The week ahead, #17

By Petra Papadopoulos


20 March – 19 April


Mercury is back in your tenth house of social networking, and boy does it feel good. You are nothing if not social, Aries, so get everyone together and let the ideas flow. This is a great time for collaborations, so look into diving into a joint venture with someone. That lifestyle magazine you’ve been dreaming up? Call up your designer, photographer and writer friends and grab some martinis to get the energy going. Destiny is making some important phone calls.


19 April – 20 May


Power struggles are the theme of the week for you. With Mercury in retrograde last week, it meant that communication has been pretty awful in the work department, but stay strong bul and be super clear – never just assume that everyone knows what you’re on about. It might be a good idea to go for coffee with an old boss, maybe the answers to the future are hidden in the past? Destiny is checking her crystal ball.


20 May – 21 June


Aquarius is in your ninth house of communication, so beware of sticking your foot in your mouth (but it’s probably going to happen, so make sure it’s clean). At any rate, you’re not really one to be overtly discreet so this is a really dangerous time in terms of interacting with people. Remember to think before you speak and most importantly, remember who you’re speaking to, some people are more sensitive than others and are bound to take what you say to heart….so stay away from them. Destiny is getting a pedicure.


21 June – 22 July


Burying away your fears and insecurities are typical of your sign (we all know crabs have the hard shell and soft insides) but it’s important to remember that by shutting yourself off, you shut off support. Stop the inner monologue about how no one understands you. Of course they don’t – you haven’t told them! Remember, your brave, happy face is a pretty convincing one. Destiny is arranging a meeting with her therapist.


22 July – 22 August


Mercury’s retrograde has landed in your eleventh house of relationships – you know what that means, those pesky exes are coming out of nowhere. Is a reunion with “the one that got away” in the cards? Be wary of them – there’s a reason they got away (or most likely, left) so don’t get swept up in the moment. Stop looking at old photos and man up. The future is not in the past for you. Destiny is deleting old phone numbers.


22 August – 22 September


You don’t fare well when Mercury, your ruling house, is in retrograde, do you Virgo? Usually you are calm, collected and love routine, but it seems that your sixth house of healthy routines and work has been turned upside down. You need to wake up and smell the coffee – opportunities will go away if you don’t pay attention, and maybe it’s time to rethink your current system. Think of this week as your own personal spring cleaning – do a juice detox, throw away the clutter and centre yourself. Destiny is dusting off the yoga matt.


22 September – 23 October


Dearest Libra, your balance is everything, but with Mercury in retrograde you’ve been having a hard time with those scales swinging hot and cold, up, down and sideways. This week brings more confusion and a struggle to keep the balance, but don’t despair, you don’t need to make any huge decisions so just lay low and watch Netflix according to your moods – House of Cards is great for when you’re feeling hot with anger. Destiny is riding the emotion wave.


23 October – 22 November


Need a little patch of peace at home? You’re not likely to find it, Scorpio. Retrograde Mercury brings discord under your roof. With its usual backspins and communication breakdowns, Mercury will lay its battleground in your living room. Keep a cool head and don’t be rash. You may hate that plate set, but now is not the time to start throwing them to the ground in anger, you need the plates. So stay out of the house and take a spontaneous holiday away. Destiny is booking flights to Bali.


22 November – 21 December


You’re walking on eggshells this week – Mercury in retrograde is a friend to no one, especially you. You may think that zinger was great, and that you need to Reply All to an e-mail with a snarky comment, but you don’t. So don’t do it, it’ll just add gasoline to the fire and that’s best avoided. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Don’t even write it down – you never know who might see it. Destiny is putting duct tape around her mouth.


21 December – 20 January


You’ve been rather naughty with your finances lately Capricorn. Now is the time to hit austerity mode and tighten up that belt. Create a savings account for your next round-the-world trip and stick to your budgets, you never know when you might need it. Remember, you really don’t need the cute new bag from Zara. There will be other bags, better, more expensive bags that you’ll wish you had money for – so start saving. Destiny is deleting all the shopping apps from her phone.


20 January – 18 February


There’s a fire in your belly, Aquarius and sometimes that’s not the best thing. You’re normally pretty cool-headed, so don’t let any spicy thoughts get the best of you and think carefully about your actions. That famous temper of yours will rear its ugly head more often than not this week, so wear a little caution sign and take an extra boxing class to release that negative energy. Destiny is searching for her boxing gloves.


18 February – 20 March


Your soulful twelfth house of healing is at the forefront in Mercury’s retrograde. You’re one of the few who will take this time to reflect on life and figure out what needs changing. What makes you happy? Take note and do more of that. What brings your vibe down? Take note of that too and do less of it – obvious really, but sometimes you need a little nudge. Get in touch with your inner voice and take this time to really get to know and trust your intuition. Destiny is taking a invigorating bath.