ARIES (March 21-April 19). Uptimes and downtimes are both part of the cycle. Lately you have a tendency to feel strongly, even passionately about whatever part of the curve you happen to be in, and that’s the way to be. This week represents both extremes. The great leveler is humor. Apply often and generously. 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Instead of creating principles based on the circumstances you happen to find yourself in, you’ll refer to the principles that worked for your ancestors and mentors. When you start with those principles and then adapt them to the circumstances you’re in, you’ll emerge the leader of yourself and others. 

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). In the early week, you’ll put yourself through a kind of self-prescribed treatment. Emotional wounds are like physical wounds. They need to be opened and cleansed with fresh water and air. Once they are clean, they need closure. You’ll do a fine job of caring for yourself, and this is something to be proud of. 

CANCER (June 22-July 22). People advise you to confront your fears — and yet it often happens that years of living will mature you quite naturally until your fears, confronted or not, become nonissues. To be in the process of life is to become a different person again and again. Let change happen, or force it to. Either way, you’ll change. 

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Progress isn’t always improvement. “Moving forward” is the mantra of positive people, while the realists don’t see all forward movement as being necessarily for the best. For instance, what if you’re moving forward like a lemming off a cliff? You’ll be the voice of reason this week, possibly saving your whole crew. 

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The people you can count on to agree with you will be abundantly present, as will your opposition, ready to put up a good argument and maybe even a fight. You’re better for the support of your people, but it’s the opposition that makes you stronger. This week’s controversy will make a good story later.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). What you’ve done seems worth it, though you haven’t given it a thorough pros-versus-cons study. You’ll do that in the days to come. The conclusion you’ll reach may be the same, and yet you’ll be smarter, wiser and all-around better off for the process. 

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Possessions don’t bring happiness. There’s a brief high that comes with a new acquisition, but that soon fades. The more you own the more you have to maintain. It becomes a lot of work. That’s why this week you’ll think twice before you make purchases, and you’ll be very careful about what you add to your life.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). So one person doesn’t particularly get you or treat you well. That is in no way proof that you’re ineffective. It’s one person’s opinion. When that person is close to you, you’re likely to take the opinion to heart regardless of how inaccurate it may be. Surround yourself with many different kinds of people.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Some battles leave everyone a loser. You’re getting better at recognizing the battles that are not worth fighting, which is to say most of them. But there’s something you let go at least twice before and then regretted the choice. It will come up again later this week, presenting you with a chance to stick up for you and yours. 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Stress and anxiety come with physical side effects that often do not accurately represent the level of danger present. In other words, your body may cause you to react beyond what the situation calls for. Remember, you’re the one who attributes meaning to these physical sensations. Minimize where you can.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The right time to move isn’t always the moment when you’re best equipped and most experienced and capable. Your impulses and intuitions won’t lie to you. When the voice inside urges you to make your move, you’re wise to follow through in spite of the practical concerns of the moment. There’s a higher magic at play.