Forecasts for week beginning Saturday April 19, 2014.

By Jonathan Cainer

There’s a rare ‘Grand Cross Formation’ happening now. It involves Uranus making a right angle to Pluto – which, in turn, forms a right angle to Uranus which, in turn, once more, forms a right angle to Mars, which makes yet another right angle with Pluto! Plot this out on a circle (representing the zodiac) and you can see why we call it a cross formation. And though the fact that this is happening at Easter is entirely coincidental, the symbolism of a cross as a sign of immense challenge followed by the potential for glorious rebirth is definitely appropriate.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Shall we not bother with this week’s prediction? Shall we instead give you a forecast for some other week in the future? I can happily offer you a reading for next year if you prefer. But why should you prefer this? Are you so concerned about the future that you are starting to see the present as almost irrelevant? Under the influence of the rare Grand Cross formation involving Mars, your ruler, it’s time to stop worrying about where you may end up. Start thinking instead about where you actually are right now.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Are you a miracle worker – or a mere mortal? This is a trick question. There is only one right answer to it. You are both. There is no ‘either/or’ about it. There are limits to your powers, yet those limits do not necessarily lie in quite the places you might imagine. You can’t achieve as much as you might wish you could, but you can do much more than you think this week. Recognise this, then look again at the situation you feel so daunted by. It may seem to be much bigger than you, but you are bigger than it is.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
You are not going round in circles. Nor are you wasting your time. You are not going through the motions. You are not merely acting out some hollow pretence. You are bringing about real, lasting change. You are making headway in a difficult area. Sometimes, you are taking two steps forward only to take one step back. That said, tangible, measurable, important progress is occurring. Trust that and try to keep your shoulder to the wheel over these next few testing days. You will yet make good progress this week.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
People need hooks to hang things on. Excuses. Reasons. Starting points. ‘There’s no bread so we must go shopping.’ ‘It is so-and-so’s birthday, we must have a party.’ ‘This time is special. That need is pressing… therefore… etc…’ We must not knock the flimsy justifications that keep us all going. We can question them, but we must remember, as we do, that no logic is flawless and no explanation is ever complete. If there is even half a point in doing what’s on this week’s agenda. That will be justification enough.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
When you first learned to ride a bicycle, did your parents bolt stabilising wheels to the back? Was there a moment when they took them off and you had to find equilibrium all on your own? Or perhaps you were in a swimming pool and you suddenly realised that you were managing to keep afloat without the aid of an armband. Somewhere in your past, there is just such a moment of triumph that you can now refer back to. Be inspired by what happened then. It is about to happen again. You will find your level this week.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Seemingly, there are always wiser ways. Smarter options. Things you could – or should – have done instead. Especially when certain critical characters are around. We all know folk like this. Even if they are very sensible, they are not very sensitive. Their comments undermine our confidence. We would be better off if they kept quiet. The same, if those voices do not belong to others but to parts of our own personality. We are quite capable of giving ourselves a hard time without help from others. Trust yourself this week.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
What matters is not so much what you have got, as what you feel inspired to do with it. With a little creativity, you can replace the need to spend a lot of money or to waste a lot of time. Your imagination is your most precious asset. You may need to apply that imagination to a practical situation. It might not be quite enough just to have a good idea. But if you can now have the idea, you will be well on your way. Next, you will simply require an opportunity to implement it. That is coming this week, sooner than you think.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
There is a story in the Bible about David and Goliath. It is a nice, inspirational tale, describing how the little guy can stand up against the big guy – and win! Such situations, though, are much easier to read about than to live out. Strangely, enough, somewhere in your world now, there is someone who sees you as a Goliath. You may not feel like one but from their perspective, that is how you appear. It may be worth trying to see things the way they see them, before they try to cut you down to size this week.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Since when have the inhabitants of this planet ever been straightforward with one another or even with themselves? Don’t we all use euphemisms as a matter of course; put on airs and graces without even thinking twice and disguise our true needs and feelings wherever possible? This week brings a reason to look again at a recent conversation or exchange. Read between the lines and you may yet uncover a message that radically alters your understanding of a crucial matter and puts you in a much stronger position.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Scooters, roller blades, skateboards and cycles. What do they all have in common? They only take you along if you put in the energy. You’ve got to kick, to push, to drive yourself along. Nothing happens if you stand still. Everything happens if you make an effort to set the wheels spinning. Think of this week as that kind of a vehicle. It’s an opportunity. It’s a chance. It’s a nothing if you’re just going to sit back and wait for events to occur. It’s a very big something if you’re going to invest your energy into it.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
We interrupt this forecast to bring you an urgent message from Apathy International. ‘… … …’ I’m sorry. Apparently, they just couldn’t be bothered to complete the message. I am not seriously suggesting that you take a leaf out of their book this week, but I would urge you to remember that there are times when nothing is the very best thing you can possibly do. We live in a world full of incorrigible interventionists. We can none of us resist the urge to tweak, twiddle, flick or fiddle. Don’t make a problem worse than it needs to be.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
There is something you have got a weakness for. Some experience, activity or potential source of pleasure. The very mention of it is enough to pique your interest and get you excited. Is this also enough to colour your judgement and cause you to make unwise choices? That largely depends on how well you know yourself. It depends too, to some extent, on how self-critical you are. Rather than trying to fight yourself (an exercise in which there can hardly be a winner), try giving yourself more supportive advice.

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