This week the Sun moves through the first degrees of Gemini. It’s a part of the sky that has some nasty fixed stars, specifically the Prima Hyadum, or the first Hyad. It’s also the third brightest star in the constellation of Taurus. In Greek mythology the Hyades are weeping sisters, mourning their dead brother, Hyas, who was apparently killed by a wild boar. As far as astrological meaning is concerned, Vivian Robson wrote the following about the Sun on the Prima Hyadum: “Evil disposition, disturbed mind, failure in study, muddled thinking, misfortune, murderer or murdered, death by blows, stabs, shooting, beheading or shipwreck”.
However just because you have your Sun close to the Prima Hyadum doesn’t mean you are heading for disaster. You can live out the symbolism without being damaged by it, for example if you’re an actor. Being an aficionado of old horror films, I can’t help noticing that Peter Cushing was born on May 26 1913, Christopher Lee on May 27 1922 and Vincent Price on May 27 1911.
As far as next week’s horoscopes are concerned, there’s no need to panic. The Sun crosses the Prima Hyadum every year, and it’s rare that anything bad happens. Anyway, here are my forecasts for the twelve signs, for the week starting on Monday May 22 2017:
Aries It’s a time for words rather than actions. Explaining how things should be, and making sure that you’ve got everyone on board. In terms of love, Venus makes a stressful aspect to Pluto. Partners are being defensive, and emotional matters need to be handled with great caution. At work you’ve got a compelling story to tell.
Taurus The Sun is now out of your star sign. The emphasis shifts. It’s not just about who you are, it’s about what you can build. Because in the end, you’ll be judged on results. You’re helped by a New Moon, that puts the emphasis fairly and squarely on your finances. What you start now, with modest investment, can become a gold mine in the fullness of time.
Gemini A good week for Geminis. The New Moon on Thursday gives you the impetus to move into top gear, but there’s no need to shout. Things that have their beginnings in total darkness have the best prospects of success. However one warning – moments of indecision could be very expensive.
Cancer Everyone is moving in a single direction. But you need to move in another direction. You can rejoin the crowd at a later stage, but right now the only person you can trust is yourself. After all, the best solutions are your solutions. Elsewhere partners and lovers are finding it difficult to express themselves.
Leo Right now you have a certain tendency to look at things in the worst possible light – not because you’re being pessimistic, but because you’re being over-imaginative. But really, the world can be pretty boring, and one’s worst fears rarely come to pass. A new encounter could have long-term consequences. It could be love, it could be a wonderful friendship.
Virgo This week there is a New Moon, in the career sector of your solar chart. Just because other people are slacking off for the Summer (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere) doesn’t mean that you have to follow suit. There is a work to be done, and over the coming month you can give yourself a major competitive advantage. Don’t let a touch of negativity in mid-week put you off.
Libra Everything’s fine, but perhaps you could do with a little more variety? If you keep doing the same old things there will be a sense of stagnation, and you can’t rely on other people to provide all the excitement. Fortunately it’s a week when you can reach out for new horizons – and in the process you might want to plan a foreign trip.
Scorpio For Scorpios it’s a weird time of year. You feel that things aren’t quite right, and you don’t want to give away anything. In some respects your intuitions are correct, especially in midweek, when there is a New Moon in a sensitive sector of your solar chart. However your underlying knowledge of human nature could prove very useful.
Sagittarius Relationships are starting to take centre stage. You know that you can’t do everything alone, and you’re ready to make compromises. If you’re a single Sagittarius, a New Moon offers the possibility of new love, and in this light, the next few weeks could be crucial. However partners may need some words of encouragement.
Capricorn Excitement and adventure aren’t your main concerns. There are more pressing issues to deal with, for example organization and paper work. From a health perspective don’t be complacent – there are almost certainly things you can do to boost your overall level of fitness. A good week for starting new diets.
Aquarius You don’t have to take life so seriously. You can relax, and find interesting ways of enjoying yourself. In fact many Aquarians can enjoy doing two different things at once. On a different note, some diplomatic activity may be called for. Meeting one person, meeting another, and making sure that everyone has understood the message.
Pisces The focus is on your core security – where you feel at home, what makes you feel safe. So in this light, it’s OK to be selfish. If you’re not happy, everyone else suffers. Also, consider your living arrangements. Are they absolutely perfect? Could they be made better? Some Pisceans may make the decision that a change of home in the near future could bring them a change of luck.