Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 21

Fiona Apple, a Virgo. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos Getty

Early Wednesday morning, the sun enters observant, conscientious Virgo. After the drama of Leo season, this is a time to focus on the details of your life: to return to the to-do list you’ve been neglecting or to iron out the details you’ve avoided thinking about. You’ll be happier — and feel freer — when you know that the small stuff is under control. Then on Monday afternoon, Mercury (also in Virgo) begins a retrograde period that lasts until mid-September. During this time, it’s easy to overlook important facts and make little mistakes that can have outsize significance. Double-check your work, don’t make big decisions when you’re feeling tired or aggravated, ask someone else to proofread important documents, and most importantly, take your time to make sure you get things right.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

You don’t shy away from hard work. In fact, you love to take on big challenges, to chase the dreams that others deem unattainable and prove — to them and yourself — that you’re capable of anything you put your mind to. That said, you prefer those tasks that are mentally stimulating. This week, though, you’ll probably have to spend a fair amount of time doing activities you find boring. Try not to put off putting your house in order just because it’s not exciting. Once you get into a good rhythm, you’ll find the job unexpectedly engaging and fulfilling — and you’ll be rewarded for it later on.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Lately, your obligations have weighed heavily on you. You worry that you’re falling behind at work, that you’re not doing enough to care for those you love or that you’re making mistakes with your money. It’s important to you to be responsible, and you fear, in your darker moments, that you’re failing. This week, though, you’ll get a bit of a reprieve. Maybe a stroke of good luck will come your way; maybe your mood will simply shift. You can enjoy yourself again, trusting that you’re doing the best you can and that that’s enough.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

You’re not someone to read deeper into things than you need to. You’d rather express your thoughts and feelings openly than drop hints, and you trust, most of the time, that the people in your life will be straightforward with you in return. This week, though, you may start to worry that there’s more going on beneath the surface with your loved ones, or perhaps you’ll find that there’s more going on for you that you’re struggling with. Either way, this is a good time to prioritize communication in your close relationships. Genuine understanding may take more effort than usual, but it’ll be worth it.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

You’ve worked hard to build a life you can be proud of. Sometimes, though, the everyday can start to feel stifling, no matter how good it is. You begin to wonder whether you’ve outgrown your current job or surroundings or social circle. And maybe you have. But it’s also possible that you can find all the adventure you’re craving right where you live. This week, spend time exploring your own neighborhood. You don’t have to travel far and wide to find beauty, and you don’t need big drama to live an interesting life.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

It can be hard for you, sometimes, to tell the difference between what you genuinely desire and what you think you should want. You may already have learned what kind of career fulfills you, or what kind of relationship will make you happiest, but it’s still easy to be swayed by jobs that are glamorous or prestigious, or to find yourself drawn toward attractive people who aren’t a good match. This week, be prepared to turn down opportunities that seem too good to pass up if you know in your heart that they aren’t right for you.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

Nobody goes through life unchanged. We’re altered by our experiences and relationships; there’s no escaping it. Sometimes, the change happens so slowly and incrementally that you don’t even notice it. This week, though, you’ll see the ways you’ve transformed over recent months. Some of them will be beautiful, some might be painful to acknowledge. Maybe love has made you braver and kinder; maybe you’re feeling depleted after a difficult time. The important thing is to be honest and to accept who you are right now.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

One of your best qualities is your insistence on treating others with fairness — to approach them in a spirit of generosity, to try to understand their perspective and see the goodness in them. But just like not everyone has to like you, you don’t have to like everyone, either. You’re entitled to choose your friends. You’re allowed to avoid someone who rubs you the wrong way. This isn’t a failure of empathy, simply a part of being human. This week, listen to your instincts about people. And only give your energy to those you’re naturally drawn to.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

You tend to be cautious when it comes to taking risks. This isn’t to say that you’re afraid of danger, only that you like to be thoughtful and prepared, to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. This week, though, you might feel bold — ready to open your heart, to leap into the unknown, take chances without first calculating the odds. Try to protect this sense of adventurousness. It’s possible that you’ll make mistakes this way — but then, mistakes happen anyway, no matter how careful you are, so give yourself space to act on impulse. Trust your instincts.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

You don’t normally worry too much about what other people think of you. As long as you’re living according to your values, it’s okay if they don’t get it — or aren’t noticing you at all. You like to be praised and admired by others when it happens, but recognition isn’t your primary motivator. This week, though, it may suddenly matter much more to you. You may find that you want more attention than you’ve been getting, and there’s nothing wrong with this! Just don’t let success or acclaim distract you from what’s really important, at the end of the day.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

You may think of yourself as the solitary type: regardless of how well-liked you are or how many close relationships you have, there’s a part of yourself you keep hidden. You hesitate to let just anyone see your weirder qualities, the things you’re ashamed of, your whole self. There’s nothing wrong with protecting your privacy — just know that this week, the universe will reward openness. The more you share with others, the more they’ll open up in return. If you let your community know what kind of support you need, they’ll be better able to give it to you.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might find yourself in a particularly introspective mood. While your attention is often caught up in questions about humanity, the universe — topics bigger than yourself — right now you’re reflecting on your own life and experiences: thinking about yourself, your past experiences, the person you’ve become. You can see your bad habits, your unhealthy coping mechanisms, or your relationship patterns with new clarity, and it finally feels possible to change. Just don’t get caught up in the idea that you need to fundamentally fix yourself. You can change your behaviors and ways of thinking, but there’s nothing wrong with who you are.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

It can be hard to figure out how much to compromise in any relationship. You understand that it’s a beautiful thing to be changed and softened by love. But you worry, sometimes, that you bend over backward for the sake of other people, that you put everyone else’s desires above your own. This week, figure out what’s most important to you, and refuse to waver on it. When your needs are being met and your core values are intact, you can let yourself be flexible about the rest.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of August 14. The weekly horoscopes for the week of August 28 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of August 21