Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 20

Iris Apfel, a Virgo. Photo-Illustration: by Jenny Sharaf/Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images

For the first part of this week, the sun will move through the final degrees of Leo; on Thursday, it enters Virgo. If Leo season embodies the sun’s animating fire, Virgo season is about finding somewhere solid to hold this energy. Can you feel a return to your body this week? What physical details in world around you can suddenly come into focus, and how can they guide your steps?

Weekly Horoscope Aries


Whatever has been spinning out of your control might suddenly spin back to you this week. The parts that have been rattling and shaking around in your head might suddenly snap back into place. This doesn’t mean that the sky will be clear from here on out, or that you’ll walk out your door to find all the potholes in your road fixed. Rather, this just means that your mind might be in its best working order once more. You might have the conditions you need to do the work you want to do.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus


When the world gets particularly messy, there’s a funny kind of comfort in imagining that it’s your job to be heroic: bigger than the world you live in, or more powerful than the laws of physics, or more courageous than any person has ever been before. This week, don’t expect the impossible of yourself. This week is for something smaller than that, something realer and better and more difficult. It’s enough to keep becoming yourself, becoming braver every day, and every day more solid.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini


You aren’t always used to waiting for the things you need, so it can be painful to be reminded that you can’t control time — that you can’t make the sun rise faster, that you can’t grow older any faster than the world will let you. There’s a sweetness, sometimes, in slowing down, letting your heart beat the way it wants to beat, and letting the future reveal itself in its own time. Patience doesn’t have to feel like some kind of slow death. You aren’t relinquishing all your fire.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer


You know your own ideas so truly that you assume everyone else can automatically intuit what you mean. You know your own heart so well that you imagine everyone else must hear it beating, too. But this week, don’t assume that everyone else knows what you know. Don’t assume your heartbeat sounds as loud on the street as it does in your body. Sometimes other people can see straight through to your feelings — but not everyone, and not always. If you want to be known, there are things you’ll have to speak out loud.

Weekly Horoscope Leo


It can feel, weirdly, like a failure to have not yet have solved all of life’s equations, to have not yet built your utopia. You’re so whole, so bright, so alive — how is it that there’s still work left to do, still unanswered questions popping up like green weeds in the yard? This week, remind yourself that this isn’t a failure at all, that a light as bright as yours has no choice but to keep creating life. What a gift it is, to live in a world that keeps getting bigger.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo


If the people around you have been driving you wild, or the city itself has been itching at you like a loose thread, this week might bring you the relief you need. The sun might stay hot and the air might keep buzzing, but it won’t have the power to irritate you quite as much as before. Your focus is so sweet and so steady it can cut through any muggy afternoon. The inside of your head is as cool and green and deep as a forest; this week, you can remember that.

Weekly Horoscope Libra


It’s important to remember that you don’t always have to do things in order. Sometimes a life is built the same way as a house — first the foundation, then the frame, then the roof, piece by piece. Sometimes, though, it’s not. Sometime the sparkling ambitions come before the foundation. Sometimes the wild feelings come before your plans have been made. Don’t hold yourself to inhuman standards. You’re a person, and sometimes reality gets bendy. Sometimes the garden comes into bloom first, and everything else can follow from there.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio


This week, if something in you feels off balance, you don’t always have to right yourself so quickly. Let yourself lean and swing into your full range of motion. Let your feelings tilt, let them sway, let them sing. Equilibrium is valuable, but not more valuable than your curiosity. Balance is important, but so is your deep and dizzy radiance. Don’t try to smooth every sharp edge this week; don’t try to quiet every strange feeling. It’s not that you should live forever in chaos — just that sometimes being unbalanced is a valuable learning experience.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius


When you’re this hungry for change, it can feel like the only thing that will satisfy you is something big enough to shift the earth’s orbit, something so serious that there’s no turning back from it. This week, try to shift your expectations; try to look at the world with more attention. There are so many places rife with opportunities for change all around you, even now. Watch the transitions happening all around you: big ones and small, some expected and some surprising. In each of these moments, there’s a chance to find the thing you need.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn


Maybe the past few weeks have asked you to stretch yourself to your limits, to the very edge of your capabilities. After all that, it might feel strange, now, to notice the small warm sensation that indicates you’re moving from an uncomfortable space back into one that’s familiar. It might feel strange to notice your muscles quietly, slowly, relaxing. It’s okay if life doesn’t feel so hard all the time. This doesn’t mean you’re regressing somehow or stepping back in time. It might just mean you’ve grown.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius


You might feel particularly attuned to the connections all around you — the lines tying you to the past and the future, the knowledge and feeling linking you to the people around you. It can feel, sometimes, like a trap, like a web, but remember that you don’t have to maintain every connection forever. Sometimes roads become overgrown, fading back into the earth, and this is right and good. All these connections radiating outward from yourself aren’t meant to bind you. Instead, think of it all as a map, as a song, as a series of options.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces


It might be easy to be distracted by surfaces this week — easy to be so distracted by the shape of your questions that you forget what you were really curious about, so distracted by the sound of your words that you forget what you really meant to say. Seeing the surfaces clearly is a valuable skill, just don’t forget what’s underneath them, too. Don’t get so lost in theorizing that you forget your body. Don’t get so lost in dreams that you forget the sweet messy world.

Read last week’s horoscope here. Next week’s will be here.

Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 20