Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, March 22, 2014.

By Jonathan Cainer

This year, the equinox heralds the start of a new astrological year in which the first major event will be a rare ‘Grand Cross’ alignment, next month, involving Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto. We’re entering a phase which brings big opportunities but also, big challenges. Many now wonder how the world can get back to a path that leads to peace and prosperity. Lately, it seems, we have wandered too far from that road, out into the jungle of uncertainty and conflict. The planets suggest such a course correction IS possible if enough of us want this sincerely enough.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
People misunderstand each other more often than they realise. Some cynics even argue that, when two individuals believe themselves to be in complete agreement, it is probably because neither fully ‘gets’ what the other is envisaging! An uneasy peace has recently come to a sensitive area of your life. Might this give way to conflict at any moment? Not necessarily. Understanding and agreement can be reached, despite the opinions of the pessimists. Give more faith and more time to a process of co-operation.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Your key to future success lies in re-examining a past ‘failure’. You feel bad about something that happened some while ago. A sense of regret or recrimination is colouring your judgement so much that you feel unable to make positive plans lest they inadvertently lead to a repetition of some old drama. In fact, what you tend to think of as ‘wrong’ was actually very right. And this week, you will find out why – and you will develop a much more inspired perspective on an important chapter of your personal history.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
If you feel like you cannot distinguish your needs from someone else’s, you are pretty much right on schedule. A recent conflict or disagreement led directly to a revelation about your situation: it is simply that you need to define your own needs in your own words. For a Gemini this often feels like declaring armed revolution, but it’s really not as dramatic as that. Remember, the solution is not that the people around you be less assertive; rather, this is all about you being more assertive, and at the moment, that merely means being clear with yourself.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Here’s a funny thing. ‘It’ doesn’t hurt any more. Or at least, not in the way that it used to do. Something has shifted. Something has changed. Thank heavens for that. But hang on, what if the pain returns? What if it is only momentarily loosening its grip? Don’t waste time torturing yourself with anxious speculation. There is something constructive that can now be done. You have a chance and you can see the sense of it. Seize your moment. This week you can abandon, forever, an emotional habit pattern that wreaks havoc.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Are you uncomfortable within a situation because there is something wrong with it – or merely because you feel that you ought to be somewhere else, doing something different. What happens when you step beyond your dream, your fantasy, your longing – and your slightly unreasonable resentment of the fact that things are as they are? Try giving yourself wholeheartedly to the reality. At least then, you will know what it is like to be fully a part of it. And that will tell you whether you can go further than you think.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Where are you in the greater danger? At the edge of a precipice, peering down at a drop – or in the middle of an open field on a stormy day? All other things being equal, the precipice is probably preferable. There, you’ll be alert to the risk of falling and eager to avoid this. In the second scenario though, how will you know to protect yourself from a sudden lightning strike? You are currently aware of a potential threat. The very fact, though, that you know exactly what to look out for, is really a reason to feel comparatively safe.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Imagine if we could see into each other’s minds. We could keep no secrets from each other. Our deepest motives and most passionate desires would be obvious to all. How much fun do you think that would be? It’s the not knowing that makes life so exciting! We need all that misunderstanding and uncertainty. We need all the drama it creates and the unnecessary conflict too! Well, perhaps not all… but some of it. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to resolve a mystery this week – and don’t be too worried about it either.

SCORPIO(October 24 – November 22)
Some obstacles are opportunities. If you seek a way past them, you will eventually find success. Others are impenetrable. They are too big, broad, high or deep. No matter how much effort you make, you will be wasting your time. How are any of us supposed to know the difference between these two types of difficulty? There’s only one way we can find out. We have to try for a while and see how far we get. You are now up against the kind of problem that you can turn to your advantage. Give your great campaign one more shot.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Someone is doing something you disapprove of. An event which you think of as crazy is taking place. Are you right? If so, you’ll soon find proof with which to convince others. If you are wrong, you need to know why you are wrong. Either way, relax and wait a while. There’s no immediate danger, no need to take urgent action. Don’t, this week, think thoughts that centre on the notion of preventing some process from taking place. Think, instead, about accepting the idea that some things need to be allowed to happen.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
What gives you the right to judge? Who appointed you the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong? I ask only because, you can bet such a question will be fired at you by someone soon. This week, you reach a decisive conclusion about someone or something. You have to. It’s too stressful to keep being so free with the benefit of the doubt. Whatever you do, you will be told you are wrong. Maybe, in some broad sense, you are. But this is not a time for philosophy. You have a crucial interest to protect. An assumption is all you can go on.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
In one way, you are now dealing with a chaotic scenario. In another, you are being blessed by a kind cosmos. The chaos need be no more annoying than a flickering picture on a broken TV set. If you are keen to get information, you will ignore the interference and follow the sound. If you are looking for an excuse to turn off, you will find it here. But don’t dwell on what is insufficient. Look at what you’re starting to discover, albeit in a strange way from a surprising source. It represents extremely good news – as you will soon see.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
A recent attempt to be more disciplined and discriminating has not been easy, but it has had a good result. Your garden still contains a number of dubious plants that could be weeds, or may, just possibly, be about to reveal themselves as rare orchids. Among these, there is now one very promising little bush that you have been nurturing. It may not look quite so exotic, but it is starting to bear fruit. If you are willing to suspend disbelief and nurture your most inspired hope this week, you can reap a very useful harvest.

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