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Your December Horoscopes

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Aries: December 2014


The Realities of Books, Websites, Courses, Travel

If you read your horoscope all the time then you have had plenty of messages about your 2015 book, website (or blog), course, trip or relocation. There may be a regional or foreign connection tied in with your priorities on that list right now. Having been forewarned, you are very unlikely to be going full-tilt into that same commitment or plan you were talking about back in September or October. Good. You had a few uh-oh moments and it’s worked. Now you’re pulling back.

Astrology refuseniks born under your sign will not be so fortunate as they will be plunging into insanely demanding, heavy, difficult and slow situations in 2015, as the realities of publishing, academia, education, the internet, the travel industry – or particular cultural differences – will really hit. You have three weeks in December, right up until Christmas, to further reshape what you are doing. By ‘reshape’ I mean, lighten the deal. Some timely questions will reveal just why.

The people who have the most trouble with Saturn are those who just plunge in, and of course Aries is a sign well-known for her action woman or action man approach. In fact, you get kudos for it. Not on this occasion, though. There is no way you can avoid the rather demanding cycle ahead, but you can make it matter less to you; tie up far less of your time and energy; sidestep things before they become a burden to you. Astrology is about being proactive so do use it.

Your Social Status and Success

Your social status and success is ruled by Capricorn in your horoscope and it usually describes your career, university commitment or non-profit role. Unless your second name is Kardashian it’s very unlikely to be about your husband. Your situation has been increasingly relentless since Pluto moved forward and in December you will hit the point of no return. A couple of situations will make your situation perfectly clear and a dramatic decision with 2015 in mind follows.

What Excites You About Yourself

What excites you about yourself – the way you look, the way you appear to the world – is also what excites others. You only have to look at the way Twitter and the mainstream media have jumped on your Aries colleagues Caitlin Moran and Dame Vivienne Westwood in 2014. The truth is, you haven’t even hit your straps yet. The radical revision, of your radical revision, is just waiting for you. The issue for you is sorting out your career or other role so you have time to chase it.

You know you are on the right track if you have been steadily rejecting old, tired, stuck notions about how you should look and present yourself in 2013 and 2014. The true sign of progress is being rejected for this trailblazing approach to clothes, hair, face, shape, body, shoes, persona, social media profile and the rest. Of course, by now, those who were sniffy about the changes you were making have been converted. But yes, it was a good sign you were on track.

Now you can free up your life and actively chase the most exciting innovations in terms of yourself. You have been blocked from this by the intense and frankly inescapable situation dominating your career, non-profit role or university course, but now wheels are turning. One rather enthralling episode in December convinces you to be even more radical next year, so lock down the plans and set yourself free right now, by finding the time to take the very first big step.

The End of Financial Stagnation

The end of financial stagnation comes with Saturn’s exit from Scorpio, which has driven a large percentage of Aries people mad since 2013. Perhaps the issue has been your business, house, apartment, tax or possessions. Maybe it’s just the global economic slump which has hit you personally. In any case, clap your hands and sing your favourite Ramones song, because within 48 hours of Father Christmas appearing in your kitchen, the heaviest cycle in years is over.


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Taurus: December 2014

Defining Boundaries with Friends and Groups

As 2014 ends you are in the mood to define boundaries with friends or groups (teams, societies, bands, clubs and other networks). There may need to be a demarcation line firmly applied. The truth is, you have been dealing with people who are strongly Neptunian or have Pisces influence in their horoscopes. They have been absent-minded, vague, woolly, wafty or just missing – all too often. You have had quite enough of this and so December looks like decision time.

Knowing Your Power

You need to know your power and own it too, or you will never get the rewards you deserve from your book, website, blog, course, workshops, teaching, trips or foreign involvements. Just by expanding your geographical and intellectual horizons in the last two years, you have become increasingly influential. This is a good sign you are on the right track, but you have also been stuck with people who are keeping you small. Are you afraid of your own power? Ask the question.
Pluto the planet which raises issues about empowerment, especially for women, is at large in your horoscope this December, thanks to a New Moon also in his current sign, which is Capricorn. The end of the year is traditionally when you have some free time to look back at the last 12 months and give yourself a mini life review. Well, this December it will more than that. The fact is, you need a whole new way (a better way) to pursue travel, publishing, the web or education.

Using Astrology To Steer Finance

Your finances, house, tax, apartment, charity, business interests, possessions or company will be strongly affected by Saturn in his new sign of Sagittarius, from December forward. The cycle will take you through many layers and levels in 2015 and 2016 so use astrology to steer your destiny now. Hopefully you were reading your horoscope back in June so you were aware of who or what the issu would be. Well, now you know. Listen – even with signatures you can pull back.

You may even want to pull out, which would be dramatic, but despite the strong hold this rather new chapter in your life has on you, don’t worry too much about redefining terms or rethinking the arrangement. That Full Moon in Gemini and Sagittarius a few months ago was powerful stuff. You set yourself on a course which now, in December, you must realistically appraise while you still have time. Just be aware of what you are getting yourself into before it’s too late.

Goodbye Saturn, Goodbye

Saturn in your opposite sign of Scorpio can describe difficult episodes with enemies, rivals or opponents. Perhaps you have had one or more feuds or conflicts in 2013 or 2014 as a result. If so, the hangover finishes within 48 hours of Christmas Day. There may be a flashback in the middle of 2015 but apart from that you can leave this behind. It may have been a professional spat, or a more personal issue involving your love life, but this is so over, it’s ovaaaah.

The other scenario, common to this transit, is one challenge after another with (or for) your husband, boyfriend, ex partner, potential lover, wife or girlfriend. Nothing has been nice and easy. Everything has been a drag. The trouble is, Saturn cycles accustom you to putting up with him/her/it for such a long time that you forget you ever had an enjoyable love and sex life. Truly. It should not take too long to adjust after Christmas Day, though. New year, new era, new love life.

When New Means Better

When does new, automatically mean better? When you are operating in secret, so far below the surface that nobody sees or knows what you are doing. That is one avenue to exciting new discoveries and experiments this month. In fact, you will be forced to do things differently, as a result of unavoidable circumstances – yet you will thrill to what you are exploring, then acting on. If this is not about a secret, then it is about an uncredited, unacknowledged role. Same story.


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Gemini: December 2014

Preparing for Saturn in Sagittarius

Take a long, ruthlessly realistic look at your partner, former partner or potential partner right now. Thinking about 2015 – minimise the commitments, shrink the arrangements, slash the time and energy you were going to spend. If your enquiries reveal a real problem up ahead by December 21 (this gives you three weeks, assuming you’re checking this on December 1) then walk away, Renee. Saturn will slow down the pace with this person and bring substantial obstacles.

The trick is keeping the agenda very light-on, so that the crawling pace of the next 1-2 years does not drive you mad. Also, reduce the stakes or the investment so that when you hit the ‘learning experiences’ (this is hippy astrology speak from the Eighties for Saturn’s obstacles) you are not so deeply affected. It’s a very big deal for Saturn to change signs to Sagittarius, right opposite you. If you’re around 60 it happened when you were around 30.

If you are single, a person may have crossed your path or come back into your life, in the second half of 2014 – who is heavy going. Sure, there are good things about him or her, but this person has Saturn or Capricorn themes in his/her natal chart or may be going through a Saturn transit. Clues – nothing is fast or simple. Everything is the long way round with this person. You’ve already hit an uh-oh moment. Gemini, you need to know a lot more about this person before you act.

Enemies, Opponent, Rivals

Every Angelina Jolie has a Jennifer Aniston. Every Nicole Kidman has a Tom Cruise. Gemini, you can manage your future adroitly and expertly in the three weeks preceding Christmas Day, if you extricate yourself from anything major, heavy and committal you were pursuing a few weeks ago. For heaven’s sake don’t sign or promise anything unless you are 100% sure of the outcomes and implications next year. And even the year after that. Pull this back or get off it.

Can I Have My Lifestyle Back?

Every Gemini wants to know, ‘Can I have my lifestyle back?’ as it has been well over two years since you were in a comfortable space. You have either been dealing with serious medical issues, tedious health problems that never go away – or really demanding situations in your working day. I am sure you have been fencing the most boring, stuck, slow-moving people, systems or organisations in the line of work, study or volunteering and have honestly had quite enough.

The good news is, you will get your lifestyle back and have an entirely different career, university or non-profit sector experience in 2015. You have already seen the potential for improvement, just in the last few weeks. You have been getting ready for the change. Now, you have December to gain some closure. IT may be that there is still one painful episode from 2013 or 2014 which you need to settle, one way or another. I recommend waiting until the second half of 2015.

Why the wait? Because much as you are tempted to take a really good swipe at a situation, person or organization which truly upset your path in life, you have Saturn returning June-September 2015 and the last thing you want is round two – especially if you thought something was resolved. So fast-forward closure, despite the fact that you long to wrap up the year with a neat bow and move on. You would be far more successful pursuing this, post September 2015.

Your Wild, Weird, Wonderful New Social Life

What thrills you, also thrills others. It’s like a community plug-in session for your Twitter network, club, team, society, charity, band, political party or group. You have come an awfully long way (practically unrecognizable) in your social life and friendships – and tribes – in the last few years. Now you get to take yourself to the next level. I would almost describe this as the peak moment of what you have been preparing for. And you can be revolutionary. You’ve barely begun.


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Cancer: December 2014

Saturn Quits Your Sex Zone

In astrology, the love you make in the Fifth House (where Saturn, the planet of delays, now resides) is very different to the love you make in the Seventh House (where Pluto, the planet of power issues, now resides). Fifth House love is basically recreational sex or procreational sex, and it’s either entirely dictated by the contraception, or the need to have heirs and spares. You can’t really get away from this issues when you’re shagging on a Saturn in Scorpio cycle.

Zero sexual choices, boring/slow/stuck sexual choices, bedtime fears and all the other lovelies that Saturn brings, may have affected you profoundly in 2013 or 2014. You may actually have been in bed with Saturn; so trying to find intimacy with someone who self-sabotages. This person has a welter of Saturn or Capricorn aspects in his/her chart or may be going through a major Saturn transit. In any case, relief is coming. New year, new sex life, new choices.

The Fifth House is ruled by Leo in the natural zodiac, the symbol of monarchy, and so adulterous affairs or mistresses are common outcomes of this cycle (royal sexual privilege and all that). Leo, most of all, rules children and so we come back to the idea of sex being about procreation or recreation. Seventh House love is totally different; it’s about equal partnership, although this is tremendously difficult at the moment as Pluto keeps raising control issues.

The sexual aspect of your life will be easier, lighter, more relaxed, more comfortable, less of an (insert expletive here) waiting game. You will see the change almost as soon as Saturn makes the ingress into Sagittarius, within 48 hours of Christmas Day. As we also have a New Moon in your opposite sign of Capricorn, which rules your Seventh House of ‘scales-based’ partnerships, December looks like D-Day. Decision Day. Destination Day. It’s nearly over.

Pluto Intensifies Partnerships or Feuds

How are you channelling Pluto in the Seventh House? There are two choices. You can either do a Prince William and get yourself intricately involved with a former, current or potential partner who is going to suck up huge amounts of energy – or you can fight. If you fight, then you attract rivals, enemies or opponents who threaten you; who are jealous of you; who compete with you. This is textbook stuff when Pluto is in Capricorn so now you have a reason.

The New Moon in Capricorn and the stellium in that sign (an intense little cluster of heavenly bodies) hammers home the point to you in December and January. You are either going to have to dive in, boots and all (and you need to be so ready for this; so well researched)…or make a decision to leave things alone. Truly, what are you going to get from winning the war? Or, more crucially, what will happen if you lose it? Astrology is a proactive business. Steer your fate.

Saturn Enters Sagittarius

Just to repeat, astrology is a proactive business. You steer your ship of destiny by seeing the map way before everyone else. Fortunately you read your horoscope regularly, right (right?) so you consciously started playing down promises and commitments at work, university or in the non-profit sector a few weeks ago. Even without astrology you may have done that. Something or someone was ringing alarm bells. So you tried to end it, or at least minimize it.

This is A Good Thing. Now continue the work. Because the reality is, you have the first three weeks of December to avert possible issues in 2015 – those issues being mostly about rocks the size of The Alps strapped to your back. Saturn is heavy nova. The archetype is lumbering, relentless, stuck. You can completely help yourself ahead of time by having the least to do with people or organisations like that. Even if you have to back down on what you said; fine.


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Leo: December 2014

Serious Sexual Relationships and Saturn

Saturn moves into Sagittarius on Tuesday December 23rd at 4.33pm in London, starting a slower, more serious phase for sexual relationships. You will feel the impact immediately if you have a partner or are serially monogamous. If genuinely single, be aware that a potential lover is on the way in 2015, yet there is nothing fast, easy, fun or frivolous about this intimate liason, as Saturn slows everything down and gives you learning experiences, not champagne sex.

If you are in an existing relationship then remember you have three weeks to pull back, downsize commitments, shrink the situation or even walk away. You have to be a realist with Saturn cycles and understand that who or what you are signing up for, in the first three weeks of December, will be with you (locked in) for a long time to come. Therefore do your homework; pursue answers to even the most sensitive questions; find out what others have experienced before you.

For Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Godparents

Saturn’s ingress into the Fifth House of your horoscope triggers concerns about how easy or difficult life will be for you as a parent, aunt, uncle or godparent in 2015 and 2016. Again, because you are reading this in the first week of December, you have 2-3 weeks to either tone down the promises, shear away the heavy commitment or even walk away if you have warning bells clanging in your head. A classic example of this is a pregnancy risk with heavy implications.

Saturn is not gloom and doom, but astrology is a proactive business and you can honestly make your life a great deal easier next year, and in 2016, if you become supremely conscious of what you are locking yourself into now. Some Leo people skip children and prefer professional or large-scale commitments with children or young adults. If this sounds like you, the message is the same. Don’t just walk into something you could find far too demanding within months.

Home At Last, Leo

Saturn in Scorpio is nearly over. He departs your home zone two days before Christmas and you will feel an enormous difference between December 2014 and December 2013. If you are typical of your sign then you have been dealing with tenant problems, frustration with your home town or homeland, difficult family members, hard situations affecting a relative, endless renovations, property price concerns, bad real-estate agents and so on. Well, it’s over.

New Year, New Body

The New Moon on Monday 22nd December at 1.35am in London falls in your Sixth House, ruled by Virgo in the natural zodiac. Did you know Virgo is the only zodiac sign to be defined by her physical state? This is why your body is the focus in the final week of December. Your ruler the Sun will transit this same horoscope zone for the first three weeks of January, so what you are experiencing is your annual maintenance check or perhaps a total overhaul.

Mars in Aquarius Alert

Mars the Roman God of War enters your Seventh House on Thursday 4th December at 11.56pm. The Seventh House describes your former, current or potential partner. It also points to enemies, rivals or opponents. On no account start an argument or respond to any heat in December. Why? Because Mars may fool you into thinking this is a brief flare-up, but Mercury will retrograde through this same chart zone in the opening months of 2015. Don’t go there.


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Virgo: December 2014

The New Order With Him (Or Her)

Only you can create the new order with him (or her). The former, current or potential partner. The enemy, rival or opponent. As you read this you have had quite enough of the flakiness, the vagueness or what you suspect is the outright dodginess – either of the person or the situation. You are not getting what you want. And the reality is, this is the month to change it. Part of the problem is that common-sense boundaries with him or her just do not exist. It’s all too fuzzy.

Neptune, the planet behind this transit, rules Pisces. Images of oceans and fish spring to mind, and this person has been piscine in nature. Wriggling, evasive, hard to pin down, semi-chaotic, elusive, and often – now you see him/her and now you don’t. Seriously, you need a different dynamic in your relationships and associations – even your battles – so this is the month. If you are pre-emptive and proactive you will sidestep an even more chaotic situation in early 2015.

Neptune always produces a fog – nothing is particularly clear – and often you have the suspicion that something fishy is going on. This may or may not be true, Virgo, but if you don’t have a situation which feels like a rock (more like shifting sand) then you have to ask yourself, how you might change that. In extreme cases some Virgo people are ready to sack the rock-which-is-not-a-rock in favour of someone who actually has their life together, offering support.

Should you have been unlucky enough to attract one or more slimeballs who are jealous of you (you’re more successful than them), or who are playing the baggage role in your partner’s life (those are just two examples) then it is time to seal the windows, lock the doors, pull up the drawbridge and fill the moat. Whatever leaky, porous structure in your life allowed these people in, just have to be secured. It’s a way to protect the future, but hopefully this is the last time!

Your Most Exciting Experiments

Your most exciting experiments are yet to come with the money, company, business interests, house, possessions, charity or apartment. You have not been radical enough, actually. Far from congratulating yourself from pursuing what is brilliant (at the same time that more timid and conservative people consider it whackjob) you must be realistic. How much further could you actually take this in 2015? Your grand plan? Especially given the ever-changing updates.

The fact is, you may as well go all the way. You want total independence and freedom perhaps more than you ever admitted to yourself. Being a sole agent or lone operator can sometimes be the fix. Beyond that, there is the sheer thrill of inventing new, better ways to operate. To earn, own or owe money. And cash in kind. All of this has been evolving for years, step by step, but now you are at the point where you can actually go even further than you considered, months ago.

Saturn’s Sign Changes

If you read signs other than your own (your lover’s for example) you will know that we are all going to be affected by the dramatic cyclical change of Saturn in December, as he leaves Scorpio, where he has been affecting your life online, and moves into Sagittarius. This occurs in a peak moment of intensity in the 48 hours before and after Christmas Day, partly because of the inevitable crossroads moments with family members, flatmates, live-in partners and so on.

I have been banging on about the need to pre-empt your new cycle since June because we had a Full Moon in your zone of family, home, home town, homeland, property, flatmates, the household and so on. This set certain situations in motion and you galloped towards them. Because your chart says you would be crazy to do this (and to continue the galloping) in December, now is the time to stop. Slow down. Ask more questions. Do a bit more research.


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Libra: December 2014

Micro-Managing Saturn in Sagittarius

There is a fatalistic belief among some astrology followers (and embarrassingly enough, some astrologers) which results in the peculiar notion that Saturn cycles are some kind of inevitable, clanging karmic payback from a universe which has you so tightly in its grip, there is no wriggle room. This is utter nonsense, and if you want your life on the internet to be as simple as possible in 2015 and 2016 you are going to have to issue some pre-emptive strikes.

Micro-managing a cycle before it starts is crucial. So you now have three more weeks to pull out of an arrangement which you have known for months would tie up your internet, media, writing, public speaking, singing, songwriting, multimedia or publishing life in 2015. We might also add languages or speech therapy to that list. You’ve been concerned, just recently about who or what you were actually dealing with. Pull out or just cut and trim this, if you can. Phew!

Goodbye Saturn in Scorpio, Shut The Door On The Way Out

The exchange for the arrival of Saturn in your zone of communication and information, is the departure of this planet from your cash zone. This has also, as you well know heavily affected your loans, tax, mortgage, investments, possessions, house, apartment, business interests or company. At least you’ve had the light at the end of the tunnel for a few months. Now the light is drawing closer. Stop putting up with things. Start dreaming bigger. From Christmas.

Partnerships and Feuds

Forget the actual person. The enemy or partner. The rival or ex-partner. The opponent or potential partner. The name or face is less important than the process. Does that sound wildly impersonal? Actually, astrology is based on the idea that people can be players (‘All the world’s a stage’) and that the drama is actually the thing, not the actors. The drama now is about you being radical (well, you were getting ready for that) but also revolutionary. That bit is new.

Farewell Fuzzy, Vague and Foggy

I realize that Fuzzy, Vague and Foggy sounds like a legal company you never want to telephone, anytime soon. It also describes your contacts at work, university or in the non-profit sector where you volunteer. These are the kind of people who have Neptune and/or Pisces overloading their horoscope, or a poor reality function owing to alcohol, prescribed or illegal drugs. Do you honestly think the situation will magically improve by itself? Has it, in the last 2-3 years?

If you feel that things have just become more haphazard, mystifying or just full of big holes (a classic Neptune transit symptom) then ask the right question. The right question is the hard question that occurred to you a few months ago. You never put it into words, but now you can and should. The time is absolutely right due to other factors in your chart. If you need to reshape things you can. And if you would rather just walk, you can. You have uber choices right now Libra.

The Key to Superpowers

The key to superpowers is your understanding of what makes you so influential and so potent out there. And quite frankly, for the last year or two, it has been your devotion to your house, family, home town, apartment, homeland or household. That’s your key. If you have heavenly bodies or angles in Cancer, it comes naturally. You are a born homemaker, family lynchpin or patriot. Even if you don’t, you’ve learned to fake the ability to belong to a place or your people.

Crank this up in December, when the New Moon in Capricorn, in your Fourth House (ruled by Cancer in the natural zodiac) gives you a natural starting point. Blood is thicker than water so pursue that again. And home is where the heart is, and also the soul and psyche – so recommit. You will be doing this anyway, regardless of what your chart is telling you. If you want to be superman or superwoman in 2015 though start now and make this part of you, hyper-function.


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Scorpio: December 2014

Living With Yourself Again

Living with yourself again, almost as if you were a brand or commodity, with particular packaging and labelling, is part of the appeal of 2015. You know the change is coming because you made smart decisions a year or two ago, and you began cranking up the plans a few weeks ago. Things are coming around. Things are on the turn. One very important point, though. It is common for people to want to make one grand-slam final gesture on a transit like this.

Some way of perhaps drawing a line under the dismal episode in 2013 or 2014 that so affected the way you looked or appeared. Some gesture that closes the door. In actual fact you are operating under an illusion, because although it’s possible that executing this by Christmas may draw the line you want – Saturn returns to Scorpio in the middle months of next year, so you truly do not want part three of this story. Do this, instead after October 2015 when Saturn has left.

The No-Nonsense Approach to Communication

Pluto has a way of forcing you to be no-nonsense and ruthlessly can-do about what does not work for you online. This also applies to writing, publishing, media, multimedia, singing, poetry, songwriting and all the rest. You have been put through such a mill this year that you have ended up with no option except to do what you want, as you wish, in a way that works for you. Not for other people, nor particular corporations or departments. It’s come down to this. Be yourself.

Owning your own control over the way you are heard and read is part of the story in December. The New Moon in Capricorn will set you on your way. You have already done something fairly drastic, in terms of clawing back the reins to steer your own internet life. Or was this about languages or public speaking? Or even just the telephone? Communication is different things to different people, but having taken back some power, you can now grab a whole lot more.

Preparing for Saturn in Sagittarius

You trust astrology as this almighty alternative timing device, and it will work for you, if you understand that your real-life, common-sense experience has been tallying with it anyway. In other words, you began a whole new chapter with your money, business interests, house, charity, flat or possessions in the second half of this year. Then you had misgivings. Then you hung in there. But now you are waiting and wondering. What you actually need are some answered questions.

No matter what it takes to find out what you absolutely need to know, make no promises, commitments or arrangements for 2015, and possibly 2016, until you are absolutely up to speed with the way things are going to work. It’s the nagging voice in the back of your mind that is the one to listen to, before a Saturn transit begins. If you feel you’ve made a mistake, then walk away. If you think this is redeemable, great, but cut, trim, chop, change and lighten your load.

For Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Godparents and Wannabe Parents

Neptune in Pisces has gone too far. Or, more specifically, the situation with your son, daughter, niece, nephew, godchild or pregnancy-potential relationship has gone too far. It’s like getting into the sea at Dover and finding yourself drifting off Calais without any idea whatsoever about what is going on. Or who is where. Or when X will be at Y, or even at Z. The reality of your chart is that unless you nail people down and get hard answers to firm questions, nothing is going to alter.

