Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 4

Tracy Chapman, an Aries. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos Getty

On Tuesday morning, love planet Venus enters Pisces, and all the beauty (but also all the sadness) in the world feels more personal, more intimate. Even if you’re typically practical and unsentimental, it’s harder now to assess relationships objectively, to keep feelings of tenderness or attraction at arm’s length. Even if you barely know what you’re yearning for, the feeling and wanting can be all-encompassing. On the one hand, this can cloud your romantic judgment. On the other, it’s possible to experience profound and deep longing, affection, and love.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

When life gets confusing, it can be helpful to look for inspiration from people whose time on earth has been filled with excitement and magic and love, who’ve had the courage to fight for their own happiness. Finding evidence that others have lived defiantly, beautifully, can make you braver, too. It can solidify your desires into something feasible, real. Eventually, though, you find that no one, ever, could have lived exactly the life that you’re seeking. But you’ve seen enough by now to know that the possibilities are more expansive than you once thought. You can keep going into the unknown.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

You often make decisions with the goal of anticipating and avoiding future regret. And you’re skilled at thinking strategically, at putting plans into motion far in advance. You know how to set yourself up for success — maybe not overnight, but somewhere down the line. But this week, try a different approach. Because no matter how carefully you plan, you can’t predict the future for sure. You can’t know without a doubt how you’ll feel or what you’ll want in the future. You can only know what you want right now, so pay attention to it.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

You’re tempted, sometimes, to get rid of all that’s inessential, tangible and otherwise, to travel through life with only the objects, feelings, and relationships you genuinely can’t do without. When you’re not too attached to your possessions, you may move in the world more freely; when you’re not too committed to any one person, you don’t have to fear being hurt. But this week, you might find that trying to minimize your needs only ends up shrinking your self, your spirit. It’s not such a bad thing to want more. Don’t trim down your desires. Let them grow and expand.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

When you doubt your own instincts, when you wonder if you’re overreacting or being silly or just wanting too much, you tend to look to others to show you how to respond. How would your friends, your teachers, or your idols behave in this same situation? Comparing your reactions can be a necessary reality check, a way to regain some perspective. But it never provides a full picture, either. What makes certain people happy might not be right for you. What’s of vital importance to them might not matter to you at all. You can trust the judgment of the people you love, but don’t ignore your own feelings.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

No matter how strong your faith in yourself or how firmly you believe you’re deserving of joy, there’s also a quiet part of you that worries your hopes and dreams are foolish. This small inner voice says that your desire to be loved is an intolerable vulnerability, that you need to get practical about your prospects, that the best you can hope for is external success, not internal happiness. This week, fight that voice — and if you do, doors will open. Magic will return to you.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

It’s been hard for you lately not to become irritated by the people around you. No matter how much you love them, sometimes their demands on your energy, your attention, your emotions can weigh too heavily. After a while, it’s tempting to withdraw, retreat. This week, though, your relationships and social connections have the potential to bring you so much strength, so much joy. You don’t have to sever them in order to maintain your independence and peace. Better, right now, to assert yourself, to stay and fight for your boundaries.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

Lately, you’ve been beating yourself up for not having learned to answer all of life’s big questions by now. Surely you’ve experienced enough, you imagine, that you should already know who you are and what you want. You should already have processed old sorrows and sorted through your baggage. When you’re feeling particularly ungenerous, you tell yourself that you should already have grown out of making mistakes. But of course, that’s just how living works. You’re never too old to learn new things about yourself. So this week, try to release your guilt over being “behind” where you think you “should” be.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

Much of the time, you keep your turbulent inner world hidden. We can’t always be sure that others will treat our fears and anxieties and secret dreams with care, and it rarely seems worth the risk of finding out. But lately, the more you let those around you see your true, secret self, the more rewarding it is for everyone. You’ll find that you’re received with more love than you would have imagined possible. That doesn’t mean that you need to share everything. Only that it’s worth pressing on and seeing where this wild and heady spirit of openness leads you.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

Part of you is holding out hope that whatever isn’t working for you right now — a job or relationship, your big life plans — will just smooth itself out in the future. You’re counting on today’s dissatisfaction becoming bearable over time, hoping that some future version of yourself will find pleasure, even joy, in situations that are stressful or dull to you today. And that’s not to say this won’t come to pass. But don’t do a disservice to your present for the sake of an imagined future. If you’re unhappy, you can try to change your feelings. But you can try, also, to change your life.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

You’re not the type of person to pretend the world’s rules don’t exist. You’re astute enough to know that there are limits that bind you, norms and conventions that give shape to your life and determine what is achievable. And most of the time, you’re wise to take those factors into consideration. But sometimes you rely too heavily on them, let them tell you who you are in order to keep the chaos of endless choice at bay. This week, remember that you’re still allowed to make your own decisions, still allowed to dream beyond the limits of the ordinary.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

There are experiences, adventures, whole other lives you’ve dreamed about but consider to be, for you at least, off-limits, believing yourself stuck in the life that you’ve chosen. And there’s a strange comfort in believing that you don’t have a choice in your future. It lets you off the hook, lets you take shelter inside passivity. This week, though, recognize that you haven’t reached the end, you haven’t committed irrevocably to this path. If there’s something that needs to change, some big dream that won’t leave you in peace, you still have time to try.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

It’s all too easy to internalize other people’s judgments about you. Every time you interact with another human being, they tell you — through their words and body language, through the ways they demonstrate how they think you deserve to be treated — who you are to them. It’s useful information, but it’s just as important not to let it determine how you feel about yourself. You have a bright, warm core of bravery, of wildness, that’s there whether others see it or not. This week, remind yourself that it’s there. And you can insist that everyone else recognize this bolder side of you, too.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of March 28. The weekly horoscopes for the week of April 11 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 4