Horoscopes | Week of June 24-30, 2002

ARIES (March 21-April 19) : So you don't understand why people are looking at you weirdly lately? Maybe your shirt's on inside out, or maybe it's all in your head. Focus on settling disputes at home first, then worry about what you're wearing or what else is going on in the world. Spend a little extra energy now, or else it will annoy you even more later. Yes, you do have time to spell out every little word to us simpletons who move a little more slowly.


TAURUS (April 20-May 20): This week's math lesson. Taurus Tim has three dollars. If he spends two dollars on two items at the $1.00 store, how many dollars does he have left? The answer: Finite resources. Stay close and hang in. Everything's temporary. And after all, you're not exactly sure what you should be doing with yourself anyway. Enjoy the beautiful things about your home, appreciate birds and trees, and remember that talking to friends and neighbors is free entertainment.


GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I've heard that even Geminis have to rest. But somehow you'll find a way to squeeze in one more celebration. Make it a good one, and share the good fortune you've reaped from a month of birthday presents and well-wishing. Something you say now could have a bit more resonance and meaning with someone than you realize (or than they expect from you). Dwell one second longer than usual, and you might learn something surprising.


CANCER (June 21-July 22): The others are starting to come around, so don't be such a crybaby about one more imagined slight from that bold someone. Give it another week. In the meantime, take care of yourself with some warm sun, a dip in the ocean or the pool, and a delicious meal made purely to satisfy yourself. Pretty soon, they are going to be knocking at your door, asking for leftovers. Nurture yourself now, so you'll be a better host all summer.


LEO (July 23-August 22): Your natural charm is running on extra-high right now, and you're saying all the right things to the right people. Don't squander it with automatic behavior. Project your mind to three months from now, and let every act defer the self-aggrandizement until then. You know, something to look forward to as a late-summer reward for good behavior. Meanwhile, what if you used your wiles to make someone or something else as perfect as you already are?


VIRGO (August 23-September 22): The behind-the-scenes role you've been playing in your group has been temporarily recast. Suddenly, you're the narrator. Practicing your best motivations, describe what you've been seeing. No one will believe how right on you are, how well you've been paying attention, and how smartly you've caught them at their own game. If you followed your own advice recently, you're now qualified to dole it out to everyone else.


LIBRA (September 23-October 22): Make a graceful, refined and terribly appropriate move to climb ahead. One or two boarish unsophisticates may be shocked that you've asserted yourself a bit more directly than usual. Well, screw 'em. If you are acting to advance the cause, then speak your mind. But if it's power games you want, play a little solitaire in the quiet of your home.


SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): Accustomed to offering abstract explanations that bewilder interested parties, you might need to hone your precision now. Challenges to your power, uncomfortable as they are, could be quite rewarding, so long as you don't remain silent. Feel your way to the answer, then deliver it clearly, consciously, and with one-third as many words as would be required if you were trying harder to be right.


SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21): Just another typical week in your ongoing process of becoming someone else. I know, how casual can I be, considering your worries about what you have, what you need, and who you want to get it from? If there's someone who brings out the worst sides of you, then quit wondering about them and get wise to the pattern. Meanwhile, quit fighting yourself and the trusted companion who knows how to nurture you. Hugs not drugs.


CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): Picture that first few minutes of clean deep breathing when you've just completed a workout. Use that image to tempt yourself into working a little extra hard, not to punish yourself (effective perhaps, but too familiar) but because (gasp!) you actually enjoy it. And that person who you claim to be so annoyed by, seemingly for no reason? Pursue an encounter with him/her, and discover what the pretend-frustration is a cover for.


AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18): Shut up and do something about it. Yes, you're smart, beautiful and talented, but also so indulgent of your own genius that it bugs your friends. No, they aren't just too stupid to understand what you're saying. They've just heard so much about the book you're writing, the band you're forming, and the movie you're filming. Now they actually want to see results. Don't you?


PISCES (February 19-March 20): I was watching some reality-based TV show about four gay men sharing a summer house on Fire Island. The entire time, this one old queen kept complaining about having to do all the laundry, cook, clean, even serve as bartender during the big party while everyone else had fun. It wasn't until the end of the summer that he wondered, "Maybe it's partly my fault since I never asked anyone to help?" Duh. Don't be like him and waste your whole summer on withheld domestic aggravation, particularly since this week you're extra articulate.