Late on Tuesday night, Mars enters focused Scorpio, and you might feel your own sense of action and drive grow sharper and more intense: your goals might become clearer in your mind, and your own movement toward them more unafraid. On Wednesday, Mercury stations direct, and your communication might feel easier again, your thoughts more straightforward. Finally, on Friday, the sun moves from single-minded Scorpio into restless, expansive Sagittarius. During this season, the whole world will beckon, your courage will broaden, and nothing will hold you back.
Sometimes, the world just feels unbearably tight. It can be hard not to feel like you’ve internalized all the restrictions outside you, and all the world’s limits and rules have imprinted themselves in your own mind. This week, though, you can remember that you’re powerful enough to resist. Your thoughts are strong enough to break through barricades, your desires wild enough to carry you into unknown happiness. This week, let yourself want more than you think you’re allowed to want.
This is a week to remind yourself that nothing is over yet. There are so many people and institutions doing their best to make you believe that it’s all done and decided, that nothing matters anymore. But this is a week to resist everyone who keeps implying that the best thing to do is just to give up. Your future hasn’t been decided, and you still have the power to change everything, to create a life full of softness and light. You’re not off the hook just yet.
This is a week for the pleasure of refusal. This is a week for the joy that comes from declining to follow other people’s orders, or from calmly walking away from unreasonable demands. You don’t have to start a fight, you don’t have to cause a scene, you don’t have to draw the whole world’s attention to every instance of petty badness. You know what’s important to you, and this week, you can absolutely refuse to be pulled off course.
Much of the time, privacy can keep you safe; it can protect the wonders of your inner life. Sometimes, though, too much focus on your own interiority can divide you from the rest of the world, leaving you disconnected and lonely. This week, let yourself think bigger. This is the time to look forward again if you’ve been looking back. It’s a time to look outward again if you’ve been looking in. Let yourself believe that your home in this world is much bigger than just the space inside your own head.
Most change happens quietly, nearly invisibly, dispersed through a stream of ordinary-seeming days. There are so few great leaps, and so many everyday actions, slowly accumulating. This makes it easy to believe that you’ve never really changed at all — that the way you are today is the way you’ve been forever, and the way you always will be. This week, though, let yourself see how much you’re learned, how much kinder and stronger you are now than you used to be. Let yourself see that change is good, but even more, let yourself see that it’s possible.
When the world feels fearsome and chaotic, there are so many types of defensive strategies you can resort to. Some of these are valuable, but others can falsely persuade you that cutting yourself off from all joy is a way to protect yourself. This week, try not to protect yourself so vigorously that you forget how to feel pleasure at all. Don’t convince yourself that hardship is the only way to live honestly, that pain is the only feeling you can trust. Happiness is worthy, too. Feeling your good feelings now won’t weaken or destroy you.
People sometimes talk as though the only way to grow is up, but personal growth doesn’t happen in one direction only. Valuable growth can happen sideways, too. It can happen invisibly, like a tree pushing its roots quietly underground. This is a week to consider the growth you’ve been trying to achieve. And if it seems like that growth has been slow or unsuccessful, that doesn’t mean you’ve been doing nothing at all. Expand your thinking enough that you can see the growth that’s really been happening, and give yourself some credit for it.
If you’re getting tired from all the games you’ve been trying to win, maybe this is a week to give yourself a rest. Maybe it’s a week to stop playing altogether. You don’t have to outsmart other people, always thinking twenty steps ahead. You don’t have to maintain control, or prove yourself victorious. Try to trust your instincts this week, taking each moment as it comes. It requires a certain amount of vulnerability to believe that the world will hold you and let you thrive, but it’s worth it.
This is a week for paying attention to what feels tight in your chest, and letting the tightness loosen. It’s a week for paying attention to what sits heavy in your dreams, and releasing some of that weight. In the days ahead, it’ll be easier to feel like yourself again, easier to do all the things you do best, easier to take the kinds of risks that make you feel alive. If other people have been telling you that you want too much freedom, too much knowledge, too much life, you don’t have to believe them. You can trust your own mind after all.
Sometimes, you start to judge a thing’s value based on how difficult or how easy it is. Sometimes, you get this unconscious idea if something is difficult or demanding or painful, then it must be especially worthy, and if something comes easily, if it brings pleasure and sweetness to your life, then it must be frivolous and worth nothing much at all. This mindset can help you achieve, but it can lead you off course, too. Beauty is a value as real as any other. This week, give yourself a chance to enjoy the things you love.
Sometimes, you can feel a powerful sense of inadequacy — like you’re not doing enough, not achieving enough, not making the most of your strange and sparkling time on earth. This feeling can persist even if you believe that the very idea of “achievement” is hollow, even if you know that there are better, bigger things than the accomplishments other people can recognize. This week, you can feel this fear of inadequacy, just don’t let it devour you. Don’t let it divert your energies into pursuits you don’t truly care about.
You have a sharp and keen awareness of all the massive forces pressing in on you, of all the deep and heavy powers that dictate the bounds of your life. Much of the time, this awareness acts as a steady source of wisdom in your life, a map that can help you navigate dangerous ground. Sometimes, though, you forget how to want more for yourself. This week, it might feel like all the pressures that have weighed on you have suddenly weakened, or like your capacity for resistance has become stronger. Either way, take advantage of this freedom.