Horoscopes: 20th- 26th April

21 April to 21 May

The soap operatic feel to life (ie, if people are not screaming around you, then you are around them) reaches a climax as your Mars meets power-booster Pluto. The direction of travel is away from your familiar world and into what looks like uncharted territory. Put the pedal to the metal and no one can thwart you.

22 May to 21 June

If sinew has grown a little floppy and the wardrobe tired, Venus comes to the rescue. Make the most of the next three weeks to sharpen your image so that the world sees what you are really about. The timing is perfect, because the Mars- Pluto conjunction helps restore control of one aspect of life – and for this, you need to look the part.

22 June to 23 July

Venus’s change of sign puts much focus on certain key relationships, the energy you have poured into them and the thanks you have received. You’re not the only one: we have all been disappointed by friends who fall short. The good news is that a surge of energy helps push through a change in one bond, business or personal.

24 July to 23 August

One great satisfaction of a phase of very hard work is completion – the end result. You’re not quite there yet, but life gives you a reason to up your game and put your heart and soul into getting something done. Ruler Sun shines at the top of your chart, so expect appreciation in your career or the world in which you operate.

24 August to 23 September

An intensely passionate mood dominates life  briefly and memorably. The heart yearns to tell the world all about you – expressed in many different ways, whether through love, lust, creativity or dedication to a special interest. Venus cresting your chart channels this energy into career, opening up many social opportunities. Certainly, a week to blow your own trumpet.

24 September to 23 October

It’s not at all easy to ‘command’ a family according to your will – nor desirable. All that sulking if someone feels ignored! Just occasionally there’s a need to be decisive, or even faintly tyrannical. Something must be done to bring a ridiculous domestic situation to an end. And the Mars-Pluto combo has given that job to you.

24 October 24 to 22 November

Perhaps more than any other sign, Scorpio finds it profoundly hard to tolerate a situation if there’s distrust. In the next three weeks, one relationship is put under the microscope. It’s not that anyone is necessarily betraying you; what you’re looking for are signs that a certain someone still cares sufficiently. Also, re-examine your own true feelings.

23 November to 21 December

A more socially engaged time lies ahead as Venus moves into one of its own chart houses. It’s certainly right that you get out more. What’s particularly encouraging is a breakthrough in finances, linked to a plan under wraps or reflective of a significant change in your outlook. Deep thoughts have proved enlightening; now is the time to practise what’s preached.

22 December to 20 January

Astrological cliché describes you as ‘stern’, ‘ambitious’ and ‘darkly humorous’. What observers of you rarely see is a naked grab for power! The place of this action could be a club or any group or business to which you belong. The ‘coup’ may be big or trivial, but there will be no doubting where you’ve parked your tanks.

21 January to 19 February

Flirtation’s in the air, there’s much sighing at windows – and suddenly afar you spot someone fanciable. It means nothing in itself because most probably the phone rings and attention moves elsewhere. Venus is in
the mood for love, for love’s sake – a three-week phase of fast- fancying, romantic roaming and fickle feelings. How lovely and inconstant.

20 February to 20 March

The home could look better. Even if it gleams with newness, the eye will suddenly spot a slight lack of symmetry, a clash of colour or a style slip that dates you by a decade. You may try to let these things pass, but they’ll niggle, and soon enough efforts will be made to impose perfection. Good luck!

21 March to 20 April

A career rocket is readying for blast-off as ruler Mars takes on the high-octane fuel of Pluto. A considerable push will be made to impose your will – perhaps to expedite a change in status, job or professional arrangements. The more you are opposed, the more determined you become. Is this a good thing? Right now, you don’t care.