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TOP astrologer RUSSELL GRANT takes a look at what the stars have in store for you . . .

ARIES (March 21st-Apri l20th)

The New Moon on the 9th puts strain on a close relationship. Just when you thought you were making a breakthrough with a romantic or business partner, an argument breaks out. You’ve been spending too much time on your career. Until you change your priorities, it will be impossible to gain your friend’s trust. When you really care about someone, you’ll find a way to spend quality time together. On the 24th, the Full Moon could bring an influx of income. Use this money to treat yourself to something you’ve set your heart on and wanted for a long time. When you reward yourself for working hard, your job stops seeming so burdensome. If you have enough money saved, you might decide to undergo a career change. Launching your own business, running for political office or moving into another industry are among the possibilities. Use your financial cushion as a launch pad for bigger and better things.

Things are getting serious on the romantic front in early November. A supportive New Moon on the 7th makes it a great time to let down your defences with someone who has demonstrated their loyalty. You might decide to move in together or even get engaged or married. Are you single? Keep your eyes open for someone special at a religious, cultural or artistic gathering. You could make a love connection. If you already have a serious partner, they could get a raise or lucrative job that greatly improves your own financial standing. Take this opportunity to book a romantic holiday together. On the 23rd, the Full Moon brings troubling news about a legal matter. It may be better to settle out of court or drop this fight altogether. If a decision is rendered against you, take some time to process your disappointment. Then pull yourself together and make a fresh start.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

Despite your best efforts, it will be difficult to get organised on the 9th. That’s when a tense New Moon keeps calling you away from your duties. A demanding manager or expert will keep asking you to make small changes on a project. If you’re working on a commission basis, you’ll have to put an end to these incessant calls. It’s better to lose their business than be at the beck and call of their whims. If you have a health setback during the first half of the month, scale back your schedule. You’re trying to do too much in too narrow a window of time. The Full Moon on the 24th invites you to enjoy some self-pampering. Instead of pouring all your energy into a close relationship, do something nice for yourself. Take a few days off work, get a massage and visit your favourite nature spot. The sight of birds, flowers and trees has a therapeutic effect.

An exciting opportunity to team up with a highly creative person will arrive on or around the 7th. That’s when an intensifying New Moon prompts you to take on a partner. Whether you’re looking for love or want to form a business partnership, it’s time to make your move. An engagement or marriage will pave the way for a lifetime of happiness. Working with a fellow artist will help you realise a cherished dream. The Full Moon on the 23rd could bring a challenge to your financial position. A contractor could deduct money for expenses or delays, making you very upset. Launching a legal case will fall flat. You’re better off cutting your losses and moving on to bigger and better assignments. Treat this unfortunate setback as a learning opportunity. Don’t begin work on a project until you have the terms set down in black and white. Ask a lawyer to review all contracts before signing them.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

On the 9th, the New Moon puts you in the path of romance. Although the lure of a creative person is powerful, you should hesitate before getting involved in a serious relationship. While it’s true you have many interests in common, there is a big difference between you. You’re not especially materialistic, while the object of your affection is obsessed with money. This rift will cause real problems. Take the time to get to know each other; you will have second thoughts. If you’re already in relationship, your partner will reveal some upsetting financial information during the first half of October. Put your heads together to craft a plan for paying off a sizable debt. On the 24th, the Full Moon will bring a welcome chance to rest and recharge your batteries. If an appointment or trip is cancelled at the last minute, don’t complain. Instead, treat it as a chance to relax.

The New Moon on the 7th is ideal for landing a job or hiring help. If you’re looking for work, you’ll find a job that involves working on a commission basis. At first, you won’t be thrilled about such an arrangement. After making a few impressive sales, you’ll realise this way of working is actually more profitable than taking a flat salary. If you run a business and require help, hold interviews. You’ll find the perfect candidates. Look for staff who are able to work independently. This will give you time to focus on the big picture. On the 23rd, the Full Moon tempts you to overhaul your look. Any changes you make should be temporary, as there is a good chance you won’t like the results. If you shop for clothes, make sure you understand the return policy before buying anything. Keep the receipts in a safe place, as you’ll probably need them.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

