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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)

A Solar Eclipse on the 11th will put you on the path to romance. You’ll feel a love connection with someone who shares your interest in art, hobbies and sports. Are you already in a relationship? This is a lovely time to plan an impromptu getaway. Do something spontaneous with your amour? If you’ve submitted your creative work for review, you’ll get enthusiastic feedback. Bask in the glow of your success; it’s important to enjoy these moments of victory. The Full Moon on the 26th brings the successful conclusion to a bureaucratic situation. After getting a license or official permission, you’ll be able to move forward with a career plan. Whether you want to start a business, land a high-profile position or change industries, now is the time to do so. You’re too ambitious to remain stuck in a dead-end job. By pushing yourself a little harder than usual, you’ll reach impressive heights.

Beware of taking up an extreme health regime on the 9th. That’s when a confusing New Moon will cloud your judgement. If you want to revise your diet or increase physical activity, talk to a doctor. They’ll tell you the best way to achieve the results you want. It will take longer than you expect to reach your goal. That’s fine. It’s better to move towards your dream in slow, steady increments. Alleged miracle cures will put too much pain and strain on your system. The Full Moon on the 25th will tempt you to enjoy some down time, but work won’t permit this. You’ll have to cancel plans to accommodate a demanding boss. If you’ve had enough of a thankless job, make a plan to land a better role. Don’t quit your current position until you’re offered another one. Protect your professional reputation; if you don’t, nobody else will.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

Making changes to your domestic situation will pay off handsomely on the 11th, thanks to a supportive Solar Eclipse. Selling a property, buying a new place or moving to a more supportive environment are among the possibilities. If you’ve been unhappy, you’ll stumble across an idea that gives you hope for the future. It will feel so much better once you channel your energy in a productive energy. Make time in your busy schedule for things you truly love. There is more to life than going from task to task without reward. On the 26th, the Full Moon marks an important turning point in a relationship. You could get engaged, married or divorced. If you’re deeply in love, it’s time to make a commitment. Has a partnership run its course? Break things off amicably. You’ll both fare better going in separate directions. A lawyer with a good reputation can keep things civil.

The New Moon on the 9th will make you impulsive. Beware of rushing a romantic relationship. Diving head first into a commitment will be cause for serious regret. You’re dealing with someone who has a hidden side that is quite upsetting. Keep things at the casual stage. Try to see how their words match their actions. This will tell you everything you need to know about their character. If you’re trying to find help for a child, it will take several attempts before finding the right situation for their particular needs. Be patient and don’t put too much stock in fancy diplomas. On the 25th, the Full Moon will bring an embarrassing secret to light. You may discover someone has been cheating you out of a joint fund. On the other hand, you will experience betrayal in a close relationship. Stay strong and breathe deep. Loyal friends will help you through this difficult passage.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

Launching a blog, podcast or webpage is strongly favoured for the 11th. That’s when a Solar Eclipse will showcase your impressive communication skills. If you’ve always wanted to write a book, this is the time to begin. Words will pour from you like a mighty river. It’s possible someone will ask you to take on a new role in your community. Taking this on will be personally and professionally rewarding. You’ll especially enjoy helping neighbours from all walks of life. The Full Moon on the 26th shines the spotlight on you. Getting a prize or award for your contributions at work will be gratifying. Use this accolade as a springboard to future success. Moving into a more creative industry is a distinct possibility. Alternatively, you could take the helm of a charitable organisation or fund raiser. This job will feel more like play than work. Best of all, it will have some significant financial perks.

Finding a place to live will be challenging during the first half of September. You may feel pressured to sign a lease or make a deposit on the 9th, due to a deceptive New Moon. Do not move forward on this deal until you have the property inspected by someone that you hire. They’ll point out any troublesome or expensive pitfalls. If you’re dealing with a troublesome family situation at this time, notify your employer. When they understand what you’re dealing with, they’ll stop having unrealistic expectations of you. The Full Moon on the 25th will send shock waves through your social circle. A bad breakup will cause someone to leave your midst. Don’t buy into one person’s version of events. This is a complicated matter with deception on both sides. You never know what happens with a couple once they go home and shut the door.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

