Ethical Hedonist astrology
Horoscope by Victor Olliver
March 21-April 20
Where’s the money, honey? That’s the question on your mind as Venus moves through Taurus in the solar house of Taurus this month. Or if not the money, the luxuries of life, the things that make you feel all snuggly and right with the world, such as the latest amazing fabric made from…orange peel. You want to feel a lot more cossetted than you are. But ‘materialism’ is getting smarter. The fashion in luxury now is not just goods but the showing-off of elevated (or superior) taste: brands are being created as a marker of your finer discernment and ethical commitment, so don’t be surprised if a lot of your motivation is driven by recognition that how people deal with you has a lot with what they think you’re worth – or appear to be. Think about your ‘show’. Look out for the days around 24 June when Venus and Pluto link money and career. It is entirely possible that the treasure trove is about to fill. Your hedonism potential is really quite high now.
April 21-May 21
Venus (your ruler) moving into your sign and staying there till early July tells us of the personal revolution you’re facing, specifically in matters of style and image. This is not trivial. If it were then most of us would not spend so much time on aesthetics; or, put plainly, on making the most of what we’ve got. I could say the fashion now is for the butt lift, but how tragic is that? Seek out traditional beauty concoctions (such as natural honey, coconut, sandalwood, turmeric, almond and sesame oil) to maintain a more youthful complexion, and look for these new ‘cosmo-medico’ centres where health and image are linked. The makeover you’re set on will serve to reflect the inner changes and give the world a better presentation of your intent and purpose. This will help with broader life plans – say to travel or study – but may unsettle people close to you. Oh well, you can’t win them all.
May 22-June 21
On the 6th, Mercury – your ruling planet – travels into Gemini, and stays there briefly till the 21st. Now, that’s what I call a window of opportunity. Such an abundance of communication potential strengthens your ability to make connections, sell an idea (such as that you’re the right person for a job), raise your profile on social media and win people over through ideas and choice of words. The 13th is your best day of the month, when Mercury touches Jupiter, boosting any activity done in your own name, any fun times, love and sex; anything likely to put you in the spotlight. Certainly the feel of your chart is free-flowing and flexible, so just about anything could happen. Naturally, there’s the odd cloud: mid-month, Saturn – still in your opposite sign – alerts to possible challenge from authority or someone close. Yet even this cannot dampen your spirit. The best solution is to listen carefully and find points of agreement for compromise. And Mercury is best placed for you to demonstrate agility of mind. You sweet-talker you.
June 22-July 22
The spirit of Cancer is very, very robust in June, so that experiences that might ordinarily put you off and cause you to sidle under a stone are actually treated more as opportunities to fight back or resolve. You’re in the mood for a bit of a fight, and that mood alone raises morale, quite apart from any happy outcome. The main focus is on the home environment under benevolent Jupiter – around the 25th there’s much activity to get something done with the risk of over-doing it if you’re not cautious. Your ‘new year’ actually starts on the 24th with the New Moon in Cancer: this is the right moment to make a resolution because astrologically this is a ‘rebirth’ moment. A genuine decision or commitment made now is more likely to be stuck to or realised because Sun and Moon are on the same spot, blending vitality with emotional direction: it’s just great timing. You may find in fact that events lead you to make a resolution. And with Mars not far away, this direction-change will have extra power.
July 23-August 23
The sense of change hangs over you with Uranus at the top of your chart – Uranus is the planet of unpredictability and sudden change. This ought not to worry you at all. You remain in the mode for life changes even if you’re uncertain as to direction. In the 6th to 21st phase, you are very socially active, particularly in group or business situations. Unusually for you, you may feel that you yourself are holding yourself back – or that something in your life is telling you to hold fire. This is due to retrograde Saturn down in your solar house of the 5th and of Leo: my advice here is that you listen to your own promptings and proceed with care, not because there is a threat, but simply so that you do not miss an opportunity due to haste. There’s so much to win yet. The New Moon on the 24th encourages the soulful theme of your chart: yes, do think about getting yourself off to some kind of sanctuary for well-deserved peace and quiet, and this need not be some bedraggled yurt in Dorset. A luxury getaway overlooking the Indian Ocean with your own private apartment, guru and health advisers would be perfection – Google companies like Soul Sanctuaries. Think ambitiously. Divinely.
August 24-September 22
All things being equal, career is very well-starred this month as ruler Mercury zips through Gemini in house of career and/or public profile (6th to the 21st). Most favoured are writers, sales people or anyone concerned with presentation. But much else is going on. Venus wishes you to be most self-indulgent, especially on overseas adventures tailored to personal pleasures – St Lucia would do the trick, but it’s all a matter of taste and budget. The other major theme of greater importance is your own growing sense of power and your raised ambition to make connections with the like-minded – this could prove to be of greater relevance in July when Pluto is activated and you’re thinking: It’s time I made an impact. At the end of June, this instinct will be most pronounced as Mercury opposes Pluto. Your mind is fixed on something, and my goodness, you’re not much in the mood to compromise. Could be to do with business or politics. And/or holidays!
