Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 17

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

Late Wednesday night, a solar eclipse in Aries arrives to shake up your life. Solar eclipses offer new beginnings, but they’re rarely the ones you expect or prepare for. You may not even recognize the opportunities for what they are, instead seeing roadblocks, hassles, or unwelcome surprises. This week, try to remain open to the possibility that when the dust settles, you’ll be better off. Then, a few hours after the eclipse, the sun enters Taurus. An earth sign, Taurus is stereotyped as the most stubborn of the zodiac; this season, lean into that. You know what you value and what you deserve. Others may try to convince you that you’re not sure what you want or that you should accept less than you need. Don’t let yourself be swayed. Finally, early Friday morning, Mercury retrograde begins, ending a three-month period with no retrograde planets. With the planet of communication moving backward through the zodiac, some miscommunication is inevitable. Don’t jump to conclusions, and give people (especially your friends) the benefit of the doubt. You’ll be glad you did.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

You’ve grown an unbelievable amount in these past few years. Partly, this is because life has forced you to, but it’s also because of decisions you have made. You’ve accepted the challenges that came your way and learned from them. You may not realize it, being too busy with the demands of daily life to step back and see the bigger picture, the arc of your growth. So this week, try to notice those moments when you demonstrate how much wiser or more confident or more compassionate you are than you once were. When you recognize how far you’ve already come, you begin to understand that the dreams you once thought were impossible are now within reach.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, no matter how much effort you exert, things don’t work out. A creative project may not come together despite how many hours you’ve logged. A relationship can falter regardless of how much genuine effort you put into working through its problems. This week, stop trying to force what isn’t working. This isn’t a failure but a wise decision, an opportunity to turn your attention somewhere new. Cutting your losses can mean a new beginning that opens the door to something better.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

You haven’t had enough time to yourself lately. Maybe your job has demanded every bit of your mental capacity, or family drama has filled every free hour, or perhaps dealing with the minutiae of daily life — the bills, the phone calls, the laundry — has left you exhausted. Whatever the cause, this week it’s important that you take a step back, at least for a moment. Long enough to remember that while there will always be things you have to do, there are also things you want to do, and you aren’t selfish for pursuing those, too.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Even when you disagree with the rules, be they official or unspoken, you find it’s usually easier to follow them anyway. Striking out on your own is risky and difficult, but doing what others expect of you is easy. At least, that’s how it appears. In reality, when taking the path of least resistance means going against your nature or denying your true feelings and desires, it doesn’t end up being easy at all. This week, keep in mind that the script others would have you follow is just a suggestion, no matter what anyone tries to tell you. You’re the only one who can determine what a good or principled or meaningful life means for you.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

You’ve been preoccupied recently with the distance between the person you are and the person you want to be. Your friends try to reassure you that you’re wonderful already, but self-confidence isn’t the issue. It’s not that you think there’s anything wrong with you; it’s that your ambitions are so great. There’s so much more you want to achieve and experience. This week, don’t only dream about it. Take action. If you want to be wilder or braver or different in a hundred other ways, you’ll have the chance to.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

The trouble with mistakes is that even though they help us learn, there are few opportunities to make them safely. In theory, you’d love to swing for the fences, secure in the knowledge that sometimes you’ll strike out. In reality, though, you’re aware that the consequences of failing — even for messing up in small ways — can be serious. So this week, do your best to find settings where you can experiment without having to sweat the results. Seek out friends who won’t judge you for your missteps. Create opportunities to be as messy and free as you want.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

When you get caught up in a problem — worrying about it, examining it from all sides, analyzing the pros and cons of possible solutions — it’s easy to lose yourself in abstraction and forget about the here and now. In matters of interpersonal conflict, you forget you can always start with a simple conversation with the other person. If you’re struggling to make a big choice, you forget that life is long, that you’ll have plenty of time to adjust your course and to change your mind again and again. This week, don’t think so hard. Take the first step and go from there.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

It can be hard for you to determine when a project is finished, when something you’ve been working on is good enough. You know perfection isn’t possible, but you want to get as close to it as you can. Sometimes this refusal to be satisfied is an asset, motivating you to keep striving for more, but it can also be exhausting. This week, your challenge is to accept that there will inevitably be some bumps in the road — in your creative projects, your relationships, your life — but you can be happy all the same.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

You understand well that other people won’t always see you the same way you see yourself or always take your words and actions in the way you intended them to. The question is what to do with this knowledge. You don’t want to be misunderstood, but you don’t want to let other people’s judgment dictate the way you move through the world, either. This week, be clear that you do not have to be for everyone. There will always be some who don’t “get” you. Stop worrying so much about what they think.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

You’re insightful and self-aware. You understand that you don’t know everything and don’t need to. The world is full of people you can turn to for knowledge and experience. Those around you can help you better understand your own experiences. Those who came before you left legacies, stories, and guidance, and you’re wise to cherish all of that. This week, though, be mindful of the fact that you’re on your own unique path. Sometimes, it’s best to put everyone else’s input aside and follow your instincts instead.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

Lately, you’ve been yearning for clarity. Maybe there’s a decision to be made that requires a yes or no, or maybe your dilemma is more existential: What comes next? How do you want to spend your limited time on earth? Either way, you’ve been thinking yourself in circles trying to figure it out, to determine what the next step is. This week, consider that you may already have the answer, that the challenge right now is not in knowing what you need to do but in gathering the confidence and perseverance to actually do it.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

A big part of you thought you knew, more or less, what lay ahead of you, what the shape of your life would be. Your life isn’t perfect, but you’ve made peace with that and settled into your habits and routines. This week, though, the universe may remind you that it still has surprises (good ones) in store for you. And there’s time for you to change too. You may decide that you’re content, that you don’t want the stress of a new beginning right now, but it helps to remember it’s there if you need it.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of April 10. The weekly horoscopes for the week of April 24 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 17