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IF IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY

You enjoy living well, but if things are too predictable, boredom sets in. Your job is to achieve a balance between being happy with the here and now, yet ensuring the fiery side of your nature is occupied. This, which is accented by your ruler Mars, is about challenge, focus and battle, And accents everything from competitive sports or games to new, and adventurous, activities. While achieving this balance can be tricky, once you do, you’ll feel thrilled to be alive.

Aries March 20 – April 19

Ordinarily, when facing an obstacle, you’ll confront the situation. Only if that doesn’t work, will you ask questions or seek advice. Yet now, with Mercury retrograde in Aries, you could be missing vital facts. The more swiftly you accept the guidance of others, the faster you’ll get things back on track.

Taurus April 20 – May 20

For ages you’ve worked hard to turn one particularly promising idea into a plan and, hopefully, a lasting arrangement. But not only are things not going well, those plans are falling apart. Don’t worry. Let these go. Something is already on the horizon that’s far better, and far less of a struggle.

Gemini May 21 – June 20

Sometimes mistakes are a nuisance. Often they’re minor and dealing with them requires no more than a little thought. While those you’re currently facing are more complex, what you learn in the process of untangling them will answer questions or allow you to delve into issues you’ve been wrestling with for ages.

Cancer June 21 – July 21

Nobody would blame you for taking offence at the brusque, if not unfair, attitude of one particular individual or organisation. The real problem is, you’re unaware of the pressure they’re contending with. Ask if there’s another way of approaching this matter. The odds are good you’ll receive a positive response.

Leo July 22 – August 22

Others are saying you’re being stubborn. But from your point of view, certain changes are unrealistic. This is one of those tricky times when it’s a matter of sticking with what you believe is best or relying on those you trust. In that case, go for the latter. They really do know better than you.

Virgo August 23 – September 22

When your ruling planet, Mercury, went retrograde on 23 March, in the portion of your chart that accents close alliances, personal and out in the world, you began a cycle of questioning and discussion. While this hasn’t always been easy, what you’ve learnt about certain issues has more than justified the effort required.

Libra September 23 – October 22

It would be difficult to underestimate the power of the series of positive alliances being formed by your ruler Venus to several of the most powerful planets. This cycle began late last week and continues until mid-April. That being the case, explore every idea or offer. Many will be sheer magic.

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

With considerable effort, you’ve managed to navigate around certain potentially explosive issues and, to your relief, nothing’s been mentioned. However, the current clash between the Sun and your ruler Pluto suggests these are about to reach a head. Actually, this is good timing. Changes are inevitable, and frank discussions will ease the way.

Sagittarius November 22 – December 20

In the past you’ve ignored minor problems in the hope things would work out, and they did. Tempting as it is to take that approach now, with the retrograde Mercury complicating matters, you’re better off tackling whatever you can the moment it arises. Wait and issues are likely to become more complex.

Capricorn December 21 – January 19

Some time ago you sidestepped even mentioning certain facts or issues, mostly because they were of little significance. But circumstances have changed and now these matters are of considerable importance. Waste no time figuring out an explanation for not having raised them previously. Just inform those who need to know right away.

Aquarius January 20 – February 17

Tedious as discussing tricky issues in detail may be, you really have no choice. Once you begin reviewing the actual situation, you’ll realise that, first, you need to update your own facts. This could so alter your perspective that you’ll rethink your views and, in turn, what you have to say to others.

Pisces February 18 – March 19

While the issues you’re dealing with may be of considerable significance, there’s also a funny side to them. And, bizarrely, viewing what you’re facing with irony or even humour won’t just boost your spirits, it could also review a fresh and entirely unexpected, yet helpful, perspective on the matters in question.