Forecasts for week beginning July 31, 2010.

By Jonathan Cainer

A rare “cosmic cross” has been building up slowly for months. In August, it intensifies. Mars joins forces with Saturn, whilst Jupiter and Uranus oppose it from the other side of the sky. A celestial see-saw, with a pair of planets on either side, while Pluto sits on the pivot, is a sure sign of change and challenge. One decade into the 21st century, our world still upholds beliefs that shaped the last millennium. Now we need to see life differently. For all who want to embrace the new, this is a marvellous month.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
They say “when one door closes, another opens.” That’s very reassuring to know if you find yourself facing a door that you could once pass through easily, yet now you can’t get through. But what if the reverse is true? Should we really expect an old door to shut, each time a new one opens for us? Will there be a loss for every gain? Early in August, Mars forms a conjunction to Saturn. This may leave you feeling, all month long, as if nothing is working out properly for you. Obstacles will keep arising. But you will keep conquering them. The portal to success in your life now, is a revolving door. Even if you find yourself stuck for a while, the opportunities you seem to have missed will arise once more.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
What makes you happy? What sets your mind at rest and causes your heart to feel content? Why, if your needs are so modest are there such long gaps in between your most positive experiences? Don’t sit and wonder for too long this month. August’s conjunction of Venus and Saturn brings you a rare blessing. You will soon be offered the chance to revel in a truly enjoyable activity. Spend too much energy dwelling on what has gone wrong before and you may yet miss your opportunity to make things turn out well in the future. The way to ensure that tomorrow contains more joy is to focus on what’s right about what’s happening, right now, today… and find a way to be glad of it.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
You would make a great detective. You see signs and signals that most people are unaware of. Your instincts cause you to casually acquire unexpectedly apposite information. You process all this, quietly and cleverly. You then piece together the clues and reach accurate conclusions. Are you sometimes wrong? Of course. But not often. You are not going to arrive at the wrong answer in August. As Mercury edges through the part of your chart that governs deep instinct and profound emotional insight, a picture is becoming clear. Even if you can’t yet provide a logical explanation for what you think and feel, you are forming a wise idea that will help to solve an old mystery.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
We don’t always know when something is in our best interests. Just look, for example, at the foods we eat. No matter how healthy our options may be, we crave sweet treats and fattening foods. We have all been told what we ought, and ought not, to have in our diet. But if all those experts hadn’t given us all those lectures, we would never have guessed from the taste alone. Something in your life now, does not seem very appealing. You are inclined to turn your nose up at it. It will, though, yet benefit you enormously. Try, in August, to develop a liking for a situation that you’re not so sure you like. Give it a chance and it will prove to be good for you in ways you can’t yet imagine.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
What have you got to look forward to? Aren’t you surrounded by difficult situations, challenging issues and problematic people? Why not just give up and slide ever deeper into a pit of despair? Er… Because despite all that’s less than ideal one thing is wonderful. You know that. And though you may be distracted by all that seems so unsatisfactory, you intuitively understand how fortunate you are. Events in August will help you become ever more inspired, uplifted, hopeful and confident. You’ll see the true value of what’s good and it will be clear that this is priceless. You’ll then see how transient and trivial, by comparison, so many of your current stresses, strains, fears and worries are.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
The pace quickens, the energy rises and the electricity intensifies in August. Mercury spends the whole month in your sign. But that’s good. You really don’t want things to stay quite the way they have been. If there’s conflict, it’s only because you have one idea about the way in which change ought to be taking place and the universe appears to have another. If you want to reduce the stress, stop arguing with a force that clearly won’t be stopped. Accept that what’s happening is happening and that, even if you don’t entirely approve of the way in which it is taking place, there’s a distinct benefit in all this. Then relax. The cosmos is forcing an issue that should have been dealt with long ago.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
What are you worth? Venus joins Mars in your sign this month. The answer is “more than you think, even if you already think you’re worth a lot!” You still don’t fully understand how precious, special and important you are. I say this not to bolster your ego but to offer a sense of perspective as you now assess a series of difficulties and challenges. It’s important that you don’t undervalue yourself. You don’t just deserve some ease, comfort, encouragement and success… you need it because others need you to have it. Without that, you can’t be the positive force in their lives that they need you to be. You’ve got a vital role to play in a key drama. The cosmos will help you play it well.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Far from being powerless over your circumstances, you are in an excellent position to influence the outcome of an important process. The reason you think you are without choice is because you have little choice. There is, though, a big difference between being temporarily stuck and permanently trapped. August brings the chance to make a plan that works, albeit slowly. It will, though, gradually lead to the fulfilment of a long-cherished dream. It may just be, though, that you can only make the brave moves that are necessary by looking hard at something you have been reluctantly persuading yourself to accept and deciding to reject this and strive for the best possible solution.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
It’s not like you to be picky and pernickety. You will adapt, happily and easily, to most situations. When you get choosy, there’s usually a reason. When, at the same time, you become deeply concerned about someone or something, there’s invariably a very good reason. Right now, you are bothered… so much so that you are rejecting a series of possibilities you might normally be quite happy to embrace. You’re holding out for something better. Some folk think you are unlikely to get this. They haven’t seen your astrological outlook for August. I have. And I have no doubt. You are right to keep striving. Jupiter and Uranus insist that if you hold out for what’s got to be truly right, you’ll succeed.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Some things happen too quickly. We just don’t have enough time to enjoy them. Other situations seem to drag on interminably. We feel we can’t wait for them to be over… but we HAVE to wait! You’re now tired of living with a particular difficulty. The good news is you no longer have to. Change is coming at a surprising speed. Suddenly, instead of wanting a process to speed up, you’re more concerned about slowing it down. What’s happening, though, is right. August is potentially one of the most important months of your life. It brings the culmination of a process that has been building up for months. You have nothing to fear and everything to gain from all that lies ahead.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
The more you try to communicate with a particular person, the more you fear you will never reach an understanding. Their view of life is not diametrically opposed to yours. If it were, in a strange way, that would make things easier. You could both agree to differ. The trouble is, you are in deep agreement about some crucial matters. This makes the point of conflict much sharper yet much harder, too, to understand. Try not to get into it. Give it more time. August brings a development that will help you form an important alliance. Differences have to be put aside. Bygones need to be bygones. The future is what counts. And with a little teamwork that can now be made far brighter.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
 Sometimes, we get tunes stuck in our head. They go round and round. They sing themselves to us, even when we don’t want them to. Often, if we find them annoying or irritating, they do it even more! Tunes, though, we can live with. Thoughts are a different matter. Worrying notions are swimming through your mind. You should try to think of these as whales or dolphins that have become inadvertently trapped in some small, unsuitable tank. Don’t try to tame them, and don’t feed them. Look for a way to lead them back out to sea and set them free. See the “bigger picture” and they’ll start to look much smaller. If you can’t change a situation, you can at least change the way it makes you feel. And that, in its own way, will changes everything in August.

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