Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, August 24, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

This week, just after sunset, Venus shines brightly, briefly before sinking below the horizon. Some hours later, early risers will see several planets rising before the dawn. Of these, the brightest will be Jupiter. The current positions of Venus and Jupiter are at right angles to one another along the ecliptic. There’s no obvious way to detect this. It only becomes clear when you chart those planetary placements. But we who read meaning into the heavenly angles follow a tradition that says when Jupiter and Venus are ‘in square’ or ‘at right angles’ powerful, passionate impulses are often unleashed.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
There’s something you don’t understand. It’s bothering you, worrying you and making you reluctant to move till you’ve solved the mystery. This would be reasonable enough if you were dealing with a clear-cut puzzle. You don’t, though, fully understand what it is that you don’t understand! How then, are you going to see things from a more enlightening angle, unless you try changing your perspective? Focus, this week, on whatever you are sure about and follow that where it naturally wants to take you.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
If you think you’ve gone as far as you can go, you may soon discover that there’s a whole new road ahead. What matters now is not what you know how to do; it is what you don’t know. The cosmos is inviting you to look at all that’s tried and tested, then recognise all within it that’s still waiting to be explored and experimented with. It’s a week for reopening closed casebooks and reinvestigating old mysteries. You can only do that successfully if you are willing to concede that you do not already know all the answers.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
How did you end up where you are now? What choice did you make? What contract did you sign? Now, where’s your get-out clause? What’s the Plan B? If life is supposed to be all about the exercise of free will and the creation of opportunity, how come you seem to face so many closed doors, done deals and irrevocable rules? A loophole in a law is about to reveal itself. If you’re too caught up in your fear about what’s not possible, you may not be able to recognise your opportunity when it arises. Be optimistic this week.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
You keep wondering if you are somehow ‘getting it wrong’. Various people’s attitudes are contributing to your sense of insecurity. Matters are not being helped much either by an apparently insurmountable problem. And then there’s the voice of your own self-doubt, niggling and nagging away in the back of your mind. Yet the less you pay attention to any of this, the quicker things will improve. The only ‘wrong thing’ you’re in danger of doing this week, is questioning your own ability to do the right thing.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Cartoons and children’s stories often contain characters who can race around at great speed, making amazing things happen. Clearly, deep in the communal psyche there’s a real desire to defy the limitations of time. But why? So we can be in two places at once? So we can shrink the world? So we can gain power over our environment and no longer live in fear of the demands that life places upon us? You may not be able to run fast now, but you can think fast. And that will get you just where you need to be!!

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
How do you get from A to B? You have to begin by accepting that you are at A and that B is where you want to be. Obvious? Maybe, but sometimes we get resentful. We don’t want to be at point A. We wish we were somewhere else. So we won’t even factor it into our plan long enough to see the way forward from it. We refuse to recognise the reference point on the map. You can go a long way forward this week but only if you first see the truth about the place you have reached and then start looking for a way to move on from it.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Each time you need to overcome an obstacle, remember this: you can accomplish more by doing less. Stand further back. Take less responsibility. I’m not trying to suggest you should be detached, cold or unhelpful. But the temptation to get overly emotional is strong and the more reactive you allow yourself to be, the less likely you are to see a situation through objective eyes. You’ve got to show leadership, strength and wisdom. You can only do that by rising above your fears and embracing your most profound insights.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Haste and stress are not one and the same thing. It’s perfectly possible to enjoy being busy. There’s a lot to be said for having a lot to do. Responsibility can be rewarding. Urgency can be energising. Conversely, we can know the experience of pressure and anxiety, even in moments of inactivity. The key to ease and success this week, lies either in doing something you truly like – or in learning to like something that you often feel inclined to resist or resent. So just be as trusting and open-minded as you can.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
They say that eye contact improves communication. It helps, but it is even more important to know what’s going on behind a person’s eyes. What’s going on in their mind? I’m not suggesting that this week the heavens will grant you mysterious telepathic powers to help you to answer such questions – but then, you don’t need them. Your existing psychological insights are sufficient. Take the most positive view you can of someone’s behaviour. Show that you sympathise – and you will meet positive responses.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Our friends can sometimes do us more harm than our enemies. That’s why we have to be so careful about who we give our hearts to. You are starting to feel vulnerable. It is almost as if you have been invaded. Something has got right under your skin. You can’t shake off this influence, nor can you quite reconcile the way that you feel, with the way you feel you ought to feel. Actually, though, it is all just a necessary and natural side-effect of being sensitive. Soon there will be much comfort and reassurance.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
‘To infinity… and beyond!’ That was Buzz Lightyear’s cry in Toy Story. It was, of course, an impossible mission. We cannot go beyond infinity. And all we have to do to reach infinity is to recognise that we are already a part of it! This week, you can only get past a big restriction by recognising how it is not a restriction at all. Your challenge is to see and release the potential of what you’ve already got. You need no more than this. Don’t be afraid of proclaiming a commitment to do what can’t be done. You may yet see a way to do it!

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
‘Trust your deepest instinct.’ It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Fine advice that can’t possibly fail, from an astrologer who understands what you also know: that your intuition is excellent. And the problem? Your intuition IS impeccable  –  but only when you separate it from your fear and your dream. How can you tell which is your instinct and which is your inner fantasy? By looking hard at the thing you most desperately don’t want to see! First, be honest this week. Then you can be clear, and then, success is assured.

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