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Your love horoscope for the week commencing February 20th 2021

Astrologer Oscar Cainer lays out your weekly love horoscope for the week of Saturday, February 20th to Friday, February 26th.

As World Day of Social Justice takes place this weekend, there are plenty of problems that need fixing. Mercury’s change of direction encourages us to go from identifying the issues to being able to apply the knowledge we’ve gained during its retrograde phase. While the process won’t be easy, it needn’t be frustrating. Creative Venus brings the insight to see where to take action, and identify where it’s better to let go. With renewed strength, we’ll come to love the new picture we paint.

“If you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you may have of making mistakes”. Personal development guru John Maxwell was simply putting into business-speak the old adage that ‘the person who never made a mistake, never made anything’. It’s not always easy to brush off an error; but our missteps help shape who we are. With Mercury now direct, bridges can be rebuilt… and, as Venus changes signs, there’s a real prospect of romantic opportunities, make no mistake!

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When it comes to romance, have you ever noticed that life can be a lot like the movies? It’s the storyline of The King And I, The Sound Of Music and countless others… at first the two principals don’t see eye to eye; it’s a fiery clash of personalities. But that furore is actually disguising a slow-burner; gradually they come to appreciate qualities that they didn’t initially see. As Venus, changes signs, could this be the time for you to take centre stage and start writing the next chapter of your story?

It’s a popular misconception that dating sites match people based solely on their shared interests. Of course, having common ground is important – a love of art, music, cinema, the outdoors, and sport is part of the picture. Yet it’s a couples’ ability to allow each other space, and the chance to enjoy different pursuits that often gives a relationship its strength. It gives them more to talk about too! With Mercury moving forwards, if you indulge one of your passions, you won’t be the only one to benefit.

There isn’t a self-help book in the world that doesn’t talk about the importance of positive thinking. It’s the key to unlocking our potential. It’s not a new idea; wartime leader Winston Churchill knew its power, saying: ‘the positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible’. Although you’ve demonstrated positive thinking in the past, it’s not easy to be optimistic in these challenging times. Now, with Mercury moving forwards, a renewed sense of hope will help.

You’re known for being spontaneous and for going with the flow. If there’s a spirit of a moment to be caught, you’re there first waiting to catch it. But what’s needed now is a different kind of you; one who can plan and work through an old-fashioned ‘to do’ list. You’re trying to construct the building blocks that will take you to where you want to go. As Venus changes signs, your free-spirited nature can be galvanised into focused action. Any efforts made now will ensure fun times lie ahead.

At last! What you’ve been waiting for. Some great news! Although it only lasted three weeks, while Mercury was retrograde it felt as if you were wading through treacle. Yet, although ‘one step forwards and two steps back’ is frustrating, and sounds like the opposite of progress, it has given you time to reflect and plan. Now that your ruler’s moving forwards again, difficulties communicating will ease. And, as Venus changes signs, a key relationship will benefit from revitalised understanding.

When Venus moves into Pisces, matters of the heart take on dream-like qualities. And since the planet of love is your ruling planet, then the dream will be deeper… won’t it? Well, the Arc of Aquarius will ensure that you don’t get lost in reveries. Yet you can still expect good ideas to come to you in dreams. What’s becoming certain, is that you don’t need to worry so much about the next stage of your future. You’ll be gifted with the insight to see how to find whatever’s ‘missing’ from your love life.

When you don’t know someone well, it’s natural to look at their surroundings to build up a picture of what they’re like. You’re opinion might be affected by who’s in their friendship group. The philosopher Goethe said “tell me with whom you associate, and I’ll tell you who you are”. But with social-distancing in place, it’s not so easy to access this kind of clue. Fortunately, as Mercury start to moves forwards, you’ll be able to review a recent assumption and form a clearer, more promising picture.

There’s no point giving someone a task they can’t do. Yet, of course there are moments when we don’t have much choice; when circumstances contrive so that we have to jump in at the deep end and tackle completely new problems for the first time. That’s how we learn. As Venus changes signs you can set aside your usual self-reliance this week. The task in hand requires special skills; and the right person to help is on your contact list. All you have to do is ask and be receptive to assistance.

Albert Einstein’s unconventional, playful, approach to science helped us look at things differently. He said that “the most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It’s the source of all true art and science”. The universal truth he was referring to reassures us that it’s okay to experience uncertainty; it makes us think creatively. The issue you’re facing would benefit from some inspired thinking. As Venus changes signs, an unconventional approach stands most chance of success.

Some people would rather walk off the cliff than admit they’re walking in the wrong direction. Stubbornness is one of the most perplexing human traits. An unwillingness to change in response to evidence is part of the problem. When you can see what’s right, how can you protect your nearest and dearest from continuing on what looks like a damaging path? Now that Mercury, the planet of communication, is moving forwards again, if you’re constant, sensitive and kind, your message will get through.

‘If you buy cheap, you buy twice’. That’s what people say if someone falls for an inexpensive offer; it will be poor quality, or just wear out quickly and will need to be replaced. It’s not always true, of course. Some bargains are exactly that: great value at low price. But, as a general rule, it pays to invest in quality. In relationships too, a genuine investment in a friendship, or romantic relationship, will strengthen the union. As Venus moves into your sign, a wholehearted commitment is called for.

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