Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of May 11

Lorraine Hansberry, a Taurus. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos Getty

This is a week full of movement and action and planetary change. First, late on Sunday night, Saturn — the planet of structure and discipline — stations retrograde in Aquarius. This is a time for introspection, for thinking carefully about your goals and your limits. Are you taking your responsibilities seriously? Are you learning the lessons you need? Then, on Monday, communication planet Mercury enters its natural home of Gemini. Here, your brain might feel fully lit up: curious, astute, alive.

Late on Tuesday night, action planet Mars enters intuitive Pisces. Here, your drive and ambition might feel more wandering than linear, more dreamy than direct. Also on Tuesday night, love planet Venus stations retrograde, and will remain retrograde until late June. Venus retrograde stirs up unresolved feelings and unresolved desire, and asks you to face the emotional challenges you’ve been avoiding. Finally, on Thursday, Jupiter, the planet of growth and abundance, stations retrograde, too. As with all retrogrades, this isn’t something to fear — rather, it marks a moment to slow down, to turn inward, to reflect.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

Even as you do your best to adjust to the world’s strange and uneven new pace, you’ll still experience moments where it feels impossible to live like this, where it feels maddening and unbearable to have your movements and your sense of possibility so constricted. But this week, do your best to remind yourself that even these intense limitations can’t stop you from living. You might just have to move slowly — to take a few steps at a time, to reassess each choice once you’ve made it. There are ways to keep going, even now, as long as you’re open to adjustment and change.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Now is a time of increased uncertainty, but you are already fully equipped to handle it; this is a week for thinking about the strategies already available to you to do so. It’s easy to imagine that the key to survival lies somewhere in the distance, waiting to be discovered, but there is so much wisdom you already possess. If your fury is burning a hole through your chest, use that. If your love remains unbreakable and true, let it guide you. This week, the most useful tools will be the ones you already have. The most useful magic will be what’s already inside you, waiting.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

It might feel as though you’ve been living in impossible conditions for far too long already. Every cell in your body might feel like it’s screaming out for renewed motion and energy, for fresh vigor and life. But the change that’s happening right now is strange and slow; just because it’s not offering the wild rush that you usually seek, that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. Don’t rush into big actions when the small ones — each open window, each phone call, each gesture of solidarity and support — might already, quietly, offer what you need.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

If the best parts of yourself seem to have gone quiet in isolation, it can be easy to start believing that something inside you has been permanently damaged, that your brightness or confidence or ability to care has been lost. None of these have gone missing, of course — you are still you, and everything good is still there. And if it’s hard to access the best parts of yourself right now, don’t take it as a mark of weakness. To be fully yourself is to be in connection with other people, so use this week to reach out to those who bring out the best in you.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

This week, remind yourself that it isn’t your personal duty to change the broad flow of history. It’s not your job to be a hero, or to be a savior, or to be a perfect and noteworthy person. If your own actions can’t end all the violence and suffering in the world, that isn’t because you didn’t try hard enough; it’s because it was never possible for you to do all that alone. This week, you don’t have to strive for superhuman strength or perfection. You only have to value the people around you, and make every choice with as much care as you can.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

When the world is this rough, the skies this dark, the future this dim and uncertain, it’s easy to tell yourself that survival requires sealing off your heart, removing all weakness, admitting no vulnerability at all. But this week, the world is going to require you to be imperfect. It’s going to require you to acknowledge the ways you’re still vulnerable, and to keep living anyway. The world is going to ask you to be softer than is entirely comfortable. In your soft humanity, there’s space for connection, space for the future to grow.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

If you pin all your hopes on a single vision for the future, then you’ll likely be disappointed this week. If you fixate on the idea of straightforward progress, then it might look like nothing worthwhile or good or hopeful is happening at all. Instead, try paying attention to the growth that isn’t visible, at least not yet: the growth happening underground, spreading not upward but out. Try paying attention to the movement — in the world, and in yourself, too — that isn’t linear, but wild and unpredictable, and surprising in the unexpected hope it can offer you.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might be haunted by a feeling that nothing in the world is enough for you — that there’s not enough honesty, not enough joy, not enough praise, not enough attention. Even worse, you might be haunted by the fear that maybe nothing will ever be enough. This feeling won’t last forever, but for now, it might just feel endless. So do your best, this week, not to demand more than the world can give you just yet. There is still sustenance to be found — there’s magic and pleasure and satisfaction — but you might have to turn inward to find it.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

To be rebellious can feel, sometimes, like you’re being harsh and spiky, unpleasant and unkind. But this week, it’s important to remind yourself that disobedience can also be a form of love. Flouting the rules can feel soft and delightful, even luxurious. There’s a rare kind of joy in refusing to be moved by fear, refusing to believe that cruelty is necessary, refusing to accept domination. There’s a beautiful sweetness in refusing to value money, or success, or order over the moving, living world.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

This is a week for getting clear about your priorities: for accepting that you can’t do everything you’d like to do, and maybe not even everything that you feel called to do. There’s often some guilt that comes with this, but try to remind yourself that you don’t really need to feel shame. Even as time seems to stretch and refract, it is still finite. This is a week for letting some things — even some important things — go, so that you can focus on what matters most.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

This is a week to act with some rowdiness, a week to nurture your stubborn refusal to be docile, well-behaved, and predictable. It can seem, when the world is in chaos, that it’s your duty to make yourself and your needs as small and manageable as possible, but that’s not really the case. There are many things you owe to the world — your integrity, your humanity, your best efforts to live a good life — but you certainly don’t owe it your obedience.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

This is a week for digging into the details of what you really want, for not focusing only on the broad ideals, but the specifics, too. It’s a week for thinking through the real, tangible actions you’re willing to take, for considering which compromises you’ll make — and which you won’t. It can be easier to ignore such details in favor of your sweet and hazy dreams, but this week, these details are how you’ll make things really happen; these details are the key to changing your world.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of May 6. The weekly horoscopes for the week of May 18 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of May 11