Your Horoscope This Week

Your Horoscope This Week

Got goals? We know you do — even if the festive season is driving you to distraction. Here’s some good news: The week is off to an enterprising start, as the Gemini moon syncs up with go-getter Mars in Libra and pours premium rocket fuel in everyone’s tanks. Tackle the “work” before the “play” if you want to keep a cool head. Or, since the moon is in spirited Gemini, find ways to make those outstanding tasks feel a little more fun. Partner up with a coworker (these Gemini moonbeams love #twinning) to wrap the project up, or turn getting ‘er done into a friendly competition. Last one done buys doughnuts for everyone!

On Sunday, December 9, Mars leaves lighthearted Libra’s love nest and slips into scintillating Scorpio’s chamber of secrets until January 26. Interesting…With live-out-loud Jupiter also in Scorpio, there could be a few more scandals and shocking revelations that come to light before 2017 is through. And with fierce Mars in the frame, people will not be holding back. On a sultrier note, Mars in Scorpio can stoke the erotic embers we didn’t even realise were burning. Secret crushes could ‘fess up to their attractions, while couples will require more “do not disturb” private time. But with Venus in wild child Sagittarius until December 25, this could be a really awkward dance! We’ll feel wildly uninhibited one minute then totally closed up the next. Best to keep those crazier moments behind closed doors and undocumented on Snapchat. And trust us, with lusty Mars in the Zodiac’s sexiest sign, when the lights (and cameras) turn off, it’s going down for real.

November 22 to December 21

Do you keep having the same fights — or at least, running into the same issues — with your love interest? Exhausting. Early this week, you may need to bring in outside counsel to get past that wall. Reach out to a trusted friend or an older relative who’s “been there, done that.” They can illuminate a proactive path forward — one that you haven’t been able to see from inside the situation. Single? Hand over your bow and arrow to a pal who is willing to play Cupid for you. A lucky strike could come before the week is half through.

On Saturday, slip behind that velvet curtain as motivator Mars decamps to Scorpio and your mysterious 12th house until January 26. You’ll do your best work from behind the scenes as the year turns over. The 12th house is the “helpful people” zone of the Zodiac wheel: Find a mentor, career coach, or even seek out a spiritual teacher. It doesn’t have to be a guru on a faraway continent. Those wise words could come from the awesome yoga teacher who somehow always gives the dharma talk you need to hear (even if you don’t necessarily want to hear it). You’ll be a total night owl, but don’t overdo it. Know your limits and boundaries — and don’t lower your immunity by letting your sleep cycle get out of whack.

Illustrated by Alia Penner. Photographed by Jason Rodgers.

December 22 to January 19

You’ll hit the ground running this workweek — but better check in with your team first. Before moving forward, you may need to clear up a power struggle. Remind the squad that you’re all working for the same goals and there’s enough work — and glory — to go around. Once the air is cleared and every station woman-ed, nothing will stop you from getting things done. Delegate to loyal colleagues as needed: They’ll feel empowered by your trust and you’ll be freed up to focus on the things you love. Teamwork makes the dream work!

On Saturday, galvaniser Mars steps up to remind you that the early bird gets the best brunch reservation. You might always be the first one in line, but you don’t need to go it alone anymore, Capricorn. With the red planet buzzing in your collaborative 11th house until January 26, you’ll feel inspired once again to team up with the hive mind. What dreams could you realise (much, much sooner) if you join forces with other like-minded talent? This is also an auspicious time to polish up your online presence. Tech savvy Caps may even decide to launch a website or create an app. If you can dream it, you can do it.

Illustrated by Alia Penner. Photographed by Jason Rodgers.

January 20 to February 18

You’re feeling unstoppable early this week, thanks to Monday’s fiery connection between the moon and determined Mars. Is there a challenge you want to tackle before the year is through? Awesome, but be careful not to take on more than you can handle. This energy will fizzle out by Wednesday, so stick to short-term (as in two-day) projects. Feeling legit fired up for a bigger mission? We wouldn’t dare stop you, Aquarius. But before you tackle your venture, map out your strategy, spec out your materials and timeline, and decide if it’s worth the effort. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Try to store up some brainpower for this weekend, Aquarius. In addition to the last-minute Christmas scrambling, ambitious Mars galvanizses your inner mogul from Saturday until January 26. No professional dream is beyond your reach in the early part of 2018! Do you want to turn your side-hustle into a full-time biz? Earn a promotion? Sign up for a teacher training? This is an auspicious time to take action steps toward your goals — and fast-track it to the finish line! Start this weekend by networking your way through the festive party circuit and setting up power lunches and meetings for the new year.

Illustrated by Alia Penner. Photographed by Jason Rodgers.

