Forecasts for week beginning Saturday May 17, 2014

By Jonathan Cainer

Since March, the planet of purpose, progress, fury and fervour has been ‘retrograde’. The orbit of Mars never actually reverses but we live on a ball of rock that, like Mars, is hurtling round the Sun. If you think of the sky as the ‘window of our spaceship’ then, as we overtake a slower ship that’s still moving ahead, it looks to us as if it is slipping into the distance. Such optical illusions had great significance to the ancients. They would say, ‘If your ship has lately been becalmed’ here’s the following wind you’ve been hoping for.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
There are always arguments and counter arguments. How should we weigh the positives against the negatives? We soon grow tired of being buffeted by the options that blow across our lives like crosswinds on an open headland. So we put almost any shelter in place, as long as it seems to promise peace. As Mars now changes direction, you become able to put clear boundaries in place and to make wise choices about the direction that your life needs to take next. This week, you will begin to feel so much better.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
None of us like to do things the hard way but too often, the hard way turns out to be the only way. Aware of this, you have subtly adapted your personality to be more accepting of hardship. You figure, if you must keep on struggling, you may as well find a way to feel okay about it. This mechanism of self-protection is laudable and useful but it has one drawback. It means that when, as now, you have a genuine chance to do things the easy way for a change, you do not always take it. But this week, nothing needs to be difficult.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Why are there always ‘more questions than answers’? Because many of life’s very best answers serve as the perfect reply to far more than just one question! Indeed, answers that raise further questions aren’t really answers at all. They are just starting points for the next round of inquiry. When, though, you have a real solution, you know it. You can sense it. Though many outstanding issues now need to be resolved, one matter is clear. Trust the answer you can already be sure of and build on the foundation that it provides.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Some people, so the songwriters tell us, were born to be wild. Others were born to run. You were born to cope. It doesn’t matter what life throws at you, you take it all in your stride and, when your stride is not long enough, you borrow a pair of stilts. Yours is a rare talent. It may not be the stuff of which action movies are made, but if it were not for people like you, such films would not exist. Indeed nothing would exist – for nobody would commit to anything. Your steadfastness, this week, is a blessing. Be proud of who you are!

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Getting what you want is not so tricky. Knowing what you want is the real challenge. Thinking that you know what you want is easy. Being absolutely sure that you have identified the best objective is… well… let’s just ask, who can be absolutely sure of anything? And if we ever do feel total certainty, perhaps we are somewhat deluded. Your doubts are valid and valuable. They are not reasons to stop whatever you are doing this week, but they are reasons to proceed with care. That care is what will yet ensure your success.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
If you hit your elbow, twist your ankle, strain your neck… you don’t get a choice about whether it hurts. You can (hopefully) mask the pain with medicine – but you can’t just ignore it and make it go away. Is the same true of a psychological malaise? If you are in emotional pain, if you are sad or sorry, it ought, in theory, to be possible just to talk yourself out of it. But in reality? Well, let’s just say that finally, a source of great recent angst has begun to recede. A welcome numbness is coming. If that turns into a sensitivity, make it a joy, not a fear.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Do you want to attain a great victory? Would you like to change something fundamental, forever? Mars, as it now finally changes direction in your sign, insists that this is possible. And you almost certainly don’t have to take dramatic action. There’s no need to mount a campaign or expend vast effort. Just trust what you have recently begun to observe and understand. Speak about this sensitively but pointedly to those who need to hear about it, and then take action. What needs to happen, will happen!

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
You have often announced your determination to get to a particular ‘place’. Events have diverted you from that destination. So much so, that you are now no longer sure which road leads where. Your compass is confused. Your landmarks are misleading. You may not have entirely lost your bearings, but you have temporarily mislaid them. Don’t worry. Mars, your ‘traditional’ co-ruler, is changing direction now. Like mist clearing away in bright sunshine, your doubts are being replaced with inspiring new certainties.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
How odd the world is. There are surpluses in some places, shortages in others and I am not merely referring to matters material. Half the planet is deeply religious, the other half wildly irreverent. Half are apparently happy to be governed by an autocracy, the other half demand democracy. And often it seems that half of us are bored witless while the other half are scared. Now what, in your life, have you got too much of? What do you lack? It is time for a trade-off. And this week, a very good swap can yet be made.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Fashion is a funny thing. One person wears something unusual and others look on askance. Someone else copies the outfit and the two remain in an eccentric minority. But if slowly, imperceptibly, the idea catches on, there will come a point where everyone dresses like that. There is, if not quite a fashion, a trend, a mood, a notion or an expectation now sweeping across your world. You don’t have to take this to heart and make it a part of your life this week, but you probably do have to make some allowance for it.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
What happens when you are driving and you accelerate as fast as you can with your right foot, whilst stamping on the brake with your left? Some manoeuvres are best avoided and some situations should be kept well away from. Lately, there’s been quite a lot of holding back. This week, it seems safe to proceed at a faster but more adventurous pace. You have to decide, though, quite how committed you are to a particular plan of action. If you can’t be wholehearted, you are probably better off doing nothing.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
When people behave badly towards other people, they very rarely do it deliberately. Generally, they don’t know (or can’t see) how offensive or upsetting their actions are. Those who are on the receiving end of such poor treatment find it hard to believe that it is not the result of a conscious choice. ‘How can they be so blind?’ say the victims. ‘How can they expect me to read minds?’ say the perpetrators. There is nothing to be gained from blaming anyone or anything this week, but there is much to be gained from pursuing peace.

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