What does 2017 hold for you, romantically? Friday asked astrologer Shelley von Strunckel to check the signs
Shelley von Strunckel predicts what’s in store for you – romantically.
ARIES MARCH 20 – APRIL 18
If there’s one word that describes the Aries approach to romance, it’s passion. Although Aries has a powerful instinct for creating a life that allows for that passion, finding, loving and living with a partner is another matter. This may be why so many Aries are with other Aries – they’ve an understanding of each other’s obsessions and thrive on the resulting intensity. If you’re an Aries looking for love, you’re lucky, as bountiful Jupiter is positioned on the relationship portion of your chart. Whether you’re part of a couple or looking, this means it’s time to broaden your horizons, either to meet Mr or Ms Right or to add some spice to your existing relationship. Romantic tip: Each day, set aside a few minutes for a one-to-one catch up.
TAURUS APRIL 19 – MAY 19
Being ruled by Venus, the planet of love – and luxury – Taureans don’t have to be told how to live, or love, well; they’ve an instinct for beauty. This isn’t about a ‘designer’ life but getting the best from each moment, whether dating, creating a new home or being part of a family. If there’s any challenge, it’s Taurus’s tendency to get stuck in a routine. 2017 is the year to break away from the predictable and add that missing excitement to life. This could mean venturing out into new territory, whether dining at a new restaurant, or trying an unfamiliar cuisine or holidaying in an unfamiliar setting. These seemingly minor changes can have miraculous results. Romantic tip: Taurus, don’t expect partners to instinctively know your desires – tell them.
GEMINI MAY 20 – JUNE 20
Those who love Geminis are in for an adventure. Between their zest for life and inquisitive nature, each day offers something new. Most born under this inquisitive sign have tried, and failed at, romances with somebody who seemed exciting, only to discover that bliss comes when stability is combined with passion. A long-term alliance teaches Gemini the rewards of consistency. This, in turn, results in career growth, boosts health and a sense of well-being and, most of all, heightens the capacity to enjoy life itself. This is especially the case in 2017. Every effort made to create or sustain a relationship now will bring benefits for years to come. Romantic tip: Busy as life is, ensure there’s time to catch up on what’s happening.
CANCER JUNE 21 – JULY 21
Although Cancerians often view relationships as being about family, lifestyle or achieving goals together, their depth of feelings and trust is central. While this may not be a topic for regular discussion, those closest to Cancerians will, over time, realise that what’s unspoken is often of greatest significance. This sign, ruled by the Moon, links to nature’s cycles, and is about growth – from creating a home and family, to a happy lifestyle and business. Passion plays a vital role in achieving those goals. It is crucial that those activities don’t steal time from cosy moments with partners and family. Maintaining balance is the key to happiness. Romantic tip: Complaints? Make time to discuss them, then focus on love and life’s joys.
LEO JULY 22 – AUGUST 21
Leos are in love with life and with romance, which means those involved with this sign had best be prepared for drama. Whatever the line of work or financial situation, Leos know how to create magic in everyday life, especially when in love. Sustaining that requires juggling, especially if the Leo prefers to ignore life’s practicalities, as some do. Plus, there’s that powerful stubborn streak, which can require serious tact on the part of partners. Achieve a balance, and life can be magic. What’s more, with bountiful Jupiter accenting growth for Leos in 2017, unexpected encounters and offers could add to that magic. Romantic tip: Dine or travel to somewhere new at least once a month.
VIRGO AUGUST 22 – SEPTEMBER 21
Few signs care more about their loved ones than Virgo; their practical side is constantly thinking about how to help them, often discreetly. This sensual earth sign adores creating romantic moments that will lead to special times together. Bizarrely, however, discussions can drift off to analysis of situations and sometimes, an overly intense focus on problems. They need to be balanced with time invested in the simple joys of being together. This is especially crucial during 2017, with bountiful Jupiter accenting exactly such matters. While achieving a balance between life’s duties and pleasures can take time, the results more than justify the effort required. Romantic tip: Put ‘together time’ in the diary and ensure that date is kept.
