Forecasts for week beginning Saturday November 23, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

Last month, Mercury commenced a retrograde phase just as it reached the 18th degree of Scorpio. Though the planet of commerce and communication turned ‘direct’ a couple of weeks ago, it will not be until the middle of this week that it fully makes up the distance that it lost. Now obviously, all this is subjective. No planet ever actually moves backwards. But that’s how it looks from here. And from here too, it looks to many of us as if a lot of productive processes have recently lost momentum. This piece of celestial symbolism implies a welcome improvement.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Try to find time to look up at the night sky this week. Each star you see is a solar system. Around these are planets, some of which may be capable of supporting life. It is not unreasonable to imagine other civilisations out there, perhaps highly evolved. Somewhere, then, there may be beings who know what it is to experience real rhyme and reason. Meanwhile, just accept that, on this planet, common sense is an alien concept! But this week’s events will bring you what you most need, even if it arrives by a most illogical route.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Nothing in this world is more powerful or more dangerous, than the truth. That’s why some people go to such lengths to avoid hearing it. It may also be why others strive so hard to keep their conversations empty. They wouldn’t want to find themselves accidentally saying something meaningful that might bring about a change. You are not made like that. You are not comfortable without candour. That’s just as well whilst Jupiter is opposing your ruler. This week brings a chance to gain power over your destiny.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
A process has been set in motion. To stop it now, you will have to be both very fast and very decisive. You will have to halt a countdown or extinguish a burning fuse or dig up wet concrete just before it sets hard. Why would you want to do that? You have long needed the change that is finally starting to come about in your world. Don’t doubt what is coming to fruition this week, just because it seems to be taking longer than you thought it would or because you are developing a temporary case of cold feet.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
They say there’s no place like home, but what, and where, is home? Where you sleep? Where you eat? Home, above all else, is an association. It’s where you can be comfortable with the things around you – and the people, too. If something is sorely amiss in that area, you can’t feel properly ‘at home’. Under such circumstances, it is often tempting to think about moving or changing an aspect of your physical environment. This week, though, all you need to move or change, is an attitude, an expectation or an arrangement.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
We all love novelty and excitement. We love it almost as much as we love comfort and familiarity. At the moment, you are not sure which you want more and you’re feeling torn. To get your adventure, you are going have to sacrifice stability. To get your security, you are going to have to give up some freedom. Which will it be? Remember, when the going gets tough the tough get going, when the going gets good they get nervous. You are tough. Don’t be apprehensive. The best possible outcome to your drama, can and will ensue.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Even with Mars in your sign, things are not entirely as they should be. That’s good. You can relax, safe in the knowledge that you have not been magically transported, overnight, to some spooky alternate universe where everything is uncomfortably ‘perfect’. Think how dreadful such a place would be. No challenge, no interest, no drama, no colour. Just endless normality. You would quite like a bit of that? Well, here is how to get some this week. Learn to love whatever it is that you now most feel inclined to dislike.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Imagine hiring some great concert pianist to play at a party, but then insisting that this legendary virtuoso performs only a series of bubble gum pop hits. Now imagine requesting the help of the cosmos, but then refusing to accept any assistance that doesn’t match your own idea of an appropriate solution. You are being helped, supported, protected and looked after now. That’s precisely why you find yourself in such unfamiliar territory. You are being taken beyond the world you know this week, for the best possible reason.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Ever watched a motorbike in a traffic jam? These machines may not be comfortable and offer little protection from the elements. But they can find their way past an awful lot of obstacles. There is a lot to be said for keeping things small, simple, flexible and fluid. You would now like to feel more cosseted and comforted. You would like more strength, security and certainty, too. You will get it soon enough, and with it will come all the responsibility that invariably accompanies a position of power. For now, just be glad of your freedom.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Though this week’s opposition from Venus to Jupiter is challenging in one way, your cosmic climate is most encouraging. You should find life fruitful and enjoyable. Does this make you feel comforted – or does it leave you wondering how long this advantage is likely to last? Surely it can’t be as simple as that can it? Well, nothing in your world is ever as simple as that. You do have some peace-making to do. There is an old piece of unfinished business to attend to. But if you deal with all that, your week really will be magical.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Why run if you can walk? Why walk if you can amble? Why amble if you can just sit down and wait until your needs are naturally met? There are times when it is wise to make a great effort; to fight a corner or to push back a boundary. There are other times, though, when all you really need to do is relax. You need to adjust to a new, improving, cosmic climate. There are still problems to tackle, of course, but these are far less severe. The best way to solve them involves refusing to take them too seriously.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
What’s impossible? OK. Don’t answer that. You are almost painfully aware of an obstacle that it is seemingly impossible to get around. You feel a little frustrated. You resent the way in which a certain situation has come about. The only ‘big solutions’ that you can come up with seem wildly far-fetched. Even though, if one goal is impossible, it doesn’t follow that all your other plans and ideas are futile. Follow them. They will take you somewhere well worth going, even if they don’t lead to a ‘perfect destination’.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Pick up one foot, put it down. Pick up the other, do the same. Repeat the process. Don’t look at the length of the road down which you must travel. Just remember why you decided to embark on your journey in the first place. It seemed like a good idea at the time… and it still is. You are now, though, dealing with reality rather than theory. That’s like the difference between looking at a train timetable and actually catching a train. It involves a lot more – but it is also a lot more productive. Trust that idea this week.

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