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Jonathan, No one has seen an atom. They have seen the effects of an atom but atoms are invisible. Ordinary, or baryonic, matter makes up less than five per cent of the mass of the he universe. The rest appears to be made of an invisible substance called “dark matter” andd a force that repels gravity known as “dark energy”. Dark matter doesn’t interact with baryonic matter and is impossible to detect. But scientists are confident it exists because of the gravitatio­nal onal effects it appears to have. Subtle gravitatio­nal pull may yet explain astrology too. Brian

ARIES MAR 21–APR 20 We can’t consult everybody each time we make a simple, single decision. But we can discuss each matter with those upon whom our decision is likely to make an impact. Our sense of social responsibi­lity obliges us to consider who this may be. But what if our actions have unintended consequenc­es? To what extent should we be held responsibl­e for a failure to canvas the opinion of strangers? You may feel affronted by a move that has been made without recourse to you. A complaint may yet reach sympatheti­c ears. Make the most of the solstice energy. Call 1902 222 500.

TAURUS APR 21 – MAY 21 It seems you have scant choice over one matter, and too much over another. Ideally, you would even things out. But that’s another choice you seemingly don’t have! Then again, just because you cannot do the impossible, you cannot rule out the almost impossible! There is a big difference between a plan that is “entirely unachievab­le” and one that is “exceedingl­y difficult”. Not only would you have to invest great effort, you would also have to risk the consequenc­es of failure. But if that’s the price of success, isn’t it worth it? How will the solstice transform your life? For inspiring news, call 1902 222 500.

GEMINI MAY 22–JUN 22 You are on your way. A journey of a kind has begun. So far, you may only have taken the smallest of explorator­y steps. You may be unsure of your direction awaiting confirmati­on of your route. Nonetheles­s, an intention has been set, a commitment has been made, an inner agreement has been reached. Your heart knows where it is heading and it is really only a matter of time before it galvanises your head into making whatever arrangemen­ts are necessary to facilitate smooth, satisfacto­ry, progress. The solstice brings potential for powerful positive change! Call 1902 222 500.

CANCER JUN 23–JUL 23 Cancerians are not often described as extrovert. Most astrologer­s, it seems, prefer to paint you as mild, meek and modest. Which, of course, you can be when you want to be. But even at your most shy and unassuming, you exude a quiet charisma that more discrimina­ting observers cannot help but be impressed by. You don’t need to play up those qualities now. Probably, though, you do need to be made aware of how strongly they are coming across. The world has its eye on you now. Show it something worth seeing. The solstice can transform your world: 1902 222 500.

LEO JUL 24–AUG 23 You have a significan­t contributi­on to make soon enough. You have something to say and it deserves to be heard. Though, to listen to some astrologer­s, we might assume that all born under your sign brim over with endless confidence, you sometimes doubt yourself too deeply, too often. Strangely, it turns out to be at those very moments of greatest uncertaint­y that your observatio­ns are most apt and accurate. You are about to discover a very good reason to believe in yourself and for others to believe in you too. Make the most of the solstice energy. Call 1902 222 500.

VIRGO AUG 24–SEP 23 If you want to find the secret hidden message in your forecast today, take each alternate letter and create an anagram. Translate this first into Portuguese then Swahili. Next, apply a numerical code and... Well, look, actually, you don’t need to do any of that. Indeed, the only thing you need to do now, is be less concerned about mysterious signs and signals that can only be seen when you read between the lines. Neptune is making you more apprehensi­ve than you need to be. What is obvious (hopefully) is all that matters. How will the solstice transform your life? Call 1902 222 500.

LIBRA SEP 24–OCT 23 “Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith.” These words come from the famous prayer of St Francis of Assisi. Much though I hate to defy them and sow doubt where there is faith, I must say that it is questionab­le whether St Francis himself had anything to do with them. Experts can’t trace them back any further than the early 20th century. Even so, they express an admirable sentiment. With one eye on reality, keep the other firmly trained on hope today. The solstice brings potential for positive change! Call 1902 222 500.

SCORPIO OCT 24–NOV 22 Before you can take your chance, you have to see it. How can you even do that if you are looking in the wrong direction? And even if you are looking in the right direction, should you perhaps consult an optician? Have you ever found yourself waiting for a bus, gazing down the road into the distance? You see the vehicle approachin­g but you can’t quite focus on the number. Is it the service you want or some other vehicle heading for the wrong destinatio­n? Don’t allow a negative expectatio­n to cause you to stop looking today. The solstice can transform your world: 1902 222 500.

SAGITTARIU­S NOV 23–DEC 21 If your optimism is your greatest asset, your sense of righteousn­ess is, arguably, your worst! You can bristle too easily with moral indignatio­n. You can set yourself impossible standards, embracing ethics too idealistic for any human to maintain. Now, all this is just an expression of opinion. There are some who might say that your optimism is a curse and your righteousn­ess a blessing. Perhaps it might be fairer to say that your capacity to take almost anything to its ultimate extreme, is the true enemy. Stay in the middle today. Make the most of the solstice energy. Call 1902 222 500.

CAPRICORN DEC 22–JAN 20 Suppose I were to set you a simple mathematic­al exercise like deduct 19 from 352. It wouldn’t be too hard, especially for someone of your undoubted intelligen­ce. But suppose I were to add these words, “There is a hidden sniper aiming a gun at you. You have ten seconds to solve this puzzle correctly or you will be shot.” Now, how are you going to think straight? If you find yourself unable to see the best way to proceed in a particular situation today, ignore the sense of urgency. Relax, take your time and all will be well. How will the solstice transform your life? Call 1902 222 500.

AQUARIUS JAN 21–FEB 19 We can’t have it all. Or so we are told from an early age. We should be grateful for whatever we get, thankful for small mercies, appreciati­ve of the odd little burst of sunshine that breaks through the seemingly constant cloud cover that this world full of potential disappoint­ment seems to supply. The evidence of our own eyes seems to suggest that there is truth in this old adage. But are there not exceptions to every rule? Don’t we all get moments when the impossible becomes possible? This might be such a time. The solstice brings potential for powerful change! Call 1902 222 500.

PISCES FEB 20–MAR 20 We get used to doing things a certain way. We fall into habits. Often, we incorporat­e more than one activity into a pattern of behaviour. We may, for example, pop into this store on our way to that place. Or pick up one of these whenever we go to collect one of those. All works well until one day we find that we are no longer required to honour what used to be the priority, so we start to lose out on what had previously been the secondary benefit. Just because one thing is changing today, must everything else change too? The solstice can touch your heart: 1902 222 500.

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