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

Since early June you’ve faced sit­u­a­tions in­volv­ing fam­ily, do­mes­tic or work is­sues. Some were com­pli­cated, others merely needed your at­ten­tion. But each has taken time. So you’ll be de­lighted that as this cy­cles ends, you’ll fi­nally have time to fo­cus on life’s joys. This is partly about re­lax­ing and catch­ing up with loved ones but, as much, about deal­ing with ex­cit­ing if un­set­tling events.

TAURUS APRIL 19 – MAY 19

Clearly, sud­den changes in long­stand­ing el­e­ments of your life are an­noy­ing. Yet be­tween the cur­rent pow­er­ful plan­e­tary ac­tiv­ity and August’s two eclipses, your own cir­cum­stances, those of others and the world around you will be shift­ing, and of­ten. Un­set­tling as these seem, when you look back on this cy­cle you’ll recog­nise even dis­rup­tive events as the break­throughs that they are.

GEMINI MAY 20 – JUNE 20

De­ci­sions about shifts in el­e­ments of your life are now press­ing. You’ve been dis­cussing this for ages. Fi­nally you un­der­take these, to dis­cover that they no longer make sense. Ac­tu­ally, that’s fine. For now, ex­plore your op­tions, know­ing that as changes un­fold over the com­ing weeks, your ob­jec­tives will shift just as much as the ac­tual cir­cum­stances you’re deal­ing with.

CANCER JUNE 21 – JULY 21

For ages you’ve brushed aside is­sues that in­volve what you earn or own. Equally, this is about defin­ing what’s owed to you, in terms of favours as much as funds. While in some cases a sim­ple re­minder will do, in a few you’ll need to make it clear you won’t back down. Also, state your ex­pec­ta­tions clearly, and en­sure those in­volved re­alise you won’t be giv­ing up.

LEO JULY 22 – AUGUST 21

Af­ter a pe­riod of en­forced pa­tience, the com­bi­na­tion of the move by Mars and the Sun into Leo, and the Leo New Moon, all within days, brings a much­needed op­ti­mism to your world and life. Ex­plore everything. Then make plans, but en­sure what­ever you or­gan­ise is flex­i­ble. That en­ables you to ac­com­mo­date the ex­cit­ing of­fers and sur­prises that ap­pear over the com­ing six weeks.

VIRGO AUGUST 22 – SEPTEM­BER 21

It’s un­like you to back off and leave im­por­tant de­ci­sions up to others. But as you’ll soon dis­cover, you’ll either be short of facts or re­alise that, for strate­gic rea­sons, the less in­volved you are, the better. This gives you a chance to re­view cer­tain ar­range­ments that re­quire time or some se­ri­ous ques­tion­ing. This also en­ables you to side­step swiftly mov­ing but tricky sit­u­a­tions.

LIBRA SEPTEM­BER 22 – OCTOBER 22

You’ve been deal­ing with the events shak­ing things up for ages, and jug­gling var­i­ous ideas and op­tions, so are well aware things can’t be rushed. But others gen­uinely be­lieve de­ci­sions are ur­gent. If they seek your ad­vice, lis­ten, ask what they think is best, then sug­gest they do ex­actly that. With on­go­ing changes, they’ll re­think plans sev­eral times be­fore any­thing can be fi­nalised.

SCORPIO OCTOBER 23 – NOVEM­BER 21

Be­ing an in­tu­itive Scorpio, you’ve long sensed there’d be shake­ups in others’ lives but, equally, you’ve hoped to by­pass chaos in your own. While there’s no avoid­ing the cy­cle of change that con­tin­ues un­til August’s two eclipses, you’ve a deep un­der­stand­ing these are prompt­ing you to break away from fa­mil­iar but re­stric­tive sit­u­a­tions. The sooner you let them go, the eas­ier it will be.

SAGITTARIUS NOVEM­BER 22 – DECEMBER 20

It’s not un­til you en­counter ob­sta­cles, in the form of seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble prob­lems or in­di­vid­u­als, that you’ll pause and con­sider just how timely those changes are. While these dif­fi­cul­ties may slow your pace, they’ll also force you to re­think long­stand­ing pri­or­i­ties. The in­sights you gain aren’t just timely, they’ll lead to a ma­jor re­view of your goals and long range ob­jec­tives.

CAPRICORN DECEMBER 21 – JAN­UARY 18

While, ob­vi­ously, your ob­jec­tive is to rein in changes so they oc­cur at a time and in a man­ner that suits you, the pace and in­ten­sity of events means you’ve lit­tle con­trol over what’s tak­ing place now or dur­ing August. How­ever seem­ingly dis­rup­tive, events are re­ally much needed break­throughs. Ex­plore everything. What seems least wel­come ini­tially could, ul­ti­mately, be ex­actly what’s needed.

AQUARIUS JAN­UARY 19 – FE­BRU­ARY 17

You don’t think of your­self as some­body who plans ahead but, in re­al­ity, your knack for vi­su­al­is­ing how things will pro­ceed means you rarely wres­tle with or­gan­is­ing things as others do. Yet even you could be thrown off bal­ance now in the run up to the Aquarius eclipsed Full Moon on 7 August. The events it trig­gers raise ques­tions about ar­range­ments you’ve long re­garded as fixed.

PISCES FE­BRU­ARY 18 – MARCH 19

Lis­ten­ing to others com­plain about dis­rup­tive changes and do­ing noth­ing seems un­kind. But the fact is, those who’re bat­tling the un­fa­mil­iar are also bat­tling their own growth. Once you recog­nise that, you’ll en­cour­age them to ex­plore those changes and, more im­por­tant, you’ll do so your­self. That’s be­cause you, too would ben­e­fit from re­think­ing, cer­tain long­stand­ing el­e­ments of your life.

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