Novelist Maxine Hong Kingston, a Scorpio.
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Late Tuesday night, Venus enters Sagittarius, and in the small hours of Thursday morning, Mercury does, too. Sagittarius is a sign of movement and adventure, of openhearted engagement with the world. While the sun is still moving through intense Scorpio and Mars retrograde continues to mess up some plans, this week’s influx of Sagittarian energy promises much-needed optimism and fun. Feel your confidence — in your own ideas, your attractiveness, your ability to make life beautiful — return. Consider that the impossible might be within reach. The going has been rough lately, but you’re still here and things are going to get brighter.
It’s not always easy to tell the difference between stability and stagnation, between settling into a healthy routine and just settling. This week, remember that there’s room for you in between the extremes. You can be satisfied with the shape of your life and still need excitement, novelty, stimulation. So focus on making small, meaningful changes. Shake off the cobwebs, talk to a stranger, and visit a place you’ve never been before. You don’t have to throw your life in disarray to have the adventures you’re looking for.
Most days, the universe doesn’t offer you many opportunities to act courageously, to take big risks in the pursuit of happiness or glory or love. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t leading a meaningful life. Small, consistent effort towards your goals can be worth more than any grand gesture. But you deserve to experience the thrill of taking bold, heroic action. You are brave, and you deserve the chance to show yourself and the world. So this week, don’t shrink away from challenges. You can take on anything.
One of the difficulties of maintaining personal relationships is that we don’t all move at the same emotional pace. We each develop intimacy on our own timeline and let down our guard at different speeds. This week, you might feel strangely mismatched with someone in your life. Maybe one of you wants much more than the other is prepared to give; maybe you keep misunderstanding each other. Don’t ignore potential problems, but don’t worry too much, either. People are messy (right now even more than usual), but real love and care are resilient. The relationships that matter will endure.
When you love, you do it truly and deeply. You’ll do practically anything for those you care about, even putting their needs above your own. This week, remember that selflessness isn’t required of you — it’s a choice. And if it’s not serving you, you can always choose differently. If you’re unhappy and unappreciated, or your needs or desires have changed, then that’s reason enough. There doesn’t need to be a grand drama, and you don’t have to plead your case before an imaginary cosmic judge. If you want something different, then go seek it out.
Sometimes you feel like you never get to have any fun. Other people dream up big ideas, but you’re the one who has to do the actual work; your friends or colleagues get to take exciting swings and make mistakes, but you’re the one stuck cleaning them up. You worry you can never step away, never loosen your grip, without risking descent into chaos. This week, reassure yourself that this isn’t true. You don’t have to be responsible all the time. The world won’t fall apart without you, so take a much-deserved moment to enjoy yourself.
It’s easy (and, in a way, comforting) to behave as though the future is set in stone. You imagine that you can read the omens and anticipate the trends and determine just how everything will turn out. There’s relief in knowledge, even if that knowledge isn’t particularly pleasant. But this week, act like the future is unwritten, because that’s the truth; signs aren’t certainties, and patterns aren’t inevitabilities. Wonder and magic exist, too. You can change so much by staying brave, keeping the faith, and refusing to give up.
Everybody needs to cut loose now and then, to make fun but perhaps unwise choices, to speak without considering the consequences. The problem is the embarrassment that comes afterwards, which is painful enough to make you resolve to be cautious and thoughtful for the rest of your life. But, of course, that’s not feasible. You can’t always watch what you say, can’t ignore every stirring of joyful, wild abandon. And you don’t have to. This week, give yourself permission to do what you want, to forget your careful plans and follow your heart where it leads. You’ll be glad you took the risk.
Your big challenge this week is to practice opening up to others. No everyone, obviously; the world is filled with bad actors. But it’s also filled with people who are kind and genuine and cool and who can make your days infinitely sweeter if you’re brave enough to let them in. Life is lonely as it is. You deserve intimacy and support, and the only way to get it is to go out on a limb and trust people. This is never entirely risk free. Occasionally you’ll be hurt and let down, but even then, it’s worth opening up.
This week is as good a time as any for pulling off the impossible. Why not? For a long while now, you’ve been careful to keep your dreams pragmatic, to be realistic in making plans for the future. But that doesn’t guarantee success, either. No matter how careful, how sensible you try to be, there’s still a chance that you’ll fail. So you might as well think big. You’ll stumble along the way (that’s inevitable), but you’ll have much more fun, too. Your life will become bigger, more interesting. You’ll unlock possibilities you haven’t yet imagined.
You’re good at keeping your messy self under wraps. You know how to hide your weaknesses and insecurities behind professionalism, how to mask turbulent feelings with an aura of steady coolness. This skill can protect you, but ultimately it becomes isolating. It makes it hard to relax and enjoy yourself. So this week, stop trying to be so controlled. People will respond well (probably better than you think!) when you let your whole, flawed personality show. The ones who love you don’t need the sanitized version. They want to know you.
Lately, you’ve worried that you might never find what you’re searching for. That the ideal person or job or place to live will always remain out of reach, that you’ll never be content. And maybe it’s true that you won’t find exactly what you think you want. Fortunately, you don’t need perfection — and you might not need what you think you do. This week, you’ll find that your tastes and preferences, as well as your capacity for love and joy, are more expansive than you realized. Opportunities for pleasure and connection and love are all around, so don’t hold back. Embrace happiness where you can find it.
Everything has felt way too intense lately — not just out in the world, but inside you, too. You’re acutely aware of the consequences of every step you take and word you speak. All your relationships seem charged with potential, all your conversations brimming with hidden meanings. But all of that gets to be way too much to handle, so this week, allow yourself activities and interactions that are casual, drama free. Don’t take every little decision so seriously. Remember that you’re allowed to have fun.
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