Forecasts for week beginning July 28, 2012.

By Jonathan Cainer

In August, Mercury ends its retrograde phase, allowing many people to feel less as if they are wading through treacle or running up escalators that are going downwards. My fellow astrologers often tell people to avoid making arrangements or even trying to communicate at all under such an influence. In my experience, the impact of a retrograde Mercury is not so severe and can even be helpful to those who strive to understand a puzzling matter or unravel a complicated knot. But this, plus the arrival of Venus in Cancer, will ensure a lighter mood soon sweeps the world.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Shall we talk about the thing that’s really bothering you? You know, that problem, that issue, that obstacle. You don’t really want me to mention it, do you? You are hoping that if you ignore it, it will go away. Well, it will go away and whilst you can’t ignore it, you can pay it less attention than of late. But there is, first, one thing you must do. You already know what that is. So do it; it won’t be so bad. By the end of August, not only will you have forgotten the stress of this, you will be revelling in the many benefits that it has begun to bring.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Confidence is a wonderful thing when you’ve got it. But rather like a ball-point pen or a TV remote control, it has an annoying tendency to slip out of sight and prove difficult to retrieve. You know you had it somewhere. It surely can’t be too far away. But even when you turn everything upside down, there is no joy. Indeed, there is rarely any joy when you turn everything in your world upside down – and rarely any confidence, either. So you will be glad to hear that, in August, there need be no more upheaval. Confidence will return.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Ever since Jupiter entered your sign, back in June, you’ve been gathering momentum. Like a plane on the runway, you’ve had your engine idling in anticipation. But you have been waiting for clearance for take-off. You have been getting mixed messages from the psychological equivalent of ‘air traffic control’. ‘Go’ one moment; ‘wait’ the next. You are beginning to wonder if you will ever start to make the progress you so sorely crave. Mercury’s change of direction is your promise that in August it will happen at last.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Once a year, every year, Venus spends a few weeks in each zodiac sign. We all take it in turns to be blessed by the presence of the planet of love. Can you guess who is about to be the beneficiary of that rare astrological gift? That’s right! It is you! And your love life will not be the only aspect of your existence that soon begins to improve. Your powers of imagination and creativity are also being boosted, enabling you to become wealthier and more secure. Not everything will go perfectly for you, but a lot will!

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Mercury is now spending a long time in your sign. That’s advantageous, in so far as it is allowing you to explore new economic opportunities. But Mercury has achieved this extended dwell-time in Leo by turning retrograde. Retrograde planets often bring impediment. A crucial process has taken longer than you wanted it to. You are waiting for a decision – and even if you are the only one who can make it, you wish you could just hurry it up. Here comes the best birthday present you could hope for. A brilliant breakthrough!

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
You keep looking out from the bars. There is a small patch of clear sky in the distance and you can also make out the leaves of a tree. What does freedom feel like? You have been without it for so long now, you can’t remember. Or so it seems. Actually, you are not trapped. You just seem to be very stuck in a situation that is, apparently, not yet ready to change. So much seems to be out of your own control. Where is your power in all of this? It is coming back to you this very month. Here comes liberty, relief and release.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
I feel very honoured to be addressing you. I recognise that you are an important, influential person and I am flattered that you have found time in your busy schedule to consult this zodiac forecast. I trust that I will not let you down and that you will recommend me to your many powerful colleagues and companions. There. Is that obsequious enough for you? My tongue is only partially in my cheek as I say this. You really are about to go up in the world. And that’s really no less than you deserve. Enjoy the success that awaits.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Towards the end of August, Mars moves into your sign. That’s big. It is exciting. It is encouraging and auspicious. Why am I making such a big deal of it so far in advance? Well, because just before that happens, you are due to encounter a difficulty that you may find more than a little frustrating. You can let it be a big deal or ensure that it remains a storm in a teacup. Knowing how well things will turn out in the end should help you maintain the right sense of perspective. The journey may be tough but the destination will delight you.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Whose help do you need? What are you relying on? How vulnerable will you be if some things don’t go according to plan? You really have very little to worry about. Such questions may plague you but then, that’s the nature of such questions! You don’t have to take them so seriously. Look at what is exciting you. Think about your big ambition. Be motivated and inspired by that. All is going to work out well, despite the drama that you have lately been caught up in and the brave decision that this now requires you to make.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
There are times when we all question ourselves. ‘What if I have made the wrong choices? What if I have misunderstood someone or something?’ It is natural and healthy to go through such a process once in a while. But it can never be right to remain in such a frame of mind for too long. Lately, you have experienced more than enough angst. August brings a reassuring development. Things are moving in the right direction at last and they are going to keep on moving until they get you just where you need to be.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
You are more popular than you realise. Whilst you may not be universally appreciated, there are some who admire you so much that they are prepared to go out of their way to help you. This is not entirely selfless. They recognise your talent. They figure that if they can assist you in reaching a better position, almost everyone will eventually benefit. They are right to think that, too. And you are right to think that in August, it is not just the planets that are cheering you on. Some very earthly angels are on your side too.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
The world is full of people who are pretending to be what they are not. Some put on airs and graces. Others go to the other extreme and act as if they could not care less how they are perceived by the rest of the world. Both such stances are a little artificial. Of course, we are all sensitive. Of course, too, we all want to be loved. There is only really one big question for you this month: in August, can you get what you want and need, just by being yourself? The answer, as you are about to find out, is an emphatic, yes.

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