Forecasts for week beginning August 27, 2011.

By Jonathan Cainer

Mercury stands still this week, as does Jupiter. Well, when I say ‘stand still’, I mean they look as if they’re standing still. Or rather, that’s how they’d look if you could see them. Well, when I say if you could see them, you CAN see them. You just have to get up before the dawn and track them with a smartphone running an astronomy app. But if there’s no cloud and you can focus your eyes at that early hour, both planets will be visible. Their respective changes of direction are considered auspicious. Well… when I say auspicious…

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
The world is full of people who are paid for using only a small portion of their brain. Workers, for example, who are required to assemble components – not to design or market them – or who are expected to focus on one administrative task regardless of their potential to help in another way. ‘Do your job, and don’t do more than your job or less than it.’ That’s an unimaginative ethos, fostered in a thousand faceless firms. You are capable of much more than you are currently supplying – at work, at home, in every area of life. And this week, you get to do so much more.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Millionaires have to spend a lot of time worrying about where to keep their wealth. Are their investments wise? Are their possessions secure? To them, it’s a real problem. The rest of us find it difficult to take their worries very seriously. We simply think, ‘I wish I had problems like that!’ We cannot identify. Now imagine how someone else might feel viewing your situation from afar. You have a tremendous asset. A big advantage for which you should feel grateful. It is creating some complications. Even so, it is a source of stress that you should be very glad to have.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Scientists have proved that it is possible to ‘trick the brain’ into having an out-of-body experience. When deprived of visual and aural signals, our minds can quickly become disorientated. If they are then sent false clues, they will rapidly conjure up a new reality, based on imagination and assumption! How nice to have it confirmed. We all live in a dreamworld. So. If that’s the case, why can’t we make a point of living out only happy dreams? Through the sheer power of your thought and intent, you can create a very different future. Choose a good one.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
We don’t say what we ought to say. We say what we think we ought to say. Then we wonder why nobody understands us. And, because others are equally coy about their own deepest truths, we end up knowing little about the folk we are supposed to be closest to. Even when we really try to bare our souls, we are not used to being honest. We don’t know how to find the right words. And we often suspect that our statements are not likely to be welcomed. Why rock all those boats? Because, this week, you really need to! You’ll be glad if you do.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Universities run courses in most subjects these days, but it is not yet possible to achieve a degree in miracle-working. So why is that then? Is it due to a shortage of teachers? Or is it that the students are to blame? Apparently, very few people are interested in developing such a skill. They fear that it might compromise them. They do not want responsibilities that go alongside such power. Lately, you have bravely set out to make a miracle happen. You don’t now need assistance; you just need a little encouragement. Your great hope is not as far-fetched as you fear.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Venus is in your sign. It is the planet of art and design as well as love and romance. It may be that you are about to win admirers for your talents. Or it may be that your fans don’t much care what you do; they just love you for who you are. Venus is also the planet of sensual indulgence. It is about to bring you ways to thoroughly enjoy yourself. This is not just an experience you deserve; it’s one you need. For too long, happiness has had to come second to obligation. The question now, is not what can you have? It’s how much can you handle?

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Set the engine running in a car. Now go stand behind it. Sniff the air. What does it smell like? Or, in case you think I am being technophobic, do the same with a cow. All I am trying to suggest is that most things in this world have a ‘front’ and a back’ – and, generally, the front is a lot more pleasant to be around. Positive processes often have stressful side-effects. We always have a choice about which end of a situation we focus on. You’re up against an awkward obstacle or a source of stress, it’s true. But you just need to find a way to see the other side of it.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
‘Roll up, roll up, folks. Get ’em while you can. How’s this for an amazing offer? Troubles, two for the price of one. Problems, family-sized, seventy-five per cent discount! And there’s more – just so long as you hurry. The Scorpios are having a clear-out – but, knowing them as we do, it won’t be long before they decide to stop letting go of their difficulties.’ Hmmm. It would be nice to think that somewhere in the cosmos a psychic sale of this description is now taking place on your behalf. If you really want to be free of something you no longer want or need… you can be.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
If you pull the red lever you will upset all the people who want you to operate the switch with the green handle. But the green switch will infuriate the red enthusiasts. Pressure groups are now taking it in turns to lobby you. You feel genuinely torn. You do not want to upset anyone. You also understand that no matter what you do, you can never please everyone. A decision must be reached. The stress is beginning to become unbearable. Handle it as you would any paradox. Relax. Ignore it. Protect your sanity by standing back from the silliness. All will be fine.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
You deserve a quiet week. You have been through more than enough. You have been put to the test and led to the end of your tether. It is going to take you a while to recover from all that. And, because you now feel that you have so little to spare, the smallest drain on your resources is going to seem like an enormous imposition. Try to shrug off that sense of exhaustion and exasperation. Like someone who has had a shock and is suddenly flushed with adrenaline, you are experiencing a delayed and unnecessary reaction. Trouble is behind you, not ahead.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
How many miracles do you need? Just the one. How big a miracle do you need it to be? Not very big at all, really. In fact, you are not looking for a miracle. You just need a set of serendipitous circumstances. An opening. Unbelievable things now are starting to seem entirely credible. Impossible challenges are arising and you will soon find amazing ways to take them in your stride. Whatever is required, no matter how far-fetched it may seem, you have the wherewithal to get it. It is not a miracle that you need. It is just a belief in your own resourcefulness.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Now I know that you’ve heard this before, and I agree that tomorrow, you will probably hear the same statement once more. And that it will be equally valid. But, then, we can deal with the first day of the rest of the rest of your life when we get there. Right now, it’s sufficient to know that things are changing – and that, if you now allow them to change, you may not need to make any more grand fresh starts for a long while. You may not yet know it, but you really do stand on the threshold of a great breakthrough.

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