Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of May 20

Cher, a Taurus. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty Images

On Tuesday morning, the sun and Mercury both move into social and curious Gemini. Can you feel your thoughts beginning to shake themselves free, to lift off the ground? If you have a question, you can ask it; if you have something to say, you can say it out loud. The whole bright universe has secrets to share.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, a sound or a song or a scent on the breeze brings back memories of things you wish you’d never done, or words you wish you’d never spoken. Even when you’re living your life joyfully, even when you’re most bright and alive, some part of you can hold onto the belief that the bad things matter most, that they’re weightier and more revealing of your truest soul than anything good. But if you’ll let it, this week can release you from the fear that the way you are is wrong. It can help you remember that you’re complicated. It can help you remember that you’re still trying.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

On your darker days and weeks, it can seem difficult to imagine that the world has anything better to offer you than simple security, than a warm and gentle place to stay. And this kind of safety is necessary, and it can bolster you and make you strong, but this week, the world might have more to give you, too. This week, you can be drawn to glittering fun and delight, to the promise that somewhere out there, unimaginable joy is waiting for you. It might feel dangerous to follow desires such as these, but this week you don’t have to turn away from them.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

Maybe you’ll feel a renewed sense of vigor this week, or a fresh feeling of confidence, or a revived sense of yourself. Maybe you’ll be reminded of all the ways that you’re capable not just of living well, but of running circles around the people who would do you harm. There’s no reason to pretend that your brain is less agile, less rowdy, less wild than it really is. You can feel your thoughts firing on all cylinders, and fill your words with the power to match. This is a gift that’s yours to delight in, and yours to use as you want.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

This is a week for remembering that it’s okay if your coworkers, or your neighbors, or even your own true friends don’t always seem to know the whole truth of you. It’s okay if they don’t seem to entirely approve — after all, you can withstand so much more than being underestimated. And the great freedom in this is that you, too, don’t need to perfectly see or wholly approve of all the people in your life. Care can exist at so many different levels, in so many different shapes. Love can exist even when understanding is imperfect.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might feel like you’re being distracted from the true work you’ve been called to do, like you keep being called away to tend to other, smaller matters, like your attention keeps snagging on bright glinting nothings. That might be partly true, but distraction has its purposes, too. Keep your eyes open. Sometimes, distractions aren’t the mark of an undisciplined brain, but rather of a world trying to call your attention where it’s needed. Sometimes, the treasures you’re seeking aren’t in the place you’ve been digging but somewhere else entirely, and this can be a chance to find them.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

Maybe your body has been guiding you lately, each physical pleasure and each physical ache acting like a point on a map, or like a crucial clue. This week, though, you might stop hearing your body so clearly. It may feel at first like you’re suddenly lost, but you aren’t, really. You know other ways to navigate, too. You can find meaning in the images of your looping nighttime dreams, and you can find meaning in the words of your looping daytime thoughts. There’s meaning in language, and meaning in the connection that happens between two people.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might find that people surprise you, by not acting how you think they will, or by not acting how you think they should. Even the people you love best can keep acting in ways that seem wrong for them, and even your heroes can stumble. Even you might surprise yourself with actions bigger, bolder, louder than usual. Your task this week isn’t to fix or correct or even theorize. Just expect that people, even you, will be human, in ways that that are frustrating and petty and generous and good.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

Some lessons can be learned quietly, privately, without the indignity of being observed by other people. But others require the weird humility of opening yourself up, of revealing yourself not always to have known every secret worth knowing. Growth can just feel so embarrassing, even when you know that it’s valuable. This week, try to be willing to learn anyway. Open, unashamed curiosity can make you feel unbearably vulnerable, but if you keep moving through the vulnerability anyway, you’ll come out on the other side with a brand new, bright kind of power.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

This week you might feel a powerful urge to persuade other people, to change their minds, to bring them into your own brain and show them how good and beautiful and right it is here.
There’s the sense that if you could just put words together in exactly the right combination, then you could unlock some kind of hidden happiness, some kind of perfect, undeniable truth. Just don’t lose yourself in the quest to convince other people. Having them agree with you isn’t the only way to measure the success or the value of all the work you do.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes it can feel weirdly unbearable to have any joy in your life, any lightness, any levity. It can feel like you’re getting away with something you don’t really deserve, or like you’re somehow stealing from a person who needs the happiness more than you do. It’s easy to imagine, even subconsciously, that you have to work hard to earn every single moment of pleasure, every single glimmer of fun. This week, at least try to honor the bargain you’ve made with yourself. You’ve been working hard, and you’re allowed to experience all the sweetness that you’ve earned.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

This is a week for remembering how to listen to your curiosity, for remembering how to follow your inquisitive mind even down the passages that seem, at first, to lead nowhere in particular. You’re so good at seeking out specific answers, specific treasures, so good at finding the way to specific kinds of wildness and joy. This week will be more productive, though, if you can manage just to open yourself up to less pointed questions, to the things you don’t know already and the things you don’t know you’re looking for.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, feelings can suffuse your life so fully that it seems unnecessary to question them, unnecessary even to pay attention. This week, though, there’s value in examining them, value in attempting to put what you feel into words — partly because it’s helpful in communicating and connecting with other people, but partly because it can bring you a new, fresh clarity, just for yourself. It’s worthwhile to reason with yourself sometimes, to look closer at the feelings that seem as natural as breathing. It’s worthwhile to contradict yourself sometimes, just to see what surprising truths might appear.

Read the weekly horoscope for the week of May 13 here. The weekly horoscope for the week of May 27 will be here.

Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of May 20