Sexual Relationships

Neptune is in the Fifth House of your solar chart which rules the sexual relationships where the pill or condom are very big issues, or the affair is adulterous. The Fifth House also rules the kind of sex you have, when creating an heir or spare is a big deal. Once again, you have to ask yourself why you are operating in such foggy and unclear conditions. It’s all a bit…random. Trace the situation back all the way to its primary source. And yes, this is yours to fix.


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Sagittarius: December 2014

The New Me Realities

Saturn is about to enter Sagittarius for over two years, and fully occupy your image and appearance zone. You have been getting deeper and deeper into a new arrangement for 2015, maybe into 2016, which would affect how you are seen and appear. Hmmm. A quote from Dad’s Army comes to mind. Is that wise? Clearly some person or organization has an agenda, but…wise? No? Good. Well maybe you can micro-plan the new year a little more carefully.

As we go into December you are still here, immersed in your own future new image or appearance episode. The trick with Saturn is to either walk away from the whole thing while you still can (before it goes any further or commits you any more deeply) or just to minimize it all by 50% so when you hit delays and obstacles with Saturn, it just won’t affect you that much. So Miley, if you’re reading this, you may want to twerk off in another direction. (She’s Sagittarius).

Sagittarians choosing cosmetic surgery, corporate weight loss or fitness training, new professional roles (which are all about your brand), upfront new positions (on camera, or heavily online) and so on, are the target for Saturn. Oh, you’ll know very well what you’re up for and in for, because there was something so irresistible about the offer, organization or person before. And now you’ve reached a point where unless you do something, you’re in this. As in, really in it.

Home, Family, Household, Home Town

Once upon a time you had a rock-solid arrangement where everything and everybody was in place. And the last few months have revealed how utterly wobbly and unsatisfactory things actually are. Do you honestly think this will correct itself without intervention? Good luck with that one. A close relative, flatmate, particular house or flat arrangement, home town or homeland concern is showing huge holes. Plug them while you can or just ditch an arrangement.

Distance and Perspective by 2020

You have been struggling with a very difficult secret in 2013 and maybe 2014 but distance and perspective will come by 2020. If you feel guilty about covering something up, or just doing it in the first place, you will be astonished to see how much you truly don’t care, within five years, as the Saturn cycle moves on and so does life itself. What changes out there in the world will make you feel completely different about yourself and your soul and what actually went down.

Some Sagittarians have kept no secrets; lied to, or evaded nobody. Instead you have been plugged into a situation where everyone else is the name or face and you are right off the radar. It is a truly peculiar situation to be in and it has been very, very dull to live with. At one point it was actually painful. Now it is just a drag, but the good news is, you saw light at the end of the tunnel in October and it was real. Life just gets brighter and shinier from Christmas. This is so over.

Your Thrilling New Year Starts Here – The Next Generation

Actually, your more daring and thrilling experiments with (for or through) children have already been an astonishing success and you have the smugness of knowing you were right when more staid and stuck people or organisations were wrong. Beyond this though you are actually not being radical enough. You could call a 100% revolution, rather than just a 50% one. The odd thing about a Uranus cycle is that when you think you’ve ‘made the changes, there are more.

Sexual Relationships

The kind of sex where you could get pregnant, or you spend a lot of time dealing with contraception realities, belongs to the cycle you are in now. As before, you have already come an unrecognizably long way from where you were in recent years. Whole new ballgame, so to speak. Ahem. What you may not realize about your approach in December, though, is that you could go even further. If you’re open to radical suggestions from others, then make it clear. Then listen.


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Capricorn: December 2014

Secrets and Invisibility Cloaks in December

If you read your horoscope regularly you will have been aware of the need to pull right back from the commitments you were making to yourself (or others) regarding what you must cover up, hide or keep secret. Why? Because shortly after Christmas, you will see just how onerous that situation could become. Far better to minimize things now and lower the stakes so there is less to deal with. There is also the radical option of walking away altogether; sure you can.

The invisibility cloak is the other side of a Saturn transit through your Twelfth House. Long associated with Neptune and Pisces, this cycle rules what is submerged, in the depths or impossible to detect below the surface (just like the ocean itself). You are moving into an invisible role where others are the name or face. As you have already had a few early warning signs about who or what you might be in for, take the time to weigh the implications; pre-empt any problems.

Money Accelerates

Money, property, your business interests, your possessions or company is a green light area in December as Mars changes signs to Aquarius and the Second House of your chart. There will also be a noticeable lack of tolerance or patience over one burning issue, yet with other people’s cash, houses, apartments, shares, stakes, precious objects and so on – you only stand to gain. Do expedite decisions before January though to avoid delays, mistakes, u-turns.

Greetings to the New Capricorn

I’m borrowing the Billy Bragg song Greetings to the New Brunette for this part of your December reading. And you may in fact change your hair colour. Or your shoes. Or your glasses. Or your entire face and body if you live in Los Angeles. Monday 22nd December (allow 24 hours either side depending on your time zone) is the flagfall. Your name, title, social status, role or other box that the world puts you in may also be brand new, near that date. You’ll be more potent.

Your Single-Digit Farewell to Saturn

Nobody likes Saturn. Even you, and he is your ruling planet. He has been lumbering through your zone of friendship, social media, groups, teams, societies, charities, associations and social life for over two years, so you’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to actually relax and enjoy any of this. You will be woken up from your false assumptions within 48 hours of Christmas Day. You may even acquire a brand new social circle or network if you’re very lucky.

Doing It Your Way – Home and Family

You obviously grew up with a particular way of seeing your family, or your home and home town – or country. This seems to have been sheared away in recent years as one Eureka moment after another has confronted you, excited you and then both confronted and excited others. Now, as you turn the corner into 2015 you have the option of an entirely new way of interpreting what your people should mean to you – and who they are – and where or what your place can be.

Empowerment Through Branding

Pluto in Capricorn is fairly well-known to you, if you read your horoscope regularly. You are aware that over the long haul, since 2008, there have been mounting questions about who and what is in control of your brand. By brand, I mean your name, label, internet profile, social media standing, and so on. Everything is coming to a head in December and by January you may well decide to leave behind anything or anybody that has been disempowering you.

The reality is, simply by pushing yourself first, and putting yourself first – almost as if you were a product – you have woken up to find yourself with increasing amounts of influence and clout. Who knew that would have worked so well for you? After all you’re a Capricorn not a self-promoting Aries. Don’t knock the formula, though. And do realize that you can trade on this next year, but you will only hit your true potential if you farewell anyone or anything holding you back.


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Aquarius: December 2014

The Last of the Big Career Realities

They call Saturn the Lord of Karma and if you are prepared to stretch the story a bit, it is true that whatever was done to you by your boss, employee, colleague or client in 2013 or 2014, you also did to someone else. In a manner of speaking. Look back, back into your past and you will see. This applies to university life or non-profit work too. Saturn brings all your chickens home to roost. Yet December is the last of the big career, university or non-profit realities.

Farewell Flakey Finances

If your business interests, house, flat, tax, money, charity or possessions is all tied up with another Aquarian or Leo, then the flakiness is double-coated and Cadbury could not even attempt to make it. No matter what signs are involved, though, you can farewell all this, within four weeks. There is actually natural timing involved, if you wish to depart. Or just to fix the problems. Avoiding the issue is playing along with those who are natural avoiders, though. Nail them.

Neptune in Pisces reveals that part of the problem has been a big mystery patch you don’t even know about. In other words, these people, or this organization, has had its own chaos to deal with. The knock-on effect has impacted your own life, so that you open up a discussion (or they do) and then it goes…dribble, dribble, nowhere. This dripping effect is typical of any Neptune transit and it could intensify in March 2015 so you may as well fix this or ditch it right now.

The Worldwide Web

The most revolutionary thing you could do about the WWW is to sack it and operate without any digital in your life at all. Some Aquarians are about to do just that. In the vast majority of cases, though, you’ll just start what you have been experimenting with for a year or two – and in fact, restart it, because your chart reveals you already had one attempt. Beyond that, look at the wider implications of what you are doing, because Uranus in Aries says you could go even further.

Saturn in Sagittarius and You

You are well-known for your friendships and your group commitments – your tribes. You shine brightest as a true friend, or a team player. Saturn’s entry into the Eleventh House of your chart, which rules all these things, is consequently a very big deal. If you were reading your horoscope back in June, you will know that you were about to enter into a whole new phase with your friend, or a group, in the second half of 2014 which you would have to monitor carefully. Here it is.

The payback for any hasty decisions or any over-committed choices will be pretty obvious from Christmas Day, and it will linger in 2015 and even as late as 2016. So here is the thing about Saturn. You take decisive action to minimize the involvement, to pull back the time or energy, to actually betray an earlier promise if you must, and to secure your situation so that the stakes are suddenly a great deal lower than, say, in September or October. Proactive is pre-emptive.

Saturn always gives you a serious offer; a big ask; a mature proposal. Saturn people (and your friend, or this group member is one of them) want to know where they stand, before they even stand there. And you too. There is something awfully solid and rock-like – sturdy, you might say – about Saturnine types, whose horoscopes are loaded with Capricorn placements or Saturn aspects. Yet, as time will prove in 2015, they can be heavy weather.

The Capricorn Stellium

The Capricorn stellium is building in December and January, and so the year’s end really will be an ending. You have come to the final page of the calendar which is classically the time when people shut the door. It’s just easier to say goodbye when it’s Christmas, New Year and holiday time – the gap is there. Of course you may change your mind. However, it very much appears that December is curtains for one situation that you should have ended ages ago.


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Pisces: December 2014

Inventing a New Way to Earn, Own or Owe

Your finance, property, bank, tax and business chart never ceases to amaze me, because every time you seem to have called some revolution, it’s never enough for you, and you just go further and do something even more radical. It’s almost as if your success clearing each hurdle leads to ever more extreme moves. You are already pursuing something new and different again in December-February (because you have to) and yet you’ll take it further still.

If you’re going to reinvent the wheel, which is basically what you’ve been trying to do for the last year or two, you may as well find a new pony. Just take this to its logical conclusion. Why are you doing, what you are doing? Should you saddle up to something or someone that would actually deliver the results more effectively? Cutting to the core of what you want – and it looks suspiciously like the kind of change, that will change your year – is what December is all about.

Getting Back To Normal

You have actually lost sight of what normal is. In fact, purely to survive, you have accepted the least desirable, the least satisfactory and the least deserved as ‘normal’ when in fact, as Christmas will prove, you were miles away from the truth. You will be using the internet, travelling, publishing, writing, teaching, studying or pursuing your beliefs just as you once did, by January. Oh, it will be different. The last two years have left some scars. But normality is calling you.

If you were clever then your response to the most hideous situation in 2013 (probably) or 2014 (possibly) was to get real, be drastic and make tough decisions. Now you are in such entirely changed circumstances it is hard, perhaps, to accept that you could ever get back to that state of escape, bliss, comfort, relaxation, security and all the rest that you once had with the web, publishing, travel, academia or education. You will prove yourself wrong.

Saturn in Sagittarius – Smart Moves

Your June horoscope warned you, so now you have taken steps to manage Saturn in Sagittarius before it snares you. Smart moves now involve cutting back the career promise you made; minimizing the university commitment which (privately) worries you; shrinking the non-profit responsibilities you walked into. I am sure that you made grand declarations or heartfelt promises, especially in September-October, but it is not too late to either pull out, or to pull back hugely.

Saturn always brings heavy people – something is stuck or slow inside them and it’s so hard to shift. They are solid but they are inflexible or operate from little systems or structures in their lives which you have no hope of penetrating. At least not quickly or easily. This also applies to organisations, departments, corporations and perhaps entire industries. I would blanket-term all these people and entities as lumbering dinosaurs and warn you accordingly. No Jurassic!

You can deal with Jurassic – in fact you are already deeply involved – without actually having to chain yourself to a promise or situation which is going to feel like an obstacle course next year. That’s the key. And in a very few cases, perhaps for those of you born in late February (Saturn will square your Sun in Pisces first of all), there may be an instinctive desire to pull out. That’s okay. But don’t lob back in, during 2015, in a moment of weakness. Not without thought.

Getting Clear and Getting Real

There are people, organisations or situations affecting your brand which are just full of holes. The same applies to those (or that) which affects your reputation. There are too many gaps, absences, question marks, mysteries for you to get what you want. These Neptunian individuals or entities are often away, missing or just Auto Reply Out Of Office. Alternatively, they are just vague and wafty and you never really get accountability or responsibility. Get some or maybe say bye.



Copyright Jessica Adams/William Morris Entertainment/Curtis Brown 2014.
 

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Your November Horoscope

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Aries: November 2014

DEVELOPING A NEW SENSE OF SECURITY
Developing a new sense of security is what Saturn in Scorpio is all about. You basically lost, or sacrificed, what you had in terms of the money, business interests, house, possessions, flat or charity – maybe in 2013, maybe more recently. In any case tough decisions were made and you fronted up and did the work. You have also been unnaturally patient and stoic about financial, company, corporate, property or non-profit sector situations that have stretched you for months. What happens in November is intense, because we have a cluster of heavenly bodies joining Saturn in Scorpio in a really tight traffic-jam. So it feels as though you will be doing an awful lot, frightfully quickly. And most of all, what you need to do is live in the real world. Accept what is there, and what you have, and the way things actually are. The advantage of doing this and adjusting as you must, is that from Christmas the constant sense of having to wait, and work, will vanish. Oh yes.

TAKING BACK CONTROL
The issues began at the end of July, but you may not have realised the full enormity of what was happening with your chosen job, field, university, business or industry until October, when it became quite clear that something (or someone) was taking over. You may even have had a couple of examples of this, as Pluto in Capricorn can sometimes labour the point. In mythology, Pluto was the god of the underworld who had all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. He took, and took over, which is exactly what you have just been through in career, uni or even non-profit sector terms. So what was the point? The point was, to force you to take some control, because unless you use your self-discipline to turn things around, you will either remain stuck with things, or even slide backwards. Yet the irony is, if you were to change X, Y and Z, you could transform your life. The potential you have with the next generation, or relationships, relies on it.

JUPITER AND PLUTO IN YOUR CHART
In mythology and astrology, Jupiter and Pluto share a story together. Basically, Pluto took over, and Jupiter fixed things. In your own horoscope at the moment there is also a story taking place. You have been handed something (or someone ) absolutely amazing, since the middle of the year, and it all accelerated in September. This involves children, godchildren, young relatives. A partner who might bring his/her nieces, nephews, children or godchildren into your relationship. Alternatively it involves the most high-potential plans and plots, all involving the next generation, born 20 years or more after yourself. The key to turn the lock is your willingness to change the way you work, study or volunteer. Unless you do that, then you will not get very far and the opportunity will fly away.

SORTING OUT THE BASICS
As you’ve seen (above) sorting out the basics with your money, business interests, possessions, house, flat or charity is what November is all about. The good news is, once you have taken a deep breath and put your shoulder to the wheel, 2015 is going to be so much more comfortable and relaxed. And with the basics in place, you can then finally look at some madly exciting possibilities for your label, personal appearance, reputation, name and profile which were first suggested to you in September and October. You’ve been nodding enthusiastically enough but not actually thinking any of this could become real. The reason for that is the long, drawn-out delays with finally sorting out the financial, material or practical side of your life. This will be in place by Christmas, though. So keep entertaining the most radical and thrilling options; by 2015-2016 it could be real.

FUTURE MINDING
Future minding is a lovely phrase which is a bit like dog minding or child minding, except you are taking good care of 2015 and 2016. Now, there is absolutely no way you can avoid a new story in your life, concerning travel, foreign people, publishing, the internet, foreign places or education. This new story will gather in speed, importance and intensity in the second half of November. What you can avoid, though, is locking yourself into a commitment where the stakes are too high. In other words, where the ramifications are too great, should something not go as you wish. A good example of this might be emigrating to a country you have never even visited, with the intention of taking your Master’s degree. Imagine how tough that could be, if the gods were not smiling upon you! No matter how your life is laid out, do look at the website, the book, the trip, the relocation or the course in question with tremendous cynicism and even a little pessimism. I don’t want to be a downer, but Saturn in Sagittarius is *such* a downer that I would rather you erred on the side of negativity than just stumbled into something which (by 2015-2016) would prove to be so damn difficult for you. Saturn will teach you something. It has to teach you something. And it won’t be easy. But the ‘what’ of the teaching depends on you, right now, in late November, as you make choices


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Taurus: November 2014

RESISTING INVASION OR ACCEPTING IT?
Over the last two months or so, you have put up with an invasion of sorts. Your normal life as an internet user, publisher, student, writer, traveller, teacher or global citizen (across regions or countries) has been thrown out of balance. The person, group or entity which took over may be affecting you still. Alternatively it was not so much a face or a name attached, but a situation which just seemed to move in on you, and utterly disrupt the way you were headed with your course, trip, relocation, book, website or foreign concerns. Taurus, it takes great insight to appreciate that this could be good for you. But perhaps on some level you are coming to terms with this. The fact is, you needed motivation, even if it was uncomfortable, to make you shift your position. And now, at long last, you can. There is no reason on earth in November why you should not drastically alter the way you set about these things. Just try not to offload personal responsibility for changing your own life by targeting him, her, them or some nameless ‘it’ as the problem and becoming distracted by that. Just set to work and do what must be done. In fact, it is what you should have done in ’13.

THE REWARDS FOR CHANGING YOUR LIFE
The Jupiter and Pluto cycles are so linked at the moment, that you do have rewards for changing your life, as Pluto demands. Jupiter brings the glittering possibilities. And you have had a decent enough taste of the way life might be, in terms of your house, flat, home town, homeland, household or family – since July. It’s still not enough, of course, and you want more. Yet the reality is, until you dramatically transform the way you write, teach, study, publish, use the web, travel or deal with other nationalities and cultures – nothing will be delivered. At least not at the level you deserve.

YOUR FINAL TASK
Your final task with your former, current or potential partner will take you all of November and December, but then you will be on your way. This also applies to enemies, opponents or great rivals. You are now in a good place, in terms of the end of the road being in sight. You can see how this might end up for you, and you can banish 2013 to the pit of lost memories, as we all go through episodes we would rather just throw in the trash. Of course you have been pushed and shoved by destiny to take the path you are on now. But in October you realised just how right that path could be, despite the hard work ahead. Don’t do it all at once; give yourself the luxury of time. Lord knows this has taken long enough anyway. ‘This’ being the sense of closure and completion you need on what has been a pretty arduous journey to proper partnership, or a balanced set of emotional scales, or an equal result – or the right kind of relationship with a former or potential partner.

TIME TO ABSORB
You thought you were headed in a certain direction with your invisible role, your confidential concern, your secret plan, your unacknowledged efforts, your classified information. Then, in September or October, everything was spun around in an enthralling new way. You can’t really complain about this, even though it has utterly challenged the road you assumed you were on. There will be time to absorb, though! You don’t actually just have to drop everything and get onto this new path. You will be given the time to think, meditate and process in November and you so need it. Of course, the reality of your life is this – until you sort out the situation with your former, current or potential partner (or your enemy) once and for all, by Christmas, nothing can really move forward. But you will, and yet this takes time, thus the reminder that you have weeks and weeks to absorb.

YOUR FINANCES IN 2015, 2016
This is your regular Saturn in Sagittarius warning. Be extremely cautious about what you enter into financially, with property, in business, or with a charity in the second half of November. This new Saturn cycle will bring some learning experiences and waiting games for a year or two, so you don’t want the stakes to be too high. An example of this might be borrowing a huge amount of money in the second half of November, which you expect to pay off quickly by 2016 – with an interest rate that can go up and up. You get the picture. Don’t sleep walk into arrangements, especially on paper, if your common sense and the experience of others tells you, this could be too heavy.


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Gemini: November 2014

FRIENDS AND GROUPS – CARROTS AND DONKEYS
You had absolutely no idea this was coming, but back in September or October, a particular person, group or situation turned all your existing ideas on their head. You can now see how very different and exciting 2015 and 2016 (maybe even the next few years) might be, in terms of your social life, old friends, new friends and particularly your groups. There is a caveat to this though and it involves doing the donkey work to get the thrilling new carrots. The donkey work is really about your body, but also about the daily workload you have. The two are connected. You cannot be of service to others, or do your duty at work, university or in the non-profit sector – unless your body is running as it should. This has been a constant theme of the last two years and now you are turning the corner at last, but there is still more work to do, and effort to apply, right up until Christmas. So that’s your donkey role, right there. Beyond that, the actual structure of your day, from the time you start work or study, to the extra housework and chores you have at home, needs to be firmly and fully addressed. Once the basics have been bolted down in your life, by January, then – and only then – will you be in a position to see what remarkable new adventures you might pursue, socially.

FORMER, CURRENT AND POTENTIAL PARTNERS
Your former, current or potential partner? Your great rival, enemy or opponent? One of these people is firmly on your radar in the second half of November. You appear to be sliding into decisions which will affect your life for the next year; maybe the next two years. Do not slide. Consciously study and research the person, yourself and the situation. Entertain all outcomes including those you would rather not face. Be a total realist about marriage, divorce, separation, love triangles, de facto relationships and the rest. Be a maniac for the facts (just the facts) about legal battles, and even without the legals – the way anyone who is against you might function, in the next 1-2 years. I am being paranoid on your behalf so that you can keep the situation really low-volume which means making 100% clear choices from late November through to Christmas, when Saturn moves into your opposite sign of Sagittarius. By then it may be too late to undo certain things which you wove into your life, back in November. And it will be a hard tapestry to unstitch.

THE BIG CHANGE
The big change with your money, house, business interests, charity, possessions or apartment has to be absorbed into your life as if it was going to become part of your world for 2015 and 2016. Not just a short-term attempt to fix things. Why so? Because Pluto in your financial and lifestyle sector certainly isn’t going anywhere in a hurry. And also because your horoscope suggests you tried short-term answers before and got nowhere. If you measured your progress since 2012 it would be little slides forward, then more slides backwards. What happened to you in September and October forced you to realise just how precious control was. How absolutely essential it was to you, to feel that you had power in the situation. Now your horoscope tells you to use the right time and right place you find yourself in (at last) to seriously address what needs to alter. If you make this a way of life it won’t be such a big deal next time. And what is your reward? Well, for a start, it is ‘problem solved’ and there is no reward like that. But beyond this, Jupiter in Leo is telling you, that if you can only sort out your money and security, you will immediately be in a position to enjoy the rewards of projects which use your way with words, or plans which use your gift with images. Some may be digital, some may be old-fashioned (singing, public speaking, languages, poetry) but in all cases if you really want to milk what (or who) happened to you since July, you’ll do the maths.

KEEPING IT REAL
Keeping it real in your career, or with your other roles and goals, is about constant vigilance. It looks as though you slipped into a situation back in September or October which was all too easy to wade into, yet was utterly misleading or even life-complicating. What actually happened with your job, university commitment or voluntary role was a simple case of Neptune in Pisces. This cycle is notorious for lulling us into believing in something or someone that is illusory. It’s like a little slide show or a short film. When you actually get to experience the full-tilt reality, unfortunately the reality seems all too…real. Well, as you go into November you’ve had your moment with all that. But this cycle is long-term and if you are dealing with people, projects, positions or situations which don’t really inhabit any kind of reality, then you need to be continually ‘on’ this like a tight-fitting suit.


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Cancer: November 2014

YOUR BODY AND YOUR FUTURE
Cancer, for the first time in 29 years, Saturn moves into your body zone at Christmas, and he remains there in 2015 and 2016 as well. I mention this now because whatever you are dealing with from January next year, you will be setting up now, in the second half of November. This is worth mentioning, because you do have freedom of choice. It may seem as if astrology is like some heavily fated life map, but in actual fact it is more like the London Underground. You can take any coloured line you want. You can get off anywhere you like. You can even get out of the station, walk back the way you come and start again. Make your ‘body’ plan very carefully at the end of November because you will have to deal with the primary or secondary results of this, for longer than you expected, and with more obstacles than you may be anticipating now. Do some research. You need to look at the exercise program, the doctor, the drugs, the food, the drink, the health insurance factors, the alternative practitioner and all the rest – almost on a professional level. Compare notes, seek out forums, do the work. That way you will choose a far, far better option now.

