Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 18

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

This Tuesday night, the sun enters steady earth sign Taurus, and the intense, reckless energy of Aries season downshifts into something more grounded. If you have any big decisions on the horizon, you’ll want to take your time before making a commitment. If anyone tries to pressure you to change yourself, or your life, in ways you’re not ready for, you’ll be stubborn and brave enough to resist. And most of all, if recently you’ve felt disconnected from the earth or from your own physicality, Taurus season invites you to return to your five senses: to eat well, to feel the warm spring air on your skin, to luxuriate in the beauty of being alive. Taurus is ruled by love planet Venus; its season is not only about strength and determination but pleasure, too.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

It seems everyone around you has lost all perspective. The world is filled with profound injustice, yet you see people continue to misdirect blame and unleash their fury on targets that don’t deserve it. You observe them as they respond to small inconveniences and ordinary, fixable mistakes as if they have the power to destroy relationships, even society itself. You may find that you aren’t immune to overreacting either. Your anger is a powerful force; be thoughtful about how you use it. This week, try to appreciate that some mistakes are made in good faith. Focus on the relationships in which the potential for repair remains.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

We’re taught that if anything — a relationship, a career path, a way of looking at the world — feels good and worthy, then it’s “meant to be” and is sure to last forever. You’ll never need to leave, never catch yourself yearning for something different. But a longing for newness doesn’t necessarily mean your life is out of order or you made a wrong choice along the way. Don’t assume that your dreams of transformation stem from instability or restlessness. If you have long been denying your desire for change, consider that this impulse may, in fact, be your most reliable map forward.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

Your curiosity about others, about the richly varied ways people talk and think and navigate this world, allows you to see strangers clearly and generously, your thinking unclouded by your personal tastes and interests. In your gloomier moods, this can lead to comparisons, making you doubt that you possess a meaningful spark or unique gift. But this week, remember the flip side of that thinking: that you are precisely as special as all the people you love. And in the same way you know they deserve full, happy lives — not for being better than but simply for being human — recognize that you deserve the same.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Friends and strangers alike are constantly turning to you for support, for kindness, for an audience. Most of the time, you’re happy to step up. In fact, you’re usually more comfortable listening than sharing your personal stories and are quicker to offer help than to ask for it. But eventually, it’s necessary to show up for yourself, to be stubborn about honoring not only other people’s needs but also your own. It may not come naturally, and it may not feel fair, but you can’t assume that anyone else will do it for you. It’s up to you.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

Even when your life is far from perfect, even when it doesn’t seem particularly good at all, you can still be overcome by the fear of losing what you do have. Lately, you have been keenly aware of how suddenly everything you’ve worked for could vanish, how quickly the hard-won beauty of your life could disappear. At best, this feeling reminds you not to take anything for granted. At worst, it prevents you from challenging yourself, from living fully. This week, you’re cognizant that every risk carries with it the possibility of loss, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth taking all the same.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

You may get temporarily distracted or discouraged, but when it really matters, you have a strong sense of self and self-control. You know who you are and what you value, and you won’t be diverted from your purpose for long. Sometimes you fear that your integrity will leave you lonely, that your inner power is incompatible with the give-and-take required of deep friendship and romantic love. It isn’t, of course, and now you can see that. This week, other people can light you up, activating radiant new parts of you without first asking you to become someone else.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

People — your friends and bosses and dates, yes, but complete strangers, too — are always pressuring you to conform to their (incomplete) ideas about who you are, about how the universe works. Indeed, there’s a part of you that wants to meet their expectations and help the world turn smoothly. But this week, you’ll take more joy in resisting that pressure and refusing to play the role others would choose for you. You’re less pliable than they think and than you fear. This is your time to surprise everyone who has ever underestimated you.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

You spend so much of your time and energy trying to “fix” who you are — to shore up your weaknesses, to conceal all imperfections, to be exactly what you imagine others want you to be. You’ve learned to see so many of the best, most interesting parts of you as flaws to be smoothed over. But this week, you can defy all demands for perfection, even (maybe especially) when those demands are coming from within. It’s healing, allowing yourself simply to be.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

When faced with the possibility of failure, your instinct is often to pick up and move on. If a creative project isn’t working out, you simply quit and begin a new one. If a relationship isn’t giving you what you need, you deem it wise just to cut and run. You understand what many don’t: that some people, some situations, will never be right for you and there’s no use in trying to force them. This week, though, do remember that if you truly value a thing, it’s worth staying anyway, worth fighting for it, imperfections and all.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

Without realizing it, you tend to choose the path of greatest difficulty. Where you’re compassionate and forgiving toward others, you’re tougher on yourself: Your achievements are never enough; you should have worked harder and suffered more along the way. It’s your job this week to stop doing this. Don’t disregard your skills, your natural gifts, the community lifting you up. Hardship is not the only measure of worth.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

This week, you may find many of the people in your life particularly frustrating: reluctant to hear new ideas and unwilling to let their minds be changed. If you devote your energy to arguing —trying to sway them to your point of view or demonstrate your worth to a skeptical audience — you’ll likely be disappointed. Instead, shift your focus away from those who won’t hear reason. You don’t need them. You have your own garden to tend, an inner store of power to build on, a community that already embraces you, no persuasion needed.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

No matter how great your capacity for empathy and forgiveness, or how deeply you long to leave pain behind and invite in light, there are still some grudges you’re not ready to let go of. You have been wronged in ways that hurt you to this day, that have left you unable to forget or move on. The important thing this week is not to pretend you’re over a slight when you’re not. It isn’t your duty to heal instantly, to bounce back as though nothing happened. Sweetness will follow. Don’t let bitterness overtake you so completely that you can’t see this.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of April 11. The weekly horoscopes for the week of April 25 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 18