An exciting moneymaking opportunity will arrive on the 11th, when a Solar Eclipse showcases your leadership ability. Don’t be surprised when you are put in charge of a creative division. If you’re not satisfied with the salary that is initially offered, negotiate a better one. You have a lot more power than you realise. If you have your own business, take this opportunity to raise your fees. Appreciative customers will have no trouble paying a little more for your superior services. The Full Moon on the 26th will find you returning from a trip or finishing a writing project. There will be a sense of accomplishment from this adventure. It’s not easy for you to put yourself on the line, yet you will do so successfully at the end of August. If you pass a final test or are awarded a degree, give yourself a handsome reward.

The New Moon on the 9th will cause some wires to get crossed. If you’re giving a set of confusing instructions, ask for clarification. Double check an address before entering it into your GPS. Before setting for an appointment, make sure it is the right date. If a meeting is missed, try not to get upset. The more flexible and laid back you are, the easier it will be to handle the confusing energy of early September. On the 25th, the Full Moon will create stress on the professional front. Someone you look up to and respect will ask for more than can be delivered. The limits of time and space will mean nothing to this deluded leader. Instead of trying to appeal to their logic, make a strategic retreat. Reflect on your options. It might be better to find employment elsewhere. There are few things more stressful than working for an irrational person.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

The Solar Eclipse on the 11th marks the beginning of an exciting journey for you. You’ll be able to make a name in your desired industry. Word of mouth will quickly spread of your superior talent. Soon, you’ll have more job offers than you can handle. If you’re involved in the performing arts, this would be a great time to go on an audition. Submitting written work for publication or an art portfolio to a gallery is also advised. On the 26th, the Full Moon finds you wrapping up a financial deal that affects you and your partner. Putting a deposit on a home is possible. Alternatively, you could establish a retirement or savings fund that paves the way for long term economic security. Crossing this item off your list of things to do will fill you with pride. It takes wisdom and sacrifice to plan for the future.

A moneymaking offer on the 9th will not be all it is cracked up to be. That’s when a deceptive New Moon will tempt you into taking a seemingly cushy job. Once you accept this position, you’ll be dismayed to learn you have been duped. It’s better to stick with a position you know during the first half of September. The last thing you want is to go to all the trouble of changing jobs, only to discover you’ve landed in a far worse situation. The Full Moon on the 25th will make it hard for you to spread your wings and fly. You may fail a test or fall short of graduation requirements. If you’ve applied to university, you might be turned away. Remain philosophical. When one door closes, another always opens. Be willing to explore an avenue that becomes suddenly available to you. Joining a community group will be good for you on many levels at the end of September.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

Retreating from public view is a good way to observe the Solar Eclipse on the 11th. Recently, you’ve been busy making the round of parties. Now you have an opportunity to rest and recuperate. Take this opportunity to catch up on your reading, update your diary and commune with nature. If you have pets, spend as much time with these special friends as possible. Plants and animals have a therapeutic effect on you. The Full Moon on the 26th finds you signing a contract, making a pledge or exchanging vows. Committing to a business or romantic partner will give you a chance to further develop your creative talent. Studying with a respected artist or craftsperson will give you a new lease on life. Artwork doesn’t feel frivolous when it is part of a course of study. That’s why it’s smart for you to always be taking a painting, writing or design class.

Your self-confidence will be undermined by a confusing New Moon on the 9th. No matter how clearly you try to communicate your points, the audience will fail to understand them. Don’t get upset. Take deep breaths and try another approach. You have a tendency to get bogged down in insignificant detail. Instead of overwhelming people with too much information, just give them a basic overview of the material. You might have to explain concepts you thought were universally understood. When in doubt, move slowly forward towards your goal. On the 25th, the Full Moon will create a rift in a close relationship. An argument over money and shared resources will cause you to reconsider this relationship. Financial security has always been critical to your wellbeing. You can’t be with someone who squanders money on expensive luxuries. Having good physical chemistry is nice, but it won’t sustain a lifetime union.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

On the 11th, a Solar Eclipse will be a welcome time to join a club, team or organisation. There is power in numbers. Joining forces with a group that is dedicated to making the world a better place is strongly favoured. If you’ve been trying to develop your creative talent, get involved with a set of artists. You’ll enjoy bouncing ideas off each other. There will also be plenty of opportunities to acquire some valuable skills. Learning to make clothes, jewellery or furniture will greatly improve your income. The Full Moon on the 26th marks the end of an important job. Once you hand in this assignment, you’ll be free to spend more time at home. Taking care of a child or sick relative will be rewarding. You have a knack for dispelling fear and putting others at ease. It feels good to move the focus from your professional to your personal life.

