The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: This is going to be a week made of small moments, it’s going to be a week for staying connected with the people in your world, it’s going to be a week for listening to what people tell you and listening to the quiet in between their words. It’s a week for enjoying other people’s company. It’s a week for being a little careful and a little kind with strangers in the grocery store, on the street, on the bus. Listen to the radio, listen to the night. Just being here can be enough.

Taurus: This week you’ll be able to feel yourself changing, maybe, getting wiser and getting weirder. You’re growing every second, even when you’re bored at your job, even when you’re stuck in traffic, even when you’re asleep. You don’t need to rush and you don’t need to worry. You’re doing so much work all the time, so try to go a little easy on yourself sometimes. Give yourself time to feel quiet and time to feel slow and time just to sit outside your house and feel the night on your skin.

Gemini: This week, you aren’t going to be able to make everyone happy, and you aren’t going to be able make everyone love you just how you want, and you aren’t going to be able to sail through this week all neutral and untouched. You aren’t going to make everyone happy this week that’s ok. That’s where the magic is, that’s where you can find yourself, that’s where you can find the truths you really need. You can stop watching everyone watch you. You can stop worrying so much. You can live the way you need to.

Cancer: This week you can watch the sky change color, and you can watch the days slowly start to get colder, and you might get a little scared of the long nights ahead. It’s a good week to make sure you have the things you’re going to need. It’s a good week to clean your bathroom, clean your fridge, clean your room, do all your laundry. It’s a good week to hang pictures on your walls. It’s a good week for taking care of the space you live in, a good week for making a home.

Leo: It might feel like the world is shifting under your feet and it might feel like your bones are shifting inside your own body, this week. It’s not always easy, but try not to hold on to everything so tight. It’s okay to let the world shift and breathe. It’s okay to let your friends live in ways that you don’t understand and it’s okay to let the air move in ways you don’t understand. Let your thoughts get away from you sometimes; let them carry you to bright weird places.

Virgo: This is a week for making order of all the strange parts of your life, it’s a week for making meaning, it’s a week for sorting and naming and drawing maps. It’s a week for navigating the weird territory of your dreams and the weird landscapes of your desires. Try to keep moving and try to keep your eyes open. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can find what you need to guide you. Even if you don’t know what you want, you can stay honest, you can stay good, you can keep trying.

Libra: This is a week for letting your blood flow hot in your veins, it’s a week for letting your dreams overflow right out of your heart. It’s a week for getting worked up over how big the world is, how full, how exciting. There are so many bright clear days coming your way and it’s okay, this week, to get happy about it, to get so hopeful it’s a little embarrassing. Listen to Beyoncé and let this energy carry you through the week. Let this energy make you believe in everything good.

Scorpio: This week, if you need to, if you’re ready, you’ll be able to make things right, you’ll be able to make amends, you’ll be able to fix the things that have been wrong and the things that have been bothering you. It can be a week for apologies or a week for forgiveness, it can be a week for laying your heart bare, it can be a week for restoring the balance inside of you. Try to be brave, try to be honest and true to the people you care about, try to be kind to yourself.

Sagittarius: When your days start to move faster than you can even keep up with, try to take a break if you can. Try to stop moving for a second and just look around you. Give yourself time to check in with yourself, with the people you care about, with the place you live in. Give yourself time to get your bearings, give yourself time to catch your balance, give yourself time to breathe. It’s a week for remembering where you are, it’s a week for making adjustments to your path, it’s a week for finding north again.

Capricorn: Even when everything seems most strange, even your own words, even your own heart, even your own face, try not to beat yourself up so much. Even when all you can see is the empty space, even when all you can think of is the work left to do, try not to be so hard on yourself. You’re doing okay, you’re trying so hard, you’re doing so much better than you even know. Let your friends love you however you can. Let yourself live your funny strange life in this funny strange world.

Aquarius: This week, you can focus on the way the sun shines through your windows, or the way your hair looks when you first wake up, or the little green leaves on the plants in your windowsill. This week will be full of small gifts, full of these gentle reminders that you deserve every good thing in the world, every good thing there is. You don’t have to doubt your own thoughts, you don’t have to worry, just let the world around you fill up with possibilities. You can do anything you want. You deserve all the happiness there is.

