Forecasts for week beginning Saturday January 18, 2014.

By Jonathan Cainer

We may be reaching the end of the pantomime season but this week’s sharp alignment from Mars to Neptune means we should expect silly situations to arise all around us. There’s always an element of the farcical in evidence when these two planets form an antagonistic angle. Prepare for conversations at cross-purposes, emphatic statements of fact followed by sheepish retractions and laughably pitiful displays of distraction and deception. That’s bad enough when it comes from people who are supposed to be in high office but this week, all who are overly officious risk slipping on psychological banana skins.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Can we really make a difference if we try? Or are we like children, riding toy cars on fairground roundabouts? We press on our imaginary accelerator. We stamp on our make-believe brake. We believe that our actions are having an impact, but things would be just the same if we were to sit perfectly still. Now I am not trying to say that you are powerless. But if you seek success you must take energy away from a pointless pursuit and give it all to a worthwhile cause. Then, you really will make a difference this week.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Maybe you need to try a different bus route. Perhaps you can walk along a different street or drive a different car or travel on a different train. Or maybe the journey that you need to alter is psychological – not physical. Do you perhaps, always travel from one idea to another via the same old mental pathway? Do you reach a very similar conclusion, every time you think about the same old topic? Things don’t have to carry on in that tired, predictable way. If you genuinely look for a new way forward this week, you will find one.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
You can just walk away if you want to. You have the freedom. No one is forcing you to stick around and struggle with a difficult situation. No one will think any the worse of you if you decide to back away. Indeed, most will express surprise that you didn’t do that much earlier. Something within you, though, just will not take that option. Are you a fool to show such faith and loyalty? Absolutely not – as events this week, will soon delightfully demonstrate. Your sense of duty is doing you more of a favour than you yet realise.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
There are times when you can achieve a great deal. You merely have to look at people and they start offering to do your bidding. Sometimes, they even read your mind and realise what you need without you even having to ask. Then there are the occasions when you may as well be speaking Swahili for all the impact you are having. Nothing works as it should. It all seems almost unbelievably silly. But this week, you’ve got incredible power to be heard and to inspire others – if you can see beyond whatever is worrying you.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Sometimes, we have to learn to live with an issue that we can’t make sense of. Or a factor that we don’t fully understand. It’s like learning to accept the existence of an awkward pillar in the middle of an otherwise lovely building. It may spoil the view of a room and you may wonder why the architect ever put it there, but its purpose is structural and it can’t be moved. Don’t waste your energy, this week, trying to eradicate a nuisance. Focus instead on a very real opportunity that you can do something truly useful with.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Some people think you can’t achieve success until you have first encountered failure. That’s not strictly true. You can get it, but if you don’t recognise any of the warning signs, you are unlikely to be able to hang on to it. Life’s downs are not just unfortunate opposites to life’s ups, they are the essential connections between them. If there were no downs, there would be no ups. Everything would just be flat. Despite current conflict and tension, you now have the capacity to ascend to an impressive height – and to remain there.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
What will happen if you play with fire? Before you supply the obvious answer, let’s ask another question. How cold are you? It is all very well to say, ‘Keep away from volatile situations’, but a part of you is fed up with the wrong kind of stability. For too long, too much has been unsatisfactory. Mars in your sign is an incendiary influence. Something in your life simply has to light up! There is real justification for being adventurous and strong now, but only if you try to be wise. Don’t play with fire. Use it, instead, to set a new hope alight.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
You have been on a learning curve for a while. Lately, it has been getting pretty steep. You are tired of going over the same old lesson, repeating the same scenario. There’s an arrangement, a plan or a situation which ought to be working well  -  but, for some reason that you can’t quite fathom, this is just not happening. You keep on trying (all credit to you for that). But you keep on discovering that things are not so simple. Soon, you will solve a mystery. Then, you will start making the rapid progress you deserve.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
All laws, no matter how cleverly written, contain loopholes. You are looking for a way round a problem. You can’t go around breaking or even bending rules. Ignore that temptation. Instead, look again at precisely what is or is not being ‘allowed’. Consider your legitimate options. One of these will turn out to offer much more than just ‘an acceptable way to proceed’. It will prove to contain your perfect answer. This week, despite recent appearances to the contrary, you will discover that all is better than you fear.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Sometimes, we say we want success, but then, faced with some crucial decisions, we will make surprising choices that effectively set ourselves back. We can be similarly self-defeating when it comes to the decisions that might bring us greater personal happiness. We say one thing; we do another. Why? Well, we may fear that if we get what we want only to lose it again, it would be unbearable. Thus, we would rather not have it in the first place. You have a real opportunity this week. Either take it fully, or leave it completely.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
People are sometimes perversely attracted to complication. We like the sound of easy options but only if we can tell, instinctively, that they are not really as easy as they sound. If shown a genuine, simple way to make things work, we feel suspicious. If told about a problem of some kind, we walk towards it with open arms, ready to accept what (we feel sure) must be a punishment we deserve. You can now get all worked up about something irritating. Or you can decide to travel down a better, much more straightforward road.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
It’s always a pleasure to watch a real expert at work. They can take something that seems devilishly difficult and make it look simple. Over many years of experience, they have mastered their art. In some ways, you are an expert. There are some situations that might daunt others, yet within which you are in your element. Someone is now trying to talk you out of an arrangement or agreement because, in their eyes, it seems to be fraught with problems. That’s because they don’t know how to handle it. You do.

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