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Since I’m a fourth-generation vegetarian, the fact that I’ve never eaten meat means I don’t feel like I’m missing out – unlike my long-suffering wife whose excuse for leaving me babysittin­g while dining out with friends is that she needs to vary her diet. Yet, whether the amount of wine she drinks fits into her health regime is probably debatable. As Mercury and Pluto realign this weekend, we should all question unnecessar­y control.


It wasn’t long ago that there was only one way of measuring success: anyone making money was doing well, and everybody else was struggling. Sadly, we don’t seem to have moved on much. We’re still a long way from a golden era when we evaluate one another by our wellbeing, let alone bust the myth that wealth and happiness go hand-in-hand. As retrograde Mercury and Pluto link again, prepare to be surprised by what brings you joy. This weekend, a serendipit­ous encounter will remind you of what you need to do to be at your best.

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LEO JUL 24 – AUG 23

If you could take on another identity this weekend, who would you choose to be? Think, for a moment, about someone you respect and appreciate – you could take a leaf out of their book. Seriously, it might give you the boost of self-esteem you need in order to make a courageous move. The more creative you can be, the more success you’ll experience. Whatever you do, don’t do what someone else is expecting you to do. As your ruler links with Venus, your ingenuity is being highlighte­d. Base your choices (and responses) on your highest hopes.

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How much longer can you keep all those plates spinning? How much more pressure can you cope with? If the stakes are raised much higher, isn’t there a risk that you’ll be impaled on them? The good news, is that this weekend’s cosmic alignments combine to bring you a calmer, more conducive time. You’ll be arguing less, worrying less and hurrying less. There will be more to savour, celebrate and enjoy. What will bring this change about? A combinatio­n of new circumstan­ces and new ways to look at old challenges.

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“The hills are alive with the sound of music with songs they have sung for a thousand years. The hills fill my heart with the sound of music. My heart wants to sing every song it hears.” All you need is a nun’s habit and a mountain to climb. If only life were as simple as it was in the old classic, The Sound of Music. At least the baddies were easy to identify, and there were no complex mysteries to solve. You face a situation that’s tough enough to make you want to run to the hills. Yet, this weekend brings reasons to sing, and a happy ending.

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Is it smart? Is it sensible? Shouldn’t you check with someone first, and then ask somebody else’s opinion? Once you’ve done that, you can run your plan past a committee. They, in turn, can pass it on to an external arbiter. Then, when the official report comes through (sometime in the distant future) you’ll know for sure what to do. Hmmm. Rather than wasting your time doubting yourself and seeking reassuranc­e this weekend, try giving yourself the permission to do what you already intend to do. Your mind is already made up – trust it.

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You’re truly fizzing with ideas. Grand ones, small ones, frivolous ones and serious ones. You know they’re not all equally important, and that they need to be treated differentl­y. Only the precious ones merit being filed away for safekeepin­g. Sometimes, they’re so important, we don’t like to give them too much thought. We don’t want to spoil them. This weekend, following Mercury’s link with mysterious Pluto, the cosmos encourages you to bring them out into the open. Here comes a chance to turn a half-forgotten dream into a reality.

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There’s a reason that, after centuries of evolution, fear is still very much part of our emotional armoury. Without that jolt of spine-tingling adrenaline, how else would we know when to stop, when to question ourselves, and when to watch our backs? Fear, in itself, is nothing to be afraid of, and, when we realise that, it puts fear into perspectiv­e. Following your ruler’s link with transforma­tive Pluto, you’ll realise why you no longer need to feel anxious about a situation you’ve been nervous about. This weekend, there really is nothing to fear.

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“Everybody wants to rule the world.” This lyric from a pop classic still holds true. We all want to rule the world. It seems to be hardwired into our DNA. If we can’t rule the whole world, we’ll settle for ruling the bit we happen to be in. The problem is that it doesn’t matter how tiny our empire is, it’s full of other people all trying to do the same thing. This weekend, with your ruler, Venus, being energised by the Sun and linking to transforma­tive Pluto, as long as you’re prepared to compromise, happy harmony can be achieved.

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You need to believe in your vision of the future. Even if you can’t wave a magic wand and turn our planet into a better place, you have insight and ideas that can help improve the world around you. You can set an example and make a difference. You can stand up for what you believe in, stand down from compromisi­ng positions, and stand back from situations that feel wrong. This weekend brings the courage and belief you need in order to take a stand against something that’s making you feel uncomforta­ble. Be bold.

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Until someone decides to put their foot down, rip up the rule book and carve out a new path, things keep ticking over, in the same old way. Yet, even when action is taken, and a radically different move is made, it’s never enough to change everything. The world seems to keep on turning, completely unaware of the paradigm shift. It can be astounding to watch things continue in the face of personal change. This weekend, a significan­t transforma­tion can occur in your life. As long as it makes a difference to you, that’s all that matters.

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Hopefully, recent events have left you feeling that you’re well loved and appreciate­d. If that doesn’t strike a chord with what’s been happening in your world, you’d better buckle up and prepare yourself. A well-deserved emotional boost is in store. You’ve spent considerab­le time working on yourself; you’ve been strengthen­ing your conviction­s and building up your emotional resilience. Now it’s time to reap the benefits. This weekend, as Venus (in your sign) links with your ruler, Pluto, your efforts will be recognised and rewarded.

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Sometimes changes take forever to implement. At others, they happen in the blink of an eye. The problem is that it’s almost impossible to predict which is which. You’ve resolved yourself to having to put up with a tricky situation; you’re convinced that you’re going to have to deal with it for the foreseeabl­e future. By using your insight, and coalescing to someone’s difficult demands, you’ve managed to create a sense of calm in an unstable environmen­t. This weekend brings the confidence to question the status quo and set yourself free.

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