Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of July 5

Solange, a Cancer. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos Getty

On Friday, a new moon in Cancer invites you to reacquaint yourself with the emotions you’ve been avoiding. Sometimes, it’s hard to know whether you can really trust your feelings. They accumulate and tangle, growing too heavy to carry. It can seem easier not to deal with them at all. With this moon, though, you’ll have the chance to start anew, with clarity and confidence and a full heart.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

There are times when it seems possible to move through the world without any self-consciousness at all, because you feel fueled by an energy so pure that nothing could ever make you doubt yourself. Other times, though, you begin to look around and wonder whether you’re doing something wrong, whether you should be acting more like the people around you, matching your behavior to theirs, working harder to blend in. This week, take heart. You’re allowed to do things differently than others. Your duty right now is to nurture your wild energy, not tame it.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

It’s useful to remind yourself that behind every person and every event, there’s a story. Everything you can see has roots deep in the past; nothing just pops up, fully formed, out of nowhere. This means that you, too, have a history. You’ve been shaped by all those who came before you; as much as people like to tell you otherwise, you’ve never had the luxury of a totally clean slate — no one does. But this week, that doesn’t mean that fresh starts aren’t possible: messy and imperfect and informed by the past, but new beginnings all the same.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

Maybe you’ve been feeling like your brain’s not working the way you want it to, like the edges of your mind are duller than they used to be, your ideas less sparkling and clear. Where you used to have an electric confidence, now everything’s tentative, wobbly. It isn’t your fault: just getting through the days and retaining your humanity require so much more energy than they used to. So this week, don’t try to push yourself to be sharper and stronger and better. It isn’t the worst thing in the world to relax into ease and comfort, at least for a time.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

The world is going to bring unexpected sweetness to your door this week, and the only catch is that it won’t be perfect. You’ll be offered a gift that’s flawed or fleeting or different than the one you were hoping for. And while you don’t have to accept anything sour or cruel, this isn’t the time to hold out for total transcendence, either. This won’t be the last happiness you ever get to experience. Accepting the kindness you’re offered doesn’t mean you’ll be closing yourself off from even better things later on. Right now, it’s okay to grab onto whatever good feelings you can find.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

As much as you try to be generous, to accept others for who they are, it can be impossible not to feel baffled by how different they may be from you. It’s strange, even disconcerting, when the people you love most have moods and desires and strategies for living that diverge so completely from your own. This week, try not to see that difference as a failure, because it isn’t — not on their part, and not on yours either. Right now, the love and solidarity you’re looking for don’t require sameness, just generosity of spirit.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

When you try to ignore your bad feelings, they can spiral so quickly out of control. Anger can quietly spread and spread until it corrodes all possibilities for connection and solidarity; loneliness can crowd out everything else in your mind until you forget how to see the all love that still surrounds you. This week, it’s important to tend to your prickly, painful emotions, to honor them, and to care for yourself in spite of them. This is how to survive with your heart intact; it’s how to make it through to the other side of despair.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

It can take so much effort to see through to the heart of things: There’s always someone trying to hide the truth beneath pretty surfaces, trying to convince you not to dig deeper. But this week, the best results will come from a willingness to keep exploring and asking questions. Everyone’s feelings and desires, including yours, are stranger and more complicated than they seem at first. Right now, you can care for others best when you let their hidden emotions emerge, when you don’t rush understanding, but let it develop slowly and profoundly over time.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

You’re usually prepared for things to turn out worse than expected, for your plans to fall apart, for every worst-case scenario to come to life. This protects you from disappointment, yes, but it also makes it weirdly hard to accept when things come easier than expected, when they go better than you dared to hope. Sometimes, good things do just fall into your lap — maybe not major, life-altering events, but small instances of kindness, of luck. This week, you don’t have to treat all good fortune with suspicion: Things can go wrong, but they can also go quietly right.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

Usually, your imagination makes the world feel brighter, more interesting and fun. Lately, though, you’ve found that imagination can also take you in dark directions, amplifying your dread of a frightening, unknown future. It’s natural to create detailed mental outlines of all the varied ways that things might go awry. This week, do what you can not to drown in the depths of your wild musings. Try to refocus on the place where you live and the people around you. You can’t know what’s coming, but you can care for other people right now, today.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

When you think about it for long enough, you can start to convince yourself that you haven’t earned the right to feel as sad or lonely or angry as you do. Because when you look around, it’s so easy to find someone else who’s suffered more, been treated worse, experienced sorrow beyond your comprehension. But this doesn’t mean your pain counts for nothing, or that your wounded heart deserves no care. Solidarity doesn’t travel in one direction only: Your job this week isn’t to tend to others and deny yourself, but to accept love and softness, even as you give it.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

This week, try to take notice of when you’re expecting the impossible of yourself. Pay attention to the times when you’re holding yourself — or other people — to unrealistic standards. It isn’t possible to make all the right choices, to be nothing but kind and brave and wise. Nobody can feel only noble emotions, only dignified desires; there’s no reason to think you should be the world’s first perfect person. Your duty isn’t to be somehow more pure, but to be as human as you can in a culture that doesn’t always respect humanity. Everything is hard enough already; you don’t have to feel guilty for feeling what you feel.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

When the motivations behind other people’s behavior aren’t forthcoming, you’re good at inventing them, at coming up with stories to explain an otherwise inexplicable world. When you can’t understand why people treat you the way that they do, you’re skilled at imagining motives. The trouble is that you can get stuck in your own complicated stories, when in reality, other people’s behavior isn’t always that deep, and usually, they’re not thinking of you at all. Everyone has a rich inner life, but sometimes a person’s actions are just simple, unthinking. It’s easy to be wrong about other people this week; give them the benefit of the doubt when you can.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of June 28. The weekly horoscopes for the week of July 12 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of July 5