A rival will take credit for your hard work in early September. Don’t let the deceptive New Moon on the 9th cause you to let down your guard. If you submit work, do it to several people via email. That way, people will know when it was submitted and who generated it. If you’re offered a job, don’t leave your current one until you get a signed document from your employer. Circumstances will change quickly during the first half of the month. What seems like a sealed deal could vanish into thin air. The Full Moon on the 25th will cause you to question a close partnership. A meddling relative will fill your head with doubt and fear. If you have any questions about a partner’s loyalty, talk to them. Establish a healthier boundary between your family and romantic lives. If your amour is being attacked by your kin, stand in your partner’s defence.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

An exciting job offer will arrive on or around the 11th, courtesy of a favourable Solar Eclipse. Accepting changed responsibilities will cause you to discover some hidden talents. Although you’re private by nature, you have tremendous star power. Getting paid to represent a product or company will be an enjoyable challenge. You exude an air of dark mystery that will attract lots of publicity. Be forthright about all financial matters, but be a little cagey when it comes to your other work methods. On the 26th, the Full Moon will inspire you to finish a creative project or formalise a romantic relationship. If you have a child who has been undergoing a serious challenge, they will pass with flying colours. Make sure to celebrate their victory together. The best way to ensure a child’s future success is to praise their accomplishments. Positive reinforcement works wonders. When corrections need to be made, be stern and supportive.

On the 9th, you’ll meet some interesting people at a party or professional conference. It’s best to maintain an air of formality with these people in the early stages. One or two of the individuals you meet will have shady characters. The last thing you want is to let down your guard with someone who will milk you of time, energy and resources. Just because someone is well informed and has a good education does not mean they are trustworthy. The Full Moon on the 25th brings the end to a demanding work assignment. It will be such a relief to get this project off your desk. Negative feedback from officials should be expected. You weren’t given enough time or resources to do justice to this work. Instead of getting defensive, let these remarks roll off your back. Bigger and better opportunities are ahead; keep your eyes open for them.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

On the 11th, you’ll get an opportunity to travel, write or study. Expanding your horizons will make you more optimistic. You’re an adventurous person who feels hemmed in by daily responsibilities. By breaking away from an old routine, you’ll realise you have more options than you thought. The chance to live overseas or study with a respected master will cause a black cloud to lift. The Full Moon on the 26th will prompt you to relocate or change your home environment in some way. Moving to a relaxing neighbourhood will be a welcome change of pace. You’ve always been highly sociable, but it’s important to have a secure home base where you can recuperate from parties. If you continue to burn the candle at both ends, you’ll suffer a health crisis. If you’re happy where you live, create a tranquil spot where you can let your hair down and put your feet up after a long day.

The New Moon on the 9th marks a professional opportunity. Look before you leap. The terms of this deal are extremely murky. You might be told you can work from home, only to discover you’ll be expected to spend all your time in the corporate office. If you are thinking of running for office, consider what a toll this position will take on your family life. You may be expected to be on call at all times for this position. That won’t work if you’re raising children, caring for an elderly relative or supporting a busy romantic partner. On the 25th, the Full Moon will bring some disappointing news. An emotional or financial gamble will backfire, leaving you in a difficult position. It may be necessary to cancel a trip or cut back on extras for children, like music lessons or summer camp. Let this be a lesson before sinking money into the next sure thing.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

Money from an inheritance, refund or royalty cheque will arrive on or around the 11th. That’s when a Solar Eclipse will bolster your financial prospects. Use this windfall to take a pleasant holiday. You work hard, but your enthusiasm for work will fade without a reward. Visiting a sun-drenched beach will be a welcome change from being stuck inside a stuffy office all day. If you’re single, you’ll meet someone special on this trip. Keep your eyes open for someone who exudes an air of glamour. Are you already in a relationship? This break will feel like a second honeymoon. On the 26th, the Full Moon will prompt you to turn your attention to creating a sensible daily routine. Instead of running around doing errands all day, you’ll focus on spending quality time with your nearest and dearest. Reconnecting with your friends and pets will be a primary focus at the end of August.

