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ASTROLOGER SHEL­LEY VON STRUNCKEL TAKES US THROUGH HER THOUGHTS ON WHAT WE SHOULD EX­PECT FROM THIS NEW YEAR

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ARIES MAR 20 — APR 18

Dur­ing this year, you’ll find your­self achiev­ing per­sonal goals and ob­jec­tives, some long­stand­ing. This is kick-started by your ruler, Mars, be­ing po­si­tioned in Aries from Jan­uary 27 to March 10, which fo­cuses your mind and boosts your spir­its. What you be­gin then will shape this year and many to come.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

De­spite your strong in­de­pen­dent spirit, close re­la­tions with fam­ily, friends and col­leagues be­come a pri­or­ity. Oth­ers take a greater role in your life, in­flu­enc­ing ev­ery­thing from tasks to leisure time. Re­lin­quish­ing con­trol could be chal­leng­ing.

Fi­nances and work

Imag­i­na­tion and team­work are key. There’s the po­ten­tial to ben­e­fit from new ideas but, be­cause those are likely to come from oth­ers, you may need to let them take the lead. What you learn and the ben­e­fit you gain jus­tify be­ing flex­i­ble.

Health and well­be­ing

Dur­ing this de­mand­ing but ex­cit­ing year, look­ing af­ter your­self is even more im­por­tant than usual. Since team­work is a theme, try part­ner­ing in your fit­ness rou­tine. Sim­i­larly, coach­ing in your way of eat­ing could smooth out those oc­ca­sional ups and downs.

CAN­CER JUNE 20 — JULY 21

This is a year of progress. At first, you could mis­take changes in ar­range­ments or sudden de­vel­op­ments as wor­ry­ing when, in fact, they are break­throughs. These are en­cour­ag­ing you to ques­tion pri­or­i­ties. This is prepa­ra­tion for the cy­cle you ex­pe­ri­ence from early June to late July, which is so in­spir­ing, you’re soon undertaking new plans and projects. This is about ex­plor­ing ev­ery op­tion, then be­gin­ning a new chap­ter.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

Don’t al­low con­cerns about changes in your life be­ing un­set­tling or up­set­ting oth­ers over­shadow your plans. Talk things through. You will be re­as­sured by what’s said and re­alise those who seemed fret­ful were show­ing they care.

Fi­nances and work

Of­ten progress comes at the cost, which is dis­rup­tion. Tempt­ing as it is to slow the pace of change un­til fi­nances catch up, if ever there was a time to have faith, it’s 2017.

Health and well­be­ing

Bal­anc­ing obli­ga­tions to oth­ers and tend­ing to prac­ti­cal mat­ters could eas­ily un­der­mine your own well­be­ing rou­tine. But rarely has it been so im­por­tant. Have fun and get the ex­er­cise you need, while spend­ing time with those you adore.

TAURUS APR 19 — MAY 19

In late 2016 you be­gan ap­proach­ing your work or ev­ery­day life dif­fer­ently. As 2017 be­gins, you ap­ply what you’ve learnt, mak­ing changes and ex­plor­ing of­fers you’d never have con­sid­ered. This con­tin­ues un­til mid-year, by which time you’ve en­coun­tered in­trigu­ing ideas and met fas­ci­nat­ing peo­ple. By then you’ll also have re­alised this is about al­low­ing your­self to grow, pros­per and change.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

Some dif­fi­cul­ties are ac­tu­ally an in­vi­ta­tion to talk, ex­plore is­sues and learn about your­self and oth­ers. That’s what you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially be­tween March and May. The more open you are, the closer you’ll be with those who mat­ter.

Fi­nances and work

Tempt­ing as it is to hold back from com­mit­ting to changes you’re un­sure about, dur­ing this year you’d wait a long time. In­stead, get in­volved, but in a way that gives you flex­i­bil­ity.

Health and well­be­ing

This year’s de­mand­ing but ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties could mean you for­get to look af­ter your­self, es­pe­cially on the fit­ness front. Don’t wait un­til you’re feel­ing creaky to do some­thing about it. Bear in mind salsa danc­ing can be as good as the gym.

