Forecasts for week beginning Saturday 30, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

This time last December, we were edging towards the end of the Mayan Calendar and a conjunction with the Galactic Alignment which, according to some, could bring about some kind of drastic ‘end-time’ for us all. I remember going out of my way, back then, to reassure people on both issues. I’d now like to say something similar about the more gloomy predictions that we’re already starting to hear about 2014. Things are nowhere near as bad as some might like to have us think. And this month, in particular, looks most encouraging for just about everyone.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
What’s the difference between success and failure? Well, some people seem terribly successful, yet have low self-esteem. Others have little to be proud of, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to them. And then there are the endeavours where we think, at first, we have succeeded, only to realise later that we missed the point. Or the failures that we regret for ages before suddenly seeing how good for us they have been. Don’t judge yourself – or others this month. Just be ready to learn a lovely lesson.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Most things in life happen for a reason. Few, though, happen for exactly the reason that we initially feel inclined to attribute. This may sound like an odd thing for someone like me to say but we have to be careful about what we read into omens and portents. We tend to use them as an excuse to support a prejudice. We can be too quick to let them buoy up our hopes or feed our fears. The absence of a useful asset should not be a reason to give up on a key idea. What’s needed this month is not pessimism but perseverance.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Are you doing the right thing? Let’s ask that question again in another 25 years. By then, you will have gained just about enough perspective to know. Until then, well there’s simply no way of telling! So you may as well stop worrying. Either it’s the right thing or it isn’t. If it really isn’t, events and circumstances will make that clear. Meanwhile, this month, unless you receive a signal so strong that you cannot possibly doubt it, work on the assumption that all is as it should be. You are doing your best to be sensitive and wise.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
It’s funny really. You have to hear a criticism only once and you will remember it for all time. Yet people can praise you until the cows come home and you will still feel inclined to wonder whether they really mean it. You already know that a recent choice has been wise. Yet a part of you remains unsure. You continue to fear that you have been foolish – not least because the words of a judgemental individual still ring in your ears. Yet December is your time to be strengthened and to be supported. Be your own best friend this month.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
How broad are your shoulders? How much of someone else’s emotional baggage can you take responsibility for? We all want to be sympathetic to others, to forgive them their shortcomings. Or at least, we all say we want to. Some of us are far too quick to judge and some (I think you know what I mean here) are too slow. We put up with more than we should. There is now something or someone that you need to put down. Develop a fresh perspective. Then, if you really still want to, you can pick it all back up again.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Will you be playing Santa Claus later in December. You will certainly find it helpful this month to think of yourself as a secret invisible angel, whose very presence creates opportunity in the lives of all who are nearby. Even if your own life doesn’t seem particularly well favoured, you have a profoundly positive influence on others. Meanwhile, in your world now, something that seems unremarkable or perhaps even downright undesirable, is serving a secret purpose. Strong support is nearer than you think.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Rarely do you stop once you have started. Even more infrequently do you embark on a project that you cannot complete. You know your limitations. You know that if you really push yourself, you can do almost anything! So it’s never so much a question of, ‘Can I do this?’ as, ‘Can I be bothered?’ You have lately been making some good things happen. Soon, you’ll get the chance to work another apparent miracle. Prepare for a great deed to go all but unnoticed but expect to feel pleased by how things turn out in December.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
December brings the discovery that you are not alone in your desire to sort out a difficult problem. You have friends in unlikely places. You may not agree with these people about everything – but in one key area, at least, you have a common goal. You won’t find this out though, unless you embark on a process of communication. You don’t just need to listen to what’s being said, you need to ask questions so that you can make sure something actually gets said. Be candid and clear, and you will make great progress.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Close your eyes. What do you see? Now, open them again. Er, hang on a moment. How were you able to read that last instruction if you had your eyes shut? You have stretched the rules, haven’t you? You have chosen to do what you think is best, regardless of the instruction you have been given. Good. As you have done here, so you should do with any command issued by an apparent authority in December. Wherever you are being told something by someone who cannot hear you, it’s time to ensure that your voice is heard.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Too often, we say what it is easy to say. We say what we think people want to hear. Or we say what we think we ought to be saying. We get so good at meeting expectations that we forget our true needs and feelings. Who cares, as long as we are playing to an appreciative audience. Yet, you are not an actor now, and you cannot keep up a pretence much longer. The trouble is, you feel that your secret aspiration is unreasonable or unrealistic. You fear that if you confess it, you will get little support. Be brave this month.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
The right thing to do is rarely the easy thing. We can’t automatically conclude that there’s virtue in difficulty, but we probably ought to be suspicious of solutions that seem surprisingly simple. Somewhere in your world now, a convenient assumption is being made. It sounds persuasive but it fails to take an important factor into account. You are right to be cautious and to insist on checking facts that others seem happy to accept without question. In the long run, there will be a dividend for all your December diligence.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Inspiration is rude and badly behaved. It strides boldly into our life without knocking and, once it forces its way into our mind, it acts as if it owns the place. Then, when it feels inclined to depart, it just vanishes without so much as a by-your-leave. It won’t, though, ever come when we call for it. This elusive force gets away with such outrageous activity because it knows that it is always welcome. Here’s a clue. If you want it to stick around when it starts to show its face this month, try not to criticise it. Make room for hope.

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