Forecasts for week beginning June 29, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

Some people are a little apprehensive about July, not least because Mercury will be retrograde for most of the month. But Mercury is often retrograde and it has an exaggerated reputation for causing transport trouble and communication confusion. There may be some problems. But then, there are always problems. And there are always solutions too! Speaking of solutions, the month’s most exciting news involves the conjunction of Mars and Jupiter around July 20! Alignments like this happen only once every two years. They promise breakthroughs and victories, especially for all who fly the flag of a noble, sincere hope!

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Think about your favourite work of art. Consider the best movie you ever saw. Someone, somewhere, truly hated it. If they had expressed an opinion at an early stage of the work’s development and if that point of view had been taken seriously, the piece might never have seen the light of day. We have to be so careful with criticism. We also have to be careful about whose opinions we listen to. Don’t be deterred by a conflict of interest or a clash of ideas in July. What seems right to you is right. Trust that and persevere.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Explanations are all well and good, but they don’t necessarily answer all our questions. We all know, for example, that the Earth travels round the Sun and not, as we once thought, vice versa. That gives us a better, bigger picture but it still doesn’t tell us why the Sun and the Earth exist. You’re dealing now, with a scenario that you do not fully understand. You will find out more about it soon enough, but beware: a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Keep asking more questions in July, till you get answers that make sense.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
You’re fired up with expectation, energy and excitement. You’re not exactly ecstatic about a situation, but you are at least willing to rise to what seems like a vast challenge. You are ready for anything other, perhaps, than what now seems to be taking place. The drama, adventure, risk or point of conflict is fading faster than a mirage in the desert. You can’t understand it and you feel let down. Now what? Nothing. That’s what. All you have to do in July is relax, readjust and accept that life is moving on, in the best way.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
When we get to Heaven, we will know we have arrived in the right place because it will look like an advert off the telly. There will be bright beautiful lights. Colours will be rich and full. People will be smiling. They will have sparkling eyes and perfect teeth. All our favourite products will be available at affordable prices. And we’ll know it isn’t Hell because? It won’t be hot and smelly! Be wary, in July, of superficial distinctions based on artificial assumptions. Uphold only the highest values and you’ll get only the best results.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
You don’t have time to sit around reading a zodiac forecast. You need to get a move on. Run a little faster. Try harder. Worry more. Relax a little less. Or rather, don’t. Don’t succumb to the pressure. Don’t let yourself be wound up into a frenzy. Don’t panic, don’t overreact, don’t try to control a chaotic situation. And don’t fall for that old trick of telling yourself you have no time left. Your ‘deadline’ is more flexible than you think. Take all the time you want, and more. The slower you go, the more you’ll get right in July.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
They say that ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ How do they know? Absolute power? Who the heck has ever had that? From a theological point of view, only one entity has absolute power, so if it really does corrupt absolutely, what does that say about the Supreme Creator? In July it is clear that you are far from omnipotent in one key area of life. Actually… that’s just as well! You’ve got just enough power to ensure a positive outcome to this month’s most difficult drama. What else do you need?
LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Radio phone-in hosts keep a list of hot topics by their microphones. When the lines go quiet, they simply read out a contentious statement. They know that people are easily wound-up and enjoy being aggravated! Everyone likes to have an opinion. Everyone enjoys feeling outraged. Likewise, we all enjoy leaping to the defence of our favourite causes. Where you are enjoying an expression of passion in July, go with it. But don’t become the victim of an emotion that it is actually wiser to suppress than to express.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
When it comes to other people, we never can tell quite what to expect. More often than not, the surprises that we have come to expect from friends, companions and loved ones, no matter how well we think we know them, are awkward ones. This is why some of us tend to be a little cagey about relying on anyone. Sometimes, though people can be as generous or considerate as at other times, they are just plain daft. Prepare, in July, to have your flagging faith in human nature at least partially restored.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
How much authority do you have? Who jumps when you snap your fingers? You may now be starting to feel as if you carry very little weight. You fear that forthcoming developments will leave you with even less power and influence. Yet all you are losing now is the ability to kid yourself about a particular situation. As July goes by, this new climate of clarity will lead to a deeper understanding of what’s truly going on. That, in turn, will vastly increase your ability to succeed both emotionally… and at a material level.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Relaxed, creative thought can often accomplish what no amount of tense determination can do. If, to pick a simplistic example, you’re sitting in a traffic jam, you can honk, rev the engine and curse the car in front all you like. But your energy is surely better spent pulling your car off the road, consulting a map and finding an alternative route. If, in July, you’re prepared to try your luck and use your wits you’ll come up with an approach that makes a very big difference. But try not to be too hasty… nor too obvious.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Some people’s homes are immaculate. Gleaming floors, spotless sofas, not a hair out of place anywhere. Mind you, the residents all hate each other – or they are depressed and dysfunctional. But who cares as long as the vacuum cleaner roars and the dishwasher hums? Cleanliness may be next to godliness but in this world, many slums adjoin many a palatial mansion. You can’t judge a house by its neighbouring properties. Never mind how things look, how do they feel? That’s what really matters in July.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
We are surrounded by people who tell us that all we have to do is keep everything simple. Unfortunately, they then go on to describe a hundred extremely convoluted methods by which to do things. And then, of course, there are the universities, where impressionable teenagers are taught to take basic, obvious notions and express them in the longest possible sentences containing the greatest number of long words. What’s needed in your life this July? Exactly what you think. Will it work? You bet it will!

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