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

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

The New Moon on the 4th invites you to expand your social network. Make it your mission to attend as many parties, casual get togethers and professional conferences as possible during the first two weeks of February. Who you know is just as important as what you know this month. If you’re having trouble finding a home, job or romantic partner, spread the word among your nearest and dearest. Chances are you will find what you desire through an intermediary. On the 19th, you’ll wrap up a job that has required a great deal of care and attention. This will lead to more lucrative work opportunities. Being able to make money from your handiwork is a distinct possibility. You’ll gain a loyal following by putting a modern twist on a traditional formula. Working with metals and precious stones may be especially appealing to your creative side. You have the makings of a successful artisan.

Embarking on a spiritual journey is advised for the beginning of March. The New Moon on the 6th urges you to turn your attention inward. If your current job or lifestyle makes you uncomfortable, it’s time to make a change. It may be necessary to take up another line of work or relocate to a different part of the world. Trust your intuition; it will not let you down. Dreams contain psychic messages at this time. Keep a pen and paper handy at all times this month. On the 21st, the Full Moon brings a relationship problem to light. Spending too much time on career concerns is creating resentment with your best friend or romantic partner. Stop telling yourself work is the most important thing in life. Good relationships are more precious than gold. Give them the time and attention they deserve. Scaling back your job responsibilities is strongly advised.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

On the 4th, you’ll have a chance to land a high-profile job in a cutting-edge field. You have a talent for putting newcomers at ease with your soothing voice and down to earth approach to business. When your employer realises how successful they’ve become thanks to your skills and talents, you could be put in charge of a new project. You are clearly worth your weight in gold so maybe you should ask for a rise. If you’ve been thinking of launching your own business, don’t try to follow a tired old formula. The more innovative your enterprise, the better. The Full Moon on the 19th is ideal for romance. If you’re looking for love, you’ll find it with an ardent admirer. It will be good for your ego to be pursued by someone determined to win your heart. Are you already in a relationship? Take this opportunity to enjoy a relaxing vacation with your amour.

Joining a group or team will pay off handsomely during the first half of March. The New Moon on the 6th urges you to join forces with other creative people. Whether you’re collaborating on a work-related proposal or developing an artistic project is immaterial. The important thing is that you will get the encouragement and affirmation you crave from people you respect. On the 21st, the Full Moon will create some disappointment on the health front. It will be necessary to improve your eating and exercise habits. Instead of expecting overnight results, pace yourself slowly. It may take a few weeks before you have renewed energy, so be patient. A diet that is mainly comprised of lean protein, fresh produce and whole grains is critical to your wellbeing. Keep sugar to a minimum, as it weakens your immune system and saps your strength. Daily exercise, even if it’s a brisk walk, will also improve your physical and mental health.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

The opportunity to expand your horizons will arrive on or around the 4th, courtesy of an adventurous New Moon. This is an ideal time to visit a country that has fascinated you since childhood. At times, you will feel like a fish out of water. Don’t worry about looking foolish. Locals will be happy to show you the ropes. A helpful guide will show you the best places to shop, eat and sightsee. On the 19th, the Full Moon will bring a domestic matter to its successful conclusion. If you’ve been trying to buy or sell a house, you’ll be able to seal a profitable deal. Are you merging households with your amour? The process will be seamless if carried out during the second half of February. Have you been looking for a good living situation for an elderly relative? You’ll find the perfect place at the end of the month.

The New Moon on the 6th pulls an exciting career opportunity into your orbit. You could take on a new role with a charitable organisation, cultural institution or creative company. Your ability to work with people from all walks of life will fuel your success. When going on job interviews, emphasise your communication and interpersonal skills. They will help you win this highly desirable job. The Full Moon on the 21st delivers disappointing news about love. A relationship that once looked promising could fall apart at the seams. It’s possible you’re dealing with someone who cannot be happy, regardless of their circumstances. Playing the role of rescuer will be a game of diminishing returns. You’re better off going solo. Are you in a serious relationship? Your partner may experience a terrible blow. A creative project could be rejected or a financial loss could occur. Do your best to create the emotional stability they need.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

On the 4th, the New Moon will attract a handsome windfall. Money from an inheritance, legal settlement or insurance refund will allow you to pay off debts and build savings. If you have a romantic or business partner, there’s a good chance your other half will get a big raise or bonus. Their financial fortune will benefit you. Take this opportunity to build a solid financial foundation. You’re not the type who is comfortable living from paycheque to paycheque. The Full Moon on the 19th brings fantastic news about work. It’s possible a new branch of your company will open close to your home, significantly reducing your commute. Alternatively, you might be able to work from home several days a week, helping you to save on gas money or public transport fares. If you applied for work a long time ago and have given up hope, you’ll get a lovely surprise in the form of a job offer.

