An Embrace of Opposites

By Holiday Mathis

August 1, 2021 6 min read

How do you know you're a good person? An impulse to ask the question is in and of itself your chief evidence. Common decency is never enough. It relies on the status quo, which is by nature a metric of popularity, not necessarily morality. Goodness always goes beyond the call, striving for correctness and fulfilling it with strong intention. This Leo sun week opens with a Mercury and Saturn opposition that says "check yourself."

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The week is filled with urgent potential. There are things to build, hobbies to take up, skills to learn... not to mention trips to take and services to contribute. Organizing it all is a challenge, though one that falls dead center of your strengths. You prioritize like a titan. Everything important will be savored.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). While irrational cheerfulness is unattractive to you, using optimism as a pragmatic strategy will be the most effective route to a fulfilling week. Your energy level is higher because you raise the ceiling on it with your winning attitude. So much more is possible because you choose to believe it is.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You have something important to impart this week. To be heard, keep it brief. Short messages travel far, ring true, land easy and carry well. They also can take a while to craft. Do your prep work so you can say more with less. As Mark Twain said, "If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter."

CANCER (June 22-July 22). This week, maybe it's too much to ask yourself to be fearless, as in — one who has no fear. But you'll certainly find it's within your realm to literally fear less, as in — face one small fear and, in doing so, possibly overcome it, enlarging your circle of possibility and capability.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You set out with every intention of doing what you love and loving what you do, but unless you take precautions to barricade and sanctify your focused time, you will be kept from this purpose. Don't leave yourself open! Distraction comes in forms irresistible, especially the form of people involving you in their problems.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Over-ambition and unrealistic expectation is a set-up for failure disguised as optimism — what a sneaky form of self-sabotage! But it's a trap you can avoid (and often do) with pragmatism. Mix that with your penchant for planning and this week will be a success you can enjoy, duplicate and build upon.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Ultimately you want to offer patient compassion to the world, but you can't give what you don't have. Do something nice for yourself. If you deserve it, great. If not, even better. It will give you the chance to practice acceptance, compassion and big-heartedness where it you most need it now — turned inward.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Expectations will often go unstated or be indirectly alluded to, and yet, you'll pick up on it all. While it may not be appropriate or timely to hash out exact agreements, privately make note of what's being exchanged. Awareness lends an advantage. It's powerful to be conscious of the unconscious behaviors of others.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When people weigh in with their opinion, it is only human to feel bolstered or deflated by the score. However, your own view is the one to consider. Be tough-minded about this. Allow no one — not your biggest fan, not your worst detractor — to interfere with what you're creating.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You're creative and you want to make something different of your life than you've seen others do. This drive sets you apart from the crowd. Can you get comfortable with it? It doesn't mean you can't be close to people — it just means you have to figure out the connections. Does it help to know you're an inspiration?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The ego would have us believe that we deserve the good that comes to us, but often, forces like synchronicity, felicity and angelic favor are as impersonal as gravity. That's the way it is this week. You'll figure out what to do, how to do it, and then you'll get to work. Luck is of no help. This is just cause and effect.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your creative life is accomplished with proactive moves. Don't allow yourself to act reflexively because reaction isn't nearly as inspired as action. You get ahead of this when you make a plan and become involved with it, thus occupying yourself in such a way as to be impervious to unimportant distractions.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: This solar return represents a liberation. You'll release yourself and others from expectations you now realize were too rigid or otherwise unreasonable. The season to come will be marked by ebullience. Your choices will naturally result in emotions that flow upward. Relationships find a different kind of bond — not shared trauma or a common fight, but a joint joy quest and way of sparking one another's creativity that fills life with poetry, intellectual challenge and humor.

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