Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 14

Photographer Lorna Simpson, a Leo. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty

On Wednesday, a new moon in affectionate Leo offers a fresh start in your relationships with others and with yourself. This is a chance for you to approach humanity with a more generous outlook, to prioritize quality time with the people you care about, and to take big risks in the name of love. Or, if you wish that you’d had better role models when you were younger, or that you were shown more affection, you have the opportunity now to grow into exactly the type of person you once needed most and can be that person for others. You can make the world kinder for others, and in doing so, make it better for yourself too.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

Relationships — not just romantic ones but connections of all kinds — will probably be more intense than usual this week. You’ll love deeply, but you may feel strong irritation or anger or jealousy too. The key right now is to accept this full range of emotions. It may be uncomfortable, but these interactions and experiences — both positive and negative — will make your life more interesting, will reveal new parts of yourself, and will help you grow. You’re independent by nature, and you sparkle on your own, but you’ll shine brighter still in the company of others.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Lately, you’ve been consciously working to get out into the world, to show up to the party even when you’d rather stay home, to experience life more fully. But right now, you might feel burned out from all the action. As much as you enjoy spending time with your friends or exploring new corners of your city, it has the potential to wear you down. This week especially, you’ll benefit from some alone time when you don’t have to smile, make conversation, or be cheerful and charming and on. If your body is telling you that you need to recharge, listen.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

You’re highly observant, good at quickly assessing new people and situations. You can usually tell right away whether someone is going to be a real friend or just a passing acquaintance, if a job you’re interviewing for is going to be a fit or not. This week, though, try to withhold judgment, because there’s a strong possibility that your first impressions will be wrong. Maybe you’re distracted, or maybe your past experiences are coloring your perception in a way that’s not relevant or helpful. You might end up disappointed, but there’s also a chance you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

More than usual, you’ve been comparing yourself to others recently — friends and colleagues, of course, but strangers on social media too. It’s easy to become preoccupied with the glamorous or success that “everyone” else seems to enjoy, to get jealous of possessions or achievements you don’t even really want. So this week, try to get clear on your own desires and values. Try to envision a life, a home, a future that fits who you are. Time to stop pursuing other people’s dreams and instead move forward with your own.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

You’re unable to shake the feeling that you’ve been treated unfairly these past weeks — maybe by specific people, maybe by the universe. You haven’t received the support you deserve, and people who appear to work less hard keep getting opportunities and accolades that you dream about. None of this is your fault, but that doesn’t make you feel any better. This week, though, things are likely to begin turning around. If life can be difficult for reasons outside of our control, it can also be wonderful for reasons we have nothing to do with. Already, better days are coming.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

Your social calendar is probably full this week; everyone is eager for your company, and you have all the opportunities for adventure and fun you could hope for. Part of you is inclined to take advantage of it all, but deep down (or not that deep down at all, really) you might not be in the mood. What you want, more than anything else right now, is a chance to peacefully enjoy your own company. So your challenge is to strike a balance: to make the most of your social life, but to trust that you know when it’s time to return home.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, no matter how much you want something — to find love, change careers, begin writing a novel — you hesitate. You recognize that as long as your dream is only an idea, it remains perfect. As soon as you take action, bringing the dream down here into the physical world, everything gets complicated. Human relationships are messy, and people hurt one another. Truth is, your actual creative work won’t ever be flawless as the vision in your head. This week, your job is to embrace the imperfections. The mess is where the fun lies.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might feel strangely exposed, as though everyone knows your business and friends and strangers alike can see you with more clarity than you’re comfortable with. You might start regretting all the times you opened up and shared personal stories. In spite of the discomfort you’re feeling now, know that it wasn’t a mistake to let your guard down, to let people get to know your authentic self. Being vulnerable invites support and fosters deeper connections. It can be scary to be truly seen, but it also opens the door to love.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

Maybe you’re feeling a little bored with your life lately. Even when things are great, there’s a part of you that wonders whether you’d be happier in another city or a new career, whether you should reinvent yourself entirely. When you get in this kind of mood, you imagine that any change would be better than none, but that’s not the case. This week, it’s especially important not to take the good parts of your life — relationships or a mostly satisfying job or a neighborhood you love — for granted. If you need some excitement, remember that you can create it without damaging what you have.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

You’re normally good at keeping a lid on your emotions. It isn’t that you don’t have them (obviously everyone does), only that you’re vigilant about making sure they don’t impair your judgment or are readily apparent to others. This week, though, it’ll be harder than usual to stay practical in the face of strong feelings. This might be somewhat destabilizing, but it isn’t necessarily bad. Letting your emotions inform your decision-making might lead to some choices that may look silly or irrational to others but you know in your heart are right. And that can expand your world.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

When you encounter people who don’t treat you like they like you or get you at all, you’re usually able to take it in stride. Sometimes, though, you begin to wonder whether there’s something wrong with you, whether you should try to “fit in.” After all, you have to share this world with other people, and you need love just like everyone. But this week, remember that when you’re unbothered, when you show the world your authentic self, you’re making things better for everyone who feels out of place.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

You’ve been pondering the big questions of existence: What kind of person do you want to be, and how do you want to live? What kind of relationships make you happy, and what kind of work fulfills you? But with questions as broad and abstract as these, it’s easy to end up going in circles. There’s never a final answer, only the ongoing work of reflecting on the shifting landscape of your life. So this week, take a break from the big picture, and focus on the details and practicalities — on the tangibles that bring you joy right now.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of August 7. The weekly horoscopes for the week of August 21 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 14