Metro Weekly


January 28-February 3, 2010

Heavenly Round-Up: There’s a lot of heavy lifting still to do, but before that you’ll want to get past the thinking-things-through portion of your karma. You could save yourself a ton of effort (literally), let alone the wear-and-tear on your pride and your ability to see the other guy’s point of view. There’s very little magic in the air, but with enough technological support you won’t miss those inexplicable moments of awe. You’ll have the wholly explicable kind running amok all around you. Retreat on Tuesday.

Aries: You’ve gotten so far on your personal quest, there’s little question you’ll be able to bring this to full closure with the prize in possession. You have been careful when praying, yes? Because the full burden of your desire is likely to be visited upon you shortly. Reflect.

Taurus: Quit looking around, it’s your turn now. You’ve been letting sentimentality do the heavy-lifting for your compassion, and it’s not a pretty outcome. Is it too late to apply proper effort? Is it too late to renegotiate? Is it too late to bring the new blood onto the team?

Gemini: You’ve seen it before, and you’re not surprised. You predicted this piece of the business, but you didn’t follow through to protect yourself. Having dropped the ball, it would be well to pick it up and get on with getting it handed off to the right individual. Ask twice.

Cancer: It’s not as bad as it looks at first glance. Your strategy of not getting your hopes up is standard, but you’ll need to be more than dour to get through this next cycle. Let a smile be your umbrella and let the other person tell the funny story — all the way to the punch line.

Leo: You burn with a terrible passion and a horrid impatience. That would be more useful if you had any control over the larger timelines in play. But you don’t. Practice your old disciplines. Call your old cronies. Use powers you’d let drop by the wayside. Survive.

Virgo: How did you expect it to look from the other side? Now that you’ve arrived, you’ll have to reframe your understanding and your expectations. You’ll also have to get more involved more quickly than you’d wanted. Luckily, you have the energy and the force of will alike.

Libra: It’s not fun to be caught in the middle. It’s not groovy to try to catch 40 winks between a rock and a hard place. It’s not like you to prefer curling up in a corner to meeting and greeting, mixing and mingling. This is a chance for you to recharge. Take it and use it.

Scorpio: The powers that be know of your existence, but you’re just not that important to them at the present. Keep their interest in your activities low by surface compliance and ready cooperation. Once you’ve got that monkey off your back, you’ll be able to get down to it.

Sagittarius: It wasn’t your fault, but now you have the obligation to set things right. Even if it was your fault, you owe it to everyone else to make reparations — sooner rather than later. Your belated good works will gain you disproportionate good will. Do what you can.

Capricorn: You don’t mind having more to do. You don’t mind working longer hours. You don’t mind the increase in responsibility. But you do wish you could be allocated some of the credit. You do wish you could come in for some of the admiration. Keep wishing Sunday.

Aquarius: It was something in his eyes that tipped you off. It was something in the pause between one word and the next that let you know. It was a subtle, not-to-be-measured moment that clued you in to the bigger picture. What will you do with your personal epiphany?

Pisces: You promised yourself it wouldn’t be boring. Up till now, you’ve been able to hold yourself to that promise. But lately things have felt a little stale. Lately you haven’t been finding the wonder in the everyday to which you are accustomed. Take off the blinkers soon.


January 21-27

Heavenly Round-Up: We are shaped by interior landscapes as well as heredity and environment. In that subtle theater where we are most ourselves or more focused on so becoming, we shape the present into foreseeable futures and some yet unfathomable. Let your ideals blossom. Let your imagination roam. Let your visionary perspective give you the gift of inner seeing. Find the motivation to direct yourself to victory and perpetual satisfaction with your options and choices. Refuse contentment in favor of active participation in every aspect of life around you.

Aries: You took your own sweet time, though it wasn’t entirely your fault everything dragged on. You listened to the advice out there: the good, the bad and the indifferent. Now you’re able to plot your own course and trust your own judgment to be your best guide. Rejoice.

Taurus: Oh, no, you didn’t! Well, yes, you did — and you were uncharacteristically chatty when it came to sharing. All righty, then. Now’s when you learn how to live with what you’ve already made and how to get somewhere different than where you thought you wanted to be.

