Forecasts for week beginning Saturday April 18, 2015.

Forecasts for week beginning Saturday April 18, 2015.

By Jonathan Cainer

The week begins with a New Moon in Aries and ends with a sharp alignment from the Sun to Saturn. In between there is a conjunction of Mercury and Mars, plus a helpful angle between Venus and Jupiter. Oh, and let’s not forget this week’s useful aspect between Mars and Pluto. Many of us will notice a pattern being played out. First, we will feel hopeful. Then excited and inspired. Next, we may run into an issue that proves temporarily tricky. But the overall outlook, is encouraging and good things will yet come to all who seek them sincerely.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
News editors often face a tricky task. Which is the most important story of the day? Does a celebrity drama matter more than an election? What do the public care about more? We are all in charge of our own personal newsrooms. We decide which stories to focus on and how much space to give them. Might you, lately, have been paying too little attention to a saga that has been growing ever more important and urgent? You are just in time, this week, to redress that imbalance and thus help to solve a problem.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Mars is in your sign. That is a real astrological advantage. It doesn’t make you infallible. It can’t be construed as a sign of success at every turn. But it strongly implies that if you now put your shoulder to the wheel or your nose to the grindstone, you will soon start to shift whatever needs to be shifted. Even if things don’t immediately fall into place, you will at least move the obstacles that have been preventing positive progress. Be just a little sensitive, though, to the folk who don’t share your determination.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Gemini is ruled by Mercury. Mercury, in Greek mythology, was Hermes – neither male nor female. This may be why some astrologers suggest there is a degree of ambiguity around your own orientation – or, perhaps, such a strong focus on the cerebral as to render the physical irrelevant. Yet arguably, it is your very intellectual acuity that potentially makes you so attractive and endearing. When you choose to charm, who can resist? Venus in your sign this week, implies a strong ability to win hearts and melt defences.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
Do you fear that you lack authority? Do you wish that others would take you more seriously when you try to get important points across? Events this week will do much to consolidate a sense of strength and should enable you to assert yourself in many areas where you have lately felt that you were being undervalued or even undermined. You have been putting up with an unfair situation. You have done your best not to let this bother you but it is time for a tide to turn. Go gently but firmly and none will stand in your way.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
When the good times are rolling in, we soon forget all about the bad ones. And when times are tough? Strangely, we begin to fear that it has been ever thus and that even the stuff of our happiest memories must have come about by fluke. Why should we ever expect things to improve again? Your reasons for feeling disappointed are understandable enough now. But they should not be interpreted as reliable indicators of your future prospects. Where things have taken a downturn, they will soon start to take an upturn.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Astrologers love to suggest that people born under your sign are sensible and logical. I’m not suggesting that they are wrong. You do, indeed, have such qualities in abundance. But there is more to you than a keen intellect and a natural sense of wisdom. You can be creative, inventive, poetic and slightly wild, when you choose to be. You don’t feel obliged to explain your every word or deed and, when you allow yourself to act on impulse, the most impressive results ensue. Trust your keen intuition this week.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
While philosophers and theologians debate the purpose of life, we can all be sure that whatever the reason for our existence, it is not simply so that we can remain the same. There is no shame in change. Indeed, arguably, there is great change in prioritising consistency over growth. Aren’t we here to learn? Isn’t the great game all about expanding our horizons and exploring new possibilities? This week, you start to see an aspect of your world from a brand new perspective. Allow yourself to become inspired.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Let’s draw up a list of all the undesirable, unfair factors in your world. Let’s hope you’ve got plenty of paper! Although, you could save yourself some time by deciding that of all the futile things that a human being can ever do, compiling such a catalogue is surely amongst the most pointless! Perhaps you can only draw up a far shorter list of things that make you happy and glad but don’t these count for so much more? They do. And this week, the positive will yet greatly outweigh the negative.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
It is rare, almost unheard of, to find a Sagittarian who has nothing to do. If ever you sit still for a moment, it is only because you are choosing between several pressing priorities or drawing breath after pursuing one impossible goal, before you set out in search of another. This week won’t be any more quiet than last week. It won’t be stress-free, either. But in so far, at least, as it brings you closer to a sense of satisfaction, it will be rewarding. And if things are really beginning to go your way, what do you need sleep for anyway?

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
An optimist calls a glass half full, a pessimist calls it half empty. And a Capricorn? Well, it’s just a glass containing 50 per cent water and 50 per cent air! Your sense of realism, is one of your most endearing qualities. Neither do you overreact to problems, nor do you magnify small encouraging signals, until they begin to look like blazing beacons of hope. You are handling a situation well and wisely this week. Equally ignore the pollyannas and the doom-mongers around you. Events will yet have a believably pleasing outcome.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
They say we shouldn’t try to run before we can walk. Why on earth do they say that? Haven’t they ever watched a toddler taking his (or her) first steps? Small children begin by mastering the art of running! Only once they have learned to get their balance, do they slow themselves down. With that in mind, let us look at the tentative steps you may need to take towards the attainment of an important objective. Perhaps they ought not to be so tentative? Throw yourself into rising to this week’s challenge. Give it all you’ve got.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
What if the guardian angels are all on strike? What if the wish-granting fairies have put away their wands? There may be no magical creatures left in the world. You might, therefore, have no reason to anticipate even so much as the slightest hint of celestial assistance or cosmic support. So, then, what would you do? You would just have to do what you always do. Make your own luck. Create your own opportunity. A harmonious alignment from Venus to Jupiter this week, implies that all you need is faith in yourself.

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