Kate Bush, a Leo.
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On Thursday, a New Moon in Leo invites you to live boldly, even in undesirable or uninspiring circumstances. If you’ve put your own needs and desires aside recently – in order to care for others or deal with crises, personal or societal, that the world keeps throwing at you – then this is your chance to reclaim them. Then, later in the afternoon, Jupiter retrograde begins. Over the next four months, the planet of growth and luck will seem to recede in the sky. It’s not the best time to make meaningful progress towards your goals, but it’s a great time to reflect. Are you evolving in a way that feels useful and authentic to yourself? If the answer is no, it might become clear that you are at a turning point, ready for a change. Know that you are not too late.
No one can avoid making mistakes once in a while, and for the most part, you have made peace with that. This week, however, you might find yourself doing more than you’re used to. Maybe you realize you’ve drastically misjudged someone or championed a bold new work strategy that ends up falling flat. It’s natural to get discouraged, to be frustrated with yourself, but in reality, you’re doing exactly what you need to do. Missteps mean you’re trying, asking bigger and better questions, being brave enough to aim for something wonderful. Don’t give up now.
It’s gratifying to know that the people in your life need you. It reminds you that your work and your care are valued, that you play an important role in this interconnected world. Yet the pressure of other people’s expectations can become too much. If you are stressed this week, ask yourself if you receive enough care, too. That’s not to say that all relationships are transactional or that you should keep a record of the emotional debts owed to you. Only that, you cannot give forever without receiving love in return. Ask for what you need.
Lately, your mind has been buzzing with a constant awareness of the precariousness of happiness in your life. You are hyper aware that everything you have achieved and strived for could crumble, and everything you love could be torn from beneath you. It’s an overwhelming and stressful state of mind to maintain, so this week try to remember that the reverse is also true. If good is impermanent, so is evil. If sweetness is not guaranteed, then neither is greed and coldness. There are no anticipated conclusions. The future could be bleak, or it could be brighter than you can imagine.
It takes openness and generosity of spirit, a genuine willingness to engage with the world, to recognize the beauty that exists all around you. You have this gift for spotting the best and most beautiful in others. The problem is that you are not always able to see these same qualities in yourself. Up to a point, this humility is admirable. But you also deserve to allow yourself kindness. You already know your weaknesses too well, with all the faults you wish you could change. This week, find enough compassion and affection in your heart to keep some for yourself.
Wanting to be loved by those around you is neither stupid nor superficial. As you well know, it is important to consider how your words and actions are perceived, to be aware that you are part of a larger social network. At some point, however, it is possible to give too much weight to the opinions and impressions of others; you stop listening to, let alone trust, your own inner voice. This week, continue to consider the feelings of those around you. But if their judgments keep you from acting freely or authentically, you can prioritize yourself.
Sometimes you feel like you’re the only person who takes the world’s problems seriously. On social media, you see others enjoying their lives, laughing and joking as if nothing had happened, and it’s as if they really don’t care. It is an unbearable position of solitude, to imagine oneself alone in one’s anxiety. This week, remember that we don’t all deal with stress, fear, or pain the same way, and an Instagram post doesn’t tell the whole story. The masks people wear in public don’t always reflect their true feelings. If you can assume that you are not alone, you will find that you have more allies than you might think.
Even if you tend to be jaded this week, try to give others the benefit of the doubt. Not necessarily those in positions of political power, but the ordinary people you meet throughout the day, in all their charming, confusing, and sometimes infuriating humanity. Not because everyone is always good, or because, as a good person, you owe them your good faith. On the contrary, everyone wins when we create opportunities for people to be good, honest and brave. When you give others a chance to perform at their best, they can seize it.
The natural talents of some people light up in times of change; some shine brightest when they feel safest. It may seem unfair that everything keeps changing, hampering your ability to imagine, let alone build, a long-term future. But this week, don’t assume you’re absolutely unlucky. Consider that you have gifts that you do not yet know, because you have never needed them before. Try to have faith that you are where you need to be and that you have important contributions to make, even if you are still figuring out what they are.
If it were up to you, you would always be learning, growing, discovering more and more of the world. But no one, not even you, can live in a state of constant self-improvement. This week, going too far or too fast is likely to get you in trouble, drain your emotional resources, and get you into projects and dramas that don’t interest you. Trying to do less may seem abnormal. Do it anyway. You have been on the move for so long; you deserve a little time to do nothing at all.
Nothing (not your job, your friendships, or your hobbies) is easy these days. Even the most basic errands seem to require more effort than before; there are so few activities that offer a simple sense of accomplishment. Sufficient rest will help, but you also need reassurance that all the hard work will be worth it in the end, that your efforts won’t be wasted. This week, give yourself permission to take it easy, or take shortcuts, in areas that don’t really matter to you. Save your best energy for what makes the most sense, so your hard work can really pay off.
This week, you may be consumed by the need to write your own story, to determine your own future. If you’re not careful, you’ll spend all your time stewing and worrying, or seeking a sense of control that stays out of reach. No matter how hard you work, uncertainties remain; no matter how much authority you acquire, there will be others more powerful than you. Instead, focus your energy on building relationships. The rewards of human connection can surprise you and change everything, and no one can take that away.
It’s not easy to fight your insecurities. They are slippery and sneaky, stubborn as weeds. This week, however, through some kind of magic, you will get a glimpse of how powerful, how wonderful, and how weak the base of your insecurities are in reality. You can love yourself boldly and generously, without excuses. This feeling might not last forever. Learning how to treat yourself well is an ongoing process, which we have to relearn over and over again, but try to remember what it feels like. Don’t forget that this kind of love exists.
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