Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 26

Adrienne Rich, a Taurus. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos Getty

On Monday night, a full moon in Scorpio promises intensity; you can expect challenges and surprises but also the confidence to face them. This moon might illuminate hardships and restrictions in your life, all the buried feelings you’d rather not deal with. But it can illuminate your courage, too. It can light a way forward. Then, on Tuesday, Pluto retrograde begins. Pluto is the dark and unpredictable planet of power and transformative change; its retrograde period is a time to consider questions of power in your life and community. Whose power will you answer to and whose will you defy? How will you build the power you need to create the world you dream of?

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes you find that others just don’t fully understand you, even when you’re as honest as it’s possible for a person to be. You try to live in such a way that your actions can speak for themselves, but even so, it sometimes happens that you’re underestimated and misjudged. This isn’t your fault: People can be thoughtless and shortsighted, they can bring all kinds of strange preconceptions to the table that have nothing to do with you. This week, it’s worth it to be clearer than you think you need to be, to leave no doubt about how smart, how brave, how good you really are.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Living in this world can feel, at times, like an impossible task. How can you keep going when you see no path forward? How can you beat unbeatable odds? This week, though, it becomes clear that nobody’s power is absolute: Even the most inflexible system has its weaknesses. Even a seemingly limitless empire can’t exert total control. This is week, you can see the wild, bright opportunities that still exist. There are openings you can take advantage of, through stubbornness, through smarts, through sheer, surprising luck. There’s still so much that’s possible. There’s real hope when you need it.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

It can be easy to feel like you’re getting nowhere in life, to feel like other people are moving forward while you move in circles, like you try and try but never seem to make any lasting progress. Of course, this isn’t true, it’s just hard to track growth that’s nonlinear, to measure change in a world that keeps shifting under your feet. This week, though, you’ll have the chance to feel at last like you’re actually getting somewhere. It’s possible to see that your stubborn refusal to stop trying has worked magic, after all.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

It’s shockingly difficult, sometimes, just to figure out how to be a person in this world. Even when your values are clear, even when your courage is bright and abounding, there’s no simple guidance on how to put them into practice. Every action brings unintended consequences; the air is so noisy with disagreements, every step of the way. This week, though, try not to worry so much about all of that. The worst thing isn’t to take a wrong step but to let your courage wither before you even get a chance to use it.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

From time to time, it feels so good to fight. It’s rewarding to take on the people and systems that have harmed you, to take a defiant stand for yourself, your dignity, your life. But it’s impossible to keep up that fiery energy forever. So this week, if you find yourself too tired to keep fighting, that doesn’t mean you have to give up. There’s satisfaction to be found in the quieter work of building communities, planting gardens, creating spaces worth living in. You don’t have to wait until the battle is won: You can have this beauty now.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

It can be hard to show up for other people when your own situation feels so precarious. It can be hard to feel generous when your resources are so precious, your energy so overtaxed. In the middle of a long season of exhaustion, it’s hard to believe like you have anything to offer at all. But this week, it’s possible to see it all in a different way. Showing up for other people, when you can, isn’t just about giving; it’s about having your own energy renewed in the process, too. This week, solidarity can strengthen everyone it touches, even you.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

Occasionally, people underestimate your capacity for overcoming uncertainty, your ability to thrive even through times of wild, stormy change. And when enough people misunderstand you, it’s easy to wonder whether they’re actually right, whether you really don’t have what it takes to make it through this world. But this week, there’s no reason to believe the people who can only see your surface. You know your own depths. You know that you’re wiser and braver than anyone else could ever perceive. This week may offer surprises, but you can trust in yourself. There’s nothing too great to handle.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

This might be one of those weeks where people keep coming to you with their painful, untold stories — telling you more than you’ve asked for, more than you might even want to know. Secrets keep finding their way to the surface, and often, they’re finding their way to you. It’s a funny position to be in; even when you love knowing secrets, it can get to be too much. Listening to other people can be a true gift to them, but you’re allowed to protect your own boundaries, too. It isn’t your job to bear the weight of the whole world’s sorrow.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

This week, it can be easy to imagine that no one is as angry as you are, that no one is as exhausted. It can be easy to drive yourself wild with frustration that nobody else is seeing the world with any clarity. But the truth is, this week especially, that not everyone is as open with their emotions as you are. So many people carry their reactions inwardly, with a silent intensity. So many people keep their anger locked up tight, so it doesn’t burn them alive. This week, trust that you aren’t alone in your feelings and that you won’t be alone in the days ahead.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

Now and then, you try to ignore your curiosity, fearing that it will distract you from your work or lead you away from the path you’re on. But this week, try thinking of your curiosity not as some airy, floating thing, but as something powerful and weighty, something that doesn’t distract from your purpose but strengthens it. You don’t need to follow curiosity everywhere it leads — there’s no need to spend your time learning about things you don’t actually care about — but try to treat it like it matters. Not like distraction or light entertainment, but like a well-balanced tool, like a valuable gift.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

It’s easy to assume that all the physical world has to offer you is tedium and suffering, and that everything wonderful and sweet exists in the glimmering world of imagination. This week, though, you might be surprised by the beauty and fun in those things you can see and touch. There are mysteries in the material world, too. There’s magic right here on the ground. And this week, engaging in the physical world won’t stifle your intellect or your curiosity. Rather, it will sharpen it and teach you how to think in fresh, electric ways again.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

It can be so difficult to speak your real desires out loud; you can worry that you’ll look foolish for wanting more than you have or for believing yourself worthy of real happiness. There are, after all, so many people who love to shame anyone who seeks anything more. This week, though, it can be valuable to assert your desires anyway, if only as a way to protect your ability to keep dreaming, to keep believing that a better world is possible. The world’s full of deprivation and denial, but it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of April 19. The weekly horoscopes for the week of May 3 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 26