Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of September 13

Marguerite Higgins, reporter and war correspondent, a Virgo. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty

On Tuesday evening, action planet Mars enters the kind and sociable sign of Libra. While Mars is here, the best way to get what you want isn’t through dominance, or even just hard work, but with tact, charm, and persuasion. Although there are certain situations where the only appropriate course of action is to fight, others invite a less direct approach. Even the bravest, most uncompromising people tire of confrontation. Right now, you might be surprised by how far generosity of spirit and a willingness to listen can take you.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

When you really have to, you know how to make decisions quickly. You stay strong under pressure; you know that your intuition, your experience, your body itself, can be relied on in a crisis. Occasionally, though, this self-reliance means you forget that it’s okay to turn to others, too — that there are people you can count on, who are ready to offer support you didn’t realize you needed. This week, others can help you think more clearly, weigh your options, and formulate a plan that will work. You have friends out there who love you and want you to succeed. They won’t let you down.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

There’s a part of you that will always remain defiantly idealistic, unwilling to give up on your visions of better cities, better futures, a life full of comfort and beauty for every person. But it’s also impossible for you to fully give yourself over to the dream: You’re too keenly aware of reality. This week, maintaining this mental balance may feel tortuous. It’s painful to believe so deeply in a better life while you’re still firmly rooted in this one. But this tension can empower you, too: You have no illusions about this world, but you treasure it anyway, and this clear-eyed love can keep you going.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

It simply isn’t always possible to make all the people around you happy, all the time. Sometimes, the only way to move forward is to leave somebody feeling unsatisfied and misunderstood. But this week, the best solutions will be the ones that give everyone something that they need. Right now, you don’t need to treat disagreements like battles to be won or lost. Instead, you can open yourself up to opportunities for partnership and understanding, for imperfect but sweet camaraderie. The magic happens when you approach life from the understanding that it really is possible for everyone, including you, to have enough.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, others underestimate you, misreading your quiet moments for expressions of weakness, or passivity, or cowardice. They’ve fallen prey to the misconception that confidence is always bold and fiery — that it always announces itself loudly enough for the whole planet to hear. But you know the truth, which is that courage doesn’t have to make any noise at all. This week, you’ll have the cool composure to move through the world quietly, but without flinching. You’ll have the self-assurance needed to face down any conflict without losing your balance. You don’t have to make yourself louder: You’re brave enough already, and soon enough, everyone else will see it too.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

Lately, you’ve been noticing the ways that your friendships have begun to fray. You’ve put so much care into your community, building the kinds of human connections that make life safe and joyful and wholly worth living — it’s just that under the unbearable pressures of the changing world, it’s been challenging to keep it up. This week, however, you can recover some of that old familiar feeling of warmth in your relationships. You can remember what it’s like to enjoy another’s company with openness and understanding, to give and receive love not out of obligation, but simply because it feels right.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

You have a tendency to focus on all that you owe to the world, and the people in it: your energy, your skills, your vast capacity for love. It’s easy to forget that there are so many things — love, beauty, safety — that you deserve, too: not because you’ve earned them, but simply because you’re human. This week, try to set aside critical self-analysis for a moment and reconnect with the possibilities of pleasure. This doesn’t signify that you’re giving up or losing your edge. It only means that life is long, and harsh feelings alone won’t sustain you through it: You need and deserve some softness, too.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

No matter how sure you are of your values, it can be tricky to know how to put them into practice. Even when you know exactly what kind of life you want, that doesn’t mean you know how to make it a reality. This week, finally, you can gain increased clarity. Action comes more naturally, and your talents appear better matched to the world around you than they did before. Just try not to overthink things. Trust that you have the skills and the courage you need, that the light you carry inside you is bright enough to show you the way forward.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

Right now, the best thing you can do for the people you care about is to lay all your cards on the table, putting all your fears and desires into words. This may seem counterintuitive — so often, you imagine that sharing your feelings candidly is burdensome for others. But this week, when you’re straightforward and transparent, you cut through so much unnecessary confusion and misunderstanding. Instead of stumbling around in the dark, you can conduct your relationships in the clear sunlight, where it’s possible to be honest and receive honesty in return.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

You get so frustrated when you witness people mistaking charm for virtue, bland politeness for real kindness. Because you’ve seen how agreeability can get in the way of honesty, how the desire for social niceness can interfere with real knowledge. This week, though, it’s important to remember that simple pleasantness isn’t always so bad. Bluntness has its place, of course, but there’s benefit too in making others feel wanted, respected, worthwhile. Everyone deserves the simple pleasure of easy communication. Right now, give yourself permission to enjoy it.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

The most important thing you can do, this week, is refuse to be afraid or resentful of those who mean you no harm — even when they’re chaotic, or tough to understand, or deeply and truly different from you. Your friends can be frustrating and foolish, and your neighbors even more so, but their freedom doesn’t make you less free; their happiness does not threaten your own. When you stop looking at the people around you as rivals, you become much less lonely. You open up the door to new, shared power that makes life more livable.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

You have a tendency to underestimate the value of ease — to assume that the more difficult course of action is always the more virtuous one, to see exhaustion as the mark of a life well lived, to imagine that the more work a relationship requires of you, the more fulfilling it is. This week, however, will ask you to consider that sometimes, things should be a little easier. At times, it’s valuable to do what comes naturally. Not everything has to be hard won. It’s wisdom, not laziness, to prioritize the people and activities that simply bring you joy.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

Confusion can be painful, but sometimes clarity is even worse. When the world is bleak, it hurts to look at it too closely — it’s more comforting to cling to gauzy, wistful visions of hope. This week, though, you don’t need to rely on illusions or wishful thinking. There are people out there still fighting, people worth believing in. When you put your faith in your community, in your friends, in everyone who is still trying to do right by this planet, then despair won’t be able to drag you down.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of September 6. The weekly horoscopes for the week of September 20 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of September 13