Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of January 3

Michelle Obama, a Capricorn. Photo: Photo Illustration by Preeti Kinha/ Photos: Getty

In the early morning hours of Sunday, January 2nd, communication planet Mercury entered imaginative Aquarius. While there, Mercury offers you the opportunity to think in new ways, to reject outdated rules and assert the rebellious freedom of knowing your own mind. If the community or job or future you want for yourself doesn’t exist yet, here is your chance to invent it. Later the same day, a new moon in Capricorn offers the opportunity to begin the year with what is as close to a clean slate as life offers. You can choose which long-term goals you’re pursuing, which people and projects are worth committing to in the year ahead.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

It isn’t your fault that your life has become smaller than it once was, that your dreams seem, somehow, to have shrunk. There’s less space to be truly open-hearted and free during a global pandemic, after all. Your joy now is contained, no matter how hard you’ve pushed back against despair or how bravely you’ve tried to keep hope alive. This week, though, you can regain some ground. You won’t work miracles, or become the same wild person you once were overnight, but you can remember that you still are a person, that your ambitions are still alive, that there’s plenty of fire left in you.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Other people — the ones in power, and the ones in your everyday life — always imagine that they know what’s best for you. Not just how you should behave, but also how and what you should feel, dream, desire. Nevertheless, you don’t have to bow to their wishes, or bend your own feelings until they fit inside someone else’s ideas. Your stubbornness is a tremendous gift right now, because it allows you to refuse to be pressured into wanting only what others want for you. This week, it’s okay to be difficult if that’s what lets you remain free.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

While some are forever striving toward unattainable perfection, you’re confident navigating uncertainty, comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll always adapt, that there’s more than just one way to live. The challenge, for you, isn’t to remember that you don’t need to be perfect. Rather, it’s in figuring out how to direct your energies in this great sea of possibilities. Life isn’t long enough to explore every potential choice, to set out on every adventure. But this week, you don’t have to worry about choosing “wrong.” If you gravitate toward what calls you, what interests you, what feels good, you’ll find your way.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

It can be maddening, for you, acknowledging that you can’t run anyone else’s life for them. You can’t force your friends to make wiser choices, or to love themselves more, or to set better boundaries for themselves. You can’t compel strangers to be less selfish, or to adopt better manners, or to understand the world in the same way that you do. There are times when accepting this feels like defeat, but this week, let it feel like release. You can love your friends just as they are. You can stop waiting for other people to shape up. And still, you can fight for something better, right now.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

The people around you are constantly calling out for your attention, trying to tell you what you should care about. And, frustratingly, they’re often right. There are so many stories worth listening to, so many issues worth tackling. But ultimately, it’s not your job to manufacture false dedication to other people’s causes, especially if it’s just for show. Not because they aren’t worthy, but because you already have commitments of your own. Your energy strains to follow its own natural path, and this week, you just have to let it.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, you look around yourself and feel as though nobody is taking the world’s problems seriously enough, or treating each other well enough, or behaving in the ways they should be. You begin to wonder whether your standards are just impossibly high, if perhaps you’re expecting way too much of those around you. But while in any individual situation that’s certainly possible, the bigger truth is that you’re not wrong for wanting more than all this, for wanting people to be kinder, honorable, brave. This week, hold onto this desire for more, and let it make you as courageous as you wish everybody could be.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

You’re not typically someone to be hasty in your decision-making. You need time to think things through, to see the situation (and your place in it) clearly. And there are times when you deem this a flaw, a sign that you’re fainthearted, irresolute. It isn’t, though. So this week, resist any pressure to force speed where it doesn’t come naturally. Other people’s timelines aren’t better or worse than yours, just different. Some things — like love, like the changing seasons — can’t be rushed, and you don’t have to be, either. You’re on your own schedule, and you’ll make it to wherever you’re going in your own time.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

Your job, this week, is to let others treat you with kindness. Not to deflect, or become suspicious, but to recognize that people can be genuinely good. It’s hard to remember how to do this — and harder still to maintain the mindset once you do — when every day you’re presented with more bad news, with fresh examples of selfishness and dishonesty. But it’s vitally important to embrace ease when you find it, to take what relief the universe has to offer. People around you have gentleness and decency to spare right now, and it’s okay simply to accept this.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

Much of the time, learning new facts and skills is what makes you feel most alive, most like you’re fulfilling your purpose on earth. You’re wise and courageous, always willing to change your mind. The problem is that sometimes when you seek out new information, you uncover knowledge that is unpleasant, that challenges your assumptions about your life, your actions, the people you love. But this week, you’re brave enough to face even the strangest, most difficult revelations without succumbing to despair. Your understanding of the world is growing broader and more nuanced all the time, and you can keep loving yourself through all of it.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

You’re highly attuned to the tangled network of relationships connecting people. You see how hard we work to help each other, and how much we owe one another. And although you recognize the necessity of reciprocity, there are times when the weight of your many commitments becomes too heavy and you’re hard on yourself for being unable to do everything for everyone. This week, grant yourself time to rest, to wander, to daydream. Giving yourself the lovely human experiences you need in order to thrive is a way of caring for your community, too. Denying yourself all pleasure and ease only depletes you, makes you less useful to others, not more.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

It’s so easy, lately, to be disappointed in humanity. It feels like every day that you look for gentleness but instead hear stories of cruelty, that you seek evidence of generosity but find coldness and greed instead. But this isn’t the entire story. When you start to imagine that people are all bad, remember the sweetness you’ve experienced in your own life. Think of the ways your friends have grown braver and more loving. Think of the ways that you’ve become wiser, more understanding. Every day, you work the powerful magic of staying good in a hard world. It matters more than you know.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

There have been far too many occasions when no one’s had your back. And so you’ve learned to take care of yourself, to be responsible for your own needs, your own boundaries, your own happiness. You’ve grown tough and courageous, but this doesn’t mean that you have to do everything alone, or that you have to reject all support that’s offered. This week, find your way to interdependence, to the kind of community you’ve longed for. You can help others out, and they’ll help you, too.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of December 27. The weekly horoscopes for the week of January 10 will be online next Sunday.

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