WORK, STUDY, VOLUNTEERING
There are a couple of things to say about your job, course or voluntary role. What happened to you in September or October was utterly unexpected. It took you about five minutes to say yes – or at least to admit you were prepared to entertain previously unheard-of notions. Some things, of course, seem too big, too radically different (and just too much) to truly let into your life in any real way. But as November rolls on, you will realise just how real this could all become – ‘this’ being an electrifying, thrilling, extraordinary new way to work, study or volunteer. What you must do, though, is put in tremendous effort with the next generation, or the relationships ushering it into your life. In other words, you have to do the basic stuff, which means sorting out and fixing all the elements of parenthood (for example) that you know must be completed. Beyond parenthood there may be a youth demographic; a young people’s project; a whole generation born 20 years or more after you which has been such hard work for you, for such a long time. Cancerians with godchildren, children or young relatives have been most affected by this cycle but there are also those of you with stepchildren, fertility, adoption, fostering or other complex issues. And then there are sexual relationships with people who already have nieces, nephews, godchildren and so on, which have to be factored into your world. In essence, Cancer, you have an eight-week sign-off on this very long and demanding cycle, but once you sign off, you can think about a wild, experimental 2015 or 2016.

MANIPULATING THE SEE-SAW
Whenever you get an outer planet like Pluto going through your Seventh House, you are really manipulating the see-saw with the other person. Your wife or husband is the likely suspect. However, this could also be your boyfriend, girlfriend, or even your ex. Some Cancerians have long-term crushes on the Man Most Likely or Woman Most Likely, and these prospective lovers are also candidates for the see-saw. Other people born in June or July use a work partnership as their ‘marriage’ and work out the balancing act that way. In a minority of cases, Cancerian people go straight to an enemy, great rival or opponent for the see-saw challenge, because just as two people who are madly in love can carefully manipulate their side of the situation to suit each other, two people who are completely up against each other, also need to realise they are on a two-way structure that needs just as much weighing and measuring as anything else. In November, Cancer, you have to change the see-saw. Even get a new see-saw. Unless you do this, you will never get the extra money you deserve. And if it’s not about money then it’s about cash in kind. A lovely house. A great apartment. A stunning business resource. Precious possessions. A stupendous charitable  or philanthropic involvement. Back in September or October, either the person I have listed (above) or a third party, was at the heart of an intense, difficult, relentless lesson. The message coming out of this lesson was basic. “You *have* to change.” Well, now you can. And if you don’t? What a waste.

BOUNDARIES AND REALITY CHECKS
In November both Chiron and Neptune will resume direct motion in your Ninth House, which describes the relationship you have with people from other nationalities and cultures. This segues into websites and books for some of you, and in other cases, academic or less formal courses, workshops and seminars. Beyond this, the Ninth House is very much linked to the idea of expanded spiritual, religious, intellectual or cultural horizons, and given the scope of the internet these days, you can play that any way you like. The challenge for you is to put in boundaries, or just firm them up a little. You had a reality check about the place, project, person, plan or organisation in October which really showed you how out of touch you had been. None of this was your fault. It was perfectly lovely to coach yourself into accepting a version of reality, rather than to make actual hard enquiries about who or what you were truly dealing with. Well, now you know. And yet all is not lost. Far from it. Just shape this. Manage it. Make it work for you. But try to keep it real.


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Leo: November 2014

YOUR CLAN AND YOUR HOME TURF

Your clan, even if you are not Scots, is your immediate family; your household (including animals); your countrymen and countrywomen; the other locals. It is the people you belong to, and it is described by the sign of Scorpio at the moment, which is where we find the greatest instability, but also the greatest promise. Why promise? Because once you are past Christmas Day, you will know for sure that life is back to normal. And by normal, I mean life in 2011 and earlier. Before you hit one, two or even three life chapters affecting your house, flat, home town or country which to you have resulted in some of the hardest decisions for years.

Beyond the clan and the sense of belonging to a region or country, and all the tough reality checks that have come with that, you have also endured issues with a family member, flatmate, house;, block of land, property agent, tenant and/or apartment. Some are a wince-making memory from 2013 others go on reverberating. What you will experience in November is a state of flux, in the first half, which settles down in the final half of the month, leading you to a real sign-off moment. It’s a really good idea to get closure by the second or third week of December. And then home will be home again to you.

This cycle may have been about people individually or a particular place. About your council or local government. You can add any number of issues to that list, but you want, need and deserve a space and sanctuary to call your own without the issues. It’s close. You really just need to get through this fairly intense, dense patch of final decision-making, Leo. The Full Frosty Moon on Thursday 6th November is a case in point. It will not be until Mercury retraces his steps from Saturday 8th-10th, though, that you will finally know where you stand. The big reality check to help you draw a line under the last two years will come very close to Tuesday 18th November when your ruler the Sun conjuncts Saturn.

SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS REALITIES
I really can’t repeat this basic message too often. Be awfully careful what new territory you are entering in terms of your daughter, son, godchild or young relative. Likewise with projects or plans which are all about youth and the young. Beyond this, there may be new territory ahead which brings in issues like adoption, pregnancy, fertility and step-parenting. Your lover’s nieces, nephews or godchildren may also be on your agenda.

This may be about your heir and your spare, or other kinds of pretenders to your throne; maybe children or young adults as an entire demographic. Just be hip to what you are getting into, before you get into it. On no account expect this to be straightforward and simple. Don’t assume a fast, easy result from any of this. Be a realist, even a pessimist! That way you cover all eventualities and cover your bases, and 2015 will be a far easier ride. You will know exactly what you are getting into after Venus enters Sagittarius on Sunday 16th November when everything becomes about a two-way street. Pay particular attention to who (or what) you lock into your future near Saturday 22nd November at the New Moon in Sagittarius. There will be further discussion, news, paperwork or meetings from Friday 28th November when Mercury enters Sagittarius and you must do your level best to avoid committing yourself to future burdens, Leo. Some really good examples of this would be an adoption application or a conscious unplanned pregnancy risk. Can you deal with it in 2015?

THOSE IMPRACTICAL, PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENTS
With Neptune still bobbing around in Pisces, going direct in your Eighth House on Sunday 16th November, you need constant background awareness of the potential for a really confused and confusing situation with your house, apartment, possessions, money, charity and/or business interests. Why? Because you appear to have attracted a situation (or person) which is everywhere, all the time, without any boundaries or controls. Things are vague or fuzzy. Nothing is really spelled out or defined. Keep a watchful eye on Neptune because you can end up all at sea without an anchor to hold you, if you go out too far. Neptunians may be around you in this cycle; individuals or organisations who are escape artists; who do not inhabit the real world; who do not have their feet on the ground. Don’t be lured by them unless there is some kind of agreement about a return to reality every so often. Once a week should do it.

CHANGE YOUR BODY, CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Pluto in Capricorn has really put you through your paces with your food, drink, drugs, health, doctors, alternative practitioners, exercise or hospital care. Ever since the end of July you have been set up by the universe, so that nothing less than conscious transformation will suffice for you. This cycle will operate on any level it can. However it has manifested for you, the basic message is, unless you alter the habits of a lifetime and really run your own body, you will get away with nothing. There is just no way to cheat things any more, or to wriggle around. Just deal with this Pluto and Mars cycle through the uncompromising sign of Capricorn and change your life.


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Virgo: November 2014

CLOSURE AND NEW BEGINNINGS
The crazy amount of delay and endurance-testing you have been put through with the internet, media, publishing or other forms of communication is nearly over. Since late 2012 when Saturn moved into Scorpio, into an area of life naturally ruled by your own planet Mercury, you have had to wait…and wait…and wait. As you are now aware, November-December is time for one last burst of hard work and sheer effort, and then there will be closure. Following this, or maybe dovetailing with it, there is a new beginning. So you are either entering a fresh phase with your role, plan or project (or the technology) or you may even cut something right out of your life, ahead of a new start for 2015. I mention all this hard work in November and December because you need a finishing line, and Christmas is it. Beyond this, the reality is, you won’t get the amazing, exciting new options you were shown with your money, business interests, house, apartment or charity unless you do the work. Those options which came your way in September or October may have seemed unlikely at the time, but you still kept nodding and smiling. Quite right too. You could actually have this  thrilling and totally unprecedented future by 2016, but oddly enough, it begins with your commitment to sign off on this never-ending communication, internet, writing, publishing, media, languages, phone, computer cycle – with an intense burst of focus and energy in November.

YOUR HOUSE, FLAT, FAMILY, HOUSEHOLD, HOME TOWN, HOMELAND
Be a total realist about the decisions you are making in November and December. Property paperwork and the fine print on tenants, landlords, renting, owning, mortgages, sales, auctions and all the rest can be painful to look at, but if you can’t be bothered, at least get the best expert recommended to you and seek out some good opinions. Ditto council regulations and planned local government decisions for your area – or even wider decisions politically which will affect the country you live in. If you’re going to make big household or family decisions, spend more time inside the head of the other person before you commit. I could go on with this list, but you get the idea. Essentially I am trying to get you to head off potential obstacles in 2015 and even 2016 by pre-empting a situation now. This is the worst time in the world to be making flip, instant, lazy judgements and choices about your home, property investment, flatmate, close relative, home town or homeland. Saturn can be really hard to shake off, so even though I know some kind of choice is unavoidable in November-December, at least make that choice something that is relatively easy to live with. Become a total master/mistress of property prices, mortgage interest rates, council rates and the rest before this cycle starts. Research, research, research! Find out who your builder is and what others say. On it goes. I don’t mind a little paranoia before a big new cycle like this.

REWARDS FOR EFFORT
Basically, if you want to actually see the full rewards of that new story in your life (the one involving what you cover up from other people, or the one where you don’t get any credit) you need to put in the effort. Where is the effort now required? With children, godchildren or young relatives. With a younger generation born 20 years after you, who is connected to you for personal or professional reasons. With a lover whose younger relatives or godchildren may become part of your life. Why does all that take effort? Because Pluto is just so relentless in your horoscope right now, and what happened to you in the last eight weeks was pretty tough. Tough yet necessary. You are now finally in a position to make those changes you know you must make – or face the consequences. So just get on with it, while you have the opportunity, and bear in mind that there will be rewards. That tremendous, glittering promise attached to an invisible role or a secret pursuit can be delivered.

PINNING THE REAL WORLD DOWN
How do you pin the real world down? Well, you may want to remove any alcohol or drugs from the story. That works for a lot of people, when it comes to love, sex and commitment! There are other ways, too. Not allowing the internet to become a substitute for reality. And not allowing other fuzzy representations of the truth – the media, wishful thinking, imagination, self story-telling – to function as ‘real’ when you know very well it’s just a way of escaping. At the moment, Neptune and Chiron are preparing to turn direct in your Seventh House, which rules your great enemy, rival or opponent. This person can be a ‘partner’ in a dynamic with you, just as much as a husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend. And other ‘partners’ can be work or business based. And even be the ghosts of relationships past, or the spectre of relationships (future). The person matters less than the process, Virgo. That might surprise you to hear, but the personality and psyche of this man or woman is really less important than understanding that you must pin the real world down. He or she is just part of the hologram of recent non-reality and you need to decode what has been going on. I imagine you were really confronted by the wake-up call you had about them, or the situation, in October. You just had no idea, did you? Well, now you do. So continue to keep this real. And if it’s just reached a stage where it’s all too unreal to actually cope with, ask some hard questions.


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Libra: November 2014

THE FINAL KNUCKLE-DOWN
Okay Libra, so this is the last financial knuckle-down. Or is this about your house, business interests, apartment, charity or possessions? November will be intense and relentless at times. Yet you now have solid evidence, for sure, that you can gain closure on a difficult past episode by Christmas, if you do your research and proceed with tremendous care. Beyond that, you also have something so different to look forward to. It is not what you had. But it works, and it will go on working for you, so that you never again have to be put through the insane stress of 2012, when one particular story about the money, house, company, bank, tax office, apartment and so on, really tested every fibre of your soul. The reward for knuckling down in November and December, when everything will feel like shifting granite, is pretty simple. You get to move much, much closer to enthralling possibilities involving your former, current or potential partner. Maybe even your great enemy, opponent or rival. By ‘enthralling’ I mean totally galvanising; as if you were wired up to lightning and about to break every leather strap on your wrists. Apologies for drawing on the Mary Shelley reference – it’s not personal – but we do associate the transit of Uranus with the electrical storms and also with the idea of tremendous liberation. What was floated under your nose in September or October was real. Do not think it wasn’t. You could literally have this brave new world, involving this man who affects you so much, or this woman who pushes all your buttons. First, though, your horoscope says, do the work. Get that cash, property or business story complete.

FORWARD THINKING AND THE INTERNET
Don’t overload yourself with too much internet or computer-related stuff in November, Libra. Especially if it would weigh heavily in 2015 and 2016. This also applies to media, publishing, or multimedia commitments. Keep the stakes low and keep the ‘ask’ factor really low as well. You do have freedom of choice here. You don’t actually have to take what is obviously luring you, or apparently forcing your hand. There is still time to navigate, and you urgently need to find out exactly who and what is involved, in the November pathway now suggesting itself. That pathway involves your way with words, images and ideas. I am assuming it is internet based but it may be real-world. Just don’t sign your life away. Or say yes, when you should be saying ‘Give me time to think.’ By extension this involves writing, public speaking, songwriting, signing and all other ways of being heard and read. I don’t know what you are being pulled into in late November but before you wake up in January realising what on earth you’ve gotten yourself into, do some research now.

MIRACLES AND HARD WORK
Actually, there is a miracle on offer. The person, the group or the situation walked into your life some point after July and it all got really wonderfully real in September or October. The miracle has not gone away. You can experience friendship and teamwork at the biggest and best level in 12 years. Your social life and social media can be extraordinary. People power can move mountains. Good friends can be better than the best lovers. And yet…there is hard work to get what you want, Libra. What kind of work? Well, you already know. What happened to you in the last eight weeks made it really clear you would have to change your attitude towards your house, flat, family, household, home town or homeland. In a way, you were taken over for a while. Someone or something tried to wrench your hands off the wheel. Knowing this, and experiencing it, made you realise that by November you probably would…have…to…change. Now you are in the right time and place to do this, Libra, just think of the bigger picture and the larger reward. Your friend or group.

GET SOME RULES
You just need to get some rules, basically. You didn’t have them with your daily workload, or your body, and you went totally off track in September and October, with a very recent moment of truth to wake you up. Now you may feel rather deflated or even anticipating more disappointment, but it does not have to be that way. You just need to take whomever/whatever lacks that reality function and make it function! This is very much about the work you do on a daily basis, from housework, to your job, to study, to volunteering. It also incorporates your food, exercise, doctor, drugs, drink, sleep, alternative medicine and so on. Your horoscope shows Chiron and Neptune lurching forward and so there is no better time to consciously contain and control what is going on. Rules!


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Scorpio: November 2014

SUBSTITUTES FOR REALITY ARE NOT SUBSTITUTES

November is a good time to accept that a substitute for reality, especially with children, does not actually serve that purpose at all. Beyond children, the last few weeks might have been about godchildren or young relatives. Youth projects or young people’s needs. Relationships which could easily bring your lover’s younger family members or godchildren into your life. Neptune, Chiron and  Salacia have been in this zone of your chart all year, and what happened to you in September and October really muddied the waters. In other words, you were plunging into a little episode with zero reality function and an awful lot of guesswork or supplied imagination. As you were uncomfortably shown the way things actually were (or the way people actually were) in October, you are now in a position to make sure some things never happen again. For a start, you should be far more enthusiastic to pin people and situations down. Ideas and notions are great, but what nails them to planet earth? We all like to dream, but what is it that actually makes dreams come real? Some Scorpio parents have issues around children, drugs or alcohol and this is the right time to jump on them. I mention this because Neptune rules substances, and substances alter reality. I don’t know how this cycle has manifested for you, Scorpio, but you do need to really rein in what has been going on and this time, keep it firmly in check with a constant reminder that This Is Not A Reality Substitute. This will help anything from a next-generation role you have, to a relationship with a child.

BARGAINING WITH THE FUTURE
What was suggested to you, or even outright offered, in October, has enthralled you. This could make an exciting difference to the future, in terms of your working life, but also your lifestyle, incorporating all your body’s wants and needs. Uranus in Aries and his recent link with Jupiter in Leo has made so much more seem possible for 2015, 2016 and beyond. You really are bargaining with the future, though, because if you want this new arrangement to become a reality, you have to do some serious hard work for the next eight weeks. This will involve long overdue work on the ‘me’ issues which cover your label, reputation, personal appearance and brand. Of course I am not telling you something you don’t already know. But it can be useful to know that your horoscope is synching up with your own determination. Try to create time and space in your life so you can focus completely on what needs to be fixed up, sorted out and finalised about yourself. Then you can really start seriously speculating about what how this thrilling change in direction would manifest.

BEING BULLIED OR BEING GUIDED?
Are you being bullied or being guided? Probably both. Clearly, you have a long way to go, if you want to get on track with your internet life, writing, media commitments, public speaking, language skills, publishing involvements, and the rest. For most Scorpios this relentless Pluto cycle has been  about computers and the web, full stop. However it is showing up in your life, you were subjected to someone or something, in the last few weeks, which felt like a takeover. You were corralled or herded into a situation you went along with – because you suspected it would be good for you – but now you are at the next crucial stage, you have to sort out some issues. Those issues revolve around natural resentment at being controlled or pushed. Beyond that, an equal serious concern came up, since late July, which means you now realise just how precious it is to be heard and read. To get your message across as you want and need. And how you must never take that for granted. Try to move beyond the idea that the universe (or its representatives) are bullying you or even guiding you. You are actually guiding yourself. Your soul got you into this. So get on with it.

PREPARING FOR 2015 AND 2016
Saturn is going to land you in financial, business, property or charity situations in the next year, possibly even the next two years, which are hard to extricate yourself from. As you are being put at a crossroads in November please choose your future carefully. Don’t be blind to what others have gone through in your situation and if you have to err on the side of pessimism or cynicism, great. Far better to take a hard-nosed approach to the bank, your income, your debts, the property market, the realities of the economy/your tenants/your landlord than to just be Pollyanna. Be particularly hip to whatever goes in writing in the second half of November and read the fine print; get an expert second opinion. Hop onto internet forums regarding tax, loans and so on. Be prepared.

REWARDS
Your November horoscope might seem a little hardline, because of the impact Pluto and Saturn are having on your life. Yet there are rewards. Promotion, awards, business breakthroughs, outstanding personal success, exceptional results – all is possible. You even had a taster already, since Jupiter moved into Leo mid-year. You know you’re better off, and you’ve gone up a few notches. Trust your horoscope. There can and will be more. As in more, more, more. But to get what you want and deserve, you must utterly transform the way you communicate. That means looking not only at your life online, but at your ‘voice’ across all mediums and media. It’s time.


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Sagittarius: November 2014

THE END OF THE ROAD
You might have thought the end of the road would be a final sprint. Instead, it seems you must spend November trawling through the last challenges involved with your cover-up job, or your invisible role. Your big secret or your classified file. Your uncredited, unseen, unacknowledged role or your intensely private world. This has been such an epic story for two years now. You are miles away from where you were in 2012 and it has changed you. Despite this, you have achieved an awful lot. And now you can have some completion. With any kind of completion like this, there is also a new beginning, and it must seem that as you are nearing the end of one road, you can see the new one stretching up ahead of you. November requires maximum effort and December too, yet from Christmas you will be able to say ‘Well, that was history’ and close the book.

THE TRADE-OFF
The trade-off in November is pretty simple. If you sort out what lies beneath – what nobody else can really see or know about you – then 2015 and 2016 could take you on a really exciting new journey with children. This also applies to godchildren or younger relatives, like nieces or nephews. Your lover (or future lover’s) younger family members or godchildren could also become part of your world. There are also purely professional or part-time involvements with the next generation to pursue; those born 20 years or more after you. Uranus in Aries is promising you all this, since September, when a particular vision was first suggested to you. You know for a fact it could all come true, no later than the end of 2015, but you also have to make the trade. So the trade, in November, is dealing with the psychological or emotional challenges of actually drawing a hard line under what went down with your big secret or your invisible role since 2012 and finishing up.

PLANNING YOUR ME AGENDA
November accelerates the new beginning for your name, reputation, personal appearance, label or niche in the world. Don’t go too fast though. Compare notes with other people. Do your research. Saturn in Sagittarius will be around a long time and you do not want to make a mistake now that would involve a very long, drawn-out process next year. Or unnecessary learning experiences that you would give anything to avoid! Saturn is not the bogeyman. It’s basically just a cycle where everything is frozen. Nothing changes, moves or progresses. It sits there. Consequently, because this is about the way you look or appear, you may want to be super-sure that what is sitting there, immovably, is something you can live with. If you can’t live with cosmetic surgery you dislike, or some kind of public relations relaunch you are not happy with – or anything else – don’t go there.

THE BIG GLOBAL PICTURE
Just to reassure you – the big global picture is still out there, waiting for you. You were quite right to have faith in the person, place, plan or organisation which appeared from mid-year and is now such a wonderful part of your potential future. This completely *will* see you travelling, studying, publishing, writing, teaching or just living in a much better way. As you just found out in October, though, you are going to have to profoundly alter the way you earn money, spend it or save it. And beyond that, your approach towards your house, business interests, possessions or apartment. This is such a drastic rewrite of your life story it’s insane but let’s just say you already had a little practise in the last few months and those small but certain steps are the right ones. Keep going.


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Capricorn: November 2014

FINANCIAL, PROPERTY, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES ROLL

You’ve had a couple of doors open to expansion since October. One was forced and not that comfortable for you. You probably feel as if you have to take a giant leap to get out of a situation you are not happy with – yet ironically it could help you grow financially, or in terms of your business interests, house or flat. The other situation is just so easy to love. You are basically being given unconditional, generous largesse from a person, group or organisation which is there to help you have more, do more and become more. Just one rule. Until you transform the way you look and appear (and you know you want to, deep down) nothing will really happen as it should. There seem to be some fairly high stakes there, with your image, as Mars and Pluto go through Capricorn together. Yet once you make these required changes, doors open all over the place.

THE INTERNET IS NOT THE REAL WORLD: CHECK

You entered into a fairly special space online in September, and quickly became used to inhabiting this other world. It may have been YouTube, Twitter, or some other corner of the web. Now you realise how inappropriate it is to treat online communication as a real connection. It is just a version of it! This also applies to the media and publishing, which for some Capricorns have served the same function; throughout September and most of October they functioned as a lovely escape from reality (yet, to your cost, you may have fallen for the illusion that they were ‘the world’ rather than just an approximation of it). Since the big wake-up call in the second half of October you are now far more savvy and clued-in to the way communication should work in your life. And it really begins with some parameters, rules, regulations, boundaries, checks and fences. And just keep pinching yourself because words are words, and pictures are pictures, but reality is so different.

RECONSTRUCTING YOUR NAME OR LOOK
This Mars and Pluto transit through your own sign is pretty relentless, Capricorn. The stakes are now really high and you cannot afford to go too much longer without drastically altering your approach to your wardrobe, hair, reputation, label, name and so on – these things are just packaging or profiling, but your horoscope says October cranked up the importance of what might, at other times, seem so superficial. The ‘me’ stuff is actually a thing. And it’s a thing you now (finally) have the time, space and opportunity to transform. It just wasn’t right before – nothing came together – yet in November you have zero excuses for not knuckling down for something of a rebirth.

