Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Big stuff is happening in your emotional life. It may not have official importance but it really matters. It is making a difference. It is changing a pattern. It is breaking new ground. It is as if you have recently staked your claim to a particular place or space. Whether this has actually been challenged or you just fear that it is going to be questioned, you are on your guard. Soon, though, you will gain much reassurance. Feeling inwardly better will automatically help you to make many situations demonstrably better.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Are you experiencing apprehension? Can you see many situations that could turn awkward at any moment? Do you feel that you are trying to tiptoe through a minefield, avoiding explosions that the slightest wrong move might trigger? It's ironic in one way, because there have been many scenarios lately where such respect for danger might have done a lot of good. Right now, anxiety is misplaced. Interpersonal communications may have been difficult in the past, but they are about to get a whole lot better.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: The universe is full of difficult questions. Such as, 'What are we all doing here?' Or, 'What are we all supposed to be doing here?' That may sound like the same question, but you sometimes get the feeling that it very probably isn't. While we are on the topic of tricky questions, we should perhaps ask, 'What are we doing about the possibility that we are not doing what we are supposed to be doing?' Or, then again, there may be questions in your emotional life now, that it is unwise to ask, far less expect an answer to at the moment.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: They say that the invention of the wheel spelled the beginning of the modern world. But far more revolutionary must have been the invention of the mirror. Prior to that if you wanted to see yourself, you would have to find a lake or a puddle. Now, suddenly, these pieces of glass meant that we couldn't get away from a vivid (sometimes too stark) reminder of our appearance. Don't let such a reflection undermine your confidence. Notice instead, the great reverence someone else has for you. Be inspired by that.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Is that a pea under your mattress? Actually, it is an entire cannery. It is almost as if combine harvesters keep driving beneath your bedclothes and depositing their contents in the shredder. How are you supposed to rest easy with this much annoyance? Plus, people keep telling you that it is no big deal and you ought to be able to rise above it. That, on its own, is beginning to irk you. Would you like some good news? Soon, you will both be feeling a lot less sensitive and you will have far less aggravation to react to.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: 'A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.' That quote comes from William Blake, a remarkably clever chap. It is so woefully, painfully, apposite. Nothing hurts like the truth. Nothing does more damage. Nothing cuts more deeply. To turn the truth from a noble shield to a vicious sword, you don't even have to twist it. You just have to give it the slightest quizzical spin. To avoid unnecessary angst, be gentle regarding what you say and forgiving, regarding what you hear in your emotional life now.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: There is nothing wrong with being in a state of dependency provided you feel thoroughly good about whatever it is that you're dependent upon. None of us can get through life without some sort of support, but we do have to think about what we are leaning on... and why. You are currently swapping a dubious or precarious arrangement for something much more solid. In the process of transition, it is necessary, briefly, to be without either... and, thus, to be very brave. But your emotional outlook will soon improve.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: If you don't set out to achieve the impossible, how can you ever hope to work a miracle? You don't think you can work a miracle? Why not? You have seen miracles happen before, have you not? Don't they always come when somebody, somewhere, sets out to achieve the impossible? What is life itself, but a miracle? How impossible is our very existence on this particular planet - unique in the universe for its climate, atmosphere and chemical composition? Don't rule out anything positive in your emotional life.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Something is no longer falling apart. Now it is slowly starting to come back together. It is no longer going wrong. Now it is going right again. You need no longer feel anxious or insecure. Even if you have yet to see clear proof of the change, it will arrive before too much longer. You have been obliged to take a good close look at an awkward situation. This has put you through an intense, exhausting process but it has helped to ensure that you now know everything you need to know in order to fix a pressing problem.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: We all know how to count calories. What a shame we don't pay equal attention to our mental and emotional intake. We indulge far too many heavy thoughts. We allow in sentimental moods that cause our hearts to swell up dangerously close to bursting point. We don't exercise anywhere near enough discrimination. We become bloated with bad attitudes. You are currently carrying far too much psychological weight. If you can now work on ways to make your heart feel lighter, the rest of your life will swiftly follow suit.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: You should never ask for advice unless you really want it. Indeed, even if you do really want it, think twice. Get advice about whether or not you should get advice. Bear in mind that all advice-givers have vested interests - points to prove, axes to grind. You are now listening too carefully to one opinion. It is valid, but then, so too is your own take on a situation that it is difficult for you to understand or to explain properly. Frankly, you know far more about your own emotional situation than any of the so-called experts.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Write a letter but don't send it. Get your feelings out, then put them away. Press delete. Or set fire to the paper. Don't feel obliged to communicate your deepest truth to anyone else. Once you have articulated it to yourself you'll clear up all you need to and you'll see why it is wise to be discreet. Understand what you need to understand then say only as much as anyone else can understand and accept. More than that, there is no point in saying. What matters is not that another knows the score - but that you do.