LEO JULY 22 — AUG 21

Look­ing back on 2016, you’re re­al­is­ing it was all about duty and prac­ti­cal­i­ties. This year will free you from re­stric­tive sit­u­a­tions, habits and be­liefs that are hold­ing you back. These break­throughs are trig­gered by eclipses in Fe­bru­ary and Au­gust. What seems dis­rup­tive is tak­ing you into new ter­ri­tory in terms of ideas, ac­tiv­i­ties and your al­liances. Ex­plore and be flex­i­ble; things will set­tle down un­til late 2017.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

You and those you’re close to are jug­gling ar­range­ments and fu­ture plans. Changes could mean al­ter­ing your link. Be bold. These changes breathe fresh air into re­la­tion­ships, es­pe­cially those that have be­come pre­dictable.

Fi­nances and work

You dis­cuss work, fi­nances or what you’re owed frankly. It’s the same with goals and ob­jec­tives. How­ever, Mars, in Leo from July 20 un­til Septem­ber 5, in­creases your fo­cus and power, as well. You’ll be un­stop­pable.

Health and well­be­ing

Why would you slow your pace when you’ve hav­ing so much fun? Your body will tell you when it’s time to take a break. Not only should you lis­ten, do some­thing lux­u­ri­ous for your­self.

GEM­INI MAY 20 — JUNE 19

This is your kind of year, with ex­cite­ment and change to keep you happy, yet a va­ri­ety of chal­lenges. Things move swiftly from one plan to the next and most things fall into place eas­ily. If there’s any chal­lenge it’s deal­ing with those who are un­easy about this de­gree of tran­si­tion. In­stead of say­ing some­thing amus­ing to dis­tract them, delve into their con­cerns. Your ef­forts will calm them and their con­cerns could be in­for­ma­tive.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

The se­cret to keep­ing oth­ers happy is to up­date them reg­u­larly. This ap­plies to fam­ily, loved ones and col­leagues. The worst thing you could do is spring a fully planned ar­range­ment on some­body close. You wouldn’t mind, but they will.

Fi­nances and work

Plan ahead. This is a year of ex­am­in­ing what works and what doesn’t, ex­plor­ing your op­tions but prob­a­bly not com­mit­ting to ma­jor ideas. That’s in 2018. This may seem ages from now, but what arises then will be worth wait­ing for.

Health and well­be­ing

With so much to think about you can eas­ily ne­glect the im­por­tant rou­tine of eat­ing well and get­ting your body mov­ing. Make it so­cial: A course in healthy cooking or run­ning with pals.

VIRGO AUG 22 — SEP 21

The first half of 2017 is about de­clut­ter­ing your think­ing and your life. As you elim­i­nate ev­ery­thing from bur­den­some re­la­tion­ships to un­work­able ar­range­ments, you could worry. Be­ing pa­tient isn’t easy. But this is about ex­plo­ration and ac­tion, not fi­nal­is­ing any­thing. Con­sider what long-terms plans look like but take your time mak­ing last­ing ar­range­ments.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

The part of you that thrives on rou­tine may strug­gle dur­ing this ex­cit­ing if un­pre­dictable year. You’ll soon dis­cover dis­cussing changes and talk­ing over po­ten­tial plans with oth­ers isn’t just in­for­ma­tive, it draws you closer.

Fi­nances and work

Be­cause eclipses in Fe­bru­ary and Au­gust in­flu­ence your daily rou­tine and work­ing life, sudden events could throw things into dis­ar­ray. While un­set­tling, you spot this as the chance you’ve been wait­ing for to make dra­matic but badly needed changes.

Health and well­be­ing

You have an in­stinct for what your body needs and doesn’t, so eat wisely. Your stress lev­els are an­other mat­ter. You say you’ll calm down when life does. In­stead, adopt a prac­tice, even one as sim­ple as a daily walk, to achieve seren­ity this year.