YOUR CIRCLES

You may (or may not) be part of Google Circles, but the principle still applies to your horoscope this month. You have an inner circle of friends. Another circle overlaps that – including acquaintances and potential new friends. Another circle sits on top of this one, and it concerns the groups, clubs, teams, bands, associations, societies, associations and all the rest that bind you to the collective. You are now required to do some more work, so that you can get to Christmas Day and realise that 2013 and 2014 are now receding into the distance and the tremendous stoicism, patience and endurance are no longer required. Believe it or not, there will come a time early in 2015 when you realise that there is no big deal about friendship, groups, your social life or social media. That you no longer have to suppress certain feelings just to get by. November is the signing-off process.

YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR PLACE – THE EXPERIMENT
You have one final situation to ditch where your house, flat, home town, homeland, family or household is concerned. By December this will  happen if you apply the necessary effort and it will be worth it, Capricorn; you will be free. Another, quite different, story is far more enticing and exhilarating. This involves taking various daydreams and discussions from September and October much further. The end point might be late 2015, 2016 or beyond, but there is no time like the present to make solid steps in that direction. Your sense of ‘my people’ or ‘my place’ is being reshaped with every day that goes past, yet it is the thrilling possibilities ahead, thanks to some recent and remarkable developments, that keep you on the path. Just remember that the occasional act of revolution, rebellion or maybe the need for radical reform is part of that path. You can’t really have it both ways, Capricorn. If you want to relocate, renovate, reshuffle the family, rearrange the household, reshape your home town or homeland – you absolutely have to deal with instability too.


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Aquarius: November 2014

YOU CAN GET THERE FROM HERE
It may seem like the last labour of Hercules to you, but you can get there from here. You will hit the end of a long, long cycle when your career, university life or voluntary role was just one big stretch after another. The cycle just doesn’t pop into oblivion, though. The ending begins with the hard work you do in November, when some fairly relentless aspects, or patterns, start to build in your chart. This is really a case of ‘head down, get on with it’ and if you just slog through, doing what you know is wise, and well-advised, you will wake up on Christmas Day feeling very, very differently about your position in the world and also your ambitions. Of course, the universe throws you little encouragements along the way. For example – back in September or October you were shown what might be possible on the internet, with publishing, the media or other channels for your voice – or platforms for your words. This excited you though it seemed wholly and wildly out of the box. After all, certain outcomes were never on your agenda. As you slowly get used to the idea, though, you should be able to join the dots. Basically, if you sort out the career, university or volunteering question and plough through what is required, you will then be in the right space for 2015 and 2016 to pursue what was floated past you, regarding a thrilling new way to be heard or read.

FRIENDS AND GROUPS ALERT
Look, you can’t avoid Saturn in your Eleventh House of friends and groups. But you can minimise the issues. How do you do that? By refusing to become all bound up with something (or someone) which could end up weighing far too heavily on you, next year. You will be drawn in a particular direction with this group, friend, social media or other circle in the second half of November. It is really important that you are a total realist about all the scenarios, though. Some friends come with real  emotional or psychological demands – it is more than a friendship. Some groups really do restrict you, and test you – no matter if they are political parties or ukelele orchestras. So be a realist, to the point of being an arch pessimist, and see where things might take you. Then avoid, avoid.

PARTNERSHIPS
Everyone wants the perfect partnership, don’t they? Except you. You are smarter than that, because you know that a friendship or the people power within a community, can be just as ‘perfect’ if such a thing exists. Weirdly, now that you are up for a more demanding period with your social life or old friends – not to mention your tribes – the universe is compensating by telling you, that by 2015, you really could have a fantastic double-act in your life. There are so many ways to build this. You can choose a marriage or de facto relationship, or a business duet or a professional double-act. You can select a partnership where neither of you lives full-time with each other, but still feels the love. You can also have a partnership, of sorts, with your ex – or a relationship with someone you never shag, but ultimately may! Aquarians are ruled by Uranus, the planet of the wild, weird, wired and wonderful so you never try to box in their emotional lives as an astrologer; it is a grave mistake. Jupiter in your partnership zone is definitely selling you the message, though. If you want this – or him – or her – you can have it all. Truly. You are already several kilometres down the highway with this one. What will it take, to go further? Well, you need to utterly transform a part of yourself or your life which is secret, hidden from view, submerged, mysterious and all the rest. And only you know what that is. And only you can change it. Lord knows you now have enough reasons. October was relentless; it was the month you actually longed to transform. And now you can.

AVOIDING FLAKEY, RUNNING FROM FUZZY
Avoid the flakey, run from the fuzzy. This is your money, house, business, charity, possessions or apartment after all. It is your security and your wealth, one day. You appear to have been lured into the most enticing escape from reality in September and October. With a sharp wake-up call, just in the last 2-3 weeks. It seems you were dealing with someone who did not inhabit terra firma. Their feet were not on the ground. Their head was in an altered space. Or maybe there was a whole organisation (like a bank, or a tax department) like that. Even more commonly in this kind of Neptune transit, you may have been blindly entering into a set-apart space in life, where nothing was remotely real-world. It’s typical of Neptune that you don’t realise this at the time; the person you are speaking to about big property moves turns out to be a different kettle of fish later; the dreamy new business possibilities being floated don’t actually have anything to do with normal life. Aquarius, you were right and royally caught out by things, but it can be different now. Just be hip to the pattens of others, especially if those patterns involve departing reality. And visualise concrete. Truly. You also need to zero in on boundaries. Those fuzzy, hazy, ever-blurring lines between what is yours, theirs, his or hers need to be nailed really clearly and those boundary lines, adhered to. This is textbook advice for Neptune turning direct in Pisces, in your Second House of cash/ownership. Sure, you can float, and drift, but you know from October how hard the dry-land crash can be.


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Pisces: November 2014

INSISTING ON REAL
You, of all people, are the ultimate non-real, unreal citizen of the zodiac. Yet you must insist on ‘real’ when it comes to the way you look or appear. Understanding what you learned from September and October, and how confusing and confused matters of image can become, is helpful. You were led into an odd, though enticing, chapter in your life where your label, reputation, personal appearance or name meant reality left the room. Just in the last few weeks you have been slapped with what that reality actually was, all along, where you were concerned. And by ‘you’ I mean, you, you, you in the most intensely personal way, because this is about your profile or your packaging. How do you stop it from happening again? Easy. With yourself and others, insist on real, every time you get that creeping sensation that it’s on the way out again.

TRAVEL WITHOUT ANGST
From Christmas, you will travel without angst. I mean literal travel, but also travel in the mind. That involves using the internet, writing, publishing, teaching and studying. It also involves the intellectual journeys you take when you deal with different nationalities, cultures or regions to your own. Anyone looking at your chart since 2013 can see why you still wince on the inside over a particular episode. And you could hardly say you’ve been able to travel – geographically or mentally – as you once did, without giving it a second thought. This cycle is now rapidly approaching its end, though. And if you want that clear, easy road next year, you must now make a list of tasks and cross them off. You have about four or five things to do, by Christmas, and maybe some late chores in January, but as conditions will be so much easier then anyway, any late completion won’t drive you crazy. Just get out the notebook or the computer. Make the list. Do the homework. Find out the realities. Cross one thing off after another. This is such an un-Pisces thing to do, it’s insane, but it really, truly is worth it. Why? Apart from anything else, you were shown a really thrilling new financial, property, business or charity possibility in the last few weeks which you know you want to pursue. But you can’t pursue any of it, until you’ve truly nailed this foreign, regional, internet, publishing or educational concern in November and that means w-o-r-k.

SUCCESS AND SATURN
Your success in life may involve your career, or your life as a student. Alternatively you may define success by a voluntary role, or through work that is unpaid. You need to be highly strategic about all this in the second half of November, because around Christmas, Saturn will move into your success zone, bringing his usual round of hard learning experiences and delayed processes. How do you soften that? Easy. You make highly conscious choices in late November so that you do not just stumble into something that will be too hard for you, next year. If you are going to quit a job, or take one, do some research. Compare notes, ask around, get things in writing and fully explained. That is just one example. You can’t really run from Saturn. Either way you are going to have to be utterly stoic about some aspect of your work or study next year. However, you can micro-manage the cycle so that the stakes are as low as they can possibly be and what you face, is really not that great.

YOUR FABULOUS NEW LIFESTYLE
Your fabulous new lifestyle is not a given. It is a promise. But you have seen and heard enough since September to know this could be real. It would vastly improve the way you work and live, and also take your relationship with your body into the most wonderful new phase. So how do you get the treasure? You dive for it. And you dive for it by doing what you know you oughta, shoulda, coulda. This directly involves a group or a friend. Maybe even a group involving a friend. You were pushed and shoved into making an attempt at change in October. You no doubt disliked it. But you also knew it was right, and proper, and so you put one foot in front of the other with this person, or this network, and did what was required. Way beyond that, though, you must do more. Unless you do more and go for what would actually give you control over your own life, nothing will really pan out as it should. Oh, you’ll get some kind of result in terms of your lifestyle, body or workload, but not the wow factor reward Jupiter wants you to have, by mid 2015. So accept the challenge in November and really do this thing, Pisces. Transform yourself, the friendship and the circle of people. Understand how much power you potentially always had access to and don’t kick yourself for leaving it this late, just get on with it and become who you are meant to be. At last. You’ll see small, satisfying results for every week you get on with it, then by January it really could be a new year.



Copyright Jessica Adams/William Morris Entertainment/Curtis Brown 2014.
 

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Aries: October 2014

Welcome to October, Aries. If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea  on Sunday 28th September with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Your Former, Current or Potential Partner

Sometimes your relationship with a key man or woman in your life, really can resemble Pride and Prejudice, with all its pitfalls, delays and communication errors. Of course you are not relying on horseback messengers, or even a Mr Darcy or Miss Bennett – yet you must allow for a really circuitous pathway with your former, current or potential partner now. Your internet, media, publishing, phones and computers will be affected most and of course this has a domino effect on the discussion or paperwork with this person (or concerning them). From 14th September, onwards, you have been setting up a discussion or a paper chain, which is very likely to stall, change or even reverse after 10th October and then again, from 24th October through 8th November, when again you will see exactly why this was always a dress rehearsal, not the final production. A common example of this would be internet dating, when you just don’t have all the facts – but find out information that decides everything, in early November. Another example might be the pursuit of a separation, but with flawed paperwork that demands a second attempt later.

If you want the full story and a clear picture, then avoid the eclipse period near Tuesday 7th October through Thursday 9th October, when you just won’t have every piece in the jigsaw in front of you. In fact, half the jigsaw puzzle will be blacked out. Be really aware of that.

Your former, current or potential partner is sometimes not the issue on this cycle – yet an enemy, rival or opponent is. Aries, please use astrology to help yourself, by relying on an unreliable story at this time! You just know the story will change, be held up or even be scrapped with this difficult person (or around them). Why? Because nothing was in the bag in the second half of September, and nothing will be in the bag in October either. Allow for backwards-and-forwards discussion or paperwork, right up until 8th November if necessary, but from that point – it’s time to decide.

Your House, Flat, Money, Business, Possessions and Charity

First up, avoid the period around October 23rd through 25th for major decisions about your financial and material world – and if you can wait until you are well into November to make or accept signatures, so much the better. We have an eclipse near the 23rd which blots out the full story. Furthermore Mercury is backtracking through the sign of Scorpio which rules everything you own, earn or owe.

For this reason I would suspend final judgement as the situation is far too early to call; you may not have all the details you need to make wise decisions until you are romping into November with a calculator in your hand. From that point forward, though, the light is at the end of the tunnel. From Tuesday 23rd December, toughest cycle in three decades is behind you.

One could conclude that the discussion or paperwork in October is part of that slow progress through the tunnel, but do allow for delays or u-turns along the way. Be practical about it; copy your documents; back up copy on USB sticks; get everything in writing if you can; allow for a state of flux to affect what is under discussion; don’t necessarily trust the ‘news’ about your tax, insurance, house, apartment, good cause, company and so on. The first version of the narrative is very unlikely to be the final version this month. Factor that in. And read the fine print with a microscope; be a realist about the outcome, should anything be delayed or altered in an agreement.

The Aries Mission

The Aries Mission sounds like a film with Russell Crowe (who is in fact an Aries, like you) but it’s actually a way to describe the impact of Pluto in Capricorn upon your life. Shortly after your ruler Mars changes signs on Sunday 26th October, you will have big decisions about your career, university life or volunteer role looming for December 4th and again, near December 15th.

For months you have been full of good intentions about your ambitions, position and mission. For months very little has changed and you have slid back into a situation where you constantly feel just a little bit out of control – or as if someone or something, has full control of YOU. This is deeply uncomfortable and it is down to Pluto retrograding and stationing in the ambitious sign of Capricorn. Well, Pluto is now moving forward and there is no holding change back. The only thing I would say is, given that you are moving towards an inevitable reshuffle in your chosen workplace, field, university, business or industry (and it may be a literal reshuffle, or just a psychological shuffle of the powerful cards people are playing) try to keep it simple.

You can keep it simple by refusing to let even the tiniest hint of irritation, aggression or pushiness enter the picture, from 26th October and being utterly vigilant about that in November. Why? Because if you are all going to come up with some new arrangement for yourselves – and it looks like January is the moment – then you need it to work long-term. And you do not need memories of a feud or spat to taint what comes next. You are ruled by Mars and although so many Aries people control the natural aggression and fight instinct of the sign extremely well – let’s face it – when Mars is at large, you’re always tempted. Long walks, meditation sessions or listening to Hole may help.

Publishing, Travel, Foreigners, Education

Talk about an agenda change. I realise this has been sliding up in importance throughout September, yet it is not really until you get close to October 5th and 8th that you realise the moment has come – with your book, website, trip, relocation, European/Australasian/American connection or course. Maybe even more than one item from that list is on your radar then, Aries.

You need to slow down and cool down. It would be tempting to give in to impulse near the 5th and 8th but you must be a total realist about what the next two years will bring. From November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, and then all too soon, once Saturn is in Sagittarius from Tuesday 23rd December, you have at least 24 months of challenges and learning experiences.

Be fully conscious of what you are setting up in the first ten days of October and ask yourself if you can live with the outcomes for one or two years. A common example of this would be emigrating to a foreign country. Or booking a year’s world tour. Committing to an export scheme. Enrolling in university, or agreeing to take on a teaching commitment. Publishing a book or signing up for a website or blog is another common example of this transit.

In all cases keep the stakes small. Don’t pour everything and everybody into this unless you want extremely hard work next year. And the golden rule is, do your homework. Find out what others have gone through before you. Do your research. Ask around. Consult people who are older and wiser than you are. Experienced voices now can save you an awful lot of merde in 2015-2016.

On an intensely practical note, Aries, as Saturn is looming in your Ninth House of airlines and air travel, if you are looking at that for 2015, read widely around the subject. Update yourself.


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Taurus: October 2014

Welcome to October, Taurus. If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea on Sunday 28th September with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Your Lifestyle and Your Diary

Your lifestyle, which covers your daily workload, as well as your food, drink, exercise, doctor and alternative health care – needs to be pencilled into your diary rather than inked in. Why? Because Mercury is retrograde and internet, media, publishing, phones and computers will be affected by delays, reversals, errors or technical problems and what you assumed was in motion from 14th September, onwards could be replayed, held up or scrapped from 10th October and again from 24th October through 8th November.

I would be particularly wary of the total lunar eclipse, which you will be affected by from Tuesday 7th October through Thursday 9th October, as the facts you want will not be fully revealed to you.

None of this is any more than common-sense planning. Allow for a state of flux; cover your bases; don’t pin everything on just one date, one commitment or one outcome as history and astrology tell us that when Mercury is retrograde, things revert, or are recalled. (Apple’s iPhone launch, a modest failure, is under way as I write this, in the full thrust of Mercury retrograde). I don’t think that the overall implications are serious for you, as you don’t have any outer planet transits in Libra, which rules your lifestyle, and thus whatever you are dealing with is short term. I would be wary of that eclipse, though. October 7th, 8th, 9th is not the time to make sweeping decisions about your job, your course, your volunteer role and/or your body.

Your Former, Current or Potential Partner. Your Enemies.

Choose another month to deal, if you can. And make it the second half of November, or December if you really can’t wait. The partial solar eclipse on Thursday 23rd October, which you should be cautious with from 23rd through 25th of the month, is unlikely show you anything true and real about this person, or their situation. If you can possibly delay the really major decisions until after 10th November you will avoid the rewrites, reschedules and other ‘re’ situations that Mercury Retrograde is famous for. A common example would be a separation agreement with your husband; read the fine print; allow for ongoing debate; don’t just assume it’s all in the bag. Another common example would be your decision to fight an opponent, enemy or rival; this could be a real energy suck in October, through early November, as you are going to hit so many diary alterations or other x factors along the way.

By the time Saturn departs Scorpio on Tuesday 23rd December, the constant challenges are over. This man or woman has been at the heart of the most stuck situation, for so long, that you will be astonished at how much lighter and easier life feels. But make the journey to get there, lighter and easier, by treading very carefully in October. Would I advise you to enrol on a dating website this month? Nope. The communication vortex would drive any romantic Taurean nuts. You’ll hit communication issues, flakey phone or e-mail situations, or just unreliable dates.

I would actually rate the importance ‘high’ in terms of former, current or potential partners. Or enemies. Why? Because Saturn is also opposite your sign. So don’t lumber yourself with something you could have avoided, by just plunging into discussion or signatures with him/her, or regarding him/her. And if you can fast-forward the whole enchilada until the second half of November, you will be skipping a whole lot of wasted time and crossing-out.

The Taurus Foreign Agenda

Your foreign agenda may only take in other regions of your own country, or it may literally be about travel, export, or those from other cultures and nationalities. In any case it’s time to act. Mars changes signs on Sunday 26th October, and by the time you reach the Uranus-Pluto square on December 15th, you are on track for a total change. To date you have been pretty powerless to control what is going on. This foreign or regional connection has either been locked into your relocation, export or travel plan – or you have been pursuing a book, a website, a blog, a course or some other educational incentive. Despite your best intentions you are stuck where you were months before with very little improvement.

Now, at least, wheels are turning. Yet from the final days of October they turn even faster. At this point you need to be savvy. If you know very well that you will be heading for a new arrangement (it has to happen; the way power or control has functioned in your world has been too wrong, for too long) then keep life simple. Avoid the potential for conflict. Keep the connections civilised and sane. The bottom line is, there will be a totally different (better) way to teach, study, travel, export, publish or write next year, but you must minimise the potential for hassle and not buy into power tripping others, no matter how tempted you might be to manipulate a situation. It is entirely possible that by December, you will just pull out of certain arrangements altogether. And that could be a good thing.

Money, Business, Finance, Property, Charity

Be really careful about what happens around the 5th and 8th as you are setting up the future, in terms of your cash, company, bank, money, house, flat or good cause. Think before you act. Research before you talk. In 2015 and 2016 you will be subject to delays and life lessons, only possible every 29 years in the Saturn cycle. Saturn freezes up the usual flow in your life so do keep the stakes extremely small near the 5th and 8th. You are creating tomorrow.

Things move faster from November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, and then all too soon, Saturn will be in Sagittarius from Tuesday 23rd December. One common example of what could go wrong, is your determination to push for money from an arrangement that you should actually be dropping, or at least ceasing to pursue. You could end up in the most ridiculous energy or time suck over the next year or two, unless you ask people who are older or wiser than yourself, for advice. Another example might be lumbering yourself with a loan, credit card or mortgage on impulse, in early October, only to find things escalate in November-December and then you are stuck for another 24 months.

You cannot avoid ‘issues’ as they say, but you can keep the amounts of money small, or the nature of what is at stake, very minimal. I do realise that with Jupiter in the Fourth House you are in a good place, in terms of buying, selling or leasing property. You are certainly in a good place with a family member, or someone in the household. Thus, you may want to capitalise on that in October, yet you must be a realist about the next two years. What expenses might you be up for? Where is your income going to stem from? How secure is it? These are all timely questions.


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Gemini: October 2014

Welcome to October, Gemini If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea on Sunday 28th September with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Babies, Children, Young Adults and You

Your relationship with the world of babies, children and young adults will be affected by your ruler Mercury appearing to move backwards in October; what may have seemed like a done deal from 14th September will reveal itself as a work in progress instead. Hitches, reversed opinions, new information, missing communication and more, could affect the narrative. This applies to parents, godparents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. It applies to those of you who are in love with (or hope to be together with) partners who come with children, godchildren or young relatives. Finally it is very much about Gemini people who have professional or part-time involvements with youth.

From 10th October when Mercury backtracks over his original positions from 14th September and particularly from 24th October through 8th November, you could be affected by changes or delays so do keep your diary flexible and open. Treat this as a first draft not a final story in your world. I would imagine that school arrangements (for example) are one area where x factors may occur. Other issues, like the correct names on a child’s Christening paperwork – or just the love-life arrangements you are making with a single parent – are other common examples in this cycle.

Don’t make dramatic decisions about the world of the next generation (born 20 years or more after you) or the relationships which bring it closer to you – near Tuesday 7th October through Thursday 9th October, when a Full Blood Moon obscures the facts. You’re just not seeing clearly then. It’s a low visibility time for all issues surrounding youth-related projects; your son or daughter; lovers who  could bring stepchildren into your world; IVF and so on.

Your Daily Working Life and Your Body

Your ruler Mercury is retrograding or muddying the waters, when it comes to hard information about your daily working life, and also the relationship you have with your body. We also have a partial solar eclipse on Thursday 23rd October, which you should be cautious with from 23rd through 25th – and in fact, it may not be until after 10th November that you know where you stand. Everyone in the zodiac has this flakey Mercury cycle to deal with. And it is made flakier by the fact that so much misinformation exists on astrology websites and in horoscope columns; stargazers tend to ignore the shadow period, before and after the days that Mercury actually goes retrograde then direct – history shows that this is a mistake!

So tune into the shadows before and after, and think of this story in your life as extending from September (when things were set up, only to be held up or changed later – as you will see in October) and also extend your thinking to 10th November, as it may not be until then that you can finally say you have all the details and that arrangements are fixed. Classic examples of this are work, university or non-profit roles and associated negotiations and paperwork. This may be affected by anything from strike action, to computer problems, to unreliable information sources.

Your body is another matter, though in astrology, your physical health and wellbeing is directly affected by your feelings about work; the body will often manifest what the soul requires, and it may help you to be highly conscious of what you are creating physically, that serves some other purpose for the rest of you! Work is often the likely culprit (mixed feelings about work, for example, can sometimes result in physical conditions that require time off). However any aspect of your daily workload (walking the dog, doing the washing-up, going to the gym) may also be a prime suspect.

You will no doubt be dealing with doctors, diet questions, drink questions, exercise/fitness options or alternative health experts in October.Do suspend final judgement yet trust the (wonky) process. Once November is here, things will feel more certain and firm. And then Saturn departs Scorpio on Tuesday 23rd December, and the toughest cycle for your working life and your body in 29 years will also depart. In the meantime, factor in delays, changes and even errors in your overall journey.

Your Money, Property, Possessions or Business Interests

Once Mars changes signs on Sunday 26th October, you are in a new cycle which peaks in major decisions near December 4th and again, near December 15th. This is quite clearly about who (or what) controls your house, flat, money, possessions or business interests. You have been in limbo about this for months as Pluto has been stuck in Capricorn, not moving forward as he should. Instead of taking the reins and really driving your finances or material concerns, you have been stuck in limbo, with no real action or result. Pluto’s direct motion in September has changed all that, and by the time you reach the final week of October, it’s game on.

