Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 24

Maggie Cheung, a Virgo. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty

On Saturday, the sun moved from dramatic Leo into composed and conscientious Virgo. Virgo season is the last zodiac season of summer. It can be a relief to enter this period, to transition from Leo’s fiery grandeur to a season of small things, of quiet wisdom, of fresh, surprising clarity. This is a season for stepping back and seeing the world clearly, for understanding what actions you can take to make things right in your house, your neighborhood, your life.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might find yourself revisiting mistakes you’ve made in the past, reliving all the choices that once felt so correct but seem painfully wrong in hindsight. It’s easy to tell yourself you should have known better; it’s easy to imagine you should somehow have seen what the future would bring. But the only way to live is to learn as you go, and the only way to do that is to make some mistakes and then mend them. This isn’t a week to lose yourself in regret, but to learn and adapt, to keep living.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

It can feel like, everywhere you turn, there are people telling you that the kind of care you’re looking for doesn’t really exist. It can feel like the world is intent on wearing you down, on proving to you that there’s no place where you can be admired and cherished the way you want to be, that it’s foolhardy even to dream of being treated with the sweetness you need. But this is a week to keep up the faith that the care you want exists, that you’re worthy of it, and that although it seems far away, it’s still coming for you.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

You’ve been working so hard and so long to understand yourself and all your spinning emotions. After all this analysis and all this work, it can feel unfair that these emotions still have so much power over you, that they can still hit you this hard. This week, try to be gentle with yourself. You may find that you haven’t worked through things as much as you thought; you may keep returning to issues you thought were long-gone, working your way through the darkness again and again. You know already that nothing is really linear — give your own feelings permission to be nonlinear and wild, too.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

It can be tempting to retreat from the outside world, especially when everything has been so loud and so harsh for so long. It can be tempting to turn inward, closing off. There can be magic in this kind of refusal, in your insistence on creating for yourself the world that you need. This week, though, just make sure not to isolate yourself completely. You can turn away from the world’s cruelty while still building connections with the people around you, while still feeling like you’re part of an ecosystem, an interconnected living community.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

When scarcity and uncertainty loom large, it can become hard to remember who you really are, and what you really want. At times like this, it’s tempting to grab anxiously at whatever is within reach, and to envy other people’s successes, even if they aren’t the successes you’ve been working and dreaming toward. Even if everything feels dark this week, even if scarcity shapes everything you see, remind yourself that you don’t have to hoard every scrap of sweetness you can find. This is a week to keep moving toward the real thing, the best thing: the world you really want.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

This is a week to refuse, as much as you can, to feel shame that isn’t yours. It’s a week to fold your arms and refuse to carry all the guilt the world keeps trying to offload onto you. The world is filled with so much unfairness, but you can’t possibly hold yourself responsible for it all; you can’t blame yourself for what has been done to you and taken from you.. Refusing these feelings is easier said than done, of course, but it’s important at least to try. There’s so much you owe to the world, but shame isn’t one of them.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

This is a week to devote yourself to the concrete realities of your life — not to abstractions or imagined futures, but to the people you really know and to the space you live in. It’s a week for pruning and watering a plant that needs it, or for delivering food to a neighbor, or just for cleaning the windows in your apartment. It’s so easy to get lost in the immensity of the world, so easy to get overwhelmed by your dreams and ideas and opinions. This week, though, you might find a surprising feeling of purpose and joy by focusing on what you can touch.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

In times like this — when so many avenues for action are closed off to you, when it’s difficult to participate freely in the outside world — then all the action inside your head takes on added significance. It can feel ever more important to sharpen and perfect your emotions and opinions, since you have control over them, at least. This week, though, remember that you’re not a closed and private system. If you keep trying to connect, to act, to be part of the world, no matter how imperfectly, the world will reward you for it.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

You aren’t normally afraid of change. Even so, you might feel overwhelmed, this week, by all the endings that have been happening — faster than ever before, it feels like, almost every single moment. And though you know that all endings are beginnings, too, this doesn’t make them feel any easier. This week, give yourself permission not to search for hope in everything. Give yourself permission not to search for the new beginnings just yet. This week, it’s enough just to sit with all the change — enough just to feel it, to bear witness.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might be haunted by the feeling that you’re in the wrong world, the wrong timeline. You might be haunted by the feeling that you’ve been cheated out of your real life’s purpose, that you’ve been blocked from your true path, one that’s pure and powerful and true. This is a week to grieve, again, over the world that might have been. It’s a week to mourn, again, the loss of past and future versions of yourself. But then let your sorrow turn to rage, and let your rage give you the fuel you need to keep living.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

It can really feel like a curse, sometimes, to have such a clear and wide-ranging imagination, to be able to envision futures full of love and wisdom and goodness while remaining firmly stuck in the cruel and petty now. It can be so painful to be so able to see a world filled with bright potential, yet be unable to bring it about. This week, though, remind yourself that things don’t have to be magical, radical, paradigm-altering to be worth doing anyway. Every day you’re bringing the future into being; it’s just happening more slowly than you might like.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

It might feel as though, lately, you’ve been greedily hoarding every memory, every feeling, every bit of knowledge you can find. You don’t know what will be necessary in the future, so you hold onto everything. Eventually, though, it will become too much to carry, too much to process, too much to retain in your head at once. So this week, try to stop through the world with the intention of learning everything, or of developing a theory to explain the whole universe. You’ll find the wisdom you need, and it’s okay to let some of the rest go.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of August 17. The weekly horoscopes for the week of August 31 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 24