The Chronicle



When I was at school, kids would shout, “pinch, punch, first of the month and no returns”. Then they’d launch an assault, and the pinched and punched were prohibited from retaliatin­g. It seems childish, until we remember that internatio­nal treaties detail ways in which nations are, and aren’t, allowed to attack one another. If only we spent as much effort pursuing peaceful pastimes. As Mars moves towards an opposition with Neptune, that’s what we should do in our own lives.


We all know the first rule of gambling: never risk more than you can afford to lose. The second, is to spread your bets. The third, is not to listen to anyone who claims to know the rules – since they’re fooling themselves, you’d be foolish to heed their advice. As your ruler moves towards an opposition with illusive Neptune, it would be wise to play it safe today. Keep your options open and cover your bases. Just because you can sense progress, doesn’t mean it’s time to take risks. You’ll know when to make your move.

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LEO JUL 24 – AUG 23

You have so many issues demanding your attention, that it’s hard to know what to focus on. It would be simpler if something was so intense that you couldn’t afford to let your mind wander. Yet the problem is you’ve got so many plates to spin that some of them are bound to drop. That’s OK. You’re being looked after by a kindly sky. As your ruler, the Sun, links to Pluto, it brings a glimpse of bright light shining at the end of the tunnel. As long as you do your best, it’s good enough. You’re closer to the end of a difficult time than you think. For free audio and video forecasts, visit


Who does the world belong to? If, as some people say, it belongs to you and me, then where are our certificat­es of ownership? Plus, if it really is ours, why aren’t we in positions where we can implement the changes we want to see? Yet maybe you are that powerful. Maybe all you have to do is trust that you have power, act as if you have power, and think as if you have power. You have a choice today: you can picture a situation as being difficult, or you can picture a solution. Whichever you choose, you can make it real. It’s up to you. For free audio and video forecasts, visit


How does it feel to be in the right? Don’t look around for someone to ask, I’m talking to you. After all, you’re adept at hitting the nail on the head with near-stunning accuracy. A more accurate question would be to ask you how it feels to be vindicated. That (unfortunat­ely) is a less frequent occurrence. Even when your contributi­on has been essential, people don’t always recognise the significan­ce of your input. Yet, someone has noticed your problem-solving skills and is about to repay in kind. Here comes the help you need.

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Much rests on the amount of faith you have in yourself. Perhaps that seems a silly thing to say, after all, when would that not be the case? But it seems someone has got under your skin and damaged your confidence in your own abilities. Who would do such a thing? To answer that, you’re going to have to look uncomforta­bly close to home. It’s time to stop putting yourself down over inconseque­ntial issues. A boost of confidence enables you to override your inner critic today. You have everything you need to succeed.

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If we always hurt the ones we love, no wonder we’re told to love our enemies. Yet, if we managed to do that, since we’d be incapable of harming the people we didn’t like, it would make sense to try to dislike the people we love; then we wouldn’t be able to hurt them. If you’re already confused about how you feel about someone, you might find the logic of that argument difficult to follow (let alone implement). Yet, rather than pulling away from an intense situation, give yourself some space, and you’ll respond with care.

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You might be surprised to hear that not only are positive things occurring, they’re going to keep occurring. After all, things don’t seem particular­ly positive right now; there are certainly areas of your life that could do with improving. Yet sometimes a change of perspectiv­e can alter our perception, and it’s unlikely that the success you desire will be achieved in the way you envision. If you’re committed to making a change, you can make it happen. The obstacles in your path are nowhere near as solid as they may seem. Stay positive.

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Some people believe that if someone looks smart, they should be respected. That their testimony is to be believed. Although this notion isn’t as prevalent as it was, it’s still widely upheld. Yet, if someone wants to mislead and manipulate, there’s nothing to stop them from dressing in a way that gives an impression of honesty. You’re smart enough not to be taken in by appearance­s. You won’t have to dig far beneath the surface in order to uncover the key to what’s really going on today. You can set someone on a better path.

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We don’t always know where we’re heading. The trouble is that we usually think we know. We have an idea, we formulate a plan, choose a direction and, when we reach a destinatio­n that appears to match our objective, we feel as if we’ve succeeded. Yet the best journeys always involve elements of surprise. Even if these aren’t of our choosing, they make us stop, look around, and wonder, which makes us re-evaluate and broaden our horizons. If you find yourself dealing with the unexpected today, enjoy the insight it brings.

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Do you sometimes get tired of being told how sensitive you are? Knowing that you’re selfless, and put everyone else’s needs before your own must sometimes wear you down. After all, no one’s capable of perfection. You’re a healthy human; there’s no point martyring yourself and rendering yourself miserable – what use would you be to anyone if that were the case? If you’ve had enough of playing the Cinderella role, the coming Mars/Neptune link breaks the spell that’s been holding you back. It’s time for the recognitio­n you deserve.

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We’re told that if we want to get anywhere in life, we’ve got to be driven and determined. At the same time, we’re meant to encourage and support the people around us, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because we get back what we put into this world. These are, of course, both true. But there’s a danger that we can work ourselves into the ground, or give so much of ourselves away that we end up feeling exhausted. Today, as the Sun links with your ruling planet, Pluto, you can find the perfect balance between the two extremes.

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There’s a reason why so many of us watch soap operas – we just love drama. We gasp as we watch the tests and troubles unfold on screen. We feel the heartbreak­s and successes, the ups and the downs from the comfort of our sofas. But while this kind of vicarious enjoyment is safe, it’s not so easy to deal with our own dramas. If someone gets under your skin today, resist the urge to bite back. You have the experience and the skills to deflate a tense situation. It might not be dramatic, but it’s absolutely the right thing to do.

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