The only issue is keeping it relatively harmonious and workable with others – either individuals or large organisations like banks. Mars is notorious for lowering tolerance and patience, and turning up the emotional heat. This will help nobody, so even if you are pushed or pressured in the closing days of October, ignore it, and choose your own pace, timing and approach. In any case, the end of this year is very much about creating a new set-up in 2015. There may be an actual reshuffle affecting what happens for you with the money, property, business or possessions. Alternatively everyone will stay in their places, but it is a deep psychological shift in control which alters your course. The aim is to become empowered. To run your own life. And you will get there.

Former, Current and Potential Partners

Made you look, Gemini! I do realise it’s been a very long time since your horoscope was about husbands, wives, former partners and potential lovers for the future. What happens around the 5th and 8th accelerates things, as Mars forms trines (flowing patterns) in your horoscope which can classically make things happen very quickly indeed. The Seventh House of your horoscope is ruled by Sagittarius, and it is this sign which will dominate your life in 2015 and 2016. It is not just about October. Slow down and cool down near the 5th and 8th as you must be utterly practical about what the next two years will bring. No snap judgements with this person (or about them) please. You two are co-creating a very particular kind of future and as there will be no easy options or shortcuts next year in particular, you must be utterly conscious of what you are doing – sexually, emotionally, psychologically.

Classic examples of this would be entering into a new relationship with someone who has baggage. Or choosing to separate but not really thinking it through. Things will roll even more quickly from November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, and then all too soon, Saturn will be in Sagittarius (from Tuesday 23rd December, and he will remain there throughout 2015 and 2016, bringing the usual obstacle course! You cannot avoid the obstacles. But you can choose what kind of obstacles they will be. You can select their size and shape. And conscious decision-making from now through Christmas is the key.

The Seventh House also rules enemies, rivals and opponents. If someone who is obviously against you is an issue near the 5th and 8th, take it as read, that the next year or two could be very hard work indeed, unless you are highly strategic with this person. By that, I mean you need to do your research and your homework. A common example of what-not-to-do might involve rushing into a legal battle with someone you quite rightly detest; ending up with tremendous costs, financially and emotionally, one or two years later. You get the drift. Ideally, of course, I would suggest that you avoid any pitted battle at all. Nobody really wants that, with Saturn hanging around in your opposite sign for the next two  years. If you are combining all these transits together and pursuing someone who is married or in a relationship (thus making an enemy of the third corner of the triangle) you must be utterly practical and realistic about what and whom you are inviting into your life, Gemini.


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Cancer: October 2014

Welcome to October, Cancer. If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea on Sunday 28th September with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Your House, Flat, Home Town, Household, Family and Homeland

You have been involved in discussion, paperwork or a digital e-mail chain about the house, flat, home town, household, family and/or homeland since 14th September, yet it will slide backwards and forwards from 10th October when Mercury backtracks and from 24th October through 8th November, the saga may change again. Keep the stakes small, Cancer. Try not to make this the time you buy or sell a property, or command total renovations of the house, or restructure the family, or fire/hire new flatmates.

You are ruled by the Moon. Thus you must be particularly wary of the total lunar eclipse, which you will be affected by from Tuesday 7th October through Thursday 9th October, when your vision will be obscured. This, on top of the Mercury cycle, suggests October is a hugely flakey month. It’s not a big deal in the overall narrative of your life, because very little else occupies this zone of your horoscope, but if you want to save time and money, treat the period from now through 8th November as a process, not a final story. Treat it as a process full of flux, and pronounce that word very carefully. Read the fine print. Have alternatives. Get things in writing. Be a realist about all the outcomes. Property prices may slide all over the place. Auction results may be odd. Builders may tell you untruths. Your mother may have e-mail or phone problems. A flatmate who commits to moving in, may go off the radar. These are all common examples of this cycle. Extending this to your home town and homeland, your local council may make a big announcement and then scrap it weeks later. Your citizenship test may get lost in the post. Yup. It’s Mercury Retrograde.

Your Relationship With Millennials, Gen Y or New Babies

You are ruled by the Moon as you know, so the partial solar eclipse on Thursday 23rd October, which you should be cautious with from 23rd through 25th of the month, is a really unsuitable time to draw big conclusions about your relationship with the next generation. They may be Millennials, Gen Y or brand new babies waiting to be born, but withhold judgement. Right up until 10th November you will have rewrites of the situation for you as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or godparent. If you are in a relationship which may end in pregnancy, step-parenthood, adoption or the acquisition of young in-laws, this also applies; don’t accept what you are told or read first up, as it is very likely to be delayed or altered. Some Cancerian people are involved in career or voluntary schemes with younger people. Again, you will hit delays and changes now.

By the time Saturn departs Scorpio on Tuesday 23rd December, the constant challenges are over. This applies to those of you who are wrestling with a bad marriage and issues about your son or daughter (a common outcome of this transit). It also applies to those of you who are confronted by working with the next generation, or working for them; from Christmas the obstacles have gone. Then there are Cancerians who have child custody problems to figure out; again, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The tunnel itself is crazy, but you’ll get there if you are patient and have Plan B. Read the fine print too.

Your Former, Current or Potential Partner

You now have the control back over the situation with your former, current or potential partner. Life feels normal again, after many weeks when you simply could not put changes into effect. Following this, the tempo of change increases from Sunday 26th October, with more to come at the Uranus-Pluto square on December 15th. It is important to remember that he or she who matters so much, is your teacher in disguise. And the lesson is about empowerment; driving your own truck; running your own life; refusing to accept that he, she, they or some kind of nameless ‘it’ is in control of you, when it comes to love, sex and intimacy. The only issue is that you cannot afford to have a lack of patience or tolerance in the mix, as you must both agree to a new arrangement or deal – psychologically or in practical terms – by January. Thus, skip the arguments or aggressive sub-text as Mars will be opposite you, and he is the Roman god of war. Just get a strategy. Mars likes a strategy. Play this like a chess game, Cancer.

If you have an enemy, rival or opponent it could easily become war between you in the closing days of October, but you don’t have to go there. Basically, you two must figure out a new way to share, or compromise, and the less hassle there is now, the easier it will be to figure out the basics in December or January.

It is possible that you will be tempted to rush into a new relationship at the end of October. If so, there may be an element of competition with another woman or man. Or do you you feel you are competing against the clock or calendar? Do put more thought, feeling and emotional exploration into this new coupling, as you are dealing with major questions about the balance of power with this person, or perhaps a third party, that must be taken into account before you plunge in. With Saturn in Scorpio and Mercury Retrograde there, I would also be very wary about unplanned pregnancy and unwanted babies. This is a common-sense reminder that applies to this transit.

Your Lifestyle

For some weeks now, you have been aware of utterly new issues on the agenda. One of them is your daily working life. The other one is your body. The reason for this is the gradual influx of planets into Sagittarius, which rules your work ethic, your service and duty to others – and your health, wellbeing, food, drink, exercise, medicine and healing processes.

Mars is at large. What happens around the 5th and 8th accelerates things, but you must slow down at that point – as this is a story which extends from now through 2015 and 2016. It is not just about October. You need to be utterly practical about the next two years, Cancer.

After November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, and after Saturn will be in Sagittarius from Tuesday 23rd December, it’s game on. This is a new era. It will not be easy. It will not be smooth. So please do all the research you can before you go plunging into decisions about your body or your job (or other role in life). You are far more likely to give in to impulse near the 5th and 8th when Mars trines other planets. And why not? It seems natural and timely. The reason why not, is simple. Saturn has not yet arrived, but he will, and when he does, he will slow down areas of life which should flow naturally, and bring a loaded, weighty atmosphere that was not there before. For this reason please keep the stakes low with what you invite in your life (or whom you invite) and above all else, ask around. Compare notes. Do your homework. What are you setting up here? A common example might be pursuing a new job or project, or ditching one, in early October. Or committing to a particular way of eating or exercising which becomes a burden to you later on.


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Leo: October 2014

Welcome to October, Leo. If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea on Sunday 28th September with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Internet, Media, Publishing, Phones, Travel, Commuting and Computers

Your internet, media, publishing, phones and computers will be affected by delays, reversals, errors or technical problems in October, as Mercury the Messenger of the Gods (the planet in charge of information and communication) will influence what you assumed was in motion from 14th September, onwards. Mercury is in the Third House of your chart which rules travel and transport as well (cars, trains, planes) so make sure you have insurance and some common-sense back-up plans to cover yourself for strike action, internet problems, flakey phones, unreliable people, computer error, bad weather and so on.

I would expect the issues to turn up from 10th October when Mercury backtracks through the same place he inhabited from 14th September and you will realise what was ‘in the bag’ was not in the bag at all. There is a second odd period from 24th October through 8th November, when again you will see replays, reversals or delays. The sky is not going to fall on your head Leo, but do cover yourself so that you are not stranded or paying out a lot of money to compensate for what is to come. Smart Leos will use October as a dress rehearsal period for projects which rely on their way with words, images and ideas. They will deliberately push plans around on the table, yet not expect anything to really come together until after 8th November when normal transmission is resumed.

I would be particularly wary of the total lunar eclipse, which you will be affected by from Tuesday 7th October through Thursday 9th October, when a Full Blood Moon will blot out what you need to see or know – specifically about your digital life, or perhaps in terms of the media, publishing, your computer or phone. You are ruled by the Sun so you are more affected than the other signs, okay?

Your House, Flat, Family, Household, Home Town, Homeland

Okay, Leo, this is a bigger deal than you might expect, as not only is Mercury retrograding in this zone of your chart, but we also have a partial solar eclipse on Thursday 23rd October, which you should be cautious with from 23rd through 25th of the month. If you can possibly delay the really major decisions about your place (or your people) until after 10th November so that you are not constantly making plans then changing them, or watching them stall. I am especially concerned that you also have Saturn in this zone of your chart, which rules your mortgage, lease, flatmates, renovations, property purchase/sale, family members, council, and so on – right down to issues about emigration or citizenship status. Saturn tends to slow down and obstruct, and here you are, dealing with a lack of full insight (the eclipse) along with the usual communication and information issues that Mercury Retrograde brings.

For this reason I would suspend final judgement as the situation is far too early to call; you may not have all the details you need to make wise decisions until you are well into November. From that point forward, though, it feels as if you are racing towards closure on an issue concerning your house, flat, home town, homeland, close relative or flatmate. In fact, by the time Saturn departs Scorpio on Tuesday 23rd December, the constant challenges are over. Home will feel like home again. The family or household members will no longer demand so much stoicism.

The Leo Lifestyle

The Leo lifestyle, incorporating your daily workload and your health and wellbeing, is completely overdue for change. Shortly after Mars changes signs on Sunday 26th October, you will be on track for a total rethink of your working life, and also the way you manage the 24 hours in each day, as there are eight hours to sleep, eight hours to work, and eight hours to enjoy yourself. On top of that, your body is not disconnected from your mind or spirit, and the final week of October will remind you of that. In many ways, you are proceeding towards a new set-up for 2015, with lifestyle questions demanding your total energy and interest, right through December 4th. By the time you reach the Uranus-Pluto square on December 15th, it will become very evident that next year is a totally different ball game. The person, people or situation which has taken your power away for such a long time, will no longer be in play. Despite the intensity, your new lifestyle is waiting, and that incorporates your work ethic, sense of duty and service to others – and your own body too.

The Next Generation

Suddenly, the next generation (and relationships which usher it into your life) matters a great deal more. What happens around the 5th and 8th accelerates things with, or for, your children, godchildren, grandchildren, nieces, young in-laws or nephews. These dates are also important if you are pursuing pregnancy, adoption, or step-parenting. Many Leo people also have professional or part-time commitments to babies, children or young adults which far exceed their personal lives. If so, around the 5th and 8th the lights will be green.

This is a story which extends from now through 2015 and 2016. It is not just about October. As Mars is in your Fifth House, which rules the next generation – to whom you leave the legacy of your personality – you need to slow down and cool down. It would be awfully easy to put action before thought near the 5th and 8th but you must be a total realist about what the next two years will bring. An example of this might be rushing into pregnancy, or sailing into a battle over child custody.

Things will roll even more quickly from November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, and then all too soon, Saturn will be in Sagittarius (which rules the next generation in your life) from Tuesday 23rd December, and he will remain there throughout 2015 and 2016, bringing the usual tough life lessons, waiting games and obstacles. This is why I am so concerned about what you are setting up in your life in October, when it is so easy to just sail into instant responses, reactions and decisions. Do some homework. Further your research. What have others met before you, in terms of the choices you now feel you want to make? What are the pros and cons? A good example of this might be the pursuit of adoption. Of course the reality of having children is that they hit their terrible twos – or their awkward adolescence – and there is not a lot you can do to avoid that. Yet you can manage things, using astrology, so that you do not set up future problems in October 2014, that by 2015 you are regretting. This is what astrology is about. It is you, being proactive.


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Virgo: October 2014

Welcome to October, Virgo. If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea  on Sunday 28th September with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Your Money, Business, House, Apartment, Charity and Possessions

Your ruling planet, Mercury the Messenger of the Gods will alter the message and hold it up (perhaps more than once) in terms of what you figured was ‘final’ or even ‘pendng’ from 14th September, onwards. This is basically about your cash, company, home, property investment, good cause or precious items. And it’s also about timing. Read the fine print and have some common-sense back-up plans to cover yourself for x factors. Get everything in writing if you can and be utterly aware of the potential for a holding pattern; a reversed decision; a change of mind; a patch of chaos. In the long run I predict tremendous freedom and independence for you, which you cannot purchase – you will be liberated from whatever or whomever traps you in terms of money, materialism, property and so on. For now, though, do be very cautious.

From 10th October when Mercury backtracks in Libra, and again from 24th October through 8th November, when he shilly-shallies around your horoscope again, you are going to see why weeks before, something was just a dress rehearsal. From 8th November life is normal again.

Avoid big decisions near the total lunar eclipse, which you will be affected by from Tuesday 7th October through Thursday 9th October, when you just can’t see what you need to see. In a perfect world you would fast-forward all the big banking, property, purchase or sale stuff until well into November – if only to avoid the usual bollocks (a fine British word) which Mercury Retrograde brings. You can double that message if another Virgo, or a Pisces, is involved.

Your Internet, Media or Publishing Life

Mercury your ruler is retrograding in the communication and information zone of your chart, but we also have a partial solar eclipse on Thursday 23rd October, which will affect you from the 23rd through 25th of the month. Can any of this wait until after 10th November? I’m talking about your internet life, media or publishing commitments, your computer, your telephone and so on – also your fax machine, your spoken or singing engagements – and all Virgo Communication H.Q. I would basically prefer you waited so that you are not in a stop-start situation. You also have Saturn having around affecting the ease with which you are heard or read. Saturn tends to bring obstacles and obstruct the normal, healthy, natural flow of events! Not what you want.

By the the time Saturn departs Scorpio on Tuesday 23rd December, you will be well and truly over this cycle. And it will be business as usual for you, online and in the real world. Just remember the delays and changes to come. Read the fine print if purchasing computers or phones or fax machines. Be aware that the post can go missing or be held up; customs can sit on objects; your e-mail spam tray can hide important messages; all the usual Mercury Retrograde shenanigans! If signing a contract concerned with communication, be aware of what is pending.

The Third House of your chart also rules commuting and short-haul journeys so you would be reckless indeed, from an astrologer’s point of view, to go out uninsured or without Plan B. Be super-aware of the realities of the internet; hacking, viruses, bung computers and so on. I would be extremely cautious with members of the media who turn up now – are they a reliable source for you?

The Next Generation

Game on. Change is now possible. I am talking about your children, godchildren, nephews, nieces, grandchildren or stepchildren here. Also professional or part-time projects involving the next generation. Beyond that you may have a relationship where his/her much younger in-laws or godchildren could become part of your life.

Mars changes signs on Sunday 26th October, and the tempo will pick up, then there is a major crossroads choice near December 15th, leading you to a different set-up for next year. I have no doubt at all that pre-September 2014 you were all over the place, in terms of your ability to really be on top of issues about the next generation. Where you needed to be in control, you only had patchy, occasional mastery of the situation. Where you needed to feel in charge of your own life, you were probably in a state of flux. One of the functions of this, of course, is to have shown you so clearly how utterly invaluable it is to have a firm, leading role with younger people – or to take a leading role in issues connected to your influence on the next generation – probably through a relationship or marriage. You’ve seen what life is like when you are not in that rock-solid leading, mentoring, guiding role (Queen or King of the situation) and I am sure you want to make sure you are now steering your destiny.

Just make it easy by refusing to let a lack of tolerance, time or patience in the door, from the 26th. Mars is notorious for raising the heat in the room and for setting up potential conflict. None of this will help you, he, she or they to reorganise the situation for January – you need communication and co-operation, not drawn swords. So just use your horoscope to be aware and shape your life.

If you don’t want to get pregnant then be aware that Mars is moving into your Fifth House, which rules childbirth and fertility, and this planet – which is all about speed, heat and haste – is alongside Pluto, the planet which transforms your life.

House, Flat, Family, Household, Home Town, Homeland

Take your time around October 5th and 8th because you need to be on high alert for what you are creating next year, and the year after that. I could give you so many examples of this Virgo. A dramatic decision about a flatmate or close relative is one example. A major choice to buy or sell property,  or renovate, is another. It is so easy to move swiftly into action as October begins, yet you will be living with the consequences for 1-2 years, Virgo. Do some homework.

It would be a snap to put action before thought near the 5th and 8th but as life zooms forward from November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, and then freezes up, from Tuesday 23rd December, you would be reckless indeed to think short-term about any of this. Saturn will slow things down for you with your house, flat, family, household, home town and/or homeland next year, and there will be get-real learning experiences.

A common example of this might be racing into letting your flat to tenants you know nothing about, trusting your property agents. Please go online, especially if you are in Britain, and see what landlord forums have to say! Another example might be your quest to save a local building or deal with council or local government – you must realise what you could be up for. Finally, there are your parents or other close relatives to factor in; who and what are you taking on here? What are the well-known realities of life that others have experienced before you? Family forums online may be an eye-opener. Keep the stakes low Virgo. Of course you have to proceed with something, in terms of your people or your place – your chart commands it – but make sure that the ‘something’ is not going to be a problem for you in the next year or two. I would extend this to issues about your citizenship and homeland, if you are the emigrating type.


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Libra: October 2014

Welcome to October, Libra. If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Your Name, Reputation, Personal Appearance, Profile and Persona

So much of you (as in You, You, You) exists on the  internet, in the media, and woven into technology in general, from the television to the digital photograph processing shop – that you will be affected by delays, reversals, errors or technical problems in October, as Mercury the Messenger in chaotic mode, will influence what you assumed was in motion from 14th September, onwards. Life will not be entirely back to normal until 8th November, so please do factor in replays, reversals or delays. This is no big deal. You don’t have outer planet transits in Libra, affecting your image. It is, however, a question of time, energy and money when things change, or are delayed. I could give you the common example of going to have your teeth fixed, or organising a new website, or pursuing a business card. Beyond that you may have something really big for yourself lined up. Be a realist, especially about technical failure or other S.N.A.F.U. situations. Check they spelled your name right on the posters. That kind of thing!

I would be particularly wary of the total lunar eclipse, which you will be affected by from Tuesday 7th October through Thursday 9th October, when you must utterly refuse to put yourself out there or make big decisions about your Me agenda. An eclipse conceals, it does not reveal. And what it conceals can affect you for months, Libra.

Your Money, Business, House, Apartment, Charity or Possessions

Another eclipse, near Thursday 23rd October, is best avoided (allow a day or two each side) if you want clarity about everything you own, earn or owe. I would not normally be so concerned about this eclipse, but because you also have Saturn (obstacles, delays) in the same horoscope zone, you may want to choose another part of the month, and indeed, the year, to make serious judgement calls or sweeping decisions. An eclipse does not show you enough. In fact it shows you very little at all. And with Mercury Retrograde as well, in the same area of your chart, there is a real issue with the communication and information flow, Libra. This applies to anything from an eBay purchase to a major property decision, or a share market call. October is flakey, in astrological terms. No doubt about it.

If you can possibly delay the really major decisions until after 10th November you will at least know where you stand. The paperwork should be scrutinised until then. The verbal promises arranged in writing. The diary kept flexible. The Plan B firmly in place.

Saturn departs Scorpio on Tuesday 23rd December, and you can wave goodbye to a really tough two-year period when nothing worked as it should (remember when it was all so effortless and natural?) and even the richest Libran had a heavy emotional or psychological burden to carry, as a result of her or his wealth. For so many of you, though, since late 2012 you have been dealing with financial shortfall, expensive situations, and an insane world economy that has, in its own way, been having a Saturn transit! Christmas is a relief and a release. You can make the process so much simpler, though, by remembering that October through early November is about changes, delays and even reversals in your affairs, and factoring that into your plans.

Your House, Flat, Family, Household, Home Town and Homeland

Your people or your place?  Either are major issues from Sunday 26th October, when you are in an entirely new position. Control has been a long time coming. In fact you have spent a large part of this year not being in full control at all. It is easy to point the finger at him, her, them or some nebulous ‘it’ in your world, but the reality is, if you had iron willpower, you would have been running the house, flat, family, household, home town or homeland issues far more powerfully to date!

Of course willpower is hard when Pluto is moving backwards, or getting stuck. But I think the final week of October will put a rocket up you, all the way to the Uranus-Pluto square on December 15th, when you realise how very different 2015 is going to be. In many ways you are about to fake being a Cancerian. And a very good Cancerian too! That means you cherish your home, and weight up your renovations and real estate, and bond with your village or neighbourhood, and powerfully identify with your country and countrymen and countrywomen. That means you rate your close relatives above everyone else, no matter what, and believe that blood is thicker than water. Go on, be a fake Cancerian. That ways lies power. And you have no idea just how powerful you could become, next year.

The big change comes in December or January, but the pathway to that change is just as important. You simply must avoid any suggestion of conflict or argey-bargey, as it will only get in the way of the new arrangement to come. A common example of this would be alienating a close relative on the way to a new arrangement with the family. Or arguing with a builder, so that the deal you make on the new kitchen becomes a pain. You get the picture. All the players in this scenario are going to have to compromise with each other in December or January in order for this new era to actually work; so despite the possibility of pressure or provocation after 26th October don’t give in. You slow down and cool down. Create space for others to cool down and slow down too.

Internet, Media, Publishing, Multimedia, Communication

Mars is the planet we associate with speed and heat, and it would be so easy for you to rush into decisions about your internet life, media, publishing, multimedia, phone, computer, singing, public speaking and communication in general near the 5th and 8th that I should hold up a red flag. Basically you would be plunging into a domino effect or chain of choices, which would end up being a burden next year, and even as late as 2016, unless you are totally savvy about what is involved. The reason I say this is that Mars is preceding Saturn into your Third House of word power and communication. We associate this with Mercury and Gemini in the natural zodiac, which are in turn associated with short haul journeys, couriers, the post, the internet, commuting and so on. The astrologer Sue Tompkins describes this as ‘connecting people, places and ideas’ and although I am sure early October is dynamite in terms of the impetus to do this – be really careful.

A common example would be the impulse purchase of a car which is a pain for you, for the next two years. Or a computer, or a website provider, which you are lumbered with next year. On a more serious note, a contract which binds you to a particular outlet for your voice, across all mediums and media, may involve more than you expected, way back in early October. Learning a language, or being forced to learn a language, is another example. This is a story which extends from now through 2015 and 2016. From November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, and then all too soon, from Tuesday 23rd December, the new reality is here. And it owes a lot to what you did, or did not, accomplish in the first ten days of October.

Be a realist about the internet. It can be hard work. Be a total realist about the media and publishing industries and the state they are in today, seriously challenged by independent web media and publishing. Jump straight on any issues about hearing, reading or writing – no matter if they are felt in the physical body, or if the concern is about the way your senses function. I don’t mind a little bit of healthy paranoia before a Saturn cycle. It means you keep the stakes really low and sort out things before they become an issue for you. Let’s face it, communication (one way or another, online or offline) is bound to test you, at great length, in 2015 and 2016. Yet it’s all about the stakes. Try not to make this a large-scale thing in your life. Keep it as small as you can.


