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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)

Upsetting news about a community issue will arrive on the 12th, due to a stressful Full Moon. Government officials have been cutting deals behind the scenes. These negotiations will have a negative impact on the people living in your neighbourhood. It would be wise to band together and devise a plan for defying these orders. There is power in numbers. A Solar Eclipse on the 26th highlights your leadership ability. You’ll be asked to take the helm of an influential organisation. Your ability to fundraise and organise will cultivate success. Don’t be surprised if you become something of a local celebrity as a result of this role. People will be impressed with your ability to spin straw into gold. You also command a loyal following, thanks to your ability to deliver on promises. The end of December will find your sphere of influence expanding. When you talk, others will listen.

JANUARY: Working behind the scenes will be rewarding starting on the 6th. Take this opportunity to launch an important and confidential project. Your imagination will run wild if you can escape the attention of critics and cynics. This is also a good time to work with big bureaucracies like hospitals, universities and government agencies. Paperwork will be processed very quickly, especially if you treat officials with courtesy and consideration. A Lunar Eclipse on the 10th marks the end of a tense domestic situation. You may decide to relocate to a more tranquil and scenic setting. It’s also possible you’ll cut ties with a contentious relative. A pay rise, promotion or more responsible role is yours for the asking on the 13th; and an important ambition will be satisfied. The New Moon on the 24th warns against getting pulled into a group project filled with intransigent individuals. It will be better for you to go solo at the end of January.

 

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

Payment for a job well done will be less than expected. An aggravating Full Moon on the 12th will trigger an angry exchange with a deceptive client or customer. If you loaned money to a friend, it will be difficult to be repaid. The person you helped will claim they were given this sum as a gift. Let this be a lesson about mixing friendship with finance. Combining the two is often disastrous. Things will start looking up on the 26th, when a Solar Eclipse invites you to expand your horizons. Going on an overseas trip, enrolling in an advanced academic programme or publishing a book are among the possibilities. It’s also possible that you’ll broadcast your ideas via a newspaper column, podcast or blog. Use the closing days of the year to build a reputation as a respected expert. Your services shouldn’t come free, they have to be paid for, allowing you to travel in style.

JANUARY: The Lunar Eclipse on the 10th will bring some surprising news about a community concern. This information will make you see a leader in a new and different light. It’s important to remember that even the most admirable people can have feet of clay. The 11th allows you to move forward with a stalled self-improvement project. You’ll enjoy breaking free of a bad habit or limiting thought pattern. Be sure to attend as many parties and social gatherings as possible during the middle of January. You’re sure to meet some stimulating and attractive people during this golden period. On the 24th, the New Moon will dangle a tantalising career opportunity before you. Instead of joining the corporate world, you may decide to remain a free agent. You don’t want to get bogged down in a predictable job. Trust your intuition about work matters at the end of January; it won’t let you down.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

You’ll be placed in an awkward position in the middle of December. Your boss may ask you to take the blame for their mistake on the 12th, when a Full Moon threatens to expose their ineptitude. It’s better to walk away from a secure position than serve as a human shield. Tender your resignation or turn down a promotion. Being unemployed during the Christmas season is never a happy situation, but keep the faith. A Solar Eclipse on the 26th will reap handsome financial rewards. An inheritance, legal settlement or insurance refund will be unexpectedly rewarded to you. This windfall will greatly improve your lifestyle. Not only will you be able to cover your expenses, you’ll be able to pay your debts and enjoy a few luxuries, too. This improved financial situation will take the pressure off an intimate relationship, paving the way for some passionate encounters at the end of 2019.

JANUARY: A business or romantic partnership is worth pursuing on the 3rd. Teaming up with someone who is adventurous, curious and light-hearted will be a source of great joy. Make your desire to work together known; playing hard to get could easily backfire. On the 10th, a Lunar Eclipse will bring an end to a source of income. This will be a blessing in disguise. Use this opportunity to find a job that is more emotionally rewarding than your previous position. An unusual opportunity to travel, study or write could come your way on the 16th; Take this chance to expand your horizons. The New Moon on the 24th warns against getting entangled in a legal battle. It’s better to settle out of court than waste valuable time, money and energy on lawyers. Don’t worry about what others will think of your withdrawing from this conflict. Stay focused on what you feel is best for you. 

