There are so many ways to get a window into another person's psyche — books, conversations, friendships, adventures, living with people — but the most comprehensive knowing comes from having a similar experience. "It takes one to know one" will be a recurring theme of this last week of the Gemini sun. On Saturday, we wave goodbye to the twins and greet the summer solstice.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your imagination is strong and feral, and you'll be challenged to tame it this week. As it goes with the taming of all wild, powerful things, there's a degree of risk. Expect to be thrown or bitten by your ideas. That's part of the process. With persistence and patience, you will harness the beauty here for good use.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You have a kernel of truth you'd like to plant in the world. Be warned, this one is like the mustard seed. It doesn't need to be planted very deep to grow. Wherever you can this week, keep things light. You can express just about anything when you say it funny. Your natural humor endears you to others this week.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There have been times when you felt that if you didn't take a hard stand, you would be toppled by the opposition. But this week, your strength comes from being a little softer and, in some cases, downright indifferent. Extraordinary outcomes will be born in the spirit of openness, flexibility and readiness.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are no wasted days, but there are hours spent in places you more or less prefer. Being where you want to be is a joy. Being where you don't want to be, while not necessarily enjoyable, directly forms your greatest asset — stellar character. This enhances your experience of life wherever you find yourself.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). "Reduce, reuse and recycle" is a campaign for environmental responsibility that works in the emotional realm, too. Reduce the heat on your inner dialogue. Use kind self-talk to lead you into the emotions that make you feel healthy and vital, and then reuse and recycle those good feelings to your heart's content.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). All social interaction is imperfect. Any relationship that's alive and thriving is a work in process, filled with commitments and missed connections. The good relationships are the ones that don't stop trying to make it work. Adaptations will be made going forward. Your efforts will be so worth it.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The "streetlight effect" describes a drunk man searching for his missing keys where the light is instead of where he actually dropped them. Society's suggestions are like streetlamps that light the road but may not pertain to your personal needs at the moment. Ask yourself the questions that turn toward an inner light.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The writer can fantasize endlessly what the police officer's life is like but will not understand in the least until the ride-along. There's a way to get the equivalent of a ride-along for whatever it is you're curious about these days. It's time to stop theorizing and imagining and go in for an experience.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). At some point, you have to separate what you want from what your people want and expect of you. This is that point. If you don't draw a line, you're likely to act out in ways that surprise yourself — and that's fine, too. These are the days and ways in which you'll learn (and eventually love) more about yourself.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The one who lives for a moment of victory is sure to be disappointed by how short those moments tend to be. Love the game. When you're not loving the game, figure out why. Do you need to go a little deeper into the details or play a broader strategy? Get curious. Ask yourself how to make things more fun.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You can learn great emotional and spiritual truths through stories, which are works of fiction — another word for lies. This is the sort of contradiction the human psyche is built to balance. Sometimes it does so with ease, sometimes with effort. You only get deeper as you question and embrace the quirks of humanity.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You don't mind when an idea gets slain by science, but you're not about to let ideas get slain by unsubstantiated opinion, especially ones that are no fun at all. It's your week to create and play inside a bubble of your own reality, and then protect that bubble. Let the input of other creatives lift you.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Your cosmic birthday gift is the firm knowledge that the world is better for the difference you make here. You'll see it in the way people are helped by you, their smiles and in the transformations that occur in your environment and relationships. There's happy news for your family in the next 10 weeks. You'll make minor but consistent behavioral changes that lead to better habits. Slowly, these lifestyle shifts create an experience that's cleaner, healthier, lighter and more beautiful.
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