Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of July 10

Karen Dalton, a Cancer. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty Images

On Monday morning, action planet Mars leaves proud Leo and enters conscientious, detail-oriented Virgo. From now until the end of August, it’ll be important that you don’t half-ass anything; cutting corners or fudging details these next two months will end up creating problems down the road. This may mean working more slowly than usual, but you’ll find that it’s worth it. Then late Monday night, communication planet Mercury enters (again) proud and (also) dramatic Leo, so that while Virgo encourages you to address life’s unglamorous details, Leo ensures that you won’t be bored while you do so. Don’t be afraid to express yourself. Say what you mean, and your confidence will shine through.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

You’re sometimes tempted to avoid tackling the parts of a project that you find tedious — scheduling, maybe, budgeting or proofreading. You aren’t afraid of a challenge, but you might be a little bit scared of being bored. This week, though, is a good time for taking care of the tasks that are more productive than thrilling. You won’t lose your spark or get so bogged down in details that you lose sight of the big picture. Don’t fear that the romance and magic in your life will vanish when you devote time to the mundane work. This part makes the fun possible.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Lately, your responsibilities have weighed heavily on you. You’re not only stressed by work, bills, household tasks. You’re also painfully aware of the ways your actions affect the world and, closer to home, the people who depend on you. In moments of relaxation as in ones of fun, there’s still a voice in your head urging you to do more, to be “better.” This week, you may not be able to silence that inner critic, but you can refuse to let it control you. You deserve both excitement and rest. You’re entitled to a break, so give yourself one.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

If there’s one thing everyone knows about your sign, it’s that you’re social and friendly, comfortable making conversation with just about anyone. But what they might not understand is that doesn’t also mean you love being the center of attention. When the whole room is watching you, you feel the weight of their expectations. You don’t want to perform; you just want to enjoy other people’s company. This week, though, you might find that the spotlight lands on you anyway. More than ever, others are noticing your charm, are drawn to you. And if you keep an open mind and don’t deflect or run away, you might find that you like it.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Just because you love the people in your life, that doesn’t mean you always get each other. Humans are endlessly, maddeningly complicated, and every interaction holds the potential for crossed wires and hurt feelings. You wish it were simpler, that your friends could see where you’re coming from without your having to explain. This week, especially, effective communication will take effort. You may have to listen more carefully than you have patience for, or explain yourself more than once, but trust that whatever work you put into understanding the people in your life — and, just as importantly, into helping them understand you — will be rewarded.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

Recently, you’ve been afflicted by self-doubt. You’ve worried that your ideas aren’t as inspired as you once thought, your work not as solid, your voice no longer adding value. This uncertainty has made you retreat inward, hesitant to open yourself up to anyone’s criticism (other than your own). This week, though, it’s time to build your confidence back up. And the surest way to do that is by taking a chance and expressing yourself. The more you share what you’re thinking, the more you’ll remember that your ideas are worth hearing, worth spending time with. The more you’ll regain your faith in yourself.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

You have a deep desire to be useful, to make the world a better place. But for all your enthusiasm, it’s hard to know where to begin and easy to get discouraged when you consider how insignificant you are in the grand scheme of things. This week, if you try to think about fixing the world instead of improving a small slice of it, it’ll likely be so daunting that you give up before you even start. So instead, focus on practical tasks that are within your control. You can pick up litter in the neighborhood, help a friend who’s going through a tough time, bring food to the family next door. Right now, especially, the small things make more of a difference than you realize.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

Where some of your friends tend to leap to conclusions, you’re more measured in your approach. You don’t judge people quickly or assume you understand a situation at first glance: You take your time to get the lay of the land. The trouble is, on occasion, you get so caught up in observation and analysis that you never get around to acting. If you’ve been avoiding a problem, or waiting to start working toward something you desire, this week, consider that you already have enough information, that even if your knowledge remains incomplete, it’s time to dive into the mess and get to work.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

It can be difficult for you to make room in your life for anything that’s not serious or high-stakes. You might not want it to be this way, but when you have mysteries to solve, people to help, your own wounds to heal, how can you justify spending time enjoying yourself? This week, though, you’ll find that the serious work is more difficult (if not impossible) if you don’t ever take a moment to rest or have fun. Play is important, and it belongs in your life, so find space for it. It’ll open your heart, reveal hidden truths, and make the heavy work easier to bear.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

Over the years, you’ve worked hard to build your confidence, to come to a place where you aren’t constantly second-guessing yourself and trust your impressions and ideas. But that doesn’t mean that you’re right all the time. Sometimes, you don’t have all the information. Other times, you don’t have the experience to judge a situation accurately. This week, even more than usual, it’s important to strike a balance between self-assurance and a willingness to learn. Assume that you’re smart, but also that you don’t have all the answers yet. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

You prefer to be honest and direct. The issue is, you don’t always trust that others want to hear what you have to say. You’ve met enough people who couldn’t handle your authentic self, who weren’t interested in your thoughts that you’ve learned to be mindful of how much you share. Over time, though, holding back chips away at you. It makes you feel less yourself. This week, give yourself permission to open up. And give the people around you credit. They can handle more than you think, and they’ll be happy to see the real you.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

It’s hard not to be discouraged these days. Maybe your personal life isn’t going the way you’d hoped, or it’s enough that you see the world around you getting crueler. Normally, you’re motivated by imagining a beautiful future, but lately you struggle to get excited about what’s to come. So try to focus on the here and now instead. Figure out how you can be useful in this moment or how you can make your life more beautiful just for today. The long term matters too, of course, but for now, you’ll be more effective if you concentrate on the present.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

You’re compassionate by nature, able to put yourself in others’ shoes without even realizing you’re doing it. This means that you tend to regard other people’s moods with more generosity than your own — you’re constantly beating yourself up for having emotions that aren’t totally reasonable, or desires that seem outsized or undeserved. This week, give yourself space to have impulses that seem unfair or desires that put you at odds with others. It isn’t your job to please everyone or to maintain a perfectly balanced inner life at all times. Stop trying to talk yourself out of your own feelings. Take your own side this time.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of July 3. The weekly horoscopes for the week of July 17 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of July 10