STARGAZ­ING

Shel­ley von Strunckel, one of the world’s top as­trologers, writes a weekly fore­cast for Fri­day

Friday - - Contents -

Your stars for the week ahead.

ARIES MARCH 20 – APRIL 18

After a de­mand­ing, of­ten dull, but in­for­ma­tive past month, both your ruler Mars and Venus move into Aries, kick-start­ing a pe­riod of ac­tion, growth and, ul­ti­mately, de­ci­sion-mak­ing. While you’ll be tempted to turn ex­cit­ing ideas into solid plans, this cy­cle lasts un­til March 10, which means you’ve plenty of time to ex­plore new and un­ex­pected op­por­tu­ni­ties or of­fers.

TAU­RUS APRIL 19 – MAY 19

Your in­stinc­tive re­sponse to the shake-up in your do­mes­tic or work­ing life trig­gered by both the New Moon, on Jan­uary 28, and the un­set­tling eclipsed Full Moon, in mid-Fe­bru­ary, will be to do the min­i­mum. How­ever, not only are changes timely, you’ll need to keep up with those in the world around you. Tricky as these seem now, you’ll soon won­der why you didn’t make changes ear­lier.

GEMINI MAY 20 – JUNE 20

There are sev­eral in­ter­pre­ta­tions for the link be­tween your ruler Mer­cury and the un­com­pro­mis­ing Pluto, and they all have to do with facts be­ing re­vealed. It may be oth­ers are ques­tion­ing you or, pos­si­bly, you’re seek­ing vi­tal in­for­ma­tion, past or present. While this could in­volve cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als, it might re­late to or­gan­i­sa­tions of some va­ri­ety. The more forth­right you are, the more you’ll learn.

CAN­CER JUNE 21 – JULY 21

As much as you’d like un­cer­tain busi­ness or fi­nan­cial mat­ters set­tled swiftly, judg­ing by Fe­bru­ary’s two eclipses, ide­ally, you’ll re­gard ar­range­ments as ten­ta­tive. Sud­den de­vel­op­ments in mid-Fe­bru­ary could turn what’s al­ready ex­cit­ing into some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary. The trick, there­fore, is to or­gan­ise what you can, while en­sur­ing that you can re­think plans as and when ideas ap­pear.

LEO JULY 22 – AU­GUST 21

Although you can’t pre­pare for the un­ex­pected, you can en­sure ar­range­ments are flex­i­ble enough to take ad­van­tage of the life-chang­ing events trig­gered by mid-Fe­bru­ary’s Leo-eclipsed Full Moon. You may al­ready be hav­ing hints of these. Dis­rup­tive as they’ll seem ini­tially, ex­plore even what seems un­wel­come. The more you learn, the more you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate the op­tions open­ing up be­fore you.

VIRGO AU­GUST 22 – SEPTEM­BER 21

Re­cent con­ver­sa­tions may have elim­i­nated con­fu­sion about a num­ber of is­sues but have left you no bet­ter pre­pared to make loom­ing prac­ti­cal de­ci­sions. That’s prob­a­bly best be­cause, with Fe­bru­ary’s two eclipses, even the sim­plest of ar­range­ments are likely to change, pos­si­bly more than once. Take ad­van­tage of this rare op­por­tu­nity to ex­per­i­ment in a way you wouldn’t or­di­nar­ily do.

LIBRA SEPTEM­BER 22 – OC­TO­BER 22

Now that both your ruler Venus and Mars are ac­cent­ing close al­liances, per­sonal and work-re­lated, it’s time to con­sider where im­prove­ments are needed. While you’re aware of some, you’ve lived with oth­ers for so long you’ve be­come ac­cus­tomed to them. For now, ex­plore ex­ist­ing op­tions, know­ing that grad­u­ally oth­ers will sur­face. Most of all, take the op­por­tu­nity to re­view your pri­or­i­ties.

SCORPIO OC­TO­BER 23 – NOVEM­BER 21

Don’t be sur­prised if cir­cum­stances – or your own re­al­i­sa­tion that your si­lence on cer­tain mat­ters has cre­ated prob­lems – force you to re­veal facts you’ve been keep­ing to your­self. Wor­ry­ing as be­ing open about these may be, within min­utes you’ll re­alise how much eas­ier life will be with­out keep­ing those se­crets. Enough that you may be­gin con­sid­er­ing re­veal­ing oth­ers as well.

SAGITTARIUS NOVEM­BER 22 – DE­CEM­BER 20

For you, as a Sagittarius and a fire sign, bal­anc­ing life’s du­ties with its plea­sures is of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance. Although you’ll ben­e­fit hugely from the ef­forts spurred by the tough Saturn, which is in your sign un­til the end of the year, you need an oc­ca­sional break. The op­por­tu­nity comes now, in the form of a timely get­away. Go, know­ing you’ll re­turn re­newed and re­freshed.

CAPRICORN DE­CEM­BER 21 – JAN­UARY 18

While you’re some­times spon­ta­neous in your words or ac­tions, they’re usu­ally care­fully thought through. It’s the same with what you dis­cuss or re­veal. Yet the pow­er­ful link be­tween Mer­cury and Pluto, in Capricorn, is about break­throughs. These could ap­pear in a num­ber of ways, but each is as much about open­ing your mind to new ideas as it is about you be­ing more forth­right.

AQUARIUS JAN­UARY 19 – FE­BRU­ARY 17

Even you, as an in­quis­i­tive Aquarius, some­times need to pause, to re­flect on the past, con­sider the present and think about the fu­ture. To­mor­row’s New Moon in your sign is about ex­actly this. Learn about po­ten­tial changes, where pos­si­ble try­ing things out. Take full ad­van­tage of this pe­riod of ex­plo­ration but for now, steer clear of com­mit­ments. You’ll set­tle on plans, but not just yet.

PISCES FE­BRU­ARY 18 – MARCH 19

Few things are more un­set­tling than watch­ing cher­ished plans come un­done. Yet your in­stincts have made it in­creas­ingly clear that, ap­peal­ing as these are, they’re more about the past than the present or, es­pe­cially, the di­rec­tion cer­tain ideas or al­liances are go­ing. If you can’t let go of them, at least con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity some­thing bet­ter will come along as, within a short time, it will.

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