Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the week of August 22

 

Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the week of August 22

Fiona Apple, a Virgo.
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On Monday night, the sun enters wise and composed Virgo. Where Leo season invites you to star in the grand drama of the world around you, all Virgo season asks is that you quietly fulfill your obligations, whether at work or to your community, honestly and well. This doesn’t mean you suddenly won’t need (or receive) any external validation anymore, only that it won’t seem quite so important. What matters most is that you know in your heart that you’re living authentically, doing right by yourself and others. Then on Wednesday morning, Uranus, unpredictable planet of originality and progress, retrograde stations. During this time, be prepared for frustration — whether you’re actively trying to create change or simply responding to it. On Thursday night, when communication planet Mercury enters even-tempered Libra, you’ll find yourself better equipped to talk through conflict without losing your cool. And finally, early Saturday morning, a new moon in Virgo invites you to set new intentions. Commit to helping those around you, or creating beauty out of chaos, or repairing old mistakes.

You’re not one to overthink things or plan too far into the future. It’s better, or at least more satisfying, to keep things loose and let your impulses guide you from one moment to the next. Some people don’t understand this about you, but they don’t have to — it’s your life, not theirs. Even so, there are also decisions that must be thought out ahead of time. And if you have to plan, this is a good opportunity to. You aren’t locking yourself into an unbreakable contract; you’re creating a little structure that will serve to help you down the road.

You like to do things a particular way — maybe holding a specific morning ritual, or maintaining careful organizational systems in your space, or keeping to a precise schedule. It helps you to feel in control of your life and keeps your mind clear. This week, though, might be a good time to change your process up. You don’t need to do anything earth-shattering: Even small adjustments to your routine might open up different passageways in your mind, shaking you free from the rut you’ve been stuck in. You can return to your old ways later if you need to, but for now, try something new.

As a rule, you take others at face value; no wishing you could fix them or digging for the reasons why they act as they do, but simply accepting that people are who they say they are. Because of this, those in your life may take you for a pushover. That couldn’t be further from the truth. This week, you may need to remind someone that your kindness and open-mindedness isn’t an invitation for them to be rude or flaky or difficult, and that you have feelings, too. You won’t regret standing up for yourself.

Unlike certain people you encounter daily, you understand that it’s okay not to be sensible and pmatic all the time, because the world is not made uprag of practical, material concerns. Feeling, imagining, daydreaming: These are all beautiful, necessary parts of being human. It’s just important for you not to get stuck in fantasies, either. Dreaming of a better world for everyone isn’t enough. It’s also up to you to take practical steps toward realizing it. Picturing the dazzling life you want won’t make it real, but your small, constructive actions can.

When you spend enough time repeating the same few activities, or hanging out with the same people, life becomes a little predictable. This isn’t a bad thing at all. It gives you a sense of stability, of deep and beautiful intimacy with those you see regularly. But everyone needs to be surprised once in a while, to breathe in fresh air. This week, make a point of switching up your routine. Maybe hang out with somebody new or a friend you haven’t seen in a while. You can do something as small as taking a different route to work and noting the new view. The smallest change can revitalize you.

It’s hard feeling like you have to choose between being true to yourself and being liked by those around you, and lately, you’ve felt this way more and more. You worry that your friends will only tolerate you as long as you act and think exactly the way they do, that they’d cut you off entirely if you dared to express what you really think. Every so often, of course, people really are that controlling. But this week, at least give your social circle the chance to prove you wrong. If you show them your true self, they’re likely to receive it with more love and understanding than you expect.

You’re observant and self-aware enough to notice all the ways you’re unlike those around you — the ways you talk or move or dress differently than friends, the opinions that set you apart from them. It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that these are things you must correct in yourself, to see your quirks as rough edges that you need to sand down. But while it’s important to be willing to change, don’t be too eager to give up what’s most special about you. Trust, this week, that your style, your personality, your weirdness, is worth protecting.

It’s only normal for humans to project their own desires and insecurities onto others, but you suspect they project much more onto you than they do anyone else. No matter how friendly you are, some will look at you and see an adversary; No matter how pleasant you try to be, they’ll find a way to take offense. People manage to see exactly what they want to see, regardless of who you really are. It’s easy to take this to heart, to wonder if their view of you is clearer than your own. Listen to them if you want, but trust yourself first. You know yourself best.

Normally, you’re comfortable voicing your opinion, no matter the consequences. But these days, you’re feeling unbearable pressure from people in your family or social circle to do and say whatever is needed to keep the peace. They ask you to apologize when an apology isn’t deserved, or to forgive before the harm has been repaired, or to suppress your needs to avoid inconveniencing anyone else. In the long run, though, this is no way to maintain social harmony. Sometimes, healthy conflict is necessary. It will make you and your community stronger in the end.

Everyone always advises you to “just be yourself,” as if that’s so easy and there are never any consequences to defying society’s expectations. But you know that this isn’t true. It can be stressful, even dangerous, to live totally freely, and there are times when it hardly seems worth the risk. This week, though, it’s important not to give up on the living life you want, on being the person you hope to be. It’s much more difficult than it should be, but it isn’t out of reach. When you stick by the people who are willing to support you and fight alongside you, everything is possible.

In theory, you’re comfortable with (and often drawn to) transformation. It’s reassuring to know that nothing stays the same forever, that the future is always being written. But when it comes to your own personal life, it’s not so easy to welcome change. So often it seems to be the wrong kind, or it’s thrust on you before you’re ready, or it ends up being more disruptive, more painful than you bargained for. This week, don’t beat yourself up if you’re struggling. You’re in a challenging phase right now, but that means you’re growing, and that wonderful things are coming your way.

Over the past few months, repeated frustrations and hardships have taken their toll on you: Your resilience has worn thin, your reserves of emotional strength have dropped far below normal levels. When it feels like you’re already operating at a deficit, the path of least resistance can begin to seem like your only viable option. This isn’t laziness on your part. You’re respecting your limits, trying to be realistic about what you can ask of yourself. Although rising to a challenge can ultimately make you stronger, you’re also a human being who needs rest. For now, don’t push yourself harder than you have to.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of August 15. The weekly horoscopes for the week of August 29 will be online next Sunday.

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