Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, April 20, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

A partial Lunar Eclipse will be visible soon after sunset on Thursday*. But to see an eclipse, you must be looking at the Moon. These days, with so much to watch on TV, the sky holds our attention less than it once did. Plus, just as TV signals can fluctuate in strength, Moon vision requires the sky to be fairly cloud-free. Thankfully, it has an impact whether we see it or not. That impact for us all this week will be (in different ways for different signs) a realisation that something we thought was hopeless is hopeful after all!
*Moment of greatest eclipse is 20.07 Universal Time (GMT)

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
If we are not careful, we can spend our whole lives doing the things that others want us to do. If we are sensitive, we can soon tell what the folk around us need. And if we’re kind, we will naturally want to help out where we can. Soon, though, if we carry on in this way, our independence will evaporate. People don’t mean to keep on taking until we have nothing left to give but unless they are told to stop, they will accidentally keep on. The coming eclipse will effectively oblige you to draw a line. That’s a good thing.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
If you want to lose weight, should you eat less or more? If you want to reduce stress, should you set a greater number of targets or a smaller one? If you want to feel less pressured, should you strive for higher standards or accept lower ones? Feel free to take on as much responsibility as you want. You are entitled to be ambitious and adventurous. But no matter how intense the eclipse in your opposite sign becomes, don’t imagine that the way to lead an easier life involves first making your situation more difficult.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
You are waiting for something to happen but you fear it won’t happen in a hurry. So you are making plans to help you fill in the time. On the basis that there’s no point in proceeding till the circumstances are suitable, you are putting something off. You don’t want to seem foolish and you don’t want to waste effort. And there is, you figure, a chance that you could be disappointed. But that’s really not likely. The coming lunar eclipse insists that acting confidently is just sensible (and intelligent) preparation for success.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Wishes really do come true. Why then, do so many of us still feel dissatisfied with our lot? Because few of us ever wish for the right thing. We ought to wish for wisdom. Yet we feel quite convinced that we can cope without it so we wind up with lives full of all the things we thought we wanted but didn’t really need. I am attempting here, to draw your attention to an unparalleled opportunity. The lunar eclipse effectively gives you the ear of an amenable cosmos. That’s why you need to be so careful what you ask it for.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
You have the ingredients you require but you need to put them together in the right order and proportion. There is, unfortunately, no definitive recipe. You will have to use your judgement, informed by your experience, intelligence and instinct. You can’t hope to do any of this successfully if you’re too nervous about making a mistake. You’ve got to go beyond your reticence and overcome your reluctance. The coming eclipse offers you a rare chance to trust yourself and start cooking up a great success.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
If something isn’t working now, there may be a very good reason why. Not a practical reason, not even a sensible reason… but perhaps a cosmic, karmic, spiritual, psychic reason. The kind of reason that seems, at the time, as if it cannot possibly exist. The kind that, in hindsight, makes all the sense in the world. A powerful lunar eclipse later this week implies a situation that somehow inhibits, delays or prevents the kind of progress that actually, deep down inside, you really don’t want or need!

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Do you wish your finances were in better shape? Would you like to feel more emotionally secure? There may be moments, this week, when you start to feel uncomfortable about a set of arrangements. Too much hangs on a precarious factor; an untried plan or an unreliable individual. But you are in too deep. You’ve really got no choice other than to stick with a set of suspect circumstances and hope for the best. And all that may yet be for the best. The eclipse implies you could soon start to feel a lot safer and happier.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Sometimes, things can’t happen. They ought to be able to. There’s no logical reason for their failure. It’s just that events seemingly conspire to prohibit certain processes. At such times, we can refuse to be daunted and determine to redouble our efforts or shrug our shoulders and accept that perhaps, this is not the right time. What we should never do, though, is resent an impediment. Either gracefully bow to pressure under the influence of this week’s rare lunar eclipse in your sign… or stride forward with confidence.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Why dream a sad dream? Why entertain a fearful fantasy? Unless you take some kind of perverse pleasure in giving yourself a hard time, give yourself a nice time instead! And don’t let anyone else undermine your effort. Some people like to criticise others. It allows them to feel better about themselves. Fault is never an elusive thing to find! But you’ve got plenty to celebrate now and plenty to be proud of too. And this week the lunar eclipse will help you to come across even more of a reason to smile.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
People accuse the press of being ‘sensationalist’. They complain that stories about people who work hard to do good deeds are invariably overlooked in favour of tales involving drama or trauma. But much the same can be said of history. Quiet lives, no matter how virtuous, are rarely remembered. Only the craziest of characters attain any kind of immortality. The eclipse implies you may soon start to attract a lot of attention. If that’s what you want, you know how to increase it. If it’s not, just say less and do more.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
You are starting to feel full of fire. You are experiencing a deep desire to go forth and conquer, regardless of the reasons why you ought to pursue a more conservative plan. Is this madness? Are you forgetting the caution that has stood you in such good stead over so many years? No. You are responding to a strong celestial signal from a rare lunar eclipse. You are seeing both a need and an opportunity. You are right to assume that success, now, will go to the person in your world with the most courage.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
What do you crave with a passion that borders on a secret obsession? Be honest. If you kid yourself, you will end up acting unconsciously. You will, inadvertently, get faced with an irresistible temptation. That’s what always happens when we try to deny our deepest feelings. Are you going to ignore all doubt and pursue your great desire? Or will you stop yourself, no matter how badly you feel the urge? What matters now, under the influence of this week’s potentially life-changing eclipse, is that you are clear and honest!

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