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Scorpio: October 2014

Welcome to October, Scorpio. If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea on Sunday 28th September with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Your Dark Secrets, Your Invisible Role

Nothing was in the bag from 14th September, onwards. Whatever you are covering up, or doing behind the scenes, or being sneaky about, or doing without credit is affected! You will see why from 10th October when Mercury backtracks through the same place he inhabited from 14th September and from 24th October through 8th November, when you realise everything was a dress rehearsal or first draft. Be very hip to issues with phones, the internet and computers throughout. Also other Mercury-ruled areas like the media, paperwork and so on (you can read more about Mercury in my blog, on this website – I have written extensively about the Mercury Retrograde period over the years).

Don’t make decisions in the eclipse period from Tuesday 7th October through Thursday 9th October, when nothing is clear. Basically, when it comes to your dark secrets or your invisible role, you are up for several weeks of flux – a lot of static, change and delay – and nothing is really controllable or fully known until you get past November 8th and into normal life again. Bear this in mind, no matter what you are up to (and you may even keep this from your partner or best friend). There are some Scorpio people who have been making things happen while others take the credit, glory or recognition – for whatever reason – and again, I would caution you to watch these dates and understand that nothing will be simple. You may want to defer big decisions until November.

Your Reputation, Name, Image, Internet Profile, Personal Appearance.

First up, its eclipse time, so don’t make a big judgement call on any of this from October 23rd through 25th and if you can basically shelve October and wait until after 10th November for the Me agenda, so much the better. Why? Because Mercury is retrograde in Scorpio. Saturn is there too. And now we have the standard obliteration of information that comes with an eclipse!  For this reason I would suspend final judgement as the situation is far too early to call; you may not have all the details you need , no matter how much you want closure.

Why do you want closure? Because you are no doubt completely over the toughest cycle in 29 years for the ‘me’ issues relating to your title, role, face, shape, reputation and so on. The internet can be a really hard thing to manage, non? Yet, by the time Saturn departs Scorpio on Tuesday 23rd December, the obstacle course has finished. You can be yourself without any automatic recourse to comforting self-talk, or a large gin and tonic. This has been a really hard road for so many Scorpio people because many of you were born with Uranus, Neptune or Pluto in Scorpio as well, very close to your natal Sun, so a whole chunk of your personality has been affected by an atmosphere as cold and unforgiving as any you’ve ever seen.

There is an end point for every Scorpio and it comes near Christmas Eve. Until then please navigate very carefully in October, through to November 10th, because what is done may come undone. What is in motion may reverse. I am particularly concerned here with your name online and in print – or on badges or posters come to that. There is also the issue of your personal appearance – so this is about cosmetic surgery, or weight loss too. lt is about your Wikipedia entry. It is about your Twitter profile. And on we go – the issues about ‘me’ are pretty endless. What matters most now is that you accommodate possible delays and changes and understand that although there is light at the end of the tunnel, this tunnel has odd traffic for a while.

Media, Internet, Publishing, Computers, Phones, Communication

A sudden acceleration of all the issues above in your life will speed things up from Sunday 26th October, and by the time you reach the Uranus-Pluto square on December 15th (and Pluto is your ruler) you can expect a totally new era when it comes to communication – no matter which medium or media you choose to use for your ‘voice’ and opinions.

You have made one good resolution after another in recent months and tried very hard to be in control of how you are heard and read. Nothing has improved. In fact you have been pushing uphill all the way as Pluto, your ruler, has been against you. Now he is very much for you – or at least, he is for a deep change. There will be a turnaround in the balance of power, online or offline, in December, with the final details in place by January. This will restore your communication with the world to old levels of manageability and effectiveness. I don’t know if the issue for you has been a corrupt media baron; a difficulty with language; an inability to understand social media; a problem with public speaking – it goes on. I do know, however, that your horoscope says the tempo will suddenly rise from the 26th of October and from then until January you are on track for change. Just make sure that anger or irritability is not part of the equation with others as it will delay you.

Money, Property, Business, Charity, Possessions

Resist impulse decisions about everything you own, earn or owe near the 5th and 8th and you will save yourself time and money next year, and even as far as 2016. Be watchful. What turns up around these dates could send you on a roll – but it is the kind of roll that leaves you wishing you had taken more time to think, ask questions, research and so on. Next year will reveal why, Scorpio. In fact you will know from November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, and then all too soon, Saturn will be in Sagittarius from Tuesday 23rd December, and he will remain there throughout 2015 and 2016, so be a realist. Be a pessimist, even. It is better to think of every scenario and cover yourself, rather than be caught out because you went head-first into some rushed choice about your cash, house, apartment, company, good cause or precious items. Next year will be demanding. Make no mistake. So ensure it is not about the big stuff – it is about the small stuff – and keep the stakes low. Watch any paperwork that turns up near the 5th and 8th like a hawk, as Mars is in charge of your finance chart then and there would be unsuitable pressure or a spiky atmosphere to push you forward. Well, don’t be pushed nor provoked. You have time. You can strategise. And you must factor in all likely outcomes for the next year or two.


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Sagittarius: October 2014

Welcome to October, Sagittarius. If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea on Sunday 28th September with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Friends and Groups

Mercury the Messenger of the Gods (the planet in charge of information and communication) will influence what you assumed was in motion from 14th September, with your friends and groups. Likely culprits slowing down or changing the information flow – and plans – include internet problems, flakey phones, unreliable people, computer error, bad weather, non-performing public transport, and Chinese whispers.

From 10th October when Mercury backtracks and again, from 24th October through 8th November, you will realise just how unreliable one information source was. People may also drop out of plans, or the dates may alter. Groups, in the natural zodiac, ruled by Uranus and Aquarius, spells political parties, rock bands, environmental groups, charities, book clubs, yoga networks and so on. You get the picture. Have Plan B and make allowances.

I would be particularly keen to avoid the period around the total lunar eclipse, which you will be affected by from Tuesday 7th October through Thursday 9th October. I don’t know if you saw me on Channel Four in England during the 1999 eclipse (I was on after Queen guitarist Brian May, and a small owl) but we were plunged into total darkness. This eclipse is not quite as dramatic, but it will blot out the picture in certain parts of the sky around the world – and you don’t need blot. You need clarity.

Your Dark Secrets or Invisible Role

Lord only knows what yo have been up to, or what you are still up to, as I doubt even your lover or best friend knows. Classified information? Confidential plans? An uncredited role? A back room function? A modest, invisible part? Dark secrets? Dodgy stuff? Mercury is retrograding in this zone of your chart, and we also have a partial solar eclipse on Thursday 23rd October, which you should be cautious with from 23rd through 25th of the month – remember before what I said about Brian May and small owls. If you can possibly delay the really major decisions until after 10th November you will avoid flakey situations triggering O.M.G. Saturn in this zone of your chart, which rules what you cover up or hide, right now. Just be aware of the flux to come.

The situation is far too early to call; you may not have all the details you need until you are well into November. From that point forward, though, it feels as if you are almost out of the woods. In fact, by Christmas, you definitely are. It must have been terribly hard carrying something so tightly to your chest, and not sharing the burden, yet the dark days are already far behind you, Sagittarius. Just get past this information and communication vortex and by Christmas you really will be merry.

Your Money, House, Business, Charity, Flat, Possessions

Major questions demanding your total energy and interest, right through December 4th, with a crossroads decision near the Uranus-Pluto square on December 15th, make the end of October so crucial. Why? Because at the end of October, something or someone will turn up the heat. You need to counter this with your own time frame. Do not be rushed or pushed. Everything you own, earn or owe will be in sharp focus then, as Mars dominates your solar chart. However, you should be fully aware of the real time-frame, which extends to January 2015, when the new arrangement with (or about) the cash, property, company, good cause or precious possessions can take hold. To date you have not been at all in control of this. You have found it hard to get the willpower, or you have been blocked by circumstances which are literally beyond your control. This situation is shifting even as you read this. From late October it accelerates. By January there will be a total alteration in the balance of power between you, he, she, them or ‘it’ and beyond that, the global economy will also be released from the frozen effects of Saturn in Scorpio, at Christmas, so the world will be on the same page as you too.

Your Image, Appearance, Reputation, Profile

Take your time when you deal with ‘me’ issues at the Mars alignments near October 5th and 8th as it is unwise to put action before thought and particularly as near November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, your own sign, things may start to get locked in. By ‘things’ I mean the moves you are making in terms of public relations, cosmetic surgery, weight loss, dental treatment, projects where your name is upfront and so on.

Saturn will be in Sagittarius from Tuesday 23rd December, and he will remain there throughout 2015 and 2016, bringing the usual tough life lessons, waiting games and obstacles, sometimes because he is actually conjunct your natal Sun. Plan ahead in early October. Do some homework. Further your research. You can manage things, using astrology, so that you do not set up future problems in October 2014, that by 2015 you are beginning to feel sorry you created. It just takes awareness. Even hyper-awareness about your Me agenda is better than just bumbling around, creating 2015 and 2016 for yourself without realising it. Try to keep the stakes very low. If you are in a public role and some person or organisation has big plans for you, around early October, then question, question, question. Find out what happened to others who took that path before you.


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Capricorn: October 2014

Welcome to October, Capricorn. If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea on Sunday 28th September with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Your Mission, Position and Ambition

Well, Capricorn, you seem to have been caught up in crucial news, discussion or paperwork relating to your career, studies or volunteer role from 14th September. And you might have assumed that things would be settled in a week or two. You could not be more wrong, however, as the story is going to change, and even reverse, throughout October.  Please bear this in mind when you are talking, accepting some facts as gospel, signing, or accepting signatures. October is going to put you in a state of flux, and you would be far wiser to encourage an open-ended situation where the conversation can go backwards and forwards for a while. From 10th October, Mercury moves back into this zone of your chart, where he first made his move from 14th September, so you can expect a replay, a reversal, a deadlock or a waiting game from that point.

It will not be until 8th November that you actually know where you stand once and for all, so for heaven’s sake read the fine print to see what would happen if a change or delay affected a contract, new position, redundancy and so on. And on no account take ‘news’ about your field, industry or business as the final word on anything, as it is far more likely to be a changing narrative. As you are famously ambitious, and are either a very successful social mountaineer – or an accomplished careerist or student – this stuff really matters to you. Consequently, I would encourage you not to waste time and energy on investing too much faith in ‘certainties’ when according to your horoscope, this is a process in motion, not an end result. Avoid the period around the eclipse on Wednesday 8th for dramatic decisions or assumptions. You just won’t be seeing the full picture. It will be obscured, and that is no time for you to make up your mind on anything.

Friends and Groups

Capricorn, you have been lumbered with the most demanding cycle for 29 years, in terms of your old friends, new friends, social life, social media and group commitments. It began in late 2012, got worse in 2013, and has lingered in 2014. You will be pleased to hear the cycle ends at Christmas, when you will be amazed at how much lighter and easier your social life, or society, charity, team, group, club, union or other association becomes.

October does take considerable management, though! I would describe it to you as the month when nothing is known in full – and very little is nailed down. Much as you are longing to settle things with particular people, or sort them out once and for all, the reality is that October is a zig-zag trail through delays, reversed decisions, deadlocks, outside factors (like internet problems) affecting discussion, chaotic weather and so on. It all adds up to a month best avoided for sweeping choices about your friend, your social media, or the group in question. From 5th October, for example, very little can be trusted as Mercury is lurching backwards through Scorpio, the sign which rules these people in your life. You then have to put up with the story altering once again, from 8th November – so you can see just how long and drawn-out this episode is becoming.

For that reason please keep the stakes as low as possible with the friend or group, and if you can, fast-forward all the really big decisions beyond 8th November when life will be far more straightforward. The eclipse on Thursday 23rd October is unlikely to help you much either; I would avoid the 22nd, 23rd, 24th for a judgement call on the situation, as you just aren’t being shown all the details then.

The best news is, from Christmas onwards, you will be amazed at how it feels to have a normal social life, regular friendships, and easy-peasy social media involvements. No more heavy nova. And if you have put up with frenemies (the famous term coined by Nancy Mitford) then it’s goodbye to your version of Lavender Davis. Or by that time, you will simply no longer care.

You, You, You

From the 26th October something very familiar returns to you – the notion of yourself as a separate entity, like a product, which must be packaged, presented, profiled and promoted. This has been an ongoing theme since 2008 when Pluto first entered Capricorn, and your First House, which rules your image. Once again you will be standing back from the photograph, the video, the Google description, the social media packaging, the label, the mirror reflection and all the rest. Once again you will be wondering, how on earth you get your control back. Because, Capricorn, when it comes to You, You, You (as in Me, Me, Me) you appear to have been pushed and pulled by circumstances, so that for months now, you have not been in full charge of things. Individuals, collectives or even the universe itself seems to have pulled your hands off the steering wheel, so you have not been driving your look, image, name or reputation as you might. Needless to say, this is all set to change from the 26th October and by December you will be deeply involved in setting up a totally new direction for next year. Classic manifestations of this cycle include weight loss and gain; issues about wardrobe and style; the media; the internet; cosmetic surgery; personal trainers; publicity and promotion; marketing; public relations – you get the picture. The time is fast approaching when you must devote the end of the year, to the pursuit of Me Power.

Cover Up Jobs

The end of the year is about cover-up jobs. Consequently you need to be sharply aware of what you are creating in your life because you will have to live with the consequences in 2015 and 2016. What do I mean by cover-ups? It could be a classic secret; a clandestine affair; a role with the CIA or MI6; a major piece of confidential plotting. There are other kinds of cover-up jobs as well, slowly becoming more of an issue. Sneaking around and doing something dodgy is a good example! A more noble kind of cover-up is the classic example of allowing other people to hog the spotlight and get all the attention, while you hide in the shadows, lurking in an unseen or modest role.

This is a story which extends from now through 2015 and 2016. It is not just about October. As Mars is in your Twelfth House, which rules cover-up jobs, do not rush into action near the 5th and 8th as the ripple effect will be dramatic from November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, and then all too soon, Saturn will be in Sagittarius from Tuesday 23rd December, and he will remain there throughout 2015 and 2016, bringing the usual tough challenges and endless tests of your patience. For that reason I would prefer you were involved in a cover-up job that was not going to extract a heavy price later. Be supremely conscious of how you lie to yourself, Capricorn. What are you doing, or what you been doing lately, that you can’t even honestly acknowledge you are covering up?


Private Eye magazine journalists in London allegedly said that if you didn’t want to end up in their magazine, you shouldn’t be guilty of doing particular things in the first place. Beyond this issue of being secretive for the wrong reasons – there is also the higher question of what it involves to operate behind the scenes, out of sight, without recognition and with no credit. You really need to analyse that quite deeply in October and slow right down, as if you lurch into a situation without thinking the repercussions through next year, and even the year after that, it could be a hard ask.


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Aquarius: October 2014

Welcome to October, Aquarius. If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea on Sunday 28th September with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Your Mission, Position and Ambition

Well, put it this way. You may want to pick another month to really sort out your career, university life or volunteer role, Aquarius. The reason for htis is that not only do we have an eclipse, obliterating the picture for you – rather than showing you what’s really going on – we also have Mercury in full retrograde mode, lurching about all over the place, when he should be delivering messages. The Mercury cycle goes something like this; where computers, couriers, the post, commuting, phones and travel is concerned – expect a zig-zag. From 10th October when Mercury backtracks through the same place he inhabited from 14th September and then from 24th October through 8th November (when there could be replays of a replay) you are going to be really caught up, but (I hope) not caught out. That is why you are reading this column. For a start, you’re going to skip the eclipse periods from Tuesday 7th October through Thursday 9th October, when a Full Blood Moon will blot out the sky, and also the period around the partial solar eclipse on Thursday 23rd October, which you should be cautious with from 23rd through 25th of the month. If you can possibly delay the really major decisions you may want to.

Saturn departs Scorpio on Tuesday 23rd December, when the constant career, university or volunteering challenges are over. Therefore this is a mixed-bag month because on the one hand, you can see how a meeting or signature would shift some burden (human, environmental or just within your chosen field) – yet very little will go as planned or stick properly until you are sailing past 8th November. Keep copies of important documents; follow up in your e-mail spam tray if you haven’t heard back from people; check your phone for malfunctioning messages if someone has gone strangely silent – and read the fine print on everything. If there is a negotiation process taking place at work, university or with your non-profit role, expect a warped ping-pong game. Yet, despite this, Aquarius, you are in the clear from mid November and literally by Christmas Day you can wave goodbye to the hardest cycle in 29 years.

Friends and Groups

Friendships and group involvements define who you are, Aquarius. If you shine brightly in this lifetime, you will shine by your deep involvement with a good cause, rock band, social circle, sports team, political party and so on. The idea is circles, within circles, and there you are, taking up your karmic role. Normally I would not even consider this to be an issue, but as the year ends, you are beginning a new cycle when a friendship or group could be hard work; therefore take your time near the 5th and 8th  when the lights will be green.

This is a story which extends from now through 2015 and 2016. It is not just about October. The issue with your friend or group will move swiftly near November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, and then all too soon, Saturn will be in Sagittarius from Tuesday 23rd December, and he will remain there throughout 2015 and 2016. If you know your chart and you have planets or asteroids in Sagittarius, this will also impact foreign friendships, foreign concerns, publishing, the internet, university life and education. So common-sense says, if this is where your groups lie, then you need to be super careful about what you set up in October, around the 5th and 8th. During these dates Mars makes easy, flowing aspects (or patterns) which means, it’s all too easy for you to be pushed, pressured – or to rush and push – and to do so without thinking too hard. Try not to do this Aquarius. You do not want to set up a chain reaction which would take you all the way to Christmas then leave you regretting what you had created in your life. If it’s about a friend or group, which you are famous for, then take your time; take advice; slow down; do some research; get real about the likely consequences; really know who/what you are letting yourself in for. Truly, you will thank yourself for doing all this, come 2015.

The Aries-Libra Eclipse is something else I want to note. It takes place on Wednesday 8th October and will conceal, rather than reveal, what you need to see. It concerns your commute and travel arrangements. It also concerns your internet, computer, phone, media and publishing interests. It could easily bring in educational or academic concerns, and people from Europe, Australasia, the U.S. or further afield. I know there is a part of you that just wants to keep on pursuing particular goals – after all,they set you free, so why not? – but this is a hairy eclipse and as it comes straight after an opposition from your ruler Uranus to the Sun, I would be extremely cautious about plunging into big decisions, plans or judgement calls that week (Monday 6th October through Sunday 12th October) – but particularly on eclipse day itself. On top of that we also have Mercury Retrograde still in your zone of publishing, the internet, foreign people and places, education – so yet again, this is not straightforward. As a rule of thumb, have Plan B and a very flexible diary. And yes, you may want to wait before you go into major decisions about all those life areas I have mentioned above.


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Pisces: October 2014

Welcome to October, Pisces. If you are in London please come to an Astrology Afternoon Tea on Sunday 28th September with me and Shelley von Strunckel (Evening Standard, Vogue, Sunday Times). You’ll have a luxuriously long afternoon with us for the booking price of £35 and explore your personal horoscope with me. Please note: all dates below are calculated for London so add/subtract a day for your time zone.

Your Apartment, Business, House, Money, Possessions and Charity

I hope you read your horoscope regularly on this website, as I have been warning you for weeks that the paperwork, plans or discussion you have been pursuing since 14th September, will be replayed or held up from 10th October when Mercury backtracks through the same place he inhabited – and possibly also from 24th October through 8th November, when replays, reversals or delays rule the situation. After 8th November life is back to normal but until then, read the fine print and the terms and conditions, so you are fully aware of the implications of any hold-up or alteration. You may also want to take photocopies or scans of documents before you post them, and save important paperwork to a USB stick. Mercury rules the internet, the phone, paperwork, negotiation and discussion and consequently this is where you are most likely to hit issues.

I would be particularly wary of the total lunar eclipse, which you will be affected by from Tuesday 7th October through Thursday 9th October, as this is no time to make assumptions or commit to anything major. Why? Because an eclipse obliterates our vision. It’s a symbol of obscured facts or figures and that, coupled with Mercury Retrograde, tells me you won’t be shown the full story.


Your Travel, Foreign, Publishing or Educational Agenda

This is already a too-hard area of your life, and it’s been like that since late 2012 when Saturn entered your solar Ninth House. Now, in October, not only is Mercury retrograding in this zone of your chart, but we also have a partial solar eclipse on Thursday 23rd October, which you should be cautious with from 23rd through 25th of the month. If you can make the key plans to travel, teach, study, publish or write after 10th November your life would be far more straightforward as you are prone to cancellations, delays, mistakes or even total reversals before that time. I am especially concerned that you also have Saturn in this zone of your chart, bringing roadblocks and obstacles along with the usual communication and information issues that Mercury Retrograde brings. Should you travel without insurance on this cycle? Are you crazy?

You may not have all the details you need about your trip, relocation, export question, European/Australasian/American connection, book, website or course to make wise decisions until you are well into November. From that point forward, though, it feels as if you are racing towards closure on so many things that have challenged you – and from Tuesday 23rd December, the cycle ends. In October, though, have Plan B; read the fine print; see if you can fast-forward the big stuff to 8th November and beyond. Mercury Retrograde is not the end of the world but it can be maddening. I would be particularly wary of people who are prominent talkers, gossips, writers, internet junkies, couriers, postmen or post women, switchboard operators and so on – they may be manifesting Mercury for you (they are messengers, in a way) in which case they could be unreliable sources, or be affected in their own lives by delays or reversals, which end up seriously affecting you as well!

Your Network

Your network may be purely social, or it may have a purpose (a football team, for example, or a literary society.) From Sunday 26th October, you will be setting up future decisions aboutthis, clustering around December 4th. By the time you reach the Uranus-Pluto square on December 15th, there is no turning back. The balance of power with the other people in the group simply has to alter. You personally need more control and you will have it. The golden rule is to share that control, however, as if you make a grab for power, or play power games on any level, you will really hold up your own potential. And of course, the potential of the group. I very much doubt any Pisces will make that mistake, though, as you are famous for penetrating the psychic boundaries of other people, even if you do not realise you are doing it, and you will be reading hearts and minds, especially with friends in this network, but also with acquaintances you don’t know so well. The issue with the final days of October is tolerance, tact, telepathy and timing. Crank up all of them, so that you remove any potential for impatience or even irritation later on. If you are all going to move towards a new arrangement for January, then you cannot afford to let any emotions spike now.

Your Success and Status

It would be so easy to rush into decisions about your career, status, volunteer commitments or university course near the Mars trines on October 5th and 8th, but you may live to regret it. I don’t mean that to sound too ominous; it’s just that in 2015 and 2016 you will pay a heavy price for anything you do, without thinking, in the first two weeks of October. A common example of this may be quitting your job, or taking a new one, without doing any research. Then, inevitably, dealing with the consequences next year, and even the year after that.

It would be tempting to put action before thought near the 5th and 8th but as things move even faster near November 22nd, at the New Moon in Sagittarius, you must be a realist about what you will be dealing with after Tuesday 23rd December, when a new cycle begins that will make your working life, in particular, far more demanding. The trick is to keep the stakes low. So don’t make this about your entire career. Make it about projects and plans, perhaps, rather than massive decisions about your status, ambitions, position and mission.

Of course you are utterly free to ignore this astrological advice and plunge into a new role, or leave the old one; yet go in with your eyes wide open. You are utterly free to take on the most demanding new project, knowing full well it will take you into 2015 and 2016 – yet please be a realist about who and what will be involved, so you know exactly what you are up for.

