Whatever happened to work-life balance?
Work-life balance is an important concept, but it does not mean slacking at work or strictly adhering to an in-and-out time. It also does not mean giving equal attention to your personal and professional life every single day, because that's not even remotely possible.
In reality, work-life balance refers to the simple concept of making sure you have other important things in life besides your work, like going on hikes every weekend because you love it, or making time for date nights. And if you consider astrology and your love horoscope, without leaving room for romance and relaxation, your relationships can fall apart.
If you're having trouble achieving a work-life balance, your zodiac sign's weekly horoscopes and tarot card reading for April 15th to 21st, 2019 will tackle what you can do to nail it on the head — the right way.
ARIES: Ace of Cups
Aries, it's great to be focused and dedicated to your goals, to work hard and embrace challenges, and to want to be the best in whatever you do. But it can quickly suck the fun out of life.
But there's an easy remedy to that problem. Don't censor your heart when it wants to do something. After all, you are an Aries, so life works out for you when you are dedicated to your goals and ready to go off on an adventure at the drop of a hat.
TAURUS: 2 of Pentacles
Buying luxurious clothes and shoes, renting out an awesome bachelor pad, and making time for spa sessions make you the happiest, Taurus. And so does growing your net worth.
Unfortunately, these two desires fall on the opposite ends of the money spectrum. So you often find yourself stuck in a cycle of guilt (after heavy shopping sprees) and misery (after restricting your expenses for months on end).
Well, the Tarot says there is nothing inherently wrong about buying things or saving money. It's only bad when taken to an extreme. So why not fix a certain amount as "spending money" and "saving money" each month? With a little bit of careful calculation, it's not that big of a task.
GEMINI: 3 of Swords
Gemini, the real reason why you are so afraid of commitment is because you are afraid of the pain of heartbreak. That's why you keep a large friends circle around you, and never seem to commit to any of your dates. You just don't want to become too attached to someone and open up the possibility of them harming you with their judgments and words.
Unfortunately, this tendency only closes you off from truly experiencing the world. After all, no one's ever learned to ride a bicycle without falling off of it multiple times.
So the next time you find yourself on the verge of flaking on someone, remind yourself that you can never escape pain and heartbreak. But they are always easier to bear when you choose your pain and person.
CANCER: Princess of Wands
Here's the thing about passion, Cancer: It scares those who are timid. All because it beckons them to leave the safety of their comfort zone and explore something new.
But here's another thing about passion: No one has ever regretted going beyond their comfort zone in pursuit of whatever stirs their passion. Be it a person or a dream. So what are you going to do? Continue living listlessly in comfort? Or live life king size out of it?
LEO: 6 of Swords
Leaving behind something or someone who is precious is never easy, Leo. But that's life. And sometimes we have to do exactly that.
So don't be too hard on yourself or fool yourself with unrealistic optimism. Instead, take this period of transition to think deeply about where you want your life to go after this. And take action to go just there.
VIRGO: Queen of Cups
Virgo, it might be easier for you to show your love and affection for someone by doing things for them. By taking care of their routine and helping them clean up their house, or simply tending to them when they are sick. But sometimes what someone truly needs is just to have an emotional conversation when they are feeling lost.
Can you do that? Can you be the emotionally intelligent friend who is willing to empathize with the other's pain? Your life will not be the same if you manage to do this.
LIBRA: 3 of Cups
It's great to have good friends, Libra. People with whom you can laugh and socialize. People who are always ready for an adventure.
But real friendship is not measured by how much of a good time you can have together. It's measured by how willing you are to talk the tough talk when required. So what kind of friends do you really have? The hedonistic kind? Or the real kind?
SCORPIO: 8 of Wands
Scorpio, don't let pop astrology fool you into slinking in the shadows and manipulating people to come to you. That never leads to good things.
Instead, own your power over your life and take action. You will be surprised just how effective straight talk and actions can be. And how much more time-saving they are compared to manipulations from a safe distance.
SAGITTARIUS: 4 of Pentacles
Sagittarius, you have a unique gift. You can convince yourself that wasteful spendings are actually investments in yourself and your time.
But there's a big difference between wishful thinking and reality. And the painful reality is that you are on the verge of suffering a big financial blow if you don't straighten out and start saving some money ASAP.
CAPRICORN: 5 of Swords
Here's the thing, Capricorn. You are not happy with how things ended between you and someone. But that's not a good enough reason the think vengeful thoughts.
Because, the truth is, people who like serving stone-cold revenge don't realize how much it actually hurts them in the future. Not because karma will get them eventually, but because sooner or later they become appalled by their own cruelty. And there's nothing more torturous than that.
AQUARIUS: 6 of Wands
Well, Aquarius, it seems like you really took last week's message to heart and reconsidered your actions. Good for you! Because this week, you will be rewarded by victory. The kind that's ethical and respected by all.
Last week, the Tarot cautioned you to embrace your victories with humility, Pisces. Not with false modesty. And you seem to have embraced that lesson wholeheartedly. After all, shifts in perception always lead to the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.
So greet this Death with humility and you will be on your way down a better path soon enough. Cheers!
Valeria Black is an author and Tarot reader known for her in-depth psychological analyses. You can connect with her on Twitter @ValerieRBlack.