Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 19

Cher, a Taurus. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty Images

On Monday, the sun and the communication planet Mercury both leave impulsive Aries and enter stubborn, earthy Taurus. This is a time for deliberation: It’s better to act purposefully than quickly, better to say what you really mean, even if that takes some time. Your life won’t change magically overnight, but that doesn’t mean it won’t change at all. The world is slowly changing all the time, and with the sun in Taurus, you can find real pleasure in this slow but steady motion. On Friday, action planet Mars enters quiet Cancer, where it will stay until June. While Mars is here, it can be difficult to take decisive action or feel a sense of forward momentum in your life. This may sound hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Your life isn’t meant to be linear. Sometimes, only by retracing your steps does forward motion become possible again.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

Lately, you’ve been filled with the awareness of your own powers, of your own presence in the world. No matter how difficult it can be just to live, you know who you are and what you want. This week, though, you may feel your energy shift and redirect itself; you may feel your blazing confidence start to cool. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s impossible to operate at full capacity all the time, impossible to keep moving forever without rest. This is a week to find some pleasure, not in motion but in stillness. It’s a week to replenish your depleted energy.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

There are times for adventuring, for questing, for seeking answers at the ends of the earth. But sometimes, the impulse to wander only distracts from the bright-green world all around you. This isn’t to say that everything’s perfect — or even good — right now, only that you don’t have to cross the universe to find something better. You don’t need to imagine new cities on Mars or new societies in the distant future. It’s possible to change the small things around you, possible to create beauty right here.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

It’s a wonderful thing to be willing to change your mind. The ability to let new ideas truly move you is a rare gift. This week, though, you can decide that you’re willing to change your mind only on your own terms. Sometimes, others try to spin you around, to confuse the issue, to mess with your sense of direction, and sometimes, others try to take advantage of your open curiosity. This week, you don’t have to entertain any trickery. You don’t have to give bad actors the benefit of the doubt.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

This week, you may find yourself intent on proving that you can’t be pushed around or intimidated. It’s good to assert yourself this way, but sometimes this makes it easy to get drawn into every power struggle and debate you’re invited to, even ones you don’t really care about. This week, as you work to prove you’re strong and defiant, do your best to keep your focus. You don’t have to get caught up in what doesn’t matter to you. Save some strength for the fights you really care about — and some strength for living your own life.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

It’s so easy to get seduced by dreams of competition and winning. It’s easy to find evidence to support the theory that the best way to be respected or appreciated is to dominate, outsmart, or overpower others. This week, though, there are other, better ways to get what you need. This is a week to avoid, if you can, getting drawn into conflicts with the people around you. It’s a week instead to stay focused on building your own life, slowly and well, and to trust that there’s enough for everyone.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

This is a week to reject other people’s versions of pleasure. It’s a week to dismiss all the bland luxuries and inadequate comforts that others keep trying to sell you. Because when you do this, it becomes possible to get reacquainted with your own weird pleasure, your own body, your own idiosyncratic desires. It becomes possible to return to a lost version of yourself. It’s difficult but rewarding beyond measure to refuse to be told what to want. There’s magic in letting your life be shaped not by other people’s desires but by your own.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

This week, it’s possible to believe in the world’s potential for practically limitless beauty. It’s possible to believe in the world’s potential to be sweet again. This is different, of course, from believing the world is lovely right now: There’s evidence everywhere to the contrary. But you’re allowed to push back against the idea that nothing good is possible anymore.
Despite everything, it still is. Life is full of mystery and complexity, and this means there’s more in it than struggle and despair. There’s still sweetness to be found and beauty to be created.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

It can be tempting sometimes just to shut off your brain for a while. It can feel enticing to retreat into your private world, to stop trying so hard all the time. This week, though, it’s better to live out there than to hide away. The more energy you expend, the more energy you create. The more you use your powers, the stronger they become. Curiosity creates more curiosity; sweetness creates more sweetness. This isn’t a week for hoarding your strengths but for sharing them. You remake the world as you move through it. You create yourself as you live.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

When you see so little reward for so much effort, it can be easy to start believing all your hard work has been in vain. When you get so little recognition for everything you’ve done, it can be easy to convince yourself it’s time to start from the beginning, to try something new this time. This week, though, if you pay attention, you’ll start to notice some growth, some change, some action. Everything happens slowly, but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Hope comes in small, strange shapes, but it’s worth holding on to once you find it.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

It can be tempting to neglect your present self in service of some imagined future. It can seem rational, even wise, to push yourself to exhaustion today in the hope that it will pay off tomorrow. But this is a week to grab hold of whatever ease you can find right now. Everything in the world is so complicated and hard; when you’re offered an opportunity for pleasure or rest or sweetness, take it. This week, don’t put all the good things off until the future. Your current life is worthy of care too.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

It’s easy to feel powerless in a world so full of heaviness and cruelty. It’s easy to witness story after story of suffering and feel helpless when you can’t think your way to a solution. So this week, don’t expect to think your way out of this. Your brain is sharp and good, but this is a week for actions, even very small ones, in the physical world. You can help the people you know; you can let them help you. You’re a human, and you live in a community. And when you don’t feel strong yourself, there’s still strength in one another.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

This week, it will be helpful to expect everything to take longer than you think it will. No matter how hard you work, your efforts probably won’t yield immediate results; other people will move slower than you would like, and you may be slower too. It’s easy, under conditions like these, to assume no movement is happening, to assume it’s time to give up. But that isn’t true. This is a week to call on your stubbornness to carry you forward — to stick to the path that’s strange and winding, to stand by your own desires. All the slow movement and all the halting steps will eventually be worth it.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of April 12. The weekly horoscopes for the week of April 26 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 19