Arundhati Roy, a Sagittarius.
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On Tuesday evening, communication planet Mercury enters results-oriented Capricorn. It’s no longer enough to merely wander and experiment, to throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks. No matter how much fun you’re having, you won’t be satisfied unless you also feel like you’re making progress towards your goals. So use this time to look towards the future and map out the next steps. Then, on Wednesday, a particularly chaotic full moon in Gemini illuminates the night sky. When it does, the consequences of any recent carelessness or mischief on your part will become apparent. Try not to panic. You have time to repair relationships that may have been strained. Finally, on Friday night, love planet Venus joins Mercury in Capricorn and your desire for adventure in the romance department will fade. This doesn’t mean that your love life is going to get boring, only that fun and excitement won’t be enough on their own. You need something that will last.
Usually, you prefer to keep your gaze focused on the path ahead. You tell yourself that what’s done is done and it’s better to keep moving than get stuck looking back. But don’t kid yourself that your history isn’t meaningful, that your memories have no bearing on who you are today. You’ve seen and survived so much, and all of it is significant to your life. This week, you can learn a lot from your past if you’re willing to sit with it. Ultimately, it’ll lay the groundwork for a beautiful future.
You’re rarely reckless. When you put a plan into motion, you’ve already thought through each step; when you ask favors of others, it’s because you know you can make a strong case for why you deserve it. The problem is that there isn’t always time to be so intentional. Sometimes, when the universe opens a door, you have to act quickly. If you wait to make your move until you have all the answers, it may swing closed. Unexpected opportunities often require a leap of faith. This week, resolve to be brave in the face of uncertainty.
Hard as you try to stay focused, to move through the world with consideration and intention, sometimes you’re a little … sloppy. Don’t beat yourself up over it. You’re a human, not a computer, and it’s your prerogative to prioritize creativity, joy, and curiosity above order. This week, know that things will probably get messy. And while it’s important to minimize the trouble it causes for the people you love, you should remember, too, that embracing the wildness can ultimately lead you to new relationships and experiences that make life worth living.
Your cynical side has been particularly persuasive lately, convincing you that you have no future, that life will never get better and so it’s hardly worth trying to improve the world. This week, your job is to ignore the negative voice in your head, no matter how smart it might sound. If realistic thinking only leads to despair, then for now, give yourself permission to stop being so logical and to start dreaming, hoping, and imagining instead. In spite of the darkness, joy remains.
Increasingly, you’ve felt hemmed in by the rules and routines that shape your every day. You want new experiences, but you’re stuck in a rut. You want freedom, but your job or your family or plain old inertia holds you firmly in place. This week, remember that you can change your life without blowing it all up and starting from scratch. Sometimes it’s enough to change the small things. Talk to new people, listen to different songs, change your habits where you can. There are plenty of ways to feel rejuvenated.
Much of the time, when you’re involved in a disagreement, you find that you can resolve it by rationally considering the other person’s point of view. But this doesn’t always work. This week, if you’re feeling stuck, frustrated, or resentful, it might be time to take a more active approach toward finding a solution. If someone treats you poorly, tell them. If they’re rude to you, assert yourself. Don’t start conflict for its own sake, but don’t be afraid of it, either.
This week, you might need a reminder that the strength of your character isn’t determined by how long you’re willing to stick it out under bad circumstances. Your courage isn’t measured by how much hardship you’re willing to endure. If your efforts to make a change have gotten you nowhere, the best course of action might be to walk away and start over, to say from more. Quitting (a job, a relationship, a project) isn’t always the right option. After all, you can’t run away from yourself, but sometimes it opens the door to beautiful new possibilities.
Every day, it feels like the ground grows shakier beneath your feet. You have an encounter or read a story in the news that further erodes your trust in the universe, your faith in other people. But just as fear and suspicion can serve to keep you safe, they can also make your existence smaller, sadder, less rich than you deserve. So this week, push back by taking risks, by moving boldly forward. The world is full of danger and uncertainty, but you can rise and meet it fearlessly all the same.
You value being fair, open-minded, easy to work with; you treat the people around you well. Sometimes, though, this means putting your own needs on the back burner. You imagine that if you compromise right now, if you give others what they need, things will balance out somewhere down the line, there will always be time later to get yours. But this week, it’s time to advocate for yourself. Not at some unspecified point in the future, but now. You’ll be glad you did.
There’s a part of you that feels that your achievements don’t count for as much if you receive assistance along the way. And not just unfair advantages but normal support that everyone deserves: the love of your community, aid from your colleagues, the kindness and generosity of your friends. In reality, of course, nobody succeeds without support of some kind. When you try to go it alone, you’re holding yourself to a standard that nobody has ever met. People will want to help you out this week. Let yourself ask for and accept it without shame.
If you had your way, the good times would last forever: Friendships wouldn’t grow stale and romance wouldn’t fade; passions and interests that light you up now would never lose their shine. But you’re human, and that means you’re constantly learning and evolving. Sometimes you outgrow what you used to love most. This week, reflect on what’s no longer working. It doesn’t have to be cause for guilt or a dramatic reckoning, just remember that if your needs and desires have changed, you’re allowed to adjust to match.
You don’t have to be good at everything. It sounds obvious, but for you, it’s all too easy to hold yourself to impossible standards. You think you should excel at work, keep a tidy home, maintain strong relationships with everyone you’ve ever known, and shine at a variety of hobbies and activities. But you don’t have to. There are only so many hours in a day, and at some point, you have to prioritize. You don’t have to be everything to everyone or even to yourself. It’s okay to lean on the people who love you.
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