Forecasts for week beginning August 4, 2012.

By Jonathan Cainer

Dear Jonathan, We now know that Pluto has five moons. Does that change anything about what you as an astrologer can perceive in the influence that this celestial body has on people? Teddy
Dear Teddy, Not really. Some while ago, Pluto was officially ‘demoted’. Astronomers said it was too small to be a proper planet. Astrologers just raised a collective, sceptical eyebrow when we heard that apparently it is no longer ‘supposed to be’ so important. The discovery of an extra moon doesn’t make it mean more to us; it simply confirms our suspicion that astronomers dismissed it prematurely.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
With each passing day, Mars draws closer to conjunction with Saturn. Something is stressing you out, hemming you in, winding you up, getting you down. I cannot promise that all this trouble will disappear in another couple of weeks when the most challenging astrological alignment for more than two years comes to an end. But I can promise that a lot of it will! Trust that idea, please! And meanwhile, focus on working as hard as you can at the project that means the most to you. Success is nearer than you think.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
If you are think that you are only dreaming, try pinching yourself. Your circumstances may be difficult to come to terms with but the question is not, ‘Are they real’; it is, ‘Do you like them?’ If not, stop blinking in disbelief. You can stop escaping into reveries of denial. You can wake up, make the coffee, smell it… and drink it! You can forge a plan and follow it. You can be pro-active and positive. And then, even if you still suspect that you must be living in a fantasy, it will at least start to become an enjoyable one.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
If you want to do the right thing, stop worrying so much about whether you may be doing the wrong thing! The more you question yourself, the more uncomfortable you will feel. Either you will then start to doubt every decision you have ever made – or worse, you will start to defend all these, becoming so unreasonably assertive as to be unable to recognise a valid criticism, even when you could benefit enormously from it. Mercury turns ‘direct’ this week. This is your chance to choose a new direction with quiet confidence.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Venus is in your sign. That is a good enough reason to feel optimistic about your week. It doesn’t mean you will be protected from all trouble or pain. Sad or sorry situations can still emerge. But even if you are not spared them you can spare yourself unnecessary angst. You can revel in the supportive company of someone who helps you see life from a wiser perspective, and seize a real chance to become materially better off. And you can enjoy the fact that you are currently becoming exceptionally attractive to others.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
This week, it isn’t your fault! Well, no more than usual, anyway. I’m not saying you’ve led a saintly life or that you aren’t now paying the price of various past choices – but for the dramas now unfolding around you, you are not to blame. Someone in your vicinity has issues… and you are dealing with the side effects and consequences of those. It is important not to see these as being ‘of your own making’ because if you do, you will miss the most important opportunity of all: the chance to be truly neutral and genuinely helpful.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
As Mercury changes direction, the last wobbly wheel on your wagon starts turning more smoothly. You have made amazing progress this year. You have handled tough challenges, overcome big obstacles, made brave choices, reached impressive destinations. But all the while you have been wrestling with the great age-old questions; ‘Who am I, what do I want, what do I deserve?’ The first two, you may be no closer to answering. But here comes the clear reply to the third: ‘To feel truly good.’ And it is starting to happen.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
When lightning strikes, it seeks the best pathway to earth. And when people are full of spark and fire, they often instinctively seek out those who might be able to ground them. Right now, you may not be the most down to earth person in town but others seem to think that if they can monopolise your attention for a while, you can sort them out and set them straight. They are right. You are being blessed with exceptional organising abilities. But the flash of inspiration you seek is the one that will help you solve your own problems.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Sleep deprivation is a kind of torture. So is exposure to loud noise. But of all the pain we can ever feel, none is so severe as the agony of anxiety. Like a dentist’s drill, worry eats at our nerves – yet we don’t even have the comfort of knowing that it is doing us good. Lately, you have been menaced by too many causes for concern. This week brings a chance to break free from a dungeon of dismay and escape the corridors of confusion. To reach the soothing sunlit uplands of clarity all you need do… is relax!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Wherever you go, you will be followed. However far ahead you try to get, the thing you want to put behind you will be one step ahead. Unless, that is, you let go of the strong desire that you are allowing yourself to be driven by. There is nothing wrong with motivation. To have a mission is to have a reason to succeed. But when we want anything too badly, we lose precious perspective. You are now too close to a situation. You care too much. Be less bothered about it and you will deal with it more wisely!

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Lift one foot forward. Then put it down. Now pick up the other leg and do the same thing. And repeat. There! That is all the instruction you need while Mars edges towards a conjunction with your ruler. No matter how tough the going gets, keep going. No matter how long the road may seem, continue to follow it. Be patient, be determined but be gentle, too. Bit by bit, day by day, you are getting somewhere that is worth going. Stay steady and your journey to success will eventually start to seem like a walk in the park.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Sometimes, the right thing to do seems like the wrong thing. And vice versa. This is why we must be so careful when we make choices. If we allow ourselves to be led entirely by our hearts, we may become very kind and sensitive but we may not be wise. And if we listen only to logic, our cleverness will come at the expense of our compassion. Somehow, you must now balance these two forces as you reach a big decision. That requires compromise. But remember, please, I said compromise, not sacrifice!

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Some people can sell anything to anyone. They can talk us into choices we don’t really want to make. Even those who lack the ability to persuade others can still fool themselves! Why do I mention this? Well, look at what you have lately begun to feel so certain of. Where has this conviction come from? Are you sure it is not confusion that has turned into a delusion? This week, you need to review an old decision. Better to retreat wisely than to advance in the wrong direction for the wrong reason!

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