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* weekly * horoscopes - february 21 / february 27, 2017
- aries : the ram - aries
march 20 - april 19
Venus in your sign has just passed its maximum luminosity. In layman’s terms this means that you are unlikely ever to note it any brighter, as in many latitudes it hangs high in the western sky after sunset. Superficially, Venus resembles a brilliant star, but even through binoculars you can see it is currently a crescent, rather like the Moon when it’s a certain distance from the Sun. If your eyes are sharp you can catch Mars close nearby, but you’re unlikely to notice Uranus there too, unless you have a telescope and very dark skies. Venus and Mars highlight your relationships, while Uranus adds a taste of the unexpected.
taurus - taurus : the bull -
april 20 - may 20
A geocentric view of the solar system is hugely outdated. It has been almost five hundred years since the astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus, first dared to challenge the accepted view and put the Sun at the centre of things. But until the Earth itself can be included in a regular analysis, Venus is an acceptable substitute as the ruler of your sign. Right now, this planet shines exceptionally brightly; in fact a staggering 170 times more brilliantly than a first magnitude star. With an ongoing eclipse series that began in your sign, you can say things are turning in your favour; even though there is no concrete proof.
- gemini : the twins - gemini
may 21 - june 20
It seems so much is either beyond your control, or depends on the opinions of others, rather than on your own choices and initiative. Normally you wouldn’t be happy with that prospect, but with your famous duality there is a part of you now, that really couldn’t care less. Let others bear the brunt and shoulder the responsibility, you’ve had your share of this in the past. You are engrossed by creative concerns and are developing latent talents and abilities, you’d previously doubted you possessed. There seems little you can do to change anyone’s mind, but plenty that will make you feel more proud about your own achievements.
cancer - cancer : the crab -
june 21 - july 22
The annular eclipse on February 26, lasts just forty-four seconds over the central South Atlantic, at the point of maximum eclipse. While there will doubtless be those keen to get there, the smart money remains on Patagonia where from a meteorological perspective, the arid climate affords the likelihood of better views. You may catch some of these celestial shenanigans across much of South America and Africa, but the impact is worldwide regardless of your location. Its effect on you is palpable, yet hard to define. Your value system is called into question; those criteria you profess to stand by versus what you’ll actually do…
- leo : the lion - leo
july 23 - august 22
You may not catch Sunday’s eclipse, as it is best seen from some comparatively far-flung regions of the globe, while a large part of its path travels over the ocean. Still, the recent lunar eclipse pertains directly to its solar counterpart, an annular affair where a bright ring of the Sun remains visible. The next solar eclipse is total; the first to be seen from the contiguous United States for thirty-eight years and exclusively from what is now the US mainland since 436 AD. It also constitutes the second of five eclipses highlighting your sign in the next two years. To say it is a time for soul-searching is the understatement of the century.
virgo - virgo : the maiden -
august 23 - september 22
An eclipse in your opposite sign is the final event in a series of four solunar occultations to highlight this region of the sky over the past two years. These have led you to consider, the basis on which your closest relationships are founded, a matter that has been of some concern since the beginning of the decade. It is probably too soon to tell, the precise conclusions you’ll draw from this turn of events, as Neptune is often the slowest moving planet and takes an eternity to reveal itself. But for now, inactivity is not the answer. Take a step back from the flood of events to ask yourself, do these fit comfortably with what you believe?
- libra : the scales - libra
september 23 - october 22
For the majority of this week, Jupiter in your sign forms a reassuring and positive link to both Mercury in Aquarius and Saturn in Sagittarius. This enables you to move forward with key personal objectives, without feeling that you need to make too many compromises in return. In fact, you believe that you have learned enough from a number of previous hard knocks, to be able to ensure you enjoy greater freedom in your everyday affairs, without unsettling too many bystanders in the process. This means not feeling nervous about promoting your own interests while equally, being careful not to get in other people’s faces.
scorpio - scorpio : the scorpion -
october 23 - november 21
Within a few months, Jupiter returns to your sign, for the first time in over a decade. This means the end of a traumatic period for you, along with the first signs of a hopeful new cycle, inching over the horizon. Obviously during the interim there is plenty to do, in terms of closing the preceding chapter and tying up any loose ends, that will prove inconvenient and hard to deal with in the future. In particular, it is time to detach yourself from an overly subjective viewpoint. Where you’re finding this difficult, it is never too late to work on the skills that might enable you to do so. Freedom from compulsive activity, is worth the effort.
- sagittarius : the archer - sagittarius
november 22 - december 21
Saturn in your sign forms favourable aspects to planets elsewhere. This week Jupiter and Uranus are both involved, while Mercury is the common denominator. Since Saturn signifies stability, consolidation and tradition it might seem weird for it to link with these arbiters of expansion and change. Normally, such influences are antagonistic, but now these planets are aligned in such a way that a synthesis is feasible. By acknowledging, accepting and thinking through the limitations you face, you’ll find progress is slow but equally lasting. By working within existing parameters, you could be able to make a surprising difference…
capricorn - capricorn : the sea-goat -
december 22 - january 19
Unlike most, you have few anxieties around the planet Saturn. After all, this is your traditional ruler and hence the traits and characteristics with which it is associated, tie in naturally with your sign. You know all about patience, endurance and hard work; while you are naturally suspicious of anything that comes too easily. In a few months, Saturn returns to your region of the heavens, for the first time since the early Nineties. With the prudence and caution for which you are renowned, you’d be wise to remind yourself that as the Lord of Karma, how you act and behave in the meantime will be what Saturn bears as your reward.
- aquarius : the water-bearer - aquarius
january 20 - february 18
Trends continue in your favour this week, which is an unusual but very welcome state of affairs. You are so used to adversity and to swimming against the tide, it almost feels something is amiss when it is less of a struggle. But don’t diminish or undermine your opportunities; the Sun is no longer in your sign, but there is still something in the atmosphere that favours the rampant individualist. Nobody seems to hear or listen to you, but you might be surprised at how much notice they are taking. While some try their utmost to be different, you have no alternative. Many would be delighted if they could cause you to feel, this is a curse.
pisces - pisces : the fishes -
february 19 - march 19
You are in the celestial limelight, as the final eclipse in a series of four, dominates the skies over South America and parts of Africa. It is the third eclipse of the Sun in your constellation over the past two years, with a lunar appulse last September completing a fishy quartet. Casting your mind back to March 2015, you may be surprised by how much has changed, in a very subtle and ethereal manner but radically, nonetheless. The action continues as Mercury reaches your sign, a matter of hours beforehand. Nominally, this is the planet of reason and logic; only for you it is more about the workings of your unconscious mind.
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