Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, December 7, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

The festive season is drawing nigh and, arguably, the planets this week, reflect this. A traditional astrologer might interpret the coming antagonistic angle from the Sun to Jupiter as an invitation to behave in excessive and extravagant ways. For some, with a Christmas shopping list still to complete, that’s bound to be a temptation. Happily, Jupiter’s harmonious alignment to Saturn can be seen as a reminder of the need for prudence and temperance. We might even see a brightening cosmic climate, in the run up to the holidays, as a suggestion that reconciliation is possible in some estranged relationships.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
You are beginning to fear that if the pressure gets any greater, you may burst. Or if the pace gets any faster, you may collapse. And if a situation gets more fraught, you worry that damage may be done. Yet despite inner (and external) conflict, the right things are happening for the right reasons. They can’t happen in any other way. Trust that idea and let it override the anxiety that you feel. You may not be able to see a logical solution to a problem but Mars entering your opposite sign implies a healing process on the horizon.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
You have not been entirely at your best lately. A series of awkward factors have drained some of your strength and caused you to feel besieged. Slowly, you are getting back your energy and your defenses. Soon you will feel like a new person. Keen though you may be to make this change immediately, you really should proceed slowly. Try to do too much too quickly and you may slow a recovery process. If you focus inspired energy on that which you know to be most crucial you can leave the rest to sort itself out.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
People can be dreadfully irritating. They say and do such silly things. If there were only a few other people in our world, this might not be so bad. But there are seven billion or so on the Earth right now, all born with the capacity to drive one another to distraction. You can’t change the world but you can change the way you look at the world. It is time to find some way to be more philosophical about various sources of exasperation. The cosmos, this week, offers you a chance to be more forgiving. Take that opportunity.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Too often, people seem to misinterpret what you are trying to say. They don’t hear you properly. They take the message they want to take from whatever you seem to be trying to tell them. And the more reasonable or fair you are in how you communicate, the more you find unfair, unreasonable liberties being taken. But you will be able to breathe a great sigh of relief soon. A drama is coming to an end. The difficulty you have been wrestling with is all but over. Events, this week, will help to replace confusion with clarity.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
You have come a long way lately. You should feel glad and proud of that. But this week you may discover that, far from being near to the end of a major undertaking, either there is more to the challenge that you have been busily rising to, or it leads to yet another, even greater demand on your strength. That, though, should be seen as an invitation, not an imposition. Be inspired by how far you have come and look forward to where you have to go next. The most rewarding part of a journey is ahead of you.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
You suspect a damage-limitation exercise is called for. But what damage do you feel has been caused? If there really has been ‘damage’ it has only been damage to something that was far from perfect. You should either undertake a long overdue repair to whatever was wrong in the first place or else, now that the ‘damage’ has been done, you should take advantage of a wonderful opportunity that is about to arise from what once looked like a problem. Don’t be too quick to jump to pessimistic conclusions.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Your passport contains your date of birth, your name and picture. It may even say what you do for a living. There’s no description, though, of your spirit. There’s no indication of your personality, no mention of your kindness, no reflection of your values. This week brings progress in a realm that’s beyond the official and the ordinary. Here, as Mars moves into your sign, is your passport to a world in which you can redefine your sense of identity and forget the way the world wants to see you – and just be you at your best.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Do you ever get the feeling that you can’t do right for doing wrong? As hard as you try to please one person, you seem to upset someone else. Or, worse, you offend the very person you most want to assist. You have tricky choices to make now. Whatever you decide, someone somewhere will object to it – for quite an understandable reason. Yet you have not entirely created this situation. It is not entirely up to you to resolve it. Let others play their part in putting things right and, meanwhile, try neither to indulge guilt… or anger!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Whenever we feel we face hostility, we become naturally attracted to warmth, support and friendship. We also experience a strong urge to stand our ground, retaliate and prove our point. But this week, you need to ask yourself, ‘From which position am I most likely to succeed? One of strength? Or one of vulnerability?’ Actually, to concede defeat is no sign of cowardice. It can be an action that reflects the deepest wisdom. Help is on offer. Support is available. Don’t be so proud or polite as to pretend you don’t need this.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Not everyone is as honest or as well intentioned as we might hope… or even as they, themselves, might imagine that they are. We can’t immediately tell what others are like just by looking at them and they can’t judge us very quickly either. This week, you are dealing with someone who has been through challenging experiences. These have taught them to be wary. You, apparently, have not yet fully proven that it is safe to trust you. Show some understanding. This is an excellent week for establishing and maintaining bonds.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Some strained or stressful situation in your life should soon start to show distinct signs of getting easier and lighter. What once seemed to be set in stone is now starting to look more as if it can be fluid and negotiable. You can draw inspiration from the fresh possibilities that are arising as a result of all that’s moving on. Yet you can’t help worrying about the uncertainty that such possible changes imply. On top of all this, you are worried about a deadline of some kind. But you should really just relax. There is nothing to fear.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
The chicken? The egg? Which came first? It can’t be wise to focus too hard on resolving such an age-old mystery this week. Be wary of all circular arguments and misleading attributions of blame and praise or cause and effect. Avoid contentious debate. Be wary of your own strongest opinions. Currently, in your life, there is at least one big question that cannot be answered. Why, though, does it need an answer? Moving on and getting positive requires less retrospection, more willingness to seize the moment.

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