Solange, a Cancer.
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Late Monday night, action planet Mars enters Taurus and invites us all to settle in for a long haul. During the next six weeks, don’t lose heart. Victories won’t come quickly but through persistence and a willingness to keep going, no matter how long it takes. Amazing change becomes possible not because of miracles or good luck but rather the slow, transformative magic of perseverance. Later Monday night, communication planet Mercury enters intuitive Cancer, where it will stay for the next two weeks. As you try to make sense of the world during this time, logic and grand theories might fail, but you can find clarity in emotion and the warm light of your relationships with others.
You have enough of an optimistic streak to hold out hope that people can change — that those who have always disregarded your feelings will finally see how wrong they were, that the ones who have harmed you will make amends. While believing in people’s capacity for growth is beautiful and generous, it can also set you up for heartbreak. This week, give yourself permission to stop waiting around for the people who have never been on your side. This isn’t an act of despair. In fact, it’s one of faith that, in doing so, you make room for people who will welcome you with solidarity and open arms.
There’s a part of you that feels apologetic for the smallest of pleasures these days. It isn’t that you believe self-denial is virtuous or that you’re undeserving, only that it seems unfair to experience happiness when so much around us is falling apart. Consciously or not, you might be trying to balance the scales and alleviate your guilt by avoiding comfort, stubbornly turning away from invitations to enjoy yourself. What the world needs now, though, isn’t less delight but more. It’s okay to enjoy yourself when you can, to fill your cup, to create more beauty and kindness in a universe that badly needs it.
When you’re honest with yourself about just how much change is needed, how much better life could be — whether in your life, your community, or the wider world — you may feel you have little to contribute. Your dreams are grand, but your resources are limited. You’re only one person, and your life is full of ordinary necessities such as sleeping and eating and going to work. The key this week is not to be ashamed that you aren’t doing “more.” Each day, you have the power to do something good, if small. And all those little actions will add up, if you let them.
Despite disappointments you’ve faced in recent years, despite the numerous injustices you’ve witnessed, a small part of you has held out hope that if the situation truly grew dark enough, those with authority would finally step in and help. But now even that illusion has been shattered. There is grief and anger this week in being reminded that there are powerful people who could fight for you but won’t. In place of that old hope, you’ll find a new resolve — and an understanding that when nobody else will step up, you can still fight for your community, and they’ll fight for you, too.
Even the deepest sorrow is easier to bear when you know you aren’t alone in it. The most chest-tightening anxiety over the future lessens when you know you’ll have friends by your side to face it. You won’t be able to repair the whole world, but you can make things better this week by building community. Forge new connections, mend relationships that have frayed. Commit to making one another’s lives a little bit sweeter today. Love isn’t all that matters, but we can’t do without it.
You know that — in theory, at least — things could be different: There’s no inherent reason that society cannot be freer, more generous, less violent, no cosmic master plan that says we couldn’t choose another way to live. In practice, however, it’s easy to convince yourself that these alternatives exist only in the realm of imagination, not reality. This week, you’ll find you don’t have to stick with dreaming — you can act, too, as if a better world is possible. And each time you choose to break with unjust or restrictive norms, you’re laying the foundation for the new existence you’ve longed for.
This week, you might worry that you’ve suddenly become invisible. Nobody is paying attention to your sharp observations and helpful ideas or noticing the vital contributions you’re continually making to your community. You could raise your voice, demand to be seen, but you have other options too. Consider the benefits of doing your work for its own sake, at least for a time. This is an opportunity to make big strides forward without the pressure of others’ expectations or the dangers of overexposure. Trust that, eventually, you’ll be recognized in the way you desire.
You’re a strategic thinker by nature — skilled at reading a room, planning a few steps ahead, and maneuvering through the trickiest problems. But there are circumstances in life that call for simple, dogged determination instead. This kind of action feels less rewarding to you, probably, but that doesn’t make it any less important. This week, the important thing is just to hang on. Keep going and stay committed to your humanity, your people, your principles. You don’t need to be clever or analyze your way through this. For now, it’s enough to keep showing up.
You have the capacity for incredible bravery. You may take beautiful, astonishing risks for the sake of others to do what is right in the face of resistance or even danger. In order to fully realize your potential here, though, you need to practice. Courage is like a muscle: It atrophies if you never use it. So this week your task is to tend to your nerve and keep it in shape. Every tiny chance you take, every time you put yourself out there, you’re ensuring you’ll stay strong, principled, and ready to take action when the world calls on you to do more.
Right now, it’s tempting to bury yourself in work. Whether it’s paid or volunteer, the goal is the same: to fill your days so you have no time to stew in panic or uncertainty or painful emotions. And there’s something to be said for channeling your feelings into useful, concrete action. This week, it’s important not to overcommit. Taking on too many obligations puts you on the road to burnout, which won’t help you or anyone else. Action is necessary, but make sure it’s at a sustainable pace.
When you consider the ongoing disaster we’re living through, you see no room, no justification, for being anything less than heroic. You yearn for a sense of special purpose, for grand gestures and actions; it’s almost unbearable to keep muddling through life’s everyday banalities. But this week, what the world needs from you is not that you should chase something “better” than the life of an ordinary person. Rather, the everyday is your great mission at present. There’s value in figuring out how to live alongside others with courage and love in defiance of greed and cruelty.
You’ve been stressed about and unsure of your place in the world lately, and it’s only been made worse by the many people — probably in your life as well as on social media and the news — working to persuade you that you’re helpless. They say that all you can do is wait around asking to be saved, that the wisest course of action available to you is to politely request better treatment. But they’re wrong, of course, and it’s your job this week to remember that. You don’t need permission to care for your community and make one another’s lives better. You already have all the power you need.
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