Get in your fun while you can, because Mercury retrograde begins Aug.12.
March 21 – April 19
SELF: Whether or not you’re ready for it, people will be looking to you for guidance in the coming months. This is because you consistently show the world your best self, and they mistake this for self-assuredness. Find the self-assuredness they see in yourself. It’s there, you just have to become aware of how to harness it.
RELATIONSHIP: If you think it’s too good to be true it probably isn’t. Sometimes things are just good. Don’t question it, just let it happen.
SUGGESTION: Buy yourself a new pair of shoes.
April 20 – May 20
SELF: Now is the perfect opportunity to stop eating at the same restaurant six times a week. We get it. You really like the food there. Why mess with a good thing, right? The answer is simple. If you are what you eat, and you eat the same thing every day, you’ll never really grow as a person.
RELATIONSHIP: With Venus in Taurus beginning in early June, this summer may hold new possibilities for you. Don’t let your fear of change or obsession with the past hold you back from an opportunity.
SUGGESTION: Read a book no one has recommended to you.
May 21 – June 21
SELF: No matter how many books you read, there will always be things you won’t understand, and this will continue to freak you out. Instead of trying to learn about them so they don’t scare you anymore, think about why these things scare you and what this may have to do with your childhood. It could provide some answers and even internal peace.
RELATIONSHIP: If you’re feeling indecisive about a relationship, try having an actual conversation. Stop spending all your time weighing your options until your head explodes. Mercury is in Gemini this June. Communicate your conflicts.
SUGGESTION: Have a conversation with someone you always thought had nothing to say. Listen to them prove you wrong.
June 22 – July 22
SELF: Though you live for drama and uninhibited emotion, remember: Mindless routine frees up mental space for creative pursuits. The new moon in your sign on June 23rd signifies new beginnings. Resolve to take a little less time deciding what you want at the grocery store.
RELATIONSHIP: Stop hurting your own feelings then complaining that your feelings have been hurt. Not everyone is going to like you, but that isn’t your problem to solve.
SUGGESTION: Start a new project, even if you’re afraid you won’t be able to finish it.
July 23 – Aug. 22
SELF: This summer, all eyes will be on you. You’re usually comfortable with this, but something will make you uneasy this time. You can either fight through it or swallow your pride and admit defeat. Figure out which one is easier and do the opposite.
RELATIONSHIP: The Leo new moon is July 23rd, and the day will not pass without significance. You will meet someone who will be part of your life for a long time. You should probably just learn to like them if at first you don’t. It’s easier for everyone that way.
SUGGESTION: Think really hard before you say that mean-but-true thing you want to say. Then say it anyway.
Aug. 22 – Sept. 22
SELF: If you’re spending all your time doomsday prepping, you’ll miss out on the fun of the apocalypse. Sure you’ll survive, but you’ll be alone. Get out of that metaphorical bunker and take some time to really live in the moment.
RELATIONSHIP: The summer will be a difficult one for you when it comes to romance. You will probably break your own heart at least twice. It will have to happen if you want to reach a new stage. And you do, since you are the type of person who likes to be two steps ahead.
SUGGESTION: Paint something you’ve never seen and give it to your most deserving friend.
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
SELF: If everyone depends on you, who do you depend on? Are you so independent that you don’t need help? You’re smart enough to know this is a lie. Start asking for more favors.
RELATIONSHIP: This summer you will meet someone truly worth knowing. They will disappoint you anyway. Let them.
SUGGESTION: Tell a waiter to “surprise you.”
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
SELF: This summer, the breakthrough you’ve wanted will only happen if you admit you’ve been looking at your problem from the wrong angle. Stop struggling and try a new approach.
RELATIONSHIP: This is a summer of letting go for you, because you can only move forward if you tell the past goodbye. Instead of trying to have a healthy relationship with an unhealthy past, just burn it to the ground.
SUGGESTION: Bake something for a friend then eat the whole thing yourself.
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
SELF: I know there’s a lot going on and so much you want to do, but you can’t do everything even if you really really want to. If you say yes to things you feel lukewarm about, you’re going to miss an opportunity or two. Learn to give honest answers when people ask what you want.
RELATIONSHIP: Stability might seem boring, but perhaps another’s stability frees you to be your wildest self Try something different.
SUGGESTION: Start keeping a diary for the 200th time. Try to keep up with it this time.
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
SELF: You’re about to exit a period of confusion and enter one of clarity. You always thought this change would be satisfying, but it almost definitely won’t be. Don’t be disappointed. Instead, recognize that dissatisfaction is just the first step on the road to improvement. Figure out what the next step is—it’s probably much harder.
RELATIONSHIP: You have always felt comfortable being brutally honest with people. But remember: In order to create mutual trust, you have to be vulnerably honest as well.
SUGGESTION: Try to enjoy that one thing you’ve spent so much time being critical of. Your likes and dislikes are as arbitrary and circumstantial as your personality.
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
SELF: Holding onto guilt is not productive. Your feelings of guilt will subside if you change your behavior because you won’t be the guilty person anymore. When you truly accept responsibility, you will find that you have the power to make a change.
RELATIONSHIP: Stop avoiding the possibility of getting hurt by hurting others. Sure, nothing lasts forever, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on things so quickly.
SUGGESTION: Lose yourself in a temporary new hobby.
Feb. 19 – March 20
SELF: Self-examination is normally a good thing, but you’ve been staring at your reflection in the pond for way too long. Beware the underlying narcissism of excessive self-deprecation. If you focus more on the world outside yourself, you will be happier with what you see in the mirror.
RELATIONSHIP: T Being honest with people is always tough, but this summer you’ll be in more than one situation where it will be absolutely necessary. Speak your mind or suffer the consequences.
SUGGESTION: Go on a nice daytime excursion with someone you haven’t seen in awhile. •