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

By John Nash

Published: Tue 1 Nov 2011, 9:35 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:06 AM

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)

The Moon’s clash with your Co-Ruler, Pluto, this week could bring your inner longings to the surface. You might not be able to stop yourself from expressing what you expect from people and what you want out of life. Your feelings won’t be revealed in a manner that is cool and you might feel embarrassed if you lay your soul bare in front of someone known to have style. Never mind! It’s a good thing to get things off your chest now and again and if your confidante has any class at all, he or she will simply listen, say nothing and offer a shoulder for you to cry on.

Taurus (Apr 20- May 20)

The march of your ruler Venus into fearless Leo is bound to increase your poise and self belief. Your confidence will radiate as will your personal appeal. Don’t let the attention you receive go to your head and make you believe that you’re far superior to other folk. You are — but it’s better to play at being ordinary. That way, people don’t expect too much of you and you don’t have to keep performing super-human feats in order to impress. Although its strength and stamina is enormous, even the Bull gets tired of having to keep up a front all the time. In an out-of-hours scenario, you can really score!

Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)

There is much cosmic activity going on just now, but don’t let the unsettled atmospherics side-track you or tempt you to abandon a current scheme or relationship. Mercury’s transit into your sister sign, the shrewd and analytical Virgo, should encourage you to hold your tongue. Like the typical Gemini you’re normally apt to say exactly what you feel, but you risk causing a rift if you are too outspoken. A close friend is about to come around to your way of thinking, so give them time rather than an ultimatum. Not everybody is able to sum things up as quickly as you and most people need to warm to new ideas.

Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 22)

An amicable meeting between your ruler, the Moon, and Saturn starts your working week on a very positive note. Professionally, this aspect refers to discipline and dexterity in dealing with people. You should find yourself particularly agile in side-stepping obstacles, stubborn colleagues or customers. This skill will be important mid-week when some fast legwork and quick-witted talking will prevent a breakdown or a walkout. In a personal relationship, you will be similarly surefooted and able to move things on to a more stable and secure plane.

Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22)

Despite its arrogant and awesome appearance, the Lion has a generous heart and a faithful nature. These characteristics are admirable as long as they don’t blind you to obvious flaws or faults and stop you from reprimanding those who are out of line. The passage of flirtatious Venus into Leo this week warns of the danger of being taken in by a hard luck story or getting involved in an illicit affair. You should have Saturn’s serious and sober strength to help you keep a tight rein on your emotions, but you’re not impervious to flattery. Don’t allow your head to be turned by attractive packaging or a pretty face.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

As your ruler, the busy Mercury, crosses into your own sign this week bristling with news and information, the atmospheric interference will be deafening. You’ll be sorely tempted to stop listening and shut down. However much you want to count yourself out and log off, don’t! It’s especially important at the moment to keep up to date and open to ideas or suggestions — even if they seem too trendy. You don’t have to commit yourself too heavily to anything you feel deep down is just a passing fad, but there are current developments and opinions that you shouldn’t dismiss out of hand.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22)

You should find yourself deluged with opportunities for social intercourse this week as your ruler, Venus, passes into fun-loving Leo. This event should increase your social skills and you’ll be extra approachable. On top form like this, you can hold court in style and make as many demands as you like. While you can take advantage of your current popularity, try not to let flattery inflate your increasingly over-sized ego. If you become too fat and complacent, your pedestal could crack and your dreams will crumble to dust.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

If you feel a strange restlessness and an urge to scratch, it’s because your fortune is hanging in the balance. In order to move forward instead of getting stuck in a time warp, you need to turn your back on the past and look to forging new relationships. However, you must embrace change slowly and not give in to impulsive gestures in order to forge bonds with some new companion. On no account allow partnership issues to become so involved that they eclipse all your other concerns and commitments. What you need is a sense of proportion to enable you to handle all the departments of your life equally well.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Expect to face some awkward questions in your dealings with others this week as Jupiter squares up to Pluto. Don’t be intimidated if you find yourself having to justify why you wish to act in a completely independent capacity. There’s no reason why you should fail. Relax and remember that Centaurs function well when they have to think on their feet and act fast. Just seize the opportunity to show how well you perform under pressure and your decisive approach will convince the nervous that you know what you’re doing. Some swift talking will ensure an easy escape from any tight corners.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

You can hardly put a foot wrong this week as your ruler, the hardworking Saturn, makes a positive link with the night-driven Moon. However, don’t go burning any midnight oil at both ends. Cosmic vibes put an emphasis on discipline, regularity and strict values. If you adhere to these principles, you should not find it difficult to refuse to participate in an illicit affair. It’s not in your character to cheat or get involved in anything questionable or sleazy. Nevertheless, even a tough minded individual like you can be led astray if the à la carte menu is particularly tempting.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

Be careful not to take too much of what you see and hear this week at face value. You might not be able to separate fact from fiction as your ruler, Uranus, experiences an eccentric wobble in its orbit. With regard to a complicated personal affair, it’s important to keep your opinions to yourself and refrain from adding any gloss that will only distort the picture further. As much as you hate secrecy and lies, sometimes you have to be restrained, cock a deaf ear and turn a blind eye. You’ll probably recognise the motives of those whose expectations exceed their honesty, but exposing their double-dealing can wait.

Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20)

‘Easy come, easy go’ sums up the attitude of the Fish to money or material possessions, but you may have to give some attention to these matters this week. Cosmic disquiet in the financial section of your chart points to an unexpected loss or disappointment. However, the exercise of a little economy and prudence is all that is required to avoid any pecuniary embarrassment. There’s no need to panic because you find yourself close to swimming with loan sharks — you just have to head back to shore. In any case, the lean spell is only a temporary glitch as long as you don’t go borrowing or buying on credit.

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