Forecasts for week beginning September 17, 2011.

By Jonathan Cainer

Perhaps this week’s most interesting influence is an ‘inconjunct’ alignment between Jupiter and Venus. These angles of 150 degrees are my favourites. They traditionally signify a conflict that cannot be completely resolved… or an opportunity that cannot be fully realised, or both. Think, for example, of two needs within yourself that are mutually incompatible but equally strong. Like ‘wanting to lose weight’ yet ‘yearning for an ice cream’. This week, Jupiter (luck) and Venus (love) form the awkward angle. In all our lives there’ll be an impossible situation yet it will bring as much pleasure as it brings tension!

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
You are not full of contradictions, nor are you entirely consistent. You are not particularly prone to exaggerate but you don’t see everything in proportion. You are hardly the world’s worst rebel but when told what you cannot do, you think, ‘We shall see about that.’ In other words, you are a human being. You have your flaws and foibles just as you also have your talents, strengths and motivations. It is important to remember this week that, even if you are not perfect, you have nothing to apologise for and every reason to expect success.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Now you can move on. Assuming that you want to. There’s no law that says you have to. You can stay where you are if you prefer. You can even go back if you wish. Some people dedicate their lives to preserving – or recreating – the past. It brings them great pleasure. Yet you have never yet managed to go, for any length of time, in any direction other than forward. As the planets now offer an excellent chance to do this, can you really reject your opportunity? Whatever you decide, be wholehearted. The only ‘wrong thing’ you can do, is be afraid.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Even simple films require camera operators, lighting engineers, make-up artists, wardrobe assistants, sound recordists, continuity monitors, writers, directors, producers, researchers, plus caterers to keep all these busy people fed. You must be careful now, not to fear that your life is inadequate because it fails to match the standards set by a Hollywood drama. You can’t create an artificial impression, but you can, if you relax, bring forth a very real natural magic. It will yet make you the star of your own highly successful show.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Some people chase challenges. Others queue up to watch horror films or to ride roller-coasters. They seek the thrill of fear, the excitement of stress or the engagement of being up against an intense difficulty. It’s a shame really, that you can’t ‘rent out’ your current situation. Someone, somewhere, would probably love to be in it. Will that tension resolve itself soon? Well, I am tempted not to tell you lest it devalues the drama. But the honest answer is… yes. With each passing day, you are moving further away from a time of struggle.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
A friend of mine is a pilot. Once he let me sit in the front of his plane and passed me the controls. He told me what to do and I did it. It felt exciting until it became time to land. Suddenly, I realised how little I knew. Only the expert could get us down safely. It is easy for us all to enter a mood in which we feel powerful and knowledgeable. We don’t ever see there is a limit to our abilities until we get into a difficulty. Life is now in the process of showing you something. Let it finish the lesson; and be humble enough to seek help where you need it.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Who can you talk to? And what can you say? How much can you hope to be understood? No communication process is ever perfect. People, even with the best will in the world – and the greatest desire to co-operate – often fail to see eye to eye. But that’s no reason to withhold trust or withdraw from friendship. Share as much as you dare. You may yet be pleasantly surprised by the extent to which your point of view is acknowledged and honoured – especially if you can do your best to listen without prejudice and to speak without antagonism.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
How can you distinguish between what you need and what you want? Are you blessed with some superhuman ability to see yourself from some great distance? Do you posses the wisdom of the ages? If so, please share it with the rest of us; we are dying to know the secret. Otherwise, let us assume you are a mere mortal and may be prone to making the occasional mistake. Now, back to our opening question. You can’t tell the difference! But as long as you acknowledge this and remain willing to learn, you will be guided well this week.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Every day you find out more. This is encouraging but it is also making it hard for you to plan. As fast as you think you know what’s attainable, the goalposts shift, the rules change, the priorities alter and the old ideas become redundant. Then you wish you had waited. But you can’t wait forever. Now is as good a time as any to be decisive. You can, at least, make choices in the area where they matter most. Any process you set in motion this week will have a good outcome. You may have to wait a while but it will turn out right in the end.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Ever wondered what the point of it all is? Plenty of people reckon to have the answer, but as many feel angry with those whose opinion is different, we have to wonder how seriously we should take their claims. It seems as if even the Supreme Being too busy playing hide ‘n’ seek with humanity to guide them properly. Perhaps that’s the point! Look for and find the divine in all things this week. In a seemingly ordinary situation something magical is happening. Forget whatever makes you feel fearful. Trust what inspires you.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Be glad of everything that makes you feel disgruntled. Be grateful for every cause for complaint. How, without this, are you ever going to enjoy the satisfaction of putting things right? Do not doubt for a moment that you can work such a miracle. Your already extra-ordinary gifts and abilities are now being greatly enhanced. You are becoming conscious of a problem (or a series of problems) for one reason only. So that, finally, you can do something clear and constructive about a situation that has been unacceptable for too long.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Some people think that to win any argument they just have to shout really loudly. Or keep repeating what they believe to be true and refuse to listen to any other point of view, no matter how persuasive. But it is much more important to hear every side to every story. Why win arguments when you can win hearts? Someone or something seems determined to argue with you. So let them. It takes two to create a conflict. Rise above this week’s trouble. Be wise, be big, be kind and be clear… and you’ll yet gain great benefit.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Don’t push your luck. That’s what people say. But are they are right? A gentle push can create momentum where none might otherwise have developed. It is possible to push your luck too far, but there is a greater risk in not pushing it far enough. Ideally, though, you don’t want to push your luck, you want to put yourself into a position in which your luck can push you. You want to be open, flexible and ready to roll with an opportunity when it arises. Right now, for some strange, unusual reason you’ve got a fixed idea. Loosen up. Then your luck can really move you.

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