The coming week will give many precisely what they think they want, but care must be taken at all times because what one thinks one wants isn't necessarily what one really wants. The sometimes-vast difference between the two is, in fact, the lesson to be learned. Further, the question of need is sure to arise toward midweek, and the difference between wanting and needing will appear in alarming clarity to those who are able to see it. Choosing to respond to that reality may prove a pivotal moment for anyone with the emotional flexibility to face the truth. Indeed, the truth in all its forms will prove to be essential in almost all situations, and the willingness to face it will be a source of strength and inspiration.
Some may wish they could turn the clock back so things can be the way they used to be, but despite this fantasy, everyone is aware that it simply isn't possible to make that wish come true. The sooner an individual accepts that the past is the past and cannot be revisited, the sooner he or she will be able to find meaning in the future.
ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- You can get what you need just when you need it, but you mustn't expect this kind of luck to carry over to other aspects of your life. (April 5-April 19) -- Focus on your priorities, and don't let anyone tell you that you're working on something that cannot pay off. You know better!
TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- You're in the mood for some lighthearted entertainment. Whether you choose to provide it or enjoy it is of little consequence. (May 6-May 20) -- It's a good week to study the effects of your decision-making on those who don't seem to be moved by what you do. You may discover that they are very moved, after all!
GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- Don't head off into the sunset unless you know what you are going to encounter. It's probably not "The End" just yet. (June 7-June 20) -- A cryptic message will come to you via an unnamed source. You will want to get to the bottom of it before you begin to feel its peripheral effects.
CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- You may be trying so hard to relax that you are making it impossible to do so. A new approach can make a world of difference. (July 8-July 22) -- You can enjoy something out in the open that you were once doing only in private. It's a good week to break down walls and barriers.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- You can turn something occasional into something permanent, and someone who helps you make it happen can play a more prominent role. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- A glimpse into another's past will show you more about yourself than about him or her. It may be time to make a new kind of commitment.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- Someone who has underestimated you will put him- or herself at risk by exposing plans to you at a pivotal time. Make your move! (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- What you say and do to and for others can teach you something about your own needs and expectations. It's time to start listening to yourself!
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- You've been too hard on yourself lately. This week, you'll enjoy the chance to lighten up and let your emotions calm considerably. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- You may be wanting to prepare yourself for some bad news, but take care that the preparation itself doesn't usher in the news you least want to hear.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- You are likely to manage your personal affairs better than your business dealings. Self-knowledge will help you excel in certain areas. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- What you most want can surely come to pass, but you must be ready to do some difficult things in ways that might be considered unorthodox.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- You have been making a great many plans, but you run the risk of seeing them co-opted by someone who has been working against you. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- You cannot afford to sell yourself short. You must take a good, hard look at what you have to offer, then assess its worth honestly.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- You've been trying to listen to the messages you are sending yourself, but something always gets in the way. You know what it is. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- You're being told one thing, but your instincts are telling you something quite different. Given the choice, you must believe your gut in this issue.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You've trusted your ambition all this time, but you may soon realize that you've bitten off more than you can chew. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- Someone is trying to hold you back -- for safety reasons, perhaps -- but you know that the time is right to take a chance and risk it all!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You will have to perform something of a balancing act in order to make things come out as you had hoped. Others can lend a hand. (March 6-March 20) -- You may choose to supplement your learning with information you get from unorthodox sources. This benefits you in new ways.