On Monday, Venus — the planet that shows us what we value — enters wise and serious Capricorn. You might find yourself working toward your values with increased discipline, or you might start viewing your connections to other people with a new sense of loyalty. On Tuesday, a new moon in Sagittarius will usher us into a period of optimism, adventure, and possibility. On Wednesday, Neptune stations direct after five months of retrograde motion, and you might slowly begin to notice your creativity reigniting, your dreams bursting into color again.
This is a week to be a little careful with your power: your words, your actions, the way you move through the world. When your magic moves easily and naturally through you, it’s easy to forget how potent it really is. This week, pay attention to the effect you have on other people. Pay attention to the ways a whole room’s energy can shift around you. You’re so much more powerful than you think.
This week, you might feel some surprising optimism begin to appear in your ideas, in your movements, in your dreams. It might feel, at first, like this new sunniness indicates a lack of seriousness, or like it’s a betrayal of your clear-eyed, levelheaded values. But it isn’t either of those things. Try to think of optimism as an opportunity to want more for yourself, to set bigger goals. This week, don’t limit your desires. Let yourself want everything good you can imagine.
This week, you might feel overwhelmed by your desires — not just the power of them, but the sheer number of them, all pulling you in different directions. It might be difficult to keep track of all the paths available to you, and painful to know that there’s not enough time to follow them all. But you can trust that you’ll find the knowledge you need, even if you don’t get to know everything. You’re moving on your own path, and it’s the right one, and it gets broader and more interesting every day.
Sometimes, it doesn’t matter where you’re going; the simple act of motion fills a need. This is a week to honor that need, and to stop trying to stifle your body’s desire to move. It’s so normal to feel a hunger for something else — something other than your routine, your city, your everyday life — and this hunger doesn’t mean you’re unfaithful to the life that you have. If you need a change, don’t try to talk yourself out of it. Taking a journey doesn’t mean you can’t return home again.
The future can seem like a fearsome thing sometimes — an unknown land, a place without a map. You’ve worked hard enough to thrive in this world, developing connections and resources and skills, and it’s intimidating to consider that different things may one day be required of you. This week, your job is to remember that you don’t need to be afraid. The things you really need are the things you can carry with you anywhere: your courage, your integrity, your willingness to keep loving the world.
It’s possible to live without planning ahead every step; it’s possible to survive without rules to hold the world in place. It’s good to value correctness, but it can be equally good to value freedom. Your task this week is to allow yourself the freedom to make mistakes. Don’t worry — you won’t get lost, or forget who you really are. Magic can become possible when you loosen your grip on perfection. Remind yourself that this magic is available to you, too.
Sometimes, you might catch yourself keeping some kind of mental ledger, making note of all the good things you’ve done and all the good things the world has given you in return. It’s a good way to ensure things remain fair, to make sure your love is reciprocated, but for now, give yourself permission to stop keeping such careful tabs on everything. Stop with your mental calculations and balance sheets. For now, it’s okay just to follow your instincts, to do what feels right in the moment, to live the way you want to.
This week, try to share your energy, instead of locking it away inside you. Try to reach out to other people instead of circling them with endless, watchful suspicion. Not everyone can be trusted, of course, but some people can be. Right now, collaborations will make you stronger, not weaker. Sharing your life with other people will magnify your power, not diminish it. Real solidarity can feel strangely risky — it’s just like real love, in that way — but it’s worth it.
Under the wrong conditions, anyone’s confidence can wither and fade — even yours. So if it’s felt like your confidence has suffered lately, this is a week to recalibrate it. This is a week to remember who you are and what you can do, to believe in the magic of your own life. Don’t think you have to force it, to pressure your brain into believing in itself again. Just by living, by going outside, by reaching out to other people with an open heart, you can make your strength and balance return.
Enthusiasm — both other people’s and your own — can sometimes feel like a threat to your seriousness. This week, though, an eager fire might ignite in your heart, bright and unruly, and it won’t destroy you at all. It can bring some sweetness, some fresh air, some light to the hard work you’re doing. You don’t have to cultivate enthusiasm as a personality trait, or redefine everything you know about yourself; just try to be open to it when it presents itself to you.
This week, try to start from the assumption that no one can really predict the future. Things move far too quickly for that. Don’t imagine this state of unknowing to be a curse, though; this week, try to accept it for the gift that it is. When our knowledge is imperfect, and when nothing is predetermined, then we can be free to live our lives as we want to. There’s so much space to move, and nobody else can tell you where you should be going.
You understand, already, that the world is vast and mysterious and interconnected. You understand it so well, in fact, that this knowledge sometimes feels ordinary and routine. This week, though, you might regain a sense of dreamy awe at the unknowable magic of it all. No matter how big you think the universe is, it’s bigger than that. No matter how aware you are of the vast web of possibilities around you, even more is possible. There are things you still don’t know, and this isn’t a weakness but a gift.
Read the weekly horoscope for the week of November 18 here.