Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of January 4

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On Wednesday, action planet Mars leaves its home of fiery Aries for the first time since June, and enters earthy Taurus. While Mars in Aries was powerful but reactive, confident but impulsive, Mars in Taurus offers a chance to become grounded in your energy — to move with intention and determination, to choose a path and not be swayed from it. On Friday morning, communication planet Mercury enters Aquarius, and love planet Venus enters Capricorn. With Mercury in Aquarius, your thinking could become unconventional. Strange problems demand strange solutions, and Mercury in Aquarius can help you think in ways that are strange, creative, and utterly, beautifully new. And finally, with Venus in Capricorn, your heart might grow a little more cautious, a little less reckless. Venus in Capricorn can help you see the value of reliability, of commitment, of the kind of trust that must be built — and that can be, if you try.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

There are days for being reckless with your energy — days to let it expand in all directions, to let it go wherever it’s called. There are days to trust that every encounter is a message, a challenge, an invitation; days to follow every clue wherever it leads. This week, though, it might be helpful to change tactics. This week, you might benefit by protecting your energy — by waiting to react, by choosing which challenges you’ll rise to, and which you’ll ignore. There are beautiful things in store for you, and this is a time for staying on the path toward them.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

For so long, it’s felt like all your best energies have been blocked, like there have been no avenues for you to use your powers or express all your love and fury and desire. This week, all that might start to shift. Some of the change is external — the barriers you’ve faced might begin to weaken — but much of it is inside you, too. Now you can remember all the beautiful, luxurious stubbornness you have on your side. In spite of everything, you’ll be powered by a quiet force of will that’s truly unstoppable.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

In weird and unsteady times, there’s comfort in analysis. It’s reassuring to speculate, to theorize, to arrange all the world’s chaotic pieces into a story that makes sense. And there’s reassurance, too, in your attempts to see into the future, to make yourself ready for whatever comes next. But this week, give yourself a break from the work of projecting and predicting. It’s valuable, but it can make it difficult to see the opportunities — for magic, for togetherness, for true and abiding change — that exist right in front of you, right now, waiting for you to reach out and touch them.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

You’re usually a person who moves with intention, with thought and care. But lately, the world’s made it hard to do that. Lately, everything has been so unrelentingly dark that it’s been hard to feel like your actions matter at all anymore. This week, though, you can feel a small but meaningful shift. This week, you can move away from the kind of hopelessness that drains all your strength, and back toward the anger that fills you with resolve, with intention, with love for the whole damaged world.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

Even though “clean slates” don’t really exist, even though new beginnings always carry echoes of the past, this week you can imagine a clean slate if you need one. You can imagine a true fresh start, if that’s what will get you out of bed in the morning, if that’s what will make the world bearable. Try to forgive yourself for all the things you wish you’d done differently. Try to forgive yourself for being younger, once, than you are now. Everything can start again if you need it to. The doors are open.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

It’s so hard not to feel misunderstood. It’s so hard not to feel like you’ve been done wrong. Not just by those in power — this, after all, is indisputable — but also by the people close to you, the ones you love the most. This week, you can feel the love and support that all these people have for you, flawed as it is. This week, you can find it in you to accept the imperfect love that they have to give. You may find that even if it’s messy, its warmth is still enough to get you through.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

It can be so easy, especially in times of loneliness and distance, to forget how solid you are. It can be so easy to think that you aren’t a person at all, but an image, a reflection, a mind full of ideas. But this week, you’ll do better if you remember that you have a body, and your body has needs. This is a week for paying attention to your body’s needs, and doing your best to meet them. Treating your body right will make you stronger, it’ll make your ideas shine brighter, it’ll help you remember that you’re still real, in spite of it all.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

It feels dangerous, sometimes, to lean on your community, or to turn to others for help. Paradoxically, it can feel so much easier to bear all struggles alone. This way, you’re not required to admit to any vulnerability or need; this way, you never place yourself in anyone else’s debt. But there are things a person can’t do alone, and things a person shouldn’t have to. And there are much worse things than to be bound by the obligations of community, of love. This week, if you ask for the help that you need, it will make you stronger. It will open up your world.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

When you can feel like your small actions matter, that your presence here makes a difference, the unbearable world can become bearable. The challenge, of course, is that this is just so hard to believe. When you’re really aware of how big the world is, your own life can seem so inadequate. When you can see all the universe’s bright potential, your own attempts to create change can seem tragically small. This week, work on believing in yourself, on believing your small actions will, someday, add up to something meaningful. Because they will.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

It can be so hard not to compare yourself with your friends and your peers — with their ambitions, with their achievements, with all the work they’ve created during difficult times. You might even tell yourself that this kind of comparison is motivating — that it pushes you to achieve, work harder, be better. But this week, competition with others won’t motivate you in any meaningful way. This is a time for thinking bigger — for looking toward history, for looking to the future, for dreaming in ways that are truly for you, that aren’t limited by what the people around you are doing.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

You’re comfortable, most of the time, with thoughts of a distant, radically changed future. You’re comfortable with the idea that the world can change, so much that it becomes almost unrecognizable. The scary part isn’t this distant future, but the work that must happen here and now. The scary part isn’t the outcome of the change, but the series of steps between here and there. This week, though, the world might offer you a feeling of capability, of readiness, of strength. This week, you can put your faith not just in the future, but in the sweet, strange changes happening every day.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

It can feel so unfair, so painful, that you’re not able to do everything. You don’t have the time to care for everyone who needs caring for, and to fight everyone who needs fighting. You don’t have the strength to be everything to everyone. So this week, focus on figuring out your role. Focus on figuring out where you’re needed, where you’re useful, where you feel most alive and full of purpose. No one is called to do everything, and there’s wisdom for you, this week, in figuring out just what you are called to do.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of January 4