Ethical Hedonist Astrology
Horoscope by Victor Olliver
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March 21-April 20
Good to see that swagger back. Ruling planet Mars stays in Aquarius for yonks (well, until November with a brief revisit to Capricorn in August) and this is not at all a bad place for your pushy planet to be in, because social life will be one beneficiary. You’ll probably engage in conversation even with beggars just in case they are billionaires involved in an undercover social experiment (no, that’s probably not Sir Richard Branson; he’s preparing to boldly go…into space). Mars in the 11th house, which happens to be the house of Aquarius, also favours business initiatives and pursuit of treasured dreams. Success cannot be assured, but you have the get-up and go. Mars in June is challenged by a number of planets so watch your back and your own tendency to be too sharp with people. Convert aggressive tendencies into the appearance of intrepid curiosity. Keep smiling!
April 21-May 21
Signs of serious socialising going on in your chart this June – there’s a lot more to your swanning about than simple doggy-bag canapes-grabs. Powerful people are in your orbit (or you in theirs), and while this is exciting, it has perils. The one thing to remember is how people get powerful in the first place. Usually, by bonding with the right people and playing the ‘game’, whatever the milieu requires – so beware that you’re not being used for the greater glory of someone else. One example might be the pinching of ideas. Play the party game but don’t spill your thoughts. From the 13th, ruling planet Venus moves into your home area. Holidays, family parties and domestic beautification are the themes then on. Professionally, and status-wise, Mars is managing your ambitions – yet even here you’d be wise to tread with caution and accept that there is a time to act and a time to take a break. The latter course is advised.
May 22-June 21
A chart pattern called a ‘grand water trine’ is just divine for career, work and money at the start of June, provided you give life a bit of space to help you. The problem with Geminis is that they can over-think, and imagine that life bends to the will. If only! Your instincts are highly attuned under this pattern, so listen out for what’s not said, spot what’s disguised and listen to the voices in your head – no, that’s not your late aunt Mabel talking to you, but your higher self (too frequently ignored). June starts with much in the way of important discussions and negotiation affecting your personal or business affairs; and after the 12th, attention turns a lot more to finances. With awesome Saturn and Pluto situated opposite, the potential to step up income is huge; but the risk is that you have to tailor to other people’s expectations or objections. Are you ready to compromise and adapt? You’d better be.
June 22-July 22
Yes, there’s some heavy stuff going on in your life, but it’s often in periods of intense activity that so much gets achieved, because more people are in your life and you have the energy to make it to orbit. This is one of those times. Other people may be a source of problems or challenges (or fundamental change) but don’t forget lovely Jupiter which still presides over your inner-most passions (romantic, creative and parental), helping to expand your scope. Perhaps the greatest area of change is within yourself, what with Mars in the chart area of personal power and Mercury in your spiritual zone: you’ll find in June that you surprise yourself. What gets achieved is largely by you exceeding your own expectations because you’re showing the more direct side of your nature (not scuttling about as usual!). After the 12th, you’ll find that communications area lot easier and open with those close to you.
July 23-August 23
Health and wellbeing remains a big theme in your chart: the paradox here is that the more you work within your limits, the more gets achieved (as opposed to trying to do everything and falling flat on your face). Mars will be bringing a degree of turbulence to certain key relationships, and it’s well to treat this as an opportunity to review certain bonds because Mars stays in your relationships house well into November 2018 thanks to a retrograde. This gives you ample time to strive to make improvements or to break away, especially if it’s not possible to bridge gaps. Venus’ move into Leo around mid-month accentuates social affairs – but also image and work on that. This Venus though opposes Mars, so the opposite sex could pose interesting and tricky situations, professionally, sexually, casually or just about anything-ally. This could be a very sexy month indeed, if you’re into that sort of thing.
August 24-September 22
Career questions arise this month – on direction, promotion, etc. Working in your favour is active Mars in your work chart house – there to stay for the next five months, so make the most of toil. This Mars, though exciting in reach-out Aquarius, actually is moving through the Virgo solar house; and Virgo thrives on caution and caring. Even the most selfish among you will feel the pull of concern for others, even if you end up doing what you please anyway. This Mars asks you, for your greater glory, to put even more effort into the detail: you know where the devil resides. Life will throw a number of tricky or puzzling work situations your way, and the test is to negotiate by appealing to the best in others; winning over their cooperation. Brute power simply won’t work for you. Venus’ position after the 13th helps you in this endeavour, sensitising you to others so that they may be responsibly exploited.
