Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, May 11, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

Hot on the heels of that annular solar eclipse, here comes Venus changing signs. That’s one message being broadcast loud and clear on all channels. Ladies and gentlemen, please disregard whatever you have been told about the limits and problems now being faced by the world. There can be expansion, growth, positivity and prosperity too! There can also be consciousness and compassion, love and trust, peace and agreement, respect and wisdom. Indeed, not only can there be. There will be. So stop listening to all the reasons why seemingly it can’t occur. The journey towards all this starts now.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Silk and sandpaper. What a combination. This week, we need to discuss your need to take the rough with the smooth. It’s not a hardship, as long as you recognise the difference between the two and set your expectations accordingly. There are some factors you are uncomfortable about and others that are indisputably good. Take a closer look at those problems. They all have their advantages or their hidden opportunities. Be courageous enough to start looking for them, and they will become smooth too.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
It seems a crucial resource is in short supply. You may turn out to have ‘just enough’, but you fear that, if one extra factor crops up or you make a single mistake, you’ll be left in an awkward position. Nobody likes to live life this close to the edge, but the good news is you won’t be in such a precarious position for much longer. All you have to do is be confident and clever. What you’ve got will suffice… as long as you don’t waste precious energy or time, trying to be unnecessarily overcautious. Have faith in yourself.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
You had best get a move on. There’s a lot to be done. Though most items on your list are easy to deal with and some even come under the heading of ‘fun’, you may be hard pressed to cram them all in without compromising quality. Some corners you can legitimately cut, some niceties you can dispense with; some cakes can be baked but left without icing for now. Recognise the difference between these and the true essentials… even if the distinction seems inconvenient. You can come back and deal with details later.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
You know more than you think. Not only have you read, heard, absorbed and understood more than you realise, but you have your inherited memory to draw on. There are some things all human beings know, instinctively, if they stop long enough to listen to their inner voice. Your intuition is good. Your feeling can be trusted and the smattering of knowledge you have picked up, is not as patchy as you imagine. You will gain impressive confirmation of this, if you respond to this week’s opportunity confidently enough.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Leos rarely lead simple lives. Nor, despite the numerous occasions on which they promise themselves that from now on all will be different, do they get to lead quiet ones. Now, before you start to feel sorry for yourself, I should point out that if, by some magical chance, your life were suddenly made easy or quiet for any length of time, you would soon start to feel uncomfortable. You are a pioneer. You did not come to this Earth for a holiday; you came here to learn and to help others with their lessons. What you face now is tricky. But it is also very right. Rise to your challenge this week.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
How much power do we really have? There are weeks when we long to say that we believe ourselves to be capable of achieving almost anything. There are other weeks when we just can’t get anything together. It begins to seem as if the fates are conspiring against us. In truth, though, we are neither servants nor masters nor victims nor perpetrators. Our relationship with the universe is an arrangement between equals. Sometimes, we must do its bidding, but sometimes it must do ours. This week, you get to call some shots.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Let us stop to think about lakes and oceans. How are we supposed to tell how deep they are? Even when the water is perfectly still, we can gain a deceptive impression of what lies below – and where. The same can be said of people. Some appear to be terribly deep, but once you scratch their surface they reveal themselves to be surprisingly shallow. And vice versa. This is a week of revelation and, ultimately, inspiration. Avoid making too many judgements and assumptions. Be receptive to a pleasant surprise.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Everywhere you turn, you seem to come across reasons why certain things cannot be done, changed or even considered. Nor, though, can any of these things be accepted. Someone is refusing to recognise a solution. So entrenched has their mood of pessimism become that they almost appear willing to saw off the very branch of the tree on which they are sitting, just to prove that it is not safe to sit on! Soft words, and reassuring gestures are required, regardless of how tempting it may be to argue. What you want is a result, not a victory.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
When you were small, a part of you didn’t know much. Another part, though, knew plenty. Through your childhood you were taught to fill your head with facts and figures whilst ignoring your inner voice. Now you can hardly remember what you once knew so well. Every so often though, you get a whiff of it. A powerful dream. A sudden, intense emotion. Wisdom and intuition, from the very depth of your being, is now trying to reach up and communicate with you. Listen and be guided by an important inner voice this week.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Do you have enough put aside for the rainiest of days? What if there’s a downpour lasting months? Perhaps you’d best save more, just in case. What about the people you may need to count on one day? Will they forget their allegiance. Why not put them to the test now to avoid disappointment later? Insecurity not only breeds more insecurity, it eventually destroys things that are otherwise secure. Don’t waste this week worrying about the future. Deal only with the here and now. It’s all looking better than you think.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
When is a problem not a problem? When, most of the time, you can forget that you’ve got it. Or when it is forcing you to do something that needs to be done – and that you can only gain from doing. So, when is a problem a problem? When it is eating up so much of your time and energy that you can think of nothing else. When it is causing you to feel swamped or to lose all faith. When you are no longer enjoying life, you have to do something. You could, though, try resolving to continue enjoying life, regardless.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Respect is rarely given to those who are smartest, brightest or wisest. Accolades are instead heaped upon those whose endeavours are just slightly better than mediocre. It’s the short neck syndrome. Most folk can’t crane far enough to spot the truly tall poppies so they focus on the flowers that are just above their own heads. Thankfully, it is not applause that you seek this week. You merely want a result. That, you can have, as long as you don’t mind letting someone else take the credit for an idea that is really yours.

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