ARIES (March 21-April 19). You like to dive into projects, and high expectations come naturally. When you change your expectations, your attitude automatically gets better. The only thing that really matters is that you improve at what you’re trying to do, regardless of how slight the improvement may be. Small gains will add up.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). As you go about the business of managing people this week (and in many ways it will be your main job), focus on the efforts of others, not on their natural gifts. No one can help what they were born with. Therefore, it is senseless to lavish praise on those things. When you praise good work, you’ll get optimum results. 

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your physical self will echo the joys and hurts of your mind and spirit. Focus yourself on what feeds your interest, makes you smile and gives you purpose. The disappointments and slights are sometimes hard to shake off, but you need to do it. Resilience is just as important as strength. 

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Whatever question you’re asked this week, pause to think first. Once you give it a moment and a cleansing breath, you may decide on a simple approach, or you may decide the simplest approach of all is not to answer. This will give others the gift of intrigue. Mysteries are a special kind of entertainment. 

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The high expectations of the people around you could either encourage or discourage you, depending on your estimation of how you might be able to meet the demand. If you think you can do it, you’ll be encouraged to try. If you think you can’t, you’ll bail quickly and find somewhere else to place your good effort.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When people suggest that you “be honest with yourself,” what are they saying? Are they suggesting there is some kind of liar in your head feeding you the wrong ideas? If so, how would you be able to weed out that liar, given that it’s a part of you? This is the struggle of the week, and your better angels will prevail. 

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Maybe nobody’s opinion of you should change your opinion of yourself. That’s all well and good in a graphic you can hang on your wall or wallpaper your phone or computer screen with, but you’d have to be made of Teflon to be unaffected by the good and bad opinions of others. That’s the struggle of the week in a nutshell.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The initial reasons you’ll want to leave your comfort zone have to do with adventure and curiosity. But underneath those reasons are deeper reasons. On a subconscious level, you may understand that it is only by leaving this place where you feel at home that you’ll finally come to appreciate what it really is. 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Everything is an exchange — of energy, time, money and more. This week, it will help you to get clearer about the exchange. Until you ask questions, you won’t understand what you’re using up when you interact with others. When you better understand the give and take, you can give and take more to your liking.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You may find your self leaning toward actions that are very impulsive, possibly destructive and definitely unexpected to the company you keep. This is all to avoid anxiety. If you face the fear instead, you will learn that your actions are much more in your control than you had previously believed. 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You want to live with an open and free heart. One thing that puts a damper on your loving feelings is hanging out with people who think only of themselves. These types cause you to have to guard your heart and be constantly on the defensive. This week is about surrounding yourself with people you can trust.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Are you loyal? What priority do you give that value in your life? Does loyalty mean more to you than practicality? Than self-expression? You’ll work out those questions with this week’s challenge. You may even have to decide between saving someone else’s feelings and reputation and preserving your own.

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