September 23-October 23
That emollient charm of yours comes to the fore as ruler Venus sinks into the warmth of Taurus, the other sign the planet rules. For you, after a lot of people-pleasing in recent weeks (and striving to persuade), the objective is now to consolidate, paper over the cracks (in business or intimate matters), seek the real points of comparison and deepen any bond/alliance or partnership. Money, also, is involved in this energy – and the cooperation of banks, lenders, partners, contributors or any other supplier of cash. Venus, the planet of lolly, is on your side, and I would look to around 24 June for some happy material or emotional outcome under Pluto’s helpful nudge, originating it seems from the home environment or a loved one. New Moon on the 24th is a cosmic marker of a new career start, a great moment to relaunch or start a project. The strong Cancerian theme to these events draws you to home/domestics/food/nurturing ideas; and these may be the basis of something new. All very intriguing.
October 23-November 22
So often belittled as secretive and distrusting loners, Scorpios are so misunderstood, the poor poppets. So June gives you the opportunity to show how wrong some people can be. Venus is moving through its own solar house (the 7th) in one of the signs it rules (Taurus) – and for you this means that you’re on a mission to persuade, seduce or win over. You recognise that you cannot go it alone in some venture: in one sense this could be romantic; in another, that you require counsel/guidance/support to achieve an objective. Yes, you require cooperation. Around the 24th, one of your own co-rulers (Pluto) actually helps this process by putting power into your self-expression and drawing the right people into your circle. All in all, whatever you seek to do that involves team effort is very auspiciously starred.
November 23-December 21
Even if, with Saturn still in your sign, you are beset by the odd anxious thought, no matter what else is happening in your life, be confident that certain slow changes are for the best. This is indicated by the happy link between Saturn and Uranus, bridging your identity with topics that truly interest you (such as hobbies, romance or any creative project in your own name). Venus is travelling through your health house (also linked to work colleagues and daily life) so it’s entirely possible that your wellbeing is under scrutiny and that you’re striving to find a lifestyle more in keeping with maintaining health and good looks. If some ‘mystery’ has been associated with health or life management, late June offers a discovery or solution, as Pluto burrows deep to the truth. New Moon on the 24th is a great starting point not just for finances and partnerships but also for a personal transformation through spiritual or psychological investigation. Knowledge is power, after all.
December 22-January 20
Matters of the heart (and elsewhere, related); you as star of whichever ‘show’; relaxing fun times: these are the kinds of theme for you this June. The underlying topic is: what is it that’s likely to make me fulfilled, or at least fully connected to the person I am? The difference now is the extent to which you are determined to be true to yourself, whether in small or large concerns. With slow Pluto in your sign a long while yet, determination rises to make a break-through that advances your cause or gets you what you desire, always supposing that the grail is ethical and sound. Around the 24th, personal power and charm are on a high so that it should not involve any great exertion to push yourself forward. What will help is working on winning people over, and New Moon on the 24th marks a time of partnership or initiative designed to bring people along with you. With Mars in your house of bonds, the peril of friction and rows is never far away, so to avoid this, be smart and play a cleverer game. Watch House of Cards and read Machiavelli for inspiration.
January 21-February 19
The home and/or family is the source either of happiness this June or of the desire to repair – be this the bathroom tiles or relationship with a cussed love one. Early June looks a touch stormy, but once Venus moves into Taurus (on the 6th) the little-known pacific side of your nature takes over and the balm of toothy smiles helps to take the poison out of any situation. On projects or interests personal to you, Mercury will help you in the 6th to 21st phase; and the time around the 20th is remarkably helpful as Mercury links happily with modern ruler Uranus: this is a good time to do things differently, to experiment and to socialise with bolder, innovative souls. New Moon on the 24th serves as a useful reminder that the Aquarian show is best kept on the road with a healthy lifestyle: look up the ‘athleisure’ revolution which encourages more physical activity with clothes designed to be worn in the office or gym, via some simple wardrobe transitions. You’re open to new ideas, remember.
February 20-March 20
Social interactions/partying, and how you communicate with colleagues and comrades (sorry about the alliteration there), are your main focus this month. In practice, this usually means you’re chasing after people a lot more, writing to them, phoning and badgering. Goodness knows what you want, but you want it bad, and Pisces can be surprisingly determined in their strivings. Because the key planets for this are Venus and Pluto, and both are in the element of earth, most probably some material or financial objective is in mind; but earth is also to do with resolution, so I have little doubt about your ability to stick to your guns. On that note, watch the days around the 24th to get or win a positive answer, as these two planets bond in your favour. A business, your networking, and/or charitable or political/campaigning work can all benefit from the Venus-Pluto link. And on the 24th, New Moon heralds a two-week phase in which you can shine in a world you seek to conquer.
Victor Olliver is editor of The Astrological Journal, flagship magazine of the Astrological Association. He can be contacted via: Volliver5@gmail.com.