The coming week is likely to tax those who, for reasons that perhaps defy understanding, have chosen to distance themselves from what is going on around them and attend instead to a kind of "fantasy roster" of things that really don't count for anyone else. Indeed, the ability to deal with hard-and-fast realities is likely to prove more essential this week than at any other time during the year that is just about to pass into memory -- and all must be on the same page when it comes to acknowledging the things that have been most important, both individually and to groups large and small.
It's a good week to reconcile with friends, loved ones, co-workers and others who have been more distant than they should be. If everyone accepts responsibility for tensions and rifts, then everyone can also accept the credit when those tensions fade away and those rifts are healed.
ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- You may be tackling certain personal challenges this week, even as you tend to responsibilities that have more to do with those around you. (April 5-April 19) -- You're in a very good position to see what works and what doesn't all around you this week. The time will soon come for you to adopt someone's modus operandi.
TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- You are better off following your own advice this week after giving valuable words of wisdom to someone. You're not alone in tackling certain challenges. (May 6-May 20) -- You may find yourself responsible for more than your own job this week -- but that suits you just fine right now since you're actually ready to take on some new essential tasks.
GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- You may be considering something that simply isn't "in the stars" for you right now, but that doesn't mean it won't be at some later date, certainly. (June 7-June 20) -- What you hear through the grapevine early in the week can have you making some surprising decisions as the week comes to a close -- and the new year makes a dramatic start.
CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- You don't want to rely only on shock value this week to get what you want from others. Your negotiations must be far more sensitive than that this week! (July 8-July 22) -- Whether far from home or near at hand, you'll be providing some essential guidance to someone who is on the verge of trying something new. This success will also be yours!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- You must do all you can to ensure that jobs are completed on time this week. You cannot afford to let things slip through the cracks when so much is on the line. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- You may be caught between a few very practical notions and a dream that has captured your imagination. With some work, these can surely be reconciled.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- Keep your head up and your eyes open this week; you don't want to run into something that you've not prepared for in every possible way. Warnings abound. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- You're certainly ready to put the year to bed this week, as you look forward to waking certain desires within you that can quite possibly be satisfied during 2022.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- You may have to wait longer than expected this week to take your turn at something for which you've been preparing for quite some time. Stay active! (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- Others may be acting as though things are back to normal, but you know there is still a long way to go. Try to persuade those you know to be cautious this week.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- You may have to make an unpopular call this week, but you know that it'll be based on updated information that others clearly don't yet have. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- You can show others what the week is all about simply by going about your business in the most honest and genuine way possible. Your realistic approach benefits all.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- Some honest reflection leads to a surprising decision this week -- but what is even more surprising may be the reaction you get from your supporters. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- Success needn't be the result of any kind of competition this week; indeed, you are better off working in concert with others instead of against them. Focus on the positive.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- You may find that what you usually get done early each day is best tackled at a later hour -- but only during this unusual week. Your moods are contagious. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- There is more at stake this week than meets the eye, and your willingness to let bygones be bygones will surely set the tone for others as you attempt to reunify.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You're going to have to stick to something all week long, and you mustn't make the mistake of thinking you can leave it for a while and come back to it. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- A shock wave runs through your inner circle this week as news is received that challenges your overall outlook. You have a few tough decisions to make with others.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You may wish to shake up your routine some this week in order to reap greater gains from usually minor endeavors -- but don't forget to get your job done! (March 6-March 20) -- You have certain responsibilities that aren't likely to wait while you entertain new notions about your place in the world this week. You must remain down to earth!