Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of May 8

Lorraine Hansberry, a Taurus. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos Getty

On the morning of Sunday, May 7, love planet Venus moves from curious and animated Gemini into devoted Cancer. Instead of being preoccupied with lots of different people and projects, you’ll find yourself focused on a few that matter most. This might make you feel vulnerable (you’re well aware that the more deeply you care, the more you have to lose), but the key is not to let fear control you. While Venus is in Cancer, you’ll recognize both how scary and how rewarding it is to love people.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

For better or worse, you don’t tend to hold back when it comes to expressing your emotions. When you’re in love, you don’t want to keep it to yourself but to assert it loudly, effusively, immediately. When you’re angry, you don’t let it simmer. You let it out. Your openness might get you in trouble sometimes, but at least people know where they stand with you. This week, just remember that not everyone operates the same way you do. Some process their emotions internally; some simply need time before they respond. They might not make a big declaration, but that doesn’t mean the feelings aren’t there.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Lately, you’ve been reflecting on the paths not taken. Maybe you’re revisiting specific decisions you could have made differently; maybe it’s a more general wistfulness you’re experiencing. But remember, in order to arrive here, to become the brave and interesting and funny person you are right now, you had to close the door on other possibilities and by extension other versions of yourself. It’s natural to feel some regret. The fact is, though, that you’re forever changing, always expanding the boundaries of your life. There are many choices and adventures still ahead.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

You’re gifted at getting along. You know what to say to put a co-worker at ease or make a friend feel valued and understood. You’ve got the right moves, the right words, and the right instincts. This week, though, remember that it isn’t your responsibility to make all social interactions run perfectly smoothly. You’re allowed to tell people when you disagree with them. You can let situations get a little awkward. Tension can be uncomfortable, but it can be clarifying too. Sometimes for you it’s even invigorating, snapping the world into focus, making life interesting.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Being a good person — whatever that looks like in your eyes — matters deeply to you. Among other things, that means you’re extraordinarily hard on yourself when you don’t live up to your ideals: when you speak thoughtlessly, or make a selfish decision, or use your time in unproductive ways. This week, stop paying so much attention to the critical voice in your head. Take a break from the endless work of fixing your perceived flaws. Moving toward what you love about yourself, rather than away from what you don’t, will bring better results — and you’ll have much more fun on the journey.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

When you feel you aren’t getting the attention you need or the recognition you deserve, your response might be to get loud, cause a scene, and make your presence felt. Sometimes that’s effective, but this week you’ll be better served doing the opposite — doing less. Cultivate an air of mystery. You have more simple, quiet magnetism than you realize, and people are drawn to it. You don’t need to put on a big show to make them notice or care about you.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

You’re good at goal setting. It’s not only that you’re clear about what you want out of life — you also know how to make it happen. You’re able to come up with plans that are ambitious but feasible, imaginative but grounded in reality. But even the smartest strategies and most interesting ideas aren’t guaranteed to turn out the way you want. If they don’t, it isn’t a sign that your goals were foolish or that it’s time to give up. Sometimes it just takes a few attempts before you get the result you’re looking for. Keep trying: You’ll get there.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

The world is filled with danger and uncertainty. It’s not unreasonable to be frightened at times. But this week, the best thing you can do for yourself is deny your fear the chance to control you. Don’t let your anxiety about being hurt lead you to close your heart off, or your worry about the uncertain future make you live a life you aren’t happy with in the present. It’s not your job to eliminate all of your fears, but do be intentional about how you respond. No matter how weird the world gets, you can meet it with courage and love.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

Lately, you’ve felt badly in need of intrigue, thrills, something, anything to make life interesting again. You’ve been so hungry for adventure that you’re willing to jump at any new opportunity that appears, whether or not it’s the right one for you. It’s not necessarily a bad strategy. When you’re stuck in a rut, drastic measures can be effective at freeing you. But before you make any big commitments, take time to consider what you really want. If you can be patient a little longer, the right opportunity will come your way.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

This week is a time to focus on your interactions with the people around you. And not just the ones you seek out, but also neighbors you run into or strangers you meet. There’s so much potential for ordinary human kindness, for interactions that delight and unexpected conversations that make the day feel brighter. If you only pay attention to the news, you’ll be filled with despair; if you concentrate on the people in your orbit, you’ll remember how sweet life can be.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

When there are decisions to be made, it’s easy to default to whichever option is least disruptive. Even if the status quo leaves something to be desired, inertia is a powerful force. It’s simplest to keep your same job, to remain in the same relationship, to continue doing things as you’ve always done them. Lately, though, you’ve realized that you do need to break out of your routines, and this week is a good time to think more deeply about what that could look like. Try to start seeing change as something wonderful and exciting, even if it is a little messy. Get excited for adventure.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

You aren’t someone to waffle or do anything halfway — you’re either all in or out. The trouble is that sometimes you end up committing to a course of action before you have all the relevant information, before you’ve given yourself enough time to think it through. This week, you might realize that you’ve taken a wrong turn, or that your needs or desires are different than you first thought. It happens. Decisiveness is admirable, but you’re allowed to change your mind.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

It might feel like you have no time for yourself this week. Everyone in your life is clamoring for attention or in need of help. Your first instinct is to leap into service, to try your hardest to be what others want you to be … even to the point of ignoring your own desires. Ultimately, it’ll be better for you and the people you love if you slow down and tune in to what your body and heart are telling you. Make sure that in your rush to care for those around you you aren’t neglecting yourself.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of May 1. The weekly horoscopes for the week of May 15 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of May 8