* weekly * horoscopes - april 15 / april 21, 2014
- aries : the ram - aries
march 20 - april 19
It’s a busy week in the heavens with your sign at the very epicentre of activity. That’ll please you at any rate, even though many cosmic trends are both challenging and currently stressful. A lunar eclipse seen over much of the world starts off this period, marking the second in a series of six such events, that will highlight your constellation and its polarity Libra, between October of last year and March 2016. While it might seem as if many of your anxieties have their origins in the employment sphere, it is your attitude towards others and your skill at getting along with them, that is primarily held up for renewed attention…
taurus - taurus : the bull -
april 20 - may 20
A lunar eclipse can only happen at the full moon, when the brilliance of the solar rays reflected by the Moon’s surface becomes dimmed once the Earth gets in-between them. The alignment of these three bodies must be quite exact and that is why, a solar eclipse always takes place somewhere in the world either two weeks prior to or a fortnight after the accompanying lunar event, thus at the opposite end of the lunation cycle with the new moon. Since from our point of view the Sun moves around the zodiac so much more slowly, this solar eclipse matters most. It’ll fall in your own constellation, later on this month.
- gemini : the twins - gemini
may 21 - june 20
The planets conspire to place obstacles in the path of almost everyone, so take solace in the knowledge that despite appearances, within the big scheme of things you have less to deal with than most. Yet your situation doesn’t appear this clear-cut, since Saturn is a hard taskmaster, throwing plenty of work and obligation your way. You wouldn’t mind if you thought you’d eventually be rewarded for your efforts, but money remains an issue just like always. Eventually, you’ll notice the material sphere responding more sympathetically towards you. Certain things could get tougher though, before you see any improvement.
cancer - cancer : the crab -
june 21 - july 22
During a period that is often fraught, it will help to appreciate that by the end of the weekend, a new and contrasting planetary pattern will have coalesced to counteract the worst of the fallout, from a situation that by now is only too familiar. At the very least you’ll have a window of opportunity, during which to notice definite consequences for some of the decisions you’ve made and the conclusions you have drawn lately. It has been a steep learning curve and changes of this magnitude are not easy. But starting with your home life and domestic situation, the foundations of a new phase are no longer obscured from view.
- leo : the lion - leo
july 23 - august 22
This is an ideal period, to get away from your customary surroundings. Somewhere relatively distant will fit the bill much better than a more accessible location lying closer to home. If you really can’t manage a proper break, escape your normal environment by tackling some engrossing intellectual pursuit or researching a subject that fascinates and intrigues you. You’re getting used to these coping strategies by now and while being on the periphery does not come naturally, it allows you the chance to mull over outstanding issues and if not to instigate some major alterations, to set the scene for these in the future.
virgo - virgo : the maiden -
august 23 - september 22
Certain character traits are very hard to change. They go to make you who you are and reflect the influence of the universe at the moment of your birth, the cultural milieu in which you were raised and genetic factors inherited from your forebears. You wouldn’t want to lose your sense of identity after all, but then again, ingrained behaviours that served a purpose at one stage in your development may not continue to be so productive further on down the line. You know that the passage of time has taught you plenty, about what really matters and is worth fighting for, versus other issues it can be easier to ignore.
- libra : the scales - libra
september 23 - october 22
You are not used to having the cosmic spotlight all to yourself and it’s feeling increasingly uncomfortable. The extended visit of Mars to your sign that began last December and ends in July seems trying enough, for someone who under normal circumstances, expresses their potential through others. Only now a total lunar eclipse brings into question where you stand with people, the rights and privileges that are yours alone, along with those compromises you’re prepared to make in the interests of congenial relationships. The finest outcomes arise from a proactive approach, encountering any lurking dissatisfactions directly…
scorpio - scorpio : the scorpion -
october 23 - november 21
Later this week you finally get to see, some of the positives Saturn’s transit of your sign is supposed to indicate. These can often prove hard to spot, in the midst of the strictures and limitations with which this planet is connected, so they arrive like a welcome blast of fresh air. Saturn forms a great link with Venus in Pisces and Jupiter in Cancer, set to persist through the worst excesses of the troublesome planetary phenomena causing everybody grief. This may not prove to be the most exciting trend you’ve ever encountered, but your loyalty and forbearance are rewarded, letting you feel more secure than for ages.
- sagittarius : the archer - sagittarius
november 22 - december 21
You find financial limitations hard to handle. In your book, there is nothing more annoying than having your plans, temporarily consigned to the back-burner by a faltering cash flow or a lack of material resources. Hence, you appreciate the need to involve others in your plans and encourage their input at each step of the journey. Trouble is, rather like the backers of any commercial enterprise, whether your current anxieties come under the umbrella of professional concerns or not, each time someone puts their hand in their pocket for you, you lose a little of the ultimate control you could have expected otherwise…
capricorn - capricorn : the sea-goat -
december 22 - january 19
Pluto turns retrograde on Tuesday and begins stepping backwards through the zodiac, through until September. That is hardly unusual, since with its lengthy orbit and extreme distance from the Sun, Pluto spends roughly 43% of every year travelling in reverse. However, it also implies that since September events have maybe moved forwards rather too fast, or that you’ve glossed over issues that now require your further attention. The coming months are thus a period of readjustment, as you try to figure out where you stand, amid the demands of your relationships, authority figures, your career and family too.
- aquarius : the water-bearer - aquarius
january 20 - february 18
Troublesome skies are not your problem. You have your own concerns that from a chronological point of view, completely dwarf the intense but transitory influences many others are going through. You might sympathise with their predicament, but you’ve experienced far worse and over such an extended period, this is like dealing with the common cold when you’ve previously recuperated from a broken back. The stars suggest much can be achieved, if you work hard and continue what you started. Even your finances show signs of improvement, if you concentrate on the task in hand and don’t allow others to distract you.
pisces - pisces : the fishes -
february 19 - march 19
Sensitivity, empathy and intuition are wonderful traits. From a spiritual point of view there is no higher expression, than leaving your ego on the shelf, putting other’s interests above your own and embracing some higher purpose, beyond those motivations linked to the material universe. Yet, such selflessness wields a double-edged sword, since your permeable boundaries lay you open to less exalted influences. The company of positive and supportive people is extremely important, when your sensibilities are on display. Telling bad influences from good ones can be tough, once you find yourself on everybody’s side.
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