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

Although your in­stinct is to keep plans as they were or­gan­ised, don’t bat­tle changes. Go with the flow. In let­ting go of cer­tain ar­range­ments, you’re clear­ing the way for other ideas or of­fers, many as worth­while as they are unan­tic­i­pated. Even more, set aside time each day to en­joy who and what’s in your life now. This takes pri­or­ity over even thrilling plans for the fu­ture.

TAURUS APRIL 19 – MAY 19

For ages you’ve been con­sid­er­ing a ma­jor re­or­gan­i­sa­tion of your life but didn’t know where to be­gin. Au­gust’s two eclipses, on the 7th and the 21st, are all about changes of this na­ture. True, ini­tially events could seem un­set­tling, if not a nui­sance. Still, ex­plore ev­ery­thing, since with the ac­tual cir­cum­stances in­volved chang­ing, your ideas of what’s best are bound to change, too.

GEMINI MAY 20 – JUNE 20

Usu­ally the pe­riod when your ruler Mer­cury is ret­ro­grade, from this Sun­day un­til Septem­ber 5, is about in­de­ci­sion, mis­un­der­stand­ings and er­rors. How­ever, with Au­gust’s two eclipses shak­ing things up, what you learn in un­tan­gling th­ese could lead to pow­er­ful in­sights about ex­ist­ing ar­range­ments and plans you’re mak­ing. In ev­ery case, en­sure they can be eas­ily changed.

CAN­CER JUNE 21 – JULY 21

Once you un­der­stand this is a pe­riod of dra­matic change and growth, you’ll wel­come even chaotic events, know­ing they’re break­ing up old pat­terns and lead­ing to much needed break­throughs. For now, stick to ex­plo­ration. With eclipses on the 7th and 21st, life’s about dis­cov­er­ing what the world’s of­fer­ing you. Turn­ing those into plans will hap­pen, but prob­a­bly not un­til early Septem­ber.

LEO JULY 22 – AU­GUST 21

Cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als in­sist long term plans are vi­tal. How­ever, your in­stincts say things are best kept flex­i­ble. Not only are you right, with the Leo eclipsed New Moon on the 21st trig­ger­ing a fresh per­spec­tive on ex­ist­ing ar­range­ments and fu­ture plans, for now you’d best fo­cus on what should go. Your life and pri­or­i­ties could change sub­stan­tially and, pos­si­bly, overnight.

VIRGO AU­GUST 22 – SEPTEM­BER 21

Plan­ning ahead may be wise. But with your ruler Mer­cury ret­ro­grade in Virgo from this Sun­day un­til early Septem­ber, en­sure what­ever you ar­range is flex­i­ble. But then, judg­ing by Au­gust’s plan­e­tary ac­tiv­ity, what seems your best op­tion one day is likely to change the next. As much as you’d like to get things or­gan­ised, last­ing de­ci­sions can and should wait. For now, fo­cus on ex­plo­ration.

LIBRA SEPTEM­BER 22 – OC­TO­BER 22

This hardly seems the ideal time to con­front dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions or in­di­vid­u­als. Yet if you don’t clearly state both your is­sues and ob­jec­tives, they could get lost in Au­gust’s chaotic but worth­while de­vel­op­ments. What’s more, with Mer­cury go­ing ret­ro­grade on Sun­day, you’ll be both deal­ing with, and learn­ing from, the changes and of­ten il­lu­mi­nat­ing rev­e­la­tions typ­i­cal of this cy­cle.

SCORPIO OC­TO­BER 23 – NOVEM­BER 21

Fi­nally, you’re dis­cussing cer­tain com­plex mat­ters. Ob­vi­ously you’ll want them set­tled soon. How­ever, you’re urged to keep things open-ended as there’s still lots to talk over. What’s more, with Au­gust’s eclipses shak­ing things up, un­ex­pected facts are bound to sur­face. That said, if you’ve been hid­ing any­thing then it’s time to speak up now and, equally, ex­pect rev­e­la­tions from oth­ers.

SAGITTARIUS NOVEM­BER 22 – DE­CEM­BER 20

Of­ten talk­ing about re­or­gan­is­ing parts of your life has pro­vided a tem­po­rary es­cape from chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions. But with eclipses on the 7th and 21st ac­tu­ally trig­ger­ing changes in ex­actly such mat­ters, you’ll move swiftly from dis­cus­sion to de­ci­sions, then ac­tion. While this will be a huge re­lief, the chal­lenge will be ac­cept­ing you must leave cer­tain el­e­ments of the past be­hind.

CAPRICORN DE­CEM­BER 21 – JAN­UARY 18

Few things are more ex­as­per­at­ing for you, as a thor­ough Capricorn, than deal­ing with un­re­li­able peo­ple or change­able sit­u­a­tions. Get used to it. Au­gust’s plan­e­tary setup will, ul­ti­mately, lead to progress but, in the short term, is about change, much of it in chaotic cir­cum­stances. Tempt­ing as it is to rein in those changes, each is free­ing you to do some­thing new and re­ward­ing.

AQUAR­IUS JAN­UARY 19 – FE­BRU­ARY 17

Last Mon­day’s Aquar­ius eclipsed Full Moon brought sev­eral is­sues to a head and, even more, in­tro­duced changes where you’d as­sumed things would con­tinue as they are. Now that you’ve had time to think, it’s clear that things can’t re­main as they were. Yet the cur­rent dis­ar­ray pre­vents de­ci­sion-mak­ing of any kind. Ac­tu­ally, that’s best, as you’ve lots of in­trigu­ing op­tions yet to dis­cover.

PISCES FE­BRU­ARY 18 – MARCH 19

As a car­ing Pis­cean, you’ll of­ten put oth­ers’ dra­mas ahead of deal­ing with your own obli­ga­tions. Yet, bizarrely, with Au­gust’s two eclipses shak­ing things up for ev­ery­body, you’re be­ing forced to draw a line. Be­sides, the rather ex­cit­ing ideas and of­fers ap­pear­ing in your own life merit at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially be­cause some could lead to long­stand­ing dreams be­ing ful­filled, if in un­ex­pected ways.

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