Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of September 7

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

On Wednesday, action planet Mars stations retrograde in assertive Aries, where it will stay until November. While Mars travels backwards, you might feel like you’re retreading old ground — like you’re facing frustrations you’ve seen before, like you’re dealing with conflicts you thought you were already clear of. This can make it feel as though change is impossible, or as though nothing will ever get better, but it’s not true. It’s just that progress is never linear. Sometimes you need another chance to get things right, and sometimes the world offers one.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

When the world keeps spinning faster, and when there’s never a chance to catch your breath, it’s easy to spend all of your energy just trying to keep up. It isn’t your fault that everything feels like so much right now. There’s just no way for one person to stay on top of everything. So this week, instead of trying to move faster and faster, try to do the opposite — to slow down a little bit. This week, the important work isn’t to match the world’s frenetic speed, but to rest and get right with yourself.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

In order to live the way you want to, in order to act with conviction and love, you need to know that the ground beneath you is solid. This week will ask you to think about how you can live when the ground keeps shaking, when nothing is as it should be, when all the rules have already been broken by other people. The conditions you’re living in are impossible, but you’re living in them anyway. This week, you can tap into strength and wisdom beyond what you knew you had. You can live right in spite of it all.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might just want to give up, to stop fighting, to quit putting yourself through the heartache of believing that good things can still happen. Even if you aren’t normally a pessimistic person, it’s hard to keep wanting what the world refuses to give you. It’s difficult to live with the knowledge that you’re capable of so much more than you’ve had the opportunity to show. Although it may feel tempting to stop trying, this is a week not to give anyone the satisfaction. This is a week to show everyone — including yourself — that the world still hasn’t broken you, that even now you’re still brave enough to live fully.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

It’s easy to imagine that other people are exactly as straightforward and simple as they appear. And because of this, it’s easy to write them off too quickly — which can make the world feel painfully, brutally unmagical. This week, though, is a week to operate from the assumption that everyone around you is deeper than what you can see, that they all carry their own secrets, their own magic, their own undercurrents of rage and longing. Even if you can’t quite see those depths, there’s some comfort to be found in the knowledge that the world isn’t so shallow or so boring after all.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might be filled with a bright sense of purpose; your understanding of the world might be imbued with a fresh and stunning clarity. But, still, it can be difficult to translate this clarity into action. No matter how clearly you see the world and its problems, it can be hard to figure out what to do about it. Don’t take this as a sign that your vision is faulty, or that your analysis doesn’t hold up. There’s rarely a direct path from insight to action. So this week, try to be patient with yourself as you continue to learn how to live.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might find yourself focused anew on making yourself useful. It’s a truly worthy goal, but a surprisingly difficult one right now. The landscape has changed so much and so quickly that it’s hard to find a map that’s still accurate, to find a guide who has traveled this space before. That doesn’t mean there are no role models to look to, only that you might have to go farther afield to find them. And it means that eventually you might have to find your own path and invent your own role — a challenging task, but one you’re capable of.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might feel pulled off balance by the sheer quantity of information in the world right now — it’s just too much for a human mind to hold. So right now, your task isn’t to process every piece of information that is out there; it’s not to get to the bottom of every story that’s ever been told. Rather, this is a week for getting your bearings and remembering which way is north. It’s a week for finding your sense of direction again, and trusting that the rest will follow.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

No matter how carefully you’ve studied history, no matter how closely you’ve paid attention to omens or theories or signs from the universe, it’s impossible to really know what’s coming next. Sometimes, the future’s absolute unknowability feels like a threat, like a looming danger, like a vast abyss of untold suffering. This week, though, consider that it offers some small relief, too. When your logical mind tells you there’s nothing left worth hoping for, remind yourself that there is still space for surprise, for unknowable beauty, for a different world to bloom.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

This is a week for reprioritizing, for recalibrating your energies, for reconsidering that you have time for — and what you don’t. Because right now, it’s just a simple fact that you don’t have the bandwidth to do it all. Right now, there are going to be some ideas you can’t follow through on, and some ideas you can’t pursue, and there’s nothing wrong with this. There’s freedom in not requiring yourself to be perfect, to be infinite, to have endless energy. There’s freedom in deciding how you’ll use your limited time, in giving yourself the opportunity not just to say yes, but also to say no.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

It’s just so easy to tell yourself that shame is a worthwhile emotion — that just because it feels so powerful, it must be doing some big, intense, important work. When the outside world is so harsh and so bad, it’s easy to believe your inner state should match it. This week, you need to stop believing that you’re somehow honoring your circumstances by cultivating shame. It’s hard work to build an inner world that is kinder and more loving than the one around you, but it’s still worth trying.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

When you experience frustration this week — when your projects progress more slowly than you want them to, when your hard work doesn’t deliver the results you’re looking for — consider that you might be looking at things too abstractly. Now is the time to think locally and concretely, to pay attention to the material details. This doesn’t mean you should stop dreaming big, or that you should dull the sharp edges of your wildest ideas. It just means that things might snap into focus when you turn away, momentarily, from all your theories and ideals, and focus on real people, real places, real things you can see and touch.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

If movement is denied to you this week, it’s possible to find beauty in stillness. If peace is denied to you, it’s possible to find purpose in the rowdy voices of the people in the street. If a sweet and steady future is denied to you, it’s possible to find meaning in the time you have right now. This is a week for defying all rules and all limitations, and for finding new strategies for living. It’s a week to steal back all the love and beauty and connection that the people in power keep trying to take away.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of August 31. The weekly horoscopes for the week of September 14 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of September 7