Forecasts for week beginning September 21, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

The Equinox famously inspires an impulse to equalise, organise, clarify and clean. It inspires some people to sort out mess in their homes and others to start giving up old bad habits. If you’ve been thinking, for some while, about moving on from the past, breaking free from an addiction or making sense of an overly complicated arrangement, this may be your moment to pursue such a goal. It doesn’t much matter what sign you are; the equinox symbolises a better balance between the light of understanding and the shadow of delusion. Appropriately enough, it affects us all equally!

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Dare you be optimistic? Haven’t you seen the news? Haven’t you listened to the experts? Haven’t you seen the inauspicious omens? Most folk seem to think there’s little reason now, for any of us to feel upbeat. There are so many tensions, conflicts, reasons to worry and problems that may never be solved. So why should we feel safe? But then, life itself is prone to sudden change. And it’s still something to be deeply glad of. Fill your life now, with hope not fear. Stability you may never have. But joy is always on offer.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
There’s always someone worse off than you are. That’s just as well really, for it means there is always a way to keep anxiety at bay. You are always happy to help other people feel better as long as their need to be helped hasn’t turned into a gruff defensive attitude that makes them beyond assistance! You remain aware though, that sometimes you need to be cruel to be kind. Even so, you have a big heart and a wonderfully soft centre, despite your attempt to appear tough. This week, all will benefit from your kindness.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Let’s try a quick test to see if you still have all your faculties. What day is it? What year is it? Who is President of the USA? How many fingers am I holding up? Uh oh! You are bluffing. You were getting away with it till that last question but now we have rumbled you. Pick an answer, any answer, and hope for the best. That’s your policy when you are in a tight spot. Sometimes it works… and sometimes… well, this week, before you jump to a conclusion, you need a little more information. If you can’t get it yet, wait for it.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Would you like to know who is going to win the next big race? Well, it’s no use asking me. If I had a reliable system for predicting that, I wouldn’t tell a soul! I’d go out, place my bet, and retire. I can, though, offer you one red-hot tip. The outcome of a particular course of action is obvious and inevitable. You don’t need me to tell you what it will be. So, if that’s what you want, you know what you have to do. And if it’s not what you want, now you know what not to do. That’s the closest you’ll get to a safe bet this week.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Stand up and take a bow. You have something to be very proud of. The quest for applause is by no means your primary motivation. You don’t want fame, adulation, envy or power. You just want respect and recognition. You want to know, when you go to the trouble of doing a job as well as you can, that it is appreciated. Someone, at the moment, is failing to notice what you are doing on his or her behalf. Don’t take it personally. Just logically explain why you deserve a little recognition! Then expect much to improve this week.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
This week’s big news story will be next month’s fading memory. That’s the nature of ‘now’. It is never very long before it turns into ‘then’. That’s why some folk prefer to live in the past. At least it never seemingly changes! Others keep their eyes permanently fixed on the future for much the same reason. Dreams comfort us all with their consistency. You are now dealing with something that’s neither very predictable, nor very permanent. Let it shift and change, and don’t worry. What’s coming next will be good.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
There’s only one habit that’s truly hard to give up. That’s breathing. And anyway, that’s the last thing you want to do! So, as long as you are still alive, what can you let go of? What would your world be better without? It may not be new year but it is still a most appropriate time to make a resolution, especially if you want to turn this into a reality. That will require you to embrace change with enthusiasm. The future is willing to be different for you. The only question now is: are you willing to be different for the future?

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
You deserve a fruitful week and the cosmos seems more than willing to help you. But if you interpret this (or any other reassuring sign) as an excuse to rest on your laurels, you may well fail to fulfil the true potential of your opportunity. There’s now an annoying need to fight for what really ought to be an entitlement. Don’t resent this or decide that a battle is not worth the hassle. By acting on what you know to be true… and by doing what you know to be appropriate, you’ll yet gain a series of great and lasting rewards.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
‘There are more questions than answers.’ Or so the song goes. That’s not necessarily true, though. Almost certainly, there are more answers than questions. That’s why so many questions seem to have more than one answer. It’s probably also why we end up asking the same old questions, over and over again, only to find that the answer keeps on changing. You are feeling more than a little frustrated at the moment. You suspect that the week will contain further puzzles. But actually, things will get easier.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Think how much the world has changed in the past twenty years. Technology has transformed dramatically. So too, has society. The world may have a long way to go but it is at least going somewhere and we must be open-minded about the possibility that the direction it is taking is a good one. Now, never mind the world’s progress in the past couple of decades, what about your own? Don’t you have so much to be proud of and glad of? This week, brings your proof that your next destination is a fine one.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Do you have a right to succeed? Were you issued, at birth, with a permit entitling you to make positive progress, even through the trickiest territory? Well, actually, you were! That’s what your horoscope says! Or at least, that’s how it can be read by an astrologer who knows what they are looking for. No cloud of doom hovers over your head. No curse has been issued against you. If there is something, this week, that you want to make happen, you must shake off your own self-doubt and start to make it happen.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
People born under your sign are, they tell us, dreamers and visionaries. The implication here, if you care to read between the lines is, ‘thus not very practical’. That’s most unfair. Indeed, it is wild generalisations like that that give astrology a bad name. This week, you can help to get it a better name and take steps to improve your own reputation too. You are about to gain an inspired insight into an old problem. The solution you can see may seem far-fetched and fanciful but it is perfectly feasible.

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