Pisces: This is a week for trusting your skin and your guts, it’s a week for trusting the borders of your self, it’s a week for trusting the thing you know to be true. You don’t have to believe anything cruel and you don’t have to believe anything that rings heavy and false. You don’t have to be open to anyone who doesn’t care about you; you don’t have to be open to anyone who doesn’t want to see you grow into your best and happiest and most generous self.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: Maybe the world’s been moving fast around you and maybe your thoughts have been moving fast inside your own skull, and either way, things can start to slow down this week. You can find moments of sweet stillness; you can find time just to sit, just to live, just to watch colors in the sky. Everything around you can come into focus. Everything around you can make sense, for now. Just keep your head up and keep your eyes open and keep breathing the clear sweet morning air.

Taurus: You’re going to be so busy this week, busy just building the best life you can, busy growing older, busy growing up. There might be hints of magic and there might be signs of a glowing future somewhere up ahead, but this will mostly be a week for keeping your head, for keeping your feet on the ground, for staying honest. Try to keep believing in your own life. Try to keep believing that all this work matters. Try to get enough sleep. It’s going to be a very good week.

Gemini: This week will present you with some challenges, maybe; it will offer you some choices. This might seem difficult and it might seem like too much, but you’ll know what to do. You already have all the tools you need, you have all the raw materials, you have all the wisdom and the guts. Try not to forget that. Don’t let anyone convince you that you don’t know what you need. You can make warmth out of nothing; you can build joy out of air. There will be nothing that you can’t handle.

Cancer: The world around you can calm down this week, and your days can all start to make sense again. You can sleep so well and you can wake up happy and you can move like you know where you’re going. Things are going to be okay this week, even the things that didn’t seem like they would be, so try to use your time to be kind. Try to use your time to set things right. You can find your own balance again. You can find your own voice. You can find what you need.

Leo: There will be so many things that you don’t know, this week. There will be so many things that can make you feel small. There will be so many kinds of love that will be gentler and weirder and more real than you can even see, and it’s okay. This is a week for learning to let other people live, learning to feel small, learning to feel awe at all the things you don’t know and can’t even predict. Just try to keep your eyes open. Try to keep your heart beating. Try to be kind.

Virgo: Your thoughts have been racing inside you, maybe, working so hard to make sense of the world, working so hard to find a story that makes sense. This week things might start to settle. This week you might start to feel solid again. Things have changed inside of you, and this is a week for adjusting. It’s a week for being as patient as you can. It’s a week for practicing living until it feels natural and easy again. Your days might not make sense yet, but they will.

Libra: This week does not have to be such a big week; this week does not have to bear all the weight of the past and the future, and it does not have to bear the weight of all of your secret dreams. This week, try to give yourself a moment to rest. Take a bath, take a day off, take a minute to watch the sky. You’ve survived so many things already, and all you have to do this week is be very good to other people. All you have to do this week is be kind.

Scorpio: This is a week for trying; this is a week for experimenting. This is a week for doing things you’ve never done before, for talking to strangers or cooking without a recipe or driving without a map. Go to places where you’re never been before, places where there might be sparks and their might be nothing and there might be magic like nothing you’ve ever seen. It’s hard to surprise your own self, so let the world do it for you. Let the world show you what you didn’t know you were looking for.

Sagittarius: It’s okay to let your dreams light you up this week, it’s okay to let them make you happy, it’s okay to let them make you a little gentle. It’s okay to believe in the magic of what’s possible. It’s okay to trust the path that you’re walking on, to believe that it’s leading to the place you’re hoping to find. Either you’ll be right in the end or you won’t, and either way it will be okay, and you’ll keep living, and the sun will still light up your days all gold and bright.

Capricorn: If you’re not so productive this week, or if you don’t spend your time the way you think you should, try not to worry. Nothing’s going to be wasted this week, not even your wasted time. Things are going to keep getting better this week, slowly, quietly, so gently that you might not notice. It’s a week for opening all your windows and watching the light change; it’s a week for watching storms in the afternoon. It’s a week for getting up early and watching the sun rise over the trees and rooftops.

Aquarius: This is a week for waiting and watching and letting the world unfurl itself all bright around you. This is a week for eating lunch outside, a week for looking to the sun, a week for letting your body set its own pace. It’s okay, sometimes, to go through slow seasons and dry seasons and strange seasons. It’s okay to move slowly when you need to. It’s okay to give yourself time to let your brain catch up with your body, time to let your dreams catch up with the sky.

Pisces: There are thing you’ve been working to let go and there are things you’ve been meaning to let go and there are things that you haven’t even noticed hanging over your head, weighing heavy in all your bags and your pockets. There are things that have been taking up too much space in your heart. This is a week for clearing out some space for yourself. You can drop some of this heaviness, and you can be brave enough to carry the rest. Have your friends over for dinner. Fill your dreams with light.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: It’s okay if you don’t know what you’re doing yet, this week. It’s okay if you don’t know where you’re going. It’s okay if you don’t know the shortest path to the life that you’re trying to find. Look at yourself in the mirror and think of all the different haircuts you’ve had, think of all the different faces you’ve worn. Float on your back in a lake, in a pool, in the sea, and think of all the time you have to keep learning how to live.

