Forecasts for week beginning December 10, 2011.

By Jonathan Cainer

This week begins with a lunar eclipse, suggesting the chance to conquer a fear. It also brings the end of two ‘retrograde phases’. Mercury and Uranus have been apparently slipping backwards through the zodiac for some while. As they start moving in ‘the right direction’, we should gain a greater sense of progress, an increased ability to create positive change and an improved ability to communicate and negotiate. Different signs will feel the influence in different ways but we all can expect a week when the long, drawn out stories of our year move faster towards a pleasing conclusion.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Why do wars start? Why do marriages end? What causes conflict? What prevents peace? These, like all big, complicated questions, have simple answers. Problems of this nature invariably have just one cause. Intolerance. It is poisonous stuff. Indeed, intolerance is the only thing on this Earth that we have any real right to be intolerant of! But, if we are intolerant of intolerance, we only make it worse. Given the time of year and the spirit of the season, what can we do but be patient? No matter how justified resentment may feel, forgiveness is the only way.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Acupuncturists believe that invisible lines of energy run round the human body. By tweaking them lightly with a needle, it is possible to change the nature of these meridians and make a vast difference to a person’s health and state of mind. Some insist that ‘states of mind’, similar to those attained under the influence of powerful intoxicants, can be reached simply through needling crucial pressure points. A similar principle applies to you this week. One tiny, seemingly insignificant intrusion into your life is about to make you a whole lot happier.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Take a look at the sky and you can witness a big round moon full of potent portent. Guess which sector of the tropical ecliptic it has become full in? Your sign! That says plenty. It explains why life has lately been exceptionally intense. It tells us plenty about the emotions that have been stirred up within you – and the profound hunger for positive change that you now feel. The lunar eclipse invites you to savour and nurture that yearning for transformation. Mercury’s change of direction this week is a further promise of an easier time ahead.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Look, up in the sky. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, hang on… it is a bird. Sorry about that, for one moment I thought I could see a strange fellow in a red Lycra stretch suit, wearing bright green underpants on the outside. But then I realised, it is high time I went to the opticians. Superdooper-Xmas-Man is not going to come racing to your rescue this week. But then you don’t really need rescuing. Your situation is enviable not pitiable. You do not need help now. You merely need hope. The eclipse will yet provide you with plenty of that.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
How many things are wrong with your world… and with this world? Shall we stop to list them and count them? Or, let’s not bother. It seems we all survive by turning blind eyes to that which we do not wish to see. This is not due to narrow-mindedness, ignorance or prejudice, it is simply a survival mechanism. Ignorance often feels like bliss… and avoidance, like ecstasy… sometimes, at least. An important eclipse suggests that this week, you are now skirting gingerly around the edge of a difficult subject. That might be the wisest course of action.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
You have a skeleton key. There’s not a lock in the world it cannot open. Psychologically speaking of course. You don’t have such a thing in the physical world. But even if you did, you would not be interested. You respect other people’s privacy. That’s what makes you so special. It is through your sensitivity, wisdom and compassion that you manage to melt away other people’s barriers and defences. They soon learn that you are a person of integrity. This week, as Mercury changes direction, your special ability helps make an important emotional breakthrough.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
How far away is Alpha Centauri? It is a nearby star, yet experts are at great pains to stress that we could never expect to travel there. Even at the speed of light, it would take longer than a lifetime to reach. Unless, that is, neutrinos really do turn out to be faster than light. Maybe they can build a neutrino-powered craft that can arrive before it sets off. We think we know our limitations. But really, we are only guessing. Don’t allow yourself to be told that something is impossible. You can get much further than you think between now and Christmas.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Festive cheer has yet to light up your life. Too many factors seem to be intense and worrying. You feel as if you’re caught up in a difficult situation that is beyond your control. You cannot bring yourself to relax and believe that it’s all going to work out. You feel inclined to try any trick you can think of, no matter how unrealistic. You just yearn for a sense of power in an area where you feel vulnerable. Resist this urge as bravely as you can. Think of your life as a roller-coaster ride. Dramatic downs will yet give way to exhilarating ups. Hold tight and trust.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
What do you need to prove? To whom do you need to prove this? Why on earth should you have to make such a gesture? Unless, inwardly, you want to, of course. But we have to question some of the powerful impulses and restless leanings you have lately been experiencing. Might your motivation be suspect? Could there be a better direction to take your life in? Must you be as anxious or as uptight about a particular matter as you have lately felt? The eclipse in your opposite sign heralds a decisive drama, followed by a simpler solution.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
The best things in life require imagination, commitment, effort and faith. How difficult is it to attain these? Very difficult if you are not inspired. Not difficult if you have passion, love, enthusiasm and appreciation. So, if you are inspired, what can you do with all these qualities? What can you create? What can you convert them into? Anything you like or nothing, if you prefer. They are not means to an end. They are an end in themselves. As we edge ever closer to the holidays, you need to reach for what inspires you today. Then what you need, you will get.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
There is an old saying, ‘What you gain on the swings, you lose on the roundabouts.’ I have never understood this. How can you lose anything on a ride? It is important to understand that nobody now, has the power to take anything away from you. And nor can any sincere involvement or engagement leave you any the worse off. But you have the power to make yourself a winner. Stop worrying about recent losses, real or imaginary, emotional or material. Just give your heart and soul to what’s looking so good in the run up to Christmas.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
There’s something exciting about making a definitive statement. To make an emphatic announcement is to enhance your own sense of security. Somehow, the very act of uttering a knowledgeable statement becomes an anchor in an ever-changing sea of uncertainty. All anchors, though, must sooner or later be raised. Just because something was true once, you can’t assume it will remain beyond question forever. Watch, as we get closer to the festive season, for a situation that is evolving rapidly and for rules that no longer apply.

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