Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, August 3, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

Dear Reader, I am currently taking a break so I have entrusted my nephew, Oscar Cainer, with the task of finding and identifying the forecast that is right for you today with reference to the library of predictions that I have compiled over the past 30 years. Oscar has long impressed me as a natural astrologer and, since he began his own independent study of the art in 2008, I have been giving him special instruction in the principles by which I work. I am confident that the August prediction that Oscar presents for you today will be accurate and relevant.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
All it takes is an insight or a flash of inspiration. One moment everything looks bleak, the next, it is radiant. Nothing actually has to change for this to happen. All that’s required is a mental adjustment. A shift of attitude. You are starting to question many assumptions that once seemed unassailable. In the process, you are gaining the potential to unleash enormous power and to open doorways of opportunity that once seemed unimaginable. You may yet greatly enjoy the new understandings you reach in August.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
To be a Taurean is to be naturally wise. Where others mistake your profundity for a stubborn refusal to embrace change, you feel that the status quo usually has a good reason to exist and thus you had better be shown an even better reason to change it. Right now, it is as if you were a magnet. Drawing various people and possibilities towards you. You may feel that you are having no conscious influence over all that is unfolding. But you definitely do have power. Trust the choices your heart is already making.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
The stage is set. The show is about as ready as it will ever be. The audience awaits. It is now as if an inevitable drama must be played out. You’re not sure how well suited you are to your part. Gradually, you’ll realise that you were born to take on a particular role. Mercury’s important and impressive astrological alignments throughout the month of August will give you a vitally significant role to play.  This may not involve fame in the classic sense of the word, but it will certainly bring fulfilment.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
If your shoulders were really as broad as you seem to think, no tailor would ever be able to make you a jacket. You are carrying so much, taking such responsibility. That’s admirable. It is also exhausting and, ultimately, disempowering. In feeling so duty bound, you are depriving yourself of your entitlement to say, ‘enough is enough’. As you move, in August, closer to the freedom you deserve, remember that in solving other people’s problems for them, you may be preventing them from learning vital lessons.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Think how peacefully you could pass your time in a rocking chair, with a stack of good books to dip into. Or if only you could clone yourself. One version could earn the money, another could do the shopping and a third could be free to respond to all the emotional and domestic demands you face. Such solutions, sadly, are a bit too far-fetched. With Mercury passing through your sign in August, you can expect an environment that is anything but quiet – but at least you can rest assured that what’s happening is right.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
You are not supposed to be feeling fine this month. Well, in one way you are. In one way that is all you are ever supposed to be feeling. We none of us came to this earth to suffer, you know. But right now, given all you are up against, it would be somewhat surprising if you were feeling entirely at ease. It might, indeed, be indicative of insensitivity. Look, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, I don’t mean to alarm you. But if it is all too much, please don’t worry. It IS all too much! And soon, there will be far less to upset you!

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Do you ever wish that you could turn back time? You won’t, in August, manage that but you may, in a strange way, come close to a chance to do something similar. You will get to reopen a case that you thought had been long since closed. You will be able to look again at a part of the past that normally makes you uncomfortable. History is about to be rewritten in a way that helps you feel much more enthusiastic about the future. Something you thought was wrong may yet to turn out to have been very right.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
We spend our lives avoiding some situations and inviting others. That’s if we’re lucky. Some of us manage to invite the very situations we are trying to avoid. Others get it the other way round, which is potentially worse. Usually, this happens when we think we know what we are doing. Doubts and misgivings are useful if we have a tendency to be over-confident about matters we don’t fully understand. Remember this month: today’s reason to be doubtful is tomorrow’s reason to be glad you thought twice.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
If there truly are ‘more questions than answers’ we must reach one of two conclusions. Either several of those questions lead to the same answers – or there are some questions that simply can’t be answered. Your life is full of questions which look as if all they will ever do is generate more questions. You are feeling more than a bit baffled by various impossible factors. Baffled you may be, but beaten you’re not. You may not get any wiser in August but you may yet begin to feel a whole lot happier.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
‘Cleanliness,’ so they tell us, ‘is next to godliness.’ But it is perfectly possible to go through a kind of hell in a hygienic environment. It is possible too, to experience heaven in the midst of a mess. Cleanliness is an aid to inspiration but it is not, on its own, a guarantee of it. Your life right now is full of things that look as if they ought to be providing much fulfilment. Somehow, though, you keep encountering reasons why an arrangement or an agreement is not ‘clean’ or simple. August enables you to address this.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
‘Spare the rod, spoil the child.’ Believe it or not, that’s what they used to say back in the good old days. Perhaps those old days weren’t as good as we imagine. Folk used to think that smoking was a fine thing, too. You could get brands of cigarettes specially recommended by doctors. Somewhere in the back of your mind is a traditional value that deserves re-evaluation. Don’t assume, in August, that something must be right, just because it has never been questioned. Here comes your freedom to think (and live) differently.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Can you think of a single other person you’d rather be? There. Doesn’t that tell you something? Your own situation may not be ideal, but at least you know your way around it. You’re travelling a road that simply has to lead to a glorious destination. There’s a point to what you’re doing and there’s something positively poetic about the way things are changing. Be glad that you are who you are… and allow a very positive cosmic climate throughout August to fill you with the enthusiasm you deserve to feel.

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