Astrology is a complex system that, while not meant to define us, does lend itself to our becoming. The position of the planets and their relational aspects to one another are, for lack of a better word, imprinted on us at birth, in that first moment of existence, independent of our mother source. Destinies pending, we are still free to develop our personalities through the experiences presented to us, tinted by our celestially inspired inclinations, and tempered with a grain of salt, as astrology and all of life’s lessons should be.
Isn’t it nice to know you are a complex individual on a planet teeming with unfathomable diversity in a universe of incomprehensible proportions? Certain parts of your identity were always there — gifts from the gods or blind fate, à votre guise — and some of them you’ve had to adopt or overcome in order to survive.
The cosmos as interpreted in astrology is meant to provide you with a reflection of truth. Even as an infinitesimal observer of the very stars and dust that make up the essence of our beings, so much of destiny is truly about being yourself, even if it means breaking free from the limits or traits laid upon us by circumstance or chance. This week’s individual horoscopes offer hints as to ways your sign might best go about this.
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Let down your hair and learn to live a little. Breaking free from your routines is an urge you should heed.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Take fewer risks with your money and your heart. If you’re looking for adventure, switch hairstyles.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Even the best-laid scheming of a Gemini might go awry, in which case count your blessings, not your losses.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
Don’t let the unexpected get the best of you. Neither should you let your need for attention get the rest of you.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Ride good fortune by its coattails but don’t let your success go to your head, lest you wish to lose them both.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
While you may not win them all, you can anoint yourself the winner of all that you already have.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
You don’t have to risk everything in order to find excitement. Lose those extra pounds instead of your money.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Switch things up if you’re stuck in a rut. Doom and gloom don’t have to be so gray; one must have a hint of color.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
You might be feeling like a high roller, but know when to cash out. Luck lasts only until you lose it.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Life’s lessons, when shored up softly, offer reprieve from its harsher dolings. Take them with gratitude.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
You don’t need to be told twice to live. Throw out the bathwater but keep the baby — by which I mean your joy.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
Don’t be excessive in matters of the heart or of money. If you need excitement, try a new thing, not a new fling.