What the stars fortell this week

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Here’s our astrological guide to the week

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) A little bit of drifting this week may seem to waste time but, as ever, there is a good reason for your mood. There is a chance here to think about where you are going and by which route. Yes, there are more ways than one to reach your ideal destination. Feeling the need for some kind of emotional map? The answer is close at hand in the form of an older relative or friend.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) A bit of inner turmoil quickly turns to optimism by midweek. When you stop seeing molehills as mountains, everything falls back into place. Tomorrow cannot entirely be left to look after itself but, also, there is no great rush. The luxury of time to think is yours, so use it wisely. Someone who you feel cannot give you any advice could really surprise you. A quiet exterior holds more experience than you imagine.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) A breakthrough in a longstanding puzzle comes from an unexpected source. Be inspired by what others have done before. Even so, you do not have to work alone to reach your goal. Joy in success can be equally exciting to share as the everyday problems you encounter. Unusual thoughts are not necessarily to be ignored. Daydreaming sometimes shows the way ahead to be something quite different from the norm.

CANCER (June 22 - July 22) Surprise others with a direct and dynamic approach. These are not quite shock tactics, but pretty close. Those who might take your reactions for granted need to wake up and take notice. You will now achieve your goal by first being blunt and then switching to ‘charming and understanding’. Tapping into the deeper needs of others is now a good tool to bring them to your cause.

LEO (July 23 - August 23) The search for quiet time this week could be thwarted by discontented colleagues. Whilst standing up for your ideas, also realise when there is a need to back away. Say your piece and give someone time to think about it. Am I saying that nagging will get you nowhere? I certainly am. Being apparently understanding to someone you are on edge with can really confuse and befuddle them.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Just a few changes to a request that you have made can see it shoot forward. Feeling in a stubborn mood? Be flexible and realise when you are wasting your time. Real satisfaction this week comes from the home front where even your small efforts are appreciated. There are certainly some awkward folks about. Could you possibly be seen as one of them?

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Cutting out the people in your life who do not add to it was never going to be easy. Even so, as you see it working, your stress levels decrease. Don’t rush to replace them. Give time and thought to taking in new places and new interests. What was it that you always wanted to do as a child? Is this the time to bring to life something you wanted to do in the past?

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Fire up your ambitions and get going on something entirely new. Remember that knowledge is power and power makes for progress. Getting others to come to you for solutions is a good start. Build their confidence by doing your homework and being impressive. Seeing yourself as a power to be reckoned with brings back the old feeling that you used to have that anything is possible.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) What are the answers to all of your questions? Why are you here doing what you are doing? The world is a baffling place if you take it all too seriously. Are you here in order to help others? Well, that is a great start, don’t you think? Something is calling you in a very spiritual way. Go where you are wanted and can really make a difference.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) Who loves you? Are others are too demanding? Maybe it is because they love to see you doing what you are best at, being involved. Seeking praise is a short-term fix. What you really have is all around you. The satisfaction of helping others is firmly tied up with getting things done as part of a team. This can also have great social benefits as you will soon find out.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) There is every reason to be optimistic and yet, on some days this week, you may feel that progress is slow. There is a natural rhythm that we are all a part of. Trying too hard to change that can be frustrating and annoying. Relax. Movement will come. Later. Giving more attention to the home relieves any feelings of being in a rut.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Celebrations this week bring together a few people with whom you may have lost touch. Remember that you can never have too many good friends. Don’t leave it so long before you contact them again. New activities that get the creative juices flowing will be as successful as you are willing to make them. With energy high, it is time to get your love and home life sizzling.