Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of December 16

Dolly Parton, a Capricorn. Photo: Photo Illustration by Preeti Kinha/ Photos: Getty

Early Friday morning, Venus — planet of pleasure and values — enters nonconformist Aquarius. You might find yourself seeking change over balance, dreaming of the future rather than longing for the past. On Saturday night, the sun enters ambitious and disciplined Capricorn. When the sun is in Capricorn, you can access the discipline you need to go the distance, to keep doing the work. This is the time for figuring how to bring your wildest dreams to life, how to give them a solid form in the world.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

Wanting to be the best—the strongest, the first, the only—can be a valuable motivation. It can make all your labor and suffering seem worthwhile. But this week, you could maybe use a reminder that your efforts are worthwhile already, even if you don’t ultimately prove yourself to be better or smarter or more unique than other people. You aren’t defined by your achievements alone; your worth isn’t limited to your victories over others. Your dreams can expand and grow brighter if you dream alongside other people, not against them.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

This is a week for reminding yourself of all the things that cannot break you. It’s a week for reminding yourself of all the things that no boss and no enemy can ever take away. Your values remain yours and your dreams remain yours. The desires that bloom all strange and hopeful in the quiet parts of your mind remain yours. You might not be able to stop the world from changing, or to bring an end to all cruelty and greed, but you know what really matters, and you can let that knowledge keep guiding you.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, the distance between the reality you live in and the future you want seems nearly unbearable. It can be tempting to reconcile the two by convincing yourself that the world isn’t really as bad as all that, or else by convincing yourself that your dreams are smaller, more practical, more realistic than they truly are. This week, though, try to hold onto your sense of clarity, no matter how messy the world seems. This is a week to dream bigger, not smaller, and to honor the beautiful future you want by working toward it.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

This is a week for resisting the impulse to hide, to shrink, to retreat from life in public, which is so full of nastiness and grief. It’s a week for resisting the defeatist thinking that tells you it’s not worth it to keep loving the wild aching world. Try, instead, to remind yourself that the world—the whole world, in all its pain and all its sweetness—is your home. You belong here, and you have powers you haven’t yet discovered, and there are people who need you who you don’t even know yet.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, the world around you feels sparkling and alive and full of possibility, but sometimes it’s all so strange and opaque and difficult to love. It can be hard to keep believing that any of this is worth it. This week, believing in yourself can be a way to remember how to believe in other people again—you aren’t the only person in the world who’s trying this hard, who cares this much. And once you re-learn how to believe in other people, you may be able to figure out how to believe in the world again, too.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

Your steadfastness is not the same thing as inflexibility; even though other people sometimes mistake one for the other, you know better. You know that loving the solid world doesn’t mean you’re averse to changing it. You know that your commitment to work doesn’t mean you must toil like a machine for the rest of your life. This week, you can be imaginative without losing your focus.You know what’s important and what is inessential, and you know how to adapt without losing ground.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

This week, you can pay attention to what you’re nurturing and what you’re neglecting, but don’t berate yourself for neglecting some things. It isn’t a failure not to do everything, equally well, all at once. Nobody can tend to every single thing that needs tending; it’s not possible to send your energy in all directions all the time. Everyone experiences lush periods and slow periods, times of wild creativity and times when it’s necessary to turn inward. This week, give yourself permission to prioritize, to focus on what matters most right now.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

This week, it’s important not to look at the world as though you’re the only thinking, feeling person left in it. It’s important not to let yourself believe that you’re solely responsible for making it all turn out right in the end. Thinking this way creates an unbearable kind of pressure, a lens that will make everything look more dismal and grey than it’s ever been. Even though acting collectively doesn’t always come naturally to you, the world will become tolerable this week – maybe even hopeful – if you can come together with other people.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

This week, pay careful attention to your impulses and dreams and desires, but try not to imagine that these the only things that matter. Try not to expect more than they can give you. Your dreams and ideas offer one kind of magic, but if you want to bring that magic out of your head and into the world, you’ll need additional fuel to make it happen. That fuel might be physical work, or it might be careful planning, or it might be something else entirely. You can bring a better world into being, but you must act in order to do so.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

The people in charge might take it upon themselves to try to talk you out of your values—to convince you that the things you want are too difficult, to ambitious, too great. They might spend their energy urging you not to want any sweetness or any justice at all. Don’t listen to them. Believing in yourself is a rare kind of magic, and being willing to do the work is a rarer magic still, and you possess them both. They’ll only win if they can convince you to stop trying; your task is to keep going.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, the wisest course of action is the riskiest one, too; sometimes, the least practical thing to do is to play it safe. You live in a world full of wild unpredictability, and you’re allowed to be unpredictable in return. You’re allowed to expand, to take up space, to make noise — not just in the future, when things are more certain, but here, right now. The world as it exists right now is not an easy place to be, but there are more options available to you than you realize.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

This is a week not to be deceived into thinking that the world lacks magic, that everything is rational, reasonable, boring. This week, allow yourself to believe that magic is as real as anything else — as real as the cities, as real as the mountains, as real as your own body. The world holds unknown depths, and it’s foolish to pretend that just because we can’t see them, they don’t exist. The laws of the universe are expansive and wild, and you can let this knowledge inform your belief in a better future.

Read the weekly horoscope for the week of December 9 here. The weekly horoscope for the week of December 22 will be here.

Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of December 16