Your Weekly Horoscopes by Madame Clairevoyant: December 17–23

Regina King, a Capricorn. Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photo: Getty Images

Thursday night is the winter solstice and the beginning of Capricorn season. As the sun moves into the sign of discipline and accountability, you have the opportunity to take responsibility for your life. Even when other people fall short or disappoint, you can still live up to the high standards you set for yourself. In spite of all the limitations and barriers you’re faced with, there’s always room for joy. Then, late Friday night, Mercury retrograde moves backward from Capricorn into open-minded Sagittarius. Mistakes and miscommunications are inevitable while the planet of communication is out of whack, but if you can avoid getting defensive, they may prove to be humorous, even enlightening or unexpectedly productive. In the meantime, find the weekly horoscope for each zodiac sign, below.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

You understand — at least on an intellectual level — that the world isn’t fair, that hard work doesn’t always pay off, and good deeds often go unrewarded. That doesn’t mean you have to be happy about it. You want the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a difference and your efforts haven’t been for nothing. This week, at last, you’ll begin to see results. The projects you’ve been pouring your energy into may finally get off the ground, and the people around you will take notice if they do. It can be jarring to get what you’ve spent so long wishing for, but don’t overthink it. Just try to enjoy it.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Chasing unattainable goals is a recipe for disappointment; you know this, so you try to stay practical and modest in your imaginings. If you avoid taking risks with your heart or your ego, you can avoid getting hurt. The trouble is, that creates its own problems. It’s also a mistake to pursue ambitions that don’t require you to stretch. This week, if you’ve been feeling disheartened or defeated, don’t respond by trying to make your life or your dreams smaller. See what happens if you decide to want more for yourself, instead.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

You’re more observant than most people. You pay attention to the world around you, you actually listen to what others have to say, and you know how to interpret all that information. You are also skilled at ignoring what you’d rather not know: inconvenient facts, other people’s red flags, your own weaknesses. This week, it’s important not to turn a blind eye. The more honestly you can assess your life and relationships, the more you’ll be able to recognize what’s working (and what’s not) and figure out how to get what you need.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

This week is likely to bring conflict, especially if you’ve already been feeling cranky or discontented. You’ll be acutely aware of any friction between you and the people close to you, and small disagreements can quickly snowball into heated arguments. Don’t run away at the first sign of tension. Avoiding it will only lead to awkwardness at best, resentment at worst. If, instead, you face it head-on and commit to working through things, you’ll find clarity and true understanding on the other side. There’s nothing to be afraid of. You’re strong enough to handle it.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

Maybe you’ve been stuck in a rut lately: no inspiration, no momentum, nobody to help you make progress. In moments like this, it’s easy to imagine that there’s something wrong with you, that you urgently need to fix your mind-set, your personality, your life. In reality, though, nobody moves consistently forward all the time. Our paths in life aren’t straight lines; they’re winding and unpredictable. If you’re in a period right now of slow or even backward motion, know it won’t last forever. Don’t beat yourself up. You’ll find your way again soon, as long as you keep working to get out of your funk.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

You have a tendency to downplay your need for creativity and self-expression. As long as there are tasks that must be completed, bills to be paid, people who rely on you, everything else seems self-indulgent. While it’s true that having fun can’t be all you care about in life, don’t underestimate the value of doing what brings you joy. You aren’t here on earth purely to be of service to others. You deserve to take your own happiness seriously. Don’t neglect your responsibilities to others this week, but do carve out some time to do what you want.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

Any existing fractures in your relationships with family or friends who’ve known you since you were young have probably been aggravated, lately. You’ve started to feel out of place, to question what you thought you knew. You’ve felt unmoored and unsure where you belong, maybe pressured to sweep problems under the rug or deny your truth for the sake of harmony. This week, though, you have a chance to rebuild the connections that matter to you. You can stay true to yourself while still holding space for love.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

Your instincts about people are usually spot-on, so you don’t need much time to form an opinion. Often from the first conversation, you can tell how you’ll get along with somebody. But just because you tend to be right about others doesn’t mean your judgment is infallible. This week, stay open to surprises. It’s possible to form a connection with someone who at first seemed boring or strange or simply not your type. Give people a chance to change your mind, and they just might.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

It’s necessary to challenge yourself: to learn new skills, try out different approaches instead of your usual ones, test your limits. That said, sometimes pushing yourself ends up making life needlessly difficult. This week, don’t write off the familiar. There’s value in playing to your strengths and doing what comes naturally. It isn’t necessarily lazy to choose the path of least resistance (much as your inner critic might try to convince you otherwise), and it can certainly be effective

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

Even though you’re usually fearless and self-assured, you’ve wrestled with doubts recently. Maybe an unexpected setback has shaken your confidence, or an interpersonal conflict has thrown you off balance. Maybe you’ve been reassessing your long-held goals. You’ve felt uncharacteristically powerless, too busy thinking and worrying to get out there and take action. Finally, this week, the gloom will lift. That’s not to say all your problems will vanish, only that you’ll feel like you again: sure of yourself and your abilities, and ready to go out to meet the world with bravery.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might be feeling a little down. Whether you’re sad or worn out, your energy and motivation are depleted. You could try to fight off the exhaustion, power through it — and depending on the demands of your job or family, you may have no other option — but if possible, the best thing to do is to rest. If your body is telling you it’s time for a break, heed it. Don’t kid yourself that you just need to push harder, or that you first need to “earn” the rest. You have human needs, so tend to them.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

You’re much harder on yourself than anyone else realizes. While you tend to let others off the hook easily, you’re often willing to accept blame (from others, from yourself) for things that aren’t your fault. Sometimes you’re convinced that you’re being compassionate, others that everything bad in the world really is, somehow, your responsibility. Neither is true, so this week, your challenge is to stop. Accept criticism when it’s deserved, and work to make amends, but quit beating yourself up for things outside your control.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of December 10. The weekly horoscopes for the week of December 24 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of Dec 17–23