Forecasts for week beginning April 3, 2011.

By Jonathan Cainer

The main action on April’s heavenly stage involves “noises off,” planets rising and setting so close to the Sun that we can’t see them at all. We only know where they are because our tables of planetary movement tell us. How clever the ancients must have been to deduce such information from studying the sky. They needed to know it, though, because they wanted to predict important alignments, such as conjunctions of Mars and Jupiter that warned of new leaders and rare victories. In April, we won’t see these two planets draw closer – but we’ll sense their influence.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Several powerful planets in your sign are causing you to feel as if, somehow, there just isn’t enough time. But how can that be? Is the universe not eternal? Does not time go on forever? The shortage is entirely due to your sense of perception. You are identifying too closely with your physical form and the limitations of your earthly environment. Have you forgotten that these are only temporary and that you, in essence, are part of something infinite and endless? You are a part of the divine and the divine is a part of you. Remember that and, in April, whatever else you truly need, you’ll yet get.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the universe. That makes us something very special.” This quote, from the great professor Stephen Hawking flatters us to suggest that we can understand the universe. Perhaps we can. Or perhaps we can only try? But it doesn’t matter. There’s magic enough in the attempt, regardless of the outcome. That’s true too, of what you’re so keen to attempt in April. Ask the universe for what you want and you’ll get what you want, even if you don’t understand how this has come about.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Some people are scared of their own shadow. They won’t go anywhere or do anything for fear of getting into trouble. Others are even more afraid. They run as far as they can in an attempt to leave their shadow behind. No matter where you go, though, your shadow goes with you. You can’t escape it but you can accept it. If you’re doing something now in the hope that it will free you from a fear, stop! But if you are doing it in the hope that it will help you come to terms with a fear, carry on. In April, you can achieve wonderful things if you are motivated by inspiration, not anxiety.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
“There are,” as the singer Johnny Nash once observed, “more questions than answers.” And, as he so perceptively added, “The more I find out, the less I know.” You are now grappling with this very paradox. The way to set your mind at rest is not simply by asking fewer questions. Mr Nash, you see, may have been wrong. There are, in fact, more answers than questions. This is why some questions seem to lead to two or more contradictory answers. Pick the answer you like best this month and trust it. If your heart is in the right place, the rest of you will end up in the right place too!

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
There will be less financial pressure in April. Less uncertainty, less need to worry about where you stand, less doubt about the direction your life seems to be taking. Instead? More excitement and inspiration. New ideas. Fresh possibilities. Chances to make progress with plans that once seemed to be hopelessly stuck. Better close friendships and more successful encounters with close relatives too. Solutions to transportation problems. Answers to pressing domestic questions. All you really need to remember over the coming month, is that trouble, mainly, lies behind you, not ahead.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Some psychologists believe that anger is not a genuine emotion. Always, it is a substitute, a mask, a way of disguising some deeper feeling. We become cross because it seems, somehow, more empowering than becoming upset or afraid. When you are being yelled at, this might all seem like an irrelevant observation. Knowledge, though, is power – and when there’s tension, two things will always help to diffuse it. One is information. The other is a desire for peace. The first, you’ll get given. Summon the second for yourself and you’ll yet have a very successful April.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Remember the tale of The Tortoise and the Hare? Good. Now forget it! It has the wrong moral. Indeed, in April, the more you contemplate such salutary stories, the more you’ll slow yourself down unnecessarily at a time when you have every right (and reason) to speed up. A collection of planets in your opposite sign suggest you are not so much on form as on fire! You may feel restless and apprehensive but your eye is keen, your wit is sharp and your instinct reliable. Several opportunities need to be seized. There is no chance of you being caught napping and a high chance of catching a big prize.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive bug. Superman came from another planet. Batman set out to avenge his murdered parents whilst the Invisible Girl mutated under cosmic rays. And where do your secret extra powers come from? Don’t pretend you have none. You need not be coy. There’s your X-ray vision for a start. Plus your supersensitive ability to detect hidden agendas? A Mars-Jupiter conjunction developing in late April will cause your powers to peak. That’s good because the world needs you! Even the difficult experiences of your past, can now play a constructive part in your future.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Somewhere deep within you, there’s a person of immense power, amazing strength, impressive talent. You’re not ordinary. You’re not sub-standard. You’re supremely special. Why, then, don’t you act with more of the confidence that you deserve to display? Why don’t you accomplish more? Why do you let passing possible problems upset and unnerve you? Here, later this month, comes a developing conjunction of Mars and Jupiter and thus a chance to bring out much more of what’s already within you. Not only will this help you attain greater material success, it may work wonders in your love life!

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
When people are feeling tense, they often advise each other to, “draw a deep breath.” How many deep breaths might you need to draw this month? Actually, you should make every breath a deep one. Not because you need to defuse anger but because you ought to stop, relax and appreciate just how magical and wonderful your life truly is. For all that’s wrong, for all that’s troublesome, for all that’s missing, you’ve got so much to be glad of. Soon, not only will you begin to recognise even more reasons to feel a deep sense of gratitude, you’ll actually start creating them.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
How much do you need to do in April? And how much do you need to say? How far must you travel? How hard must you work? The answer, in every case, is “less than you think.” You have already achieved more than you realise. You have set in motion some processes which will now continue of their own accord, regardless of whether you drive them along or leave them be. You are more fortunate than you know and the proof of that is about to reveal itself. Meanwhile, conserve your energy. Relax. Be yourself. When it is truly essential to make a move, you will be left in no doubt.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Going up? First floor: friendships, hobbies and social occasions; Second floor: family and domestic pleasures; Third floor: creative endeavours and dedicated commitments; Fourth floor? Spiritual quests and intellectual challenges. In the department store of experience, much depends on which button we press in the elevator. In April, it’s not a question of going up – or down. It’s a question of making the most of whatever floor you find yourself on. There are problems attached to every situation you ever encounter. But there are also wonderful benefits. These are all you need to look for now.

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