The New Moon on the 9th warns against confiding in an untrustworthy person. A relative who pretends to have your best interests at heart is really jealous. After sharing sensitive information with them, you could be betrayed. It’s better to write in a private diary that is kept in a secured place. The last thing you want is your personal business to be revealed in a public forum. Some people use shaming as a way to control others. Don’t let this happen to you. The Full Moon on the 24th brings a group project to its successful conclusion. Much to your surprise, you’ll be named most valuable player. The other members of the group appreciate your leadership ability. Instead of barking out orders, you learned how to best motivate each person. As a result, everybody felt valued and appreciated. It’s no wonder your work was so impressive; people are motivated to do their best when they’re happy.

If you’re recovering from a bad breakup, it’s time to return to the dating game. The New Moon on the 7th will put you in the path of an attentive admirer who makes you excited to be alive. You share many of the same interests and values; a powerful physical chemistry is the cherry on this luscious cake. Are you already in a serious relationship? Your partner will give you a beautiful token of their appreciation. Don’t brush off this tribute; instead, show your profound thanks for it. The more gracious you are about accepting tributes, the more often they will be given. The Full Moon on the 23rd urges you to let go of an old grudge. Dwelling on a betrayal will stop you taking advantage of new opportunities. A terrific job offer is on the horizon; be on the alert for it. Attend a party instead of staying home sulking.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

Acquiring a skill will be more difficult than expected on the 9th. That’s when the New Moon puts you in the path of a relentless critic. It will be hard to study with their disdainful voice in your ear. Stay as far away from this cynic as possible. If you’re having difficulty mastering complicated concepts, be patient. Hire a tutor who is able to isolate the source of your trouble. With their help, you’ll be able to push past this stubborn block and achieve mastery. On the 24th, the Full Moon marks an impressive turning point in your career. You’ll be given a promotion or high profile position. This will come as a total surprise. It’s been hard to know where you stand with an impassive employer. Finally, you’ll discover just how much your boss really appreciates your contributions. Have fun at a party that is thrown in your honour.

A domestic matter will command your attention on or around the 7th, courtesy of the New Moon. If you’ve been looking for a place to live, you’ll find a lovely, secluded property close to a body of water. This will be a terrific investment. If you’re not able to afford a deposit, don’t worry. A generous relative will give you the funds to finance this deal. Are you happy with your current abode? This would be a great time to make room for a baby, roommate or elderly relative. Any addition to your household will give it a cosy, happy atmosphere. On the 23rd, you will be inspired to break ranks with a troubled organisation. You don’t want your reputation tarnished by some underhanded activities. Don’t bother to explain your defection to angry members. These guilt trips are just sheer manipulations. Block phone calls and emails if you feel harassed.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

The New Moon attracts a moneymaking opportunity on the 9th. Taking this job will limit your personal life. You’ll spend virtually all your time at the office, trying to satisfy a demanding client or supervisor. If you really need the money, it’s worth accepting this job. If you have other options, it would be best to pursue them, even if they pay less. You can’t put a price on your mental health. The Full Moon on the 24th finds you returning from a trip, finishing an ongoing project or collecting a diploma. There will be a surprise bonus for your hard work. You might get a chance to lead a group or write a column. Being able to share your insight with an enthusiastic audience will be the answer to a prayer. You love being paid for exploring ideas. Someone with your brain power needs a job that engages the intellect.

Launching a blog or podcast on the 7th will attract fame and acclaim. That’s when the New Moon will showcase your communication abilities. Being able to share your ideas with an adoring public will be a good use of this talent. If you’ve been thinking of taking up writing, this would be an ideal time to begin. Ideas will flow like a mighty river. Taking charge of a study group could also be rewarding. Acquiring valuable skills will improve your professional prospects. The Full Moon on the 23rd brings pressure on the career front. You’ll be asked to assume some unpleasant responsibilities. This work assignment will involve working hard while someone else takes all the credit. It’s better to look for employment elsewhere. It will take time to land a position worthy of your abilities, so be patient. Whenever you feel discouraged, lean on your family for support. They’ll give you the strength to continue.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

