Forecasts for week beginning March 31, 2012.

By Jonathan Cainer

April brings Mars to the end of its recent retrograde phase. Though no planet ever really travels backwards through the zodiac, this optical illusion has long been a strong symbol or ‘omen’. Mars is the planet of action, adventure and ambition, plus competition, conflict and contention. Generally, while it appears to be reversing, people find it easier to plot and plan for success than to get up and get moving towards it. This month, the brakes come off… and in some cases, so do the gloves. But those with high hopes of progress should expect to see some soon!

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
What do we need to find our way through a moral maze? A moral compass. When does a compass give a false reading? When it is close to a powerful source of magnetism. Then, true north can no longer be detected. The pointer swings emphatically towards a false signal. It doesn’t tell you, though, that this is what it is doing. You march forward, confident in the knowledge that you are heading north, whilst all the time a precious principle is heading south! You will be fine as long as you keep double-checking your direction this month.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Some people aspire to retire to a castle on an uninhabited island. Others dream of a Himalayan cave where they might find tranquillity through isolation. Peace of mind, though, is as attainable in a crowded street, as it is in an empty meadow. And if you’re going to pay heed to a bunch of worrying thoughts and irritating memories, you will find they can just as easily pursue you to your remote idyll. It is important to remember, in April, that a current problem will not be fixed by a change of location. It needs a change of attitude but that’s well within your power.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Look, up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s a flying pig! And hang on, what’s behind it? Why it is a leopard, visibly changing its spots! What a magnificent menagerie on your heavenly horizon. Unfortunately, this is all about as much use as a chocolate teapot. Promises are cheap. Any fool can make them and break them. Actions, in April, will turn out to be worth a thousand words – especially if they are your actions, resulting from your choices. Don’t bluff and don’t be bullied. Just play with a straight bat if you want to be bowled straight balls.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Criminals, apparently, often return to the scene of the crime. They are drawn there by a strangely compulsive urge to gloat, to relive the experience… or to taunt the authorities that are still pursuing them. People with something to hide will often somehow hint at their hidden agenda. They cannot or won’t reveal it, but they may well allude to it, perhaps in the form of a joke or a chance remark. With this in mind please, let’s look again at the strange things someone has been doing or saying lately. April reveals a secret that ultimately benefits you greatly.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Doctors come under a lot of pressure to issue prescriptions. Sometimes, there may be no need at all for a treatment. The problem may be likely to clear itself up if it is left alone. But the patient might feel disappointed if they have to leave the surgery empty-handed. And doctors are not allowed to prescribe a placebo, even though placebos have been scientifically proven to be effective in many cases. This month there are several ways in which you could heal a wound or cure a fear. You can apply any solution you like, as long as you put your faith in it.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Whatever you do, someone will criticise you for it. This is not, by the way, my prediction for your outlook in April. It is just a general observation. Here is something else you can say to pretty much anyone at any time. ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life’. That’s true today; it will be true tomorrow. All through April you will keep feeling as if you are arriving at bright new beginnings. But you will also keep encountering reasons to doubt yourself. Now you just have to choose which of these day-to-day realities you are going to take seriously.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
When we read about the lives of great saints and wise philosophers, we can easily start to feel a little awe-struck. How much they understood! How compassionate they were! What tremendous self-discipline they had! But we don’t automatically feel inclined to apply their values to our own lives. Rather, we think, ‘they might have managed to be so tolerant and forgiving but I could not do that.’ But you are made of the same stuff! April brings your chance to do what a great saint would do and to see how your own life is just as special.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
The world is full of commuters. People making the same old journey, to and from the same old place, day after day. Even those of us who do not travel so much frequently retrace the same old psychological steps. What will April bring you? Another trip around the same old circuit? Or a magical mystery tour? Are you ready for a joyous discovery? Are you anxious lest it comes at the expense of a tense experience or a brush with unnerving uncertainty? Don’t fear that! Indeed, don’t fear anything. This is where life gets interesting and… pleasing.
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SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
When you arrive at a beach that you have never visited before, it can take a while to work out whether the tide is in or out. If it’s miles from the shore, that’s a clue. If there is no beach to be seen, that’s another. But otherwise, you will just see waves rolling in. What can you tell from that? They keep rolling in, even when they seem to be rolling out. You have got to watch for a while before you can be sure. Your current assessment of how things stand in April, is not yet supported by unassailable evidence. Until it is, just trust and keep watching.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Saturn is not just the ruler of your sign; it is the planet of time. Its long sojourn in your house of power is making you keen to take control of a chaotic situation. It’s all very well to be of help to everyone else, but what does this give you in return? You need to set some agendas of your own, not just keep following other people’s schedules. If you feel tired and listless, as if your life is an endless treadmill, then April could bring you to a significant turning point. Gently but firmly, you can now restructure your life so that you spend more time doing something truly fulfilling.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Satellite navigation systems have an option in their ‘settings’ menu called Shortest Routes. Unwary travellers, often seize on this with glee. ‘Aha’, they say, ‘this will get me to my destination much more efficiently, saving fuel as well as time.’ Thus, they set off cross-country, down tiny tracks, across streams and through gated woodlands. The best way from A to B is rarely so direct. It is not the shortest route you need to take in April, it is the most efficient route. What you now feel inclined to resent as a detour is an essential part of a positive process.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Some people will swear that black is white – whilst those who can actually see the truth will often keep their voices to a whisper. We should beware the drum-bangers. And, when people keep pressing home the same point, we should wonder whether, perhaps, they protest too much. Others are now making public pronouncements. You feel inclined to disbelieve these – yet you do not have much evidence to back up your interpretation of events. Even so, you should trust your judgement. Don’t listen, in April, to what’s being said, watch what’s being done.

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