Forecasts for week beginning December 15, 2012.

By Jonathan Cainer

Are you ready for the end of the world? Supposedly it arrives later this week. Friday, to be precise. Unless you’re in Australia or Japan, in which case you can expect it Saturday. Although, actually, most experts on the Mayan timekeeping tradition are keen, these days, to point out that we don’t need to worry just because the ‘long count calendar’ is completing a cycle. It doesn’t, they say, signify the end of anything. More the beginning of a wonderful new era. And for several other reasons that I shall say more about next year… I agree with them!

ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20)
Things aren’t as bad as they look. Nor are they as bad as you fear. And they’re a lot better than one particular person seems to imagine. Somewhere in your world, there’s a pessimist who takes a very bleak view of current prospects. To them, even Christmas looks more like a threat than a promise. Your involvement with this character has begun to have an impact on your own enthusiasm. You’re not sure what you believe in any more – or what you have to look forward to. But you’re soon going to have your faith restored.

TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 21)
The cosmos is protecting you by organising events and developments that could hardly be more suitable to your needs. Is that not good? Well, think about how we all feel, sometimes, after spending too long in a school, visiting a hospital or working with a tightly-run organisation of any kind. Our involvement with this instituition may be positive but there will still be moments when we resent what we perceive as intrusions on our freedom. If you possibly can this week, you should try to trust and take the broader view.

GEMINI (May 22 – Jun 22)
The most difficult tasks are often the most rewarding. The easiest opportunities are usually the most easily missed. People who chase after challenges may have good reason to put themselves through stress but we should always remember that life is not obliged to be tricky. Sometimes, simple, pleasing developments just naturally occur. Sometimes, all you have to do is be still and keep your eyes open while remaining in a positive frame of mind and magic just happens. That’s all you need to do this week!

CANCER (Jun 23 – Jul 23)
For many, this time of year is all about remembering who likes what and whose tastes extend in one direction or another. Such considerations are part of the process by which most conscientious people prepare for the holidays. The hope is that, if we all think hard enough about what others want, we won’t even notice if others have misjudged our own requirements. But you do now have a very real and pressing desire. And it just so happens that the cosmos has an early Christmas present in store for you!

LEO (Jul 24 – Aug 23)
How much power do you have? Does it seem as if you are a victim of circumstance? Or are you the one who calls all the key shots? It may seem like an odd time of year for the heavens to be granting the possibility of an enhanced sense of self esteem but then, the planets don’t know it’s Christmas. They only know that they have a duty to assist you in your quest for more control, more choice and more influence over the shape your future takes. This week, if you act as if such strength is yours… it will be so!

VIRGO (Aug 24 – Sep 23)
People aren’t always honest. Under the guise of social nicety or polite behaviour, they uphold shocking pretences. As we approach the holiday season, you’re looking at the stark difference between what one person outwardly ‘projects’ and what their actions may be saying about a hidden agenda. It’s not necessarily right for you to confront this but you do need to, at least, acknowledge what you’re seeing and adjust your own plans and expectations. As you do, much that seems stressful will become easier.

LIBRA (Sep 24 – Oct 23)
You’re smart, shrewd and sensitive. Little escapes your eagle eye and you’re not just good at spotting physical inconsistencies. You’re just as easily able to detect psychological anomalies. If people’s attitudes seem odd, you often notice this before they do themselves! That may be one reason why relationships sometimes become a little strained. Watch for that this week. You can’t help but be highly incisive but you may require a little tact and patience! Then you can work constructively with all you’re starting to see.

SCORPIO (Oct 24 – Nov 22)
They say that ‘what goes up must come down.’ Largely they’re right. Though as any child will tell you, there’s one exception to that rule: your age. It only ever goes up! Might you be starting to feel your age right now? As we edge ever close to the holiday season, are you starting to feel as if you’d like a holiday from holidays? A sense of being jaded, all drained out, all fed up with the patterns that people follow in their lives, grows stronger. But despite this you really will soon have something wonderful to celebrate!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23 – Dec 21)
Not only are the shops extra busy at this time of year, they tend to be playing the same Christmas hits, designed to put us in the mood for spending extra money! It’s possible to walk from one store to another and hear exactly the same tune playing! But then, that’s generally your experience now. It’s as if wherever you go, whatever you do, you keep hearing the same story! Is life trying to hammer home one simple message? Apparently so! Will you benefit enormously once you acknowledge this and take the hint? It will!

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 20)
If something is not OK, how can you make it OK? The answer largely depends on how fixed you are in your definitions. How ‘not OK’ is a situation? Totally ‘not OK’? Or more than a bit ‘not OK’? There are degrees of acceptability and unacceptability. Sometimes, it’s wise and advantageous to explore and measure those degrees. Don’t feel you have to swing to one side or another of an argument. Right now, you have the power to turn something that’s ‘nearly OK’ into something that’s ‘really OK.’ Give it a try!

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 – Feb 19)
You’re about to receive an early Christmas gift. It may not come wrapped in paper, tied with a bow. But it does represent an act of true generosity and it also happens to be something you both want and need. It’s an emotional boon, a psychological boost, a brightening, lightening development in an area of your life where all has been too tense for too long. Be grateful when it comes and do what you can to be kind and helpful to others in return. You’re in a strong position now to make someone else’s life much easier!

PISCES (Feb 20 – Mar 20)
There will always be something that’s not quite right. Probably, even angels in heaven occasionally find that their wings itch, their clouds leak or their harps need tuning. The question is not, ‘How do we make this a perfect world?’ It’s how do we make the most of it, even though it isn’t perfect. How do we see beyond all that’s annoying and appreciate all that’s magical, wonderful and rare? This week, you won’t find that particularly difficult. Because, even though there are still ‘issues’, it’s becoming clear just how very blessed you are.

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