Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of December 19

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

On Tuesday morning, Jupiter, planet of luck, enters hotheaded Aries, heralding a change in fortune. Until it leaves in mid-May, the universe will reward boldness over caution. Don’t drop hints or play games; choose the direct path rather than the roundabout one, even if it means taking a risk. Then on Wednesday evening, the sun joins Mercury, Venus, and Pluto in Capricorn, followed by a Capricorn new moon early Friday morning. Some people find Capricorn’s seriousness and practicality oppressive, an unwanted reality check — but it doesn’t need to be that way. Think of it, instead, as a gentle reminder not to waste your precious time on earth. Your dreams are within reach, but they won’t materialize on their own. It’s up to you, so get moving.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

When presented with opportunities that intimidate you, your usual strategy is to say “yes” before you’ve had a chance to talk yourself out of it, to close your eyes and dive in headfirst. This week, though, you might find that your negative thoughts are louder than ever, your anxieties about potential consequences impossible to ignore, no matter how hard you try to drown them out. If they’re that insistent, they’re probably worth considering. Remember that it’s possible to face your fears anyway. You don’t have to make rash decisions. You can take it slowly, one courageous and careful step at a time.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, it feels impossible to make any genuine progress toward your long-term goals: You’re too busy earning a living, tending to the people you love, dealing with (and occasionally luxuriating in) the everyday. You keep waiting for a moment when you’ve finally caught up and can, at last, devote yourself to the bigger picture, but it never comes. So this week, it’s up to you to make time for what matters to you, whether that’s your community, your career, or your creative life. It isn’t easy, but it’s the only way.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

Right now, it’s as though everything — from small interactions and errands to important conversations and major projects — is taking longer than it used to. Each little task is more difficult and exhausting than it once was. Before you make any big changes, consider that you might just need a break. Take what time you can to laze around, to let your body relax and do nothing at all. Then you can pick up right where you left off.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

You have an iron will that you tend to keep hidden beneath layers of thoughtfulness and consideration for others. Your kindness is a big part of what makes you so lovely, but it’s not all you have to offer. You’re a natural caregiver, but don’t let anyone make you think that’s all you’re good for. You have your own needs and desires. You’re a force in your own right.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

Your assignment this week is to take a break from trying to impress. Not your crush, not your Instagram followers, not even, if you can manage it, your boss. Stop worrying about what kind of impression you’re making, or whether others see how wonderful you are. Instead, focus on doing what feels good or useful or interesting, on whatever is most satisfying for you. Trust that there are people out there who already see the best in you. Live like you have nothing to prove, because you don’t.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

We all sometimes act in ways we come to regret — even you, Virgo. It’s only human to misjudge others, to embarrass yourself, to lash out in a difficult moment. But while some are quick to shrug off their missteps and shortcomings, you tend to be hard on yourself. This week, you’ll find it especially easy to dwell on the past, but it’s important that you try to move forward. If there’s a wrong you need to make amends for, then do. Holding yourself hostage, trapped in the past, won’t help anyone. You have so much to offer.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

Right now, you might be uncharacteristically hard on people — others and yourself alike. You’re normally generous and understanding, but you’re losing your patience. You grow tired of constantly making allowances for mistakes, confusion, bad behavior. You want, for once, for plans to go as they should, for people to act as they should, for everybody to quit making excuses. This week, it might not be such a bad idea to lean into this energy. There are times when compassion is called for, but on occasion, being demanding is what gets results. Give it a try.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

As you look back on the last year, it’s very easy to feel that you should have accomplished more. You keep dwelling on the times you fell short, on the ideas that never came to fruition, or on a general sense that you’re “behind” where you ought to be. In reality, though, you’re doing fine. You haven’t missed out on life; it’s simply taken a different shape than your younger self expected. This week, try to look to the future without beating yourself up over yesterday’s disappointments. There are wonderful things ahead.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

You’re someone who prefers to keep your options open, and you take great comfort in the knowledge that there are countless new experiences ahead of you. Yet to live fully in the present, it eventually becomes necessary to narrow your focus. When you choose one job or partner or life path, you have to close the door on others — at least for a while. This week, you might grieve the futures you’ll never get to explore, but try to trust that you’re where you need to be.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

Lately, your days have been defined by waiting — for change, for news, for something to happen that will shake you out of this rut. You’ve been impatient to get moving again, but the universe seems determined to hold you back. This week, though, you might finally notice a shift. You might feel renewed strength, a boost to your confidence, a fresh and surprising joy. You’re not treading water anymore: You’re moving forward at last. And you’ll find that the waiting, that those dull and uninspired days, weren’t in vain. Quietly, and so slowly you hardly noticed, you were growing all the time.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might feel anxious that you’re not doing “enough,” that you should be striving for greatness or achieving major victories, making better use of your time. This pressure to always be doing more might come from somebody in particular — a partner, a parent, a colleague — or it might only be a vague inclination. Whatever the case, you’re allowed to resist it. You can strive and achieve when you’re driven to, but you also have other options. Quiet acts of integrity, doing your work well, enjoying the company of friends: These make up a life well lived, too.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

You’re skilled at dealing with issues as they arise, coolheaded in all manner of emergencies. But when you’re constantly reacting, you’re not left with much energy to strategize or to take steps toward what you want. This week, take time to reflect on your desires, your purpose in life. Don’t wait for other people to determine what your days will look like, or for the universe to determine your next move for you. Use this opportunity to make plans of your own.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of December 12. The weekly horoscopes for the week of December 26 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of December 19