Madame Clairevoyant: December Horoscopes -The Toast

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Aries: Every single day that you wake up, every single day that you’re here and alive on this strange wild earth, you call on immeasurable courage. There are nightmares that you face and there are battles that you fight. Sometimes they are bigger and sometimes they are smaller, and sometimes you’re bright and funny and wild enough that nobody can see, but they’re there, and they’re real, and you’re braver than you even think. Give yourself a little credit, this month. Give yourself a little rest.

Taurus: It can be hard, sometimes, to feel like you’re even allowed to dream, in such a hard strange world, but try not to suppress your thoughts of a future full of light. Try not to suppress all your desires. You don’t have to be satisfied with a world full of cruelty or a world that isn’t enough. There is this whole bright world that we live in together, this whole world in motion, and it needs you to dream the things only you can dream, to do the things only you can do.

Gemini: There are things that you can forget, and there are things that will stay with you until they’re ready to leave. There are things that are yours to carry, and things that are yours to let go of. There are trees that keep their leaves all winter and there are trees that drop them, every year. There is world full of sun and rain and mountains and dirt, and you don’t have to do everything on your own. You’re not the only person in this world and you’re not alone.

Cancer: Sometimes the world gets to be too bitter, sometimes the world gets to be too much. Sometimes the inside of your own head can feel like a cave, like the bottom of the ocean, like a strange cold planet. Try to remember, this month, the times that it feels like home. Try to remember the times that your mind is just a mind, inside a human being who is a human being, just trying to move through this world, just trying to live. All of these are okay, all are good, all are you.

Leo: It’s not always easy to leap into action–the world is so big and your head is so full, and it’s hard to know which dreams you can trust, which visions are truth. Keep moving with courage. Keep moving with your eyes open to the tangles and the sweetness all around you. The world is bigger and smaller than you think. There are so many different roads that will lead you to so many different places. There are so many roads that will all lead you home.

Virgo: It might be hard to see your place in the world, this month. It might be hard to see your own face in the mirror. It might be hard, knowing who you are, knowing where to go, knowing how to live. This month is going to ask for courage from you, in quiet ways. You are kind and you’re strong and your heart is open, and these are the things that matter right now. These are the things that will lead you through dark places. These are the things that will keep you warm.

Libra: The world is full of warmth and yellow light and pine trees and kind hearts, and the world is full of wrong things, large and small. Cruel things, noisy and silent. And all of these things exist together, and all of these things exist right now, and it isn’t your job to do the arithmetic of adding them all together and looking for a total. It isn’t your job to find a solution. There are wrong things and cruel things that you’re healing from, and this counts, and it matters, and it is work, too.

Scorpio: The paths through this world are tangled and varied. There are so many ways to be kind and there are so many ways to be cruel and it’s hard sometimes to know which is which, just by looking. Sometimes the best path is the easy one and sometimes it’s the hard one, and the only way to know is to keep your eyes open. The only way to know is to try. Remember, this month, that there’s always time to change your mind. There’s always time to turn around.

Sagittarius: This is a month for grappling with your strength, with your power, with your desire. You can have anything you want, but knowing what you want is a challenge you could spend your whole life figuring out. You don’t need to know right now. You don’t need to predict the future. Desire won’t kill you, and neither will the bright sparkling unpredictability of the world. This is just a month for moving. It’s a month for opening doors. It’s a week for stoking the fire in your dreams.

Capricorn: It can be get so exhausting, being brave. It can tire you out, saving your own life over and over again. It can tire you out, surprising yourself with your own toughness. There’s no answer, this month, but to keep moving. There’s no answer but the clouds and the trees and the sound of sweet voices out on the street. There’s no answer but to try to treat yourself with kindness. Get enough air. Get enough sleep. Get enough air. Things don’t make sense but they’ll be okay.

Aquarius: Sometimes the world feels off its axis, and sometimes your limbs feel heavy as stone. Sometimes you can get so tangled up in slow days your bright wild desires feel like a burden, like a pain, like they could eat a hole right through your stomach. This is a month for remembering that your desires are a gift. Your desires are a strength. They can move you. They can teach you how to live. There is magic that has always been inside you, and it’s in you even now.

Pisces: There is wisdom to be found in other people, this month. There are truths to be found outside of yourself. Our own thoughts are expansive and wild but they aren’t infinite. Our own bodies contain worlds, but they don’t contain everything. There are still things to learn and still things to see. There are still things that can surprise you with their beauty, with their strangeness, with their clear golden songs. You’re still growing, even when you can’t feel it, and this is right, and this is good.

Madame Clairevoyant (a.k.a. Claire Comstock-Gay) writes fiction and horoscopes and works with teenagers during the day. You can find more of her writing here.

Jen May is an artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Her website is somewhat regularly updated with new work.

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