On no account set up an issue for yourself with your boss, lecturer, colleague, classmate, staff or clients near the 5th and 8th, because it is unlikely to go away quickly or easily. In fact it could linger for weeks, and then be reignited later, giving you a thorn in your side (to quote The Smiths) right through next year. Astrology is your early warning device. It’s your light house, so use it.



Copyright Jessica Adams/William Morris Entertainment/Curtis Brown 2014.
 

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Aries: September 2014

COMMUNICATION HITCHES AND GLITCHES

Your former, current or potential partner is at the heart of communication hitches and glitches from the middle of September into October so don’t assume anything is fixed, final or finished. This also applies to enemies, rivals or opponents. If you are aiming for something on paper, that lasts, you may prefer to fast-forward discussions or signatures way beyond September and October; if you have no alternative at least treat this as the first draft, or first ‘take’ of the scene now playing out between you and he, or you and she. This is not a great time to pursue internet dating as Mercury is retrograde shadow in your zone of love and sex and he is also linked to the internet. 

BRILLIANT TIES TO YOUTH AND THE YOUNG

Pregnancies, babies, children, teenagers, Gen Y? It doesn’t really matter, but the key is opening yourself up to the opportunities and solutions now presenting themselves through Jupiter in Leo, which aligns with Pluto in Capricorn, in your sector of success, very early in September. This pattern in your horoscope is rare and it makes it so much easier to leave the legacy of your personality to those who inherit your influence, no matter if you are a parent or not. The other interesting pattern this month, the Jupiter-Uranus trine on the 25th September, suggests that this younger generation has an influence on you which is spilling wonderfully into every other area.

THE VIRGO-PISCES AXIS OF YOUR CHART

We are now moving into the Virgo season of the year, and this rules the way you work and look after yourself on a daily basis. It’s about your work ethic and also your ability to balance the 24 hours in each day into 8 hours each for chores and tasks, duties and service to other people – along with your own need to sleep, exercise and relax. There is a lot shifting here in your favour because Pluto in your sector of career, university life and volunteering is also changing direction so September is the turning point you deserve. The Pisces axis of your chart is less clear. You have drifted into a secret, or an invisible role behind the scenes, which is borderline chaotic. Fix it.

MARS IN SAGITTARIUS 

Be very careful about what you enter into, towards the second half of September,in terms of foreign  travel, export or big associations with those from other cultures or nationalities. You will have to live with it in 2015 and perhaps 2016 as well. Be a realist about the time-worn issues that necessarily involve language or cultural difference; the realities of modern air travel; the pros and cons of emigrating (if that is your choice) and so on. This general caution should also extend to university and education; teaching and learning commitments on all levels; publishing (digital and traditional) and belief systems of all kinds from religion to humanism. If there appears to be a major commitment or decision pending in terms of the above list, be sharply aware of future realities.


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Taurus: September 2014

MONEY MONEY MONEY

You are famously identified with everything you own, earn or owe, no matter if you are a brilliant businessperson or you have devoted your life to dropping out and growing your own food. This comes under the spotlight in the second half of the month when you need to be exceedingly cautious about new financial, property, charity or business choices. Precious possessions may also be involved. A conflict is possible from the 13th. If you know it could extend into December, and even into next year, do all you can to avoid it as Saturn will follow Mars through Sagittarius, the sign which rules matters of a joint financial, property, business or charity nature (precious possessions too). Be highly tactical, Taurus. Can you live with outcomes in 2015 and 2016?

CHILDREN AND FRIENDS
The focus on babies, children, teenagers or grown-up children may be personal or professional for you, but the Sun in Virgo will shed light on the way things look to outsiders and that is the most useful thing you could ask for in making the right decision about the young, or relationships where parenthood may become a possibility. The emphasis on friends, and especially groups, teams or other tribes where friends are involved, is not new. You are aware of just how confused and confusing life can become with these people. All the more reason to contain and control it. 

JUPITER IN LEO AND YOU
Jupiter in Leo is hard at work in the zone of your chart which rules your house, family, flat, home town, household and homeland. This describes your base and your place and your space; however it also points to richer, deeper cultural ties and a sense of heritage and inheritance. You are finally in a position to fix problems from the past, if they influence life with a relative (or flatmate) today. This also applies to the fabric of your apartment or house. Some stunning aspects involving Pluto and Uranus suggest there is way more to this than just pursuing improvements with/for/through your people or place. The domino effect enhances other areas of your life too.

MERCURY RETROGRADE SHADOW

Mercury is the planet which rules communication and when he is retrograde shadow in your zone of work and daily life, communication appears to be rolling forwards, only to roll backwards at a later date. This is why you need to be very wary with computers, phones, paperwork, printing and ‘news’ you hear about your working life this month. It would be frightfully easy to buy into all this as if it was a thing – only to find out by October it wasn’t a thing at all – or it was a thing, but it was aways going to be delayed, changed or subject to error! Please bear this in mind when you plan.


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Gemini: September 2014

YOUR FORMER, CURRENT, POTENTIAL PARTNER

It would be really easy to plunge into action with this man or woman (or through them) in the second half of the month but please be a total realist about the future of the relationship, beyond Christmas. In fact, if Christmas is even mentioned as a deadline, prick up your ears and be even more ruthlessly realistic (to the point of pessimism) about what you are letting yourself in for, during 2015 and 2016. You can’t avoid the waiting games and obstacles and life lessons that come with Saturn but you can lower the stakes. I would double this message if you have an enemy, rival or opponent. Do not charge into battle if you could not live with the outcome in 2015 or 2016.

PROJECTS, PLANS AND POSSIBILITIES
Jupiter in Leo is a joy to behold because you were born to sing, write, engage in public speaking, use multimedia and so on. The projects plans and possibilities dating from July will either roll in the most remarkable way now, or you will use what you have ditched or changed, to work as a launch pad for something even bigger and better. I suspect this is online but it may also be very old-fashioned; singing without a microphone; scrawling in a notebook; learning a foreign language. The aspects to Uranus and Pluto from Jupiter suggest to me that an electrifying friendship or group involvement is part of the story. Seldom has one friend or group promised so much freedom.

YOUR RULER MERCURY

Your ruler Mercury is staggering and stalling for weeks, in the zone of your chart ruling your children, godchildren and young relatives. This also covers professional or non-profit involvements with young people – and finally a relationship which may end in pregnancy or step-parenthood. Please treat the information flow with one eye on the chance of delay, mistakes or u-turns. Be aware of the fine print on paperwork; what would happen if there was a change or hold-up? A child’s school commitments is a good example of this. Have Plan B and allow for glitches.

THE VIRGO-PISCES AXIS
You are affected by Virgo-Pisces axis issues throughout September, which will greatly clarify where you stand in terms of the house, flat, family, household, home town or homeland. You needed to see it all from a distance, through the eyes of other people, to be able to make a major choice. This will not be a problem, Gemini. What else does this axis of your horoscope suggest? You know this very well, as your career, university course or non-profit role has already confused you more than once.The message is clear. Contain and control this project, role or plan. It’s all over the place!


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Cancer: September 2014

MARS IN SAGITTARIUS AND YOU

Mars in Sagittarius moves through your zone of daily workload – and the mind, body, spirit connection – in the second half of the month. Be on red alert for this as there are all sorts of decisions you could be making, which you may dearly wish you had avoided, from the perspective of 2015 and 2016. The reason for this is that Saturn will follow Mars into the same sign, from Christmas, and loiter there for at least two years. In Sagittarius, Saturn inevitably brings life lessons, waiting games and the unavoidable/inevitable. Yet you can manage this transit as early as late September simply by being savvy enough to peer into the future when you make choices. This specifically factors in employment, work, academia, charity – and above all else, your body.

MONEY
Money is the subject of so many songs. It changes everything. The best things in life are free, but…it’s a rich man’s world…and on it goes. You are now in the most lucrative position for years with Jupiter in Leo, forming angles to Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries, during September. Even though you cannot put a price on independence, freedom and sweet liberty in your career (or with your other role in life) you can – ironically – gain financially. The money, or other benefits (cash in kind, business assets, lifestyle pluses) is there for the taking. On another level if you just want to eliminate a problem, or chip away at a debt, this is the month. Use what you are given.

MERCURY RETROGRADE MANAGEMENT

Mercury starts shadow retrograde in your zone of the home this month. You probably know about this phenomenon as I am a notorious bore on the subject. However I also don’t want you to get caught. Be really savvy about your mortgage application, rental/lease arrangement, renovation program, builder contract, new flatmate tenure and so on. Double this message if there is family stuff to attend to. Basically communication regarding your house, apartment, family, home town, household and homeland will swing backwards and forwards for weeks. Read the fine print.

PLUTO MOVES FORWARD

Pluto moves forward on Tuesday 23rd September and after a peculiar period of limbo with (or for) your partner, things shift. This also applies to your former or potential partner. And it very much applies to enemies, rivals or opponents. Essentially the game of musical chairs between you and he, or you and she, which stopped some months ago, now resumes. The needle on the record was stuck, now the theme song plays again. What is the theme? Power and control. And how every step you take with this man or woman teaches you about how to share the balance of power.


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Leo: September 2014

 COVER YOURSELF FOR COMMUNICATION AND TRANSPORTATION

Try to speed up all the key computer, telephone, internet, media, publishing, car, public transport and travel issues before Mercury turns Retrograde Shadow, from 15th September. From this date forward, what you assume is written in stone, is written in shifting wet cement for some weeks, subsequent to your original plan. If you have no choice about scheduling any of the above, at least read the fine print covering delays, cancellations etc. and cover yourself with Plan B alternatives from 15th September right through 25th October. If buying computers or phones get a warranty. All this is common-sense astrological advice, proven by history, during this famously flakey cycle.

THE REBORN LION
Your rebranding and new look continues with a stunning quincunx from Jupiter in Leo to Pluto in your body and health zone on Friday 5th September with more opportunities near Tuesday 9th September, Sunday 14th September and then on 23rd September when Pluto goes direct, or moves forward, you can pursue greater control over your mind, body and spirit with no more limbo or delay. The stunning Jupiter-Uranus trine on Thursday 25th September is also vital to your rebirth. Be the change you want to see in the world and travel, teach, study, publish, create web content or write in a brand new way, for a brand new universe. Enjoy the ‘me’ makeover.

MONEY, PROPERTY, BUSINESS, CHARITY
A large number of horoscope patterns will hit your zones of cash, houses, apartments, precious possessions, business interests, debts, banking, tax, philanthropy and all the rest now. What happens near the 6th, 8th, 10th, 17th, 23rd. encourages you to be far more realistic and practical about arrangements. Do allow for u-turns, waiting games or complications with paperwork concerning your house, land or flat from Saturday 27th September and beyond as Mercury goes retrograde through this zone of your chart, right into October and what is fixed can be unfixed.

THE NEXT GENERATION
Shortly after Mars changes signs to Sagittarius on Saturday 13th September, your son, daughter, young relative or godchild will be at the centre of the action. This also applies to any sexual relationship which may end in pregnancy, adoption or step-parenting. Finally, you may have a philanthropic attachment to a much younger generation, or work with (or for) them. Every Leo is different but the key is long-term thinking about the results of your actions, in the second half of September through October. Keep the stakes low. Think about the repercussions in 2015, 2016, when the next generation and all relationships which bring them closer, spells hard work for you.


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Virgo: September 2014

MANAGING MARS AND SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS

If you manage Mars, and then Saturn, in Sagittarius (which rules your home and family) you can shrink the possible negative effects of this cycle over the next two years. You can easily spot a potential issue before it happens, as in the second half of the month you will be meeting a hotter atmosphere, emotionally, or a more tense situation, in terms of the tolerance or patience you and others have. A classic example would be a flatmate or relative creating a crossroads choice, or a particular house, apartment, home town or homeland question cranking up the heat. Best move? think 1-2 years into the future. Be a total realist about outcomes. Then say yes, no or maybe.

THE WONDER OF SECRECY AND INVISIBILITY

This is such an odd new cycle to be in, yet Jupiter in Leo is telling you to keep things to yourself, because you gain from it. The more you do without others seeing/knowing, the richer life becomes. This also applies to invisible roles you take without any credit or recognition; a classic example would be working as one of many producers on a big Hollywood film. Everyone sees Sean Connery. Nobody sees you! Virgo, as you will see in two spectacularly rewarding ways this month, during rare planetary alignments, the best move you ever made since July was under the radar.

FORMER, CURRENT AND POTENTIAL PARTNERS

Time to focus on the man or woman who has been utterly out of focus for months. You know how your vision becomes blurry when you go under water? That. I would also extend this metaphor to your enemy, rival or opponent if you have one. You have basically seen a very distorted version of what or who is actually there. It’s irrelevant if you are motivated by intense love or hate. Neptune has clouded your perception. A series of oppositions to Neptune in September is incredibly useful as sometimes it takes an uncomfortable moment to set you straight. And you need it, it seems.

MERCURY RETROGRADE
Please read the fine print on paperwork regarding your money, banking, property, tax, insurance, investments, purchases, sales, charity commitments and business interests, from the second half of the month, and extend that into October. Your ruler Mercury is going shadow retrograde, then fully retrograde, so you will hit the classic outcomes; stalled situations; reversed decisions; silly mistakes; fruitless debate; empty promises. You can use this cycle to your total advantage by treating everything as an ongoing discussion or a ‘show me the money’ (but later) situation. Virgo people do very well when they rehearse, revise, review, rethink, and rewind on this cycle.


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Libra: September 2014

 INTERNET, MEDIA, PUBLISHING, WORD POWER

Be a realist to the point of being a pessimist about your internet, media, publishing or other communication concerns, this month. Mars in Sagittarius will shake some action and you may feel as if you must respond or react in the heat of the moment. Perhaps you are on the defensive; maybe you just feel like competing against other people or the clock. A sense of a looming deadline, lack of patience, lack of tolerance is very likely. Stop yourself in your own tracks to think more carefully and tactically about these internet, media, publishing, writing, multimedia or other communication concerns. What would happen if…(you fill in the blank) in 2015 and even 2016?

THE GROUP
Stick to the group, or even the groups, and you will bless the day you put more time and energy into the ensemble cast. Groups are odd things; only Aquarians really understand them. You are far better suited to partnerships and duets, yet Jupiter in Leo will send you such stunning opportunities for growth, improvement and expansion through these people that you can only say yes. A long-forgotten network of people might come back to life in the most rewarding way. A new team or tribe may lure you. Friends are necessarily involved at every step. And the pay-off seeps into other areas of life too; partnerships, family life and your home could also move forward as a by-product.

PLUTO IN CAPRICORN

Pluto in Capricorn is finally moving forward and you will notice the shift with your family members, household, home town, homeland, house or apartment. A question about who or what runs your life was not answered with any finality back in August. Now you can actually tackle the realities. I would liken the situation to the way Europe was carved up at the end of the war. There are major questions here about who gets what, and who shares what, and how – and it may be about the turf, or it may be about the psychological territory. The former is easy to spot; it’s bricks and mortar, or maybe a huge part of the landscape if this is about your home town or country. The latter is a question of control. Given that psychological control must be shared, how must you compromise?

URANUS IN ARIES
I know how much you identify with your former, current or potential partner and the chemistry you achieve with this person – the alchemy experiment. You are a Sun in Libra person and you shine when you get it right, and your light goes out when you don’t. This also applies to fighting the good fight; there are just as many Libran people who solely identify with their ability to triumph over injustice in the shape of an enemy, rival or opponent. This ‘peace and love’ stuff is just an old 1970s astrology book, copied out forever on the internet! In actual fact what you want most of all is balance. Scales that harmonise. This month the most stunning trine in years helps you do this in a brand new way. You will either invent a new set of scales. Or you will tilt them in a bold new way.


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Scorpio: September 2014

PLUTO MOVES FORWARD

Your ruler Pluto moves forward, or direct, after a long period in which he could not move at all. September is thus crucial in terms of your media, internet or publishing life. I would also bring in issues like language, public speaking, writing, film-making and so on; if it’s about communication then it’s about Pluto. Essentially there must be a deep shift in the balance of power. It may involve corporations like Facebook, or perhaps it’s just you and your editor. Maybe it’s about the way people do or do not use the phone/computer with you – sometimes deafness or language difference is used a Power Tool. September helps you sort all this out. At last, progress.

JUPITER IN LEO AND SUCCESS

Since July you have been presented with all kinds of welcome, sometimes strangely fated and quirky, success opportunities. Nothing is an accident. Everything is there to help you eradicate old problems that may be haunting your C.V. or ambitions. Beyond that you should be moving into a much more interesting position. You can do more, have more, be more and become more. The planets align twice in your favour now, once at the Jupiter-Uranus trine (which will utterly revolutionise the way you work, giving you total independence) and again at the quincunx from your ruler Pluto to Jupiter. Apply for every job, award, prize. Keep doing it through 2015. Don’t be like those Librans before you who let every single opportunity pass them by last year then complained that Jupiter ‘hadn’t delivered the goods.’ The goods are right there on the internet.

MERCURY RETROGRADE

Be sharply aware of the potential for delays, u-turns and complications which could mess with your secret stuff. You have classified information or confidential projects around you in September. Mercury is also shadow retrograde, preparing to go backwards and forwards for weeks. If it’s hushed up or covered up, it could also stall, hit errors or other S.N.A.F.U. scenarios. I would also apply this to any role you play behind the scenes without credit or recognition. If you are Miss or Mr Invisible then this could also pose complications. Throughout this time have Plan B. Be aware.

THE NEXT GENERATION

This is a general call for clarity about the babies, children, teenagers or grown-up offspring in your life. Your horoscope is sending a megaphone message; get real and get clear. Neptune in Pisces has blurred the picture for months so you have not been able to see things as the rest of the world sees them. September will pull you up short, but that is a good thing. It may be a relationship where parenthood is a big deal – or a non-profit involvement with young people. It may be your son, daughter, godchild, young relative. In all cases a series of oppositions to Neptune is telling you to come up for air, drop anchor, stand on solid ground and wipe the goo off your goggles.


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Sagittarius: September 2014

FIXING THE GREAT ESCAPE

The Great Escape, as I have written elsewhere, is a great album by Blur. It is also a neat way of encapsulating what you are pursuing with (or through) your homeland, house, home town, apartment, family and/or household. This has been going on for months. You have found the holiday from reality you crave by pursuing your place or your people in a very particular way. To say it’s all been unrealistic is the understatement of the year. But now you must be a realist. In fact you will be forced to address all this, in a far sharper, clearer way by what unfolds this month.

MARS IN SAGITTARIUS
Be super-aware of your image, identity, brand, personal appearance, reputation and so on, when Mars goes into Sagittarius in September. You’ll know it the moment that the ‘me’ agenda becomes white-hot (for whatever reason). One example might be a cosmetic surgery blitz. Another might be a project with your profile all over it. I am issuing a general warning to most signs about this cycle, which affects everyone differently, yet affects them for up to two years into the future. Don’t leap in. If it involves the way you are seen, regarded or appraised – on the internet or in a photo – then for heaven’s sake take your time. Should you jump into hiring a new P.R. firm? No. Research it first.

EUROPE, ASIA, AMERICA CALLING
Europe, Asia or America is on the line again (depending on your own location – it may be an even more exotic part of the world). If you already said yes, then congratulations, you are on your way and you will add greatly to this happy story in September. If you said no, then you missed out, but there will be other chances. You may want to trade, travel, export, be an armchair explorer, emigrate or enter into a foreign relationship, in every sense of the world. Locked into this, for some Sagittarians, is a book, website, course or belief system. This is the month. Go for it. Enjoy it.

GROUP COMPLICATIONS

Your group, team, tribe or other networked project will hit u-turns, delays or silly errors for weeks, so be aware of this from September. Have insurance or Plan B if time and money are involved. The group will involve one or more friends – a typical manifestation of Mercury in Libra. There may be hollow words, retracted statements, broken-down cars, weather-affected flights, faulty internet, phone problems and so on. Mercury shadow retrograde will make you think everything is normal, but hold your horses. Treat the ‘final discussion’ as a dress rehearsal right through October.


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Capricorn: September 2014

MERCURY MADNESS APPROACHING

Okay so you can work with this cycle and its impact on your career, university life or voluntary role. You just treat September and October as rehearsals for the main action, which comes later. You treat everything as a first draft, ready for second or third revisions when life is normal again. And most of all you back up data, check printers’ instructions, avoid purchasing computers, phones or other communication ephemera – and you always read the fine print. You’ll know when this cycle hits because there will suddenly be a lot of news/talk/gossip about your chosen field or role.

PLUTO IN CAPRICORN FORWARD THRUST
Pluto in your sign has been stuck for so long you may be wondering why on earth all your good intentions to make deep changes about your reputation, appearance, title, profile and role have gone into the Lady Gaga zone. As in Gaga. This is really not your fault, you have been in a limbo cycle, but now it is over. September is the change you want to be in the world and it actually begins with the change you make to yourself. About yourself. For yourself. Your chart says that something or someone has constantly overtaken all your intentions, but no more. This is the beginning.

JUPITER IN LEO AND YOUR LIFESTYLE

Jupiter is the Easter Bunny for a lot of people in astrology. Or Santa Claus. Yet a surprisingly high number of people born under your sign don’t understand he demands a proactive response. They sit there waiting for the money to drop from the sky, or the precious possessions (free! discounted!) or the unbelievable house, apartment or diamond tiara. The truth is, if you let the opportunities and solutions pass you by, they will not return. So grab them (there are two this month, both stinking chances for you) and be as generous with the universe as the universe is with you. Karma.

SECRETS

Listen very carefully, I will only say this once (this quote from ‘Allo ‘Allo seems appropriate given that we are discussing secrecy). If you do something shady that you should not really be doing, in September, then you may have to pay for it in 2015 and 2016. End of lecture. Of course you can be secretive, clandestine and all the rest – without being morally suspect. You can do everything behind a closed door, looking over your shoulder, for the best of reasons. I am so wary of the Saturn cycle you are going to hit, though, that I think it’s worth spelling out. Watch yourself, watching yourself! If you don’t want to end up in Private Eye, don’t do things that get you there.


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Aquarius: September 2014

TWO IS THE MAGIC NUMBER

Oh the joy of two. You two can be fighting each other like Tom and Jerry, or perhaps guests on Jerry Springer, and you still gain enormously. Look what her break-up did for Nigella Lawson’s profile. People never loved her or worshipped her more. She literally never looked better, after the initial stoush. Of course this cycle (Jupiter in Leo) is also hopefully and happily about marriage, de facto relationships, serious dating, work partnership and business duets. Choose your style. On two occasions this month, Jupiter will deliver. Two is the magic number. Go for it, you two.

URANUS IN ARIES
Jupiter seldom trines Uranus in Aries and Uranus is your ruler, so September is a big deal. To say you can be a free agent online is the understatement of the year. You would be crazy to pass up the thrilling, electrifying possibilities of online life at the moment. Or maybe a Luddite revolution, if you are determined to shun the web altogether in favour of the fountain pen and the spoken word. What sets you free? A second language? A blog? Education, along literary, media, publishing or multimedia lines? There is one fabulous, stonking, open door for you to race through now.

FRIENDS AND GROUPS
Be really careful about what you start, or restart, with your group this month – the one involving your friend. If you find yourself knee-deep in something that sets even a slight alarm bell ringing, then extract yourself. Mars in Sagittarius usually produces the potential for conflict with or for a friend, with or for a group. You’ll sniff it before it arrives. The issue here is Saturn arriving later, because you will have to live with the most tedious consequences next year, and even the year after that, unless you are sharply aware of what you are co-creating in your life. Astrology is about avoiding stuff, often as not. So avoid him, her, them or ‘this’ if you know it would make 2015 hard.

