Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, January 25, 2014.

By Jonathan Cainer

To see Venus this week, you’ll have to get up early. It is currently a ‘herald of the dawn’, shining brightly, briefly in the east, just before the Sun rises up and drowns out its light. If you were to watch it day after day, at much the same hour for much the same length of time, you’d notice that it is holding much the same position relative to the surrounding stars. It is ‘stationary’. That’s auspicious, encouraging news for anyone who has a grand romantic hope, an artistic, creative vision or a plan to launch a successful business.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Why do people queue up enthusiastically to ride roller-coasters? Why do they hurry eagerly to horror movies? Because they enjoy the adrenaline rush of intense anxiety. This is also why some people become addicted to pain, stress, aggravation, conflict, tension, misery and lack of sleep. All these too can provide a perverse pleasure. But you need not experience any of that this week. Start believing a happier version of what recent events really mean and prepare for some much-deserved reassurance.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
What are the odds of you ever leading a life in which everything goes just the way you want? You’ve got more chance of winning the lottery. Yet, while we all accept that our numbers will probably never come up, we feel aggrieved when our days let us down. Planet Earth is known across the galaxy as the boot camp of the cosmos. We don’t come here for a holiday. We come for an intense encounter with fierce forces that we cannot control. Or so it seems. Actually, this week, you may discover that things aren’t so bad after all.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Is someone having a better time than you are? If that’s what you suspect, it must be true. Anyone, anywhere on this earth who isn’t worried about whether someone else is doing better than they are is always going to be doing better than the person who is worrying about it! You don’t want to trade places with anyone else this week. You want to enjoy what you’ve got and to give yourself wholeheartedly to what you’re doing. If you must make comparisons, take a good look at those you really don’t envy… and be glad.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
You may not realise it, but you have a big influence on a lot of people. They are taking you very seriously. They may not be responding in precisely the way you wish they would. But they are certainly not ignoring you. Because you are so caught up in a drama, you are not aware of this. Take full advantage of the cosmic climate. Try to stand back and see how others may be perceiving you. Then you’ll ensure all your words and deeds bring about the reaction you need them to have. Use your charm; you’ve got plenty.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Imagine the TV is blaring away in one room, the radio is turned up high in another – and next door, a dog barks. Not that you can hear it above the motorbike outside your window. If you can’t go somewhere more conducive to contemplation, you must at least get some earplugs. You are now being driven to distraction by various noisy ideas and overwhelming impulses. The peace you seek will not come through paying all this more attention but by recognizing that none of your problems are as important as they seem.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Once we know how something works, it is no longer a mystery to us. Once we know how to solve a problem, we need no longer be afraid of it. Once we recognise a bit more about what makes a particular person tick, we can feel much more sure about how we need to talk to and deal with them. You have recently been blessed with some exceptional insights. So far, though, you have not really had a proper chance to digest their meaning. This week, you can start to make these discoveries work to your advantage.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Many mystics insist that guardian angels are free spirits. They watch over us, not because they are obliged to but because they choose to. They are tolerant and broad-minded by nature. They have to be! They resent, though, having to take orders or being bossed about. Though they cannot communicate with us directly, they can drop subtle hints and they love it when we recognise these. Don’t try to force the hand of destiny this week, instead, just try to see that hand and understand where its finger is pointing.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Darkness is just the absence of light. It has no presence, substance or strength. Yet how easily we get sucked into it. Rapidly we start to doubt the very existence of illumination. Even if we have a clear memory of a brighter world, we question this. We figure things could really not have been this way, or they would never have changed so much. Yet the moment anyone lights so much as a candle, everything changes again. This week brings clarity and insight. Never mind how bad things have been before; they are going to get good.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
You’ve got a keen interest in some topic or issue. You are determined to learn all there is to learn – and to take your interest as far as you can. Unfortunately, you do not live in a world that makes much allowance for people with such concentration. Your chores and duties must be honoured. Plus there are social and domestic pressures. Key people want your time. You keep seeing this as an unwelcome distraction. Relax this week. You do need to prioritise a plan, but you don’t need to eat, sleep and breathe it.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
If it’s on its way out, let it go. If it’s on its way in, welcome it with open arms. That’s easy advice to give but it’s difficult to take when you are not sure that you like the changes that are taking place. There’s something you would like to hang on to. You don’t feel ready to make a clean break with the past. You feel that you can still fix a problem if only you try a little harder. Move up, move on, move over this week. What’s new is neither a threat nor a second-rate substitute. It’s a gift that can yet help everything make sense.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Half-remembered conversations are echoing round your mind. You recall hearing a comment or coming across some information which is now becoming very pertinent. Yet, what if your recollection is faulty? What if you have muddled up the story or mistakenly placed a detail in the wrong drawer of your mental filing cabinet? Could you be imagining things? If you have the chance to check facts, this week, take it. If not, trust what you think you know. Almost certainly, you are accurately accessing an important situation.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
The planets don’t ever stop us from doing things. Nor do they ever force us to take action. They merely create climates in which some activities are difficult and others are easier. Right now, you are finding it hard to stick to a particular plan. Arrangements keep going awry. You are wondering if this is some kind of ‘sign’ from the universe. Perhaps you are being pointed, instead, towards the path of least resistance. If, this week, you continue to tread the trickier path with enough determination, you will find it gets smoother.

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