Wicklow People (West Edition) - - MIND GAMES - by Car­los O’Connor

Leo July 23 – Au­gust 23

It may be hard to shift peo­ple and get them to make de­ci­sions at the mo­ment. Frus­tra­tions could lead to sharp words which are best avoided. Maybe through so­cial means you can wake oth­ers up? Get­ting ev­ery­one to­gether may be re­sisted but could get things mov­ing. Try to add on a bit of re­lax­ation af­ter­wards. How long is it since you had some re­ally good fun? Your Luck: Not feel­ing very bouncy? Use a bit of hot air to blow up your bal­loon.

Virgo Au­gust 24 – Septem­ber 23

Car­ing less about what oth­ers think and more about what you need is im­por­tant for you this week. Gain­ing more con­fi­dence in your­self and your abil­i­ties means not lis­ten­ing to those who, let’s face it, re­ally don’t know you that well! This is your life and, if oth­ers want to be a part of it, they must show that they care and stop crit­i­cis­ing or ig­nor­ing your needs. Your Luck: What makes other peo­ple think that they are so per­fect? Hold up that mir­ror!

Li­bra Septem­ber 24 – Oc­to­ber 23

So­cial change is al­ways un­set­tling at first. What has re­cently hap­pened seems at odds with what you would have ex­pected. Fate has strange ways of turn­ing us in a new di­rec­tion, and not al­ways at the time we thought it would hap­pen. As the week­end draws near it be­comes clear who it is that will point the way for­ward. The two of you need to talk and not avoid the big ques­tion. Your Luck: Have a lit­tle more op­ti­mism. Blow away that big dark cloud that is hang­ing over you!

Scorpio Oc­to­ber 24 – Novem­ber 22

Hav­ing got­ten used to high emo­tion re­cently, now you must tone ev­ery­thing down and, if pos­si­ble, take a break. No need for an ex­otic hol­i­day (although that’d be nice!). A few days with a friend or rel­a­tive should do the trick. As a new page is turned you need to fully un­der­stand the one you are leav­ing. It is easy to glam­or­ise a pe­riod of time that seemed ideal. Your Luck: Imag­ine your­self in a cir­cle with ‘dif­fer­ent’ on the in­side and ‘bet­ter’ on the out­side. Get to bet­ter.

Sagittariu­s Novem­ber 23 – De­cem­ber 21

Too much to do? Not enough time to do it in? Slow­ing down a bit can help as it gives the chance to make a clear plan. Or­gan­i­sa­tion can some­times be a bad word for you when you want to avoid be­ing tied down. Even so, it can work for you now. Why waste time on small mat­ters when you can jump into the big pic­ture? You know where you are go­ing then, do you? Your Luck: Con­fi­dence may be up and down so why not just go with the up?

Capricorn De­cem­ber 22 – Jan­uary 20

Some days you feel con­fi­dent and on oth­ers you feel in­ef­fec­tive. Is that re­ally down to you? Maybe oth­ers un­der­mine your self im­age ei­ther by be­ing awk­ward or try­ing to ig­nore your needs. Step back and think. Could you get the re­ac­tions that you need by not al­ways be­ing avail­able or agree­able? Could you get away from all this and just go and have some fun for a few days? Your Luck: In the end ac­tions speak louder than words in many sit­u­a­tions. Get mov­ing.

Aquarius Jan­uary 21 – Fe­bru­ary 19

Be­ing your­self some­times in­volves be­ing at odds with oth­ers. Don’t let this worry you. A show of con­fi­dence in what you are do­ing now makes those around you re­alise your strengths. Easy­go­ing as you can be, you must be clearly able to put your­self first. At the end of the day this is for ev­ery­one’s ben­e­fit. Af­ter all, who wants a weak leader? We have enough of those! Your Luck: Feel that you are be­ing watched? Well my dear, then put on a good dis­play!

Pisces Fe­bru­ary 20 – March 20

Although you nor­mally swim with the tide there are times when you want to go against the flow. This is espe­cially true at the mo­ment when you re­ally need to do your own thing. It is ba­sic to your na­ture to ques­tion what mat­ters even if the struc­tures have been in place for some time. The need to move on to some­thing new is now quite over­whelm­ing. Do it in a planned and calm way though. Your Luck: Time for changes? Then get out and change the times.

Aries March 21 – April 20

In a qui­eter week that threat­ens to be bor­ing, keep your mind sharp by look­ing ahead. It is great to have time to catch up on smaller, es­sen­tial tasks. Even so, too much in­ac­tiv­ity can make you feel blue. Can you now clear out your clut­ter and get to grips with longer-term fi­nances? A lit­tle pam­per­ing would not go amiss, ei­ther! Do some­thing just to feel good in­side. Your Luck: In­dulge your senses and whims and feel the sense of free­dom that it brings.

Taurus April 21 – May 21

You don’t mind a bit of dis­rup­tion as you know it can bring good changes. At the mo­ment it could be the best way to jog you out of a sense of dull rou­tine. So when a friend sug­gests that you try some­thing dif­fer­ent, why not go for it? This week some­thing that you read or see gives a sense of re­lief. Yes, there is al­ways some­one who has big­ger prob­lems! This mo­ment could be an emo­tional turn­ing point. Your Luck: Be flex­i­ble in your mind but con­sider your own needs also.

Gemini May 22 – June 21

In a week that will stir strong emo­tions, wait be­fore re­spond­ing ver­bally. Words have ex­tra mean­ing when feel­ings run high. This may be a week that helps you to clear the air. Any­thing that has been brew­ing for some time comes up with a strong taste, doesn’t it? Time is likely to be on your side. Think care­fully and be kind to your­self and oth­ers (if pos­si­ble!) Your Luck: A sharp tongue and a star­ing eye will get you at­ten­tion but will not solve the prob­lem. Think.

Can­cer June 22 – July 22

The need to con­fide in some­one is strong in a week of emo­tions and tur­moil. Some ex­changes help to clear the air and, even­tu­ally, make you feel bet­ter. Oth­ers need you to take one step back be­fore re­act­ing spon­ta­neously. Other peo­ple can be very test­ing of your pa­tience but there is some­one who un­der­stands and has known the same sit­u­a­tions. Seek them out. Your Luck: You don’t have to look too far away to find the emo­tional sup­port that you need.

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