Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 31

Shabana Azmi, a Virgo. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty

On Tuesday night, there will be a full moon in intuitive Pisces, activating the emotions you’ve been trying to suppress or the insights you’ve been trying to ignore. This moon may illuminate the part of yourself that yearns for connection, for spirituality, for deep feeling. Then, on Saturday afternoon, communication planet Mercury enters diplomatic Libra. While it’s here, you might find yourself less focused on using language to express yourself, and more focused on using it to connect, to negotiate, to reach agreements that are fair and true. Finally, on Saturday night, love planet Venus enters bold Leo. Here, you’ll find that you can express your care for the world with confidence, with grandeur, with fire.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

This is a week not to ignore your body’s needs and rhythms. It’s a week not to treat your fatigue like an enemy to defeat, but like a message worth listening to. The world can make it difficult, even impossible, to rest when you need to — but you should still try to stop pushing yourself so hard, to stop muscling your way through exhaustion and pain. There’s something to be said for doing what feels most natural: slowing down when your feet start to drag, and then rising up, loud and bold again, once you’re ready.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

When the people around you are experiencing such massive amounts of worry and fear and pain, it can start to feel like there’s no room left for your own emotions to fit in. It can start to feel as though your sorrow is less significant, or as though your pain doesn’t exist unless you can prove it. This week, remind yourself that you don’t have to earn your emotions. You deserve to feel, because your feelings just are: as real as your body, as real as the ground under your feet.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

This week, it might feel like other people are projecting onto you, ascribing to you feelings or motives or ideas that just aren’t yours. Even when it isn’t hostile, it can be frustrating and lonely to deal with the weight of so many false readings and untrue assumptions. One way to combat this is to address every misconception, to continually reassert yourself, but this can be exhausting, too. So this week, don’t imagine that it’s your job to make sure everyone else sees you clearly. It’s okay to let other people be wrong, as long as you know the truth.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, understandably, it can be tempting to take no risks at all — to tread only the ground you’ve walked on before, to ask only the questions whose answers you already know, to keep your dreams small and attainable. But this is a week to give up on the idea of certainty, to accept that there’s no way to live without risk right now. When danger is unavoidable, there’s no reason not to move with curiosity, no reason not to dream with abandon, no reason not to move out past the edges of what you know.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

If your pessimism has been getting stronger lately, if your feelings of fear have been expanding, this is a week to rebuild your capacity for hope. This is not to say that you should feel recklessly optimistic, or that you should try to cultivate a simple, unthinking belief that everything’s going to be fine. Rather, this is a week for measured optimism, for strengthening and recharging your ability to believe that better things are possible. It’s a week to reignite your belief that your actions today are worth something, and that the world still has the capacity to be changed.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

There are some who believe that one must earn every good thing in their life — that you must work unceasingly to prove yourself useful, to prove yourself worthy of comfort and dignity and peace. This week, reject that logic. Instead, try to operate from the assumption that you have value to the world already, that you have a right to your place on earth, that you deserve a good life. You’ll still have to fight for what you deserve, but don’t let anyone talk you out of believing that you do deserve it, and always have.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

It can feel, lately, as though the entire universe has shrunk to the size of your own apartment, your own bedroom, your own brain. This is a week for finding some air again, for rediscovering some room for movement. It’s a week for keeping your eyes open to the ways the world is still filled with color and motion and life. Pay attention, and you’ll encounter beautiful new sounds, new information, new ideas. Change can be stressful and tiring and dangerous, but it can also be liberating.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

It can feel, sometimes, like every spark of hope gets quickly extinguished, like every glimmer of a better world vanishes immediately. In times like this, it might seem almost humiliating to believe in anything at all. It can start feeling foolish to keep working for change — as though it’s wiser, more savvy, to give up on wanting anything good at all. This week, it’s crucial that keep that tiny, vulnerable streak of belief alive. This week, it’s your job to keep your inner fire burning, to stay soft and hopeful, to keep living like something better is possible.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, your own generous spirit gets to be too much for you. It leads you to give more of yourself than you can spare, to make whole-hearted promises you can’t keep. This is a week for recognizing that you can’t give everyone what they need. You can’t be the one to mend the whole world. This week, stop blaming yourself for not being bigger, for not having more to offer. Try, instead, to figure out how to care for your open heart, and how to make your generosity last.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might feel overwhelmed by how very big the world is. For all your competence, all your brilliance, all your hard work, there’s so much that remains utterly outside of your control. It can be unpleasant to come up against the limits of your own power, but this is a week not to run from that knowledge. This is a week for acknowledging your limits, and for moving forward anyway. Your powers aren’t limitless, but they aren’t inconsequential, either. There are decisions that are still yours to make, and struggles that are still yours to win.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

Normally, you value your mind most for its brilliance, for its clarity, for its wild unconventionality. Normally, you push yourself to be ever smarter, sharper, more original. This week, though, remember that you’re allowed to lighten up sometimes, too. You’re allowed to create space in your head, and in your life, for things that are simply beautiful. You’re allowed to have thoughts that don’t do much of anything at all — thoughts that don’t tread new ground and don’t break barriers, but simply give you moments of sweetness, of softness, of relief.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

This week, it can seem like everyone around you is talking about the end of the world. Everything seems to be collapsing, and whatever happens now seems permanent and final. And even though you can usually find beauty and clarity in endings — even though you know that every ending is a beginning, too — that doesn’t make the pain of loss any less real. Even though you can see a bigger picture, and even though you know the pain won’t last forever, give yourself permission to feel the small, human-sized emotions, too.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of August 24. The weekly horoscopes for the week of September 7 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 31