There was a new moon in Pisces on Sunday morning, marking a fresh start around themes like imagination and intuition, or dreams and emotion. This week, while the moon waxes, you can carry this energy with you, letting it shape the way you see the world. You can prioritize the truths beneath those that are easily visible. You can prioritize softness over hard edges and straight lines. You can prioritize love above productivity, above logic.
It might become newly possible to escape a restriction — imagined or real — that has limited your choices and made your world smaller. It might become newly possible to escape the boundaries that other people have set for you, and the ones that you have set for yourself. Think about what you’ll do with this new space and new freedom. You could use it to work harder, to let your ambitions run truly wild. But it might be better, this week, to take it as permission to stop striving at all, and see what wild new forms your feelings take when you do.
This week, you don’t have to be practical at all. You don’t have to be reasonable in your desires or shrink your dreams down to what seems realistic and attainable. Practicality can be its own kind of tyranny, and this week you can shake it off. You can think about poetry, or the changing light outside, or all your quiet, dreamy memories. You can think about the world you’d like to live in, not just the one you’d settle for. Good change takes a long time, but it happens eventually, as long as you keep holding the door open for magic to enter.
Sometimes, you avoid looking too far into the past — as though nostalgia is a dangerous trap waiting for you to fall in. But reconnecting with your past can be a way to realign with your confidence, with your values, with your best and truest self. Doing so can help you remember the times when you trusted yourself the most, or when you felt most fully alive. The urgent stress of the present can sometimes grow so big that it threatens to blot out the sunlight. Looking to the past reminds you that it wasn’t always like this, and it won’t always be.
It’s important not to lose sight of the fact that the things you need for fulfillment are very different than the things you need for survival. And although many people will try to persuade you that just surviving is enough, and that you should be grateful for it, you aren’t greedy for wanting more. You’re allowed to want sweetness and pleasure and love. You’re allowed to want time for yourself, time just to dream. And you’re allowed to do more than just want. You can fight for all this, too.
This week, nothing good will come from comparing yourself to other people. It won’t inspire you, won’t spur you to greatness, won’t light a motivating fire beneath you. Comparing yourself to others will just leave you feeling inadequate and lonely, like you’ve fallen irreparably behind. This week, don’t imagine yourself in any kind of competition with those around you. You aren’t running the same race, so how could you have fallen behind? You’re on your own bending path, and the people you meet aren’t competitors but companions whose twisty paths have intersected yours.
No matter how adaptable you can be, it’s still rarely easy to change your mind. But really changing your mind— about people, about ideas, about how you see the world and your place in it — doesn’t make you fickle or reckless or weak. Real change requires courage; it requires care. It’s simpler, sometimes, to dig in your heels and persist, but this week, the conditions might be right to do the weirder, braver thing and let yourself evolve.
It can be frightening to spend time thinking about lack — about all the things that you need and don’t have, all the things you once had and no longer do. It can feel as though thoughts like this will begin to consume you as soon as you let them into your mind. But this week, you can take them one. You can admit that you want things you don’t have, or that you wish circumstances were different. Doing so isn’t an admission of deficiency or defeat, but a way of being honest with yourself, and of setting the conditions for good change to happen.
It’s important, this week, that you don’t let yourself be rushed to speak before you’re ready. It’s important that you don’t hurry to express something just because you sense that a reaction is expected of you. Your thoughts deserve to develop in their own time, according to their own quiet logic. They deserve not to be rushed out into the cold. You don’t have to keep silent if you’re ready to speak, of course, but don’t be afraid to give yourself the gift of waiting, of thinking, of taking your time to get the feeling right.
This week, try to resist transactional modes of thinking, of interacting, of living. Try to move away from the idea that everything must have a purpose, that all your time must be productive, that value can be easily measured. So many powerful forces have exerted so much energy to make you think this way, but you can still fight back. There’s value in generosity for its own sake. There’s value in sweetness that might not be repaid until later. There’s value in time spent unproductively, time devoted to quiet, private, human sweetness.
This is a week to be thoughtful about the kinds of intimacy and care that you need, and the kinds you’re willing to give. Closeness comes in different varieties, and at different levels of intensity. Don’t feel bad if you’re not willing to give everything — all your energy, all your time, all of you. You can still offer care without offering your whole life and soul. You can still heal the world without running your own well dry. It isn’t an all-or-nothing game; when you give what you can, it still counts.
You don’t need the world’s approval before you’re able to act, and you’re not someone who’s primarily motivated by the drive for recognition. But just because your dreams lie elsewhere, that doesn’t mean you don’t long to be appreciated in all your singular, brilliant weirdness. It doesn’t mean you have to turn away from recognition when it comes, just to prove something to yourself. It’s okay to reach out to other people, to turn away from loneliness, and turn toward connection instead.
This week, you might feel a desire to wrap up everything in your life neatly — to smooth all your weird edges, to fit all the pieces into place, to tie up all the loose ends. You might feel a desire for wholeness, for completion, for the one perfect answer that explains it all. But it’s important to remember that you aren’t a closed system. You’re a part of the world, and the world is too messy for perfection. You’ll always exceed all totalizing explanations, and this isn’t a flaw, but a gift.
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