My congratulations to the team of Swiss scientists who recently declared they had proof that people don't sleep as well when the moon is full. This, they say, is nothing to do with the moonlight.
Even in completely darkened rooms, their subjects took longer to drop off and then got less rest. Astrologers could, of course, have saved them the effort. But some scientists can hardly bear the idea that we practitioners of an "ancient superstition" might have anything valid to say. Tomorrow, I'll share with you the most exciting and the most disappointing things about this latest research.
LIBRA (September 24 - October 23)
Some people say that Librans are unemotional. How crazy that even astrologers, who are supposed to be sensitive to everyone's plight, should make such a mistake. How ironic that they, too, should be taken in by the mask that you wear to hide your true feelings. Deep down you are terribly sensitive and vulnerable, too. These secret motives go some way towards explaining the deep doubt that you now have about a plan, project or promise. Really, though, you need to ignore all such concerns.
SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22)
Things are settling down. Sorting themselves out. Taking on a new shape. Turning into something solid. You are not entirely sure that you like the structures that are being put into place. To judge them, though, on the basis of their current shape and form is like trying to weigh up the merit of a new building from the scaffolding that the construction workers have put up. Wait till you see the walls. And the carpets. Let what's happening, happen. Give a situation time to become what it wants to become.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21)
It is easy to be critical of others. All you have to do is look at them with one raised eyebrow and squint. It is easy, too, to judge yourself harshly. All you have to do is remind yourself of one old embarrassing mistake and wonder if you may be about to make another. It is not easy to be fair. Most of us are either too full of arrogance or too keen to apologise. Try to keep away from both extremes now. Everything will be fine if you balance your thoughts and ideas carefully and then resist the urge to find fault.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20)
Are you right or wrong? To give a fair answer, you must consider various other rights and wrongs. You may, for example, be right to feel that someone else is wrong about an important matter yet wrong to point out why they are not right. What seems wrong to you could seem terribly right to someone else. If you really need harmony between you and that person, it could be wrong of you to be too right. Tread delicately this week, and be willing to concede a small defeat for the sake of a greater victory.
AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19)
As long as you are doing something different, you are doing something worthwhile. Life loses magic and meaning when it contains too much repetition. The novelty does not have to be measurable and material, it can be merely mental or emotional. Indeed, the very best journeys of exploration invariably involve the mind more than the body. You are not sure how you feel about a particular aspect of your situation. That in itself is good. You are in the process of making vital, valuable discoveries this week.
PISCES (February 20 - March 20)
You can get whatever you want. It doesn't necessarily follow, though, that you will want whatever you get. Our world is full of people working round the clock to reach their goals. Even those of us with more sensible aspirations get swept away. We forget that life is for living and begin to assume that we have come to this world for one purpose only. To shop. You now have an impressive ability to hunt down whatever quarry you are keenest to catch. That's why it is so important to decide what you really want.
ARIES (March 21 - April 20)
As every brave entrepreneur will confirm, there are times when you just can't tell whether you are heading for disaster or whether you have a hit on your hands. The signs and signals are misleading. Only one thing is sure. If you do nothing, if you make no effort at all, you will get nowhere. Often, too, the road to success starts out heading in the same direction as the road to failure. It will be some decision you reach along the way that makes the difference. In a delicate situation this week all you can do is your best.
TAURUS (April 21 - May 21)
As much as you want to move on, something is holding you back. It is as if you have to go through some ritual, pass some test or free yourself from some restriction before you can enter the world that you want to be a part of. You can see in the distance the destination that you need to reach. Each time you set out towards it, though, you seem to stumble. Soon that sense of frustration will intensify to the point where, finally, you see what is truly causing it. After this, it will be easy to stop going round in circles.
GEMINI (May 22 - June 22)
You know those crossword puzzles with the complicated clues that appear to make no sense? They are completely logical. It is just that the rules that they follow are hidden, so they take a bit of fathoming out. Not so, emotions. You can think about these for ever and a day. You can read books about them. You can even write them. Still, though, you won't be able to wrap your brain around them. You may not be able to fully understand what you feel deep down this week but that's still no reason not to trust it.
CANCER (June 23 - July 23)
Can you take the truth? That depends on where you want to take it. Some people don't like having the truth taken to them. Sometimes, you don't like it if people bring it to you. Mind you, when they do you take it on board. There may be a brief, awkward adjustment process but it is always followed by acceptance and understanding. Important discussions are taking place now. Don't get bogged down by details. It's the spirit of a situation that matters and it is your spirit that will yet make all the difference.
LEO (July 24 - August 23)
You enjoy excitement. You thrive on challenge. But right now there's too much that's too unsettled. You yearn for completion, closure and comfort. Yet some key aspect of your life is in a state of flux. This is partly because you await a decision. You are being given only vague and incomplete information. You don't want to be caught up in endless dithering. You hate waiting for a choice to be made for you. But can you just make your own and then stick with it? You can try. If it's really wrong, you'll know soon enough.
VIRGO (August 24 - September 23)
If there is something you want but you cannot have, why don't you just stop wanting it? Unless, that is, you enjoy not being able to have it. In which case, why complain? Unless, that is, you enjoy complaining. In which case, all you have to do is keep setting your sights on unattainable targets - and all the rest of us have to do is stop taking you seriously. A syndrome now needs to be identified and changed. It is well within your power to do this successfully, but you have to know what it is that you really want.