The terms of a legal deal will be extremely unfair. It may be necessary to hire a lawyer to protect your interests. Even then, the New Moon on the 9th will make it difficult to get justice. It may be best to settle and walk away from an exhausting fight. Sometimes protecting your resources is more important than prevailing in court. If you’re thrust into an unfamiliar environment and feel like you’re out of your depth, ask for additional training. It’s better to admit your ignorance than pretend to know what you’re doing. The Full Moon on the 25th creates drama on the home front. Trying to push a relative into an arrangement they don’t like will cause great resentment. It’s better to sit down together and strike a compromise. By listening carefully to your family member’s concerns, you’ll become much more compassionate. The key to any successful relationship is showing respect for each other’s feelings.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

A close relationship will burst into flower on the 11th, thanks to a powerful Solar Eclipse. Two heads are definitely better than one during mid-August. If you are having difficulty reaching your professional goals, think about hiring a manager, agent or talent representative. This will allow you to focus on your craft while your partner finds work for you. Are you looking for love? You will find it at a sporting event, art show or contest. Your pulse will pound when you cross paths with a glamorous person who has a warm smile. On the 26th, the Full Moon will mark a career milestone. Getting an award or bonus for your exceptional performance will be gratifying. After posing for pictures and taking some bows, you’ll be ready to adopt a lower key role. Working from behind the scenes will give you a chance to develop some bold ideas. It will be a relief to escape public scrutiny.

An intimate relationship gets off to a rocky start in early September. The New Moon on the 9th causes people to be distrustful, elusive and deceptive. If you catch someone near and dear to you in a lie, it’s a red flag. You’re not a judgmental person. Learning something disturbing about someone’s past doesn’t bother you when it comes from the horse’s mouth. If you hear it through other channels, it’s cause for concern. You do not want to get involved with a habitual liar. On the 25th, the Full Moon brings upsetting information to light. Decisions will be taken affecting your world of work. It could mean that there will be no chance of promotion and more chance of needing to move on. This may be a blessing in disguise. The Universe is pushing you to find a better work situation. Relocating to an area that has robust job growth can greatly improve your prospects for finding a lucrative position that’s highly enjoyable.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

An exciting job offer will arrive on the 11th, thanks to an electrifying Solar Eclipse. Getting a regular income will give you an opportunity to indulge in creature comforts. Although you’re not especially materialistic, you do love well-crafted furniture, clothes and jewellery. Treating yourself to such lovely merchandise will give your ego a much-needed boost. The Full Moon on the 26th urges you to pamper yourself even further. As a general rule, you pour most of your energy into personal relationships. Working hard to make others happy is a natural extension of your caring instincts. When you become drained and dispirited, it’s time to move your energy. Take a few days off, enjoy a spa treatment and treat yourself to a gourmet meal. Above all, stay away from toxic people who always need something from you. After getting a temporary break from these emotional vampires, you may decide to permanently end these ties.

A close relationship will show signs of strain on or around the 9th. That’s when a deceptive New Moon will cause you to jump to conclusions about your best friend, romantic partner or business associate. Instead of trying to read your friend’s mind, ask them outright what they want from your relationship. The answer may surprise you. This is not a good time to get engaged, exchange wedding vows or sign a binding contract. The Full Moon on the 25th brings a financial disappointment. Payment for work will be much less than you expected. A contractor could deduct pay for supplies or hidden expenses. The injustice of this situation will penetrate deeply. Launching a legal suit will be futile, since the law is on their side. Chalk this up to a learning experience and move on. Dwelling on your disappointment will only cause you to miss other moneymaking opportunities.