This week, early Thursday morning, Mercury will enter its natural home of Virgo, and you might notice your thinking become practical, grounded, or precise. The blurry places in your mind might resolve into sharp focus; confusion might fade into clarity. Then, Friday morning brings a new moon in Virgo, offering a chance to reorganize plans and reshape dreams, to set things right as you move into the days ahead.
This week, see what happens if you move a little more slowly than your natural speed. See what happens if you’re a little slower to reach a conclusion, a little less rushed to choose your next move. Be patient with your body, and with the moods that take time to reveal themselves. There’s nothing wrong with moving quickly, but this is a week to remember the sweetness and clarity that comes with taking the time you need.
As much as you can, try to notice the shape of your expectations this week. Pay attention to the assumptions you hold about the world you’re moving through. Try to notice not just the disappointment when somebody isn’t what you need them to be, but also the soaring, joyful surprise when someone is kinder, braver, and better than you even let yourself hope. Are you expecting too much? Are you demanding too little? This is a week to notice your expectations, and refocus them if they’ve slid out of alignment.
Think about the stories you love the most — the ones you return to, again and again, to make sense of this difficult world and your difficult self. For all your brilliant curiosity, there are still truths that you haven’t discovered, or that you haven’t been ready to look at directly. This is a week for confronting the things you haven’t wanted to know. This is a week for holding the knowledge you’ve been afraid of. There’s nothing you have to avoid forever — nothing you’re not strong enough to face right now.
This week, try to question some of the ideas you’ve held about yourself. You might start to wonder whether certain things you thought you needed have been holding you back all along. What you once thought was necessary security might start to feel like a trap, or what you thought was a good-enough love might start looking like poison. This sounds like a bad thing, but it’s an indication that right now it’s possible to change your mind; to turn around and choose a different, truer life.
Sometimes it feels like there’s no excuse not to maintain total control over your life, your feelings, and your body. This week, though, it’s okay to recognize your weakness. It’s okay if you have to keep reminding yourself that there’s no such thing as purity, no such thing as perfection, no such thing as a flawless, blameless life. Keep reminding yourself that you’re just one human. There is no perfect control. There’s only trying, and that you can do.
It’s okay if you feel some creeping melancholy this week, some unexpected, undefined grief. But don’t spend your time trying to fight off all the bad feelings; don’t spend all your energy trying not to let any sorrow touch you. Just make sure that you’re not trying to deal with it all on your own, and that you’re not retreating from the world. Remember who you’re in commune with, and who you can feel joy with. Remember the people who can make you believe that the world is still worth fighting for.
If your blood feels hot this week, if your thoughts feel sharp and spiky, or if you simply feel fed up, lean all the way into that feeling. You don’t need to ignore it or hide it or pretend that everything’s fine; you don’t need to put on your mask before stepping outside each morning. If your thoughts are desperate to simmer and spark, then let them. If your words can only express difficult truths, then let them be difficult. Don’t discount your incredible power, and don’t give it up for the sake of maintaining appearances.
This week, it might feel as if nothing excites you. But this is a week to leave your house, to go outside of your own thoughts and leave behind panic, numbness, and dread. This is a week to move through the world and look at the wild, green life that exists all around you. Pay close attention to whatever still lights you up, whatever reminds you you’re alive and gives you strength to go on.
Sometimes, there’s value in speaking every single thought that moves through your head, in unloading your ideas as soon as you have them. This week, though, try waiting a bit. Try moving more slowly than your roiling dreams tell you that you should. There’s value in speaking with care, with love, with caution. Take your own power seriously. Speak the truth for a reason: Use it to move toward the future your want.
You’ve created a set of rules for yourself to live by, a code to guide you, and you’ve learned to abide steadfastly by your own rules. It’s a good way to live, a good way to guide yourself through a messy, changing world. This week, though, it might be a good time to check in with yourself to make sure your code is still fair and reasonable, and that it still makes sense. You can adapt without weakening or losing the best things about yourself.
This is a week to remember all the power you have over yourself. You can decide how you’ll live in a violent world, and you can decide what kind of love you’ll offer up in the face of dark uncertainty. You can decide how you’ll go on, knowing all the things you know. In the middle of everything, you can still decide what kind of human you’ll be. You can decide to keep trying. You can decide how you will and will not let yourself be changed.
If it seems like every last person and every last sound in the world is grating on you this week, try to ration out your irritation. Try to pace yourself. Don’t spend all your anger on the person who cut in the grocery store line; don’t spend it all on the person walking too slowly on the sidewalk up ahead. You can think of this as a matter of empathy, but it’s an issue of power, too — your anger is more powerful than you know, and you’re going to need it for bigger things.