Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of October 2

Serena Williams, a Libra. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty

On Wednesday night, Mercury enters Libra. It’s been in Virgo since the end of July — an unusually long period of time for the fast-moving planet of communication to spend in any one sign — but it’s finally moving on. For the next three weeks, it will be easier to put yourself in others’ shoes; even if you find an acquaintance annoying, or you disagree with a co-worker’s ideas, you can at least understand where they’re coming from. That’s Libra’s tendency toward balance and harmony at work. On the same token, decision-making might take longer than usual — you need time to examine the situation from all angles, to be sure you’re happy with your choice — so don’t let yourself be rushed.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

You understand that not everyone you encounter in life will be in your corner: Some will be rivals, others will unintentionally get in your way, and there are those you’ll simply never get along with. It’s not your style to try to make everybody like you. You figure the best you can do is be yourself. This week, though, if you put extra effort into getting along with the people around you — even the ones who seem frustrating or hopelessly different from you — you might be surprised. You might find common ground, solve problems, even have fun together.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes, it feels impossible to interact with others, do your work, just be in the world without your ego getting in the way. You get distracted worrying about how people are perceiving you, you start to wonder whether you measure up to your peers, or you can’t shake the sense that your personality is lacking. This week, you can quiet all that noise if you try. You have a chance to spend time with others and enjoy yourself, to focus on the process without fretting about the results. Trust that you’re doing fine.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

Your mind is sharp and inventive, and you’re happiest when you’re given free rein to express yourself. But when you’re overloaded with work and daily life is a grind, it’s harder to access your artistic, adventurous side. You might start to worry that you’ve lost touch with your imagination, that the demands of ordinary, adult life have dulled your spark. This week, remind yourself that you’re every bit as wild and fun as you’ve ever been. Your creativity is still intact; all you have to do is tap into it.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Recently, you’ve probably been a bit wistful and homesick. Maybe you are physically far from the people you love; maybe it’s a more general feeling of loneliness or being out of place. Either way, this week, it’s up for you to figure out how to reestablish a sense of belonging. That doesn’t mean that you need to pick up and move (unless that’s what your heart is telling you). It might be enough just to talk to those who know you best, to tell them how you’re feeling and let them reassure you that wherever you are, you’re still connected, still loved.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

You want to keep an open mind and heart, but often, it seems, the universe only punishes you for it. When you give people the benefit of the doubt, they end up confirming that your suspicions were right all along; when you show others extra kindness, they take it as a sign that you’re someone they can take advantage of. If you give them any leeway, you worry, they’ll use it to walk all over you. This week, though, give generosity a chance. Approach people with curiosity, not fear, and this time, the universe will reward you.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

You’re careful not to become complacent. You’re constantly striving to learn, to live up to your values, to become a “better person.” The trouble is that you can end up being unnecessarily hard on yourself in that pursuit. You hold higher standards for yourself than you ever would for a friend; you berate yourself for being an ordinary, flawed human being. This week, try to be a little kinder. Remember that the goal isn’t to be perfect — nobody is. Instead, be specific about what kind of person you want to be — more generous, cleverer, more courageous — and take small steps in that direction.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

Where others confidently make split-second decisions or leap into action the instant they face a problem, you prefer to deliberate for a while. You operate best when you have time to mull things over. The challenge, for you, is in recognizing when you’ve done enough thinking. At a certain point, you’ve gathered all the information you need; no fresh insights are likely to make a difference. This week, trust that the mental work you’ve done up to this point is sufficient. Now, it’s time to share your thinking with others, to take action out in the world.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

Standing up for yourself when you’ve been treated poorly can be intense, dramatic, triumphant — but it doesn’t have to be. There are other ways of advocating for yourself. You don’t owe anyone the satisfaction of a big scene. It’s not your job to engage in endless debates with someone who doesn’t show you any respect. What’s more, this week, you might not have the energy for a confrontation. But you have other options. Right now, it’s enough to hold onto the knowledge that you deserve better, and to walk away with your head held high.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

You’re independent by nature. You don’t need anyone else’s encouragement or permission to make decisions and take action. Lately, though, you’ve been feeling like you’re spinning your wheels. You can’t figure out what you should be doing to reach your goals. Maybe you don’t even know what your goals are right now. This week, if you retreat into your head and try to find answers on your own, it probably won’t pan out. Instead, get out into the world with other people. Ask your friends what they think. You aren’t giving up your independence, you’re getting the outside perspective you need.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

You’re not afraid of a little competition. You’re enough of a realist to understand that people can’t always get what they want, especially when resources are limited, and that it’s up to you to fight for yourself. This week, though, you’ll probably find that treating those around you as rivals won’t get you what you need. You’re not going to triumph at the expense of anyone else right now, but you can make huge strides if you come together. The best way to advance is as a group.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

As much as you value your routines, there’s still a part of you that sometimes feels stuck. Even when you’re happy with the status quo, you can’t help but want more: more knowledge, more experiences, more excitement. This week, your challenge is to strike the right balance between ease and change. It isn’t all or nothing; you can hold onto the habits that are helpful, while still being brave enough to grow. You can step outside of your comfort zone — to meet new people, try new things, surprise yourself — and return to it later.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

No matter how busy and rewarding your social life is, you still get lonely at times. You get the sense that your friends don’t truly see you, or that the people you date aren’t on your level. As much as you love to joke around, to go out and have fun, you yearn for intimacy, intensity. This week, at last, you’ll find it easier to connect on a deeper level. Don’t imagine you need to hold yourself back or keep conversations light. Tell people how you’re really feeling. You might be surprised by how well they understand you, after all.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of September 25. The weekly horoscopes for the week of October 9 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of October 2