February 19 to March 20

Emotional waters run deep early this week — but hey, you never really mind going for a swim, do you, Pisces? Plunge in! Feelings could finally warm up with someone you’ve had your eye on romantically. But gently dip a toe in those waters first — especially if you’re dealing with someone who is more practical than poetic. (Your flowery prose may send them running for higher ground!) Warm ’em up by discussing a shared interest, like the new season of Stranger Things or a funny meme you saw on Instagram. If they can’t take it deeper than basic pop culture, it will be you who tosses them back into the pond.

You’ll be longing for an adventure this weekend as thrill-seeker Mars takes a trip through your travel zone from Saturday until January 26. Give your nearest globe a spin, Pisces. With this restless energy afoot, you could book tickets before the year is through — and even take your journey solo. You’ll have an independent streak that’s a mile wide as you blaze your trail into the beginning of 2018 — but Mars can be impulsive! Take the space you need, but don’t blow off everyone in your inner circle in the process. If you want them to welcome you back with open arms, stay in touch, even if you’re just BCC-ing everyone a group message. This Mars cycle activates your entrepreneurial streak. Start up that side hustle or sign up for winter evening classes to build a new skill set.

Illustrated by Alia Penner. Photographed by Jason Rodgers.

March 21 to April 19

Buckle up, Aries! On Monday, a partnership could get a little intense due to a swirling mashup of the moon and madcap Mars. Your assertive side takes the wheel — you know what you want and need, Aries. Be clear about your desires, but handle this powerful energy with care. It will be tempting to lay down the law, but for best results, start a dialogue instead of a diatribe. And listen to feedback with an open mind! You may be pleasantly surprised by people’s input.

On Saturday, firecracker Mars — your ruling planet — shimmies into Scorpio and heats up your intense eighth house until January 26. But get ready for a tug of war on your libido until December 25, as charismatic Venus activates your free spirit while Mars brings out your possessive streak. The goal: to enjoy the best of both worlds by finding someone who brings a fusion of stability and excitement. Connect to the steadfastly loyal friends in your squad. Those are the bonds to nurture for the next eight weeks. This Mars phase revs up your earning power and helps you find the best path forward for your piggy bank: Check out a book on investing or chat up an entrepreneur you admire — do they have any tips for you?

Illustrated by Alia Penner. Photographed by Jason Rodgers.

April 20 to May 20

Money is on your mind this Monday, Taurus, as ambitious Mars syncs up with the desire-driven moon. Is there an opportunity to turn your side-hustle into a full-time gig? Or maybe there’s a chance to scale the corporate ladder? Early this week, carpe that diem and follow up on any career-related possibilities floating your way. Have a game plan in place and rehearse your sales pitch: People will want to see facts and figures before they get on board. If someone owes you money, it’s time to collect. No more excuses. Set up an instalment plan if they can’t pay in full.

On Saturday, passionate Mars moves into Scorpio and turns up the heat in your committed relationship house until January 26. Evaluate your closest partnerships: Has someone been half-in/half-out? Deliver an ultimatum and prepare to show them the door if they won’t go “all in.” Your time and energy are better devoted to dating people who are ready for what you want now. Paired-off Bulls could usher in some exciting developments like exchanging keys or even rings. Stressful Mars amps up the pressure though, so choose your battles wisely. Is it worth having a fight over who does the dishes or paid for dinner last? Save heated discussions for important topics — like whether summer or autumn are better wedding seasons.

May 21 to June 20

You’re quite the magic-maker this Monday as the Gemini moon casts a spell on passionate Mars. Light up your world — from your wardrobe to your makeup scheme — in glitter and gold. Make a point of charming everyone you meet with your witty banter (or full-on flirting, where appropriate). Signal-boosting other people’s wins will also feel great. Tweet a link to a friend’s one-woman show, or praise a colleague in a morning meeting for a recent strong move. All you have to do is share the love — and watch it multiply.

Where did you stash that Fitbit? Super-trainer Mars buzzes into your wellness corner from Saturday until January 26. After your morning brunch buzz fizzles, create a healthy action plan for the new year — and the rest of 2017. Since you love variety (and socialising), maybe find a workout buddy to help you stay motivated. Focus on core-based exercises like Pilates — or stand-up paddle boarding if you live somewhere warm or are on your way to beachy climes for the festive season. Work will get busier (in a good way!) but be mindful of your stress levels, which can ratchet up with anxious Mars in the frame. But, ya know what’s good for stress-busting? Exercise!

Illustrated by Alia Penner. Photographed by Jason Rodgers.

June 21 to July 22

Has a tiff with a loved one upset you recently? Who could blame you, Cancer? You’re a sensitive soul and keeping conflict off your mind is basically impossible. Don’t let it ruin your week. Monday’s productive moon-Mars mashup can help find resolution. Let that offending (or offended) party know you’d like to sit down and talk things through. If they’re not open to your requests for dialogue, however, you may have to let things cool a while longer. Work it out at the gym or give your place a vigorous deep clean. Nothing gets a flat as sparkling as working through feelings (except maybe an imminent visit from your mum).

