Ethical Hedonist astrology
Horoscope by Victor Olliver
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March 21-April 20
The month begins with you in your element, so to speak, that of fire: firing on all cylinders, aflame with personal projects, love potions/pursuits – or at least, crackling with hot ideas. This particular influence draws out your need for independence. You’re marking lines in the sand; indeed many of you may be settling in new homes or new mental spaces and saying: “I’m in residence now”. Of course this intensity cannot last. Otherwise you’d end up looking like charcoal. By the 5th, ruling planet Mars has shifted into Virgo where a different approach is required: life will present you with bureaucratic and ‘managerial’ challenges, and you’d be well advised to keep an open mind on certain colleagues with Neptune opposing Mars later in the month. What can you believe? If you channel yourself into new health/diet regimes and think of the greater good in all things (not just what you want), September is a month for substantial but quiet evolution.
April 21-May 21
Hello domestic goddess/god, what Nigella-like charms are you working on the home and family? The domestic arena is your theatre right now which can mean anything from home redecoration and repairs to entertainment and relationships work. Mid-month is especially a happy time when practical matters get a boost from Jupiter – so expect improvement in home income or at least support from loved ones or people in useful places for particular projects. While the family is taking up a lot of your time, your mind has an ulterior motive: you’re preparing the way for more ‘me-time’ so that you can focus on those things arising from personal passions – in your heart is a plan or desire to strike out from the routines to make your mark, though at this time you’re advised to hold your own counsel and only confide in the trusted few. With Neptune at the other side of your chart, the risk is of not seeing the wood for the trees or just getting a bit lost in the undergrowth. Stay gorgeously ever-practical and you can’t go wrong.
May 22-June 21
With so much chart activity in the solar third house (yes, house of Gemini – but in Leo: confused? Don’t be…) it can’t be any wonder that you’re voluble, expressive, possibly confrontational, and certainly spinning those words like a juggler’s plates. The writers, speakers, sales people and socialites among you will be busy and winning, especially in the first half or so of September. In the background are family issues, that’s true, and it would be fair to say that recent events in that life department have not been entirely happy or satisfying. The Ethical Hedonists among you know what to do with such confusions: stand back, inhale a lovely aromatherapy essence to clear the head (peppermint, lime and eucalyptus together are recommended) and begin the process of disentangling fact from fiction. With ruling planet Mercury in Virgo from the 10th, you’ll be better able to parse situations with sharpened wits and concoct solutions of a more practical hue.
June 22-July 22
Golly Miss/Ms/Mr/etc Lolly! Money is what you want, either in the form of a debt repaid or a raise at work or through your business. If money is lacking this may be because of extravagance or high expectation, though normally Cancerians are not given to wanton spending. But for some reason or other, there’s now a need to give a great deal more thought to your financial condition. Planet Uranus is the one to watch – the celestial of independence, originality, sudden turns and surprise opportunity. Throughout September, this energy – which can be quirky and shocking – is working in your favour, bringing unforeseen opportunity to improve your bank balance. In particular, Uranus is influencing those in authority (such as employers) – quite a few of them will be acting like benevolent Madhatters, so expect just about anything (that’s good).
July 23-August 23
Redefining the ‘self’ can take many forms, from self-improvement to cosmetic surgery. Not all such remouldings end up happily. I mean, think of the Bride of Wildenstein! Let us then think happier thoughts: the Leo chart is supporting all your efforts to alter perceptions of you, to perhaps change life direction, to enhance image or appearance or otherwise to do what previously you may have thought un-doable. All these challenges require a lot of effort as a rule, but actually in your case, if the ‘vision’ in your head is clear (of what you want), then matters should proceed a lot easier than you may fear. Only if you’re feeling restless yet unsure of what you want is there a risk of blind frustration: in this case, divert energy into plans to go on some sort of adventure, something that gives you respite from routine. Later in September tread carefully over money matters: check paperwork and don’t fall for any nonsense from dream-sellers and fantasists. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is.
August 24-September 22
The hatchling emerges from the shell. For a little while you’ve been holed up someplace, working behind the scenes, plotting, planning; even veiling your intentions. This month sees you re-emerge from your ‘sanctuary’, better prepared for the outside world because you’ve had time to go over and analyse recent events. At different stages this month, ruling planet Mercury, Venus and Mars enter your sign, adding mental power, charisma and bullish thrust to your repertoire. This really is a month to make progress to reinvent yourself or to get on with a project that may not meet with total approval from loved ones. Uranus (planet of originality and inspiration) is helping to transform you, if this is what you want, and this evolution may be driven by a spiritual or psychological idea. To placate those close to you, express yourself plainly and honestly. The peril is that your actions confuse them. So open mouth wide and make Pygmalion’s Henry Higgins proud of you.
