This week’s guide to your personal and professional affairs by John Nash

By John Nash

Published: Tue 4 Oct 2011, 2:47 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:07 AM

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)

Horns are soon to be locked and the Ram, energised by vibes from militant Mars, is more than ready to engage. However, it would be better to approach the situation with a little less belligerence. The atmosphere is unnecessarily competitive as immature egos battle to be noticed. Why get mixed up in a mere bonfire of the vanities just to flex your muscles and assert superiority? There are no medals to be won for demonstrating egotism and self-pride. Rather than indulge in silly extravagant posturing which serves no purpose, stop showing off and walk away!

Taurus (Apr 20- May 20)

Sometimes the Bull needs to adopt an assertive, even an aggressive posture. As your ruler Venus enters sentimental Cancer, it’s important to stiffen up and not expose your tender side. In order to call the shots in relation to getting things done and moving people along, you might have to resort to strong-arm tactics and employ strong language. You’ll really have to dig your hooves in and not worry too much about ruffling a few feathers and creating ill-will. Any sign of nervousness or indecision will give your competitor or rival the edge. No one would dare wave a red flag anywhere near an irate Bull. Size matters!

Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)

Vocal Gemini is always ready to talk and exchange news and views. However, with your ruler Mercury stationary and ready to spread rumour and gossip, there’s a danger of saying too much, too soon. You need to keep a tight rein on your tongue and if tact and diplomacy cannot be managed, stay silent. Raise the subject later when the time and setting is more appropriate. At the moment your ideas will go down like lead balloons and disappear into the dustbin of history. People are too wrapped up in their own affairs to listen. Next week perhaps, your words will have the inspiring effect you intend.

Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 22)

A personal relationship that has been going through a rocky patch could settle down and become more mutually satisfying. However, you mustn’t be the one to do all the compromising. Beware that your desire for a quiet life might lead you to give in to demands or even give up something really important to you. A strong partnership is built on give and take, but it’s vital that both sides know exactly what they want. It’s true that you’ve a selflessly soft underside, but you mustn’t let anyone take you for granted or your credibility will suffer. Only a union of equals can survive.

Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22)

Despite some pretty intrusive cosmic vibrations as the Sun confronts Neptune, planet of false pretences, the Lion must maintain dignity and class. Such Solar influences have a malign effect and tempt the weak-minded towards extravagance and excess. It would be foolish if you were to get too close to those who are too free with money. You could be drawn to spending hard earned cash on things you don’t really need. Shun all that is vulgar or exaggerated and focus on those things that reflect good taste. As a creature that leads by example and commands much respect, the Lion can’t afford to compromise its regal image.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

Some people have found you far too difficult to deal with lately and if you were honest, you could see they have a point. You seem bent on annoying others by continually examining their work with a microscope and picking up on flaws and oversights. You want things to be perfect, but your finicky attention to detail is bound to get peoples’ backs up. Stop looking for tiny imperfections that don’t really matter. Continuous carping is a waste of time and it would be better to set up an opportunity for some useful dialogue. A meeting with people involved in your joint enterprise is the way forward.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22)

The Libran can look forward to a real treat this week. Your ruler, Venus is aflame with impulses from the Moon and her influence is genial and generous. You’re being set up to be pampered and maybe you’ll be able to spoil someone else too. If you’ve wanted to make someone’s wishes come true, now’s your chance. However, don’t allow an excess of good fortune make you silly with money. Your heart is in the right place, but you need to remember that what happens this week is a one-off and not a permanent state of affairs. Balance and normality will soon return.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

There could be several occasions this week when you feel provoked and irritated. Don’t lose your cool or your temper! The way you feel is the result of Jupiter’s clash with your co-ruler and your resentment has nothing to do with the way you’re being treated. Nevertheless, it’s important that you give warning that you’re in no mood to be trifled with. Indiscreet and impulsive behaviour needs to be checked, but not with hostility or open aggression. You’re right to be annoyed and show you mean business. Others should know that you have right on your side and back down. For your part, avoid using the sting in your tail.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Your week begins on a high note as Jupiter wins a battle of words with sneaky Pluto and puts that retrograde planet in its place. The contretemps will serve to put you into the right frame of mind as you’re about to get into something new. But there’s a need to guard against being over-zealous and pushy. Others lack your quickness of mind and need gentle coaxing out of the stable. You must transform your excess emotional and creative energy into constructive expression lest you frighten the other horses. Keep your actions measured to make the most of what promises to be an exciting, but exacting few days.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

What a frustrating week this might be if you let yourself lose your sense of humour. Delays, missed appointments and cancellations feature prominently on the menu and you might have to let your strict standards of punctuality go by the board. Your ability to think on your feet will mark you out as a true professional. There’s bound to be nervousness, even hysteria midweek, when Jupiter and Pluto come to blows, but you’re just the person to restore harmony. Be philosophical and see things in the same light as bad weather, which neither you nor anyone can hope to control.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

Blue skies and friendly cosmic conditions should put the Aquarian in an upbeat frame of mind, a feeling that should last all week. Don’t let yourself be thrown by a potentially disruptive incident, likely to occur midweek, when colleagues express criticism. Your good fortune to be the flavour of the month is arousing some jealousy. You don’t have to defend yourself against accusations of trying to curry favour with influential figures. Ignore the misery-guts who try to rain on your parade. The bad news for them is that you’ve plenty of admirers rooting for you and to put the icing on the cake, you’re about to get lucky.

Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20)

Make a point of using the weekend to recharge your batteries and stiffen your resolve as the celestial picture, with the Sun confronting your ruler Neptune, is decidedly cloudy. Worrying news could surface and you might be tempted to jump ship or change course. Dont! This is no time to lapse into inaction or go into the doldrums. While the celestial disharmony may indicate a period of frayed nerves for others, you should be stalwart enough to swim in troubled waters. Try to accept that this week is likely to be a nervous one in financial terms, but remember that the gods are not out to see you drown.

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