You’ll have a chance to expand your horizons at the beginning of March. That’s because the New Moon on the 6th will prompt you to improve your qualifications, take an overseas trip or develop a personal project. Whatever path you take will have an educational component to it. Being exposed to new ideas and attitudes will prompt you to make some changes to your lifestyle. It’s possible you’ll take up a spiritual practice or relocate to a different part of the world. Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams this month; they will lead you to happiness. The Full Moon on the 21st puts strain on your family life. Relatives may be threatened by the transformation you are undergoing. Stop looking for other people’s approval. This is your life; nobody else can lead it for you. If certain family members can’t accept your decision, stay strong. Give yourself time to grieve the relationship and move on.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

The New Moon on the 4th injects life into a close relationship. Things will be looking up for you and your best friend, romantic partner or even someone you work with. It’s possible you’ll take a trip or relocate to an exciting part of the world together. Are you single? You won’t be for long, especially after posting an intriguing profile on an Internet dating site. Finally, you’ll meet someone who is offbeat, intelligent and original. The days surrounding the 19th will be lucrative. A handsome payment will land in your bank account, allowing you to indulge in a few luxuries. If you’ve been thinking of upgrading your computer or smartphone, this would be a good time to do so. Are you feeling ambitious? Modernising your kitchen or bathroom will greatly increase the value of your home. The key is finding a talented work crew that is known for its painstaking precision.

Money from an inheritance, royalty payment or legal settlement will arrive on the 6th, just when you need it most. The New Moon is urging you to enjoy a quiet retreat. If you’re in a romantic relationship, you’ll have an especially good time with your amour. Are you single? You could meet someone special at a seaside resort. Be open to flirting with a charming stranger. Letting down your defences will pay off handsomely at the beginning of March. On the 21st, the Full Moon brings distressing news about work. There may be layoffs in the pipeline. Instead of panicking, breathe deep and take a longer view. This could be your chance to transition to a more rewarding career. You may have to acquire some advanced skills to land a job that is worthy of you. If that’s the case, grin and bear it. Getting a license or certificate will put you in line for some very lucrative work.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

The New Moon on the 4th is excellent for beginning a health regimen. It’s important to attend to your mental and spiritual wellbeing as well as your physical fitness. If you’re prone to anxiety, learn some relaxation techniques. Training yourself to cope with stress in a constructive way will be liberating. Never underestimate the mind’s impact on the body. You could soon see good results from this practice as soon as the 19th, when the Full Moon has you feeling better than ever. Take this opportunity to treat yourself like royalty. It’s time to focus on your own needs, rather than catering to everyone else. When you treat yourself like royalty, others will follow suit. Don’t feel guilty about indulging your sensual side. It’s an integral part of who you are.

The New Moon on the 6th paves the way for a passionate encounter with your partner. Take this opportunity to enjoy a relaxing vacation with your amour. You’ll enjoy visiting restaurants, shops and sites of local interest together. Are you single? You’ll meet someone special at a religious, cultural or creative event. It will be hard to resist the charms of an engaging newcomer at work or on your social scene. Entering into a creative alliance is definitely worth thinking about at the beginning of March. In both love and business, two heads are better than one. On the 21st, you’ll be amount of a paycheque. Deductions may have been made for hidden expenses or additional taxes. No matter how much you fight for more money, your efforts will fall flat. Let this be a lesson moving forward. If you aim to get paid a decent wage, you must raise your rates. This won’t make you popular, but it’s necessary for your own well-being.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

The New Moon on the 4th will be highly romantic. If you’re single, you’ll meet a rebel who makes your pulse pound. It will be so refreshing to spend time with someone who has unique opinions and unusual tastes. Are you already in a relationship? Take this opportunity to travel off the beaten path with your amour. Visiting a part of the world that is totally different from home will be a joyful experience. On the 19th, the Full Moon will invite you to rest, relax and recharge your batteries. Colleagues will pressure you to do more than your fair share of work. Issue firm but polite refusals. The days of your doing more than one job are over. By reducing your work load, you’ll have time for the activities you truly love. Writing, playing music and creating works of art will be a refreshing change from spending every spare moment at the office.

