Aries

Much as you might wish you could be on all the time — present, engaged, sparking with creativity and life — that’s simply not how being human works. There are times when you’re just not up for much, when your emotional stores are depleted, your body tired. This week, if you quit pushing yourself to do so much all the time, you’ll find that extraordinary things happen in the quiet moments, too. Your mind is slowly opening itself up to new ideas, new frameworks for processing the world. Growth is happening, though not in the way you expected.

Taurus

The struggle this week is against boredom, against an apathetic existence. Though numbness can serve a protective function, insulating you from the horrible news being reported every day, it’s no way to live in the long run. So right now, try to channel pleasure, love, even the acidic sting of anger. The point is to turn toward, not away from, whatever or whoever makes you feel. Strong emotions remind us that we’re alive, and that for all of life’s unpredictability, for all the headaches it causes, it can still turn out to be astonishingly sweet.

Gemini

To some people, your desires might appear contradictory. They see how your attention strays, the way you’re able to hold multiple ideas in your head at once, and they assume that you don’t know what you actually want. But it isn’t that you don’t know: It’s that your desires are too rich and diverse and interesting to be contained by a single idea, a single word. This week, don’t let anyone convince you that you must narrow your vision, diminish your curiosity, make yourself small. You aren’t greedy for wanting more.

Cancer

There’s an argument to be made for keeping tight control over your heart, for refusing to allow anyone lure or goad you into letting down your guard. In a dangerous world, it’s only rational to withhold your trust and watch what you say. But if you’ve felt stuck lately, trapped in a prison of your own cautious making, try to ease up. Try speaking before you think, acting before you’ve thought too hard about it. It can be frightening, but it can work magic, too.

Leo

Breaking the rules, be they written or not, doesn’t always come easily to you. Maybe it’s out of a fear that you’ll get caught and suffer the consequences; maybe it’s more like an existential reluctance to flout social norms. Yet while some rules are necessary, others are useless, even harmful. They can require you to become greedy or callous, to suppress your individuality or your compassion. So this week, practice being discerning about which rules you follow, which you bend, and which you break. It’s good to be reminded that you can disobey any authority, should you ever need to.

Virgo

No matter how highly you value your friendships, keeping up with the daily work required to maintain those same connections can be difficult. In terms of priorities, it’s often the first thing to go when you begin to get overwhelmed. But it’s never too late to return to the ones you love, to mend connections that have frayed and draw close to your community again. Sometimes you worry that you haven’t given enough — that you can’t give enough — to those you love. But this week, you’ll be reminded that even when you’re at your lowest, you’re never written off or forgotten. You’re still noticed, appreciated, and loved beyond measure.

Libra

Sometimes, you fear your life has somehow gone stale, that you’ve gone stale, missed your window of opportunity to do something great. It’s not true, of course, and it’s your job this week to remember that, to start believing in possibilities again. There isn’t any one single make-or-break opportunity allotted per person: Life is much longer and stranger than that. Even now, you’re being changed, in marvelous ways, by the world and the people around you. This very moment, you’re moving toward possibilities you can hardly imagine right now. The universe can still surprise you, and even better: You can still surprise yourself.

Scorpio

Everywhere you look, lately, you see people who aren’t kinder or smarter or more talented than you, but whose lives appear better all the same. You observe someone who is no more deserving than you, but who has been offered every grand and gleaming opportunity you haven’t. This week, don’t let that make you jealous. When you compare yourself to other people, you inevitably lose. Instead, try to reconnect to your own desires: not to want what others have, but to focus on the dreams so beautifully singular, so wildly specific, that they could never come true for anyone but you.

Sagittarius

There is wisdom in refusing to rush, in biding your time until the moment is right. But wait too long for an incontrovertible sign from the universe, for some magical jolt of energy to get you going, and you risk never acting at all. So this week, if you’ve been feeling stuck, it’s your job to get yourself unstuck. You don’t have to wait for conditions to become perfect — they’re good enough right now. You’re alive, and you’re brave, and you’ll make some mistakes, but none that you can’t recover from. You don’t have to be afraid to start moving again.

Capricorn

It’s exhausting, even a little insulting, when others praise your resourcefulness and resilience. You don’t want to be the strong one all the time: you just want for life to get a little better, for the world around you to offer the support you need. Someday, things will get better. You won’t have to keep fighting like this forever. And for now, think about what a wonder it is that even in a world as unfair as this one, you’re still not defeated. You’ve maintained your humanity, your integrity, and you’re going to make it through this.

Aquarius

You’re wise to be protective of your individuality, to be suspicious of anyone who tries to pressure you into conforming. There are so many people who would change or control you if they could. You know you can’t give them that opportunity. Sometimes, though, you end up trapped in a power struggle, spending all your energy reacting to everyone else’s ideas and demands. It’s tiring to constantly battle against other people’s expectations. This week, it might be better to walk away entirely: to give yourself space to experiment and dream, unbothered by them at all.

Pisces

There are some things — situations, even people— that you just don’t have to take seriously. That can be difficult for you to remember. You’re used to treating everyone like what they have to say is of vital importance, every story like it merits analysis and attention. But the reality is that some people — whether they’re in your life or just on the news — are only going to waste your time. Some ideas aren’t worthy of extended discussion. Your time is limited, and you don’t owe it to just anyone. Try to use it well.