Georgia O’Keeffe, a Scorpio.
Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty
On Tuesday morning, eclipse season continues with a lunar eclipse in stubborn Taurus. Be prepared for culmination and conclusion. You might be forced to face an emotional reckoning you’ve been hoping to dodge — an ending you’ve been putting off may finally prove unavoidable. No matter how tightly you try to hold on, change comes all the same. New problems require new solutions, fresh thinking, a completely different approach. So if an unfamiliar path opens up to you this week, don’t be afraid to follow it. Should you move through these days with courage, you’ll find magic on the other side.
When your surroundings seem to turn gray or your work becomes especially dull, your instinct is to take action. You’re not one to sit around waiting for adventure. It’s a good strategy normally — why count on another person to intuit your needs or hope for the universe to deliver a miracle when you have the power to make things happen yourself? But this week, be cautious. Wheels are already turning, change is happening all around you. Don’t take any drastic steps or go looking for trouble. Excitement will come to you.
Your wilder, more backless friends have a hard time understanding you. They assume you’re scared of change, that you can’t tolerate uncertainty. But that isn’t true. As long as there’s one thing in your life that you can be sure of (one person, haven, ethos), that you can trust to hold steady), then all kinds of chaos become bearable. These days, though, even that one reliable mainstay is hard to find. Your old emotional anchors might not hold you as securely as they usually do. Fortunately, someone or something unexpected will arrive to provide new meaning and stability. Don’t turn them away.
One of your great strengths is that you understand just how vast and filled with potential the world is. You’re well aware there are endless opportunities for happiness, for love. You trust that if one relationship sours, you can move on in the hopes of finding another that’s sweet. If one of your plans doesn’t pan out, there’s always another you can try. This week, though, make sure you’re not giving up too quickly. It’s good to be able to move on from failures without too much fuss, but occasionally, it’s better to stay and fight.
Even when a relationship is clearly not working anymore or when a chapter is obviously coming to a close, it can be hard for you to call it. Life is long and unpredictable, and your curiosity keeps you hanging on: Who knows what amazing developments might happen a day, a month, a year from now? Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to close the door. Don’t be afraid of endings this week. Even ones you’re conflicted about can bring new possibilities into being, and right now, that’s what you need.
Your main responsibility at the moment is to persevere. That probably sounds corny — you prefer to set your sights higher. But sometimes it truly is enough just to keep going. This week, there will be days that do not go your way, people who disappoint you, moments when your radiant confidence begins to falter. So go easy on yourself. Maybe you’ll achieve great things in spite of the chaos around you. If you don’t, it’s okay. You haven’t been defeated. Eventually, things will get easier again. The universe will be back on your side. Don’t give up.
This week, you might feel abandoned by people who were supposed to care about you, whom you thought were on your side. When you really need support, it can be surprising to see who does — and doesn’t — come through for you. The important thing is not to surrender to feelings of helplessness or resentment. Resolve not to abandon yourself or to accept unkindness from the people in your life. You can argue, you can demand better, you can leave, if it comes to it. You’ve got more power than you think, so use it.
Part of you imagine you should be able to outsmart your emotions, as though once you’ve decoded them, figured out where they’re coming from, they lose all power over you. Insight into your inner landscape is valuable in its own right, of course, but it won’t free you from having to actually experience your emotions. This week, they’ll probably be more intense than usual, no matter how closely you examine them, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They can make you better, braver, and more loving, if you let them.
Sometimes what you tell yourself is valuable hard work is really just a way to avoid dealing with uncertainty. When you’re laser-focused on checking tasks off your list, you don’t have much mental space left for self-doubt to creep in. But this week, it’s okay if it does. Let yourself question what kind of life you want and why. Maybe you’ve changed, or maybe the world around you has — either way, your old goals no longer light a fire in you. Give yourself permission to change your mind even if it brings upheaval. It’ll be worth it in the end.
You aren’t afraid to struggle, to work hard, to take big risks. But you’d also like assurances that it won’t be in vain. You can tolerate just about anything as long as you know it won’t last forever, but lately you’ve had your doubts. This week, you’ll get a reminder from the universe that change is the only constant, that you’ll keep growing, that there’s a light at the end of the heartache. The path is weirder and harder than expected, but you’re always in motion. Your confidence and your magic haven’t deserted you.
You’re well aware that the universe doesn’t often grant second chances at ending things. You have to accept the consequences of your actions, to take them in stride and keep moving forward. Every once in a while, though, you get the chance for a redo. If a conversation went badly, you get an opportunity to have it again, to say what you really mean. If a relationship ended in bitterness, you can revisit it later with more kindness. You can act the way you wish you had the first time. You can’t rewrite the past, but you can learn from it. Don’t take this gift lightly.
When you’re feeling anxious or ashamed, you can usually pinpoint the cause — an awkward interaction you’re fretting over, a deadline you’re going to blow past, a past mistake that continues to cause problems. But just as often, shame is nebulous, insidious. And even if you don’t know where it originated, it can still make a mess of your life, causing you to keep others at arm’s length. You fear that if they could see you the way you see yourself, they’d run. This week, your big challenge is to let others get close to you in spite of the negative voice in your head. You’re worthy of care, so let people care for you.
Although you try to act honorably, to always do the right thing, no one’s perfect. Inevitably, you’re going to make mistakes, accidentally do harm, and break hearts, your own included. This week, you might be drawn into conflict with someone you care about, and one or both of you might lose your cool, speak words you wish you could take back. Don’t panic. There’s space for forgiveness, if that’s what you want. Don’t run away — if you’re brave enough to stay, to work toward fixing the problem, things might turn out better than they’ve ever been.
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