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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of December 12

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This week, Wednesday brings a full moon in Gemini. If you pay attention you can feel a charge in the air, the culmination of this month’s strange electric energy. This energy belongs to you, too. What will you do with it?

Aries: This is a week for writing down the dreams you can remember. What do these images hold, and what can they tell you? Your bright imagination can’t always protect your soft body the way that actions can, but imagination can shield something else inside of you. It can keep your heart safe, it can keep you human — this matters, too.

Taurus: The world can look so different at night. Watch the shadows on your skin and the color of the sky; watch the way light shines and bounces and reflects in the darkness. When you’re driving through a tunnel, your headlights cast a different glow. When you’re walking through the grass, your feet make a different sound. The world changes quickly and the sun sets fast, but you still have ways of creating light.

Gemini: In all its wildness and all its sorrow, the world still holds room for laughter, for silliness, for boredom. Your body’s still solid and its needs are still real. If your stomach is empty, you can fill it. If your mind gets weary, you can rest. If your friend is sad, you can hold her close and speak her name. You have a full life that is yours to take care of. This isn’t the only thing, but it is a place to start.

Cancer: If you listen to all the noise in the streets — the voices and cars and the clanging pipes — you could be forgiven for thinking there’s no future left. Thoughts don’t have to be true to feel true; they don’t have to make sense to cast a shadow. Remind yourself, this week, that there’s still room in the future for you.

Leo: There are weeks for expanding the ways you know how to move, the ways you know how to give. Your body keeps learning new ways to process rage and new ways to understand love. You can stretch your legs, your shoulders, your neck. Your muscles can grow loose and your vision can grow sharp. What a gift: You’re already enough, and still you’re growing.

Virgo: This week, maybe the sky keeps getting darker, or the waves keep crashing hard against the coast, or the underbrush grows thicker, hard to see through, hard to move in. The road twists and the trail is hard to follow — there’s no easy way out of here. You’re in the thick of things now, and the woods will keep getting thicker. Still, look around you. What can you learn from this place?

Libra: It’s important now to keep reminding yourself of all the choices you still have. Remind yourself over and over, again and again, until it feels natural. A sense of freedom is a fragile thing, and it needs nurturing. In an unpredictable world, let yourself become unpredictable too. It takes practice, but it’s worth your time.

Scorpio: There is more than one way to battle despair, more than one way to reckon with darkness. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to draw a map and set a course. Sometimes, it’s better to just start moving, before the sun’s even up. You have a golden voice and a clear head and an unyielding courage in your bones. You have the vision to see a way forward from here. These are your tools. How will you use them?

Sagittarius: This week, you might be asked to do more than you’ve ever done before. You might be asked to be braver than you’ve ever been. It isn’t fair — none of this is — but you can still act with courage. How strange it is to be given this one small life on this one small planet, the stars a jumble all around you. You can still make things better.

Capricorn: Finding a life that’s livable takes such a weird, fine balance. In a world so full of noise and destruction, how can you hold on to your softness? Love for the world can save your life, but it can tear you to pieces, too. It’s okay if it feels like you need to keep learning, over and over again, how to live in this world. What other way is there to survive?

Aquarius: There are days when the future seems to grow vast and clear and golden, and days it shrinks almost to nothing. It’s not easy to live in days like these; it’s harder still to see the days ahead. Still, your own life is expanding outward, even when you don’t feel it, even now. Keep working on the projects that light you up. Keep pushing back.

Pisces: Even now, there’s room in the world for actions that won’t save us. There are books and jokes and cups of tea; there are moments of love and sweetness, even here. You have to do what you can; you have to try to be brave. But listen: You don’t have to twist your heart into the shape you’ve heard it should be.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of December 12