Early Sunday morning, a full moon in Leo offers a moment of illumination and clarity, as well as a deepening sense of your capabilities as a leader, a force of nature, an active participant in your own life. Your power has been building, and now you can see it anew. Your voice has been growing stronger, and you might surprise even yourself with its force and clarity.
When you come up against roadblocks, this week, don’t immediately take them for signs that you’re making the wrong moves, that your strategy is faulty, that you need to return to the beginning and try something totally new. That might be the case, of course, but it’s too soon to know. It could also be that you aren’t taking the wrong actions at all — you just need to adjust your speed. Real change can take a long time. When good things are happening slowly, they’re still happening.
The world doesn’t always appreciate you quite enough. It doesn’t always show you the love you deserve, or the care you need. This will change, gradually; it’s already started to, in fact. This week, if the sweetness you’ve been seeking hasn’t yet arrived, you can at least be certain that you deserve it, that you’re worthy. Remind yourself that your worth is utterly unconnected to achievement or success or how others perceive you. You don’t need evidence to prove, somehow, that you’re worthy of love — you just are.
This is a week to pay attention to the power in your words. It’s surprisingly easy to forget how much they can do: Talking and writing are so ordinary, so mundane. Expressing your thoughts might feel like nothing special at all, an instinctive process as natural as breathing. But your words and ideas have real power — they move through the world, they connect you to other people, they take on strange lives of their own. This week, don’t take your expressive abilities for granted; they have a true, lasting power.
A lot of the time, you don’t have to think closely about your loyalties at all; loyalty is something you understand intuitively, something you feel in your body. This week, though, it’s a subject worth giving some thought to. Plenty of people will demand your loyalty — they’ll claim that shared blood or shared history amount to a debt that you owe them — but that isn’t necessarily true. It’s worth being deliberate about who you’ll commit to, and who you’ll stand up for — and who, on the flip side, you’re willing to tell no.
This is a week for accepting the simpler parts of yourself, the parts of yourself that just want attention or validation or love. When the world seems cold and uncaring, it can feel easier to try to suppress these desires, to dismiss them as frivolous or selfish or somehow beneath you. But they aren’t any of these things. They’re basic, bone-deep human needs, and you don’t have to justify this part of yourself to anyone. It’s as simple as it is: Humans need love and care, and you’re nothing more and nothing less than human.
If you want to deal with the conflicts and contradictions in your head, you must first acknowledge that they exist, and that it’s right and good that they do. Though absolute consistency is a worthy goal, it’s not exactly a reasonable one. You don’t have to expect yourself never to change, never to grow. No one is perfect; evolving with time is a sign of strength, not weakness. We weren’t born to stay the same forever, frozen in a perfect, unchanging shape. Rather, we were born to be challenged, to want too much, to grow ever more into the world.
This week, things may not feel straightforward, and you may have difficulty progressing in a clear, linear way.. This is a week for repetition and reversal, for echoes and twists. This may sound frustrating, but it’s actually a dazzling opportunity: What this means, practically speaking, is that what seemed impossible yesterday can suddenly enter the realm of possibility. It means that opportunities you thought were lost might spin back around and offer themselves to you once more. You haven’t missed out on your chance for goodness. You haven’t missed out on your chance to shine.
This is a week for living your life with care, for making your choices with consideration and attention. That doesn’t mean that you need to focus obsessively on strategy, on thinking three steps ahead in some imagined power struggle. Right now, you’ll see better results if you put your energy toward living in a way that you can be proud of, regardless of whether it makes you seem strong or victorious or even right. Instead, you can meet each choice and each challenge as it comes, with honesty and with care.
You’re a wild and active force driving your own life — you know how to make things happen, how to seek out the experiences you need, how to ask the right questions. Perhaps you’ve learned that nothing happens unless you make it happen; perhaps it feels like the only good things the world’s had to give you are the things you’ve reached out for, the things you’ve demanded. But there is power in waiting for things to unfold, and this is a week for remembering how to keep still and accept the sweetness that the world has to offer.
This week will offer you opportunities to step up, to show up, to really be there for other people. But you won’t see them unless you’re paying attention, unless you engage with others, unless you’re alive to the world around you. Doing the brave thing — taking action, standing up, reaching out and offering the small needed kindness — can seem tiring or intimidating, but that’s not the only way to look at it. Imagine, instead, that you’re being given the chance to be as good, as brave, as human as you imagine yourself, as you wish you were.
Sometimes, people try to frame your analytical heart as something closed-off and detached from the real business of life. But that’s just not the truth at all, so don’t think for a second that you have to believe them. By observing the world, you change it. By dreaming of a new world, you change the one that exists. There’s joy to be had in stepping fully, wildly into the fray, but that isn’t the only way to be. This week, remind yourself that no matter what you do, you are never truly isolated, and never can be.
It can feel like a matter of absolute, urgent necessity to stay aware of everything happening in the world around you, to follow every noisy update to every noisy story. And there’s obvious value in remaining connected to the world, in staying aware of all the tangled threads of wrongness and pain. This week, though, give yourself permission to slow down if you need to. Make sure that all the quickly moving details aren’t distracting you from your underlying values, or keeping you from noticing quieter, more subtle possibilities for change.
Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of February 3 here. The weekly horoscopes for the week of February 17 will be here.