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

Troubling information will come to light on the 12th, due to a revelatory Full Moon. Someone who has been pretending to have expert knowledge will be exposed as a fraud. Let this be a lesson about putting your faith in others. When you are compelled by a charismatic figure, do some research into their background. You may discover their claims have no basis in reality. A Solar Eclipse on the 26th paves the way to an exciting relationship. Falling in love or forming a business alliance are distinct possibilities. You also might get engaged or married. Joining forces with someone else will have long term benefits. If you already have a romantic partner, they’ll have wonderful career news. You might be accompanying your partner on a series of glamorous business trips. Seeing the world on an expense account will be the answer to a prayer. A special closeness will develop between you and your amour.

JANUARY: A role will come to an end on the 10th, due to a jarring Lunar Eclipse. Although you’ll mourn the passing of this phase, it’s important to know there are even better things ahead. Make some exciting plans that reflect your heart’s desire. An important alliance will improve your personal and professional prospects on the 13th. Lean on your romantic or business partner during the middle of the month; they can and will help you realise a cherished goal. If you’re on your own, you’ll meet someone special at a professional or creative conference. Don’t hesitate to approach a successful achiever; you’ll feel an immediate kinship. On the 24th, the New Moon will tempt you into making an expensive purchase with a credit card. Instead of driving yourself into debt, find ways of being more resourceful. You can live quite easily without this expensive product or service. Relieve yourself of financial pressure.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

Things will be tense on the friendship front in mid-December. The Full Moon on the 12th will fuel tempers. Resist the temptation to respond to an obnoxious or offensive remark on social media. You may feel compelled to defend a group who is being attacked. Injecting yourself into this conversation will be like pouring gasoline on a smouldering fire. Maintain a tactful silence and let the verbally abusive person fall on their own sword. A Solar Eclipse on the 26th invites you to launch a health regimen. Overhauling your diet, exercise and sleep routine will enhance your natural good looks. You’ll turn heads wherever you go at the end of December. If you’ve been looking for a job, you’ll land a position at a prestigious company. This role will involve extensive travel. Staying at the world’s most luxurious hotels will be just your cup of tea. You’ll be traveling first class all the way.

JANUARY: An exciting job with generous benefits will be offered to you on the 7th. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get the marketable skills you need to move forward. Be willing to accept an entry level position; you’ll quickly rise through the ranks of your new company. A Lunar Eclipse on the 10th brings an embarrassing secret to light. Instead of getting defensive about this revelation, you should admit your mistakes. People are forgiving when they sense someone is truly repentant. Adopting a change in the way you live your life near the 13th will yield impressive results. Be willing to give up health hazarding habits for the sake of renewed vitality. The New Moon on the 24th might tempt you into forming an unusual work partnership. It would be better to wait for a more reliable professional ally. Entering this union will force you to continually clean up someone else’s messes. Don’t be fooled by a charismatic person’s overtures; leopards do not change their spots. 

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

A tense career situation will come to a head on the 12th, due to a powerful Full Moon. You may confront a rival who has been spreading lies about you. It’s possible you’ll employer will side with them instead of you. If this happens, stay calm. Don’t quit in a huff. Begin looking for another professional opportunity. It’s easier to find a position when you already have one. By the time the 26th arrives, the Solar Eclipse will reward your search. A position in a creative field will be offered to you. It will feel like you’re getting paid a handsome salary for having fun. The final days of 2019 will have a karmic quality to them. The Universe will reward your patience, perseverance and superior talent. Don’t be surprised when your work turns you into a virtual love magnet. You’re never as attractive as when you are practicing your art.

JANUARY: A flirtatious conversation on the 2nd could lead to an exciting romance. It feels wonderful to be with someone who shares your ambitions. By joining forces, you can build a prosperous life that is a continued source of pleasure. Are you already in a relationship? Book a luxury vacation for you and your amour at the beginning of January. On the 10th, a Lunar Eclipse will bring an end to a stressful situation. You’re tired of walking on eggshells with an overly sensitive person. Parting ways will be sad, but liberating. The 16th could prompt you to interview for a new job or look for more work assignments. Your vision and tenacity will help you land a great professional opportunity. The New Moon on the 24th might tempt you to buy an expensive time-saving gadget. Wait another month before splashing out on this device, as it may not live up to expectations.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

