Your Stars

Dear Jonathan, You doubt the idea that gravity explains how ‘astrology’ works. What do you think about the theory of quantum entanglement? Could this explain it? Susan Dear Susan, That sounds good. Hello Jonathan, Is it that everything is connected anyway? If we think of ‘now’ as the inside of a tennis ball, astrology works because the planets are mirroring what’s happening here on earth. They just reflect, in a deep symbolic way, what we’re up to in our lives. Lisa Dear Lisa, That sounds good too, though I didn’t quite follow the bit about the tennis ball.

 ARIES (March 21 – April 20)

The Sun stands still at the Solstice but that doesn’t mean that all progress must come to a halt. Perhaps it would be better if it did. Maybe you would prefer things not to move on at all, than to progress in quite the way that they currently seem to be doing. A controversial issue this week seems to involve a question of who has the right to control what. Frustrated though you may currently feel, you have more power than you yet may realise to positively influence the outcome of a process that means a lot to you.

 TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)

Imagine a restaurant with no menu. The waiter comes to your table and says, ‘Tell me what you fancy and how you would like it to be cooked.’ There may be times when such an arrangement is ideal but generally, we prefer to choose from a smaller range of options. We like suggestions. We appreciate alternatives. Once we have made up our minds, we may be most reluctant to change it. But, until that moment, we can savour the selection process. The Solstice now grants you such freedom. If it is too much, narrow it down.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)

What happens to an arrow once the string of the bow has been drawn back about as far as it can go? The pent-up energy is released and it is translated into positive momentum. Just prior to that magic moment, it may seem as if nothing is going to happen. All the signs are subtle, they can easily be dismissed. But once such a process is under way, it is unstoppable. There is no turning back or thinking twice. This week, Mercury and Mars combine to bless you with determination and motivation. You can begin a very important process.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)

The Solstice heralds the start of a 30-day period during which the Sun will rise each day in Cancer. As if to underline the significance of this celestial event, an unusual phenomenon occurs. For three days in a row, the Sun stands still on the horizon, rising in precisely the same place each morning. Then it begins to retrace its steps until it eventually returns to the other extreme. This is best thought of as the giant pendulum in some cosmic bell, awakening the whole world to your importance. Step out with pride this week.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)

What do we keep in the backs of our minds? Some folk fear that such places are a repository for rubbish. This, they imagine, is where we file futile facts, harbour questionable opinions and nurture inexplicable ideas. We are only ever encouraged to take pride in (and communicate clearly) the thoughts at the forefront of our consciousness. That which we do not fully understand, we suppose that we ought to be slightly apologetic about. This week, it turns out that you know much more than you knew!

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)

‘Red Fox to Brown Eagle, do you read me? The green snake is under the blue table. Repeat. The snake is under the table. Over.’ Well, go on then. There is your message for the day. Now it is your turn to reply! Oh, I see, you were hoping for something a little less coded and cryptic? Well, goodness, why did you pick this astrologer? Actually, this week, I need to inform you that the answer to your most pressing question is simple and straightforward. If there is something you don’t understand, you can safely ignore it!

 LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)

Few things bring people together more decisively than a shared sense of outrage. When they’re all bristling with a shared sense of outrage or suffering under one oppressive regime,, the sense of camaraderie just keeps on growing. Which is all well and good if you want to forge your strongest social connections on the basis of some shared sense of misfortune. But not so ideal this particular week, when it may be possible, under a special Solstice climate, to build bridges with someone you currently feel estranged from.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)

They say, a special magic descends on the earth at the Solstice. They say, the air becomes full of opportunity. What they don’t also say, quite as often as they should, is that opportunity is only ever of value to those who are sensitive enough to spot it and brave enough to seize it. For the rest of us, it may be there, but only in the way in which a rare edible mushroom may be growing in a field through which we happen to be walking our dog. If we don’t recognise it, what does it mean to us? Keep your eyes open this week.

 SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December)

Last week, I made a controversial prediction. A casual comment about Saturn leaving Sagittarius till September was followed by the phrase, ‘a couple of years of comparative hardship.’ There were howls of anguish and outrage. ‘How can you be so blunt and cruel as to declare such a dismal destiny?’ The rest of a very positive forecast, was ignored. Now the outrage is all mine! Sagittarians, if you allow yourself to succumb to such pessimism, how will you ever conquer adversity? You can do better than that this week.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)

Those who enjoy enough leisure in their lives to solve crosswords or sudoku puzzles, will often say, if they ever find themselves stuck for an answer, it is a good idea to put the thing down, leave it alone for a while, have a change of scenery and then return afresh. The previous source of vexation can then be seen with fresh eyes and in one inspired moment, hours of concerned contemplation are rendered irrelevant. That’s not dissimilar to the process you will undergo this week, as you return to conquer an old challenge.

 AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)

‘You win some, you lose some.’ If that is true, the reverse must apply. ‘You lose some, you win some!’ Now, what is left for us to do but quantify the ‘some’. That’s not as easy as we might imagine because victories (and defeats) don’t come down to numbers alone. If they ever did, the world would be a shallow place. Much, for example, depends on expectation. Success against daunting odds is surely more rewarding than merely gathering low-hanging fruit? But this week, you may just get to harvest the whole orchard.

 PISCES (February 20 – March 20)

I must stress, before I embark on this analogy, that it is an analogy. No literal meaning is implied. But, well, sometimes we get poorly and the doctor eventually gives a diagnosis. That in itself makes us feel slightly better. At least we know what it is. But not every diagnosis is accurate. What if it turns out that we don’t have what we thought we had? Even when the prognosis is better, we can feel slightly deprived, almost as if we are no longer as entitled to our old symptoms. Don’t hang on, this week, to a redundant cause for complaint.

-JONATHAN CAINER 

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