ARIES (March 21-April 19). A meteoric ride to the top is a thrill, but all that bright burning speed has a price. Such a ride can be diminishing and requires protection against incineration. In other words, when you get there fast and flashy, you risk burnout. Go for the slow climb. With your solid, confident footing, you’ll show up strong.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re ready and willing to go solo on this leg of the journey. You think it will be simpler and faster this way. But what about your pleasure? The right companionship won’t complicate things, but it will make your travels exciting, comfortable and safe, with a bonus benefit of more laughter, enjoyment and success.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Do you know what joy feels like in real time? All those moments leading up — that’s the exciting part. And those few at the end, right before the victory — sheer anticipatory elation. So don’t rush to the end of this game. Sure, you want the trophy, but once you get it you’ll have one more thing to dust off in your life.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The end of this quest is the threshold of the next one. Since you’re bound to keep going, why not slow this trolley down so you can take a nice, long gander around this place you’re in. Fact: You won’t get another cherry-picked chance as sweet as the one that comes Wednesday. Don’t wait till you’re hungry to eat it up.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). No one is perfect. Even the great can sometimes live in error, and it’s up to others to uphold the standards. There’s a kind way to call people out. It involves discretion. As for the excitement and scandal going on in your circle this week, as long as those involved maintain a sense of humility, all will be well.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your heart will be stirred; then your muses will wake up and start ordering you around. You’ll be downright dangerous when turned loose on a keyboard. Before you press “send” on those texts and emails, let them marinate overnight — or better yet, let them soak for three days and then review with new eyes.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You want to get involved with someone who has an overview of what you’re doing, can keep you on target and also add value to what you offer. That’s a tall order, but it’s not unreasonable or impossible. In fact, you already know someone who fits the description or can introduce you to the person who does.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Someone has to take charge, and that someone is you, if only because you decide it is. Don’t wait for an invitation to take control. Leadership is seized more than it’s appointed. The same goes for power. It’s lucky for the world you go about obtaining both in an extremely humble and human way.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You know what it’s like to be loved by someone who doesn’t demand anything in return. You’ve received this kind of love, and you can give it, too. Does the object of your unconditional love deserve it? That was a trick question. If you’re asking it, then unconditional love isn’t the kind you’re giving.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you’ve never had to struggle, you don’t know how sweet success can be. It might be argued that you don’t even know what success is, really. Ours is an existence of contrast. This week will be a study in comparison to help you appreciate the value and qualities of various people, projects and states of being.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The world of blame and shame is easy to find: Just follow the crowd. There are so many social structures in which blame is a favorite pastime and shame is the default emotion; cultures of tolerance and self-acceptance are rare indeed — rare, but not nonexistent. Seek peace and ye shall find it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Other people’s wants do not always require an automatic response from you. Resist the urge to fly to the aid of your loved one out of a compulsory need to be the answer. There are times (for instance, between Wednesday and Saturday) when the very best way you can help someone is not to.