Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of October 17

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Illustration: Jen May

On Tuesday, Venus moves from Scorpio into Sagittarius, and you might feel your love shifting, your energy changing course. If your feelings lose their focus, they can gain an expansive light. How can your love grow bigger than your body? How can your love grow big as the sky?

Aries: In the fall, first the trees change, then the sky changes, then your vision opens up. There’s a different kind of light, a different weight in the air, a different way you can move through space. You can be good to yourself without giving up your strangeness. You can be good to yourself without even giving up your sorrow. There are no dead ends here, and there are no ruts. Some days are just easier than others. Some days the air just feels gentler on your skin.

Taurus: This is a week for following your instincts; it’s a week for following what you know to be true. This sounds simple but it’s not, of course–instincts can get drowned out in this noisy world, and other voices echo loud through the streets. Still, you hold an honesty that will always bring you back to yourself. There are risks worth taking, and you’ll know what they are. Enough love will always call a road into being. There will always be a compass pointing north.

Gemini: If you could really do what you wanted to do, what would that look like? There’s so much more haze in this world than there is clarity. There’s so little solid ground. This isn’t a bad thing, just a challenge and a call. This week, you might have the sense that you’re standing where the road ends and the forest begins. This week, you might have the sense that you’re standing at the top of a mountain, the sky opening our all around you. Ahead of you, there’s only strangeness, and this means there’s the possibility for true bright joy.

Cancer: It can feel hard to know if you’re really making the most of your time, when you can’t see it, and can’t touch it, and can only feel it like a ghostly presence behind you. All these days keep bending and swirling and changing. Time doesn’t feel like a ticking clock, or like soft sand in an hourglass, and this is good too. This means you aren’t stuck. You don’t need to race whatever wild force you’re trying to race. This means there’s still enough time to live the way you need to live.

Leo: If the world feels messy this week, or cold, or cruel, stay close to the people who believe you. Stay close to the people who make you feel understood. This isn’t a week for building a bridge over every wide river. This is a week for tending to your own foundation, for caring for your own wild heart and letting it beat, for now, in safety. There’s enough time and love in the world for you to extend yourself this kindness. There is more than one way to be true to yourself when the world becomes strange.

Virgo: This week, think about what you’re mourning, what you’re missing, what you need the most. There’s always enough room for the world to change. There are pockets where joy can bubble up unexpected. Somewhere, there is tenderness like nothing you’ve yet known. This week, work on clearing space in your life to hold emotion like this. It isn’t easy. Even now you can create your own life; you can set your own fire. If you turn your music loud enough, you can hear it even in your dreams.

Libra: This week, the world around you might not make sense. Your life is entirely yours, but still there’s so much that’s not yours to control, and this is as it should be. This is where bright surprises come from. The world comes into focus slowly, and the truth reveals itself piece by piece. If you don’t pay attention, you could almost miss the sweetness of a life like this. Watch the morning sun climb quiet and pink above the horizon. Listen to the radio play songs about longing and songs about joy.

Scorpio: The world is made of so many parts. There are cold places and warm places, safe places and strange places. There are skies and cliffs and colors. There’s so much to see and it keeps ending up weirder, hazier, less settled than you expected. You don’t need to have it all figured out this week. Sometimes trust is as illuminating as doubt. Sometimes a guess is as good as a map. It can be hard to believe that the patterns of your life will become clear if you keep looking, but they will.

Sagittarius: This is a week for paying attention to the rhythms around you; it’s a week for paying attention to what your body really needs. Think of all the wild days that have brought you here. Think of all the sunlight and sweetness you’ve stored for the winter. The world is full of forests and plains and cities, and the night is full of mysteries and dreams. Watch the migrating birds cross the sky. If you really listen, if you keep your heart open, you can know what to do next.

Capricorn: You might feel a little dreamy this week, a little distant from your own life. This isn’t wrong, and it’s not even weird. Some weeks are just for wandering. Some weeks are for seeking clarity that can’t be found so close to home. You don’t need to stay just for the sake of staying, and you don’t need to muffle the beat of your own heart. If you don’t know what to do with all these dreams, just hold them. They’ll tell you how to move and they’ll light the way home again.

Aquarius: You don’t have to care about everything that’s ever happened, and you don’t need to hold on to bad feelings until they devour you. This is your body and your home and your life, and you don’t need to listen to anyone who tells you it’s not. Sometimes walking away is an act of courage and joy. Sometimes, speaking your secrets aloud can render them harmless, turn them to air. Open the windows this week; take a walk outside. There’s love as bright as the moon. There are so many ways to get free.

Pisces: There are so many selves you could’ve grown into instead of this one, but you still carry parts of them all with you. It can be hard, from where you stand inside your own life, to see how much you might really be capable of. Remind yourself: there are so many ways to interact with the world. There are so many bright surfaces to see your own life reflected back to you. Some dreams feel like dreams, and some feel like the solid truth. Both can help you remember who you are, and who you want to be.