MERCURY RETROGRADE IS COMING
Mercury is arriving, only to go backwards again, in a sign of your chart that rules travel. It also rules publishing, belief systems of all kinds (religious or otherwise), foreign people and countries – and education. Basically the talking points and ‘news’ which turns up in September will either prove to be false; be delayed; be substantially changed; trigger errors. Insure your travel. Don’t bank on a discussion, or even paperwork, necessarily being ‘final’. You won’t actually know everything until October, maybe later than that. The full details just aren’t there. So read the fine print; have Plan B.


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Pisces: September 2014

NEPTUNE IN PISCES AND YOU

Various issues with, for and through your partner will hold up a mirror to your name and face this month. This also applies to your former or potential partner. It’s almost as if, you can’t walk two steps with this person, or towards them, without also running into yourself. The reason for this is a series of oppositions with your sign and Virgo, the one opposite. The other person in the story might also be an enemy, rival or opponent. It happens. In every single case, the one individual who is meant to wake you up, to the lack of clarity you have had about yourself, is the one you need.

JUPITER AND YOUR DAILY LIFE

Since July you have been given one solution and opportunity after another to fix your lifestyle; the nuts and bolts of your daily life. Whatever requires repair, will be repaired, if you are proactive and say the magic word ‘yes’ when the door opens. There may entwined issues about your body, health, food, drink, drug intake, alcohol consumption and so on. This is not unusual in a transit of your Sixth House. The biggest and most glorious possibility of all, though, is the chance for a deeply rewarding and enriching new relationship with work. As in work, work, work. 

PLUTO MOVES FORWARD

Why have you had so many earnest and sincere intentions to improve the quality of your group involvements and friendships – or to make new friends – or to really make the team work for you – without results? The reason is, it has been an uphill battle while Pluto has been stuck in limbo. Fortunately this cycle now restarts and September is the time to finally do what you wanted to do, but were unable to do! The truth is, one or more teams around you are as full of powerful potential for a big, brave new world – as they are riddled with questions about power. Time to address that.

CAREER STRATEGY

Much as you’re enjoying the solutions and opportunities in your working life, you also need to be a total strategist about your career, academic qualifications or non-profit role next year. The years 2015 and 2016 will see a stuck or frozen situation affecting that, as Saturn arrives on the midheaven of your solar chart. The story is set up in September. Consequently you need to shape that story very, very carefully. This month it may feel as if you have zero time to make epic decisions about your C.V. Resist that illusion. Make the time. Read the fine print. Read the forecasts for your chosen field or industry. Be super cautious if December/January is a start date.



Copyright Jessica Adams/William Morris Entertainment/Curtis Brown 2014.
 

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Aries: August 2014

 

YOU INHERIT, THEY INHERIT

The generation born 20 years or more after you, obviously inherits your influence. This may involve children, godchildren, babies yet to be born, or young relatives. On a broader note there may be a specific role with younger people en masse. You also inherit, though. Quite what that inheritance is, and how rich and abundant it is, will be revealed to you on several occasions this month. Make no mistake. You stand to gain from those younger than yourself, no matter if it’s personal, or professional.

YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR PLACE
Between May and July you took the long way round with stunning opportunities and solutions which would make a lasting difference to your house, family, home town, household, flat or homeland. Your people and/or your place. Nothing was straightforward, yet in the very first week of August you will be in a position to retrace your steps, and follow through on what you created for yourself, weeks or months ago. As early as the first four days in August you’ll realise it’s a matter for two people.
WHAT YOU EARN, OWE OR OWN
Quite clearly you have been shouldering one heavy situation or issue after another since the end of 2012 and it has affected how optimistic you feel about your money, business, house, flat, possessions or charity. You were protected by the property, household or family end of the story, but this protection is now fading,leaving you with the reality. It is really important that you pace yourself correctly, neither rushing and pushing, nor getting stuck. Try to keep the wheels turning as normally and evenly as you can. The good news is, at Christmas, this difficult cycle is over.
MINERVA ON THE MARCH
The asteroid Minerva is on the march in the second half of August and you will gain from new developments affecting your website, book, speech, song, multimedia project or other outlet for your way with words, images and ideas. Nobody doubts the passion in the air. Cupido, another powerful little asteroid, is also passing through. What you must snap up, though, is the guidance and sage wisdom of a woman or feminine man. There are brilliant answers here but they may not be obvious ones.

 


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Taurus: August 2014


FOUR WALLS AND FAMILY FACES
August is a stunning month full of the most wonderful and welcome possibilities for repair work with the family, if required, and if not required, a brilliant new phase involving one or more close relatives. This applies to flatmates and other household members too. The time has come for the biggest and the best or the most brilliant solution. Your actual house, land, flat, home town and homeland is also at the core of the best trends in 12 years and you must pursue every open door. Take it all further.

PROJECTS AND PLANS
Projects and plans which revolve around your way with words, ideas and images took a strange pathway May-July as although there were superb solutions and opportunities, Mercury the planet which rules communication, computers and information was retrograde, or appearing to go backwards. Now things are back to normal and in some ways the universe owes you, thus you must snap up what comes your way as August opens. Another person is very much on the other end of the equation. This is about thinking like a duo, not acting alone. Do pursue this.

YOUR FORMER, CURRENT OR POTENTIAL PARTNER
Watch the gender politics with, or around, your former, current or potential partner.This also applies to your enemy, rival or opponent. Gender politics always becomes an issue when the asteroid Vesta appears in your horoscope and a potentially toxic situation where one male is manipulating two or more females could arise; alternatively the females may be playing games with the King of the Castle! None of this would matter, except that you are in such a long and heavy cycle at the moment. Be careful about the holes you dig for yourself. In fact, throw a spade away.

MINERVA AND YOUR MONEY

You stand to benefit from some very deep thinkers this month, either in the persona of one woman or feminine male, or an organisation dominated by women. Your money, house, flat, business, charity or possessions is at the heart of the story. Some things cannot be purchased and good advice is one of them. This person or organisation will either become a bigger deal in the second half of August or you will come across her/them for the first time. Listen or read carefully. This is worth its weight in gold and although there is no easy or flashy answer, this is the right one.


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Gemini: August 2014


GETTING YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS
Gemini people can always get their message across, because you are famous for your way with words, ideas or images. What happens in August is sensational, though, as you are hitting the most superb trends in 12 years for your internet, spoken-word, media, publishing or other communication agenda. Jupiter in Leo is reminding you that you must aim high. In fact who are you not to shine? You don’t serve anybody by keeping your ideas, concepts or pictures to yourself. And there is something with towering potential in front of you which could lead to even more.
THE MONEY AND CASH IN KIND
The money, or cash in kind – the house, possessions, business or apartment – suggests a key month of evaluation and weighing-up, with the chance to put the last 12 months in perspective. You have been protected or just plain lucky with what has occurred, but now things have changed. You will notice this as early as the first week of August, yet you still stand to gain from whatever you pursued in May-July, no matter if it worked out as planned, or not. Just remember. This is a two-way street.
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGES
Your lifestyle as a whole embraces what you eat and drink, or put into your body in other ways. It takes on board conventional or alternative medicine and also your down time, in terms of sleep or relaxation. Most crucially, your lifestyle is about the eight hours a day you spend working. Or at least, it should be no more than eight. There are now important decisions to make about the whole picture, yet you must find the middle ground between rushing, pushing and reacting in the heat of the moment – or freezing in response to a situation. Go easy on yourself. Middle way!
MINERVA IN GEMINI
Minerva is always good to see in your horoscope, Gemini. She is now entering your own sign, and joins Cupido (Cupid) also in Gemini, in the second half of August. When it comes to your internet profile, personal appearance, reputation, name, face, shape and image you now have stupendous support. A person or organisation renowned for its good advice and thoughtful appraisal will be on your side and this could make a great difference to the way you look or appear. Chase image issues.


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Cancer: August 2014


ABUNDANCE AND FLOW

You now have abundance and flow in connection with your money, possessions, house, business, charity and/or apartment. Other cycles in your life which were not this easy and enjoyable can be put behind you, as August is the month to examine the facts or figures and relish the process of change, which began in mid July and will not stop until August 2015. Take the harvest, whatever that is, and bear in mind that everything you learn and gain from this could help a future harvest too. Not just in the next 12 months, but again, 12 years from now, when you gain all over again.
YOUR IMAGE
Your image has been protected or helped enormously with Jupiter in Cancer for the last 12 months and if you used all the answers or opportunities you were given, you are now well ahead. Despite this, a matter you hoped would be straightforward over the last three months has either blocked you or run backwards. The potential for your ‘me’ agenda has not been realised. Use what comes to you in the opening days of August to trade on what you created for yourself weeks before. Meet others halfway.

CHILDREN, GODCHILDREN, YOUNG RELATIVES
You may or may not be a parent, but the generation born after you, and the relationships, projects or plans which make it centre-stage, suggests unique challenges not possible in 29 years. You will be glad to see the back of this cycle at Christmas, yet you must micro-manage the situation which arises now, so that there is no game-playing or point-scoring. This is most likely whenever two or more females feel that one male is there as a kind of prize to be won, and no matter if you are male or female, or whatever the ages involved, walk right away from it all.

YOUR SUBMERGED WORLD
Your submerged world is deep down below, where secrets are kept, and you disappear from view, allowing others to take the attention and interest. This is also where some very deep answers are about to appear, as in the second half of August Minerva will enter this mysterious and elusive zone of your chart, where nothing can be seen clearly and everything is hidden. Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom and people or organisations with penetrating insight will be along to assist you.

 


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Leo: August 2014


IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
Close to 2
nd August you will be profiled or relaunched to your total advantage with one stunning opportunity. Events in the first week will offer you a remedy or solution that fixes any issues you have about your appearance or reputation. Close to 9th August the spotlight is on you so use this stunning chance to have more or do more. After the 13th your ‘me’ opportunities are a two-way street as just one other person who is tied to your relaunch, renaissance and rebirth forms a balancing act with you.

YOUR INVISIBLE SELF, YOUR INVISIBLE WORLD
Also close to 2nd August you find yourself involved with one other person, in a profound way, over matters which render you invisible, behind the scenes, or cloistered. This is partly a hangover from opportunities you took weeks or months ago, when you were shown the advantages of either operating behind the scenes without acknowledgement or keeping major secrets. A turning point is here near as August begins and in many ways you are ‘collecting’ on your previous efforts.

MANAGING HOME AND HOUSEHOLD
With Ceres, Vesta, Mars and Saturn all producing challenges it’s time for tactics. Focus hard on your house, apartment, relatives, household, home town or homeland. Make life easy for yourself by minimising what is at stake. Pay attention to someone who feels sidelined. Do not engage in gender politics. Neither rush not push – nor respond to provocation. Play this like a chess game with one eye on December when the heaviest cycle in 29 years is over. For now, strategise, Leo!

THE WISE OLD OWL
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th August a female friend, or a woman who plays the role of wise old owl in your group, will make a welcome difference to your network as a whole, or some kind of team goal. Minerva joins Cupid in this part of your horoscope so although there is plenty of room for passion and desire – and lust for life – what is also required is some age-old wisdom. This is now on tap for you. Get your answers while you can and look for owl symbols or synchronicities. A sure sign Minerva is about.


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Virgo: August 2014


CAREER, UNIVERSITY OR CHARITY SOLUTIONS
In the final two weeks of August you must turn to a woman who can help with even your most complex questions about success. Alternatively this may be a distinctly female organisation. Sometimes a man presents himself with a sublimely female kind of wisdom, which requires people to look twice and three times, to realise what they have just heard or seen! In all cases you must book some time to discuss what matters most to you, or just send an e-mail across. Any conundrum can be solved.

INTERNET, MEDIA, PUBLISHING, COMMUNICATION
You’ve certainly had an easier horoscope for all of this, yet Saturn will not stay in your Third House of internet, media, publishing, information and communication forever and by Christmas Eve he is pretty much out of your life. Until then you must craft a game plan which will get you through August-December as comfortably as possible. Knowing this is a temporary phase will help you, but what assists most of all is your gift for detail. Look at the small things which you must master and manage. Look at the clock and calendar as well because timing is such an issue.
FRIENDS AND GROUPS
What you hoped you would gain, in a big way, from (or through) your friend, or the group, has not happened as you’d imagined. Instead you have been dealing with waiting games or u-turns since May, when your ruler Mercury went retrograde. Fortunately you can now pick up some of the pieces and although the other person is very different to you, in the first days of August you must close the gaps and focus on what unites you. You two can do a lot, based on brownie points earned earlier.
WHAT YOU HIDE
What you hide does you enormous favours in August. You will see the biggest and best by deliberately concealing a particular part of your life, personality or world from other people. Of course you can also hide yourself behind others, as you operate behind the scenes. That will also work very nicely for you. August cannot be underestimated as the start of something which could reward you repeatedly until this time next year. If others can’t see it, understand it or fathom it – pursue it!


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Libra: August 2014

YOUR TRAVEL, FOREIGN, WEB, PUBLISHING, EDUCATION AGENDA
Sometimes the biggest answers can arrive in the shape of something small but significant. That is well understood by the wise, who know that the obvious solution is not always the correct one. You are fortunate to be dealing with an extremely wise woman, or a man with female qualities, in the second half of August, when even a dilemma of epic proportions can be resolved following a pertinent question from you. 

MONEY AND THE MATERIAL WORLD
As you probably know by now, you are in the toughest cycle in 29 years for money, property, charity, precious possessions (even) and business! Give yourself five clear months to manage this as best you can, because from Christmas your problems are over. These are not personal to you; they reflect the wider economic or business currents and of course they end up in your personal whirlpool. For now, do not add to the situation by allowing one male (even yourself if you are a man) to manipulate things with two or more females. This rather dull scenario is frankly best avoided.
SUCCESS IS DOWN TO TWO
Success is down to two people – you and a man who is so different to you, or you and a woman who wants to meet you in the middle. This unfolds as August begins, when you can use everything you pursued May-July without any straightforward or simple results. Of course in a perfect world all your professional, university or voluntary efforts would have led you straight to the glittering prize, but you have been dealing with complications or delays despite the basic protection or opportunity circling your C.V. At last, in the first week of August, you can lean on earlier efforts.
SPECTACULAR FRIENDSHIPS AND GROUP COMMITMENTS
Any Libra person who does not understand the full, glittering weight of the cosmic gold bullion now being heaped into their wheelbarrow, has not looked properly at the friend or group in question. Of course, there are many Librans who understand that a friend, or a circle of people, can matter quite as much as a marriage and often much more. What or whom you ‘marry’ yourself to is its own reward, in terms of enjoying the friendship or the people power. Yet far beyond this, Libra, in the weeks and months to come, you are going to bless the day you accepted that invitation.


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Scorpio: August 2014

USE IT OR LOSE IT
Use the advice you get about your money, house, charity, possessions or apartment in August or lose a solid chance to secure the future. Starting at Christmas you will be dealing with the real world, in a way that has not challenged you so much in 29 years. Maybe you are already aware of this, maybe not, but in all cases when you clearly comes across a font of all wisdom in the final fortnight of August, take notes. I am not being facetious about this accountant, bank manager, business advisor or other material and money world expert. Maybe it’s one vast organisation rather than a sage individual but you must ask salient questions about 2015-2016 right now.

YOUR IMAGE
You must be sick of reading about image issues or just constantly having to deal with them, as they are always there in the background, like particularly boring wallpaper! Fortunately on Christmas Day your biggest present from Father Christmas will be release and relief, so you have that to look forward to. Until then it is crucial that you figure out the timing and also your grasp of time. If you speed ahead because of the heat in the atmosphere, you could run into problems thanks to impulse. However if you do not act at all, that could also be an issue. Look for the middle way now.


YOUR FOREIGN, TRAVEL, PUBLISHING OR EDUCATIONAL AGENDA
May-July should have been time for you to collect on previous good faith or hard work, as you have been consciously chasing opportunities or solutions for months – all of which you justifiably hoped would lead to a bigger, better existence as a traveller, web user, publisher, writer, teacher or student. Instead, you were sent around the houses by Mercury Retrograde – and back again! Fortunately you still earned some useful karma and you will cash in, no later than the first week.

STUNNING SUCCESS
Stunning success may be the result of seeds you planted 12 years ago, Scorpio, or it may be that you can’t even remember those seeds going into the ground. In all cases, you now have a bumper harvest in terms of your professional standing, university life, voluntary role and social status. Up and up the ladder you go, effortlessly, as Jupiter at the top of your chart will either resolve an issue quickly and easily, or present you with the most remarkable chance for achievement in years.


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Sagittarius: August 2014


SOLID ANSWERS WITH YOUR FORMER, CURRENT OR POTENTIAL PARTNER
At last, some solid answers are waiting for (or about) your former, current or potential partner. This also applies to anyone who is your great rival, enemy or opponent. No matter if this is love, war or just strictly business, you would be crazy to ignore what you are being told or shown, in the final fortnight of August. With Cupido (Cupid) also in your horoscope there is no doubt that passion runs high. In fact, this is good old-fashioned temporary and irrational desire, affecting you, he or she. No wonder you need a wise answer so much, and it is there in front of you, in the last two weeks.


CHRISTMAS IS YOUR DEADLINE
Christmas is your deadline for relief, release, repair and restoration. At that point you will be free from the heaviest situation in 29 years surrounding a secret that you have been covering up from other people – or a matter which necessarily involves you ducking out of sight, behind the scenes. Until that moment comes, you must be practical about things. If necessary, write it down to get it out of your head, but shred the notes later. As you are unable to share, confide, reveal or even explain what you have been going through, doing this can give you much needed perspective.


MONEY, BUSINESS, PROPERTY, CHARITY, POSSESSIONS
You will meet someone firmly in the middle over a financial or material matter in the opening days of August, trading (perhaps literally) on opportunities or solutions you chased hard in May-July yet got nowhere with. August also reminds you that the magical protection and constant chain of lucky breaks is now history. Don’t spend too long regretting that, but do focus hard on what is under discussion, and with whom, in the first few days of the month, as it will set the agenda for later developments.


TRAVEL, WRITE, STUDY, TEACH, PUBLISH
You must now travel, write, study, teach, publish or pursue your beliefs at the most ambitious and optimistic level possible. Your ruler Jupiter is back in Leo for the first time in 12 years and not only will he throw you one opportunity or answer after another, he will also trine your Sun at some point. If you were born in November, for example, this is set to happen sooner rather than later and you will be recognised in the best possible light as a result of what you achieve. No matter when your birthday falls, this could be the trip of a lifetime. A head trip, perhaps, or a literal journey.


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Capricorn: August 2014

LIFESTYLE ANSWERS AT LAST
The first half of this year was relentless in terms of your career, university life or volunteer position, as a situation which should have sorted itself out in weeks, took months to resolve – or you were dealing with a constant atmosphere of potential friction and conflict. Now that is history, you must seek answers to questions about your daily routine, normal lifestyle, health and wellbeing, regular chores and daily workload. A woman or female dominated organisation has the most brilliant answer for you in the second half of the month; or a man with super-cool female qualities.
FRIENDS, SOCIAL MEDIA, GROUPS
Ever since your ruler Saturn changed signs at the end of 2012 you have had one issue after another to deal with, in terms of your social life, old friend, Facebook (or other social media), groups, teams, and networks of all kinds. Now you must act swiftly to nip something in the bud as a scenario with one male and two or more females could become toxic. In the bigger picture, from Christmas your problems are over, yet from now until then you need to be highly strategic. Box clever, be crafty.
YOUR FORMER, CURRENT OR POTENTIAL PARTNER
Things have been so odd with (or for) your former, current or potential partner. Despite the amazing answer or opportunity you have instead been on a zig-zag pathway for weeks. This also applies to enemies, rivals or opponents. What should have been a big finish for one story in your life, was instead a complex narrative of delays, u-turns or silly obstacles. Fortunately the first week of August will resolve a great deal, and you and he (or she) must meet in the middle, whatever the stakes.
WHAT DOES WEALTH MEAN TO YOU?
What does wealth mean to you, Capricorn? Is it the actual cash in your bank account; the valuable possessions at home; the large philanthropic donation you make; your assets on paper; what you save or get for nothing? However you play the situation this month you stand to gain or – with very little effort – accumulate or problem-solve. It is really important that you stash some of these gains away for the future as you can capitalise, perhaps literally, on what you own, earn or owe.


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Aquarius: August 2014

THE TWO OF YOU AND PRECIOUS DESTINY
Precious destiny is at work with you and he, or you and she, this month. If your energy has gone into an enemy, rival or opponent (rather than a former, current or potential partner) then strangely enough, it is this person who benefits you the most. Jupiter in your opposite sign of Leo is telling you to pursue every open doorway and go straight through it into a wonderland of possibility and potential which you have not experienced in years. Easy break-up? Amazing commitment? New lover? Bigger business partnership? Amicable settlement? The Seventh House of your chart rules your opposite number in life as well as any opponents and this is where the luck is.

SATURN IN SCORPIO BITES
The natural protection or help you had with your basic working life (no matter if you work part or full time, study or volunteer) has gone. In its place you now have a five month obstacle course, which you must take with as much steely determination as the athletes jumping hurdles with champagne glasses in Chariots of Fire. Remember that famous scene? One thing that will help you is the conscious avoidance of gender politics. It’s all so boring and male or female, you should really walk away.

YOUR LIFESTYLE IS ABOUT DUETS
Your lifestyle, incorporating your daily workload, is essentially about duets in the opening days of the month. You and he (or she) must put aside your inherent differences in personality or background and instead focus on the one thing that you share, which is your mutual Venn diagram of self-interest! This will have a wonderful soothing effect on you in terms of your regular working life, and even though the wider picture of ambition, achievement and success is still so tough, what you can agree upon and unite over as August begins helps you trade on earlier efforts.
CHILDREN, GODCHILDREN, YOUNG RELATIVES, NEXT GEN PROJECTS
With all of the above, pursue answers and solutions which only come along in this particularly blessed way, quite rarely in your life. A woman or female organisation is the likely source, no matter if this is about your own or other people’s children, or the next generation on a wider scale. Minerva and Cupido together in your chart present a story that is rather like the most colourful, intriguing and beautifully painted picture. You are the artist and the universe will supply the rest. Get answers. Seek wisdom.


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Pisces: August 2014

YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR PLACE
The second half of August is the best time in months to seek deeper answers (straight and true) about your family, flat, house, flatmate, home town and/or homeland. At that point the sense of drama, passion and possibility increases, but this time a woman or female dominated organisation will give you some solutions. Of course you have to be prepared to ask. In Ancient Britain, the Romans used to go to the Temple of Sulis Minerva in Bath to pray for guidance. What works best for you?

YOUR TRAVEL, FOREIGN, WEB, PUBLISHING, EDUCATION PRIORITIES
You have become so used to the general atmosphere of stuckness, slowness or even shades of paranoia that you are almost resigned to the fact that you must travel, network online, publish, write, study or teach in a certain way, with your hands tied and your options limited. This is understandable, yet just before Christmas, you will be free. Until that time be highly strategic and thoughtful when making a move. This will not last forever but the situation you are lumbered with must be managed.

THE FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST – COLLECTION TIME
You can collect on life – scoop up what you have earned – as August begins, partly because of solutions and opportunities you pushed hard in May, June and July. Your children, godchildren or young relatives were involved. Maybe a youth related project or a relationship that could bring children into your life. In the first week of August, follow up on seeds you planted earlier as someone else will help you harvest.

YOUR NEW LIFESTYLE
If you do not have a spectacularly improved lifestyle by September, you are simply not using the answers and options you are being given. This is not just about your body and the shape you are in, or the physical wellness you enjoy. It is also about how you handle everyday chores, tasks and work – no matter if this is housework, computer labour or the public. A new role, job, project or plan has been hovering since July; have you accepted? Your health could also improve; have you said yes?



Copyright Jessica Adams/William Morris Entertainment/Curtis Brown 2014.
 

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