LI­BRA SEP 22 — OCT 22

Jupiter, planet of growth and op­por­tu­nity, moved into Li­bra in Oc­to­ber 2016. You’ve prob­a­bly al­ready re­alised the amaz­ing events it prom­ises won’t nec­es­sar­ily ap­pear in the form you ex­pected. Ini­tially, they could be un­recog­nis­able. Add the dis­rup­tive de­vel­op­ments trig­gered by eclipses in Fe­bru­ary and Au­gust and it might seem things are get­ting worse. But this is about broad­en­ing your hori­zons and it all comes to­gether be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber, while Mars, planet of ego and ac­tion, helps fine tune your per­spec­tive on your op­tions and teaches you to state clearly what your heart de­sires.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

You’ve of­ten com­prised your pri­or­i­ties to keep oth­ers happy. This could hap­pen again early in 2017 but some­thing tells you to dis­cuss your de­sires and with an un­ac­cus­tomed frank­ness. This clar­i­fies your think­ing and lets oth­ers know what you want.

Fi­nances and work

Jupiter is about op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially the prac­ti­cal and pro­fes­sional part of life. You’ll some­times need to ask oth­ers for sup­port and put your­self first. This might be tough ini­tially, but you’ll soon be do­ing it, and lov­ing it.

Health and well­be­ing

You some­times for­get to eat and can ig­nore the ben­e­fits of be­ing out in the fresh air. Make look­ing af­ter your­self a joint ef­fort. Get fam­ily, friends or even col­leagues in­volved.

CAPRI­CORN DEC 21 — JAN 19

You might well have prided your­self on be­ing some­what of a con­trol freak. Dur­ing the past year, while your ruler Saturn has been in the most strate­gic and re­flec­tive por­tion of your chart, how­ever, you’ve had to watch, wait and leave things to oth­ers. You’ve learnt to let go, in ways you thought im­pos­si­ble. This year, es­pe­cially March, May, Au­gust and Novem­ber, you’ll spot sit­u­a­tions you’d once have found wor­ry­ing and will, in­stead, observe. If you do make a move, you’ll ap­proach things dif­fer­ently. This breaks old pat­terns and frees you to live, work and love with a new fo­cus and pas­sion.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

Trust has been an is­sue. While you’ve man­aged close al­liances, from fam­ily to loved ones and part­ners, be­ing vul­ner­a­ble has been an­other mat­ter. Now you dis­cover why it’s won­der­ful.

Fi­nances and work

Usu­ally you’re well in con­trol of life’s prac­ti­cal­i­ties but, lately, events have taken over. While wor­ry­ing ini­tially, you’ve learnt it’s not about do­ing things your way but shift­ing your per­spec­tive. As you do, un­ex­pected op­por­tu­ni­ties ap­pear.

Health and well­be­ing

When you’re in the mood to look af­ter your­self, you do. Yet when you get out of the habit, you look and feel worse. The so­lu­tion? Not dis­ci­pline but fun. Mov­ing to mu­sic will do it.

SCORPIO OCT 23 — NOV 20

Di­verse as sit­u­a­tions you face seem, they’re about elim­i­nat­ing re­stric­tive habits, at­ti­tudes or think­ing. Events trig­gered by eclipses in Fe­bru­ary and Au­gust may seem dis­rup­tive but they’re en­cour­ag­ing you to broaden your hori­zons. It’s the same with ten­sions in usu­ally har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ships. This is pre­par­ing you for Jupiter’s move into Scorpio, on Oc­to­ber 10, for a year’s stay. Broad­en­ing your hori­zons re­quires be­ing in­quis­i­tive. De­velop the habit and you’ll be ahead of the game.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

Al­though your in­stincts say the un­set­tled events you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing are promis­ing, you long for re­as­sur­ance. How­ever, be­cause this un­set­tled year also in­flu­ences oth­ers, they’ll need you, too. The so­lu­tion? Cre­ate a mu­tual sup­port sys­tem. It will be sur­pris­ingly easy and work bril­liantly.

Fi­nances and work

Cy­cles of growth, even wel­come, are costly, and not just in terms of money. Time, en­ergy and re­la­tion­ships can suf­fer. Ac­knowl­edge that to your­self and, where ap­pro­pri­ate, ex­plain it to oth­ers and all will be well.

Health and well­be­ing

Dur­ing pe­ri­ods of change, you hold your breath, lit­er­ally and metaphor­i­cally, un­til things are set­tled. But this goes on all year, which means it’s time to take up some form of re­lax­ing ex­er­cise and a prac­tice that will calm your mind as well.

