There are many types of astrology, and one of the most important is called ‘electional’. Electional astrology has nothing to do with voting in elections. Instead it’s about electing the right moment to do something.
I had a client who would frequently change her apartment. Her apartment was important to her, because she worked from home, and she wanted to move into a new apartment when the planets were in the best possible position. I would calculate the best time for moving in, and she wouldn’t argue with me – even if that meant moving in at 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning.
You might mock, but everything has a birth, not just people, and for an enterprise to succeed it should start with the best possible astrological picture. All things being equal.
In the case of Barack Obama, he started his 2008 run for the presidency with the Moon in a terrible position, but still he won. I suppose his birth chart was so well configured that year that nothing could stop him. Nonetheless, one should make sure, if possible, that everything is in the right place.
I remember reading in the newspaper about a couple who were murdered on their honeymoon, and the article mentioned the date of their marriage. Without even knowing the exact time of the wedding, I could tell it was a terrible chart, that in some respects described their imminent death. If they’d consulted an astrologer before tying the knot, they would probably still be alive.
The birth of a newspaper is an important event, and in the UK, on Sunday February 26, ‘The Sun on Sunday’ will be launched.
‘The Sun on Sunday’ will be the sister paper of ‘The Sun’, Britain’s best-selling newspaper, which has been caught up in the phone hacking scandal. Its original sister paper, ‘The News of the World’, which came out every Sunday, was closed down because of the scandal last Summer.
So will ‘The Sun on Sunday’ be a success? Its proprietor, Rupert Murdoch,. who celebrates his eighty-first birthday on March 11, is a canny operator, and I’m sure that he knows what he is doing. However it does seem that he didn’t consult an astrologer when deciding on the launch date.
During the first hours of Sunday, UK time, the Moon is making a stressful, 180-degree aspect to Saturn.
At the same time Mercury, a planet that has a natural association with the press, and with communications, is in Pisces, a sign where it performs very badly.
Furthermore Mars, the planet of aggression, is in Virgo, moving backwards towards an 180-degree aspect with the Sun. Murdoch is confronting his rivals, and by launching ‘The Sun on Sunday’ he is talking a bold initiative. Mars should have been in a better position, and he should have waited until late April or early May, when Mars will be in a much improved state.
It’s quite possible that the sheer weight of money, marketing and advertising will see ‘The Sun on Sunday’ through. However it would have made sense to consult an astrologer – things born under an unlucky star can run into trouble, sooner or later.
Anyway, here’s your forecast for the week starting on Monday February 27…
March 20 to April 19
This week the Sun and Mars are making a stressful, 180-degree aspect. As a result, things could be difficult. You’ll realise that some people are intent on causing trouble, and they’ll argue for the sake of it. These people are most likely to crop up at work. They’ll make a big fuss about details, and if you’re not careful, they could grind you to a standstill. Yet your own reaction is going to be key. If you get involved in an argument, you could get drawn in deeper and deeper, and end up wasting a huge amount of time. On the other hand if you remain aloof, and you ignore outside provocations, you’ll make steady progress, throughout the week. The Sun-Mars aspect could also have an impact on your health. You’re probably going to be more agitated than usual, and as a result you might act without thinking – leading to the possibility of an accident. So be particularly careful with electricity and fire, and remember that if something might be dangerous it probably is dangerous. On Friday Mercury enters your star sign. All of a sudden you’ve got lots to say – but is that a good thing?
April 20 to May 20
At the beginning of the week the Moon is moving through Taurus, where it makes a conjunction to Jupiter. So during the first part of the week you’re going to be on great form, and your enthusiasm, and your positive attitude, will get you noticed. This configuration could also be useful in terms of relationships. You’ll be attractive and charismatic and you’ll know how to make the other person laugh. Furthermore, the sensual side of the Taurean profile will be very obvious, and physical contact will be relatively easy to initiate. However you need to be aware that the Sun is making a difficult aspect to Mars, your relationship ruler. Some of the people you’re dealing with are under pressure, and there’s a possibility that they snap, with little warning. It’s therefore important that you listen to your feelings, and that you carefully observe the body language of friends and partners. Things could be going on, that aren’t immediately obvious. You and someone else have something that each other wants. This could be the basis for a useful and mutually profitable exchange.
