Forecasts for week beginning Saturday August 23, 2014.

By Jonathan Cainer

This week brings a New Moon and a conjunction of Mars and Saturn. The former brings, as it does every month, an opportunity to learn something from the past and make a fresh start in a journey towards a better future. The latter signifies, as it does every couple of years, the need to be realistic. Everyone, of every sign, will experience this to some extent. If you find yourself up against an apparently insurmountable obstacle, try not to feel thwarted. This is simply an opportunity to make a compromise that can hasten the attainment of a cherished ambition.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
A friend who had long been poor recently inherited a large sum of money. She bought a nice big property, made some investments and then set about sanding the floors and painting the walls each night on her return from work. Seeing her look exhausted from this effort, I asked why she didn’t hire some professional help? ‘I can’t afford it’ she said. Wealthy people often think they’re broke. Beautiful people often think they’re unattractive. Don’t be shy to recognise and use what you’ve got access to this week.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Some things are ‘meant to happen’. And others? Well. If you’ve got a few centuries to spare, we could have a debate. But I still doubt if we’d get to a full conclusion. It is odd, isn’t it, how – when things somehow feel ‘right’ – we don’t waste another moment thinking about them. We don’t spend the rest of our lives wondering if maybe they were wrong. Even if they have awkward consequences, we say, ‘Well they must have happened for a reason’ or ‘I guess it was just the price I had to pay.’ This week, what feels right IS right.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Often, we race around doing things that do not need to be done. We act before we stop to consider the consequences. We end up expending vast amounts of energy, only to realise later that we must work just as hard to undo whatever we have done. It takes great strength and understanding to do nothing at a time when the world seems to think you should be doing something. But you are better off doing a little wisely, rather than a lot in the wrong sort of a hurry. Pace yourself wisely this week.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
They say that if you are going to tell a lie you should always keep it as close to the truth as you can. Make it vary, only where it must. Don’t tell a whopper. Don’t create a shaggy dog story. Just produce an alternate version of reality with an extra little bit added in or snipped out. But why would any of us ever want to tell a lie? We would only have such an impulse if we felt that the truth was compromising. That somebody, somewhere, would react badly when they heard it. Full, if delicate, disclosure is wisest, this week.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
We all know how to talk about the weather. Or last night’s football match. There is a nice conversational protocol that is easily honoured. It’s much harder to discuss profound emotional issues or matters of life and death. It can be just as hard to know how to stop talking about these, once we have started. Sometimes, we dwell too long on the serious side of our situation. You now know that a deep dialogue must be undertaken. Don’t worry about how to start or end. Just dive in and trust. The right outcome will ensue this week.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
How lucky will you be this week? To answer that question, I must first ask you some other questions. How lucky do you consider yourself to be in general? Are you ecstatic about participating in the sheer miracle of life itself? Or do you consider yourself to be a victim of circumstance, weighed down by an endless array of unfair burdens? If you are inclined towards this pessimistic perspective you are unlikely to enjoy the full advantage on offer to you now. There is a New Moon in your sign. Your picture is full of positive portent.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
People say things like, ‘Just put your feelings aside and then ask yourself what’s logical.’ Why do they say that? How can they keep a straight face? Are they automatons? Have they no heart, no soul, no spirit? How are you supposed to rise above your emotions? By what magic mechanism can you disconnect from your deepest passions and most profound yearnings or sympathies? How can you put your feelings to one side if your feelings represent the essence of who you really are? Go with them this week.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Think big. Be ambitious. Don’t dismiss an idea just because it sounds far-fetched, or turn down an offer because it might challenge an existing arrangement. Even if you’ve got practical concerns, you can accept the inspiration that accompanies a suggestion or the spirit behind a positive possibility… and then let this help you open up other doors in other areas of your life. The world is a big place. A lot of magic happens within it. It’s simply not appropriate to assume that none of this is going to make its way into your world.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Remember how things used to be? Why can’t they be like that again? Because, no matter how much you hanker for a repeat, things have moved on. When we pine for yesterday, we confuse the experience with the events that triggered it. Imagine being hungry and dreaming of a dinner you ate some years ago. You don’t want THAT dinner. Even if there’s any left, it has long since rotted! You want something similar but fresh. Yet, if it is new, it will be different. Be inspired by the past, but not a slave to it this week.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
‘What is pride? A rocket that emulates the stars.’ Someone somewhere is trying to tell you something – but are you ready to listen? It is almost as if life wants you to learn a lesson but you are determined to play truant from the schoolroom. You do not want to hear what is being said or see what is being shown. Why? Because you are hurt or upset about something. You do not want to be fobbed off with some easy explanation or some quick compromise. Be less defensive. Just try to be more trusting this week.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
How are you getting along with your current juggling act? Do you think you can manage to spin one more plate? The trouble is, the more you have to keep an eye on, the less time you have to sit and wonder whether you really need to be keeping an eye on quite so much. It is hard to try to stop and draw breath, when you feel as if you must keep running for your life. Yet what are you really running from – and towards? If you do stop for a moment this week, the only thing to catch up with you will be a sense of perspective.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Some people hang on to their grudges and grievances. They tend them, like plants. They nurture them, like pets. You are not usually like this. You are giving and forgiving. You like to let bygones be bygones. Somewhat understandably, though, you are still upset about an experience that you went through in the past. You do not feel inclined to let it go just yet. Remember the lesson it has taught you, by all means, but try to forget the upset that it has caused. You need and deserve your heart to be light, this week.

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