Taurus: This is a week for stoking the fire inside of you. This is a week for turning up the music in your heart. This is a week for practicing and working and trying as hard as you can to live as the best version of yourself. You don’t ever have to feel like you aren’t enough, and you don’t ever have to feel like you’re too much. Just try to recognize the warmth inside of you, try to recognize the glow, try to recognize the funny bright magic that can fill your whole house.

Gemini: This can be a week to feel like you’re floating, this can be a week to feel like you’re flying, this can be a week to have total faith in your own self. The sun can light up your kitchen just right, and the sounds floating up from the street can be gentle and sweet, and the people in your life can love you just the way you need. Good things can happen and good things can keep happening, just doing whatever you can to be kind.

Cancer: The world is going to move fast and bright and wild around you this week; the world is going to be full of sound and motion. The world is going to throw so many questions your way this week. This can be exciting and it can fill you with life and it can keep you up at night. Try not to worry. All you have to do is keep living, all you have to do is keep breathing, all you have to do is keep trying as hard as you can.

Leo: You might feel a little tired this week, you might feel stretched so thin, you might feel a little emptied out. Spend your time alone, if you need to. Take long baths, take long walks if you need to. If you can’t figure out what you need, try to rely on the deepest strongest kindness you can find inside you. Try to rely on generosity. Try to give everything you can of yourself and watch all your goodness come back to you, watch it carry you.

Virgo: This week is for getting out from underneath the clouds that have been hanging over you, this week is for breaking the curses that have stuck to you, this week is for tapping into the best magic you have. Some things take energy and some things take time and some things take magic, and this week you can find whichever of these things you most need. You can practice fearlessness this week. You can practice loving yourself just so much. Listen to songs sung by witches and songs sung by ghosts. Listen to Kate Bush.

Libra: The night sky might sing to you this week; the moon might call your name. This is a week for tapping into some deep true wildness inside yourself. This is a week for trusting your beating heart, it’s a week for trusting your pumping blood, it’s a week for letting yourself be moved by love. Try to stay open; try to wait and see where love can take you. See what it can show you. See how it can shift and bend and guide you home.

Scorpio: This week you might find yourself just bursting with feeling, bursting with energy, bursting with more of your own essence than you even know what to do with. This is a week to let yourself be full and expansive and wild. This is a week for avoiding, as much as you can, the places and the people who make you shrink. It’s a week for climbing mountains, it’s a week for swimming in the ocean, it’s a week for walking down crowded streets, it’s a week for remembering your own true name.

Sagittarius: You might feel tired this week and you might feel drained, you might feel like you’ve used up all your stockpiles of energy and love. You might feel like you’ve used up all the bravery in your body, but you have things inside yourself that even you don’t know about. You have hidden reserves of wildness and joy waiting to be uncovered. This is a week for resting, and this is a week for remembering your own best energy. Drink enough water. Listen to songs you’ve never heard before.

Capricorn: Your body might react so strongly, so strangely, to the shifting seasons this week. You might feel the change in your blood, in your brain, in your bones. You might feel the change in your stomach, in the tips of your fingers, in your voice. Try to let it sink in. Try to let yourself settle. It’s okay to take everything a little slow while you readjust to your own body, while you readjust to the length of your days, while you get used to this new season’s air on your skin.

Aquarius: This week it might feel like you’re finally waking up from long weird sleep, it might feel like you’re coming out of a deep and strange trance, it might feel like you’re just snapping out of something, like you’re breaking free, like you’re coming back to yourself. Try not to let this week go to waste. Try not to let this magic awakening slip past you unnoticed. You can celebrate your waking brain. You can celebrate the bounds of your body. You can dance, you can shout, you can do anything.

Pisces: This is a week for asking questions; it’s a week for getting stranger answers than you expected. This is a week for fitting the pieces of your life together and finding something different than you were waiting for. It’s a week for looking at your world with clear eyes and an open heart and a weird bright curiosity. You might be surprised, this week. You might be overcome by joy. You might not yet know what to do with the answers that you find, and that’s okay.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: If you start to feel restless this week, if you start to feel trapped, try to remember that it’s okay to be impulsive, it’s okay to move in circles, it’s okay to change your mind. Try to make your choices with kindness in your heart, try to move through the world trusting in the wisdom of your body, but it’s okay if you aren’t right at first. It’s okay to move backwards. It’s okay to take risks that might never pay off. Go to the beach, go to the mountains, go to the movies. Keep moving.

