Horoscope by Victor Olliver
March 21-April 20
Rebel, rebel! With your ruler Mars in Aquarius until 19 December, and rebellious Aquarius ruler Uranus in your sign of Aries (for ages yet), is it any wonder that you may be labelled ‘Trouble’ in your world? At heart you’re even more determined to live by your New Age or progressive ideals – and these may well lie outside mainstream assumptions. So, it’s your self-appointed task to lead the flock. In the first week of this month, expect significant progress in this respect, especially around the 5th to 7th when Mars and Uranus link positively: there’s a thrilling surprise and profitable outcome. After the 19th, pace of life quietens through the rest of the month and January 2017: don’t feel guilty about taking festive time out to re-acquaint with friends and loved ones, booking a night or two at a luxury spa for an aromatherapy facial massage or cosying-up to a romantic partner by a sustainable log fire. Sounds too good to be true? Well, the skies want you to indulge your fantasies. D.R.E.A.M.
April 21-May 21
With your ruler Venus right at the top of the chart, something is going very well for you, no matter what you think as you read this. Venus is the planet of style, fashion, pleasure, relationships and money. From the 7th onwards Venus is travelling through Aquarius, one of the most exciting signs for the new look, job, relationship or anything that’s ethically pleasurable. Socially you’re striking out, and usually mixing business with partying and having a fun time – you’re allowed that extra flute or two of Veuve Clicquot (if someone else [the boss?] is buying!). The festive phase is especially blessed for you this year – and your celebrations will be enhanced by professional happy news, even if you’re aware of the need to watch outgoings and to think practically, especially around the 10th and 11th. The mid-month Supermoon has a financial flavour to it, and in your case, you could be finding the wherewithal to settle a bill or negotiating a cash arrangement. Just remember: with Venus so prominent now, your charm factor is at max all month.
May 22-June 21
Well, we are in a combative mood – people will be saying of you, “Better not mess with her/him!” Yet, for a change, I want to encourage you if you’re reading the riot act to certain individuals. Yes, you have been messed about or crossed this year; and it’s important that people know this won’t do. And Saturn is encouraging you to be a lot more vigilant about the people you hang out or do business with. The Gemini Supermoon on the 14th is a mega-happening for you and will affect the rest of the month and may be the early weeks of 2017. This is an opportunity most high to say what needs to be said and potentially to hammer out a wonderful deal with social or business importance. This Supermoon also has a Sagittarian flavour, so your social/business world could be expanding in consequence. Meantime, much thought is focused on money with ruler Mercury in Capricorn: from the 19th the planet goes retrograde which simply means that you have more time to sort out anything that’s falling short. Delay key material decisions until late January 2017 if you can – Santa may well be bringing you a very useful ‘present’.
June 22-July 22
The big growth area for you is the home, thanks to big-hearted Jupiter which will continue to cast its blessings on domestic or property matters well into 2017. You could be thinking of moving residentially or progressing home improvements, such as making eco-friendly fuel efficiencies (eco-lectricity?) that ultimately save money. Of late you may well have been pushing harder than ever to boost income or sort out a pay deal: come the 6th or thereabouts, there’s unexpected progress. Many of you are being depended on, so Supermoon on the 14th brings a very welcome event linked to work/health/family developments: there’s a sense either of something reaching the end or of a culmination so that it’s possible to migrate towards a new life or set-up. Whatever the outcome, Uranus is dominant which means it’s surprising, exciting and good for career as well as home. Towards end of year, overseas figures prominently – possibly a holiday is planned. Did you know arctic Norway is the de-luxe green place to go in 2017?
July 23-August 23
People-pleasing is the big theme of your chart this month what with sociable Venus wafting through the chart house to do with socialising – a double-whammy of schmoozing and party cruising. You’re definitely in the mood to move beyond the norms of your life, to ‘sample’ new kinds of people and situations – and this may have an intense flavour in December’s first week with dynamo Mars nearby. Indeed your festive period is notably well-starred with unusual additions – possibly a strange gift is presented to you or you encounter fascinating new people in your circle. If someone gifts you a pair of Kotobukiya Star Wars Yoda Light-Up Lightsaber Chopsticks, don’t say I didn’t warn you. The 14th December Supermoon has a definite festive feel. Your generous heart will draw you to a great cause – perhaps a wildlife conservation charity – and the likelihood is you’ll shine just like your Leo ruler Sun. The very act of altruistic involvement will be like a present to the self with the potential to advance your own interests unintentionally.
August 24-September 22
A ‘lively’ month is forecast in which you’re a lot more competitive than usual or you’re encountering people who drive you harder. If this sounds unwelcome, the better way to look at it is that life is urging you to excel and to strive beyond what you thought were your limits. The potential is great success – it depends what’s at stake. All this will become more apparent after the 19th when Mars moves into Pisces. Meantime, ruler Mercury is pushing you to exhibit your passion, whatever that may be – there could be a romantic undertone to this, or a creative/artistic one. Certainly you’re digging deeper into yourself to tell the world that beneath that veneer of carefulness beats an engaged and longing heart. Actually, Mercury goes retrograde from the 19th giving you more time to cultivate a plan that puts you centre-stage and allows you to show what you can do – just how powerful this is will become apparent in January 2017 when the planet encounters the intense energy of Pluto. Prepare for a take-off. The holiday season may beckon but you’re everywhere planning just about everything – the family will love you!
