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On Monday, there is a solar eclipse in adventurous Sagittarius, marking a moment of supercharged potentiality. You might feel overwhelmed by a restless sense of independence – you might yearn for movement, for change, for knowledge. On Tuesday, the loving planet Venus enters Sagittarius, and that same relentless desire for knowledge and change can arise in your close relationships.
Wednesday night, Saturn, the planet of frontiers and discipline, finally ends its time in pragmatic Capricorn and enters idealistic Aquarius. On Saturday Jupiter, the planet of luck and growth, also switches from Capricorn to Aquarius. The entry of these two planets into Aquarius heralds a period of progress, inventive thought, beautiful rebellion for the next few years – Jupiter will be there until next December and Saturn will not leave until March 2023.
It’s exhilarating to live by your instincts – to be sure of yourself and your powers, to make big, courageous choices without waiting for permission. But it can be difficult to live this way for a long time. However bold your mind, however pure your heart, everyday life tends to fill with the heaviness of routine, the dullness of repetition, anxiety and doubt. This week, however, you can shake all the cobwebs from your head. This week you can believe in beginnings again. You can rediscover the faith in yourself that you lacked.
Change is always at least a little overwhelming, even when you know in your heart that it’s good and necessary. Even when it’s something you’ve been working on, something you want, your body still struggles with it, yearning for the comfort of the habit, the ease of the familiar. This week, however, all of this year’s wild moves can bring a sense of relief. You can relax there; change will feel natural and fair to you. And even as you prepare to move on, you’ll be reminded of all the things you still carry with you, things you will never lose.
It’s a week to tell you the world doesn’t end – although it’s hard to believe when there’s so much evidence of loss and breakdown all around you. There are endings everywhere, that’s right, but there are also so many new doors opening. Right now, a change that hasn’t been possible for a very long time has become possible again. Others might tell you that we have reached the end, but we are not. It’s a start – wild and strange, but a start all the same.
In many ways this year your world has gotten smaller. Maybe you walk less ground each day than before, maybe you see less people, maybe the potential for excitement and surprise each day has decreased. But this week will remind you that it won’t be that way forever. Your world has shrunk, but it will get bigger again. This week you will be able to truly believe that there is still good stuff to come. Try not to fear the unknown future: there is still sweetness there, waiting.
There is sweetness in craving what you don’t yet have, but there is also loneliness. It’s hard to be faced with the distance between you and the things you want the most. You feel your desires so deeply; you love the world and its inhabitants, with a fire that seems too hot to bear. But this week you might remind yourself that you are not the only one so intensely and so on. This week, you might be surprised by a renewed sense of camaraderie, of not being alone in the world.
You’ve spent so much time over the past few months thinking about all of your past beings. It makes sense to turn back time: the present has been flat and the future uncertain, but the past remains dense with untapped meaning. This week, however, you might feel your attention drawn to the future again. This week, you might realize that your life isn’t over, that your personality hasn’t faded away. There is still interest, beauty and meaning to come. You can think about not only your past, but also your future.
Sometimes you can convince yourself that honoring your own feelings, rhythms, and needs is selfish and untenable. You can convince yourself that you are not at all special and that the best way to live is to put everyone’s feelings before your own. But that’s not true, and it’s a week to remember it. It’s a week to defend yourself. You don’t have to make big arguments for it – you just have to trust the fire in your heart.
In a world built on so many lies, it may seem like your sacred duty to cast off all illusions. It may seem like your biggest call to turn down all the easy answers and all the sugar layers, to give up even the smallest deceptions. But this week, we must also not fall into a fragile cynicism. We must not let his gentleness, his hope, his imagination vanish. No matter how bad things are and have been, they will one day be different. It’s a week to remember that dreams contain their own kind of truth.
You’ve been working in the ground for so long. And for so long it feels like you have nothing to show. This week, finally, everything could change. Your perspective might suddenly broaden – you might finally be able to see how far you’ve come, how much you’ve accomplished, how much you’ve grown. All your work, all the risks you took, all the care you took: it was all needed and it was worth it. And this week could finally bring you the recognition, the recognition that you need.
It’s a week to reflect on the ways you’ve already proven yourself, all the hills you’ve climbed, and all the monsters you’ve faced. You often don’t give yourself enough credit; it’s easier to focus on all that remains to be done, all the work and all the magic that awaits you in the future. You know better than anyone that you haven’t finished yet. But it is important this week to celebrate the victories you have achieved. It is important to recognize how hard you have worked.
You have spent much of your life learning to adapt to constraints. You have spent much of your life learning to work within limits, to live boldly despite all the ways the world stifles real creativity, real freedom, real possibility. This week, however, it’s important not to think about how you’ll adapt to each obstacle, but how you might knock down some of them. It is useful to consider that, perhaps, working inside the lines is no longer enough; maybe true freedom is the only thing worth aiming for.
This week, you might feel increased energy in the air all around you. You might have the indisputable feeling that things are happening, that the universe is changing, that things cannot and will not continue like this. It’s very easy to mistake this feeling for danger – but even though change so often indicates danger, it’s not exactly the same. Sometimes that kind of heightened energy is a sign of magic, a sign of power, a sign that you are stepping into your own. Sometimes instability in the air means there’s a chance everything will start to improve.
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