Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, August 31, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

September brings the annual conjunction of Venus and Saturn. This is often seen as an auspicious indication for those who seek commitment in relationships. Venus represents love, Saturn symbolises structure. Many astrologers would recommend this month as good for marriage ceremonies. Creative, artistic and inventive people may also benefit from the celestial suggestion, from the same planetary pairing, that ‘form can be given to theory’. Also this month comes a sharp angle from Mars to Pluto. That’s bad news for anyone who has recently felt inclined to pick fights. They are more likely to hurt themselves than anyone else!

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Another month, another balancing act. Another reason to think twice. Another pitfall to avoid. Another complication to take into account. Another precarious arrangement to protect. Recent developments have put you on edge. It seems likely that, soon, you may encounter more sources of excitement and/or exasperation. Are you really ready for all this? If you want to avoid this experience, you will have to do your best to stay calm. All will be fine in September as long as you don’t take anything (or anyone) too seriously.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Some people are too nice. Others are too sharp. But then it’s never easy to know exactly how to please others. Even those who try really hard will annoy the folk who think they are trying too hard! And some people, anyway, are happy only when they are complaining. September’s cosmic climate speaks now of a partner or person with whom you have a ‘contract of interaction’ going through major changes in their attitude and outlook. Be supportive and sympathetic as far as you can. Ultimately it will all benefit you.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Ever tried to buy popcorn at the cinema? You ask for a small packet and they give you a tub that’s almost large enough to do your washing in. What kind of a world is this? People accept overblown propositions and outrageous assumptions as if they were normal and natural. No wonder we have lost our appreciation for the finer things in life. In your life lately, far too much has been made of something that’s ultimately small. September brings a much-needed chance to stop pumping up a problem and start playing it down at last.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
There is an old saying, ‘If things are going well, steel yourself. Sooner or later, they’re going to get worse. If things are going badly, cheer up. They will improve, even if all you do is wait.’ A very natural law dictates that sooner or later, everything must change. If, in September, you want the fun to last longer and the stress to pass faster you must identify less closely with narrow definitions of success and failure. Stand back to see your situation for what it is, not what you think it is. Then expect a very good month.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Imagination is actually a very practical thing. So too is self-indulgence. And there is a very real point and purpose to a certain amount of time-wasting. Truly practical people appreciate the importance of inefficiency. When you try too hard to make every second count, or every penny… you raise an impossible expectation. There’s nothing practical about that. Try to focus too hard this month and you’ll make the edges even more blurred. Approach September’s goal at a steady pace and you’ll soon find you are practically there.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Magic can’t easily happen where there are too many rules. It doesn’t like regulations any more than it appreciates explanations. Magic needs a degree of chaos, spontaneity, laughter, excitement and inspiration. Magic moments come to those who unwind, who stop forcing issues or allowing negative emotions (like fear or anger) to overwhelm them. Magic can happen in your life this month. Be glad then, of all that’s turbulent, troublesome and tumultuous. That’s what’s most likely to facilitate the magic.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
In your heart, where there used to be a real big barrier, there is now just a paper-thin picture of a blockage or an obstacle. It’s easily shifted when the time is right. And in your life, this month, the time is right! Where it once seemed impossible to get something you very much felt you needed… it’s now feasible. Whether you do really want that, though, is another matter. Be careful. Use your power wisely. Seize your opportunity consciously. Never mind asking, ‘What can I have?’ Ask yourself what you truly need!

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
People talk about ‘the devil you know’ and ‘the devil you don’t know’. The whole trouble with devils, though, is that we don’t ever really know them. They are full of surprises. The moment they start acting predictably is the moment we can formulate a strategy to get the better of them. Anyway, you do not have to make such a choice this month. You can have both devils! You can also have some wonderful friends, old and new – as long as you don’t start inadvertently demonising anyone or anything!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Life is a constant education. Each day we learn something new we don’t always appreciate the lesson. If we can’t see an immediate application for the discovery, we tend to feel that it is of no real use to us. What you’re going through this month may seem to be of limited value with regard to your current situation, but there will come a day in the not-so-distant future when you will feel immensely grateful for all that you have been shown. Open your eyes wide. September’s triumphs and trials alike are all blessings.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
It is almost as if you feel afraid of your own power. You know you can influence the outcome of a situation, but you are not sure whether you should. What if you make things worse instead of better? What if you make a decision you later regret? Whose fault will it be? Like it or not, though, action must be taken. Deep down, you know the right move to make this month. That puts you in a position of great responsibility. You are right to feel wary. Think carefully… and then have confidence in your conclusion.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
People speak about civilised societies or respectable communities. Yet no society since the dawn of time has been completely civilised. Evolved, maybe. Sophisticated, perhaps. But perfect? No way. And as for respectable? Well, we all deserve respect, yet without exception, we could all do more to earn it. September’s events make you aware of a flaw or an area of fallibility in an area of life that you’re keen to feel proud of. Deal with that honestly yet realistically and you’ll yet have a highly successful month.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Lovely though some of your friends are, you can’t always rely on them for support. It’s not fair to say certain people are letting you down at the moment. Some may be, but others are doing all within their power to help. It’s just that their powers are limited. In September, your power to help yourself, however, is much greater than you realise. No matter what you find worrying, be brave this month. You will find, as soon as you determine to press ahead alone with a positive plan, that you have company of the most inspiring kind.

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