Forecasts for week beginning April 14, 2012.

By Jonathan Cainer

Contrary to popular opinion, planets don’t turn ‘bad’ when they appear to move backwards. They just bring a phase where people tend to turn and review whatever they usually take for granted. Recently, for example, we had Mercury (communication and negotiation) retrograde at the same time as Mars (which rules power, passion and ‘engines’). In the UK, this coincided with the threat of a strike by fuel delivery drivers. The very whisper of this caused long lines at gas stations. Mercury turned direct last week. Mars turns direct this week. Whatever has been slowing you down should soon start letting you move on.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
There is nothing difficult about starting an argument. It is almost too easy. That is why disagreements are so common. A little conflict here and there, is no bad thing. There can even be something good about a big conflict. We may imagine that life would be more agreeable if people were less disagreeable. But then we wouldn’t miss all the drama that makes the world go round? You have had more than enough drama in your life of late, haven’t you? Mars changes direction this week. That is your chance to resolve everything.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
If you want to get a feel for what’s happening in the sky, imagine that you are standing by the side of a swimming pool. You dip in your toe and find the water just a little chilly. You know that once you take the plunge, your body temperature will soon adapt. Everything will feel fine, but you can’t quite face that initial moment of transition. The planets are now presenting you with a great reservoir of positive opportunity to draw on. Somehow, you must overcome a fearful reluctance to dive in. Be brave.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Venus, as I explained this time last week, is due to remain in Gemini for a fair while to come. Your life won’t be full of creative and romantic opportunity for ever; but nor need you feel that it is all about to slip through your fingers if you don’t take advantage of what is on offer. You can take your time and weigh up your options. You can test out a few possibilities before you commit to them. Allow yourself this luxury. Better to take your time than to lose your sense of perspective. What you need, you will gradually get.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Do you want to be happy and successful? Do you want to feel comfortable and content? I know these sound like silly questions. But think for a moment about how you keep focusing on a cause for concern or a source of aggravation. It is almost as if you cannot leave it alone. A problematic issue is real and it must be dealt with. But might you now be giving it too much attention? As the Moon slowly wanes this week, you get a chance to recognise how a secret fear is subtly undermining your ability to make wise choices. You can fix all that.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Let us hold an imaginary dinner party. Lay out six place settings. Don’t worry if you haven’t got much food in. In the world of make-believe, we can all afford to be generous. Now, please welcome in your guests: Doubt, Worry, Fear, Anger, Confusion and Resentment. Serve them up a feast of negativity. But don’t eat with them, just sneak away and leave them to gorge on all the things that make them fat. There is a place for you, this week, at a much finer table, laden with realistic hope. There is plenty for you, but not for them!

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Over the past few months, you have been going over a lot of old ground. In the process, you have made a new connection. You have understood something precious. You have improved your relationship with a memory that you once found difficult and draining. That recently healed wound is now integral to the next part of your journey. You may not be going back to where you were, but something you learned while you were there is about to take you forward to greater happiness, more success and a much sweeter future.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Why wait for opportunity to knock on your door when you can go out in search of opportunity’s own abode? It is possible now to find that door and to knock on it. Sooner or later it will open. You yearn to change a frustrating situation. You can do that – but only if you overcome a strange sense of helplessness that keeps causing you to hang around, hoping for something to happen. You are the one who has to make it happen. The planets promise that if you start the process, they will support you as you see it through.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
When people make financial investments, they usually choose companies or resources. They buy shares in institutions or they sink their wealth into metals. It is odd how we place our faith in such impersonal things. Why don’t we just back individuals? Folk who look like they are going somewhere good? Markets, traditionally, are nervous of such propositions. But you know, in your heart, who you should now support. Give the right person your backing this week, and your rewards will eventually be plentiful.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Life should soon begin to feel a lot more relaxed. A tense situation is becoming less problematic as you start to see how to handle it. I can’t, sadly, tell you that all your problems are about to be solved at a stroke. You may face just as many potential difficulties this time next week, as you do now. But there is a very big difference between a potential difficulty and an actual difficulty. Nothing in your current situation is about to turn hopelessly nasty. As long as you proceed with a positive attitude, you will keep all trouble at bay.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
We live by the law. We respect it and accept it. If we don’t like it, we campaign to change it. Or we move to another place where different laws apply. Who enforces the law? Well, the police and other government agencies play their part, but ultimately, we do. We stop ourselves from contravening the code. We hold ourselves in check. That’s all fine when we are being good citizens, but it’s not when we allow others to lay down the law in our lives and just meekly comply. In one area of your life, a rebellion is overdue.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Why consult a prediction? Why not just toss a coin? If the forces of the cosmos want to guide you, surely they don’t just need me to speak to you on their behalf, they must be already sending you a hundred signs and signals. Indeed, they are. That’s one useful thing I can definitely tell you. You already know the answer to your biggest question. Somehow, though, you want the answer to be different. You fear that you can’t trust it. But you can trust what your heart is telling you and if you act on that this week, you won’t go wrong.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
If you can’t be good, be careful. If you can’t be careful, be good. But what if you can’t tell what truly constitutes good, bad, careful or careless? What if your sense of perspective is distorted? Actually, we can stop right there. People who suspect that they may have their priorities mixed up, usually turn out to have them in good order. It’s the folk who don’t question themselves that we need to worry about. There’s never anything good about arrogance. But be humble this week, and you will make a very wise choice.

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