January Horoscopes

Melissa Broder's existential predictions for this month.

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CAPRICORN

(December 22 to January 19)

Happy birthday, Capricorn! Pay attention to your dreams this month, if only because living in the same dimension day after day can get kind of flat. You have access to multiple other dimensions in slumber, so why wouldn't you tap into it? If what you see is beautiful, don't be afraid to look for some of what you find there in your waking life.

AQUARIUS

(January 20 to February 18)

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Truth is one, and paths are many. This is not just the case with religions, but also ideas, philosophies, and intellectual perspectives. It might be a good thing for you to explore more deeply a perspective that you never thought you would consider. I'm not saying that your whole view of the world should or will change, but perhaps this will give you more peace regarding others who seem to think entirely differently.

PISCES

(February 19 to March 20)

We are as sick as our secrets. This doesn't mean you have to tell everyone everything, but make sure that the thing you are holding on to the closest is something you divulge to at least one person — even a total stranger or a hotline. You will feel much more at home on the planet once someone else knows what's up, even if you never speak with them again.

ARIES

(March 21 to April 19)

F.E.A.R. (or false evidence appearing real) is scary, because we believe we know exactly what is going to happen and that it's the worst-case scenario. But what if you conceded that you didn't know what was going to happen at all? In some ways, that might seem even scarier, because then nothing is under your control. But the only control you are exerting now is to freak yourself out in the present.

TAURUS

(April 20 to May 20)

The only thing more painful than obsessing over the past is fearing the future. Far be it from me to tell you that you have to live in the present, because I know that isn't easy. It can take a lifetime of spiritual practice to get there, and when we finally do, the "there" has moved. But if you're feeling empty and you're not sure why, know that it's because you aren't totally here.

GEMINI

(May 21 to June 20)

You struggle to find that acceptance during this time of year when we intuitively go inside, physically and emotionally, and do less. But it is safe to stop questioning everything about where you are right now and accept that doing what feels right is perfect. In fact, the doing less is always safe for you, Gemini. It's the compulsive action based on what you think you should be doing that is the danger.

CANCER

(June 21 to July 22)

When we finally realize that someone we love isn't ever going to change, there is a mourning — a death of the fantasy of who we wanted them to become. But once we get through that grief, there arrives a renewed sense of freedom and hope that we do have the power to change the situation: it's just that the change has to come from us.

LEO

(July 23 to August 22)

Watch out for grandiosity this month, and all months. I know it might feel like you're living under a repressive authoritarian regime to not allow yourself to get carried away with the fantasy of your biggest dreams and schemes. But maybe try living in more of a parliamentary system, or even a democracy, when it comes to actualizing your plans, rather than one where you must be the queen.

VIRGO

(August 23 to September 22)

What are you afraid will happen if you are actually nice to yourself? I'm not saying be nice to yourself, because as a Virgo, I know that takes many eons of practice and isn't something we just wake up and do. But what I am saying is to look at why you resist trying at all, and what you are scared of losing if you put down the whip.

LIBRA

(September 23 to October 22)

We turn the other cheek, because in the end, it feels better not to fight with people who are looking for a fight with everyone. But if the action of turning the other cheek is consistently making you feel worse in a situation, it might be better to try keeping that cheek planted firmly and with your mouth say "Fuck off."

SCORPIO

(October 23 to November 21)

One of the best and scariest thoughts is that nobody on planet Earth knows what they are doing. Use that idea accordingly this month whenever you start to feel like your life doesn't compare to others', or simply if you are feeling like life is a boring and predictable script.

SAGITTARIUS

(November 22 to December 21)

Look around at the people who have what you think you want. Now look more closely and see if they have any problems. Imagine you are putting your problems on the table and that they are putting their problems on a table. Imagine that a bunch of other people are also putting their problems on the table too. If you were asked to pick up a new set of problems from that table, you might find that you would actually rather have some of yours back.

Melissa Broder is the author of four collections of poems, including Last Sext (Tin House 2016), as well as So Sad Today, a book of essays from Grand Central.

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