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Your Weekly Horoscopes: December 12 to 18, 2021

This week’s cosmic forecast delivers some fresh perspective. On the 13th, Mars enters freewheeling Sagittarius while Mercury glides into pragmatic Capricorn, increasing our courage and our diligence at the same time. Then on the 18th, there’s a full moon in Gemini. It’s been a tough year all around, and this full moon reminds us that sometimes the best medicine is taking ourselves less seriously.

Tina Turner (born on a Gemini full moon) wrote in her book, Happiness Becomes You, “At every moment, we always have a choice, even if it feels as if we don’t. Sometimes that choice may simply be to think a more positive thought.”

(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that sign too will provide further insight.)

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12 Aries  

Travel is on your mind as your ruling planet Mars glides into Sagittarius on the 13th. You spent the fall putting so much energy into managing your debts and now you’re ready to blow what you saved on an exorbitant vacation next year. Just as you’re ready to book your flight though, the full moon in Gemini on the 18th reminds you of all the pleasures to be found right in your own neighborhood. What if the adventure really is at home?

This week’s mantra: Happiness is all around me.

1 Taurus  

Money matters are of the utmost importance this week. First on the 13th, Mars shifts into Sagittarius and your debt sector, building up your anxiety about student loans, business grants and entrepreneurial ventures gone awry. Luckily on the 18th, the full moon in Gemini is here to remind you of what you do have. You might not have cash in the bank, but you do have resources available to pull you out of the mud.

This week’s mantra: There’s value in everything.

2 Gemini  

The last few weeks have brought you breakups, break downs and most of all: clarity about your most important relationships. As your ruling planet Mercury moves into Capricorn on the 13th, you’re pushed to put in the work to secure the connections that were worth saving. Then on the 18th, the full moon is in your sign—a once annual moment to really let your freak flag fly.

This week’s mantra: “I’m not backing down.”

3 Cancer  

After months of being the true definition of sedentary, Mars moves into your daily grind sector on the 13th, pushing you to get back to the gym. It feels good to sweat it all out at Pilates, but what feels even better is planning and sticking to a fitness routine. Then on the 18th, the full moon in Gemini falls in your unconscious sector. Though you’re in the midst of tons of holiday stress, block off this day for some R&R. Whatever it is can wait a day.

This week’s mantra: Discipline is bliss.

4 Leo  

Romance heats up for you this week, Leo, as Mars moves into your pleasure sector on the 13th. Much of this season has felt like an existential dig into your past so indulge in some flirtations to move past the heaviness. Then on the 18th, the full moon in Gemini finds you back in your power position: the center of attention, hosting a holiday party for friends. It’s been a long time since you felt like such a queen, so lap up all the good feels.

This week’s mantra: I’m the queen.

5 Virgo  

Though you may still be recovering from whatever clearing happened in your home and family life during the eclipse on December 4th, you must prepare your house to host multiple relatives as Mars moves into your home sector on the 13th. You get a brief respite from the passive aggressive sibling group chat on the 18th when the full moon in Gemini gives you some wonderful news to share about your career. All that hard work really was for something.

This week’s mantra: I deserve recognition.

6 Libra  

Before you sign up for yet another online masterclass, pause and consider if you really have the capacity to take in more information. You’ve packed so much knowledge into your brain this year, between yoga teacher training, classics courses at the local college and even that cocktail workshop with your favorite bartender. The full moon in Gemini on the 18th allows you to take off your student hat and become a teacher. Share your wisdom with the class.

This week’s mantra: I know things.

7 Scorpio  

Everyone deserves a treat, but your holiday spending might get out of hand as your ruling planet Mars moves into Sagittarius on the 13th. There’s a difference between having something sweet and indulging so much that you make yourself sick. Channel your insatiable shopping energy into finding the best deals or even some DIY holiday gifts. If you’ve been spending more than you have, the full moon in Gemini on the 18th illuminates a path out of debt.

This week’s mantra: At what cost?

8 Sagittarius  

A burst of energy arrives as action planet Mars shifts into your sign on the 13th. This is a welcome change after reaching total burnout earlier this month. That said, though your vitality is up, try not to use it all up at once. Though you feel like taking a kickboxing class, gentle yoga might be what you need. Then on the 18th, the full moon in Gemini brings a lovely moment to connect with your partner(s). Let them spoil you. You deserve to be taken care of.

This week’s mantra: Recovery is a process.

CAPBANNER  

Though you’ve been keeping your thoughts to yourself over the last several weeks, Mercury moves into your sign on the 13th, inspiring you to put your ideas out there. Though you still have some anxiety around what everyone else thinks, doesn’t it feel good just to get it off your chest? Then on the 18th, the full moon in Gemini is an opportunity to revamp your routines. Take a moment to identify what’s really a priority. Everything else can wait.

This week’s mantra: My words matter.

10 Aquarius  

You might want to keep a journal at your bedside this week because with Mercury moving into your unconscious sector on the 13th, you’re about to receive some messages in your dreams. To put it simply: there’s a lot of clarity to be found in what’s left unsaid. Then on the 18th, the full moon in Gemini lights up your romance sector, bringing some unexpected bliss on a last-minute date. Your charm is otherworldly right now so take advantage of it.

This week’s mantra: It’s not what they said, it’s what they didn’t say.

11 Pisces  

Work/life balance is your major dilemma this week. The end of the year is always hectic for you but with Mars entering your career sector on the 13th, you’re feeling driven to stay late at the office and impress your boss. Meanwhile though, you’re hosting family for the holidays for the first time, and you have so much to do. The guest room won’t tidy itself! The full moon in Gemini on the 18th forces you to slow down and focus on the comforts of home.

This week’s mantra: “I’m more than my accomplishments.”

Jaime Wright is an astrologer based in New York. You can subscribe to her newsletter for more musings on the stars.

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