AQUAR­IUS JAN 20 — FEB 18

Those clos­est know what an as­set your in­quis­i­tive na­ture can be. Yet since Oc­to­ber 2016, when ex­pan­sive Jupiter moved to ac­cent ways you can broaden your hori­zons, you’ve been learn­ing about peo­ple, places and ideas you’d pre­vi­ously dis­missed as un­in­ter­est­ing or didn’t even know ex­isted. Un­ex­pected changes, ideas or of­fers ap­pear fre­quently in March, May, Au­gust and Septem­ber. Ex­plore ev­ery­thing. These are mak­ing your world brighter and more ex­cit­ing.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

As your world changes so will the bal­ance in cer­tain re­la­tion­ships. This may be un­set­tling but, in the process of find­ing a new equi­lib­rium, you’ll renew long­stand­ing links in won­der­ful ways.

Fi­nances and work

It’s a rare Aquar­ius who does any­thing purely for achieve­ment or money. How­ever, be­cause you bring gen­uine in­ter­est to what­ever you’re do­ing, that’s re­turned in prac­ti­cal or fi­nan­cial terms. Now, you’ll need to re­think sev­eral ar­range­ments.

Health and well­be­ing

Dur­ing pe­ri­ods of change it’s easy to for­get about look­ing af­ter your­self. Yet this is when it’s most im­por­tant. Once you find some­thing in­ter­est­ing, eat­ing well and ex­er­cis­ing is no longer a chore; it’s a joy.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 21 — DEC 20

Your spon­tane­ity – one of your great­est strengths – can some­times be a weak­ness. This is one of the things you’ve learnt over the past year. That, plus an em­pha­sis on work­ing closely with oth­ers, from fam­ily and friends to col­leagues and neigh­bours, has shifted your per­spec­tive. So when faced with sudden and tricky sit­u­a­tions, es­pe­cially in March, Au­gust and Septem­ber, you’ll pause, gather in­for­ma­tion and seek guid­ance. What you learn will make you thank­ful you’ve learnt to take life at a slower pace.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

This pe­riod isn’t just about mov­ing at a slower pace, it’s about get­ting to know oth­ers deeply, even those who’ve been part of your life for ages. The time you take to talk, re­flect and un­der­stand their world changes yours. And cre­ates a close­ness you didn’t re­alise was pos­si­ble.

Fi­nances and work

You’ve al­ready learnt to draw the line at plea­sures and ex­cesses. This in­volves money but also time and your ideas. You’re get­ting more for the ef­forts you make.

Health and well­be­ing

While some Sagit­tar­i­ans thrive on ex­er­cise, oth­ers moan at the thought of it. Which­ever you are, you’re in a pe­riod dur­ing which get­ting out and about isn’t just a good idea, it’s es­sen­tial. But this can be fun. Just de­cide to make it so.

PISCES FEB 19 — MAR 19

In De­cem­ber 2016, the planet of ac­tion, courage and pas­sion, Mars, moved into Pisces, where it re­mains un­til Jan­uary 27. This kick­starts the year and boosts your spir­its so you’ll find your­self wor­ry­ing less and plung­ing into pur­suits and al­liances. En­sure your plan is flex­i­ble and you’ll be ready for un­ex­pected or dis­cour­ag­ing events. These are prompt­ing you to re­think ex­ist­ing ar­range­ments. Magic is pos­si­ble but it will re­quire thought and a touch of prac­ti­cal­ity.

Love and re­la­tion­ships

Some­times ten­sions with those clos­est are just that, no more. Bear this in mind and, in­stead of fret­ting, you’ll sim­ply ask what’s up. It’s the same with you. Feel­ing down? Don’t keep it a se­cret but also don’t drama­tise it. Talk things over with those you trust. The re­sults will be amaz­ing.

Fi­nances and work

You’ll do well this year but mostly your ef­forts are paving the way for 2018. Plan for what you’d like to achieve, earn and do. This may be a wait­ing game, but it’s jus­ti­fied by the re­sults.

Health and well­be­ing

Use your en­ergy as if you were an ath­lete, tak­ing part in a lengthy game or a com­pe­ti­tion. Con­serve your en­ergy, look af­ter your­self and don’t waste ef­fort on what won’t take you closer to re­al­is­ing your ob­jec­tive. Sim­ple.

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