You yearn to break out of your shell on the 9th, when the New Moon prompts a personal change. Your family won’t be supportive of your desire to pursue a particular career, move to a different neighbourhood or take up another belief system. Instead of asking their approval, go ahead and follow your heart’s desire. It may be necessary to cut yourself off from financial support as a means to become more independent. You will have to scrape and save for a while, but that’s better than remaining under a relative’s thumb. The Full Moon on the 24th brings a cheque and bonus that is much bigger than you expected. An appreciative client, customer or patient will throw in a bonus for your hard work. Use this windfall to upgrade some technical equipment. Getting a better car, computer or smartphone will make daily life much easier. Take advantage of a last-minute sale.

The New Moon on the 7th is perfect for asking for a raise or landing a lucrative job. Instead of increasing your standard of living, put your excess income into a savings account, where it will protect you from financial uncertainty. If your company isn’t in the position to increase your salary, they might be able to give you added perks. More annual leave, a travel allowance and a merit based commission are among the possibilities. On the 23rd, a Full Moon will create legal difficulties. It may be impossible to move forward with a business plan until you get official permission. If your company sends you on an overseas trip, make sure your passport is up to date. Bureaucratic nightmares can cause delays and even cancelations. Instead of pressing the issue, give in gracefully and form an alternative plan. You may have to wait for other people to make decisions at the end of November.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

The New Moon on the 9th makes you yearn for privacy. Unfortunately, a relative or neighbour keeps trying to pry into your personal business. It would be wise to invest in some security equipment. Lock up your personal belongings when you’re at work, increase your password protection and don’t leave your smartphone where it can be easily accessed. Some people cannot be trusted. If embarrassing information does come to light, think about filing a police report. The perpetrator is counting on you to be too embarrassed to alert the authorities. Call their bluff. On the 24th, your romantic or business partner will have some surprising news. A big promotion or hefty raise will increase your standard of living. If you’re single, you won’t be for long. Meeting someone special at a gourmet restaurant, garden show or luxury boutique is a strong possibility. You’ll fight hard and fast for the object of your affection.

The New Moon on the 7th invites you to undergo a makeover. Updating your hairstyle, getting a cosmetic procedure or revamping your wardrobe will lift your spirits. Don’t be surprised when you become a hot commodity on the romance market. Your new look will attract admirers like bees to a flower. This is also a good time to change industries or adopt a different role. Any move designed to change your image will be successful. On the 23rd, a bonus or royalty payment will be less than you expected. Trying to recoup more money will be an exercise in futility. It’s better to channel your energy into finding new sources of regular income. Finding freelance work or landing a steady job will release you from debt. It will also help you enjoy occasional luxuries. When one door closes, another opens, but you must be on the lookout for this opportunity.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

On the 9th, the New Moon will spark a group project. This venture will not pay very well. To add insult to injury, you’ll find your indecisive colleagues highly unpleasant. You’re perfectly willing to collaborate, but at some point, someone will have to assume leadership. If you take the helm, you’ll have to deal with a great deal of anger and resentment. It may be better to steer clear of this assignment altogether. If you can’t, don’t waste a lot of time and energy on this work. Some situations aren’t worth the trouble; this is one of them. The Full Moon on the 24th is perfect for getting organised. Getting rid of clutter will make space for new energy in your life. Make three piles: Donate, discard and sell. If you’ve been hanging on to items that evoke unhappy memories, give them to somebody who appreciates them. Out with the old and in with the new.

Spend the first half of November resting and relaxing. On the 7th, the New Moon will prompt you to withdraw from the party scene. Enjoying the peace and quiet of home will be therapeutic. Take this opportunity to read for pleasure, listen to music and spend time with your pets. Low key activities will prepare you for a busy Christmas season next month. The Full Moon on the 23rd puts strain on a close relationship. It will be difficult to discuss your feelings with a loved one who seems intent on twisting your words. Instead of forcing the issue, make a strategic retreat. You’re better off surrounding yourself with supportive people who are sympathetic to your situation. The second half of November will make you decide whether it’s worth maintaining this relationship or not. You can’t compromise your own well-being for the sake of somebody else. Protect your interests at all costs.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