On the 12th, you might experience a series of frustrating travel delays. The more flexible you are about this situation, the better. If your flight is overbooked, it would be wise to accept a seat on a plane that leaves the next day. Relaxing in a hotel room will be much better than waiting in an airport terminal, waiting for a flight that will ultimately be cancelled. Hold out for a good deal that will properly compensate your time and aggravation. Exciting changes to your household will occur on the 26th, thanks to an expansive Solar Eclipse. You might move to an affluent area or buy a luxury home. It’s also possible that a youngster or maybe an elderly relative joins your household, cultivating a joyous atmosphere. If you’ve been trying to sell a piece of property, you’ll do so for a handsome profit. There will be cause for celebration at the end of December.

JANUARY: A Lunar Eclipse on the 10th could mark a power struggle with an overbearing employer. You may decide to leave your job or start your own company because of this conflict. Working from home would be a wonderful arrangement for you. If you need start-up money, apply to a lending institution or relative for a loan on the 13th. You’ll get very generous terms for this deal. Use this money to create a congenial and convenient office space. When you have lots of comfortable space to work from, your productivity will soar. The New Moon on the 24th warns against getting carried away in romance. Making personal sacrifices for a troubled partner or love interest will backfire. Be ready to turn down a request for help or demand for money. This isn’t selfish; it’s sensible. Harsh criticism could come from a jealous relative or neighbour on the 27th. Take these negative remarks with a grain of salt.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

An unexpected expense could strain your bank account on the 12th. That’s when the Full Moon will shed light on a shortage. You might have to buy additional memory for your computer or increase your router bandwidth. Although making this outlay will make you unhappy, it is necessary. Having reliable equipment that meets your needs is critical to your success in mid-December. Things will be looking up on the 26th, when a Solar Eclipse brings happy news. A cherished relative will come to visit or you could publish a book. If you’ve always wanted to study with a prominent teacher, you’ll have the chance to do so in the final days of 2019. Don’t hesitate to sign up for this course, as spots will fill quickly. Working with an accomplished teacher will help you realise your own potential. Cracking the books will seem more like a blessing than a burden; you’ll love this learning process.

JANUARY: On the 10th, a Lunar Eclipse will bring a painful legal matter to a close. Although you might not be happy with the outcome, you will be relieved that the situation is over and done with. Give yourself a reward for having survived this challenge; you have earned it. An unusual person from your past could reappear on the 11th, creating excitement in your personal life. Together, you can collaborate on a creative project or maybe even embark on a passionate romance. A recommendation or reference from a powerful individual will improve your career prospects on the 13th. Never underestimate the importance of having great connections. On the 24th, the New Moon will tempt you to relocate. Don’t break your lease or put your home on the market, as you will quickly have second thoughts when you see your options for a new place. Alternatively, you might find a lovely abode, only to have a seemingly ironclad contract fall apart at the last minute.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

A troubled relationship will reach the breaking point on the 12th. That’s when the Full Moon will urge you to walk away from a manipulative friend, romantic partner or business associate. You once found their whimsical ways charming. Now you recognise their quirky behaviour as manipulative. Being constantly thrown off balance has stopped you from building a secure foundation. This relationship has also damaged some family ties. Take a deep breath and walk away from this union. A Solar Eclipse on the 26th will ease whatever heartache you’ve experienced. You’ll be able to take a job or start a profitable business. Signing a contract with an international company will work out well for you. This agreement will relieve your financial burdens, paving the way to a luxurious and early retirement. If you run for political office, you will be victorious. The power and prestige of this position is considerable. Use this influence to benefit vulnerable people in your community.

JANUARY: Becoming more active on the 3rd will give you a healthy glow. This is an ideal time to join a gym, hire a personal trainer or begin a fitness regimen. When you move your body, creative ideas will flow like a mighty river. On the 10th, a Lunar Eclipse will bring an emergency expense to your attention. You won’t be able to avoid this big bill any longer. Do everything in your power to satisfy this debt as quickly as possible. If you want to buy or sell your home, the 15th presents an excellent opportunity to do so. You’ll walk away from this deal in a much better financial position. The New Moon on the 24th is not a good time to buy an electronic gadget, computer or car. A last-minute sale may be a store or manufacturer’s attempt to unload a faulty product. Save up for a quality model.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

 

A health problem will demand your attention on the 12th, due to a disruptive Full Moon. If you’re not satisfied with a doctor’s prognosis, get a second opinion. It may be necessary to see a specialist to pinpoint a problem. Be patient and do everything in your power to cultivate wellness. If this means avoiding sugar, fat and alcohol during the Christmas season, so be it. The Solar Eclipse on the 26th marks an exciting beginning for you. It’s possible you will earn an advanced degree, move abroad or start your own company. You will have the Midas touch during the final days of December. A small investment will have a huge return. If you’ve been thinking of changing your look, do so now; you will be delighted with the results and it will boost your confidence. Ring in 2020 by forging a brand-new identity.