Finding ways to rest and relax will cultivate renewed health at the beginning of March. Listen to what your body is telling you on or around the 6th. That’s when the New Moon will urge you to scale back your work schedule. Taking a vacation, cutting back your work hours or establishing a soothing bedtime routine will make you feel years younger. If you’re unemployed, you’ll be offered a job in a creative field. The Full Moon on the 21st will put you in an uncomfortable position. It may be necessary to deliver painful truths to a delusional relative. You might be forced to find accommodations for an elderly family member who can no longer live on their own. Alternatively, it may be necessary to have an intervention for a loved one who is in the grips of an addiction. Your initial remarks will not be well received. Stay strong and be honest.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

If you’ve been thinking of moving, the beginning of February presents an ideal opportunity to do so. You could find a beautiful place in an offbeat neighbourhood on the 4th, courtesy of the New Moon. Being surrounded by eccentrics brings out the best in you. If there’s anything that dulls your creative edge, it’s mainstream society. Are you happy where you live? It’s possible a baby, roommate or elderly relative will join your household. This newcomer will make your abode feel refreshing and lively. The Full Moon on the 19th is ideal for throwing a party. Bringing together your nearest and dearest will remind you of how very lucky you truly are. If you’re single, you could meet someone special through this shindig. A guest will bring a friend that makes your pulse pound. You won’t have to lift a finger to put this romance into motion. Being pursued by an ardent admirer will be gratifying.

On the 6th, the New Moon attracts romance like a flower draws bees. If you’re single, you’ll be surrounded by admires at the beginning of March. Choose the sensitive artist who brings out your protective side. This could be a love match for the ages. Are you already in a relationship? Your amour will perform a gesture on your behalf that is truly touching. Be receptive to a gift or favour that comes from the heart. Letting down your guard with your partner will pave the way for a closer, happier relationship. The Full Moon on the 21st brings a shocking secret to light. It’s important to be more discreet with people you don’t know very well. If someone who has pretending to be your friend betrays you, stay calm. Treat this as a teaching moment. It may be necessary to apologise for some catty remarks you made about a neighbour or relative.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

On the 4th, the New Moon presents an intriguing opportunity to communicate on a worldwide scale. Launching a blog, taping a podcast or sharing videos on social media can attract a loyal following. People appreciate your unorthodox views and may even seek your advice on everything from relationships to shopping to cooking to travel. Don’t worry about breaking the rules. You always fare best after breaking away from the pack. You’ll reach a career milestone on the 19th, thanks to a generous Full Moon. People do appreciate all the time and care you put into your work. Don’t be surprised when you’re given a raise, promotion or both during the second half of February. If you’ve been unemployed, you’ll be offered a position worthy of your talent at this time. Earning a steady paycheque will give you an opportunity to build a secure foundation. At long last, you’ll be able to establish deep roots.

The New Moon on the 6th marks a happy time at home. A pregnancy or a birth could be announced. You might relocate to a beautiful place. It’s even possible you’ll sell or buy a piece of property; this deal will create both emotional and financial stability. If you’ve always wanted to adopt a more spiritual lifestyle, do so at the beginning of March. Just because you were raised to value certain things does not mean you have to maintain these priorities. Create a lifestyle that makes you happy. The Full Moon on the 21st will mark some changes to your social circle. You’re tired of dealing with someone who enjoys raining on your parade. Going your separate ways will make you breathe a sigh of relief. Don’t feel guilty about this break. Pouring energy into this draining relationship has been too costly. Move on to greener pastures.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