Gemini: It’s a heady time. There’s so much to learn and so many people to meet and so many ideas to which you need to get exposed ASAP. You’re on the brink of something so big even you don’t have the vocabulary to describe what it’s like. Take extra B vitamins and get extra sleep.

Cancer: You hadn’t thought this far most of the time. But here you are, after all — and you’re not sure if it’s all that you’d hoped and all that you’d wanted. Since no one promised you a rose garden, let alone an earthly paradise, try to feel your way forward cheerfully.

Leo: All those ambitions have shrunk in the light of what warms you in the cockles of your heart. All those dreams have dried by the fire of your consuming love. All those glories and distractions can’t ever be your best friend. Meditate on your priorities before Tuesday.

Virgo: It’s an exciting time, but you’re run down from all the hullaballoo. It’s a time of change, but you can’t keep the details of your own existence in your head. There’s so much flux all around you. It’s time — and then some — for you to commit to finding peace and security.

Libra: You’re crankier than usual. Do you need to clear out your closets to get right with your conscience? Do you need to call the tax preparer early? Do you need to take baby-steps toward the goals of your resolutions? You have the resources in-house, but only you can use them.

Scorpio: It’s not what you’d imagined, but the reality of it will keep your nose to the grindstone just as surely. You have much learning curve with which to get. You have your own ingenuity on which to depend. You have the tenacity to make it so in due time. Set fresh parameters.

Sagittarius: Is it bigger than a breadbox? Is it bigger up close than it looked from a distance? Is it more than you can safely chew, in any case? It’s too soon to run away and too late to chicken out. But you’ll have as much fun as you allow yourself after Saturday night.

Capricorn: In the interests of full disclosure, you should know that life is not going to lighten up all that much anytime soon for you. You should also know that if you so choose, this phase can be healthfully engrossing and the foundation on which you build your longed-for dreams.

Aquarius: You’ve gone up the road and down the road looking for a break. Alas, there are none to be had at present. You may wish to round up your gumption and get with the larger program before striking out on your own. You have the skills, but you don’t have the backing.

Pisces: Once upon a time, you longed for everything to be different. Now everything is different. Now you wonder if you should have wished for something else. Really, though, you can hardly get away from the parts of your life that are so much better lately. Re-evaluate.


January 14-20, 2010

Heavenly Round-Up: Is the burden crushing? The workload staggering? The structure straining? You’re overwhelmed by responsibilities you willingly assumed. You’re determined to change the world to meet your standards — whether the world wants your reality or not. Only know that as you are bound so is everyone. We’re all in it alone. Yet, this isolation is self-created and self-perpetuated. Find the nerve or the sense to reach out and you will discover help, support and approbation around every corner. You are the solution to all your problems.

Aries: Lest you be confused, let me spell it out: Identify the issues, consult with your cronies and experts, and resolve to go with the flow toward completeness. It is too that easy. While it may be fashionable to whine about fairness, you could be happy as a clam if you chose.

Taurus: Is that a do-list in your pocket, or are you just happy to be so busy? Really, there’s a certain quiet triumph in knowing how best to occupy yourself and getting the most from the time you have. So go ahead and be that winner, over and over. Ask again on Saturday.

Gemini: Still following the classic look-but-don’t-touch dictum of childhood? You’re setting yourself at a disadvantage. You have a special relationship with your fingers and your tactile sense is one of your most reliable. Bring imagination to the table and wow them all.

Cancer: Consider the lilies of the field. Working like that won’t make you prettier or even your best self. It may bring you enough exhaustion that you can sleep, but a clear heart would do that and with much less daily stress intrinsic in the formula. Rework your vision.

Leo: You’ve taken the lead, but it’s rather like being out in front of the juggernaut as the ground begins to slope downward. Can you keep the pace up? Can you survive it? Can you concurrently evaluate your direction and aspirations? Keep company Sunday afternoon.

Virgo: Define busy. Yeah, it’s a bear right now — but not in a bad way. You have all your regular obligations, plus the wonderful stuff you’re allowing your own self to enjoy at long last. If you were a bird, what kind of bird would you be? This answers lots of questions.

Libra: You’re not getting any younger, but that doesn’t mean you have to become a world-class, grand-master fuddy-duddy. So let go of your grievances and your petty plots. It’s time to rejuvenate with fresh application to longstanding conundrums. Wear neon shades to shine.