JANUARY: A business or romantic partnership will undergo a big transformation on the 10th, due to a stressful Lunar Eclipse. If this relationship is going to survive, some big changes must occur. A temporary or permanent separation is possible. You’ll undergo an important personal transformation on the 12th. Give yourself permission to abandon odious responsibilities and pursue your dream life. Don’t take a financial risk on the 23rd; it will be better to keep your hard-earned money in the bank. You’ll find ways to expand your income in February, when you’ll attract an unusual business opportunity. The New Moon on the 24th warns against accepting a job that sounds too good to be true. The duties that were described will radically change after you move to this company. Hold out for a position at a reliable business that has a good reputation. Joining a start-up operation will be more trouble than it is worth.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

A romance will hit a rocky patch in December. The Full Moon in the middle of the month could reveal something troubling about your partner’s financial situation. If you discover your amour has been less than honest about their income or debts, tread carefully. The last thing you want is to be implicated in their deceptions. If you’re asked to co-sign for a loan or make an expensive purchase on their behalf, refuse. You’re treading on dangerous ground. On the 26th, a Solar Eclipse will trigger a spiritual breakthrough. You may decide to get rid of material excess, leading a stripped-down life. It’s also possible you’ll go on a pilgrimage. This journey will open your eyes to fresh possibilities and new ways of being. It’s very possible you’ll adopt a sacred practice or have a religious conversion in the final days of December. Feeling a deep connection with your Higher Power will ease anxieties that have dogged you for years.

JANUARY: A Lunar Eclipse on the 10th will prompt you to get treatment for a health concern. If you’re not happy with a medical diagnosis, get a second opinion. You will work best with someone who is attentive to your concerns and adaptable to your suggestions. A stalled home improvement project will resume on the 11th, causing you to breathe a sigh of relief. You’re eager for a wiring or plumbing project to be finished. Working from home is a distinct possibility starting on the 15th. If this arrangement appeals to you, talk to your boss. They may be open to your suggestion. Your charisma will be obvious on the 20th; take this opportunity to make a sales pitch, ask for a date, audition for a role or apply for a job. Beware of adopting a different look or role on the 24th, when a tense New Moon will cause confusion. A hasty decision will be cause for regret.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

The Full Moon on the 12th will force a family confrontation. You’ve been turning a blind eye to a troubled relative’s behaviour. It will be impossible to ignore these outbursts in mid-December. You will have to issue an ultimatum. Until your loved one gets treatment for an addiction or health affliction, you must withdraw your support. Friends will be supportive throughout the Christmas season. Spending the holiday with an affluent person you’ve known for years will be comforting. Be sure to pack a special outfit to wear at holiday parties. You’ll make a great impression and meet someone special on the 26th, when a Solar Eclipse energises your social sector. Making an influential friend will open doors for you at the end of 2019. Who you know will be as important as what you know in the New Year. Whenever you need favours, ask for them. With the help of your companion, you’ll realise a lifelong dream.

JANUARY: The start of January is a good time for checking out the possibilities of changing your job. Although the competition will be stiff, you will emerge as a top contender if you emphasise your willingness to take advanced courses and travel extensively to land this position. A Lunar Eclipse on the 10th could cause you to draw a line under a creative project. The results will be less than satisfying. Instead of dwelling on your mistakes, treat them as learning opportunities. You’ll do much better the next time around. Splash out on some fashionable clothes or a new hairstyle on the 13th, when you’re sure to be delighted with your new look. The New Moon on the 24th warns against repeating privileged or confidential information. You don’t want to get a reputation for being untrustworthy. Be practical and pragmatic about work responsibilities on the 27th; have a contingency fund ready just in case you meet with unexpected costs when working to budgets and deadlines.