Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, May 8, 2011.

By Jonathan Cainer

This week brings a lovely triple conjunction. Unlike the long one we had some while back, this is a brief alignment. It involves Mercury and Venus, both of which are nearer to the Sun than us – so they take even less time to get round the Sun than we do. Both move rapidly through the zodiac but this week they catch up with each other – and with the big, auspicious Jupiter. That’s a hopeful sign and a promise of wish-granting fairies on the move. If you want to wish on the conjunction, look east, midweek, just before dawn.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Do you deserve a good week? Your answer had better be yes. You are thoroughly entitled to a sense of fulfilment. You are quite within your rights to expect smooth progress in a normally tricky area of life. You may not be perfect in every way – but, then, name one human being on the face of this Earth who is. You have done more than enough to qualify for a cosmic reward. You’ll get one, soon – unless you now convince yourself that such a thing cannot come to you. Don’t tell yourself that and don’t let anyone else suggest as much.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
You’ve got to tackle a tricky topic of conversation this week. It should be fine but sometimes, the more sensitive the subject matter, the harder it is to know what to say about it. That’s why so many people speak in euphemisms. It’s why metaphors are easier than direct explanation. Beat around the bush by all means, but at least acknowledge that the bush exists. It is not a burning bush or, at least, not yet. If it is continually ignored though, it may yet become struck by the lightning of an unexpected event and then develop a voice of its own.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Are there better things to be doing? Are there better places to be doing them? And, hey, go on, we may as well ask this too: are there better people to be doing them with? If the answer to any of the above is a genuine yes, you will find out this week. Almost certainly, though, there is less to change or to challenge than you fear. One small, but significant adjustment could alter your outlook on a host of matters and could soon turn cynicism into enthusiasm. By and large, you’re doing what’s right, where it’s needed, with who you need to be with.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
You are tempted to assume, because things are less than ideal in one area, that they are just as bad everywhere else. If you’re not careful, you will talk yourself into a self-fulfilling prophecy of doom and gloom. The problem area is an isolated one. So isolate it from the rest of your thoughts. Remain cheerfully optimistic about all other matters. Even where some pessimism appears to be justified, be careful that you don’t abandon all hope. Alignments from the Sun to Uranus and Pluto speak of tension but promise too that a lot of magic can take place.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
As Mercury forms a conjunction to Jupiter, you need to start looking at life from a new perspective. You have lately been feeling defensive about your past, and apprehensive about your future. You have even begun to suspect that you may deserve a current problem because, somehow, inadvertently, you have brought it into being. You are about to discover, though, that you have far less to worry about than you think. Before you decide to apologise to anyone about anything this week, consider what you have to feel proud of. And stop right there!

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Let’s pretend we have gone out exploring together. Suddenly, we are lost. We reach a junction. We see signs pointing in all directions but none carries the name of the destination we seek. In the absence of a map, what are we going to do? We’re probably just going to get very confused and frustrated. Once we make a choice, though, it’s only a matter of time before we see proof that we are or are not on the right road. This week, you’ve got a choice to make… and not enough information to base it on. Trust what you feel and don’t worry.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
There are some battles you can emerge triumphant from and some you just can’t win. When we are wise, we learn to recognise the second sort and avoid them. When we are even wiser we know of a third type of battle. The kind you CAN win, but that you wouldn’t want to. There are some power struggles which it benefits us more to surrender to. Look at this week’s bone of contention. Consider the possibility of burying it. Or, at least, of not gnawing on it. You can choose whether to make tension worse or better. Choose wisely.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December)
Can it get any sillier? Can life become any more chaotic? Can crazier things happen? Of course. No matter how far-fetched or ludicrous the situation ever becomes, there is always a possibility of it becoming even more surprising. Keep that in mind this week, while Mercury and Jupiter form a conjunction. If you are at all worried about a matter that seems to be spinning wildly out of control, stop worrying. Just leave it to spin a little longer. If the next twist in the tale doesn’t suit you, the one after that will prove perfect. Just relax… and keep your eyes open!

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
You are waiting for someone to reach a decision. You may have to keep waiting this week. Unless, that is, you reach a decision of your own. You don’t have to leave your fate in the lap of the gods. You can take it out of their lap and put it in your own. Might you make a choice that’s not so wise? It depends on how much you trust those gods. If you’re willing to respect them and accept what transpires, you’ll much like how things turn out. And if you’re suspicious now, you’ll still be suspicious later. In which case, seize what chance you have!

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
We are all time-travellers because we are all travelling through time. We are, though, all travelling at the same speed – and in the same direction. Sharp angles to your ruler now, from the Sun and Mars, suggest that though you cannot change events that have already taken place, you can have a powerful impact on a future that’s still to unfold. The key to changing tomorrow is to go back to yesterday – reviewing and re-evaluating, your relationship with a formative experience. See that differently and you’ll set yourself free from a problem!

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Though much is challenging you and there are plenty of things you could worry about, you are not about to become weighed down. It is more as if you are in the process of “shedding a skin.” You are in the midst of metamorphosis. In the moment when a creature first emerges from a cocoon, it can feel useless. It is neither what it once was nor is it fully what it is about to become. It feels lost, bemused, more as if something has been taken from it than something has been given to it. You may have a similar experience soon, but just wait till you spread your wings.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Here’s a scenario. You can’t install your new cooker till the plumber has moved the sink. The sink can’t be moved till the cupboard to replace it has arrived. They won’t deliver the cupboard till you pay for it. You won’t have the money till you’ve sold your old cooker. Does this sound familiar? Your current challenge may have nothing to do with kitchens but it does involve a complex chain of events, all refusing to fall neatly into place. Somehow, you need to square a circle. Somehow, this week, that’s going to happen, despite all that seems wrong.

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