Another reason you’ll be grateful for that spotless flat? From Saturday until January 26, lusty Mars moves through Scorpio and your alluring fifth house, igniting a romantic renaissance. Baby, it may be cold outside, but you’ll stay warm with a special guest in your bedroom. Make a point of bundling up and getting out often all the same. Cupid’s arrow could find his mark while you’re out celebrating the season. Caution: Mars heats things up super fast, so try not to rush those loving feelings even if you can see the two of you riding off into the sunset together. This fame-fuelling Mars phase could see your name in bright lights. Polish up your social media presence and promote your accomplishments. If you’re feeling extra motivated, take on an artsy project, like filming a web series with your iPhone.

Illustrated by Alia Penner. Photographed by Jason Rodgers.

July 23 to August 22

On Monday, the dialogue between energising Mars and the tuned-in moon opens an exciting new chapter in your social life. You could become more deeply engaged with a circle you’re a part of, or meet a group with the potential to be lifelong friends. Groups can feel intimidating though, Leo. Instead of viewing them as one overwhelming unit, approach a couple of friendly individuals in the pack. Cultivate connections with them first, and soon, you’ll be welcomed by the rest of the posse.

As the Christmas break nears, family becomes more of a focus. But from Saturday until January 26, aggro Mars flows into Scorpio and your domestic sphere. There could be added intensity on the home front. You’ll have plenty of energy to renovate or redecorate your flat, but when it comes to your inner circle, you may also find that familiarity breeds contempt. Give yourself space from loved ones when they start to work your nerves. You don’t need things blowing up around the Christmas table! Absence makes the heart grow fonder — and you can always invite them over for cocktails, maybe to unveil your “new” pad when everything is complete.

Illustrated by Alia Penner. Photographed by Jason Rodgers.

August 23 to September 22

An energising formation of the moon and fearless Mars makes your instincts razor sharp on Monday. Trust your gut as you kick off the week. Introduce yourself to people who seem like powerful allies to see if there are synergies. This could be the start of a profitable collaboration! Is the leadership lacking at your workplace? Step up and take charge! You’ll clearly demonstrate your value to the office VIPs. But you don’t need to take on other people’s work, Virgo. Be the one who gets your team get on point — not the person who carries them across the finish line.

Two heads (and hearts!) are better than one starting Saturday as spicy Mars fires through Scorpio and your third house of communication and partnership until January 26. Pairing up will help you achieve your goals faster — plus, it’ll make the process much more entertaining. This Mars cycle gets your inner wordsmith vibing: Whatever you’re creating, be it song lyrics, Insta poetry, a screenplay, or self-help book, you’ll be in the zone. Sharing your critical insights on social media could make you a bit of a superstar now as long as you don’t drag people in haste!

Illustrated by Alia Penner. Photographed by Jason Rodgers.

September 23 to October 22

Hello, fierceness. People-pleasing is the last thing on your mind this Monday, as the moon and Mars strengthen your backbone and help you assert a boundary that is long overdue. If this is the first time you’re bringing up an issue (and it’s not an egregious offense), be diplomatic. People may not realise that they’ve crossed a line with you. Of course, if this is the hundredth (or even the fourth or fifth) time you’ve had to have this little chat, don’t waste your breath. Find the appropriate channel for putting a stop to it — or cut things off for good.

Plan to hit the gym (or yoga studio) this weekend. On Saturday, athletic Mars zooms into Scorpio and your second house of routines until January 26. Work will be busy and demanding during this eight-week cycle, but don’t let self-care slide. Drop into a few fun-sounding classes or sign up for a new gym trial. If you’re already a member, see if they have any class specials or training packages. Cultivating healthy habits will keep you feeling settled — and sexy — all winter long.

Illustrated by Alia Penner. Photographed by Jason Rodgers.

October 23 to November 21

Sometimes it just feels necessary to tuck away from the world — especially for a mysterious Scorpio. On Monday, the moon and irritable Mars are like an itchy wool sweater, scratching at your sweet sensitivity. Huddle away, Scorpio. And if you can’t avoid people, be as inconspicuous as possible (think oversized shades and a blanket scarf). This too shall pass, Scorpio, likely by mid-week. In the meantime, this reflective period is an ideal time to duck out and work on a passion project. Create a welcoming space for the muse by mixing an inspiring playlist — and lighting candles and incense to set the mood.

On Saturday, get ready for liftoff as firecracker Mars makes its biennial stopover to Scorpio until January 26. You’re full of rocket fuel and ready to crush your personal goals as the year ends. New Year’s resolutions? Try New Year’s triumphs! Like fellow Scorpios Kendall Jenner and the transcendently brainy Willow Smith, hosting Mars in your sign helps you stand out from the pack and gain major attention. But don’t let the red planet stress you out. Save some space on your calendar to relax in that peaceful oasis you so thoughtfully created.

Illustrated by Alia Penner. Photographed by Jason Rodgers.

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