Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, February 2, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

It is hard to think about February without remembering that half way through the month, a popular festival is celebrated. There’s nothing cosmic about Valentine’s Day, but such is the power of the world’s retailers and restaurateurs that we can easily get swept away by anticipation. Actually, this month, Venus (planet of love) reaches the point in its orbit where it is furthest from the Sun. For some of us, things simply may not be as romantic as we might wish. But then they do say the best way to make magic happen is to let go of expectation!

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
We did not come to Planet Earth to eat ice cream, surf the web or keep our carpets vacuumed. Or perhaps we did? Although, if so, it raises a question. What about all those souls who came and went from here in the many millennia before such inventions? Were their lives in vain? Then again, there are more people alive today than there have ever been before. Perhaps this is what they have all come back for? In February, you will make an exciting discovery about the real purpose of your life. It will make a big difference.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Harrier jump jets can do it. Helicopters too, Oh, and we mustn’t forget space rockets. These, though, are about the only examples. Generally, if you want to head for high places, you can’t do it from a standing start. You have to build up some momentum. In any process that involves acquiring a head of steam there comes a point when you begin to think, because you are getting no results, that you are wasting your time. But suddenly, you get a breakthrough like the one that you are due to have this month…

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Theory. Practice. Not the same. Obvious really, when you stop to think about it. It’s just that too often, we don’t stop and we don’t think. We make a plan. We confidently assume that somehow, things will turn out just as we expect. Even though they never do; even though it never happens quite that way; even though we ought to know better. Well, right now, you are in a realm where theory cannot go. What can you do? You can do what’s practical! And actually, that’s ALL you need to do in February. Be realistic; then relax.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Things never happen just because they need to happen. They happen because someone has acknowledged that need, and then set about searching for a positive way to meet it. No matter how unhappy you may be about a situation, the fact remains that you are half way towards sorting it out, just by admitting that it makes you feel fed up! Now you simply have to stop complaining and start actually doing something. It hardly matters what you do this month as long as you do it with goodwill and positive energy.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
They say, ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch.’ What they mean, we assume, is that everything has a string attached to it somewhere. Rarely, if ever, do people do things for one another without expecting something in return. Yet no matter how materialistic our world may be, we are all capable of altruism. We can be generous. We can be compassionate. We can give for the joy of giving. When we do, miracles occur. That possibility exists in your world right now. It’s yet going to be a wonderful February.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
You are not where you used to be. You’ve moved on, in your heart and mind, if not with your physical form. What once scared you now hardly bothers you. What once excited you now leaves you cold. The latter may not seem like an especially desirable development. But you were getting very hot under the collar about matters that were ultimately unworthy of your attention. Now you’re free to turn your attention to truly inspiring, deeply worthwhile priorities. And in the process, this February, you begin to change your life!

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Chalk and cheese don’t compete. Camembert and Brie, on the other hand, run a close contest. Chalk is more of a monopoly. It doesn’t compete with itself – or with much else – apart from, maybe, marker pens and white boards. All chalk is much of a muchness whereas cheese… Well, from a distance, your situation may seem similar to someone else’s but the more closely we look at it, the more we see how unique you are. You don’t need to outdo anyone this coming month. You just need to be yourself.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
What do the rules say? They say that there are some situations that simply cannot be governed by pre-existing rules! There are some occasions when common sense must prevail. There are some problems that can neither be solved by the application of theories and fomulae nor by following procedures and policies. Search as much as you like now for precedent to compare to or guidance to adhere to. You may as well just listen to what’s in your heart. Your own wisdom is what must be trusted in February.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
‘Whatever you believe, you can bring into being.’ Or so they tell us. It is not, of course, quite so simple. You can’t get what you want the moment you want it. Nor, for that matter, can you bring about instant disaster, just by entertaining a negative expectation. Time has to pass and, generally, circumstances have to alter. We are often more likely to hear an echo of our beliefs in the way that our world changes, rather than a complete confirmation. Still, though, in February, if you summon your faith you can do some amazing things.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
You already have a lot to be thankful for. Soon, you will have even more. You will, of course, continue to have many reasons to feel disgruntled or uncomfortable. Problems are not about to disappear. Problems, though, always seem worse when there is little hope on the horizon. Rain always looks nicer when the sun shines through it. February brings a source of light and inspiration, a bright idea, a hopeful piece of news. It is even possible that you may soon encounter a warm gesture of sincere support.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
There is nothing so satisfying as a success that you have worked long and hard to bring about. Instant victories are not to be knocked – but, just as it’s far more enjoyable to slake a deep thirst than to casually sip on a drink, it’s good, sometimes, to build up a real sense of need for something. Provided, of course, that you stand a reasonable chance of having that need met. Even if all you can see is the problem, this will only make the eventual solution more pleasing. As you enter February, you won’t have too long to wait.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
You can’t lay on the paint until you have sanded the surface. Before you can do that, you have to fill in the cracks. You can’t take care of those, though, unless you have a wall in the first place. You can’t build one of those unless you first dig foundations. How can you do that when you don’t even have a plot of land? A seemingly endless series of obstacles now seem to loom up large before you. February’s opportunities will sweep most of them away as long as you remain open-minded enough to recognise them.

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