Ethical Hedonist astrology
Horoscope by Victor Olliver
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March 21-April 20
Quite a time of stark contrasts, since you start the month with an abundance of planets in Pisces (which for you advises: keep head down after recent storms); and by the end of the month, you’re in your element as a bolshie, outspoken gadabout (once again!). This transition will be as a refreshing shower after a time of required stultifying self-control. And the Mercury retrograde in Aries on the 23rd really is an opportunity to rethink a life approach, a gift from the cosmos perhaps to rebuild bridges or blow them up completely as your mood and judgement dictates. This is a take-no-prisoners month in at least one department of your life, as will become apparent by the 31st under the Libra full moon, when a close relationship is put to the test. Is it worth your time? You decide.
April 21-May 21
By now you’ve got the message that the world really is bigger than you’d assumed in recent times. Almost as if my magic, you’ll have connected with people who are on your wavelength, or who nod approval when you speak, or just seem to get you. Of course, it’s possible you have spent all your time in a cave and missed all this, but as a reader of this column it’s unlikely. Now that you’ve established links with some useful people, it’s time to withdraw for a while – not to a cave, but to your own thoughts, in order to assess where you stand, and to work out your next move, especially in a career or campaigning or group activity. The skies are giving you extra time to contemplate your navel. Stare away, think, and if you can do this at a health farm or spa or any kind of hideaway – well, you can’t fail.
May 22-June 21
Yes, it’s all about career with you – or your status, promotion and other things designed to big you up in the world of work, status and notice-me. Now, don’t get self-conscious about this. It’s time you did wonder what’s next in your evolution. How best to capitalise on self to boost income and be rated a star. These are the issues just in front of you. Ruler Mercury reverses on the 23rd in the chart house of business, social networks and causes – as clear a sign as anything that you need to slow down, look again (at any offers, and there will be at least one on the table) and remind yourself of a simple truth: you’re in charge; you’re the one who has to steer this ship. Don’t just go with what others say. You have time well into April to get this right. If you’re attuned to your chart, cosmic radar should be a sufficient guide.
June 22-July 22
Nothing wrong with dreams. They keep people sane, for the most part. Recently, you’ve dedicated much time to the idea of ‘getting away’. From what? From anything that looks like a deadweight. This could be life in general, work, a relationship, existential angst; you name it. Some of you may very well have got away for a while. But this month the mood changes as a load of planets pass into your house of status and career. Yes, there’s a big decision to be made about whether to stay in one post, move to another or make the most of a new opportunity in your current work environment which could signal advancement if you play your cards right. Because Mercury reverses from the 23rd, none of this will be straightforward, so don’t be rushed, especially after the 17th when Mars opposes your sign and indicates a need to watch out for pushy people. Remember, a crab can nip transgressors. Get those claws prepared.
July 23-August 23
In the midst of various dramas you may have made a discovery: how you’ve altered! Quite how much has yet to be determined, but something big has shifted in you, and this could be about a relationship, sex, money or a partner. Sometimes, only much later, do we realise just how much of a game-changer a certain event proved to be – and this could apply to you, with so many planets in the house of transformation as March starts. Such intensity cannot be maintained and so it is entirely natural to start thinking of a holiday or some other activity that takes you out of your usual world for a while. Give much thought to this topic: do the brochures, surf Trivago or other websites of escape, read books about faraway places. The new you now seeks an education in how to live life a little differently.
August 24-September 22
Relationships – what a pain they can be! How pertinent this is to you depends on how realistic you are about what can be expected of other people. The idealists among you probably will be feeling a little disappointed. Realists – that people are people, you can’t expect angels. So much time has been spent negotiating something, or placating someone or growing a partnership of some kind – yet with Neptune in your house of bonds, there’s always that feeling of not knowing entirely what another is thinking. Later in March, Mercury reverses for three weeks – and this at least affords a chance to deepen your understanding of another person in your life or to sort out a financial connection with someone close. Think of it this way: greater wisdom is a most liberating thing.
