Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of November 16

Janelle Monae, a Sagittarius. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty Images

On Saturday morning, love planet Venus enters intense and probing Scorpio; while it’s here, you might find yourself seeking passion and depth in your relationships. You might hunger for deeper feelings, prioritizing what feels real above what feels good. Later on Saturday, the sun enters generous and optimistic Sagittarius. This is a season of questing and seeking, a season to zoom out so that you can see the big picture, the whole, wide, living world. When the sun is in Sagittarius, your sense of optimism may grow so buoyant and bright that you can believe in yourself again — and in other people, too.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

This week, some people will try to persuade you to retreat, to give up, to settle for less than you really need. Some people will try very hard to argue that magic is dead, that this isn’t the time for big, wild dreams, that it’s foolish to keep wanting more. But remember that these people haven’t seen the future any more than you have. Ignore them, and look around you at the beautiful, living world instead: You can see signs that the fight isn’t over, that love still exists, that a better reality is possible.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Lately, you might feel like your confidence is approaching its limits, like your unyielding strength might finally bend. It’s so hard, after all, to hold steady under the weight of so much stress and such widespread cruelty. This week, though, you might feel your capacity for joy begin to expand again. There’s evil in the world, and although it’s doing its very best to extinguish every good feeling, you’re not going to let it. There are reasons for despair, to be sure, but this week you can remember that you’re still alive, and still full of fire, and not to be underestimated, not even by yourself.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

Right now, every single aspect of daily life feels like it’s structured for maximum difficulty. It may seem as though you constantly have to push yourself to your absolute emotional limit. Intellectually, of course, you know this isn’t your fault, but there’s some quiet place inside you that harbors doubt. On some deep, irrational level, you may wonder if things would still be this hard if you were braver or sweeter or cleverer. It’s hard work to stop secretly blaming yourself, but it is possible. This week, you can turn toward a future that’s designed for you, and all people, to thrive.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Loving the world openly and wholly is harder than most people acknowledge. Caring about others — individually and collectively, the people you know and the people you don’t — makes you vulnerable to fear beyond your own fear, pain beyond your own pain. And all this emotion can get too heavy to carry; it can make you build defenses around yourself. This week, though, your tired heart might find a little relief. This week, the care you feel for other people won’t drain you, but rather it might bring you back to life.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

When the social world is structured so that there’s never quite enough — never enough time, never enough resources, never enough opportunity — it can feel necessary to grab what you need and hold on to it tight. When scarcity rules everything around you, it’s hard to resist the impulse to see everyone around you as potential rivals. But it takes so much out of you to be on the defensive all the time. This is a week to be intentional about letting some of that defensiveness fall away. It’s a week to let yourself lean on other people, and to let them lean on you, too.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

After all the hard work of becoming the wise and good person you are today, you might want to find an endpoint, where you can stop and exhale and relax into softness. It’s easy to convince yourself that you can’t stop and rest until you reach that place. But this week, it’s important to take your rest when you need it, important to grab what softness you can, right here in the middle of things. The right to take a rest isn’t something you have to earn; it belongs to you right now.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

There are some people who don’t need your understanding or your generosity. They already have so much; they have the power to destroy the whole world if they want to. This week, you don’t have to waste your empathy on those in the highest reaches of power. Instead, give yourself permission to prioritize the people here on the ground, the people fighting alongside you, the people who need every bit of care you have to give. This is a week to love other people as much as you can, but not to let that love be taken for granted.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, it’s valuable to reduce your life to only what’s essential, to cut away the fluff and the excess. Sometimes, limits can be generative, and constraints can sharpen your thinking. It’s so easy, though, to slide into a kind of personal austerity. Non-essential thoughts and feelings can be of crucial value, too, and it’s important to remind yourself of that. This week, don’t ask yourself to be so perfectly contained. Give yourself permission to be messy.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might feel like you’ve come through a long tunnel, and finally exited on the other side. You might get the sense that all your struggles, all your doubts, all your long nights of confusion have added up to something meaningful, to a fresh understanding, to a new sense of purpose. It isn’t that you’re leaving your doubts behind, and it isn’t that you’re shedding all your bad feelings for good — it’s that they’ve resolved into clarity, at least for now.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

If logical thinking leaves you feeling hopeless right now, then this is a week to leave logic behind. If reason leaves you feeling cramped and constrained and unable to breathe, then this is a week to explore other ways of making sense of the world. You don’t have to stay reasonable in the face of unreasoning violence; you don’t have to stay normal when the norms are all shifting beneath you. This is a week for doing what you can to keep your faith in the world and its people. It feels wild, of course, but the world is wild, too.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius


In moments of loneliness, it can be hard to remember that the world is bigger than the contours of your own brain. It can be hard to see the ways you’re connected to things and people beyond yourself, beyond the present time. This week, you can find a sense of continuity again. There was so much that came before you, and so much that will continue on after. It’s easy to get stuck in the space of your own head, easy to lament your own limits. But this week, you can find relief in the sudden certainty that you’re part of something bigger.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

It can feel like you’re constantly bouncing back and forth between despair and optimism. It can feel like you’re forever sliding back and forth between total fear of the dark future and total belief in people, in solidarity, in revolutionary love. You might feel like it’s your job to synthesize the two, to condense all your wild feelings into some kind of coherent product: an analysis, a story, a plan. But at this moment, that’s too much to ask of yourself. It’s enough, for now, to let these emotions move through you, enough to let them change and expand the ways you can think.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of November 9. The weekly horoscopes for the week of November 23 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of November 16