September 23-October 23
With Neptune lurking in the chart house of health and work situations, opposite a bunch of planets passing through in Virgo, the wise Libran will apply extra care to her or his person, minding the nutritional gap where organics are thin on the ground, and trimming sinew with pedal bikes, country hikes and other work-out likes. Mind, also, whom you do business with, not because anyone’s out to con you necessarily, but because facts may be sketchy and promises too easily made. And we wouldn’t want you to misjudge a business or social calculation, would we? Your chart remains great for reaching out to the like-minded, but as the month matures, you also grow wiser and retreat a while to assess, recalibrate, weigh up options and get the lie of the land. This is essential. Retreating is not giving up. It’s preparing for the next wind and ensuring your sails are in working order. In the second half of the month, try to take a little time out – a spiritual spa would be perfect, where mindfulness, tofu and a glass of the best evening wine intermingle with the oily scents of relaxation. From the 23rd, with Sun back in your sign, the sense of renewal intensifies.
October 23-November 22
Oh we are ambitious! Certainly your chart is bringing you out of that shell of yours because what you seek is attention or recognition on a much grander scale than usual. There’s nothing wrong in this. What you must be watchful of is clarity of purpose. Do you seek the limelight for its own sake or as right recompense for honest work done? With Neptune putting you to the test, there’s always that fine line between honest self-appraisal and self-delusion, so stay awake; stay self-attentive. Social life should be exciting if linked to work, and opportunity maybe triggered by chance party remarks or performance: you are likely to attract the attention of noted individualists who are seeking a fresh approach. Later in September, more of the old you will become apparent as you instinctively hide away to ponder your thoughts and watch from behind some kind of veil. This is great. What may be required of you is discretion. And this will promote career interests.
November 23-December 21
Crankiness is often described negatively. As in, weirdo eccentricity. The planet of crankiness is Uranus, and this slow-moving celestial still sits in your chart house of the heart: you have in some way taken a very independent line, one that may be true to your individuality or one that’s frankly a bit nuts. But what does it matter? Somehow or other, whatever you’re up to is working to an advantage, particularly if your trajectory is taking you overseas, into new study or a religion, towards litigation or publishing. Just don’t expect everyone in your world to see life as you’re viewing it at this time. They’ll come round eventually; they always do. With Saturn still in your sign, inner tensions and anxieties may in some of you be quite acute: Saturn can debilitate our confidence. But remember that tests strengthen us, and you’re being tested in career right now. Home life too may be quite challenging as you attempt to work out what others indoors are up to. Has it occurred to you that they may not be up to anything much? Exciting new contacts will help lighten a month of important discoveries.
December 22-January 20
Your Sun chart is urging to make a very big change in at least one of the following areas: in how you share money/assets with a partner; in whether you borrow more or less from a lender (such as a bank); in how a relationship functions; in your sex life; and last but not least, in your spiritual delving. Put another way, this is quite a transformative time if you want it to be, with the emphasis on the inner you rather than outer – even if money is at issue, how you earn it, what you think a value is, or what value you place on material matters – all these point to a shift in you. In astrology, inner changes of this sort are usually about correcting imbalances between people and/or personal liberation. So perhaps some of you are heavily burdened by a responsibility: expect some respite or even a permanent release in this or next month (though start imagining what that may mean: life is full of surprises!).
January 21-February 19
Periodically you are quite capable of functioning with little help; you’re not one who wants to depend on anyone if you can help it. The phase you’re in at the moment is very much about working with others to achieve certain ends. You may have retained a lawyer, got yourself an agent, or consulted an agency about a sale of some kind. Perhaps an expert has been called in to negotiate a tricky deal. But whatever it is, you need someone to trigger, expedite or complete something. Central to all this is your own independence and right to be yourself – which sounds dramatic but isn’t of necessity: it could simply be that a creative project with your signature touch requires special representation. The signs are very good for success. If you want some kind of warning, then watch money and anyone appearing to be more than they are later in the month. The problem could be really about your grasp of financial affairs and a tendency to treat such things as trifles for little people. Please don’t fall into that trap. Keep head screwed on and make the most of useful people in your life. Work them!
February 20-March 20
A busy month. There’s so much to do. What’s great about all this activity is that it’s all in a good cause; that cause being your wallet or purse. Uranus, planet of surprises, is dawdling in one of your money houses linked to work. You can expect income improvement from your daily toil – and you’re advised to embrace new approaches and technology to help you on your way. Don’t be a stick-in-the-mud about progress. This is also an excellent period to devote more time to health management – dehydrated fruits and snacks are set for a comeback in 2018 so be ahead of the curve in working on your curves. Love life is also another big theme, and many of you will be giving some deep thought to what makes a special someone tick. Perhaps their different way of looking at life perplexes you. If you turn this into a mission to convert them to your perspective, don’t expect much in the way of success. But if you aim for a 50-50 approach, with both of you trying to accommodate the other (within reason), then the happy endorphins will flow in the bedroom. Very heady stuff!
Victor Olliver is editor of The Astrological Journal, flagship magazine of the Astrological Association. He can be contacted via: Volliver5@gmail.com.