Forecasts for week beginning January 8, 2012.

By Jonathan Cainer

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. They’re probably right, though I know several jacket designers who’d like to feel this wasn’t true! But you definitely you can’t judge a year by its first few days. 2012 will be different to any year we’ve ever known and by that, I don’t mean because it is going to be so grim! Far from it. Highly auspicious alignments await. We will see the first of these this week. Venus conjuncts Neptune. Mercury conjuncts Pluto. Cherish your dearest dreams. They may not be as far fetched as you fear.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Some say that the world is due to end later this year. That’s a nice convenient excuse. Why bother doing anything constructive? There is a perfect reason to give up, slip into a trough and let the world do its worst. Now, I’m not suggesting that you subscribe to such a negative expectation – but somewhere in the back of your mind there is some pessimism. You fear that a plan won’t work or that a good situation won’t last. Don’t let that be the hook on which you hang a resolution that is hard to stick to. Have faith in the future and in yourself.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Making a plan for 2012 is like wandering into a new restaurant and ordering before you have even seen the menu. Now, you are a clever Taurean. You probably think it is easy to order without a menu. Most restaurants are fairly predictable. As long as you know the type of fare that they offer, you can hazard a reasonably good guess about what’s in the kitchen. But what if a surprise treat were also available? Stick with your resolution but wait till you know a little more about what will be on offer before you make your biggest choice for the year.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Superficially, a great deal seems to be much as it was. Yet, in one key area at least, things are already becoming crucially different to the way they were last year. You have moved on. Soon, you will make even more progress. That’s what you need to keep sight of now. It is all too easy to imagine that you are stuck in a rut or going round in circles. Those circles, though, are a vital part of a process by which a mechanism is wound up ever tighter, until it has enough energy to run like clockwork. A bright new phase really is about to begin now.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
The year has only just begun and already you have been expanding your horizons and exploring new possibilities. You have found this process unnerving. You far prefer to know where you stand and to remain standing there, as long as it feels comfortable. Yet you have not been allowed this luxury. Finally, you are becoming able to embrace the changes that have been happening. You are about to become much more relaxed, confident and clear. Your outlook is now far better than you may imagine. Soon enough, it will get even better.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
This world surprisingly full of millionaires who are worried about money, celebrities, who worry about being lonely, and talented people who doubt their self-worth. This tells us that we had best be careful what we wish for – lest getting it brings us no solace. In 2012, you want to feel happy. You want to be comfortable and secure. All this is entirely attainable, but not necessarily in exactly the way that you think. Focus on the destination – not the route. There is a way to find true contentment this year. It involves not looking quite so hard for it!

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Remember the bit of the classic old film where Kansas is shown in monochrome? Once the hurricane blows up and Dorothy is deposited in Oz, everything turns to Technicolor. I’m not promising a change quite so visually dramatic, but before the year 2012 gets too much older, you will have experienced the equivalent psychological transformation. Something you have been hiding from is catching up with you. Something you thought of as grey is full of depth and colour. Something challenging but rewarding is about to unfold.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Why hark back to the events of last year? Whatever has happened has happened. Or has it? From a metaphysical point of view, we can argue that whatever has happened hasn’t actually ever happened yet at all. It is still waiting to happen. We merely imagine it has happened because our perspective of time is warped. We see the future as being ‘behind us’ and we plan for events that have already taken place. Does that sound too far-fetched for you? Well then, try this. No matter what has happened in the past, you can still change the future for the better.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
We can’t rewrite history. That’s what they say. The statement, though, is only partially true. You may not be able to rewrite it, but you can remember things that have previously been forgotten. If your revise any story with a sufficient number of additional facts, you will soon start to draw a different conclusion about its meaning. Often, no matter how long ago an event took place, you can effectively alter the consequences that it had, simply by understanding it better. If you want to embrace all that’s good about 2012, you must start by forgiving the past.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
If you are not feeling deeply uncertain about some aspect of your situation now, there is possibly something wrong. The cosmic climate is inviting you to experience insecurity, anxiety, doubt and confusion. Without all that, how are you going to find the emotional motivation necessary to re-examine key areas of your life? Difficult questions have to be asked – and the answers, even if they get more difficult, have to be accepted. Only then can you fully move into the brighter future that the year wants to bring you and that you so much deserve.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
The week begins with a Full Moon in your opposite sign. That’s best thought of as the past catching up with you, tapping you on the shoulder and saying, ‘Hello, remember me?’ Does that thought fill you with dread or inspiration? Is yesterday something that you want to escape and forget? Or do you feel it deserves to be celebrated and preserved? I ask because you are in a powerful position of choice. Nothing has to leave your life, unless you really feel that it is time for it to do so. But you do now need to be honest with yourself.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
The movies have a lot to answer for. They twist time for the sake of the story – cutting out whole chunks of a person’s life as they go straight from one exciting development to the next. This causes us to look at our own lives and wonder why we never undergo such rapid, dramatic change or intense experience. Actually, though, we do. It’s just that mercifully, it happens at a more bearable pace. 2012 is still very young. Most of the magic still lies ahead. Slowly but surely now, you are arriving at a very rewarding and inviting new phase of your future.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Are you starting to feel as if everyone is against you? You may need to reconsider something. You have strong opinions on many matters and usually these are quite correct. You are well informed and intelligent, sensitive and incisive. Every so often, though, you jump to conclusions. You pre-judge people or issues. You develop an insupportable bias. Right now, you feel that a certain situation is hopeless. Hence your desire to go in a different direction. But have you closed the door on last year too quickly? Have faith in your future.

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