STARGAZ­ING

Your stars for the week ahead.

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ARIES MARCH 20 – APRIL 18

You can’t plan for the un­ex­pected. How­ever, with the ideas planet Mer­cury end­ing its ret­ro­grade cy­cle on Wed­nes­day, and po­si­tioned in Aries, you can be sure there’ll be sur­prises. While some may be dis­rup­tive, most will be a con­tin­u­a­tion of re­cent events which, by and large, have forced you to re­view ex­ist­ing ar­range­ments and re­think your pri­or­i­ties, in the here and now, and for the fu­ture.

TAURUS APRIL 19 – MAY 19

Although the New Moon took place last Wed­nes­day, be­cause it was ac­tu­ally in Taurus, you’re un­doubt­edly still mulling over the sud­den de­vel­op­ments it ush­ered in and un­ex­pected ideas and of­fers it trig­gered. If oth­ers are urg­ing you to make de­ci­sions, tell them they’ll just have to wait. Not only are many changes still un­fold­ing, you need time to weigh up your op­tions.

GEMINI MAY 20 – JUNE 20

The past weeks, since your ruler Mer­cury went ret­ro­grade on April 9, have been as un­set­tling as they’ve been informative. How­ever, judg­ing by the swift pace, you’ve had little op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on those in­sights and won’t un­til Wed­nes­day, when it re­sumes for­ward mo­tion. Take it slowly. It may not be un­til well into May that you recog­nise what, and who, is of great­est sig­nif­i­cance.

CANCER JUNE 21 – JULY 21

Life would be eas­ier if changes you’ve dis­cussed at length could be turned into plans, and those plans into ac­tion. Yet judg­ing by the pow­er­ful plan­e­tary ac­tiv­ity that reaches back to early April and ex­tends un­til mid-May, the cir­cum­stances you’re deal­ing with are as un­set­tled as they are promis­ing. If you must make ar­range­ments, en­sure they’re flex­i­ble but, ide­ally, keep things loose.

LEO JULY 22 – AU­GUST 21

Be­ing cor­nered into mak­ing de­ci­sions when short of facts or when un­clear about pri­or­i­ties is an­noy­ing. Yet you’ve had to do ex­actly that. Bizarrely, the fact Mer­cury ends its ret­ro­grade cy­cle on Wed­nes­day will prove help­ful, mostly be­cause the re­sult­ing rev­e­la­tions and sud­den changes give you time to con­duct a re­view. Still, with so much in tran­si­tion, en­sure even sim­ple de­ci­sions are flex­i­ble.

VIRGO AU­GUST 22 – SEPTEM­BER 21

Usu­ally, when your ruler Mer­cury is ret­ro­grade, as it’s been since April 9, dilem­mas are strictly per­sonal. But be­cause this cy­cle, which ends on Wed­nes­day, ac­cents those clos­est, from fam­ily and friends to col­leagues, most re­spon­si­bil­i­ties have been theirs to deal with. Which leaves you time to re­think and rem­edy in­creas­ingly un­work­able ar­range­ments. The sooner you tackle these, the bet­ter.

LIBRA SEPTEM­BER 22 – OC­TO­BER 22

Leav­ing oth­ers to wres­tle with tricky dilem­mas and mis­un­der­stand­ings on their own seems un­car­ing but, ac­tu­ally, it’s wise. They’re well in­formed about the sit­u­a­tions and in­di­vid­u­als in ques­tion. Be­sides, you’ll want to turn your at­ten­tion to prac­ti­cal or fi­nan­cial mat­ters which, within a week or so, will need your at­ten­tion. Do a little re­search now and you’ll be ready to deal with them.

SCORPIO OC­TO­BER 23 – NOVEM­BER 21

Or­di­nar­ily, you’d find a tact­ful way to deal with po­ten­tially emo­tional or un­set­tling joint is­sues, and with­out oth­ers notic­ing. Since the Scorpio Full Moon, on May 10, brings these to a head, you’re bet­ter off tak­ing it slowly and, even more, con­sid­er­ing whether cer­tain wor­ry­ing changes are ac­tu­ally in your best in­ter­ests. The more ques­tions you ask now, the wiser your de­ci­sions will be.

SAGITTARIUS NOVEM­BER 22 – DE­CEM­BER 20

Un­likely as it seems from your cur­rent van­tage point, by mid-May you’ll be in the midst of lifechang­ing de­vel­op­ments. Some have been in the air for ages, oth­ers will ap­pear sud­denly but they’ll all merge into some­thing won­der­ful. Re­sist the temp­ta­tion to agree to what are, in truth, merely ac­cept­able ideas or of­fers. You de­serve bet­ter, and it’s com­ing your way very soon.

CAPRICORN DE­CEM­BER 21 – JAN­UARY 18

Liv­ing with oth­ers’ chaos is chal­leng­ing enough, but achiev­ing a bal­ance be­tween avoid­ing dis­as­ters while cor­ner­ing the in­di­vid­u­als in ques­tion into tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for their er­rors has been nearly im­pos­si­ble. Yet within days their de­ci­sions, of­ten shaped by your guid­ance, will come to­gether. That sorted, move on, and de­ci­sively, to far more re­ward­ing in­ter­ests of your own.

AQUARIUS JAN­UARY 19 – FE­BRU­ARY 17

You’ve been re­view­ing var­i­ous pas­sions, plans and projects, some be­cause it’s time to move on but oth­ers be­cause you’re feel­ing rest­less. You’ve learnt sev­eral long-stand­ing dreams are ac­tu­ally no longer of in­ter­est. That, in turn, has freed you to con­sider po­ten­tially life-chang­ing and prob­a­bly un­ex­pected ideas, of­fers or, pos­si­bly, sud­den en­coun­ters. Embrace them. You’ll never look back.

PISCES FE­BRU­ARY 18 – MARCH 19

Since April 10, when Mer­cury went ret­ro­grade, you’ve dealt with con­fu­sion in a range of sit­u­a­tions and have man­aged to keep oth­ers from mak­ing de­ci­sions they’d re­gret. While Mer­cury re­sumes for­ward mo­tion on Wed­nes­day, the chaos will take weeks to die down and, bizarrely, will prove amaz­ingly informative. Deal with the is­sues fac­ing you, but slowly, once, and in depth.

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