September 23-October 23
If health matters have not been on your mind, then the broader themes of perfect lifestyle and body management will have permeated your consciousness – quite simply because you sense a much busier time ahead must be readied for, and you must look and feel your best. You won’t have long to wait. On the 6th, ruler Venus enters Aries, raising issues of love and/or money and/or partnership (of any kind) until the end of the month – and the Aries sign adds fire to proceedings, which can relate to a new episode, sexuality or cash. You’ll be giving much thought either to a special bond or to useful business people in your life – and March is a month for shoring up connections and/or working on those who can help you advance your interests. Take much care in all these matters – the Mercury retrograde from the 23rd gifts you extra time to analyse other people’s motivation and principles, so there’s no need to rush, even if you feel like doing so. You can’t just get into bed with anyone, poppet. By the end of March, full moon in Libra prepares you for a personal declaration. Of love, war? To be continued…
October 23-November 22
No better time than to turn attention to health. Don’t groan! I’m not about to suggest you go crazy for pumpkin puree, but given the breakneck speed at which life is being lived, it’s time to put yourself on the couch for some self-analysis. The Mercury retrograde from the 23rd will certainly encourage you to look with greater interest at what passes your lips: as a power lover, see ‘health’ as the ultimate place of self-control – and don’t let others decide what goes into your body! This will match a more reflective you as Jupiter in Scorpio, too, reverses from the 9th, urging you to take time out to explore the broader themes of who runs your life – are you running it? If this seems incredibly self-indulgent then think again: a little later this year, and as a result of your contemplation at this time, you’ll be making a key decision that’s designed to aggregate power more to you. And it could all start with pumpkin puree….
November 23-December 21
All this intensity in the home area! What have you got there? Cellar-dwellers? What doesn’t help is that you have foggy Neptune obscuring your view of a family situation or home development. If you want to find the truth, you have first to decide what are the facts and pick away assumptions, anger or imagined scenarios. Do that and you may find the reality to be quite different from what you thought. Many planets in March progress into your chart house of fun and frolics so that despite some heavy clan stuff, you are still able to pick up where you left off with a project or other expression of your passionate interests. For some, Venus’ arrival in Aries could mark the start of a new relationship….
December 22-January 20
So, it’s as if you’re back at school. Not necessarily studying, but somehow life has put you in a position where you’re having to re-acquaint yourself with something or just simply bone up on the facts. So much bureaucracy to tackle, so much detail to negotiate. But at least you’re getting the work cleared before attention turns to the home area – and just ahead of you, important decisions must be made – perhaps about where you live, or about refurbishment or what to do about a family situation. Venus from the 6th and for the rest of March will help you smooth over any relationship cracks, or inspire you to beautify your home. From the 23rd for three weeks, try not to make any domestic commitments until you’re in full possession of the facts. You wouldn’t want anyone to take advantage of you, would you? As if!
January 21-February 19
Early March sees a benefit to you from work under the ministration of jovial Jupiter, boosting income. In recent times, your attitude to money will have undergone a revolution: perhaps you realise that what’s yours really is yours and is not meant just to be given away to any waif or stray (such as family members). If you’ve learnt your lesson, you can make more of this energy (money) and appreciate its value as a reward for your own efforts. Later in March, pace of life quickens and suddenly everyone wants to get in contact: email boxes will get crammed, text messages pile up. It’s tempting to ignore, but don’t: among these missives, there are important items of information to do with your progress. Watch carefully as these communications reach you: think of them as potential gold nuggets in a stream. Someone wants to make you an offer.
February 20-March 20
Is this crazy period over yet? Pisces has been home to loads of planets of late which usually tells me that life is dynamic, fast-paced and full of opportunity. Let’s hope you haven’t slept through all this. March starts in a similar vein; you may yet not be sure what’s going in your life; yet something is certainly moving in your direction – or is it you moving? Hard to tell – answers on a postcard. Whatever’s going on, later this month, there are financial aspects to consider, perhaps in the light of other developments. The Mercury retrograde from the 23rd for three weeks is a sure indication that a cash offer is presented to you – but perhaps you’re uncertain of all the details, as is most likely. Solution: delay if you can until late April before making a decision. If you can’t do this then at least ask searching questions. There may be nothing amiss. You just have to be certain in your own mind.
Victor Olliver is editor of The Astrological Journal, flagship magazine of the Astrological Association. He can be contacted via: Volliver5@gmail.com.
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