Forecasts for week beginning August 6, 2011.

By Jonathan Cainer

“Mercury is retrograde and the Moon is growing full. So if Dracula flies out of his coffin next weekend, the phone may not work when you call for help. And if you order a silver bullet now, ready for the werewolf, it may not get delivered on time.” Some people see astrology as superstition, no more or less meaningful than a belief in myths or legends. But we do get a little more wild within as the Moon grows full. And when Mercury reverses, commerce and communication are often impeded. Be just a little wary, this week.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Keep cool at all costs. It’s heat, you see, that causes all the trouble in the world. If only we could all become a lot less fiery we’d find life much easier. So, this week, you just need to keep lowering your temperature. Several people will try hard to help you here. Various awkward factors too will place a bit of a wet blanket over your enthusiasm. But not for long. The heavenly heat is on and it is about to bring a simmering drama to boiling point. Just remember that the more passion that gets stirred up, the longer it will take to calm everything (and everyone) down.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Do you really want your life to be predictable? How dull would this be? Imagine if I could tell you everything that was about to happen and you had no choice in the matter. All you could do would be to trundle towards your inevitable destination. Happily, thankfully, it does not work that way. Surprises will always lie in store – for you and for your astrologer. But here is one incontrovertibly accurate prophecy. The moral or emotional dilemma that you have lately been wrestling with will soon be a problem no longer. A breakthrough awaits and the consequences will please you.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
How can you have a phoenix without first creating ashes for it to rise up from? How can you make a silk purse if you don’t have a sow’s ear? From where would you ever get a silver lining if you do not have a cloud? When will it ever be possible to head for the sunny side of the street, unless the other sidewalk happens to be shrouded in shadow? Now I know what you are thinking: “He is labouring the point.” But it is the only point that needs to be made. The cosmos could not have a clearer message. From something bad, something good is about to emerge.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Others may be going to the ball – but for you, it seems, there is a hearth to tend, a chimney to sweep and a pan of cinders to empty. How dare you even think about neglecting your duty? Dream all you care to about a better life in the years to come, but understand the reality. Your future is already mapped out. You are destined to spend your whole life attending to the ugly twin sisters of financial responsibility and emotional obligation. Er, aren’t you? Wait. What’s that shimmering light in the distance? Why, it’s some kind of fairy godmother. This week will be better than you think.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
How are the grapes? You know, the carefully peeled ones that are being popped into your mouth one by one by a couple of gorgeous admirers why you recline on a chaise-longue. No sign of such service? Why, surely, somewhere in your life, you are sitting in luxury’s lap? Really? Then you must be sowing seeds for some future experience of unmitigated bliss. Venus is in your sign. She wants you to feel more loved and more solvent, too. She won’t rest until she’s had her way. So relax. Your sweetest dream is going to become a reality whether you strive for this or not.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
We may all be created equal, but we are most certainly not all the same. Most people are aware of superficial differences, cultural or social factors that seemingly separate different “types.” These are trivial. The deep distinctions between members of the human race are the rhythms they respond to. The patterns that play themselves out in their lives. Some of us, for example, can take years before we instigate major change. Others can redesign their entire plan for life in a matter of weeks. Mercury changes direction this week, so do you. Brilliantly, rapidly, decisively.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Since Saturn moved into your sign, everything changed. Will life ever be the same again? No. The planet of structure and commitment has made it its mission to put your life on the right track. Your life, of course, had plenty of purpose before. Now, though, there’s an even more deeply satisfying mission for you to carry out. An objective to attain. An ambition to fulfil. A fear to confront. A triumphant victory to accomplish. Big, difficult decisions must now be made, but these can only bring you greater happiness and increased satisfaction. Have courage and be honest.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Have you got friends in high places? You’ve certainly got friends with high hopes and high ideals. Some seem a little too keen to claim the high moral ground and others are adopting an overly high and mighty attitude. If it weren’t for the people you know, and their influence, life might be less stressful. It might also, though, be less satisfying. Don’t allow anyone to judge you too harshly and don’t take a particular person’s pontification too seriously. Among your friends, there’s one particular person with great kindness and wisdom. That’s the person to grow closer to!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
“The world belongs to everyone, the best things in life are free.” So goes the old Les Paul and Mary Ford hit. It was a different world back then. These days, though, the world still belongs to everyone in theory, in practice it belongs to a select few. Bankers. Teenagers. Religious fanatics. And the rest of us? Well, you are not at all sure the world belongs to you right now. Far from being free, the best things are not even available at a discount. Or so it seems. Sooner than you think, though, that should all change. Someone who has taken a lot is about to start giving something back.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Let a little more time pass. While it passes, remember you are strong, important and powerful. The fact that you are not getting quite what you think you want from life does not detract from this. Even the most influential and successful people find themselves falling flat on their face from time to time. And you are not flat on your face, you are not even on your knees, you are just teetering a little on wobbly legs. Steady yourself. This week will bring a revelation. You’ll see what’s truly unstable – and how you can use this information to make your own future much more secure.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Once, everyone wanted to be normal. They craved respectability and worried about being thought peculiar. Now we all take pride in our eccentricities and relish every chance to stand out from the crowd. We all want to be different. Which is, of course, perfectly normal. By what benchmark are you measuring your current condition? Whose standards will you employ to determine whether something is good or bad? You are anxious lest you have ended up in the wrong situation and are doing the wrong thing. But what’s happening now is right.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Seemingly, there are always wiser ways. Smarter options. Things you could – or should – have done instead. Especially when certain critical characters are around. We all know folk like this. Even if they are very sensible, they are not very sensitive. Their comments undermine our confidence. We’d be better off if they kept quiet. The more so if the voices do not belong to other people but to parts of our own personality. We are quite capable of giving ourselves a hard time without help from others. Don’t doubt a recent decision. You could not have made a better move.

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