By Amy Elliott
Following a little turbulence in the past week, you may now be experiencing the welcome sensation of reaching familiar turf. There’s still a good deal happening, and you will probably soon need to head out once more into unknown territory. After all, a comfort zone is not meant for staying in permanently. You’d feel cooped up, as if you never ventured outside your physical home. In reality, it’s much more a place to return to after a long and informative adventure in the wilderness.
Compared with the past week, you should begin to feel significantly lighter as time progresses. There may still be some encounters to unpack; however, on the whole the atmosphere will probably seem a good deal more congenial. Try to make time for leisure and social activities if you need to get away from the usual routines, even if you enact only very basic changes. You might benefit from the fresh surroundings, and from coming out of yourself a little more, if only for an hour or two.
During the next few weeks, you’ll have an opportunity to review your recent achievements and career moves, and tie up any loose ends, before moving forward to the next phase of fulfilling your goals. As you do this, make honesty your watchword. Be determinedly accurate in everything you say and do, as much as possible. Honor any promises; and when looking back, take a realistic view about how far you’ve come, including the substantial positives. This will stand you in good stead for oncoming endeavors.
Persevere in spite of whatever you perceive as blocking or hindering your path. The chances are any real obstacles are a lot less formidable than they seem. Fear exaggerates and can also create mirages, which is all the more reason not to let it dictate your actions. If you’re facing an actual puzzle at this moment, take it step by step, and if necessary get other perspectives on the matter. If, however, you’re looking at a potential tangle at some future time, first focus on getting there.
Be wary of assigning blame or ascribing meaning in any situation where the truth is not wholly clear, which means most scenarios. These days, where any challenge arises, there is a general tendency to look outward for explanations and solutions rather than inward. It may be worth deliberately taking the opposite approach for a while — begin by considering your responsibilities, and surveying your inner landscape. This should be useful in helping you overcome any difficulties and move onward.
You may soon need to commence a process of re-evaluating how you conduct yourself in your most intimate relationships; in particular, whether and where you might hold back from sharing your truth with loved ones. It’s natural to want to give a favorable impression of ourselves that we think will be well-received; however, stuffing down feelings and thoughts invariably leads to trouble further down the line. You need to be wholly yourself all the time, with no compromises or half-measures.
If your daily routine seems lately to be erring on the side of all work and no play, make an effort to fix that this week, even if only with small changes. Give yourself space to relax and stretch out, and more room for activities you know you’ll find fun, as well as anything you really want to try. Notice any sensations of guilt or fear you experience when doing so. Analyzing such emotions and releasing them will probably free up some energy. If you feel relief, that’s likely to be a sign of progress.
At this time of year you can generally look forward to making some creative or innovative leaps; and right now the wind is decidedly behind you, especially for any endeavor that involves collaboration. The dynamic may become intense at times, and you’ll need people around you with whom cooperation involves mutual advancement, as opposed to everyone pursuing their own private agenda. Spend time with those who bring out your best qualities, and in a space where you can focus naturally.
Remember that ultimately you have free will. Your life is not a pre-programmed course, laid out by some divine hand or by movements from the past; you can change direction pretty much whenever you see fit. This, of course, entails responsibility — for understanding the situation, and for making appropriate choices, as well as mending any mistakes. Be cautious of any temptation to give up some measure of your liberty; ultimately you need to be in control of your life, and anything less is inadequate.
Although much of the action and tension of our present era is happening in your sign, you’ve played host to Pluto for long enough that you’re likely better able than most to cope with the rolls and pitches. That said, if you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, reach out and ask for help. You may be strong and resourceful, but you are not superhuman, nor are you expected to be. Check in with loved ones occasionally, and make sure you take the time and space you need to refresh and restore yourself.
Being human necessarily limits one’s perspective; the alternative would probably render us effectively unable to function. That said, this week you may well have an opportunity to broaden your point of view in some ways. Keep an open mind if you are challenged in a discussion or by an event, and do your utmost to give genuine consideration to the ideas of others. In any conflict where values are at stake, aim to take the high road. At the very least, you stand to gain useful wisdom.
Pay close attention this week to any indication that you’re expected to follow a specific route, or take a particular point of view. This may well involve a situation that’s more complex than it appears at first sight, and you will likely therefore need the space to determine what you actually think or feel. Be wary likewise of automatically taking a polar opposite perspective in the spirit of rebellion; the key here is to carve out your unique path, which may take more effort but is necessary for aligning with reason.