Scorpio: Now you’re starting all over again in that endless cycle so popular with you regenerative phoenix/starfish types. Is it because you’re magically advanced, or unbelievably primitive that you are able to do this time and again? Probably both. Keep your package safe.

Sagittarius: You walk the earth as a hero in search of deeds of daring do. You pace the length and breadth of the world tracking adventure. But you could find all this in your own backyard, just like that slippery Blue Bird of Happiness. So head home and take a look around!

Capricorn: You’re not inherently petty. This is probably just a phase you’re going through. It’s also a phase likely to last another decade at least. You might wish to consider whether you want to ”be like this” for the whole of the cycle or not. Ask a Pisces for compassion.

Aquarius: Listen to yourself for a minute. It’s not all about whether you’re right or wrong so much as it is about whether you can humanize yourself and the situation enough to find the win-win in it. You’ll have fresh perspective after Monday. Hold onto that little secret.

Pisces: Once upon a time you were the bee’s knees. Now you’re feeling a little faded and worn around the edges. Fine. However this is the beginning of a beautiful year for you. Find the good and cherish it and watch it flourish under your ministrations and attentions.


January 7-13, 2010

Heavenly Round-Up: Remember the dream where you’re having a coffee at an outdoor café in another country and suddenly a busload of Americans pours out into the plaza and commences to do the Hokey-Pokey? It’s going to be like that this cycle. There’ll be a surreal aspect to that common group activity you witness completely out of context. Will you run to join in? Will you hide under your table? Will you pretend you’re Canadian or Danish? Keep an eye on your phone and keys.

Aries: You’re walking the walk, but you haven’t managed to master the syntax or conjugation of the talk. This will take more discipline than you like, more time than you have and more patience than you possess. You’re not without resources, but you still have a long way to go.

Taurus: Can anybody here say ”unfair demands” and ”insurmountable obstacles”? You’re not meek enough to pass for downtrodden, even now. You have too much spine to knuckle under gracefully. Adapt old techniques to get farther than you’d planned by Tuesday evening.

Gemini: Principles war with expediency and you’re looking over your shoulder a lot for someone both blameless and innocent. Keep an ear cocked for teeth grinding that may be your own. You’re under a raft of pressure and it’s not even your direct problem. Unwind.

Cancer: You understand that these kinds of shifts happen periodically. You’re ready for a totally different point of view. You will still find many surprises, both good and otherwise. Nostalgia may become a pit of self-indulgence if you don’t monitor your reflectiveness minutely.

Leo: Destiny wears many masks. Yours has taken you deeper into the routines of the mundane world and your daily life than you’d ever imagined possible. You want to do the right thing. You want to be the best of all possible yous. You can’t help how boring this makeover seems.

Virgo: Pacing may take some of the edge off, but you should get yourself one of those inclined walkers and burn away the old year’s love-handles while you’re at it. Really, find an upgrade to your present solutions and you’ll be rewarded with more return on your investment of time.

Libra: You can’t keep the pace up if you don’t get lots of rest and eat your Wheaties. Watch that you’re not so distracted that you throw the baby out with the bathwater by mistake. Focus with a deep breath every hour and don’t forget to wash your hands for ongoing good health.

Scorpio: It didn’t look like this from a distance, but the shift in perspective only draws different aspects of the opportunity into view. You’ll know how to make the most of the serendipity headed your way, so long as you can be bothered to give it a proper evaluation at the time.

Sagittarius: Leave aside your natural defensiveness. You’ve still put yourself on the line and it’s going to take a fresh strategy to get you from here to dry land without you losing your shirt altogether. Trust your instincts but make your commitment your first priority on Monday.

Capricorn: You’re ready to go but the process is stuck in a ditch full of unseasonal mud. You’re dedicated but the rest of the team is flaking out at an alarming rate. You’re the soul of propriety but the whole thing has begun to cross lines you never even knew existed till now.

Aquarius: It must be that time of the year for you. You were okay for the holidays, but now you have the wintertime blues. Don’t fret. Use the withdrawal to rest your too, too active brain and allow your body to recharge. You’ll have the right answer when they ask.

Pisces: It’s not the type of scenery that usually interests you. It’s not the sort of group you’d ordinarily hang with. It’s not the type of situation where you’re ever found. But all of these shifts allow you to expand your notion of self and live more fully in your best dreams.