Forecasts for week beginning December 17, 2011.

By Jonathan Cainer

You know how sometimes, your mobile phone interferes with your radio, sending a crackling noise through the speakers? We astrologers sometimes feel that way about Christmas! There we are, trying to tell you what kind of week the sky has in store… and there’s the festive season, interrupting the flow with all that tinsel! I must somehow allow for all of that… yet remain aware that not everyone is automatically in a good mood, just because it’s nearly the end of December. But I can say that for us all, as the week goes by, the outlook gets better!

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
You are a natural trouble-shooter. You eat problems for breakfast and then go sniffing around for a crisis that you can devour with your elevenses. For lunch, you enjoy nothing more than a freshly made-up disaster. And a catastrophe at supper-time will always settle you nicely for the evening. So we had best be careful for we are on the eve of a great feast! But you can grow even more tense when there are no bones of contention to gnaw at, for you then become obliged to chew over old pre-digested difficulties. Stick to a gentle diet this Christmas.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
‘The right place at the right time.’ That’s where we all want to be. Ah, but is that ever where we actually are? And even if it is, how can we tell? Are there not signs when things feel ‘just right’, yet which seem, when we come to look back on them, as if they must have been very wrong? And vice versa, come to think of it, too. Then again, if you can’t trust what you feel, what can you trust? ‘Right’ and ‘wrong’ are tricky concepts. They can invite a lot of argument. Changes in the cosmic climate this week, should enable you to get a lot less bogged down.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
‘Easy terms. Nothing to pay now – and then, just a few pennies a day for the rest of your life. How can you resist? Go on, treat yourself. You know you want to. Plus, if you order before Christmas Eve, we’ll throw in an extra, giant-size pack of the other thing that we have been subtly selling you. So don’t delay. Hurry – while stocks last. This offer can never be repeated etc.’ Yawn. We all know this routine and it’s not just on the shopping channel that people keep trying to sell us (or persuade us of) things. Stick only with what’s truly needed this Christmas.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
As all around us we hear the Nativity tale being told, let us remember that every child comes into this world full of love and blissfully free of opinions. It is never long, though, before they develop these. It is as if we race to establish a state of identity based on our preferences, prejudices, our racial and cultural influences. We don’t like it when any of these are questioned or undermined. Yet we benefit enormously from being reminded that we are bigger than all the small stuff. Events this Christmas challenge an old view point but bring joyous freedom.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Be careful what you wish for, because you may just get it. You are, it seems, facing some kind of chaos connected to your domestic situation. You feel you would be more comfortable if a set of circumstances were altered. It might then be easier for you to enjoy the holiday season. Are you just dreaming impossible dreams? Absolutely not. Things can alter – and the Christmas Fairy is listening carefully to you now. She may yet be able to bring much of what you are secretly hoping for. So think carefully. Once granted, your wish cannot be undone.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Haven’t you heard? Due to government cuts, the holidays have been postponed. To reduce personal and national debt and avoid weeks of lost productivity, it was decided to delay Christmas until April, when it will be combined with Easter. If you have made plans, you will have to cancel them. I’m only joking. But you are half-inclined to believe it. Life has lately required you to accept much disappointment with stoicism. No matter what the setback may be, you now feel psychologically prepared. But, actually, the worst of recent trouble is behind you.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
We all have selective memories; that’s how we survive. We conveniently forget whatever it pains us to remember. And we love the fact that the future is such an open book. We can project into it whatever we want. And we do. That’s why so few of us can ever see forward in time with any degree of accuracy. Like wine-tasters who forget to swill and spit, we swallow the first thing we see and end up drunk on our dreams. This Christmas brings a reminder of reality. Be grateful for it. It may yet turn out to prove a very precious present.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Our emotions are illogical. We fall in love with the most ridiculous ideas, objects, even people. We can’t help how we feel, though we often wish we could. We tend to chastise ourselves for developing such silly passions. We consider them to be weaknesses, flaws and failings. Our hearts may be idiosyncratic, but that doesn’t mean they are stupid. Nor does it mean that they are working against our best interests. How can our hearts ever do that? Trust what yours is telling you this Christmas. Even if there is not much you can do, you can at least make a wish.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
‘Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.’ There are, though, times when we have to be generous. There are times when we need to let go of the one thing we might most prefer to cling to. There are times when it is better to share and go short than to lead lives that look full but feel hollow. You must decide how generous you are currently willing to be in a key situation. Give as much as you can manage and then a little more. It is time to turn ‘nearly Christmas’ into ‘really Christmas’.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
We all crave stability, yet we all abhor it too. We need a little drama or danger to get our hearts beating faster. When all is steady it is easy to tumble into a torpor and forget that you are alive. That said, you have had many such reminders recently and can consider yourself entitled to a little tedium. You now have the chance to choose a sensible path or a road that leads to confrontation. You may have good reason to feel wronged; but two wrongs really don’t make a right. ‘Tis the traditional season of goodwill. Honour that, you won’t regret it.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
You can’t be in two places at the same time. Normally, I would never dream of insulting your intelligence by including such a self-evident statement in your prediction. But it is not your intelligence that I now want to address; it is your heart. Your heart, quite rightly, cannot and will not see reason. The closer we get to Christmas, the more it wants to be in two places at once, regardless of how impossible this may be. You need to accept this. If you are in one place, yet you sorely wish you were in another place, you will not be happy. Be wholehearted.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Something big is about to happen. If that strikes no chord within you, fear not. Almost certainly there will be no sudden change from out of the blue. Perhaps, though, you are underestimating the power of the process that is already underway. Something is about to alter your perspective on life. Your eyes are about to be opened. Your mind is about to be changed. Soon. You will never be quite the same again – and you will be immensely glad of the change that has come about. It is due to be a much better Christmas than you currently expect.

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