LIBRA SEPTEMBER 22 – OCTOBER 22
Libra’s symbol is twin scales signifying balance, which truly depicts the Libra approach to life and relationships. Libras view every variety of alliance as an art. Thus, those close to Libra benefit from their reflection, analysis and creative thinking. This especially applies to those loved by Libra. But, often, Mr or Ms Libra will share few of those thoughts. The trick, for Libras and those closest, therefore, is to chat about exactly those matters. This variety of ‘heart-to-heart’ conversation eliminates worries, shifting the focus to the variety of understanding and harmony that Libra dreams of. It creates magic for those they care about most. Romantic tip: Fortunate, expansive Jupiter, positioned in Libra, says explore new settings.
SCORPIO OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 21
It’s ironic that, often, even those closest to Scorpio are unaware of their capacity for deep affection and unshakeable loyalty. That’s because Scorpio is also perhaps the most private sign of the zodiac, so simply won’t even mention their innermost feelings or, often, more everyday ideas, plans or ventures. Those closest to Scorpios must rely on, first, actions that reveal their enduring loyalty and, second, instincts that confirm this deep commitment. Since passion is one of Scorpio’s most remarkable characteristics, the Scorpio relationship grows in trust over time and becomes a precious jewel, valued deeply by those who share it. Romantic tip: Reassuring as habits are, break them and do something adventurous.
SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 20
Being one of the three fire signs, life is fun simply because, to a Sagittarius, it’s meant to be lived well. Ideally, each day is an adventure, with something new to learn, do or encounter. While some thrive on this need for constant activity, if not change, many tend to worry or will try to slow down the pace. The trick is either to enjoy the swift pace, or, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, to cheer those activities from the sidelines. Achieving and sustaining this balance is vital from a practical angle, but also keeps the passion for life and love alive. Once that flame is burning, it will keep Mr or Ms Sag, and their loved ones, warm for years to come. Romantic tip: Vital as being out and about is, schedule time for a regular, intimate, catch-up.
CAPRICORN December 21 – January 18
While, often, Capricorns will go through a range of fun, if not outrageous, romances before they settle down, when it comes to linking up for good, few signs are more cautious about their choice. Being an earth sign, careful attention is paid to practical matters but, equally, to life’s pleasures, which also take precedence. This is about weighing up what’s best. Those who link up with a Capricorn soon realise that any passion is accompanied by a thoughtful approach to priorities. It can, at times, fall on their partner to remind Mr or Ms Capricorn that life is as much about deep, romantic, feelings as providing for life’s more tangible pleasures. Romantic tip: Do something out of character, if not just plain crazy. And do it regularly.
AQUARIUS JANUARY 19 – FEBRUARY 17
Aquarius, as one of the most freedom-loving signs, often creates what might be termed ‘alternative relationships’. That connection might be with somebody in another country or one who’s away a great deal or, if in the same place, their moments of togetherness will be mixed with individual activities or friendships. Aquarians thrive on new ideas, meeting new people and venturing into new territory. Yet, at their core, there’s a deep need for the stability that comes with being close to that special person. Romance means shared ideas and activities, some of which become a tradition, a regular place for holidays, that special ‘birthday’ restaurant. Romantic tip: It’s time to explore and venture into unfamiliar territory.
PISCES FEBRUARY 18 – MARCH 19
Pisces isn’t just the most romantic sign of the zodiac, these sensitive beings truly believe in magic – the magic of good intentions and that dreams can come true. Thus, most Pisceans will fall in, and out of, love several times before settling down for good. This isn’t just about heart-felt adventures but, rather, each experience teaches the idealistic Piscean to balance that belief in fantasy with a good, solid assessment of their beloved. Once that link is formed, the roots of love can grow deep. This allows that sense of magic to exist, but in an environment in which their growing family will thrive. Romantic tip: Declutter. And not just objects, but also get rid of random resentments and outdated dreams.
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