ARIES (March 21-April 19). If you dare to give up some of the demands you make of yourself, you will not automatically falter and fail. Rather, you will create a more compassionate space inside yourself. From this space, you will learn that the demands were in no way holding you up. You will, in fact, thrive without the pressure. 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Eye contact, a short but openhearted conversation — suddenly the ball is rolling. This week, one special meeting could send you on an entirely different trajectory from the one you were on, for better or worse. So do be careful to listen to those early instincts about whom you should get to know.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Ancient Egyptians believed everything was alive, including the desert, rocks and rivers. Similarly, you seem to have a talent for communicating with that which isn’t classically thought of as “alive.” Machines, cars, computers, weather — your requests of these things will be rather magically answered. 

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There is a belief in you that is causing you unnecessary stress. The problem is that the belief is so much a part of your normal thinking that it’s hard for you to see it. That’s why a wise friend or mentor who can gently point out the erroneous thinking will be invaluable to your healing this week. 

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The kind thing to do is destroy the unflattering pictures, not post them. The trouble is that everyone’s aesthetic is different, and many do not have the social sense to ask before they share. You’re different. You offer discretion and taste to your friendships, two qualities that often go unappreciated. 

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your successes are not you. Your failures are not you. Try not to rate yourself based on the outcomes you produce. Perhaps you’re better off not rating yourself at all this week. What if you allowed yourself a break from self-judgment? What if you could let yourself feel good about just being you without expectation? 

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It’s easier to relate to people you don’t want or need anything from, but this is not how your social and professional life will go this week. High-stakes interactions and power plays are part of the game. Psych yourself up and get ready to play. By Friday, the playing field will have shifted considerably. 

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You can’t always choose whom to interact with. The business at hand this week will require immediate attention with the people right in front of you. It will be an opportunity to hone your diplomatic skills and sharpen your powers of communication. These are the kinds of exercises that contribute to your social mastery.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Choose your words wisely, especially if you know you’re right. Maintaining favor and goodwill when you’re right is even more difficult than it is when you’re wrong. And don’t forget about helping others save face. What you do in the name of politics will help your moral and practical efforts down the line. 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Knowing when to stop is a talent, but so is not knowing when to stop. This week you will push past the point where others would have given up, and because of this, you’ll eventually claim a prize. That said, don’t be relentless in your push. Think of this as a back-and-forth dance. Embody graceful persistence. 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The light of insensitive truth can be as cruel as those unflattering fluorescent lights used in far too many retail dressing rooms. Because you care about people, you shine a softer version of the truth, illuminating those around you in a flattering light, like golden twilight or flickering candlelight. 

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If you thought about it, the amount of unpleasant experience you could recount is innumerable — the same goes for the pleasant experiences. Of course, you’ll feel better when you focus on the latter, though it may take a superhuman effort to do so on Wednesday and Thursday. Call on friends for support!