September 23-October 23
Ruler Venus starts June at the top of the solar chart, which is where you like it. There you are, basking in some sort of attention, pushing your professional interests through an impressive display of social skills and gorgeousness. Of course, on planet Earth, life is rarely so simple. With Saturn and Pluto opposing Venus is the first half of the month, you stand to gain much but also to contend with probably quite major constraints or challenges, especially from the home-family area. These constraints have their uses, such as forcing you to channel resources in a more cost-effective way, but occasional frustration can be one upshot. Just bear in mind where pushy Mars is – in your chart house of personal display. It’s there now till November. You’ll be advancing your interests with a vengeance, no matter the difficulties. And from the 13th, Venus helps your business affairs for the rest of June and into July – joining you with new ‘partners’, opening up new social doors and raising the possibility of more cash. Venus is not just about love. It’s also about the readies.
October 23-November 22
The plus-side of your chart has to do with those dreams that take you elsewhere. Just about everything starts with a dream (or notion or nightmare!) so don’t go thinking this a pipe-dream. The ‘grand water trine’ in your chart energises all your efforts that may see you go overseas, get better educated, win you a lawsuit or introduce you to a new philosophy which clicks with you. What could help are those people in your life who break ‘rules’. I’m not thinking of the mafia or investment bankers. I’m thinking of those mavericks in life who work out how a system operates and then come up with a better idea. If you’re receptive to doing things differently or against the grain, June could be most interesting. The home area becomes a very active place for the next few months – there could be some contention, but you’re ready to make changes. Just don’t go riding roughshod.
November 23-December 21
Partnerships (intimate and professional) face a few bumps, especially if there’s disagreement over the use of finances. Of late you will have become very preoccupied about what’s yours, both materially and spiritually. In some, this may manifest as a bit of a fixation, so try to be self-aware if this concern threatens to impede someone else’s progress. Alternatively, someone close is being extravagant, so in your efforts to rein them in, be tactful but firm. Watching what you say is the headline news of June for you, what with Mars in the domain of communications until November. This greatly helps to get your personal message out there, particularly if you’re selling something, but remember that Sagittarius can be indiscreet. You don’t want to lose because you say too much. For all of June, Mercury (the planner and thinker) is moving through houses to do with partners and other people: yes, ask yourself, who’s on your side? But also ask, whose side are you on? Are you giving as you’re receiving (or vice versa)? These are very interesting times.
December 22-January 20
I know, poppet, life can be a pain. With Saturn in your sign, even if an angel appeared you’d probably think its wing feathers will give an allergy rash. With Venus opposite your sign for the first half of June, friends and allies will be there for you, opening up new social situations – and don’t dismiss the power of banality. Allow ordinary things back into your life. In fact, the area of growth for you lies in social connections linked to business, causes and personal aims. Jupiter is presiding over this life department, and Jupiter has a habit of bringing us new opportunities. Don’t argue, I am right. Mars is turning your attention to income and resources – and here’s some great news: it remains in your income house till November, granting you plenty of time to ease forward with ideas designed to line your pocket.
January 21-February 19
So, you’re on the campaign trail. Unto war? Hopefully not. You’re up to something that’s for sure, and fighting for it with even more vigour. Actually the fun of this is the sheer zest, the life-giving enthusiasm. This is almost more important than your objective – which could be about any personal matter, be this work, love, the right price or… revenge. The cosmos can be generous. Mars is not on your side just for June. It’s in Aquarius till November. By then you could be truly ghastly if you don’t watch yourself. So what else of June? Actually, in stark contrast to the foregoing, the chart emphasis is very much on supporting others – the means to other objectives does lie in friendly cooperation, granting of favours, showing of compassion and being an all-round saint. Since you’re a kindly (if distant) soul for the most part, this shouldn’t be too difficult – and will compensate for your noisy, notice-me Martian side.
February 20-March 20
Of course you’re in the mood for love or lust. Venus is in the heart of your Sun house, so your soul (if not body) craves the proximity of a fellow pulse, in which situation of course, you’re the object of someone’s desire. If this is most definitely not the case as you start June, then translate this into: “I am writing a novel”, “I am relishing my sport or hobby”, “My children are my pride and joy” or “Really, I’d rather just loaf on this poolside lounger. Go away”. Astrology works like that. Sometimes you have to do a bit of work to interpret. All of June won’t be like this. By mid-month, you’re having to pay greater attention to others’ concerns, especially at work; and generally speaking, you’d be most wise to work your instincts into quiet diplomacy or sneaky discussion to get results. This is due mainly to Mars which is now in your solar house till November, stirring up past situations but also your openness to non-rational approaches to life (such as spirituality). Allow the creative flow to bring things to you. It will.
Victor Olliver is editor of The Astrological Journal, the flagship magazine of the Astrological Association. He can be contacted via: Volliver5@gmail.com.