Your Weekly Horoscopes: December 17 to 23, 2023

Capricorn season *and* winter solstice. Let’s do this thing.

Happy Capricorn season! Happy winter solstice! The sun moves into the pragmatic sign of the sea goat on the 21st welcoming us to the darkest time of the year. The good news? It can only get brighter from here! Mercury is retrograde, so last minute holiday prep can’t be rushed. Things are slow, but there are plenty of windows to find ease and clarity on the 18th, 21st and especially the 22nd when Mercury meets the sun.

Despite a few snafus at the outset, this is an easier Mercury retrograde than most, but things will get hectic once the communication planet dips back into freewheeling Sagittarius on the 23rd. Love planet Venus opposes innovative Uranus on the 21st bringing inspiration for last minute gifts and unconventional holiday decor when plans inevitably have to pivot. Double check your train tickets, bake some cookies for backup gifts and remember to breathe!

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

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Aries (March 21 - April 19)

The sun enters Capricorn on the 21st and ushers you into your most visible time of the year. With end of year deadlines imminent and holiday plans getting rerouted, guidance is needed in both your personal and professional life. You’re looking for a hero, but everyone’s looking back at you to lead the way. Instead of worrying about showing up perfectly, focus on communicating what you know.

This week’s mantra: “Lead.”

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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

The sun enters Capricorn on the 21st and so begins your most adventurous time of year. Whether you’re finishing up a semester of grad school, packing your bags for a holiday getaway or skipping out of work early to get to a meditation workshop for the Solstice, the coming month is all about expanding your mind. You might be met with some surprise when you share what you’re up to this week—even from your partner or bestie! Embrace your continued evolution.

This week’s mantra: “Evolve.”

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Others might bristle at transformation but you feel empowered by it. Even with your ruling planet Mercury now retrograde, you’re happy to go back and check your work. The sun’s shift into Capricorn on the 21st makes you feel even more confident and grounded as you clear out space for what’s next. Healing isn’t linear though and you may face some setbacks once Mercury dips back into Sagittarius on the 23rd.

This week’s mantra: “Trust.”

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Capricorn season begins on the 21st and for you this part of the year is all about other people. What conversations are coming up in your most important relationships? A last-minute change to your schedule requires that you and your partner find a compromise for holiday plans. Communication gets more difficult when Mercury retrogrades back into Sagittarius on the 23rd so get it all out on the table before then.

This week’s mantra: “Reciprocate.”

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Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Mercury is still retrograde and things aren’t going as planned this holiday season. Whether you’re in the midst of a job search, dealing with health or pet issues or just buried under piles of work, you’re not exactly feeling the cheer. The sun shifts into Capricorn on the 21st illuminating what needs to be prioritized. Then as Mercury dips back into Sagittarius on the 23rd, you get to have a little more fun.

This week’s mantra: “Focus.”

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Virgo (August 23 - September 23)

Capricorn season kicks off on the 21st and so begins your most romantic and joy filled time of year. Since Mercury stationed retrograde on the 13th, you’ve been feeling nostalgic as you’ve reconnected with former lovers and revisited hobbies for your teen years. As Mercury meets the sun on the 22nd, you get clarity on the purpose of these sentimental journeys.

This week’s mantra: “Voyage.”

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Libra (September 23 - October 21)

The sun moves into Capricorn on the 21st and pulls you into your most private and introspective time of year. Issues that have been brewing at home and with your family over the past few weeks (or even years tbh) are coming to a head, and as Mercury retrograde meets the sun on the 22nd, you get some clarity so you can finally find solutions. An unexpected gift or extra pay helps sweeten the deal and ease your current transitions.

This week’s mantra: “Clear.”

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Scorpio (October 22 - November 21)

Welcome to Capricorn season! On the 21st, you begin a month dedicated to cultivating your local environment, close friendships and communication. This is usually one of your busiest times of the year and this year is no different, but with Mercury retrograde make sure you’re ready to be flexible with plans. A missed connection from a few weeks ago returns on the 22nd with an important message.

This week’s mantra: Listen.”

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Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

It’s the winter solstice this week as Capricorn season arrives on the 21st! This is the time of year when you’re most focused on money, resources and income. What money goals do you have for 2024? If you haven’t set any yet, some clarity arrives on the 22nd around your next best steps. Work together with your partner or a financial advisor to figure out the plan.

This week’s mantra: “Value.”

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Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

With Mercury retrograde in your sign, this week gets off to a bumpy start, but a misdirection might lead you down a better path. Then on the 21st, it’s finally your season! For the next few weeks you get to focus on your health, beauty and all things you! You may also find an unexpected romantic connection at a friend’s holiday party on the night of the solstice.

This week’s mantra: “Recover.”

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Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Welcome to your hibernation era! Capricorn season begins on the 21st and for you, this is always the time of year when you want to do nothing but curl up on the couch with a good book and do work behind the scenes. This year, some shakeups at home and in your professional life force you out of your cocoon, and on the 23rd especially, you’re happy that you got out to socialize.

This week’s mantra: “Rest.”

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Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Welcome to yet another very busy and social week of your year. Besides the usual holiday parties, you’re also reconnecting with old friends and coworkers who you don’t usually get to catch up with. The sun enters Capricorn on the 21st ushering in the time of year when you’re meant to focus on building your network and solidifying your dreams. Who’s going to help you reach your goals?

This week’s mantra: “Merge.”

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Jaime Wright is an astrologer and writer based in NYC. She has been writing PureWow’s weekly and monthly horoscope columns since 2019, and also authors the cult favorite...