A professional opportunity will beckon on the 9th, but think carefully before accepting it. A conflicted New Moon will force you to choose between having a wildly successful career and a comfortable home life. If you don’t want to spend every spare moment at the office, pass up this offer and wait for a better one. If you’re happy with your current position, you might be forced to take a leave of absence. Attending to a personal matter won’t wait a minute longer. Getting treatment for an addition, undergoing a surgical procedure or taking time away to reassess your priorities are among the possibilities. The Full Moon on the 24th marks an exciting turning point in your personal life. You might decide to get engaged or married on the spur of the moment. There’s also a chance you’ll get word of an unexpected pregnancy. Whatever the nature of this surprise, it will be a happy one.

The New Moon on the 7th is great for joining a sports team, political organisation or humanitarian group. Donating your time and energy to a meaningful cause will lift your spirits. You’re tired of going from home to work and back again. Having some interests outside of your family and career is healthy. The people you meet during the first half of November will be kind and considerate. Prepare to make some lifelong friends. On the 23rd, the Full Moon will bring a health concern to your attention. Talk to a doctor about a nagging ache or pain. It will be necessary to alter some routines to get better. Be willing to cut certain foods from your diet. Taking gentle exercise will also improve your energy level. Resist the temptation to stay up all hours. By reducing your social schedule, the final days of the month will restore your equilibrium.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

The New Moon on the 9th will bring an enticing opportunity to travel, study or write. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to make the most of this chance. An expired passport or tight enrolment window will force you to postpone plans for another time. Instead of dwelling on your disappointment, try making the best of a bad situation. Studying a foreign language will make a future trip much easier. If you want to take an advanced course, this would be a good time to brush up on basics you haven’t studied for years. On the 24th, there will be unexpected changes at home. You might have to relocate for work. Alternatively, your household could expand to include a child or older relative. Any newcomers will give your home life a cosy, comfortable feeling that is grounding. Instead of wanting to go out every night, you’ll prefer spending time with your nearest and dearest.

An exciting career opportunity will arrive on the 7th, courtesy of the passionate New Moon. Being able to make money by doing work you love will be empowering. You’re not the type who can be happy in a dead-end job. Opportunities related to environmental protection, antique restoration or research will give you a chance to move up the ladder to success. Not only that, but such work will give life a sense of purpose and meaning. Getting out of bed each day will be invigorating instead of dispiriting. The Full Moon on the 23rd warns you against taking risks. Confessing a crush or making an investment will result in a big disappointment. Maintain the status quo during the second half of November, even if it bores you to do so. Sometimes it’s better to lead a predictable life than stir the pot. There will be plenty of chances for excitement during the Christmas season.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

A physical relationship forces you to make a decision on the 9th. That’s when the New Moon causes someone very close to you to question your feelings towards them. Spending all your time with friends makes them feel neglected. It’s time to change your priorities. If you’re single, resist the temptation to steer a platonic relationship into passionate waters. Although your loved one is very attractive, you aren’t suited to each other as a couple. Surprising news will reach your ears on the 24th, when the Full Moon brings hidden information to light. It will be such a relief to know that a community matter has been successful resolved. You’ve always been a pioneer for justice. Now resources are more evenly allocated among your neighbours, you can turn your attention to more fulfilling pursuits. Take an art class, go to a concert or read for pleasure. Avoid getting caught in a rut during the second half of October.

The New Moon on the 7th invites you to expand your horizons. Take this opportunity to earn an advanced degree, travel abroad or publish some work of your own. Venturing into unfamiliar territory will attract fame and acclaim. People will be charmed by your creativity and compassion. They’ll welcome you into an environment that makes you feel supported. Life is about to take an exciting turn; say ‘yes’ to every opportunity to advance your knowledge and experience different cultures. On the 23rd, family matters will weigh on your heart. Arguing about religion and politics with a relative creates stress. It may be best to put this relationship on hold, at least until tempers subside. If you can no longer maintain ties with a narrow-minded family member, break things off as civilly is possible. Forcing this relationship will just create misery on both sides. When in doubt, follow your moral code. It will never let you down.