Maggie Cheung, Virgo.
Illustrative photo: by Preity Kinha; Images: Getty
This week brings two pieces of good astrological news. First, on Sunday night, the retrograde of Venus ends. It’s likely that over the past month you’ve learned important, albeit difficult, lessons about your relationships, your values, and your heart. Now the road is less bumpy. You can move forward with new confidence and clarity about what you want in love. Then, on Monday morning, Jupiter’s retrograde motion in Taurus begins. While pullbacks aren’t often seen as good things, they are more likely to be nice, and maybe helpful as well. It’s an opportunity to see where you got off track and find your way back on track You.
While there are some who take great pleasure in planning for the future, you tend to feel best when you are living in the present moment. You understand that it is impossible to prepare for every eventuality, so you prefer to take advantage of opportunities and deal with problems as they arise. But now is the time to think about what lies ahead, think about your values, the person you want to be, and the kinds of relationships you want to invite into your life. Sometimes it takes a little intention and basic work to really get what you want. This week, don’t fight it.
You are generally a practical person. Not boring or unimaginative, but realistic about how the world works. So you do your best to save money, and get into relationships slowly and measuredly. However, this week you may find yourself feeling impulsive and ready to forget common sense and follow your heart. And while it would not be wise to live this way everyone At that time, it is not so bad to give up practicality once in a while, to give up your love recklessly and do everything you can.
You enjoy everyday interactions, those moments when a friend shares a truth you didn’t know or an acquaintance tells you a great story, when you make someone laugh. But recently, the talks have stalled. You’ve felt less confident and less adept with your social life. This week the relief will return. Your way with words will be back. Your jokes will land the way you did before. You will feel at home in the world.
It is important to be able to reflect on your shortcomings. It’s also possible (and in your case, most likely) to overdo it. You tend to dwell on your perceived faults and imagine them to be the most important thing about you, or take some bad experience and convince yourself This is how life will be forever. If you’ve been stuck in a negative feedback loop, you can break free this week. You can see yourself in a kinder light. Nothing in life is static, so give yourself permission to imagine a different future and start working towards it.
You may feel unmotivated this week. No matter how many projects you’re in charge of in the office, or how many household chores require your attention, you just can’t seem to put yourself in your head space for work. This can be frustrating, but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There is room for work and play, times when you need to be challenged, and times when you need to relax and have fun. Even if you can’t beg from your responsibilities entirely, you can Can Make a decision to prioritize fun now, and trust that you’ll be more progress-oriented later on.
This week you may be reminded of the ways in which your perspective has become limited. You are very aware of the gaps in your knowledge and experience, and of all the questions you don’t have answers to. It’s important not to blame yourself for this, but if you want to expand your understanding of the world, now is the time to do so. Read, talk, travel. Worry less about developing practical skills than about developing curiosity. Pay attention to the world around you, simply for the joy of feeling your heart and mind expand.
It is possible that your friendships have been a little strained lately. Maybe your plans to socialize are repeatedly failing, or maybe something deeper is going on — like feeling like an outsider in your social group and wondering if your friends really are Likes You. Your fears are almost certainly unfounded, but that doesn’t stop them from harassing you. This week act like you have a clean slate and a fresh mindset. When you don’t think about your fears and insecurities, your friends are there for you after all.
Perhaps someone you love has hurt you recently. Maybe they just let you down. Whatever the reason, it has occurred to you that you need to stop depending on others completely. You’ve decided that although you cherish your relationships, in the end you can only count on yourself. This week, the universe may prove you wrong. Close relationships (whether romantic or not) will challenge you, but they will also make your world bigger. They will restore your confidence and enhance your sense of self.
You’re not the one who stops to smell the roses, or even stops to celebrate your accomplishments. Not because you’re upset or critical, but because you’re always on the move, looking forward to what’s next. This week, slow down enough to enjoy your life and the people in it in the moment. In the past few months, I’ve worked hard, faced challenges, and gotten stronger. stop now. Give yourself some credit and appreciate the beauty around you.
Sometimes it’s hard for you to share how you feel. You are well aware of how easy it is to get words wrong, and you fear that your sincere expressions of your feelings could be twisted and used against you. The best thing to do this week is to communicate openly and honestly without fear. Every time you put yourself out there, you’ll get braver. You will learn about yourself. It will make it possible to connect on a deeper level with the people you love.
You realize that you, like everyone else, need friendship and love to feel fulfilled. But it’s hard to balance the needs of others with your own. Many have asked you to compromise too much, to sacrifice your essentials You-ness, in order to maintain harmony. This week, believe that you don’t need to choose between being yourself and being in a relationship. You can express your feelings honestly and be heard when the right person is listening. The more you care about others, the more you will get in return.
When you are feeling down and need hope, when life is boring and you need sparkle, you tend to look further. She dreams of magic, of distant cities, of the mysteries of the universe. But this week, the best place to find what you’re looking for is in the world around you. Chance encounters on the streets of your neighborhood can lead to amazing connections and opportunities. Taking some time to admire the trees in the garden or the ferns on the windowsill can rejuvenate you. You don’t have to search far and wide. Everything you need is closer than you can imagine.
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