Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of December 12

Sinéad O’Connor, a Sagittarius. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty Images

This week, the waning moon sets the scene for personal reflection as it moves through Leo, Virgo, and Libra. This is your time to process last week’s chaotic full moon and to make peace with the ways that it disrupted your life. Remember that Mars will remain retrograde through mid-January, so your motivation is likely to be low and your desires murky. Plans you make right now likely won’t pan out — at least, not in the ways that you intend and hope. So give yourself permission to take your foot off the gas. You’re more than your productivity, your résumé, your biggest achievements; be gentle with yourself.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

This week, expect to be surprised. Friends you didn’t consider particularly funny might suddenly make you laugh; acquaintances you thought hardly cared about you will show up to fight on your behalf. Let this be a reminder that you too can be unpredictable in wonderful ways. The people around you think they know exactly what you’re made of, but chances are they’re missing something important. (You’re probably underestimating yourself, too.) You can be braver or sweeter or cooler than anyone is expecting. Make the most of it.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Like everybody does at times, you’ve been feeling as if the world is determined to chip away at your confidence. Loneliness, stress, and disappointment all add up to you doubting yourself. This week, the key is not to sit around and wait for your life or your mood to turn around. If you want your old self-assuredness back, you have to rebuild it, piece by piece. Take on small challenges, then bigger ones. Act like the bravest version of yourself, even if you don’t feel especially courageous. You can prove to yourself that you’re equal to any obstacle.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

Lately you’ve been trying to assert your boundaries, but it’s not easy. When you’re used to putting a friend or partner’s preferences, desires, or values ahead of your own, it’s hard not to feel guilty about standing up for yourself. And when others have grown comfortable with this dynamic, they don’t always react well when you start to say no. When you attempt to change established relationship patterns, conflict often follows. This week, don’t shy away from it. Don’t be needlessly combative, obviously, but you don’t have to be nice all the time, either. You deserve relationships that support and affirm you.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

If you want to grow as a person, to become kinder or wiser, or develop new skills, you can’t only be receptive to praise. You have to accept criticism, too. You know this, and so you’ve done your best to develop a thick skin, to learn to take in unflattering feedback. This week, though, it’s important to remember that not every judgment is worth your careful consideration. Some people don’t have the experience or perspective needed to be constructive. Certain others don’t have your best interests in mind, and are just spouting off out of anger or insecurity. Don’t take everyone’s opinions to heart: They don’t all merit attention.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

You tend to experience a twinge of irritation when others encourage you to “look on the bright side.” It’s not that you’re a pessimist, but you are a critical thinker; you can’t bear to act like all is fine when in fact you’re feeling gloomy and unmoored, and with good reason. So this week, rest assured that you do not have to fake a smile. What matters is that you be open to the possibilities. Life is going to change, that’s for certain. So do what you can to make it change for the better. Don’t lose hope.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

You keep waiting for lightning to strike, for your life to be dramatically altered. The air around you is charged, your anticipation building, and all the waiting has you feeling scattered and strange. This week, stop and look around you. Reflect on all that you’ve done over the past months, all that’s changed already. You might discover that the transformation you’ve been longing for is already well underway, happening right under your nose. Growth can happen quietly, gradually, without fanfare. The lack of drama doesn’t make it any less real.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

There are times when you’d like nothing better than to be wild and reckless, to throw away ideas of what you “should” do and start enjoying yourself. But lately the risk of failure, of embarrassment, seems insurmountable. This week, try to embrace your brash and playful side anyway, not only because you’re entitled to fun (which you are), but because setbacks can have unforeseen rewards. Don’t worry so much about making mistakes. You’ll bounce back more quickly than you anticipate, and you’ll find magic on the other side.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

These days, it feels like you’re constantly interacting with people who are overconfident in their charm and abilities. If anything, you’re the opposite: hyperaware of your faults and weaknesses, always striving to fix them — or at least, minimize the havoc they can wreak in your life. But this week, try shifting your focus. Stop attempting to correct what’s “wrong” with you, and instead lean into what’s best. There’s so much about you that’s rare and special. If you give your best qualities your full attention, for a change, you’ll start to shine in new and wonderful ways.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

Accepting that you won’t be admired by everybody is far easier said than done. As much as you recognize the truth of it, it still hurts to face the reality: Some people won’t like or understand you, no matter how hard you try to change their minds. So this week, give yourself permission to stop trying so hard. Don’t cater to the people who aren’t for you or waste your breath on those who won’t ever engage in good faith. You won’t ever be universally loved, and you don’t have to be. You can have a beautiful life with the people who do value you for who you are.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

You have an instinctive understanding that timing is everything; that sometimes, no matter how hard you’ve worked toward a career milestone, no matter how compatible a potential romantic partner seems, bad timing can cause it all to fall flat. Just remember, this week, that while some moments might be more auspicious than others, there’s also never a perfect one. It’s necessary to move forward regardless, even if the pieces don’t end up falling perfectly into place. You have more power than you think; don’t wait too long to use it.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

You spend lots of time meditating on the future. There’s a part of you that wants desperately to predict, whether through careful analysis or vivid imagination or pure intuition, what is to come. Even if the forecast is bleak, there’s comfort in imagining that you know what to expect from the days ahead. But this week, you’ll be much happier if you take a break from the prognosticating. Focus on what’s happening right now and what’s actually within your control. You can’t predict the future, but slowly, piece by piece, you can create it.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

It’s easy to feel down on yourself these days, to imagine that your skills are inadequate, that you’ve made all the wrong choices, that without realizing, you’ve set your life on a slow, downward trajectory. And, sure, there will always be things you could have done differently. But this week, it’s important not to dwell, nor to blame yourself for what isn’t your fault. Our world is a strange and difficult place to live in; you didn’t design it this way, and you can’t change it overnight. Your duty is to keep loving yourself, to keep living. Before long, things will start going your way again.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of December 5. The weekly horoscopes for the week of December 19 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of December 12