Taurus: This week you’ll be able to see the future stretched out in front of you, all the way to the horizon, vast and blue as the sea. If you look at it too much, if you look too closely, it might play tricks on your vision. It might throw you off balance. There’s no map that can show you where to go, so try not to worry so much. There’s no way to see everything at once, so just keep moving and trust that the ground will stay firm under your feet, because it will.

Gemini: This week your heart might feel so fragile, like a sunset, like a morning, like a dream. It’s going to be so easy to lose yourself in the sorrows of the world, like you could spend whole days lost inside your own head, like you could spend whole days just sighing and gazing out the window. Try to remember the ways you know to fill yourself with joy. Try to remember the ways you know to make your own light out of nothing. Try to remember to eat enough that you’ll stay strong.

Cancer: This week there will be so many ways to know your own self, there will be so many ways to anchor yourself in this world. You can wear clothes that look like the fire you feel in your heart, you can wear clothes that match all the greens and blues of your dreams; you can wear clothes that glitter like the stars. There are so many songs you can sing, there are so many spells you can cast, there are so many ways to remind yourself of the person you most want to be.

Leo: You might feel really driven this week, like you can do anything, like there’s nothing in this world that can stop you. You might feel lit up by all the bright energy in your limbs. You might feel like you can see all the way to the end of the world. Just don’t drive all the softness out of your heart. Don’t drive all the tenderness out of your body. Think of your best future self but still, always, think of the people all around you right now. Try to be so good to them.

Virgo: If the streets bend all strange around you this week, if your days feel like such small brittle things, just try to breathe, try to sleep, try to drink enough water. You can slow down, if you need to, or you can stay inside all day, or you can talk to kind strangers in the park, in the store, on the bus. The future will come when it wants to, so try to enjoy your time this week. Try just to enjoy your own body. Try just to enjoy your own sweet life.

Libra: This week, try to let your muscles get loose, try to let your thoughts wander, try not to worry too much about all your big plans. You can think of yourself like you’re made of water, you can think of yourself like you aren’t even solid. You can take on so many forms. You can move at so many different speeds. You can stay home and watch movies all week long, if you need to. You can sit on the porch and watch the sky. You can walk and walk and walk until you know what to do.

Scorpio: This is a week for letting go of what makes you feel small, it’s a week for letting go of what makes you feel less alive. Worlds can end this week and it will not be the worst thing. Whole worlds can end this week, and you’ll be surprised at all the space that opens up to you. You can say no to so many of the thoughts that crowd inside you. You can say no to so many small cruelties. You can create so much clear bright space inside yourself that you almost start to glow.

Sagittarius: This week’s going to feel strange and sharp and prickly, maybe, like there’s a stone in your shoe, like your clothes won’t fit right. It’s not the best and it isn’t easy, but this kind of discomfort can show you so many things, if you are patient. Try to sit with it, for now. Try to live with it. If you don’t rush to smooth everything over, if you don’t rush to fill every crack, your vision can become so clear. Your backbone can turn to steel. You can know what you need to do.

Capricorn: This week you can find strength in the weirdest places, you can find more strength than you knew your body could hold. Listen to the bands you used to love and let them remind you of all the ways your thoughts can move. Listen to the songs you’ve always loved and let them carry you through your days. The world around you you can get so tangled and wild, but you can learn what you need to do just by moving forward. You can learn what you really want if you just keep living.

Aquarius: This is a week for being a little tougher than you need to be, maybe, or a week for being a little weirder than you need to be, or a week for telling the truth just a little louder than you have to. It’s a week for fighting back against everything that makes you feel small, everything that makes it hard to move, everything that makes your heart feel so heavy. You can resist, this week. You can shout, you can sing, you can eat ice cream all day. You can grow into your fullest freest self.

Pisces: This is a week for weird honesty; this is a week for trusting yourself to find a way through the space between what you have and what you need. Try to be brave enough to say your own true name out loud. Try to be brave enough to go where you haven’t been before. Try to be brave enough to believe in the quiet glowing truth in your blood. Listen to the rhythm more than the tune. Listen to the bass more than the melody. Let the world carry you.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

Q

Anonymous asked:

Hello! I feel a bit silly for asking but I am really interested to know what Anti-Genius is / all about. Somehow I feel like I should just know, but I don't. Love your horoscopes, by the by.

