The Ethical Hedonist Conscious Horoscope by our doyenne of stargazers Victor Olliver is published! Pay attention Aquarius, this is your time to sing from the rooftops about a humanitarian or social cause you care to believe in. Go to it!
March 21-April 20
As I gaze at your chart, what do I see? A cage door flung open and a fluttering of wings as the Aries canary flies off to distant lands. You are that canary. Or budgie. Or parakeet – OK, you pick your bird of choice. What or who opens the cage door – whether it is you, or an event or a sympathetic friend, or a horrible foe – is not for astrology to tell, yet a situation that has long held you back is about to fall away so that you can continue on a far more interesting journey on the wing. The most likely area of frustration is your career, your public status, or some great responsibility; and mid-month is the most likely time to take flight as ruler Mars merges with rebellious Uranus. It all sounds so intense – but there’s nothing to fear. The skies are pointing away from the cage.
April 21-May 21
How many people can you call a true friend? If you’re honest, the answer is about three. Oh, hundreds attended your wedding, or you have an address book stuffed with first-name contacts – among this crowd, take my word for it, only three people are truly your friend. As your ruler Venus moves into a chart area of adventure, there’s a chance of breaking out of your usual social circle and sampling the unfamiliar – this could be through travel or joining a club or embarking on a new study program. You have a taste for all things and people beyond what you know. February therefore is a most exciting month when many unforeseeable things may be expected – Venus demands it. You will desire it.
May 22-June 21
An influx of new people in your life is making a difference. Friends, useful in-betweeners, the odd lover or two: each has a part to play just as you’re rediscovering the part(s) you can play in other people’s lives. Recent intense experiences have had the effect of raising your curiosity about the world around you – it’s not so much that you seek an ultra-close bond (though one might do you the world of good) but that you wish to see what’s ‘out there’ to stimulate mind and spirit. This quest also includes the discovery of a spiritual support, or a new project that can trigger your sense of mission. Around the middle of February, you could be joining a new group of people who share your maverick tendencies. Follow your heart in these matters. This organ is a lot bigger than some people realise.
June 22-July 22
We all have an area of potential adventure, though it varies over time, according to life situation and mood. Yours is in the area of work – not necessarily just career, but the doing of things that give you pleasure. Recent changes in ‘work’ will have been welcome; or if not, you’ll soon see that these were in your best interests. What you’re less likely to tolerate these days is stultifying managers or overseers who know less than you. So, make the most of planetary patterns to liberate yourself – mid-February marks some kind of breaking point, or a huge boost to personal independence. Perhaps, more ambitious dreams may have to be put on hold this month or next – but what really matters right now is enlarging psychic space to free yourself up. This is the prep.
July 23-August 23
Leos are often accused of attention-seeking – but can you help it if you’re a star? After all, the Sun (a star) is your ruler – without the spotlight you wither somewhat, like a rose in perpetual shadow. The great news is that joyful Jupiter occupies the Sun chart house of Leo for much of this year, so carry on attention-seeking. Put another way, you’re being encouraged to indulge the aspects of yourself which give pleasure to you and others – if someone in your life keeps telling you to lower the volume, show them your horoscope here. All will be explained. In February, this exuberance has a restless quality – the more you feel reined, the more you want to make an exhibition of yourself. Cultivate a love, a passion, a hobby; an unexpressed yearning. It is your key to fulfilment.
