Carson McCullers, a Pisces.
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On Thursday afternoon, Mercury enters Pisces. The planet of thought and communication isn’t at its most comfortable in the dreamiest sign of the zodiac, so you may find it difficult to express yourself clearly and concisely. You might also be particularly sensitive to other people’s poorly worded comments. When Mercury is in Pisces, most people would prefer to dream than to think problems through rationally, would rather make decisions based on vibes than analysis. This isn’t necessarily bad — your instincts can be every bit as reliable as your intellect — but maybe get a second opinion from a friend before you say or do anything too drastic.
Plenty of people in your life act as though they have the right to tell you how to behave and how to feel. Sometimes, they’re so insistent that you even start to believe them. After all, when others carry themselves with an air of authority, it’s easy to imagine that they know something you don’t. This week, though, is an excellent chance to practice ignoring bad advice, no matter how confidently it’s given. Don’t approach this as a battle. You don’t have to confront your would-be adviser or plead your case or prove them wrong. Just calmly, quietly do what you know is right for you.
There’s a lot to be said for sticking with what you know best, for choosing the tried-and-true over the flashy and novel. Once you’ve found what feels good, you aren’t someone who keeps seeking out could-be-better options or ways to optimize your life. But even the most consistent people still need change and new experiences now and again. This week, ask yourself if you’ve outgrown some of the things you used to love, or if your heart hungers for adventure. If you’re dreaming of the unknown, this is your moment to step into it.
When you’re overloaded in one area of your life — at work or in your relationships or merely taking in the news — it becomes impossible to tend to all your responsibilities. You’re simply spread too thin. It’s probably difficult for you to acknowledge this. You tell yourself that if you focus a little harder, stretch yourself a bit more, you can manage everything that’s asked of you. After all, you’re someone who wants to pay attention to details and who values having varied interests. This week, though, you’ll have to let some small stuff go. Not because it no longer matters, but because you’re only one person. Be gentle with yourself.
You’ve been feeling a lot of pressure lately to take charge — to make the world magical for others, to create the beauty you need, to fix all that’s ever gone wrong. It’s vital to be responsible for your own life, to understand that nobody else can make it happen for you. Occasionally, though, the most useful course of action is to wait. Instead of holding tighter to the reins, relax, observe, simply experience all that’s happening around you. There will be time, soon enough, for action. But right now, give yourself a break.
Like most, you understand that mistakes are a part of living. They’re necessary and inevitable; they’re how a person learns and grows. The trouble is that knowing this provides little comfort when you actually make mistakes. When you slip up, misspeak, reveal your flaws, the embarrassment is still overwhelming. This week, your big challenge is to stop trying to hide the weird and imperfect sides of yourself. Unburdening yourself of shame is the work of a lifetime (so you won’t complete it in one week, try as you might), but you can stop hiding. Insist on loving yourself no matter what.
As a rule, it’s important to you that you express yourself clearly and precisely, that you say exactly what you mean. But this week, there’ll be moments when words aren’t enough. Maybe you’re tongue-tied or thoughtless, but it’s more likely that your emotions are too deep or your ideas too complex for language to fully capture them, at least not just yet. So right now, don’t put so much pressure on yourself to get the words exactly right. Nonverbal communication — a touch, a gesture, a simple look — can be every bit as effective. Trust that your meaning and intention will come through.
When one cares deeply about the world around them, like you do, it can be hard to believe that any one person’s individual desires matter. There’s so much beauty to experience, so much turmoil to navigate, so many people who need care — which means that it can strike you as frivolous and unnecessary to stop and listen to what your body or heart have to tell you. You fear that your appetites are too wild, too greedy, altogether too much. But this isn’t true. It only seems that way because you’re so accustomed to putting yourself last. So this week, try to let yourself want without shame.
You’ve been trying your hardest, lately, to avoid distraction and stay focused on your goals. It hasn’t been easy — the world is filled with emergencies, dramas, people clamoring for your ear — but you’ve blocked out the noise as well as you could. This week, though, loosen your grip on your attention, give your mind room to wander. Don’t grant your time and energy to just anyone who demands it. That said, remember that certain interruptions arise not to draw you away from the path you should be on, but to guide you toward it.
Normally you love to explore, to keep moving even when you don’t know your destination. Lately, though, wandering like this has felt counterproductive. You haven’t felt free, just disoriented and adrift. This week, at last, some of that old adventurous spirit will return to you. Losing your way doesn’t have to scare you, because no matter where you end up, you can count on your courage, your instincts, your wisdom, and also on the people who cherish you. Right now, getting lost might end up being a better, more magical experience than sticking to the plan.
Lately, you can’t help but compare yourself to others, be it friends, co-workers, or strangers on the internet. And it’s not always a bad thing, either, despite what people say. When you’re struggling, it’s useful to see that others struggle in similar ways. When you worry that you’re “behind” in some way, it helps to know that your friends are muddling through, too. This week, though, remember that it’s also okay to move at your own pace. Sometimes you’ll race ahead of your peers, at others you’ll fall a bit behind. This isn’t a problem, but the natural course of things.
In spite of all that you’ve learned about what it means to be a person living in the world, there’s still a part of you that thinks you should be able to transcend the messier aspects of your humanity. You keep trying to think your way out of your more unruly emotions, to become a perfect, orderly being through sheer force of will. This week, though, everything will go better if you tune in to your emotions. They don’t have to make sense. They don’t have to be productive. They’re genuine and they’re yours, and that’s enough.
You spend a good deal of your emotional resources fixing whatever you imagine is “wrong” about you: shoring up your weaknesses, patching up your flaws, fixating on all of the parts of yourself that you’ve been told are shortcomings. But really, all this “work” only serves to make you feel worse. Instead, this week, put your energy toward doing what you enjoy and are good at, toward nurturing those things you love about yourself — not as an excuse to avoid your problems, but rather, as a way to grow stronger, right now.
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