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doskapozora:

Oh anon I’m glad you asked!! I worry that “anti genius” is really easily interpreted to mean something totally different than what I’m trying to do, and I am grateful for the opportunity to keep being a broken record about it!

First, to be clear, Anti-Genius is not anti art! Not anti-good art, not anti-difficult art, not anti-complicated art. Not, as all these litbros insist on believing, about reducing great literature to a sad flat landscape of “good” and “bad” people. It’s not about being “offended” by “characters i don’t like,” it’s not about wanting to only read “viewpoints that I agree with.” (I trust that you know this, anon, but I think probably it’s an important thing to get out of the way. Ok!!). 

The tag has started to sprawl a little bit, but the original and most basic point of Anti-Genius is that producing great art does not excuse a person from the responsibilities of being human. The most basic point of Anti-Genius is that good literature is the most important thing in the world to me BUT STILL people are more important. 
I went to a liberal arts college full of brainy social justice-obsessed weirdos and even then, in one of the first lit classes I took, we spent the entire semester discussing whether or not The Artist is of a fundamentally different breed than the regular person. Liiiiiike, truly, I cannot believe that is even a question. The artist is a human just like the rest of us. The poet is a human just like the rest of us. Same as the movie actor, same as the Wall Street banker, same as the pro football player, I don’t care. This is not to say that “we’re all human let’s get along!” but rather that we all live in a difficult world, and we all need to do the best we can to live kind and just and moral lives, and having a cool job does not excuse you from this. This is like so basic, it’s so uncool to say. My internalized poststructuralist theorist is cackling and groaning at me right now, my internalized Cool Brooklyn self is cringing so hard, I don’t care, here we are. 
Not saying that nobody should consume art by anyone who is a “bad person,” etc etc etc. We all have our own complicated moral arithmetic to do, to determine what we’ll ignore, what we’ll let go, what we’ll forgive. I will not watch a movie by Woody Allen but I still love David Foster Wallace. It’s not easy and I’m not pure but like, but like
I once went to a comedy show at UCB where Donald Glover did a joke about Michael Jackson, about how liiiiike wellllll maybe a kid or two got abused but Thriller was worth it. Anti-Genius means fuckkkkkk that. Anti-Genius means that the wives matter, the girlfriends matter, the kids matter, what is even the point, otherwise. Anti-Genius means that art is the most important thing there is but it is never that important. 

No Madame Clairevoyant today. (She is traveling.) Instead, however, we offer her thoughts on “ANTI-GENIUS.”

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: This is a week for letting your ideas breathe; this is a week for thinking out loud. This is a week for letting your secret projects and plans out into the world, for letting them stretch their legs, for letting them come alive in the sunlight. Talk through your thoughts with other people. Let your friends show you the things you don’t see; let them show you new ways your brain can move. Try to be brave, try to be generous, and your thoughts can sparkle, they can glow, they can light your way.

Taurus: This can be a week for making choices, a week for narrowing your focus, a week for remembering that your time and your attention and your life are your own. You don’t have to spread your energy all across the world; you don’t have to give of yourself every time someone asks. You can stop listening to the people who don’t care about you. You can choose what to do with your own days. You can speak your needs out loud. You can listen to your favorite song as many times in a row as you want.

Gemini: This is a week for dreaming about motion; this is a week for dreaming about flight. This week you can get unstuck from whatever has been holding you in place, and it will feel like you can move through the sky, like you can move through your days, like you’re made of light. You can believe, just for now, that there are no limits on the range of motion available to you. You can believe that everything will always be this easy, that everything will always be okay. Call somebody you miss. Write letters full of bright love.

Cancer: You can feel the winds shifting this week, you can feel change in the air, you can feel the stars calling out to you at night. The possibilities of your life can open up. You can imagine your way into so many futures and so many lives. This week you can move like light, you can move like sound, you can move like a dream. You don’t have to be solid, you don’t have to be sure, you don’t have to know quite what you’re doing. It’s okay to live in possibilities, for now.

Leo: When your world gets most strange this week, when you need it most, you can find bright fire buried deep in your heart. You can find a little bit of darkness, you can find a little bit of steely trust in your own self. You can find energy that feels like a forest, you can find energy that feels like the sea, you can find energy that can carry you through anything. You can stand up for yourself, you can believe in your own face in the mirror, you can be so generous with your love.