August 24-September 22
The month starts with you very much focused on the world around you, as opposed to the world within. This may alarm because in your natural state you much prefer to withdraw into self and cherish those private thoughts of analysis, criticism, scrutiny. But no, life wants you to address the world out there – egocentric managers, sick puppies, hopeless dreamers, who or whatever. The value in all this is that people are noticing you afresh; they may be amazed at your stoical resourcefulness. Then there’s the
September 23-October 23
Energetic cosmic energies loosen the tongue this month: yours and/or those belonging to people around you. Suddenly there’s an outburst of the ‘frankies’, as in “Frankly, my dear, that’s a load of [expletive deleted].” This tendency should not be resisted. With expansive Jupiter in your chart house of communication/sales/teaching, you are urged to speak openly, defiantly if necessary, and honestly. In another sense, do not fear to take the initiative in selling a notion or product: the more maverick the message, the more likely you find your ‘market’ or audience. Courage! The home sector is the most likely area of responsibility with Saturn and Pluto still in the 4th house of domestic environment, and here the progress may not be at the speed you desire. Patience! Ruler Venus’ presence in this house from the 3rd onwards will sweeten your approach to crucial helpers.
October 23-November 22
The splendid omens for financial improvement are still with you – if not, double-check your expectations of a project. Exaggeration of any kind won’t help your cause. Keep it real to make the most of the planets. With Jupiter in your income house until December, there’s plenty of time yet to capitalise. A key part of strategy has to be your behaviour towards others – Scorpio can be surprisingly cryptic or cloaked so that people wonder what you’re really about. So, they grow unnecessarily suspicious of your motives. Happily, Venus’ arrival in your communication house helps you to anticipate social problems in February while bringing social opportunities which help with work and wellbeing.
November 23-December 21
Money concerns are a long-term concern of yours even if you’re bathing in Veuve Clicquot (£350 a bottle anyone?). Saturn and Pluto cause you to wonder about long-term prospects, your old age (even if you’re aged 21), legacies and loads of other cash-supplying thingies. This concern has little to do with your actual circumstances. This month Venus joins both planets, indicating (on the one hand) cash news that does not meet with your expectations and (on the other) an inspiration to make more money, perhaps through investment or gift. One or two of you may even conduct a personal audit to see if you qualify for inclusion in the Sunday Times’ Rich List. Good luck with that!
December 22-January 20
Traditionally you’re not that keen on changes – at least not on changes that make no sense. So be prepared for an alteration in your domestic set-up that you may not welcome initially – this could be anything from a family member springing a decision on you or a painter and decorator failing to coat your hall in quite the right shade of pink. What may challenge you is the speed of things rather than the nature of things – why can’t life slow down? What will greatly help you in all this is a sudden outburst of charm courtesy of Venus in your sign from the 3rd onwards for the rest of February. Despite misgivings you smile your way through all sorts of situations, with an inner knowledge that keeping the peace beats war anytime. This stoical mood will actually cheer you and bring you social invitations – and don’t always resist urges to splash out on your good self.
January 21-February 19
A wild old month is forecast – and don’t you love it! Just when everyone thought you’d mellowed a little, here you are, back again, a-screaming’ and a-hollerin’. The reason for this outbreak of ululating is dynamic Mars’ merger with ruler Uranus around mid-month – I just hope your neighbours have stocked up on earplugs. There is however a purpose to all this. You’re fighting a cause, on your behalf or that of another. Something has enraged you and justice must be done: it could be a political or humanitarian issue. Jupiter is still expanding your social conscience, and the more engaged you are with the world in promoting a constructive message, the more you’ll feel yourself. Saturn and Pluto are well plugged into your psyche and past, stirring up all sorts of energies that connect you to the universe. Onwards!
February 20-March 20
Going it alone professionally is not everyone’s idea of the perfect life. I don’t say that every Piscean is going freelance in February (OK, join the human race), but in some way, shape or form, you are taking an independent line, especially over finances and earnings. Just be careful you don’t throw baby out with the bathwater: as a Piscean, you should be able to manage this. Make your point to an authority over cash, do something ‘symbolic’ if you must, but try not to storm off in a huff as if you’re a Hollywood diva/divo. Because the truth is, career prospects are looking good precisely because you are seen as a bit of a trouble-maker. The trick is to manage your own temperament and play a little hot and cold with your ‘betters’. Even if you get called ‘precious’ or a ‘drama queen’, who cares? Get them to give you the money.
Victor Olliver is editor of The Astrological Journal,