Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, April 13, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

The annual visit of Venus to Taurus is about to begin. This week also brings a conjunction of the Sun and Mars. Both developments are supposedly ‘good’. But for whom? Venus in Taurus is good for artists, creatives, musicians and aesthetes. It’s good too for bakers, nurses and gardeners. The same traditional system implies that the Sun’s meeting with Mars is good for soldiers. But how can what’s good for one soldier, on one side of a war, also be good for another, on the other side? Unless, perhaps, the alignment makes war less likely. Which this just might.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
It’s not just love that money can’t buy you. It’s health. Well-being. A clear conscience. A sense of humour. Taste. Style. Discrimination. Wit. Wisdom. Intelligence. How strange. These are all the things that hardly anyone in the modern world seems to care about any more. But that’s because, as money can’t buy them, manufacturers can’t make them, so advertisers can’t sell them. You have been sold something that it is now becoming clear you do not want or need. This week brings you something far preferable and less costly!

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Are you under enough pressure? Are you sure you wouldn’t like to be put under a little more? It can easily be arranged. Indeed, it appears to be arranging itself as we speak. It may be that if you try too hard to avoid stress, you will create even more! The simplest way to feel OK, is to decide that you rather enjoy being stretched to the limit – physical, mental, material and emotional! Oddly enough, the more you adopt that attitude, the more you may find that trouble decides to go away and trouble someone else.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Sometimes we get what we want, only to realise, once we have it, that it was the last thing we could ever possibly have needed. Sometimes, we don’t get what we want. We feel a desperate, urgent yearning only to discover later that the cause of all our disappointment and frustration has been a blessing in disguise. I am really not trying, now, to make you feel better about something that’s upsetting you. I just want you to know that a pleasant surprise is trying to make its way into your life. Try to be open to it.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Whatever else today may be, it isn’t yesterday. Your current situation may remind you of a time gone by, but the similarity is superficial. Different circumstances insist that this week, you are not simply going through a re-run of some overly familiar drama. Unless, that is, you secretly harbour some perverse desire to repeat a pattern. If something within you genuinely wants a new outcome, you can have this. Even where you’ve have tried before and failed, you can succeed as long as you keep on trying.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
We are none of us as young as we used to be. Nor, though, are any of us as old as we fear. We grew up in a culture that worshipped youth. We are only just starting to develop role models who can demonstrate that it is possible to age stylishly, cleverly and even sexily. You may as well face the fact that you will never grow ‘old’ in the traditional sense. You are at the cutting edge. You are one of the new examples. Warm to your role. And don’t be too surprised by the number of people starting to warm to you this week!

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Be calm. Think of yourself as a spark of the divine. Respect your own entitlement to peace, comfort, serenity and enlightenment. Resist the urge to be drawn towards sources of inevitable vexation. Remember that darkness has only one purpose, to extinguish light. If your own truth burns brightly, nothing can cause it to fade or dim. Much may be less than ideal now, but if you stick with what you know to be right and good, you will yet manage to heal the areas of life where all is most sore or inflamed.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
‘Other people’ should be banned. Just look at all the trouble they cause and the mess they make. Look at how they behave. Look at what they fail to understand. Where do they come from? What purpose do they serve? Think how much better the world would be without them. Actually, it would be a lonely place. There would be nobody to criticise or despair of. For better or worse, other people, with other views and attitudes exist. This week, for various reasons that you will soon understand, that’s wonderful.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
When we enjoy doing something, we often want to do it more than once. We don’t just eat a delightful meal and say, ‘That was wonderful. I never need to eat that dish again.’ It’s the same with problem solving. Once we really know how to fix something, we can’t wait for it to go wrong again. Indeed, sometimes, unconsciously, some of us stick a spanner in the works so that we can enjoy charging to the rescue and making everything okay once more. Watch, this week, for a habit that may need to be broken not supported!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
You are conscious of a responsibility that rests on your shoulders. People are depending on you. Certain things won’t happen if you don’t do whatever’s necessary to make them happen. But at least you can see some way to make them happen. That’s an improvement on the mood, not so long ago, in which all seemed hopeless. There’ll be a further, significant improvement this week as you begin to gain more confidence in a plan. Recent events have raised big questions. Coming changes will produce pleasing answers!

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
If you want to gain support for a new movement, don’t campaign in the graveyard. The dead have no political convictions. Or maybe they do, but these are unlikely to have altered much since they were alive. And what do the living care about? Above all else, they care about being alive. Too often we let issues irritate us. We become caught up in aggravating arguments. Petty passing matters detract from the fact that every moment is a gift. Prioritise the celebration of that, this week and you’ll get all the support you need!

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
It is time to live up to your reputation. You may not see yourself as a powerful figure. You may, indeed, perceive yourself as a person with many weaknesses and areas of vulnerability. In the eyes of others, though, you are a force to be reckoned with. You are looked up to, you are regarded with awe and you are even, to some extent, in some circles, feared. That gives you a level of potential power and responsibility that needs to be taken seriously. This week, you are gaining in strength by the day.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Don’t give yourself a hard time. You don’t deserve one. For some reason, you are feeling inclined to doubt yourself. You suspect that you have made a poor choice. You fear that you have misunderstood an important explanation. Did your brain go on holiday without taking the rest of you along? Absolutely not! It has been right by your side at all times and you should respect the judgement this has led you to. On the basis of current information, a recent choice may seem wrong. But the picture will yet change again.

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