Stars Amp Up the Empathy

By Holiday Mathis

December 8, 2019 6 min read

Don't be alarmed if you happen to feel more empathy for strangers and animals starring in commercials than for those in the inner circle. In truth, your loved ones have made you mad a few times. You're also busy protecting yourself because their vicinity makes you vulnerable. Still, given the Mercury change this week, there will be many benefits to dropping your guard. The full Gemini moon cheers for love and listening.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). One person cannot make another person trust. Trusting is an individual choice. This week, it all boils down to the level of confidence you have about the realm of the unknown that extends between you and another person. You won't give your trust without careful thought into what has been earned.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll tell a story to take things to the next level in a project, transaction or relationship. The more specific, definitive and polarizing this story is, the better your chance for a quick answer. You don't want everyone to say "yes" on this one. What you want is the right person to say yes. A fast "no" is better than a maybe.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Many invisible things become quite visible indeed with implements such as an X-ray machine, telescope, microscope and the like. Imagination will be your tool of choice for dealing with the invisible this week. You'll vividly see alternate realities as you project the outcome of different situations.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You chose your path, and now you're not so sure it will work for you. This could be your fear cropping up to cause interference. We all have resistance to change, and its arguments can be mighty convincing. Take a chance. For one week, trust your mentor more than you trust your own fear. See what happens.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). People can react to the world or they can purposefully respond to it. It's a difference in mindset you'll be exploring this week. Be curious enough about yourself to understand your own cues. Figuring out your triggers and urges will allow you to lead and direct yourself without tapping the limited resource of willpower.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If you took a poll, everyone who loves you would agree that you have been wronged. And yet, what good does it do you to hold on to toxic resentment — something rotten in the emotional pool. This is your week to pull it out and purify. Maybe you don't want to forgive, fine. Think of it as more of a review followed by a purge.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People bring a lifetime of experiences to their relationship with you, so it's safe to assume that many of their behaviors are more about them than you. To get overly involved in their reactions would be asking for complications you don't need. It's healthier to check your intent and practice not being attached.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). What is the benefit of being attached to your own anger? Maybe it is a motivator to create better defenses or a reminder to keep you from repeating past mistakes. With a creative approach, you can find something other than rage that would serve the same purpose, whilst freeing up energy for other things.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You believe that those who are going through a hard time deserve caring and tenderness. You're also aware that there's a point in which the softness has to end and life must go back to normal. You'll be so adept at navigating life's rhythms that people will look to you for timing cues. You're a kind of bandleader.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). An achievement mindset is one in which you can trust yourself to do what you say you're going to do. To get there, you need an intimate knowledge of your preferences, tendencies and limitations. This way, you can only say you're going to do things that are actually, realistically in the realm of likelihood.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Just because people work together doesn't mean they all contribute equally. Sure, they each play a role. Some of those roles seem to be "obstacle" or "naysayer," which will drive you crazy if you expect something different. Stay focused on what is and who are working. What you ignore will naturally diminish.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Surprisingly, you feel freer when you have an anchor. There's safety in knowing you're tied onto something that you can't easily get away from — that you may lose yourself, but you'll never be more than a certain distance from the mothership. So secure your tether. It will allow you to take this week's big risk.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: With excitement as your guide, you'll feel your way through to a lighter way of being. It means getting rid of constraints and not allowing fear to control you. What one person thinks of you will no longer matter. You'll flex your freedom often and create one excellent result after another. Financial highs will be related to intensely social times, and your ability to meet and help many people is like no year prior. Leisure gets more interesting in April. You'll enjoy rooting for a winning team.

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