Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Forecasts for week beginning Saturday, February 16, 2013.

By Jonathan Cainer

This is a powerful week. First Saturn turns retrograde, then Mercury ‘stations’. Normally, when explaining how these heavenly phenomena happen, I run out of room to tell you what they mean. So this time, if you want the astronomy, Google it! The astrology, meanwhile, suggests sticking points and stumbling blocks. The processes most likely to encounter delay or difficulty will be legal and official projects, perhaps involving the making of judgements and the granting of permits. Wheels will seem to be turning too slowly for some of us. But this may yet cause vital secrets to come to light.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Are others entitled to more than you are? Did you come into this world with a little mark on your left shoulder that identifies you as suitable only for second-best? Sometimes, in your darker moments, you wonder how much the universe really loves you or cares for you. The universe, though, is untiring and unequivocal in its support. Recognise this and be grateful. The very act of mustering faith and enthusiasm will be sufficient to bring into your life the most delightful development over the next few days.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Maybe you are just over-conscious of all that the past has put you through. You resent what seems to be a ridiculous situation. You fear a continuation of some ghastly drama or disappointing saga. Be wary of indulging too deeply in regret or self-pity. History cannot be rewritten, but the future is an open book. You must, though, make a conscious effort to write something hopeful on its pages or, by default, the old tale will carry on being automatically told. Look ahead with hope and take power over your destiny.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
You are seeing yourself in a new light. As you do so, you are altering your view of another person or group. You are understanding much more yet you are also getting more confused. Things were clearer when you subscribed to a previous point of view. Ignorance isn’t really bliss. But it is, usually, attractively simple. That’s why there’s so much of it about. But you’ll soon come to like your more enlightened view much more. Knowledge is power. And you’ll soon gain precious power over a crucial situation.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
What if the stairway is blocked and the elevator is broken? What if the only way to reach the next floor is to go up the down-escalator. Then, if you merely proceed at a reasonably brisk pace, you will simply find that it takes all your energy just to stand still. You might well conclude that the exercise is pointless and you ought just to give up. But if you were only to persevere and try just that little bit harder, you could yet attain your goal… and achieve so much more. Going the extra mile this week will pay big dividends.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Most of us are not mind-readers. All of us are psychics. How can both statements be true? Because we are so inherently sensitive that we develop defence mechanisms at an early age. We close down, clam up, blank out and gloss over the subtle signs and signals that are all around us, just waiting to be noticed. We decide that it is hard enough dealing with our own feelings without feeling what others feel. If you choose to hear it, though, this week, you can receive a valuable message and be of great help to someone.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Sometimes, we make our best decisions in a moment of calm and wisdom. We stand back, think things through and return to our lives with a clear sense of direction. Sometimes we can’t do that. There’s too much of an urgent nature going on. We have to think on our feet, trust our instant instinct, hope that we are choosing well and then just plough ahead with the unfolding drama. You don’t have the luxury of time this week but you do have the luxury of good intuition. Listen to your wisest inner voice.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
Do you recall learning to ride a bicycle? When you began, did an adult hold the back of the saddle for you? Or did you have little stabilising wheels to help keep your balance? Was there a point when the adult let go (or surreptitiously removed the supporting wheels)? Did you suddenly find yourself managing to ride alone and unaided? How did things change from then on? You have been relying, for too long, on something you don’t need. It’s not there any more. But why should that matter? Events this week set you free.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Once upon a time there was a man who was afraid of being burgled. Feeling that he could never go out and relax, knowing that he had left his house unprotected he purchased and installed the world’s most extravagant, intricate system of sensors and sirens. Did this put his mind at rest? No! Now he started worrying that someone would steal his alarm! That’s the nature of anxiety. You don’t overcome it by pandering to it. This week, take sensible precautions by all means but you need fear nothing and nobody.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Take a look in the mirror. Do you like every single part of what you see? Then look longer. Keep staring until your doubts begin to disappear and you start to grow truly enamoured by the image. Never mind how long it takes. The planets now speak of an exceptional opportunity. Much is on offer to you. But in order for any of it to become real, you must find the confidence to claim your prize. You now have every reason in the world to be proud of every aspect of yourself. Allow that confidence to grow.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
‘Poor and content is rich, and rich enough; But riches fineless is as poor as winter. To him that ever fears he shall be poor.’ The words come from Shakespeare’s Othello. The message is as old as time. It’s not what we have that makes us happy. Nor is it what we don’t have that makes us sad. What harms us is what we wish we had but cannot get or, worse, what we fear we may lose. But as Saturn now begins a retrograde phase, you can put such fears aside this week. You have much joy to look forward to!

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Venus remains in your sign. This doesn’t make you infallible. It doesn’t guarantee you success in every endeavour. It doesn’t promise you magical powers. But it does bless you with the ability to emanate an easy, attractive air. It makes you more creative, more relaxed, more inspired and more pleasant to be with. It will help you identify ways to bring greater wealth into your world and it will draw attention and affection towards you. If you’re trying hard to do or get anything this week, try less hard. Relax.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Mars remains in your sign. You’re still under pressure, you’re still feeling restless, you’ve still got too much to do and not enough time to do it in. And there’s still the need to watch for the possibility of causing offence by not thinking carefully enough before you speak. You may also be in danger of jumping to rash conclusions. But you’re still a force to be reckoned with, a potential powerhouse and a person who, this week, is about to take a tremendous step towards the fulfilment of a dearly cherished aspiration.

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