Forecasts for week beginning June 30, 2012.

By Jonathan Cainer

In mid-July, Mercury begins one of its short phases of retrograde motion. We had one back in March. There’s another in November. Whenever wires get crossed or plans come unstuck, Mercury retrograde gets blamed… even when it isn’t at fault! Some believe it’s bad to do deals or sign contracts at such times. Apparently, Lady Gaga was recently advised to cancel part of her tour because of this month’s situation. I would have told her not to worry. People who make software apps may have problems this month – but Mercury’s bark will prove far worse than its bite.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Mars, your ruler, is usually quite quick to pass through each zodiac sign. It completes an orbit of the sun once every couple of years, so it tends to enter a new sector of the sky once every six weeks to two months. But every so often, it hangs around in one area. Since November last year, you have been experiencing the effect of just such a phenomenon. Mars finally moves on in July and so does your life. Now, at last, you can do deals and resolve problems that have been hanging over you for too long.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Your relationship with the material world often exasperates you. You tend to come close to success, yet just when you ought to be able to seal a deal or seize a chance, you end up feeling thwarted because life just isn’t letting you complete a process or capitalise on an asset. Even on the odd occasion when you do get what you have been hoping for, you are inclined to see this as a fluke. July doesn’t just bring a pleasing development; it brings an understanding of how to gain more such advantages in future.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Before the days of ‘movies on demand’, most of us grew up listening to stories. We would be regaled with tales of legendary figures from our culture and folklore. Kings, queens, heroes, heroines and various deities; good and evil. Their stories were different – but one thing they all had in common was struggle. Back in the time when gods walked among us (or was it vice versa?) nobody ever had it easy. That bit hasn’t changed! Or has it? July brings you reasons to feel blessed like the star of some happy fairy-tale.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
We live in a crazy world full of crazy people following insane agendas. We take this in our stride. That’s just what life is like. When has it ever been any different? We have long since learned to see the ludicrous as ordinary and the nonsensical as normal. Yet, for some strange reason, we nurture a romantic fantasy about some more sensible existence that we might one day lead. Will everything in your life fall into its right and proper place in July? Of course not. But some of it will, and that will make you surprisingly happy.


LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Your head wants one thing; your heart wants another. How are you supposed to reconcile these two conflicting forces? What advice would you like me to give you? Should I be poetic? Should I tell you to trust what you feel, even if it doesn’t seem to be logical? Or would it be more responsible of me to steer you towards realism and encourage you to think more clearly. There! Your confusion has confused me! Who else might it confuse soon? You need to reach a compromise with yourself in July. The good news is, you can.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
At last, you can stop. Finally, you can breathe out. Mars has left your sign. That constant sense of stress and pressure has begun to release its grip on you. The further into July you go, the more relaxed you will begin to feel. The less trouble you will encounter. The less urgency you will experience. The more you will become able to enjoy yourself. Is this the calm before the storm? No. The storm has passed. This is the calm before a further period of calm – and release – and comfort – and contentment – and peace.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
July brings the arrival of Mars in your sign. It has been some while since you last felt so motivated, determined, purposeful and potentially powerful. There may be many obstacles in your way but you can get past them, over them, under them or through them. Or at least, you can as long as these are difficulties created by other people. Whether your opponents and adversaries are acting consciously or stupidly, you can triumph – but not if you trip yourself up by becoming too hasty, too harsh or too heartless.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Various traditions tell us different stories about how the world was made. But no matter how deeply you dig into legend, you will never find the answer to the most important mystery of creation. On the day of the ‘big bang’ – or the summoning of the light – or the awakening of the spirits, what did the Supreme Being have for breakfast? We don’t know! And if we don’t know that, how sure can we be of anything else? July brings you a similarly unanswerable question. Don’t waste this precious month trying to answer it. Let it be.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Where is the escape hatch? Or the ejector seat? Where is the little button that you can press if you want to get rapidly out of one situation and then float gently down into another with a nice safe parachute to break your fall? There will be moments in July, when you can’t help but wonder whether somehow you are failing to see the obvious. You may even find yourself striving to look beyond the obvious in your effort to engineer a much-needed change. It can happen. Indeed, it is happening. But slowly!

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Sometimes, a situation may seem safe, welcoming and inviting, yet for some reason you can see only some unsatisfactory aspect of an arrangement. Then you have to ask yourself, ‘Is this just me? Am I finding fault unnecessarily? Or have I identified a real cause for concern? What if this is my intuition, telling me to look more carefully at what’s going on?’ In July, you may have that feeling. You may, indeed, have already had it for a while. Soon, you will see what’s really wrong and then everything will get better.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
They say, ‘There is no gain without pain.’ So, is the opposite true? Is there no pain without gain? Not unless you are a masochist! Even then, there may be some kinds of pain that it is simply impossible for anyone to endure, let alone enjoy – and from which no benefit can ever be attained. As with physical pain, so with emotional angst and material discomfort. If something doesn’t feel good in July, try by all means to look for the hidden blessing. Should you be unable to find it, take this month’s opportunity to change it.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Imagine being so worried about trouble that you dedicate your life to keeping it at bay. You don’t leave your home unless you are wearing full body armour. Even then, you hire guards lest your property is stolen. You arm yourself with incriminating information about everyone in case anyone attacks you. Etc. What is all this going to lead to? You guessed it: trouble! I’m not suggesting that you are this way inclined but one part of you in July is most apprehensive. Don’t seek protection, seek reassurance and you will find it.

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