Forecasts for week beginning March 3, 2012.

By Jonathan Cainer

Sometimes, life seems like a dance where we all have to follow the rhythm of a band and a caller who shouts out the steps. Wherever we are, we can’t ignore our cues. The planets require us to go forward, sideways or back. March brings another phase of retrograde motion for Mercury. We’ll all have to deal with delays or difficulties of some kind in commerce or communication. The sense of frustration or impediment may be increased by the fact that Mars is retrograde too. But problems won’t last forever and the dance can still be delightful!

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Don’t you have something else to do? Don’t you have tasks to carry out? Obligations to honour? Promises to fulfil? Aren’t there people waiting for you, relying on you, expecting things from you? Of course there are. And their numbers will only multiply over the next few weeks unless you make a very bold resolution. You are carrying more than your fair share and it is time to stop. There are one or two commitments you absolutely cannot drop. There are many more that you can. And for the sake of your sanity, in March, you must!

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Are you happy with what you can see? If so, keep looking, you will only find more to appreciate. If not, look even more closely. There is something you have so far failed to spot. Understandably enough, you are starting to have profound reactions to intense developments. You are beginning to feel uncomfortable about parts of the past. Yet this is all immensely positive – part of a process that can only lead to greater power, strength and success. You have not made a mistake that you need to atone for. You have made the right choice, as you will soon see.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
If you set out to climb a mountain, once you reach the top, you will have to go back down again. Where is the mountain that grows as fast as you ascend it? Where is the challenge that rises before us as fast as we rise to it? For that kind of an adventure, we must embark on the struggle for integrity. If we aspire to be aware, enlightened and wise, we will never stop striving. Every time we think we have made progress, we’ll be back at the start! Yet if you make this your sincere priority in March, the ups will count for far more than any downs.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
In March, you will want to influence a sensitive situation. You will not feel able to just sit back and see what happens. Yet this is the only course of action that can possibly be sensible. Someone needs to learn a lesson. You cannot learn it for them, much though you may wish you could. Have faith. When the time is right for intervention, you will know it and you will be unable to prevent yourself from acting. For as long as possible, though, remain an observer. You can help others (and yourself) far more by standing back than you can by diving in.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
In the North of England, they say, ‘Where there’s muck, there’s brass.’ Roughly translated, this means that there’s often money to be made in tackling the jobs that others find too dirty or distasteful. Other treasures too, can be attained by those with enough courage to face whatever most folk would prefer to hide from. It seems to you now as if the only way to attain something deeply desirable, is to do something undesirable. You are partially correct. But the universe is not looking for a sacrifice from you in March. It merely wants a compromise.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Where are the grown-ups? When will the adults come home? How are the likes of you and me supposed to run the show? We are but children! Our politicians, our leaders, our figures of authority are clearly in infanthood too. In March, you seem to face a choice that is not easy to make. Whose advice can you take? What expert can you ask? Deep within you dwells a surprisingly wise sage. Find that part of yourself. Consult it. Heed it. Trust it. Your judgement is as good as anyone else’s, and better than most folks’. It will lead you to the right choice.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Familiarity may breed contempt, but it also fosters friendship. We like what we know. We feel well disposed towards people and things we recognise. So much so that we can become unable to see the shortcomings in our companions. We find fault with strangers – yet when the same fault emerges in a loved one, we overlook it. We dislike factors in a new environment but if these are also present in an old one we ignore them! Consider the obvious in March. Something you take for granted means more than something you want to help yourself to.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Mystics inform us it is easier to become a rocket scientist than to learn how to focus on the heartbeat that pulsates at the essence of creation. Years of dedication are required, just to develop the subtle sensitivity. But what do they know? How many spiritual seekers have ever tried to become rocket scientists? Now, about your month. Though you face a challenge, to solve it you neither need advanced logic nor amazing powers of inner vision. You just need to be fair and forgiving, to yourself and to someone who has lately been unreasonable.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
When we want something that we feel we ought not to have, we end up complicating our lives. We make long speeches that contradict our true feelings. We formulate plans and express intentions, then set off to do the very opposite! We create much the same confusion when we try to achieve contradictory aims or objectives. Even if we are not kidding ourselves, we still find it hard to know what to do for the best. But in March a dual agenda becomes a single objective. Somehow, something that has been hard is going to get easy.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
What’s good for us? Different people give different answers. Often, these tend to involve treatments that might be stressful, regimes that might be hard work or diets that might require sacrifice. No wonder we shudder when astrologers suggest potential benefit from a process or an imminent event. I mention this because, in March, you’ll have an experience that helps to improve the quality of your life for a long time ahead. It may well not be entirely of your choice or to your liking but it won’t be as bad as you fear and the results will be well worthwhile.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Sign language is very effective. Semaphore has a long, proud tradition. In some places, people still use smoke signals. And just look at how modern youngsters use emoticons! The age of non-verbal communication is far from over. There are some who say it has only just begun and that words are just a shallow, primitive mechanism for expressing a narrow range of ideas and emotions. Even so, they have their place. All through March, you’ve got communication issues to resolve. There’ll be no substitute for in-depth, meaningful conversation.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
You like to think of yourself as a passive person who can forgive most people for most things. Even if your temper flares, it soon cools down again. Every so often, though, something either really riles you or else it totally inspires you. Rarely have you felt as determined as you will start to feel in March. Don’t doubt yourself. And don’t try to water down your feelings. Just trust them and follow them. Growing a year older means learning, at last, to channel your passions constructively and balance motivation with patience in order to get what you want.

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