September 23-October 23
Oh, get your slow fashion ball gown out. It’s going to be that kind of a month. Your ruling planet Venus makes her grand entry into the chart 5th house on the 7th and stays there for the rest of December, ensuring that natal magnetism and sex appeal are amplified if not quadrupled. What does this mean in practice? To start with, Venus is about the pleasure principle and the 5th house is to do with whatever truly engages your heart. In practice, this means plenty of parties, of opportunities to get the most out of the things or people you love, admire or respect. Venus here will make you even more teasing and playful; even guileful, romantically. On the whole you will tend to get what you want. But not everything. That would not be karmically sound. Despite all this, around the 10th, you’re giving a very good impression of sobriety as you engage in serious message-giving. Yet by the 12th, a newcomer to your world is giving you the sense of rebirth to go with your open heart. That colours the rest of a socially scintillating month.
October 23-November 22
If people think you’re a bit too serious at the moment, use this script: “My astrologer says it’s because my Mercury is in Capricorn which is practical and attentive to facts. So there”. But it’s true. Your communications this month are indeed about the realities of life – but that’s not downbeat. That’s helping to keep the world sane! And we need people like you after the crazy year the world has gone through in 2016. In your world, you are the one who’s looking at the balance sheet, re-reading the contracts, re-examining the till receipts or credit-checking the roof solar panel installer who wants an advance (“No!”). With Mercury going retrograde from the 19th, there’s even more reason to tread with care and watch what you say and what others promise. The Supermoon on 14th December will help you financially, and the festive phase is blessed with Venus in your house of the home and family. There may even be a celebration of the clan in addition to everything else. Towards the end of the year, despite that serious Mercury, something happens that feeds a love or hobby: this will remind you that a life without passion is like a port without a slice of vegan Vegusto No-Moo Herb Cheese (very yummy – other brands available, natch).
November 23-December 21
One way to assess a month in astrology is to look to see what your ruling planet is up to. I have splendid news. Jupiter has a good ride in December. It starts with a robust push from Mars which brings a positive response from all communications – including talks, ads and emails. All? Mostly! Especially favoured is work you do for others, activities that are part of a cause or are to do with your pursuit of something true to your ideals. On the 9th, your part in a group comes under the spotlight, and this could be an opportunity to further interests in your network. On Christmas Day, there’s a sense of ‘independence’ about the festivities, as if this year you’re doing things your way for a change. And that could be a sign of the times for 2017, because with rabble-rousing Uranus in chart house of self-expression, increasingly you are determined to pursue your own thing on your terms. BUT! Don’t get carried away with this. Gemini Supermoon is a chance to clear the air with a partner – or with friends or agents through some compromise. If you give way a bit then you gain a bit more.
December 22-January 20
Even if life feels a little on the heavy side as you’ve already embarked on making substantial, long-term changes, December has a lighter feel. Cash symbol Venus hits your house of money-making and assets on the 7th and stays there for the rest of the year. This greatly enhances your capacity to make connections with useful people, to indulge yourself (good for the soul if not credit card) and derive even greater pleasure from the company of loved ones. The unexpected surprise during the festivities to do with the family will be most welcome. The past, so often associated with negativity or hindrance, returns in some way that is most reassuring. The value of people who matter most to you is reinforced – so this is a month of strengthening bonds, perhaps also with a business undertone. The season also does bring to you an opportunity with a financial flavour – something more than an unwrapped ethical gift or eco-voucher. Yes, actual lolly from a new job or a ‘raise’. So, many reasons to be cheerful.
January 21-February 19
It so happens that the planet of image, money and good taste enters your sign on the 7th and stays there for the rest of the month. Yes, I’m talking about Venus. Having Venus in Aquarius when you’re an Aquarian is usually the trigger for a style makeover to end all makeovers as you adopt all the latest techniques to re-wrap the body beautiful. Hair, face, skin, clothes – nothing is beyond a revamp. But because Aquarius sets the theme, there’s bound to be an ethical and pioneering side to what some ignoramuses might just call ‘vanity’. You may get interested in ‘sustainable’, environmentally responsible products, for instance. With stern co-ruler Saturn in your house of ethics (and business), you’re quite fired up to lead the way in refashioning yourself by dumping, say, anything with micro-beads. From the 19th more attention is also focused on your financial situation, so that by New Year, even if you feel some concern about personal resources, you are resolved to stay truer to your values while coining it. You’re Kerching The Merciful!
February 20-March 20
So often wrongly dismissed as ‘flaky’ when it comes to money, nothing could be further from the truth as you start December. Pushy Mars links to Jupiter which is slowly moving through chart house of shared resources, gifts and loans. This link is generally very favourable for growth, so expect good news with potential to build your assets base. Indeed, the opening week of December is plus-plus with happy career news around the 3rd if you are prepared to show some patience and readiness to roll up the sleeves. Around the 10th, business planning, communications, short trips or sales of any kind are well-starred, especially if there’s a selfless, responsible or creative/artistic component to a project. With your Venus in the house of spirituality/psychology/private matters, there’s a distinct mood for being with loved ones you trust, with putting your own interests second to certain others’ and with keeping your own counsel – many of you will be plotting and planning a major project for launch in early 2017. If this December has a ‘quiet’ feel to it then consider the still pond surface that conceals a world of whole eco-systems, from apex predators downward. All the life in your life is taking place behind closed doors – tell nosey-parkers to take a jump.
Victor is editor of The Astrological Journal, flagship magazine of the Astrological Association.