Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 17

Kate Bush, a Leo. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty

On Tuesday, a new moon in bold and generous Leo invites you to set big new intentions, to envision a future full of bright creativity and big, expressive love. Even in the midst of conflict, even in the grips of fear, you can keep desiring something better, and you can keep moving toward it with courage and love.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

It’s so easy to feel like the only thing worth being is extraordinary, like the only life worth living is one that’s bright and wild and remarkable. Most of the time, this mindset is motivating, pushing you to live fully and well. But in times like these — when your options have narrowed and every day feels flat and grey — it can make you feel worthless, or as though you’re just wasting your time. This is a week for reminding yourself that beauty doesn’t only exist in lives that are bold and marvelous. There’s beauty in being a person among people, a member of a community, too.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

After a while, the unrelenting sorrow of the world can begin to alter your thinking. It can make you forget your own capacity for joy, for desire, for any good feeling at all. It can make you lose sight of all the sweetness you’ve experienced, and it can trick you into believing that there’s nothing left worth wanting, anyway. This is a week for pushing back against this bleak sense of doom. It’s a week for refusing to believe that nothing good remains. This week, you can reignite your desire. Let it animate you; let it light up the world with potential.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

It can feel impossibly difficult to figure out how to live your life while so much history is happening all around you. It can feel hard to keep your balance when the world keeps spinning and shifting and reshaping itself. It’s easy to tell yourself that the answer is to switch off your own personality for a while — to stop laughing, stop dreaming, stop indulging in personal desires while the world’s in such major disarray. This week, though, try to remember that it’s neither possible nor healthy to try and be anything but a person. You aren’t betraying the struggle by living an ordinary human life.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Right now, you are more aware of your body’s vulnerabilities than ever: all the ways that your physical self is soft, sensitive, exposed to all the world’s dangers. This week, though, it’s crucial that you don’t let this fear block out all your other feelings. This week, let yourself be reminded that for all its vulnerability, your body is a site of power, too. By embracing this power, you can come in closer connection with the world; you can experience the full, wild joy of being truly alive.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

You’re typically so good at living in the present — at not lamenting the past or catastrophizing about what may come, but building a life right here. This week, though, give yourself permission to think into the future. Remind yourself that the things you do still matter, that the projects you start might succeed far beyond what you can imagine, that someday you might look back and know that you loved the world the best you could. This is a week to live as though the world isn’t ending yet, as though the future might still be beautiful if you try.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

Every once in a while, change arrives swiftly and unexpectedly. But most of the time, no matter how hard you work, it all seems to take forever. It’s so hard to change yourself, to change your mind, to change the world, and this is a week to make peace with that fact. For the time being, don’t try to speed things up; don’t try to jump ahead a level; don’t try to rush things forward. Though things are moving along more slowly than you’d like, they’re still moving. Trust that things take their own time, and that slow progress is no reason to give up.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

This is a week to remind yourself that it’s okay if you’re not always in perfect alignment with the people you love. It isn’t wrong not to fully understand their wants and needs; it also isn’t wrong if your desires sometimes clash with theirs. Your job isn’t to be a mirror, but a person — remember that you have needs and feelings of your own. Confusion and misunderstanding don’t signal the end of the world. Conflict is natural, necessary, sometimes even life-giving. So this week, try not to avoid it when it arises. It can be a sign that you’re standing up for yourself, that you’re on the right path.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

This is a week for figuring out what to do with all your anger. It’s been waiting inside you for so long, like a secret fuel source, like a hidden source of heat. Eventually, though, all that anger can start to eat away at your insides. So this week, give yourself permission to shout, to rage, to speak your feelings out loud. The goal isn’t to get rid of all the anger — just to use it, to let it move, to make room for some fresh air in your heart.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

It might feel as though your whole life has been written by somebody else, that there are no decisions left for you to make. It might feel as though the only thing left to do is to relinquish control, to hand your life over to the external forces shaping it. And it might feel powerful, even weirdly joyful, to give up the illusion of control, to accept that there are forces so much bigger than you are. But this week, it’s important to pay attention to the decisions that are still yours to make, and to use what power still belongs to you.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

It’s astonishing how easy it is, sometimes, to be convinced that you’re at fault for every disappointment you’ve faced, for every bad thing that’s ever happened. It’s astonishing how easy it is to accept blame that isn’t yours to carry, to feel guilt that doesn’t belong to you. This is a week to be a little gentler with yourself than you have been. It’s a week to acknowledge that you can’t have possibly foreseen every twist and turn of your life. Allow yourself to be a soft, imperfect, a person who’s doing your best.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

It’s easier, so much of the time, to ignore your grief. It’s easier to tell yourself that things could be worse, that you’re basically fine, that there’s no use complaining. But the more you ignore your pain, the worse it’s going to get. The more you try to bear the weight in silence, the heavier it will grow. So this week, give yourself permission to complain. Give yourself permission to feel hurt. The suffering and the struggle won’t last forever, though it may seem that way right now. While it’s here, let yourself acknowledge it, let yourself speak its name.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

There are times that it’s necessary to focus on the details — to pay careful attention to every comma, every decimal, every leaf on every tree — but sometimes, obsessing over minutiae can dull your passion. It can make you forget why you do what you do; it can make you forget about the grand sweetness of your convictions, of your love for the world. This week, don’t let all the detail work make you forget about your big dreams. it’s okay to give in to a little grandeur, a little passion in your thinking. It’s okay to let yourself just believe.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of August 10. The weekly horoscopes for the week of August 24 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 17