Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, February 22, 2014.

By Jonathan Cainer

Towards the end of the week, Mercury reaches the end of its recent retrograde phase while Jupiter completes an alignment that it has been slowly moving into for some while as it fully forms a right angle (or square) to the planet Uranus. The former development suggests imminent improvement in all areas where contractual negotiations have been difficult or commercial transactions have been delayed. The second speaks of radical innovation, brilliant invention and a challenge to tradition. For rebels and revolutionaries, as well as for those who seek technological breakthroughs, long overdue change may soon be on the way.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Are you being told what you don’t want to hear? Or shown what you don’t want to see? Are you torn between facing a fact and turning a blind eye? How reliable is the information now making its way into your life? To what extent is it being coloured by an opinion, an expectation, a hope, a fear or an interpretation? Can you look with fresh eyes and listen with open ears? Can you find something new and truly inspiring within all that seems to be so cut and dried or so clear and final? You can. And this week, you will!

TAURUS(April 21 – May 21)
There is no great complicated conundrum to wrestle with this weekend. If you feel as if you are up against something baffling and bewildering, you are looking at it from the wrong angle. Even if it seems superficially complex, in essence, your challenge is simple and straightforward. You know (or soon will know) exactly what you need to do. You have (or soon will have) a very practical opportunity to do it. As long as you are sensible and stay calmly and clearly within the realms of the obvious and immediate, you will be successful.
GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
You are keenly aware of some factor, some aspect of your situation, or some issue in your personal life that seems, somehow, to be totally ‘wrong’. It is upsetting you, unnerving you, undermining your ability to focus on all that is positive and hopeful elsewhere in your world. It may be a while before you become able to sweep all this aside and turn your attention elsewhere. That’s not bad, it’s good. It means that while Mercury continues its retrograde phase, you have to get to grips with something that needs sorting out. And you will!

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
It’s time to take some energy from your brain and direct it, instead, towards your heart. There are things you feel very deeply; injustices that hurt, wrongs you would love to rectify, and gestures you yearn to make. Logically, it doesn’t make much sense even to try, especially when there’s so much else to think about. This, though, is not a week for making logic your highest priority. In the realm of emotion, what matters is not whether something makes sense but whether, in your heart of hearts, it feels right.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Better or worse? More of the same or different and new? Onwards and upward? Or down into a spiral? So much depends on your expectations. There’s a balance that can be easily tipped one way or another. This much you already understand. You think, though, that the final outcome of a drama is out of your control. But actually, it does not lie in the lap of the gods. You have much more power and influence than you realise. Draw on your faith and act with decisive courage and you’ll soon start to carve your own destiny.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Infinity is not imaginary. Eternity is not some far-fetched romantic notion. These things are very real. More real, indeed, than the fleeting lives that we lead and the ephemeral identities that we relate to so closely. How dare any of us decide that there is only one thing that is ever going to make us feel happy? What is the point of feeling fed up about one thing you seemingly can’t have or change, when there is such a bigger perspective to be seen? This week, an opportunity has much more to offer than you think.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Should you sit in a quiet corner, waiting for an invitation? Or should you go out in search of what you need? An active approach will compromise your privacy. Others will be able to see what you are up to. A passive approach may preserve your dignity but it reduces the chance of progress. The taxi of opportunity rarely stops and knocks on doors. It cruises the street of possibility, offering its services to those who are standing, waiting, determinedly poised to flag it down. Put yourself where help can reach you this week.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
A harmonious alignment between Mercury and Pluto suggests that your job, this week, is to be a dependable, kind character who shares wisdom and insight at a time when many people are starting to go a little crazy. Your ability to rise above conflict and fear, though, will not be constant and infallible. You too, will feel tempted to succumb to anger, anxiety or resentment. Your strength will be tested, but you should find it easy to pass this test. Someone now sorely needs to set a standard for the sake of a better future.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Jupiter now forms a right angle to Uranus. That may not make a problem any less baffling and frustrating. It will at least, though, help you see a viable path from here to a safer, happier, more secure future. It will show you a way forward. It will restore your confidence. It will rekindle justified hope for a better tomorrow. Once all that becomes clear, you will start to see how you can tackle, handle or at least cope with, the various immediate difficulties you face. These will seem smaller once that big change occurs.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Does this world owe us a living? The adults around me, when I was growing up, used to feel quite sure that it didn’t. They drummed home the message that we are supposed to work hard for our income, security and status. Yet isn’t nature abundant? And why have humans created all these machines if not to free us from drudgery? This world may not ‘owe’ us anything but it is very willing and able to give us plenty if we approach it in the right spirit. Take one brave step, this week, and you’ll become far more relaxed.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Why shouldn’t your life be comfortable and rewarding? Have you committed some dreadful crime? Have you been cursed by some malevolent pixie whose mushroom home you have inadvertently trampled under foot on a recent forest walk? Sorry, I know that sounds a little far-fetched but so too, frankly, do all the other reasons why you might now be obliged to put up with ongoing misfortune. Jupiter’s right angle to Uranus now sends a clear message. Cheer up, look up, reach up and whatever you do, don’t give up!

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
You have a big ambition, a great hope, a precious plan. So far, your efforts to pursue this have met with encouraging results. Now you are being made to think twice. You have to ask yourself how willing you are to carry on if it isn’t all so simple. You may be starting to doubt the wisdom of an idea. Or maybe you are just not sure who you are and what you want any more. This is all a natural side effect of Jupiter’s tense alignment to Uranus. Its ultimate purpose is to free you from something you no longer need. Trust that.

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