May 21 to June 20
You’re certainly ambitious, and there are lots of things you want to achieve. You’ve got the energy and the talent, and on paper everything’s fine. However this week there is an aspect between the Sun and Mars, which crosses the home-career axis of your solar chart. So it’s possible that there are serious disruptions, coming from the direction of your home and family. Perhaps members of your family will be unusually demanding? Or there could be things happening in your home which require your immediate attention. You might then find that it’s difficult if not impossible to concentrate on the task in hand, and you end up getting nothing accomplished. The problem will be particularly intense if you work at home, of if your work involves real estate, mining or minerals. Probably the best way of dealing with the situation is to confront an issue the moment it crops up. Get to the bottom of the matter, and once things are sorted out your life will return to normal. On Tuesday or Wednesday the Moon enters your star sign. You become more emotionally attuned to your environment, and dealing with other people and their peculiarities will become easier.
June 21 to July 21
Arguably the best part of the week is the beginning – the Moon is moving through a sociable sector of your solar chart, where is makes a conjunction to Jupiter. Your social skills are going to be on great form, and when you’re surrounded by other people you can adopt a leadership role. And when you mix with other people, you’ll have the personal touch – even if you hardly know someone, you’ll give the impression of being their best friend. It’s therefore a great time, at the beginning of the week, to reach out, to new social scenes. You’ll be accepted very quickly, and as your network grows so will your prospects. On a different note, the Sun is aspecting Pluto. This aspect is fortunate, but perhaps challenging. You’ll be meeting a person who could have a significant impact on you. Their ideas, and philosophy, will be very different from your own, but if you’re ready to learn from them then you could really benefit. So ask yourself how attached you are to your principles and beliefs. Can you compromise? Can you go further, and actually transform? Every relationship has a consequence, and it’s never what you expect.
July 22 to August 22
From a career perspective it’s probably best to concentrate your energies on the beginning of the week, when there is a conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter in the career sector of your solar chart. Your career prospects are going to be excellent, and you’ll be able to make a good impression on your employers and workmates. And what will matter isn’t just creativity and flair, but also your reliability and sense of duty. Sometimes it’s enough to be awake and present, and genius is an optional extra. As the week progresses the situation becomes more complicated. The Sun, your ruler, is starting to make a stressful aspect to Mars, which becomes exact over the weekend. Mars can be an aggressive influence, and you might find yourself becoming seriously agitated, perhaps on account of money. You might, for example, feel that you’re being blocked, that someone’s selfish actions are damaging your financial outlook. However in reality you’re dealing with a bit of local difficulty, and if you can stick it out, without losing your temper, things should turn out just fine. Especially as you have an information advantage over your rivals and competitors.
August 23 to September 22
Other people mustn’t be underestimated. They might seem harmless, but they’re capable of exerting great power. It’s the kind of power that isn’t immediately obvious, and very often the person who says the least is the person with the most influence. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Power can be used in many different ways, and under certain circumstances it can be a force for good. If something is wrong it can be fixed, if someone has a problem it can be solved. So perhaps you should give people a chance to show what they can do. However there is a stressful aspect between the Sun and Mars, which crosses the main axis of your solar chart. It could be a very difficult influence, and one-to-one situations could be more trouble that they’re worth. Indeed you should avoid working closely with any one person, unless you know them very well, and romantic activities should be treated with great caution. Yes, romance can be fun, it can also be dangerous, and if your partner is of an argumentative or risk-taking disposition then you should probably stay out of their way.
September 23 to October 22
This week you need to be a psychologist. It’s going to be difficult to figure out what other people are thinking and feeling, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try. As a Libran you regard other people as being important, and you should have the right understanding of them – because if you adopt the wrong approach, things could go badly wrong, especially this week. So make sure that you listen to your feelings, and don’t rush to conclusions. Yet if you take your time, and you balance your heart with your head, you’ll be guided to the right conclusions. In terms of close relationships, it seems that partners are keeping something to themselves, and perhaps they are brooding. Getting them to open up is going to be hard work, and you might decide that your best strategy is to leave them to their own devices. Yet through the right choice of words you can get them to open up, and in a sense you’ll be turning the magic key. Single Librans should follow their intuition – if a person feels right, they probably are right.