Virgo: It might be easy to get frustrated this week, it might be easy to get impatient, it might be easy to feel like your own life is moving too slowly. Try to be patient, even when you want everything all at once. You have so much time. You won’t get left behind and you won’t get stuck. There are stories that can unfold slowly, there are stories so full of texture and sweetness and light, there are stories that can unfold in stranger ways than you can predict. Keep moving, keep living, keep your eyes open.

Libra: This week you can feel so present in your own skin. You can feel your feet on the ground, you can feel the air on your face, you can hear the song of the world in your ears. You can feel peace if you need peace, you can feel strength if you need strength, you can come into your own. You can find yourself in storms, you can find yourself in mountains, you can find yourself in sweet foggy air. Try to be gentle with the people you care about. Try to be tender with your own self.

Scorpio: This week you can find your power, you can find your center, you can find your balance again in this weird shaky world. Walk through the streets of your city watch all the life all around you, watch the buildings and the faces and the trees and the concrete. You can be strong enough to get so wild. Listen to the songs that remind you of the rhythm of your own body. Listen to the songs that remind you of your bright voice. Listen to the songs that remind you what your own best confidence feels like.

Sagittarius: This is a week for stretching your muscles, it’s a week for testing your abilities, it’s a week for taking the wildest flying leaps you can manage. This is a week for doing the things you don’t yet know how to do. You can learn how to move by moving, you can learn how to live by living, you can learn how to speak by speaking. You don’t have to wait for anything. You don’t need permission. You can imagine the life you want into being. You can work magic, just by trying.

Capricorn: This week, hard work can keep your head clear and your blood flowing. This week, you can get a little lost in the projects that you care about. You can write the stories you need to read, you can sing the songs you need to hear, you can see the world you need taking shape around you. If you keep moving, your vision will be clear and your sleep can be sweet. You can follow the golden stars above your head, you can follow the lights of the city around you, you can follow your own heartbeat home.

Aquarius: If you start to doubt yourself this week, if you forget what you’re doing or where you’re trying to go, try to trust other people. Try not to stay stuck in your own room, even when it feels hard to go outside. Try not to stay stuck in your own head, even when your own voice sounds like tin in your ears. You can call your friends, you can make food for them, you can sit with them on porches and in parks. You can let the people who care about you call you back to yourself.

Pisces: This is a week for talismans and charms, this is a week for wearing your softest shirts, this is a week for eating the foods you like most. This is a week for magic you can touch and magic you can see and magic you can carry in your pocket. There’s so much floating through the world, so much movement, so much strangeness, so much feeling, that it’s easy to get a little lost. Try to anchor yourself to the physical world however you can. Let it guide you through your days, let it guide you through your dreams.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: This week, something might not feel quite right, like maybe your insides feel all twisted up, like maybe your heart feels sore in your chest, like maybe your thoughts are heavy and weird. Try not to get lost inside yourself. Try not to let your racing brain make you too sad for the world. Focus on things outside you, maybe. Focus on surfaces. Get your hair cut, or wear different clothes, or just look at your face in the mirror. Let this work like magic; this can work like a spell.

Taurus: This is a week for traveling, it’s a week for moving, it’s a week not to stay still or sit at home too much, if you can help it. Take a bus to a faraway city. Watch the green earth from an airplane, from a mountain, from your roof. You don’t have to feel trapped, not in your your town, not in your body, not in your head. Listen to songs that stay in your head. Listen to songs that keeps you company as you move through your days. Listen to songs that sing you to sleep at night.

Gemini: This week you can catch your balance, you can hit your stride, you can feel like gold. This week you can let go of the the feelings that are too heavy, the ones that don’t even move you anymore, the ones that have haunted you the most. The changes you’ve made in your life will start bloom and glow, this week. Your desires can sparkle in front of you. Your future can shine. Go to the beach, go to the pool, smell flowers and sunscreen in the air. Listen to songs full of motion and songs full of light.

Cancer: You might feel scattered this week, you might feel split, you might feel turned around. You might feel like you aren’t even solid, like you’re full of air, like you’re full of water, like you’re full of dreams. Try not to let it worry you. Try not to think that you need to be doing more than you are. This is a week for small kindnesses and small joys. This is a week for being so good to the people in your life. Listen to your favorite song on repeat. Try to believe that you are enough.

Leo: This week you might feel your blood hot in your veins, you might feel lightning in your head, you might feel a storm brewing in your heart. You can feel like a witch this week; you can feel like the sun. This is a week for tapping into powers that have stayed dormant inside you. This is a week for learning that you are so much weirder than you thought you were. Listen to songs without words, listen to songs full of words you don’t understand, listen to songs sung in the language of your dreams.

