Horoscopes: 1st to 7th December

23 November to 21 December

Full Moon in your opposite sign (of Gemini) opens an opportunity to reach out to loved ones, friends or colleagues from whom you have become estranged in recent times. Placing empathy and compassion above all those divisive ‘he-saids, she-saids’ is the way to go. With promising things ahead of you, don’t fritter away energy on pointless feuds. Cherish allies.

22 December to 20 January

Amidst the festive season, with tempting indulgences dangling in shop windows (or on websites), don’t be surprised if instincts incline you to a new healthy lifestyle habit, such as using a pedometer to measure calorie burns. Blame Full Moon for your sudden concern about possible bloating, heartburn or weight gain: you really can preserve your wholesome, yummy image!

21 January to 19 February

Let’s not pretend that all is love and light in your world. Impatience with dunderheads may have got the better of you. The Mercury retrograde works to your advantage in the next three week: here’s a chance to think more carefully about a business, or ideals in general, and to assess more shrewdly how to make the most of colleagues.

20 February to 20 March

It’s not like you to be undermined by piddly things. At their best, Pisceans soar above trivia, guided by a dream, vision or much bigger picture. Home and money issues may require careful management, yet your rulers, Jupiter and Neptune, are in a happy link which favours all kinds of long-term plans – especially to do with overseas or education.

21 March to 20 April

This is a time of adventure, stretching personal or business boundaries and boldly going where you have not gone before. But of course there’s bound to be the odd hiccup, such as disagreements or just the need to reappraise – as indicated by Mercury’s reversal for three weeks. Hold your temper, check details and maintain laser-like focus: don’t lose sight of a destination.

21 April to 21 May

The skies are granting you extra time to revisit a nancial or relationship matter. Now, what did you overlook rst time around? Practical planet Saturn helps you identify a miscalculation, an oversight or even an attempt at fraud – use the Mercury retrograde to get a proper sense of a deal or value. Full Moon strengthens your hand for a bargain.

22 May to 21 June

With so much cosmic activity in your house of ‘other people’, you’re running out of excuses for not initiating a repair or re- assessment of a damaged bond. Perhaps the answer is to give up on a lost cause, but what a pity not to coolly examine the rights and wrongs rst. Speaking from the heart could be the key.

22 June to 23 July

The longing is to get away and gaze at an awesome sunset over a long drink. In some way, try to do this. Withdrawal from bedlam, even if only for an hour or two, is restorative. Life now really is hectic and demanding, at work, home or both. But a three-week phase permits you to make changes in your routines for relief.

24 July to 23 August

One delightful aspect of the festive season is the childlike delight in wonder and expectation – which matches the Leo mood perfectly. You nd yourself more open to experiment or playfulness – such as in matters of romance – and more likely to do something to see what happens next, in the expectation that open-heartedness brings its own reward. You won’t be disappointed.

24 August to 23 September

If it’s the case that you rule the roost (no matter what your partner imagines to the contrary) then it is because you’re the one who actually deals with the dreaded window envelopes. This week, as ruler Mercury reverses back to Saturn, it is you who uncovers a crucial detail to do with a home or family project. Well done!

24 September to 23 October

For some time you’ve wondered how best to deal with a tricky situation, and which words will have a magic e ect on an awkward customer. A longish phase opens up that grants you extra time to tackle this problem – from now until early January 2018, overtures you make to heal a rift should succeed. But others must meet you halfway.

24 October 24 to 22 November

This is a good time to review your cash situation, especially with festive stockings to ll. A nancial matter is returned to for further analysis, and could be about a budget, pay rise or business venture. Strip back to basics, avoid extravagance. Don’t embrace austerity too keenly. There’s enough in the trove for good cheer.