The New Moon on the 4th attracts an unusual moneymaking venture. Moving into a cutting-edge field will be highly profitable. You may decide to join an investment group that specialises in research and development. Any opportunities involving air travel, broadcasting and medical supplies are also looking good. If you’re happy with your current job, this is a good time to ask for a raise. Adopting a logical approach to salary negotiations will be highly effective. The Full Moon on the 19th may find you returning from a trip or concluding a course of study. Use everything you’ve learned to deepen your appreciation for life. Instead of pouring all your energy into getting ahead and making more money, start doing things for pure pleasure. Developing art projects, communing with nature and spending time with pets will bring happiness that money can’t buy. The spiritual world should trump the material realm during the second half of February.

Good news reaches your ears on the 6th. The New Moon has a powerful message for you. Be open to accepting signs from the spiritual realm. A strange coincidence, a chance encounter or a found object will affirm you are on the right path. Take comfort in the knowledge your kindness and generosity has been recognised. If you get a chance to study with someone you have always admired, take it. Sign up quickly, as spots will be filled faster than expected. On the 21st, the Full Moon will create some disappointment in the career arena. You may be blamed for something you didn’t do. Alternatively, you may be taken to task for not assuming a false front. You’re not the type to pretend everything is coming up roses during a famine. Resist the temptation to quit your job before you have another firm offer. Protect your interests at all costs.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

On the 4th, the New Moon will inspire you to adopt a new look or assume another role. Making a fresh start will put a spring in your step and a sparkle in your eyes. If you’ve been thinking about changing your hairstyle, revamping your wardrobe or going for a whole new look, this would be a great time to take the plunge. Have you been yearning to take up a weird hobby or venture onto a different career path? Obey your instincts; they won’t steer you wrong at the beginning of February. The Full Moon on the 19th cultivates passion on the relationship front. A rendezvous with your amour will be highly enjoyable. Are you single? You could meet someone special in a classroom, book club or political group. The fastest way to your heart is through the brain. Team up with someone who is always making intriguing observations; you’ll find their company highly satisfying.

On the 6th, the New Moon will attract a moneymaking opportunity. Getting paid to exercise your creative talent will be the answer to a prayer. If you’re not happy with your current job, you could accept a position with a charitable, cultural or religious organisation. Not only will this work be profitable, but it will also be emotionally satisfying. Leaving the corporate world will be especially satisfying. The Full Moon on the 21st could create some legal trouble. A court decision could go against your interest, making you very upset. Instead of dwelling on your anger, find a healthy outlet for it. How you deal with this setback will determine the opportunities ahead. If you accept defeat gracefully, you’ll be able to move in to a more supportive environment. Defying authority will further compound your problems. The choice is yours. Resist the temptation to isolate yourself when sadness sets in. Friends can lift your spirits.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

Solitary pleasures and pastimes are best for you at the beginning of February. The New Moon on the 4th will prompt you to read, write or commune with nature. Don’t let demanding loved ones invade your privacy. By sneaking off to a private hideaway, you’ll be able to enjoy prolonged silence. Working alone on a creative project could be especially productive. Incredible breakthroughs will occur when you escape the meddling influence of those around you. The Full Moon on the 19th presents an excellent opportunity to help a loved one. Ease the concerns of a best friend, business associate or romantic partner by helping them keep a promise during the second half of the month. This selfless act will draw you closer together. Serving as an intermediary can take the pressure off a strained relationship. If your friend is having difficulty with a customer, relative or neighbour, you can serve as the contact person. A painful conflict could finally be resolved, thanks to your diplomatic approach.

The New Moon on the 6th invites you to dream big. Realising a cherished goal will make your soul sing. Whether you want to relocate, land a great job, complete a creative project or embark on a romance is not the central factor. If you can conceive it, you can achieve it. The first half of March is also ideal for revamping your image. Getting a new hairstyle, updating your wardrobe or joining a new social circle will lift your spirits and improve your outlook. On the 21st, you may have an argument over a joint financial account. A business or romantic partner has a very different attitude towards money. This is putting stress on your relationship. Consulting a money manager may be the only way to resolve your differences. Being able to discuss your concerns with an objective third party will cause some breakthroughs. If each of you are willing to compromise, you can salvage this union.