Virgo: You can be so weird this week, you can be so bright, you can do everything you want to do and nothing that you don’t. You can be your own best self this week, or your strangest self, or your bravest self, or the self who shines like the sun. If you keep being as kind as you can, if you keep moving even when you’re afraid, everything dark can fall away. Listen to songs that bring you back to a younger version of yourself. Listen to songs that make you sing.

Libra: This week, you don’t have to work too much and you don’t have to try too hard. This is a week for watching, for waiting, for giving yourself over to the songs in your dreams and the pull of the moon. If you’re patient, if you don’t hurry, you can watch your whole life start to bloom. You can learn so many kinds of magic if you’re willing to move a little slowly this week, if you live with your eyes open and your feet on the ground and your windows rolled down.

Scorpio: This week can be so full of joy, full of sweet sunny mornings and tender blue nights. This week can be full of light and full of easy goodness, and that can be enough for you right now. You don’t have to be serious and you don’t have to be hard and you don’t have to bear the full weight of the world on your back. You can let yourself float a little bit, you can let yourself fly, you can let the world be kind to you. You can be kind to yourself.

Sagittarius: Everything might turn out different than you expected, this week. Everything might turn out better than you hoped. Your predictions might turn out to be wrong this week, and this is such a blessing. It’s such a gift not to be right, sometimes. It’s such a gift to be surprised by the world’s sweetness, sometimes. It’s such a gift to watch your days fill with brighter colors than you ever thought you could see. It can be so good to feel how small you are, this week. Every word you hear can sound like music.

Capricorn: This week, you don’t have to look at the stars, and you don’t have to dream about the future, and you don’t have to feel the ghosts of your old selves all around you. You can just be quietly alive in your own body, quietly alive in your own small part of the world. All you have to do is keep breathing, all you have to do is remember the ways you’re alive. Sit outside, or take a bath, or watch a baseball game, or eat fruit that stains your hands and popsicles that stain your teeth.

Aquarius: This week is about knowing the shape of your own weird emotions; this week is about knowing the size of the love and the need you carry inside you. You don’t have to be sad about the things you don’t have. You don’t ever have to feel like you aren’t enough. You can know what you need to keep living, if you pay attention. You can know how to find the truest joy. You can be so kind to yourself, you can find ways to rely on your own heart. Buy yourself flowers, bake yourself a pie.

Pisces: This is a week for finding your wildest bravery. This is a week for feeling your heart beat. It’s okay to risk embarrassment, it’s okay to risk falling, it’s okay to feel so much ambition you can hardly breathe, so much desire you can hardly see. Let the bright future swell like the ocean. It’s okay if you don’t know what you’re doing and it’s okay if you don’t know the rules. It’s okay to put your dignity on the line sometimes. It’s okay to be humbled by your wild desires.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

Something I love most about writing them is the direct and immediate connection to other people. This is partly a product of writing for the internet, of course, but there’s something else, too. The space in my head where I go to write horoscopes is different from the space in my head where I go to write fiction; in the same way, I imagine that a person can be a reader of horoscopes in a really different way than they are a reader of fiction or poetry.

Claire Comstock-Gay: Wilderness Issue - Thistle Magazine

Thistle Mag talks to this beloved friend and writer, Claire Comstock-Gay, a. k. a. Madame Clairevoyant.

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: This week is for letting yourself get weirder, for letting your dreams get louder, for growing into your truest self. You can talk the way you want, you can move the way you want, you can tell the stories that beat hardest in your chest. You can use whatever tools you have; you can use whatever tools you need. It’s okay to rely on honesty or on pop songs or on your friends. It’s okay to live quietly and it’s okay to live loud, just keep working to be generous. Keep working to be kind.

Taurus: You might feel strange this week, you might feel like you’re living in so many worlds at once. You might feel split between the earth and the sky, split between the afternoon and the night, split between your bright inner life and the world outside, full of soil and trees and concrete. Try to remember that you don’t have to be whole all the time. You don’t have to make sense. You don’t have to tell your life like it’s a story. Stay honest and keep living and you can find everything you need.

Gemini: This is a week for big projects and hard work; this is a week for bright colors and things you aren’t even sure you’re ready for. You can find so much magic inside yourself. You can find so much bright strength just by leaving the house every day, just by moving. You can surprise yourself with how much you’re capable of. Drink so much water, drink so much coffee, buy an old sewing machine, build a garden bed. There are so many places you can find energy this week. There’s so much you can do.

