Forecasts for week beginning August 18, 2012.

By Jonathan Cainer

This week begins with a powerful new Moon and goes on to provide us all with the chance to make a fresh start. To add to this, Mercury is now making up the ground it lost after it turned retrograde last month. No planet ever truly moves backwards. But our skies are full of things that seem to tell one story when really, they’re telling another. You could say the same about our personal stories! When Mercury gets back to the point it occupied before it ‘turned’, many people’s lives get back on track. The week is looking good!

ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20)
How lucky do you need to be this week? Is it imperative that you win the lottery? Will it be essential to duck, instinctively, just as a stray bottle flies through the window of some seedy bar that you happen to be passing? Actually, your problems are not so severe that only a miracle will solve them. And usually when we are protected by such random chance, we don’t even know about it! You just require enough good fortune now to help you seize an obvious opportunity. If you keep making effort, you’ll get the right result.

TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 21)
It is rather as if the gods have gathered to discuss the various ways they can assist you in your journey. They’re looking to negotiate a treaty that balances their contrasting requirements. One wants you to learn a lesson. Another wants you to shoulder an extra responsibility. A further ‘deity’ wants you to reach your full creative potential. Yet one more wants you to feel love and joy! Actually, this week, you can please them all… if only you resolve to fulfil each of these goals in the reverse order to the one in which I have just listed them.

GEMINI (May 22 – Jun 22)
They say that when you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging! Usually, we don’t realise that we have dug the hole ourselves! We strive to better our lot, not worsen it. If things go wrong, we tend to blame circumstances, not ourselves. Recent events have caused you to accept that in one area of life at least, you’ve got trouble. Don’t feel bad about how it has come about. Just stop trying so hard to fix matters and watch, this week, for a clear sign that shows you what really needs to happen next.

CANCER (Jun 23 – Jul 23)
‘The best’ is not something you can eat. Or sit on. Or drive. Or look at, listen to, live in, earn or win. There are, of course, some things in this world that are of superior quality to others. But those who have the finest don’t always appreciate it. And those whose worldly allocation is meagre are never excluded from the ability to appreciate gratefully all they have. ‘The best’ is something you are entitled to. Something that, this week, you can have. But first, you must understand that ‘the best’ is really, simply something you can feel!

LEO (Jul 24 – Aug 23)
Sometimes, life is like riding an escalator. We stand fairly still and it just carries us along. Sometimes, though, it feels as if we’re trying to go in one direction and the path of travel is heading somewhere else. Oh how tense we become then… and how frustrating it is to run as hard as you can, only to stay in one place or even lose some of the ground you have already gained. Lately, you’ve expended much effort for little apparent reward. This week brings a reassuring sign that you’re getting back to where you need to be.

VIRGO (Aug 24 – Sep 23)
Just how clever are you? This week, you get your chance to find out. Here comes an opportunity to stretch your powers of reason, logic and problem solving. There are, of course, some situations in your life that won’t respond to brainpower alone. The challenges of the heart, for example, often refuse to respond to reason! But largely, it is a practical matter that you need to arrange and reorganise right now. One smart idea could save a lot of wasted effort… and may eventually reward more than just your ego!

LIBRA (Sep 24 – Oct 23)
Why are there so many critics around you? Is there something wrong with the way you lead your life? Or might the tensions reflect a somewhat more complex set of emotional interactions? It’s time to look at what lies behind a seemingly unsatisfactory situation. You need to be objective. It’s no use just ‘judging back’ whoever is finding fault with you. The answer you’re looking for involves kindness and forgiveness. But if you put positive energy into a troublesome set of circumstances, you may just turn them around.

SCORPIO (Oct 24 – Nov 22)
Solutions are always easy to find when they involve other people’s problems. We just have to glance at what someone else is doing and we can often instantly see how they could be doing it so much better. But when we’re on the inside, looking out, it all seems different. That’s partly why the advice you’re now getting is so annoying… and why, in turn, your suggestions to another person aren’t being fully welcomed. There must be listening as well as talking if real progress it to be made this week. But it can yet happen.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23 – Dec 21)
When we’re happy, we can hardly remember how it feels to be sad. And vice versa, of course. That’s why, when we’re low, the first step to recovery involves finding an idea that might make us rise again. Then, when we’re flying high once more, we need to be wary of those notions that might ultimately bring us back down to earth! Life, this week, lifts you up and helps you find an inspiring direction to head in. Go with this and try to avoid the temptation to take a detour that ends up sending you round in circles!

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 20)
You’re beginning to suspect that you’ve run out of options. How many doors have you knocked on? How many ideas have you tried? Yet what difference has this made? I need to inform you that you’re now less than two months away from the most significant change in the Capricorn climate that we’ve seen since 2010. But other than in ‘scale of importance’ there’s really no comparison between the turn your life took back then and the one that it is about to take. A world of new possibilities is on your horizon.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 – Feb 19)
You deserve to be loved. You deserve, too, to be appreciated, respected and supported. So why does it seem as if none of that’s coming your way? Where is the hope, help and happiness you crave? Are you being greedy? Unreasonable? Misguided in your choice of priorities? Almost certainly, you’re doing nothing wrong. It’s just that the great railroad train of life has a way, sometimes, of taking us through long dark tunnels and over barren landscapes. Here comes a ride through much more rewarding territory.

PISCES (Feb 20 – Mar 20)
Is there something you wish you had once done differently? Are you sad about some situation that you didn’t handle as well as you could have done? It’s time to put down the guilt or regret that you’re unconsciously carrying. It’s weighing you down at a time when you need to be light. Life now offers a real chance to rise to a higher, strong position, to seize an opportunity and alter habits that are holding you back. To make this happen, you need to be wholehearted. And you must believe in yourself!

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