October 23 to November 21
The week kicks off with a conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter, in Taurus, your opposite sign. As a result of this aspect, you can greatly benefit from other people. They’ll be happy to do you a favour, so if there’s something you want, don’t be afraid to ask for it. In terms of relationships, the Moon-Jupiter conjunction allows you and your partner to get super close to each other, especially on a physical level. Though romance aside, don’t be surprised if other people are more tactile than usual – sometimes touch is a more effective way of communicating than speech. Having said that, your words can be surprisingly powerful. You’ll enjoy playing word games, and it’s a great time for jokes and puns. In fact the right joke at the right time can put you in a very strong position, and it’s all about breaking the ice, and helping people to relax. As the week progresses, the overall situation becomes more complicated, because the Sun, your career ruler, is moving towards a stressful aspect with Mars. If you’re going into work, you might find that your workmates are being difficult, that their sense of humour and general approach isn’t to your liking. For your part, you shouldn’t get annoyed – instead let the situation run its course.
November 22 to December 2
As you start a new week, it’s a good idea to think about money. There are many different ways in which you can organise your finances, and you can now see which way is the best way. And you’ll perhaps realise that it’s not a time to be daring and original. By following a traditional plan you can steer a path towards security. Though of course it’s important that you think long-term, and that’s something that Sagittarians often find difficult. Later in the week, as the Moon moves into Gemini, you become preoccupied with relationships. You and other people have a lot to do with each other, and your likes and dislikes will be plain to see. It might then be a good idea if you stay away from people who you have recently had arguments with, especially at work. There won’t be much room for diplomacy, and an argument about something silly could very soon turn into World War III. When dealing with your family you have to be particularly careful, especially at the end of the week. There are plenty of irritating influences, and family events are unlikely to go to plan. If in doubt, stick to your own company!
December 22 to January 19
It’s time to show the world what you can do, especially on a creative level. You have got a great deal to offer, and with the Sun aspecting Pluto you have the possibility of transforming your environment. You can do this through the power of words – sometimes a couple of words, said at the right time and the right place, can change everything. However once you start something you must be ready to finish it. This is an important point. The beginning is the easy part – once the ball starts rolling, things get increasingly complicated. Also, the work gets harder and the responsibility gets heavier. So don’t plunge in, unless you’ve considered the consequences. On a different note, this week it’s important to keep in touch with your family. Not because anything bad is going to happen, but because important messages could get routed through family sources. And when you’re at home it’s important that you read your letters and answer the phone. Finally, you should avoid travelling this week – particularly over long distances. It’s likely that you’ll get annoyed and it’s unlikely that you’ll accomplish very much.
January 20 to February 18
It’s a week when you’re probably in a weaker position than other people. In general they hold most of the cards and if you’re involved in negotiations the other party will run rings around you. So competitive situations should be avoided, unless you’re a good loser. On a more positive note, you can benefit from other people’s strength. When you’re in a partnership, or some other type of small group, and you’re all working towards the same goal, things can happen quickly, and your own weaknesses won’t be noticed. As to what your weaknesses might be, it’s possible that you don’t have enough passion, and if there’s a struggle, with winners and losers, you just won’t be bothered to assert yourself. From a romantic point of view partners and lovers are very clear about their likes and dislikes, and it’s therefore important that you know what makes them tick. Also, you need to do things their way. You might not like it, but in the short-term you don’t have have an option – unless you enjoy losing arguments.
February 19 to March 19
It’s easy to underestimate yourself. You go where the the tide goes, you follow other people’s lead because there’s nothing better to do. However Pisceans can be very powerful, because they’re plugged into the collective vibe, and they have a pretty good idea about what’s going to happen next. And this week you benefit from a favourable aspect between the Sun and Pluto. There’ll be something about you that’s impossible not to notice, and once you start speaking you’ll get an immediate audience. This will be most apparent in your social life. Your friends will think you’re wonderful, and they’ll take what you say very seriously. Though also in your career you can make a big impact. You can capture the imagination of your colleagues and work-mates, and the things you talk about will sound seriously exciting. As the week progresses the overall situation gets more complicated, because of a stressful aspect between the Sun and Mars, across the main axis of your solar chart. Relationships are going to be tense, and it’ll be difficult to predict your partner’s next move. Indeed the smallest thing could make them angry. Tread carefully!