Cancer: When you look in the mirror this week, when you look out the window, when you look up at the sky or out at the ocean, you might get so restless. When you walk through the streets of your city this week you might feel parallel worlds and possible futures tugging at you, aching in your heart, singing in your dreams. This restlessness can make your imagination so big and bright, but try not to let it distract you too much. Don’t forget your own body, don’t forget your own friends, don’t forget to go outside.

Leo: This is a week for living a little wild; this is a week for trusting your luck, for trusting weird coincidences, for trusting the stars above you and the breeze in your bedroom at night. Try not to think too much; try not to worry. You are where you’re supposed to be, and that could mean so many things. You are making the right choices, and that can mean so many things. Trust your body and trust your feet. Write letters to the person you love the most. Write poems that you’ll never show anyone but yourself.

Virgo: This week you might feel a little bit small in the world, and this can be such a good thing. You aren’t the only person in the world; you aren’t the only person who has seen the things you’ve seen and lived the things you’ve lived. You are never alone, but still there’s so much space to breathe. There’s so much space to dream. Spend some of your days alone. Spend some of your days with friends. Spend some of your days on crowded streets just watching the huge world move all around you.

Libra: This week, it might be easy to live in the echoes inside your own head; it might be easy to spend your days in your memories and desires. Your funny weird thoughts can light you up, they can give you new energy, they can open up new pathways inside your head. Go on walks by yourself. Stay up late listening to songs about love and fire. You can dream whole new worlds into being this week, but leave a light on in your window. Don’t forget the way back home.

Scorpio: This week can be so good and so bright and so wild, and still, the world around you might not quite make sense. The words and stories of your life might bend and shake; the joy in your heart might be too much to be contained. You can live so well this week. You can break so many rules. You can let your dreams overflow. Watch the sky change, watch the shadows move across the ground. Draw pictures of your dreams. Draw pictures of the future and watch the world shift.

Sagittarius: This is a week for keeping yourself busy; this is a week for staying in motion as much as you can. It’s so easy to get caught up in reflection, caught up in dreams, caught up in an invisible future. Sometimes it’s enough just to move, sometimes it’s enough just to live, sometime it’s enough just to keep walking. Spend your days cooking, spend your days building things, spend your days on your bicycle. Work so hard that your sleep is easy and sweet. Work so hard that you can stop worrying for a while.

Capricorn: This week, choose a magic to believe in and let it make you powerful. Choose a magic to believe in and let it fill your heart. There’s so much sorrow in the world. There is so much strangeness. There’s so much light. There are so many ways to survive and get older and keep living, and you can believe in whatever weird forces you need. Listen to songs that sound like the sky. Listen to songs that sound like the color red. Listen to songs that can show you a way out.

Aquarius: This can be a good week for getting unstuck from the things that have been weighing you down. You don’t have to run away and you don’t have to leave your whole life behind, but you can take small slow steps out of dark rooms and sad places, this week. You can find new sources of energy, you can find new sources of joy, you can find so many ways to sustain yourself. Believe in your own motion. Believe in your own bravery. Open your windows, or cut your sleeves off your shirt, or go swimming all day.

Pisces: You might feel a little lonely this week, and this can be okay, this can be so good. This is a week for remembering what it’s like inside your head when there’s no one else around. This is a week for quiet independence and quiet joy. Take walks alone and let your thoughts grow and move and change colors. Open your windows to the sweet early morning air, or take walks under green trees, or read books that make you feel full of light and courage. You can remember who you are. You can return to yourself.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

“For a few months when I was eighteen I was having sex with someone who had faded scars all up and down his arms, small short scars from a knife, maybe a razor blade. I would look at them when he wore t-shirts and I would look at them when we were naked and I wanted to run my fingers along every single one. I touched them a few times, but always lightly, like I didn’t mean it. I don’t know, I thought I’d embarrass him. For a few months when I was nineteen I was having sex with someone with little stretch marks all over his shoulders and chest and stomach and I wanted to stare at them but I tried not to; I wanted to touch them but I was scared to make him feel strange in his body. Later that same year I had sex just once with someone who I met on the bus back home from school, who had straight blond hair and tattoos on his calves and no scars at all on his body. He bought me some beers at the bar out past the mall, then brought me back to his place where he put his hand around my throat and laughed and laughed. I stayed the night anyway, then left his house early in the morning and walked all the way home down Loudon Road and over the river, wondering how close I’d just come to dying, making a list in my head of what the pros and cons would’ve been.”

Ungrateful Skin by Claire Comstock-Gay | Two Serious Ladies

A very important melty, hurty, yearnful story by our own Claire Comstock-Gay, who you may better know as Madame Clairevoyant. This is her first published piece of fiction!