Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, May 4, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

In the theatre, the opening of a curtain usually heralds the start of a performance. The curtain closing suggests an ending. Such traditions still apply to the great celestial spectacle. A couple of weeks ago, we had a lunar eclipse. Towards the end of this week, some parts of the world get a glorious annular solar eclipse. Eclipses come in pairs, as if announcing a cavalcade of magic moments for millions worldwide. We’re in the midst of one now. Don’t imagine this is any ordinary week. Even if you don’t see an eclipse, you may yet see a miracle!

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Why bother reading your own forecast? It is not as if this is going to be your week, is it? I mean, come on, let’s be honest. We all know who you are going to spend your time running around for. It is obvious who will be demanding your attention and energy. So why not just read their prediction, and then prepare yourself to be of service? Or then again, you could make a decision. No matter what you want to change about someone – or some situation – change something in yourself and draw some clearer lines of distinction.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Why do contracts require lawyers? Because if agreements are not carefully phrased in complex and potentially misleading language, there is a risk that they may be understood by ordinary people. This would negate the need for all parties to hire their own expensive advisors. Or, to put it another way, this week’s big issue ought to be about clear communication. Somehow, the emphasis seems to be the very opposite of that. Go beyond that and you’ll find a chance to reach a real, lasting, valuable understanding.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Don’t say a word. Compose a speech if you must, but let it go no further than the front of your mind. Disconnect the inner device that directs what you want to say towards your tongue. It’s not that there’s some danger attached to the making of a statement. It’s just that, if you keep quiet a little longer, you’ll see the change you want or the result you yearn for, without you needing to breathe so much as a syllable. That way, you can accept it without feeling that you have forced it. A little patience is all you need this week.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
The legendary Zeus once disguised himself as a swan to seduce Leda, the Queen of Sparta. This, so the fables tell us, is how Helen of Troy was conceived. Presumably, Leda liked the look of Zeus in that graceful, elegant, form. But then there is a lot to be said for holding your head high and maintaining a dignified silence. Indeed, it is often the case that the less we say, the more people imagine that, if we were to speak, we’d be in perfect sympathy with them! This week, you can glide quietly towards all you need!

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
You know how sometimes we will cross the road rather than have to catch the eye of someone we don’t like talking to? What if, in making that detour, we end up being on the wrong side of the street? Thus, we miss someone else who we would very much like to meet. Spontaneous changes inspired by a sense of fun often lead to excellent results. When, though, our actions are fed by fear, they rarely lead to anything but a sense of anxiety or resentment. Don’t run from anything or anyone this week, just walk tall.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Paul Simon once wrote a wonderful song called One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor. Ostensibly about life in an apartment block, it sums up how we all have different ideas about where our limits lie. Some of us just can’t take what other people take for granted. Some of us desperately need to get what others desperately need to get away from. Your challenge all through the week is about properly defining your own boundaries whilst learning to respect someone else’s. It’s an easier challenge to rise to than it may seem.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
‘There’s no business like show business…’ So goes the song. And more of us are in showbiz than we realise. One way or another, we are all keeping up a pretence. We all have a bit of a front that we put on in the hope that this will give a particular impression to the rest of the watching world. There’s no harm in this, nor need it be a problem when our true personalities turn out to be very different from the images we prefer to project. But it is a factor that you would be wise to make an allowance for this week.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
People say the most ridiculous things. It can be very hard to tell, when you constantly have to listen to preposterous claims, the difference between a truly relevant statement and a piece of persuasive whimsy. That’s largely why you don’t listen too carefully to much that you are told. Even emphatic statements, delivered with apparent authority, incline you more towards running a test than accepting a rule. You are about to discover, though, that one person’s words at least, really do carry weight. Heed them well!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Sometimes, when the world of emotion becomes too intense and the sphere of the intellect too demanding, we take refuge in the realm of the practical. Let’s forget our feelings. Let’s ignore our thoughts. Let’s just get something done. Let’s bury ourselves in a useful task. Let’s tick off items on our ‘to do’ list. After all, actions speak much louder than words. Is that way of thinking just a cop-out? A way of running from something that ought to be faced? Not this week. The more you accomplish, the better things will be.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
How powerful are you? What can you accomplish if you really try? Who will listen if you speak out? Don’t be so sure that you know the answers to these questions. The planets now suggest that you are in the process of acquiring great strength. You should not even need to assert yourself dramatically or emphatically. A few well-chosen words in the right ear will do the trick. And if you just set off in the direction that feels most appropriate in your heart, you will magically complete your most important journey.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Here’s your chance to do a deal, strike a bargain, rewrite a contract or change an arrangement. Got some troubled waters? Here’s the oil you need to pour on them. Feeling fearful? Here’s the reassurance you require. Draw a deep breath. Take another. They are free. Now, want some good news? Something else that seems terribly expensive is about to prove more attainable than you expected it to be. Wherever there’s conflict, there can soon be peace. Just don’t assume that you’re powerless. This week, you’re powerful!

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Allow yourself to have a wonderful time this week. Even if you feel can see nothing but trouble on every front; even if you feel afraid, intimidated, restricted or confused, at least give yourself permission to enjoy whatever’s good in your situation. Make a point (and a priority) of celebrating all that’s hopeful and sweet. This is not ‘acting like an ostrich’ or ‘indulging in an escapist fantasy’; it’s establishing a positive perspective and thus reaching a position from which you can make some valuable, wise decisions.

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