We wear masks for a reason. Hiding is a protective defense. Just as it would be unwise for the catcher to go on the field without a mask, it is sometimes unwise for us to put our full sense of self on the line in environments that will not celebrate, reward or even tolerate our individuality. If you imagine you must be someone different to be loved, take heart. This Venus square to Neptune will pass, and so will these circumstances.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The importance of speech filters cannot be underestimated. Those who say everything that pops into their heads are definitely not operating in top social form. But there are treasures to be gained for the thoughtful and strategic conversationalists. When in doubt, focus on the other person.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The problem with walls is that while they wall everything else out, they wall you in. There is a point at which protection becomes a prison. Prevent this from happening by counterbalancing your life indoors (or inside your emotional protective structures) with time in the world and the wilder reaches of feeling.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Productivity and confidence are, of course, linked. You're not going to feel particularly good about the week unless you get through the things that are important to you. One thing in particular is on your mind. If it's the only thing you accomplished this week, you'd be satisfied. So start there!
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There was a time when the odds were not in your favor; then it all went wrong. And guess what? You prevailed anyway. This is who you are. Recall the story, and tell it again to yourself and to anyone who will listen. Remember who you are: a survivor, the hero of your own life.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're good at giving — better than most, in fact. The secret to this is in paying attention to what others want and need and providing it. Acting in the moment will be a big part of this in the days to come. Opportunities will show up suddenly and disappear just as fast. Seize your moments.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're out to put your stamp on the world this week. At first it will seem like you're out to impress another, but once you dig a little deeper it will be clear to you that the one to impress is someone you meet in the mirror every day. Your success in the matter will set you on a trajectory.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). What you want is not what you need, and what you need is not what you want. Rectify this and at first life will be distasteful to you, but at last you'll find the peace and serenity your spirit has been craving. What's right is also healing and generally better, though it might not be particularly glamorous or ego-enhancing.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you get in motion, you're a force to be reckoned with. Until then, it can be a little frustrating. This week features some meandering while you search for the right thing to apply yourself to. Sleep and self-care are what's needed. Answers will come to you in an almost mystical way.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). What and whom can be trusted in this world? It is natural for people who are just finding out that life is filled with myths, legends and fiction passing as "reality" to lean toward a mindset that's cynical. Cynicism is darkness. Resist. There is some truth in made-up stories, and there is some falseness in facts.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll be the tour guide who knows a place well. This might pertain to a location on a map, a headspace or a process. You'll help people. Some will be clueless and seemingly without appreciation for what you'll share. Don't let that deter you. You'll make a stronger impression than appearances might suggest.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your climb to mastery will be rapid this week. You'll find quality time to practice alone, during which you'll focus yourself well, repeat what's working and then gain new insights by meeting up with others to teach or be taught. Keep this up and greatness is well within reach.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You care so much about the people, pets and environment around you that you may get overwhelmed when people around you do disappointing things. Take a breath. Then, in the words of St. Francis of Assisi, "start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: The main goal will change in the next three months as you start to realize you have talents that aren't being realized and needs that aren't being met. The adventure that ensues will include lifestyle changes and a new approach to finance. You'll be a strong contender in a competition in March. The way you handle family matters will endear you to all. Certain kin will be among your top supporters, though people are coming into your life in 2018 who will provide fresh insight and lift.
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