Forecasts for week beginning Saturday August 30, 2014.

By Jonathan Cainer

Will the state of the world get worse this month? Will there be more global tension, pollution and corruption? It may seem as if that’s so… but actually the planet is on a positive trajectory. We’re heading for times of greater awareness, empathy, justice, sensitivity and co-operation. If things look otherwise, see it as the effect of turning on a light in a dark room. At first, you see only the previously hidden mess. But now it can be cleared up. As Pluto changes direction, more of us will see how that can really, finally happen.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Life, in September, gets less serious. By this, I don’t mean you will end up a laughing stock or will become the butt of someone else’s jokes. I’m not even promising that your situation will change significantly in the eyes of an observer. But from where you’re sitting – or standing – you’ll find it easier to be amused by all that’s happening. Thus it will be harder to feel affronted or anxious. Where lately, there’s been an apparent battle for survival, now there’ll be a sense of adventure. And you’ll soon see much to make you smile.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Some readers tell me they read the forecast for their partner (or potential partner) before their own. I normally try to dissuade them but I suppose, on reflection, I can see the point. Often, we feel our lives are so dependent on the moods and needs of our loved ones, it hardly matters what’s happening to us. Our quality of life depends on what’s happening to them. Lately, you’ve really begun to empathise with that view. This month, you’ll definitely find a special someone is much easier to work with and to be with.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
There are some questions that aren’t easy to answer. The more we ask them, the more confused we get. Often, it seems as if the only smart thing to do is stop asking. That doesn’t get us any closer to clarity but it at least relieves the headache… or the heartache. Changes in your September astrological outlook suggest that, though you may have long since closed your mind to further thought about a vexing topic, it is coming up for discussion again. Overcome your resistance. Things are encouragingly different now.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
If there’s something you think you ought to have, why can’t you just set out to get it? What stands in your way? September doesn’t provide you with an unfettered run at a long-cherished goal but it at least blesses you with useful insights into why this has previously been difficult and why it may eventually prove possible after all. An attitude shifts, an understanding deepens, an idea arises, an opportunity surfaces and a plan starts to form. How much faith should you put into this? As much faith as you’re willing to place in yourself!

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
The world is full of philosophers and full, too, of folk who enjoy extraordinary good fortune. But how rarely does the latter come to the former? Luck, it seems, follows principles that neither poets nor academics understand. It even seems as if the more we strive to grasp the way it works, the more easily it slips through our fingers. So what’s the lesson? Stop trying? Lately, you’ve needed to attract elusive opportunity and mitigate a regrettable development. This month, with surprisingly little effort, you accomplish both!

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Whatever else September brings, it won’t be peace and quiet. There’ll be plenty of what Shakespeare called ‘sound and fury’ even if, as the bard used to suggest, it signifies nothing. Fuss and bother has that tendency. We get so caught up in trials and tribulations, diversions and distractions, arguments and adventures as the soap opera of life rumbles on, dragging us in its wake. But if you adjust expectations and accept that there’s less to worry about than some folk think, you may yet have a most productive month.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Though the Sun won’t enter your sign till the end of the month, Mercury will pass through Libra during September. That’s the planet of debate and discussion, trade and transportation, invitations, suggestions, questions and… say some, answers. Often, though, those answers tend to raise yet more questions. You may feel that you have to keep on running as fast as you can just to stay in the same place. But you may yet end up getting further than you expect with the plan or project that’s closest to your heart.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
It’s easy enough to prepare for disaster. You just have to get ready to clutch at straws and be grateful for small mercies. If only it were so simple to be ready for when the good times started to roll. If it’s going to rain opportunity, you’d better put out buckets. If it’s likely to bring home your ship, you’d better clear the harbour. But what if you are expecting one thing to go well and then success occurs in another area? In September, somehow you’ll know where to be and when. And what you need will know how to find you!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Who is in charge of the universe? What’s their email address? Aren’t we at least entitled to write in with our complaints and suggestions? How come we don’t get so much as a polite reply when we do? Maybe we’re addressing the messages to the wrong recipient? What if, as many sage and seers suggest, the person with the greatest influence over the cosmos is… you! And what if, this month, your cosmic challenge involves asserting your authority, summoning your power and working your magic? If you are ready for September, September is ready for you!

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Some subjects seem as if they are not worth thinking about. They upset, unnerve or inflame us. Yet when we pull down the mental shutters, we cut ourselves off from other facts that need to be faced – and that opens us to all the eventual, inevitable consequences of self-deception. I could say that September’s encounter with an issue you’d prefer to ignore is due to be less than idyllic. But it would be fairer to say it will be cathartic and constructive. Be glad of what you’re now being brave enough to deal with.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
The things that get us into most trouble, it seems, are the ones we care about most. The causes that touch our hearts… and the people who mean so much to us. How do we shut off our feelings and act as if something that matters doesn’t matter at all? Aquarians are supposed to be experts at this… but that’s unfair, and this month, it’s the very opposite of what’s going on. The good news for you, this September, is that even if your strong commitment to someone or something brings stress, it will bring even greater joy.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
What stops a person from seeing what’s right before their eyes? Please don’t reply ‘eyelids’. We’re talking here about the kind of selective vision that isn’t physical. Your September outlook invites us to consider the consequences of seeing what you want to see, believing what you want to believe, trusting a theory so much that you can’t recognise a reality. Well, I say ‘you’. Maybe someone is doing that. Either way, there can be no progress until there has first been an awakening. And this WILL occur.

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