Double-Opportunity Moon

By Holiday Mathis

May 21, 2017 6 min read

Spirits will be buoyed during the first full week of the Gemini sun, and the new moon in this lighthearted realm of the twins brings double the fun to the projects and relationships we take on. New-moon note: if you aim for status quo, you'll find that it isn't a steady, even measurement at all; rather it's a pattern of almost imperceptible decline. To get better or even just to keep the gains you've already made, you must seek improvement.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Sometimes you have to mess up and say the wrong thing before you can realize how you really think and confront any error there. A mistake is really a gift to help you gain awareness and align your thoughts more graciously and selflessly. When you're better inside, you're better outside.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). This week's interior-design project won't be about making over your bedroom or kitchen; it will be about improving your mental habits and tendencies, beautifying the emotional landscape inside you and adopting different structures and light sources in order to build a better general attitude.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're entering your luckiest time of the year. To get what you want is pretty cool, but most people get what they want eventually. Now, to get what you want when you want it — that's a very big deal, something to be deeply appreciated, well-documented and celebrated to the hilt.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Can you be happy when your crew isn't? It's difficult for many, and it's nearly impossible for someone as caring and attentive as you. And yet this is the big work of the week — figuring out how to be more or less self-sufficient in your happiness. The joy you create inside yourself will be contagious.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Many people never seem to outgrow the roles their families cast them in from the start. You find this unsettling. Your identity is very much your own creation these days, and when you feel yourself slipping into old patterns that you once felt forced into, you'll make the necessary adjustments to reclaim your independence.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Few people irritate you more than those who are self-righteous. These types are trouble for you this week. Avoid them! In general, righteousness promotes a sense of inequality and division. Anyway, you have better things to do than worry about those obsessed with the wrongdoings of others.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). All in all, you're poised for maximum productivity, though you're also sensitive to feeling overwhelmed. List all the steps; then cut it down to only the ones you can tackle this week. You'll probably overestimate this, and it's fine. You'll hit an obstacle on Tuesday. Do something creative or even silly to get over it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Without the things around you that you own, care for and handle daily, would you still be yourself? Of course! But you'd be a different version. This is a week to experiment with your personal environment and change up material possessions, just to see how it affects the way you see and project yourself.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Don't worry so much about getting things right. No singular choice is reflective of your whole self; no singular move reveals the depths of your soul; you cannot be defined by a singular statement. Everything is trial and error, or trial and sort-of success, partial error, trial, more trial... The important thing is doing. Just do.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). To speak only kind words about all of the people all of the time would be a stretch. And yet, for the most part, you're able to achieve a constant feeling of respect and kindness toward your fellow humans this week. And when you can't seem to get there, you'll still try to look for the positive and very often find it, too.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's hard to make things easy: Usually only the top experts can do this. Many a novice will undervalue the work involved, because the masters make things look so effortless. It takes one who knows a lot to appreciate one who knows a lot. This week you'll align yourself with greatness and learn all you can.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The world is full of uncomfortable situations, dangerous crossings, strict rules to follow and difficult learning curves. A sense of unconditional belonging — that's how you know you've found your home, and it's the best part of being there. Cherish your snug fit into a familiar niche. It will become even cozier this week.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You go into this solar return with a goal to make other people's lives better. On the other side of it, your life will be markedly improved by what you did for them. The next six weeks, follow the plan, stick with what's working. July will require greater creativity and experimentation. You'll think of your work and earnings differently, and you'll get richer because of this. Simple Relationship Rule: Feed the ties that make you feel vital and avoid the ones that drain you.

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