no longer have to punish yourself for the pain that others have caused you. (Not that you ever did.)
Pisces – Feb. 19 to Mar. 20
In order to seize the opportunities that wait in the echo chambers of the coherent chaos of the universe, you are going to have to let go of the sorrow you are clutching so closely to your heart. It’s OK to be happy, you know. You are not committing any wrong by moving on with your life and allowing joy, enthusiasm, and peace to be part of your everyday reality. In order to make real progress, progress that you can feel good about—you know, checking things off your ever-growing lists—you will have to decide each morning that you are no longer going to carry your sorrow around with you. If it would make you feel better, perhaps you should do a little ceremony where you say goodbye to the past but promise never to forget it.