Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of May 18

Naomi Campbell, a Gemini. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty Images

On Wednesday, the sun enters Gemini, the sign of curiosity and charm and quick thinking. This is a season to let your mind roam, restless and observant and sharp. Your energy might feel less steady and less linear, but more free and wild, more open to everything the world has to show you. And on Friday, a new moon in Gemini might deepen your desire for learning, for knowledge, for communication. Pay attention to this hunger for connection, and let it motivate you to reach out for the friendship and love that you need.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might feel like there’s just no bottom to your exhaustion. You might start to wonder whether all this effort, all this struggle, is really worth it. You might start to ask yourself if it might be wiser to stop fighting, if you’re only wasting your energy in working toward beautiful futures that you might never see. But this week, it’s important to keep fighting anyway. It’s important not to do the work of your opponents for them. You’ll pull off some victories that surprise even you, and even when you don’t succeed, the effort isn’t in vain.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, it feels as though you have to persuade everyone around you that you’re deserving of good things, as though you won’t be able to live in comfort and dignity without constantly making your case, without constantly proving your worth. Persuasion can be a powerful tool, but it’s important to remember this week that it isn’t the only one. You can convince, but you can also demand. You can know in your heart that you’re human, and you deserve a decent life. You can refuse to accept anything less.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

It can feel, right now, as though joy is somehow unseemly, as though fun is off the table altogether. But this is a week for remembering that you are still allowed to enjoy yourself, still allowed to experience pleasure, still allowed to feel wild spikes of joy. You’re allowed to joke, allowed to play, allowed to call up your friends and laugh together. This is a week for feeling all of your feelings — not only the rough, sad ones, but the good ones and the sweet ones, too.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

It can be strangely difficult to internalize the basic fact that other people are different than you are. They’re no less human than you are, of course, but they have different histories, different sorrows, different desires. This can make other people — even those you love most — feel vexing, confusing, impossible, but this is a week for connecting across that difference anyway. This is a week to be open and gentle, to give and receive love that’s imperfect, because this is the love that will sustain you right now.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

It might feel as though you’ve been trapped in an airless, colorless space — a place with no room for beauty, no room for excitement, no room for your full self. A person can live with only so much sameness. At some point, you need something more, and if you don’t get it, your energy might curdle, or it might get sharp and strange. So this week, focus on finding ways to bring color and movement back into your life. You can draw, you can dance, you can dress all in gold. You can make your life bright and beautiful again.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might be surprised by a return of a feeling you thought was gone; you might be surprised by the long-lost emotions that echo through your heart again. You might find yourself re-listening to songs that used to make you cry, or re-reading stories that used to cut all the way to your core. You might feel tenderness, or nostalgia, or long-buried fury. It can feel as though you’re being haunted, but try to think of it more as a week of second chances — the chance to finally say the right thing, to make the right choice, to resolve what was unresolved.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

You might feel a little scattered this week, a little distracted. This can feel as though you’re doing something wrong — as though you should instead maintain some kind of heroic focus, as though steadiness is synonymous with virtue, as though distraction is just another word for avoidance. But in reality, of course, it’s okay to let your mind wander. Sometimes scattered thoughts are the only thoughts a stressed-out mind can hold. Sometimes unfocused attention is the only way of seeing the world. Sometimes your mind’s unpredictable motion can be life-giving, even when you don’t expect it.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

This week, it’s so important not to move too fast — not to leap into action before you’re really ready, and not to leap to conclusions based on partial information or a still-developing feeling. Thinking takes time, just like everything else, and it can’t be rushed. So this week, let your mind move slowly if it wants to. Right now, rushing will just lead to wrong answers and messy choices, to lost opportunities, to missing out on unexpected joys. Take your time.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

Maybe you’ve been feeling like you’re trapped in a kind of suspended animation. So many of the activities that let you know you’re alive are no longer possible. But this week, even though many kinds of physical motion remain unavailable to you, and even though you might still feel trapped in space, it’s still possible to get your mental energies moving again, to get your mind unstuck. You’re still fully alive, as alive as you’ve ever been, and the challenge is to find new actions — reading, dreaming, singing, screaming — that make you feel that way.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

You might find yourself responding to all the violence and pain in the world by becoming cynical, or by desensitizing yourself to how bad it all really is. Sometimes, this is a necessary survival strategy. Other times, though, you do yourself no favors by turning away from the bleakness. Feeling all of your difficult feelings can seem like a distraction, but sometimes, it’s necessary anyway. It’s okay to slow down this week, to prioritize your emotions. You can hold them all at once: your fear and anxiety, your grief, and your weird, euphoric joy, too.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

This week, it’s crucial that you don’t forget what’s most important to you, whether that’s beliefs, or values, or people. It may seem like the really important stuff would be the hardest to forget, but it’s surprisingly easy for the big things to get buried under an onslaught of small tasks or petty details. So this week, give yourself permission not to keep everything sorted, not to stay on top of every task and every update. For right now, just focus on what matters, and you’ll be okay.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

The hardest part about this week might be combating the boredom that’s descended upon you: the boredom of having so many of your options taken away, of having so many futures foreclosed. So this week, it’s so important to find ways to build choices and possibilities into your days. The choices don’t have to be big ones — they don’t have to be important at all — but it’s important to remember that you have them, that every moment won’t be the same forever, that your life is still yours to live.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of May 11. The weekly horoscopes for the week of May 25 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of May 18