Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of January 2

Dame Barbara Hepworth, a Capricorn. Photo: Photo Illustration by Preeti Kinha/ Photos: Getty

On Monday evening, Venus moves from careful Capricorn to free-spirited Aquarius, where it will remain for most of January. Creativity and the unusual and unfamiliar will carry a charge of excitement. Even if you typically seek stability in your relationships, that won’t be enough now. You need someone willing to grow alongside you, to honor and encourage your curiosity, originality, and hunger for exploration. Then, on Friday evening, a full moon in Cancer (the first of the new year) sets the tone for the days ahead. The inner work you’ve been doing — be it healing emotional wounds or figuring out what makes you happy — is paying off. You’re also about to face a turning point. So which projects are you finished with, and which insecurities are you ready to release? Where will you go from here?

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

Lately, you’ve been mindful of making decisions with clear intentions. As you know, certain seasons of life are for being carefree, and others are for looking before you leap and holding onto what you have. This week, though, the universe is going to see to it that your world doesn’t get too orderly. Plans might be interrupted, predictions turned on their head, and unexpected people, ideas, and energies introduced in your life. If this sounds frustrating, it doesn’t have to. Remember that you have an innate capacity for keeping your balance and even finding joy in our strange, shifting world.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Emotionally, you’re ready for new beginnings and unfamiliar experiences. But this week, you’re stuck. You seem to cycle through the same interactions and emotions over and over. Nevertheless, change is underway. Your inner world is evolving, and slowly but surely, it’s altering the world around you. Each time you’re confronted with an echo from the past, a repetition of what you’ve seen before, you have the opportunity to respond differently, try out a fresh strategy. You’re making strides all the time, even if you can’t always see it.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

At the start of a new year, there’s always pressure (internal as well as external) to commit to big projects, to make plans for an ideal future self and envision a total transformation. Sometimes, that kind of thinking can be fun and productive. This week, though, it’s likely to be stressful and fruitless. Instead of worrying about making dramatic changes, you might find it more rewarding to focus on the attainable. You don’t have to make yourself “better” or make headlines. You only have to do your best to be kind, to be helpful, and to enjoy yourself in the everyday ways you can during the time you have.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

You can read any room you find yourself in. People don’t always have the words to say what they mean (especially in moments of pain or conflict), so you try to attune yourself to the emotions that might be hidden beneath the surface. The trouble is that when you’re constantly looking for hidden messages, you may see things that aren’t really there. This week, remind yourself to take assumptions with a grain of salt. Other people’s feelings toward you might be different — might be better, sweeter, more exciting — than you fear.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

You’re sensitive. An offhand comment can burrow deep into your head and stay there; a single rude remark can produce a lasting grudge. This isn’t a criticism! Your hurt feelings are valid regardless of what was intended, and you’re under no obligation to forgive and forget. Inevitably, though, resentments only end up making your life worse. This week, you’ll have an opportunity to let go. For your own sake, release what bitterness you can. You’ll begin the new year lighter for it.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

Your hard work rarely pays off in the ways that you hope. Sure, external validation isn’t everything, and a job well done can be its own reward. Sometimes, you need more than that. You want recognition for tangible results. You want your boss, your peers, the world at large — whoever — to acknowledge how much you contribute and how valuable your work is. And while you probably won’t have your big breakthrough this week, it’s on its way. Don’t back down from your ambition now.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

You give great advice to your friends. You understand how people think and operate, and you have a strong sense of justice. Consequently, you’re able to help others untangle tricky personal problems and respond when they’re treated unfairly. Unfortunately, you’re not always so clearheaded when it comes to figuring out your own stuff. And this week, you inevitably find yourself in a muddle. Maybe you’re unsure whether you’re in the wrong, maybe you don’t know how to fix a fraying relationship. When you find yourself there, consider what you’d say to someone you love if they were in your place. For once, take the advice you’d offer to anyone else.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

Day to day, you require structure that will define the edges of your world and routines that guide you. You’d rather make a plan than play it by ear. You don’t need limitless possibilities. Rather than unburdening you, the very notion stresses you out. This week, remember no one can be in total control all the time. Your routines aren’t there to weigh you down, so give yourself permission to make an exception or two or to break them completely if that’s what’s best.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

Where others prefer to create rigorous plans, you like to stay loose. No one knows what the future will bring, so you try to remain open to new possibilities. You want space to accept exciting opportunities when they arise, freedom to say yes to spur-of-the-moment invitations. On the whole, this serves you well. But this week, bear in mind that you don’t have to wait around for adventure to find you. You’re an active participant in life. You have the power to make change happen. Use it.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

At times, you think you’d be perfectly happy never talking about your feelings to anybody else. Being vulnerable is dangerous, and you don’t trust people to treat you gently. Or care at all. But this week, if you can bring yourself to, take the risk. Let it out. You’ll be glad you did. Even if you express yourself imperfectly or others understand you incompletely, connection is worth it. Plus you can’t keep bottling your emotions up forever. Instead, let yourself experience a moment of release.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

You aren’t one to settle. Your imagination is too active and your intellect too sharp. You can’t help but come up with ways to improve your community, the whole world. Problem is you end up feeling foolish or ashamed when your big plans don’t pan out. You start to think you should stop reaching for the stars, rein in your expectations to avoid disappointment. But the truth is that you don’t have to reject your ambition or creativity to find contentment in life. Don’t stop dreaming.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

These days, it’s as if you just can’t get it right. There’s always a chore you’ve forgotten to take care of or a comment that comes out wrong or a stroke of bad luck that throws a wrench in your plans. Then, when you do slip up, you’re ashamed. You imagine there must be something wrong with you because everyone else seems to be managing beautifully. But that’s not true. We all struggle. Try to have a little more faith in yourself. You’re doing much better than you think.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of December 26. The weekly horoscopes for the week of January 9 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of January 2