Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, May 22, 2011.

By Jonathan Cainer

In the old days, astrological alignments were considered benign or malefic, good or evil, positive or negative. This didn’t leave much room for free choice. You weren’t expected to shrug off trouble and thrive regardless. If an undesirable influence beset your horoscope you were just supposed to quake in your boots and pray! Astrologers of yesteryear were also oblivious to knife-edge alignments. These create circumstances that are irritating one moment, delightful the next, such as this week’s “quincunx” from Mars to Saturn. Expect tensions that can neither be resolved or ignored… yet nor need they be feared!

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
You do not like half-measures. You hate woolly compromises and airy-fairy fudges. You are a go-getter, a hard-hitter, a mover, a shaker and a wholehearted move-maker.  You are now under some pressure to ease up. Some people seem to think you are trying too hard and pushing too far. They are wrong. You are not yet making enough effort! You know what you want to achieve and you need to try your best. Throw yourself into your task and don’t be talked out of it. You’ll yet be amazed by what you accomplish.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Why can’t your dearest dream come true? Stop! Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question. What’s more, if you do attempt to answer it, you will merely be compounding the obstacles. Every time you list the reasons why progress cannot be made, you will drum those difficulties a little deeper into your brain. Don’t, this week, ask why something can’t happen – ask why it can. Better yet, ask HOW it can. List all the positive possibilities. Then start to believe in them. If you now make enough effort, with enough faith, over a sustained period of time, you can work wonders.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Who is the person best placed and most motivated to help you? We could answer that question with “yourself”? There are, though, others who are equally, if not better able to assist. Trust your judgement this week; and where judgement tells you that it doesn’t know enough in order to make a judgement, trust the advice of people who are at least a little better informed. Be wary, though, of theories, opinions and guesses, delivered in an overly-confident manner. You need facts, gained through experience, not ideas that have emerged from an imagination or an assumption.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
We all want to be held, stroked, comforted, cosseted and sweetly reassured. Considering how much we all want this, it’s strange how rarely any of us actually get the experience of it. We will reach out to children and offer them such succour, but we feel as if we are not entitled to speak to our fellow adults in this fashion. Thankfully, every so often, the universe finds a way to stroke our brow for us. It shows us that our fears are unfounded and that we are safe to relax. And that, indeed, is what it is about to show you.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
What’s wrong with a win-win situation? Nothing. But what if the other party is winning slightly more? If that’s so, doesn’t the one who’s winning slightly less become the loser? With spurious logic like this, great opportunities are squandered. We become parsimonious when we ought to be displaying magnanimity. Who is the real winner in any negotiation? The person who does not care whether they win or lose because they appreciate that life is about more than petty victory. That’s all you need to remember this week.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
It’s time to get smart. You have talents you are not using – yet you are in a situation where those talents are sorely required. You have either, so far, refrained from offering your services – or you have put them forward in a quiet and unassuming way. You have mumbled something helpful and, in the loud melee of other voices, this has gone unheard. It may now be time to make a more forceful case. You are needed. And by a piece of serendipitous synergy, you need what being needed in this situation can bring you!

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Some seek enlightenment in Himalayan caves. Some join ancient orders and become renunciates. Do they succeed? Well, the trouble is, people who put a lot of energy into anything almost always insist that it has been worthwhile. They don’t want to concede that they have been wasting their time. It has been said, though, that the best way to attain enlightenment is to sit still and let it come to you. That may yet happen for you this week. Prepare to understand something you have never understood before and to benefit greatly.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Recent intense alignments have cleared a path. You may still feel as if you are caught in a jungle of confusion and complication, but you have at least one route out of all this difficulty. It may not seem to be going in exactly the direction that you most want to head off in – but, then, recent events have left you feeling pretty dizzy. You can’t be entirely sure that your inner compass is functioning accurately. Accept your most inviting, encouraging option. Trust it. Follow it. Give it a chance to surprise you this week.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December)
You can’t afford it! Indeed, you can’t even afford to think about whether you can afford it. You have other things to focus on. These require all the time and energy that you can spare – and then some. You must, of course, be cautious and pragmatic. Every photon of your etheric being is urging you to pay close attention to your responsibilities. But Saturn insists that if you can now throw your energy and attention into the search for a sensible solution – rather than the hunt for an extreme escape route – you will do far better.

CAPRICORN (December 22  – January 20)
Flour, water, salt. Put them together and what have you got? The answer to this question rather depends on whether you are a cook or a craftsperson. It is possible to make a kind of modelling clay from these ingredients. It is also possible to make a delicious crisp-bread. Here, as in life generally, what counts is not so much what you’ve got as how you intend to use it. If you are happy with your situation this week, you need do nothing. If you are unhappy, you really need not feel trapped. Just turn all you’ve got to hand into something else.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Soon, you will get a chance to change some aspect of your life forever. Is there something you are sick of? Have you had enough of a particular situation? Do you yearn for a life that contains less hassle and more hope? Do you wish you could communicate more easily with a particular individual – or that your emotional life could become less complicated? I cannot promise an instant transformation in all of the above areas, but I can predict that you will be able to take some distinct steps in the right direction this week.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
We all feel good when things seem to work out just perfectly. We always feel bad when our plans appear to be falling apart. Really, we ought to be more cautious about connecting our feelings to these unreliable indicators of success and failure. Often, things that look perfect on the surface are not really so ideal. Often, too, apparent problems are great blessings in disguise. This week brings you a development that may not seem obviously impressive. It is, though, due to bring you true, lasting benefit.

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