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

By John Nash

Published: Fri 7 Oct 2011, 8:55 PM

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

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)

The Ram is likely to face risks and it will need to be quick-footed to circumnavigate any danger. This is not a time to be complacent and emphasis must be placed on taking safety precautions. While you are agile enough to get yourself to higher ground, others may not be so lucky. Rather than gloat on another’s misfortune, give a helping hand. A little kindness extended now will reap great dividends in the future. Just make sure you’re thoroughly prepared and that every eventuality is covered. Earning points by playing the hero can’t do your street cred any harm!

Taurus (Apr 20- May 20)

This is a week for nostalgia and romantic encounters as your ruler Venus flirts with Mercury. All you have to do is say the word and things will fall into your lap. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? You’ve been patient long enough as you’ve watched others getting all the goodies. One person in particular is planning a pleasant surprise for you which could involve getting together with a face from the past. You may have thought the clock can never be turned back, but you could be reliving some memorable times very soon. It’s never too late to mend bridges and enjoy things even more the second time around.

Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)

Don’t let yourself feel hard done by that you have been left minding the store while everybody else is out enjoying themselves. They have left you to hold the fort because they trust you to make a good job of things. Although you have a right to expect some recognition for taking the reins so efficiently, there’s more expected of you. Your ruler Mercury’s conjunction with Mars will ensure that your energy and assertiveness are at a peak and you certainly won’t be at a loss for words when it comes to speaking your mind. You’ll be really amazed by what you’re capable of when push comes to shove.

Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 22)

With the Moon in intrepid Leo and positive lunar conjunctions with all the major planets this week, the Crab should set its sights high. There is nothing you can’t achieve if you put your mind to it. You can come out of your shell and show that you’ve the passion and confidence to make things happen to make your world a better place. Those who know you well won’t be surprised by your success. You’ve been far too modest up till now and it’s time to give the tree of life a good shaking. Good things come to those who wait and your time in the waiting room is over.

Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22)

Monday’s Moon is a positive event for the Lion. It marks a point to look forward and adopt a high profile. Have no fear that in playing in the open field you’ll be conspicuous and subject to scrutiny. Don’t get upset if you hear any critical comments that are really not intended to take the gloss off your image. Jealousy is a green-eyed monster, but why worry if some people feel frustrated that you’re the one getting all the glory? Their remarks can be taken as a sort of inverse flattery. More important is the effect on someone closer to you. If you play your cards right, that someone could have a starring role in your future.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

Mercury’s clash with Uranus this week is likely to make the Virgoan irritable and quick to find fault, even in situations where things are running quite smoothly. No one takes kindly to criticism when they are trying their best. Do try and check the urge to show people how you like things done. If you cause ill feeling, people might just stomp off and leave you to get on with things by yourself. Realise that there’s no danger of not meeting deadlines. By the time the job is complete, you will have lost your negative attitude as well as the feeling that too many cooks spoil the broth.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22)

If you feel any unusual apprehension, it’s merely the effect of your ruler, dreamy Venus, making links with unpredictable Uranus this week. Try not to let your imagination run riot or the strange atmosphere upset your balance. People might act in odd ways and you could find their behaviour difficult to fathom, but it would be best not to enquire too closely into things. Although there may be hiccups in a personal relationship and you’ll need to wear kid gloves, you need to remind yourself that you’re the only person capable of finding the right way to smooth things over.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

A Mars-Uranus collision warns of things running out of control. This is an ominous sign especially since your normal zest for life is also somewhat diminished. You could feel a little off-colour and perceive things to be generally grey and gloomy. While it’s easier to sit back and let things happen, there’s a risk that apathy and idleness will prove costly. Your rivals could step in and pick up the slack. Perhaps you are put off by the thought you’ll have to bear the entire burden alone and will be left in the lurch if things go wrong. They won’t. The storm will pass and proper service will soon be resumed.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Your ruler, Jupiter is blessed with positive radiance from both the Moon and Saturn, but misalignments involving impetuous Mars and misguided Neptune may lead you to use your generosity unwisely. Money cannot buy real friendship so be on your guard against fair weather friends and don’t support unworthy causes. You’re vulnerable to flattery and sympathetic to hard luck stories and unless you act tough, someone will play you for a fool. Don’t worry if showing a cold shoulder seems to annoy. However, you can afford to push the boat out for someone nearer and dearer to you.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

With both a Moon-Saturn alignment imminent and a link between Saturn and Jupiter this week, the Goat may feel frisky and inclined towards rashness and impetuosity. You’re going to find it hard to control your impulses and could risk stepping on a few toes in your eagerness to get things moving. Be wary! There’s also a need to maintain some sort of order regarding your finances and other commitments before you indulge your urge to skive off. It would be remiss of you to leave things to others to sort out just because you feel footloose and fancy-free.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

With a Mars-Uranus union later in the week, you’re bound to have itchy feet and want to fling away the leg irons that limit your liberty. However you’ll only enjoy true freedom if you’ve earned it. Steal time off and your guilty conscience will be like a millstone around your neck. A typical Aquarian, your lack of convention can sometimes alarm and it would be prudent to adhere to proper approaches if you want co-operation. Making appointments and bookings are highly starred this week so be careful about arriving or visiting unannounced. Commitments met and courtesies observed, you’ll be free to take wing and soar!

Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20)

As the influence of Neptune, planet of illusion, fades you should find yourself able to look at things with a more balanced attitude. It will seem you have suddenly acquired a new pair of specs and can see through to the inside. Your fears that an important personal relationship is about to crumble and fall to dust will prove groundless. Your powers of analysis have been impaired by your emotional need for things to be just perfect. Your fault has been to base your evaluation on first impressions and this has sometimes let the best slip by you. Appearances are deceptive — just look a little closer.

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