Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of September 4

Maggie Cheung, a Virgo. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty

This week brings two pieces of astrological good news. First, on Sunday night, Venus retrograde ends. Chances are that over the last month you’ve learned important, if difficult, lessons — about your relationships, your values, your heart. Now, the road gets less bumpy. You can move forward with fresh confidence and clarity about what you want in love. Then on Monday morning, Jupiter retrograde begins in Taurus. While retrogrades aren’t often seen as good things, this one is likely to be gentle, maybe even beneficial. It’s an opportunity to see where you’ve gone off course and to find your way back to the right path for you.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

While there are those who take great pleasure in planning for the future, you tend to feel best when you live in the moment. You recognize that it’s impossible to prepare for every possibility, so you’d rather just jump at opportunities and deal with problems as they arise. But right now is a good time to think about what lies ahead, to reflect on your values, on the person you want to become, the kinds of relationships you want to invite into your life. Sometimes it takes a little extra intention and groundwork to get what you really want. This week, don’t fight it.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

You’re an overall practical person. Not dull or unimaginative, but realistic about how the world works. So you try your best to save money, to enter relationships slowly and thoughtfully. This week, though, you might find yourself feeling impulsive, ready to forget about good sense and follow your heart. And while it wouldn’t be wise to live this way all the time, it’s not so bad to throw practicality to the wind once in a while, to give your love away recklessly and go all in.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

You take delight in everyday interactions, in those moments when a friend shares a fact you didn’t know or an acquaintance tells you a great story, when you make somebody laugh. Lately, though, conversations have been stilted. You’ve felt less confident, less adept at navigating your social life. This week, a sense of ease will return. Your way with words will return. Your jokes will land the way they did before. You’ll feel at home in the world.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

It’s important to be able to reflect on your own shortcomings. It’s also possible (and in your case, likely) to take it too far. You tend to zero in on your perceived faults and imagine that they’re the most important thing about you, or to take a few bad experiences and convince yourself this is how life will be forever. If you’ve gotten stuck inside a negative-feedback loop, this week you can break free. You can see yourself in a kinder light. Nothing about your life is set in stone, so give yourself permission to imagine a different future and start working toward it.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

You might feel unmotivated this week. No matter how many projects you’re responsible for at the office, or how many household tasks demand your attention, you can’t seem to put yourself in the headspace to buckle down. This can be frustrating, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s room for work and for leisure, times when you need a challenge and times when you need to relax and enjoy yourself. Even if you can’t beg off your responsibilities entirely, you can make the choice to prioritize pleasure right now, and to trust that you’ll be more oriented toward progress later on.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

This week, you might be reminded of the ways your perspective is limited. You’re hyperaware of the gaps in your knowledge and experience, all the questions you don’t have answers to. It’s important not to beat yourself up about it, but if you want to broaden your understanding of the world, this is an excellent time for it. Read, converse, travel. Don’t worry about developing practical skills so much as cultivating curiosity. Pay attention to the world around you, simply for the joy of feeling your heart and your mind expanding.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

It’s possible that your friendships have been a bit strained lately. Maybe your plans for socializing have repeatedly fallen through, or perhaps there’s something deeper going on — feeling like the odd one out in your social group, wondering whether your friends actually like you. Your fears are almost definitely unfounded, but that doesn’t stop them plaguing you. This week, act as if you have a clean slate, a fresh mind-set. When you don’t dwell on worries and insecurities, you’ll find that your friends are there for you after all.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

Maybe someone you love has hurt you recently. Maybe they’ve just let you down. For whatever the reason, you’ve gotten it into your head that you need to stop relying on others entirely. You’ve decided that, much as you may cherish your relationships, ultimately you can only depend on yourself. This week, the universe may prove you wrong. Close ties (romantic or not) will challenge you, but they’ll make your world bigger, too. They’ll restore your confidence, strengthen your sense of self.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

You’re not one for stopping to smell the roses, or even stopping to celebrate your achievements. Not because you’re fussy or overly critical, but because you’re always on the move, looking ahead to what’s next. This week, slow down enough to enjoy your life and the people in it at this moment. In the past few months, you’ve worked hard, you’ve faced challenges and grown stronger. Stop now. Give yourself some credit and appreciate the beauty all around you.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes it’s hard for you to share what you’re feeling. You’re too aware how easily words can be taken the wrong way, scared how your honest expressions of feeling could be twisted and used against you. This week, the best thing you can do is communicate openly and frankly without fear. Each time you put yourself out there, you’ll grow braver. You’ll learn about yourself. You’ll make it possible to connect on a deeper level with people you love.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

You recognize that, like everyone, you need friendship and love to feel content. But it’s difficult to balance the needs of others with your own. So many have asked you to compromise too much of yourself, to sacrifice your essential you-ness, in order to maintain harmony. This week, have faith that you don’t need to choose between being yourself and being in a relationship. You can express your feelings honestly and be heard, when the right person’s listening. The more you care for others, the more you get in return.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

When you’re feeling down and in need of hope, when life is dull and in need of sparkle, you tend to look far afield. You dream about magic, about distant cities, the mysteries of the universe. But this week, the best place to find what you’re looking for is in the world around you. Chance encounters on the streets of your neighborhood can lead to surprising connections and opportunities. Taking a moment to appreciate the trees in the park or the fern on your windowsill can be rejuvenating. You don’t have to search far and wide. Everything you need is closer than you imagine.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of August 28. The weekly horoscopes for the week of September 11 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of September 4