Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 27

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

On Monday, communication planet Mercury enters steady Taurus. Here, your thoughts might feel more grounded; your best ideas may not appear from thin air, but rather from the physical world you live in. Your thoughts, and the words you use to express them, don’t have to feel so sharp, so hot, so spiky — choosing your language with deliberation and care doesn’t make it any less honest.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

There’s a surprising kind of pleasure in learning and relearning how to be patient with other people. And there’s a surprising kind of sweetness in learning and relearning how to be gentle with yourself. This is a week to practice generosity, to practice engaging with the world without hurrying to pass judgment. You don’t have to form immediate opinions about every person you encounter and every story you hear. This week, assume that you’re not the only one who’s suffering. Assume that the world will open itself to you slowly, that it will show you wonders if you can just be patient.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

This week, you’ll be confronted with chaos and sorrow, with an aching sense of injustice or a hazy sense of unreality. But in the middle of all this, the world will offer you moments of sweetness and brightness. It will instill in you a sense of confidence that you’re exactly where you need to be. This isn’t to say that things will all feel good, or even that it’s OK that the world should be so hard, only that you have valuable magic to offer. Now is the time to do the work you’ve been called to do.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

It can be so difficult to allow your active mind to rest, especially when there’s so much activity in the world, so much to think through, so much to witness. Your thoughts can often fill your head to bursting; they can fly in all directions; they can tangle and collide. So this week, even though it might feel like a strange way of doing things, try your best to let some of your ideas go. You don’t have to answer every question at once, nor do you have to carry the whole world inside you all the time. You don’t have to know everything to be brilliant, to be needed.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Time might feel strange and bendy this week — as though it stretches out forever, but there’s still somehow never as much of it as you need. If you do start to feel this way, try to give some serious thought to how you want your days to look. This isn’t about being productive, of course, nor is it about proving your worth to other people. Rather, it’s about taking your own life seriously, about using your time in ways that make it feel worth living.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

Every once in a while, it can feel surprisingly satisfying to set aside your need for action and drama and fire, to lay down your desire to be something other, better, bigger than human. This week, you can find some much-needed sweetness by simply accepting that your life has been made temporarily smaller. Railing against this new reality won’t accomplish anything. Instead, remind yourself that grandeur and passion haven’t vanished forever, and try to tend to yourself in gentler ways for now. Try to give your body the small things it needs, moments of comfort and safety and warmth.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

It would be so easy, this week, to convince yourself that your actions simply don’t matter, that the range of possibilities available to you is so narrow as to be almost useless. It would be so easy to convince yourself that because your life has become smaller, and because your energy is now limited, nothing you do will really matter at all. Your challenge, this week, is to resist that kind of thinking. You don’t have to have a sense of grand optimism, or even hope, just a stubborn faith you’re your actions aren’t in vain.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

Existing in the physical world can sometimes feel unthinkably dangerous, as though just having a body makes you unbearably vulnerable. It might start to feel safer to live inside words, inside thoughts, inside images — to do your very best to forget your soft corporeal form. This week, though, it’s important to remember that your body isn’t just a site of vulnerability, but a site of sweetness, too — of touch and taste, of the warmth of the sun on your skin. It’s a week for reminding yourself of all the pleasures the external world has to offer you.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

This is a week for paying attention to the ways the past beckons to you, but also for making sure that you don’t drown in nostalgia. It can be easier, sometimes, to retreat from the present than to live in it; it can feel safer to live in memory than in action. Indulging in memories isn’t always a bad thing — they can call you back to your real self; they can remind you that you’ve experienced goodness before, and you will again. But your job, this week, is to do so without losing sight of all that’s happening right here, right now.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

It’s important, this week, to accept that things are strange and dark and urgent. It’s important to accept that, at least for now, living is just hard. And there’s no secret trick for making things simpler, no magic antidote for all the world’s cruelty, no hidden door that will lead you into a gentler reality than this one. Things don’t feel difficult because you’re weak, or because you haven’t worked hard enough. Things just feel difficult because they are, and it isn’t your fault. You’re doing your best, and that’s more than enough.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

This is a week for paying attention to what your body tells you: If you’re tired, give yourself permission to rest. If you’re hungry, give yourself permission to eat. Right now, self-denial won’t make you any stronger; it will only wear you out. Ignoring your urges won’t make you more resilient; it will only deplete your energy. Living in the world is hard enough right now, and there’s no reason to make it harder. You’re as strong and as capable as you’ve ever been, and right now you deserve to be nurtured — if not by others, then by yourself.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

This week, people all around you will insist that the best we can hope for is a return to the way things were before — the same structures with the same problems, the same struggles, the same injustices. But you don’t have to believe it. Even when you’re exhausted, even when you’re feeling nearly defeated, you can hold onto the knowledge that we can overturn these strange, dark conditions and create something unimaginably beautiful instead. You can hold onto your secret, glittering certainty that the best path leads forward, not back.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

Under normal circumstances, you’re a person who is accustomed to change, willing to shift and adapt. But right now, with all that is going on, consider the possibility that you’re expecting too much of yourself, too fast. Consider that you’re trying to adjust to an impossible rate of change, trying to do more than a person can do. So this week, try to pay attention to the speed at which you’re moving. Give yourself permission to slow down whenever possible — to offer yourself the chance to sit, to rest, to take one careful step at a time.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of April 20. The weekly horoscopes for the week of May 4 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 27