By Jonathan Cainer
December begins with Uranus, Jupiter and Mercury all seemingly slipping backwards. It then brings a powerful eclipse of the Moon. We can expect more stress than the usual, pre-holiday season tension. Problems with transport, commerce and communication may surface. Dramas in our personal lives may also intensify. But by Christmas, that eclipse will be long forgotten and those planets no longer retrograde. When we look back, we’ll see that 2011 was the truly tough time for the world. 2012 for all its reputation, is going to be surprisingly good for almost all of us.
ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
‘Your attitude, not your aptitude will determine your altitude.’ Not everyone agrees with Zig Ziglar, the legendary motivation guru. Some would say attitude isn’t everything. But none can deny it counts for a lot. You now have strong feelings about a particular matter. These are causing you to see problems where none need exist. Adjust your perspective. Try not to care quite as much. Though passion can sometimes be a sword that hacks you a path through a jungle, it can also be the spade that digs you a hole. Just be calm and confident in December.
TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
In libraries, people are asked to be quiet. At stadiums they are expected to make big noise. When we do the right thing according to the circumstances we find ourselves in, we are applauded. We are frowned on when we make a faux pas. You now fear that you are acting inappropriately. Others may suspect this too. But this month, there is more to find out about the situation that you are a part of. Once you discover this, you may well decide that you have been having the perfect response. You don’t need to succumb to pressure in December.
GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
What do you feel you need to say? Why do you feel you need to say it? Who will benefit if you fully express yourself? Is it really likely that someone will hear you, take heed and bring about a constructive change as a result of listening to you? Or will you simply feel better for a while, having got something off your chest? In December, you need to consider the potential outcome of a sensitive dialogue before you enter into it. Remember that ultimately, if you want to be heard, it always helps to use language that others actually enjoy listening to.
CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
I have always loved you. Our relationship means more to me than life itself.’ When these words are spoken to us by the person we adore, we feel we are walking on air. They are not so impressive, though, when they come from the parking attendant or the person behind the counter in the bakery store. We should be even more concerned if we hear such sentiments being expressed by someone who is trying to sell us a car or an insurance policy. Watch for what’s appropriate this month. Keep a clear head and December will yet be wonderful.
LEO (July 24 – August 23)
When things don’t go quite as you were hoping, you can rage and rant, worry and regret, fear and fret, or smile and celebrate. Why might you decide to do the latter? Well, if you truly trust the cosmos, you will credit it with some intelligence. So you will wonder, if it throws an obstacle in your path, whether it is inviting you to take a diversion which might ultimately suit you better. You won’t, this month, chicken out of a plan at the first sign of trouble. But you will be flexible and willing to learn. You may not know it now. But you are winning.
VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
If people are talking behind your back, that’s wonderful. It means you do not have to listen to them. And you most certainly don’t need to be sensitive to your own fears about what people might (or might not) be saying. Think, in December, about what matters to you and why. While Mars remains in your sign, think too about what you’re prone to take too seriously and allow yourself to get anxious about. Then think about how you, just by thinking differently, can solve a problem, heal a wound, overcome a fear, deepen a bond and have a truly wonderful Christmas.
LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
We all tend to think that ‘doing nothing’ is not an option. But at times it can be the very best option. Far too often we meddle and fiddle with processes that are best left to run their natural course. At best, our intrepid activity makes no difference. At worst, it gets in the way. It holds back positive forces that might otherwise be released. Perhaps, eventually, you’ll have to take action. First, though, it may prove wise to leave everything much as it is. Give the dust a chance to settle in December. Wait till you see what’s truly needed before worrying about anything.
SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
We all want someone or something to look up to. We need to feel that we belong. We need to feel that our life has purpose. We need to feel loved. We also need to feel that we are connected to some higher intelligence with a smarter plan than our own. Sometimes, this need causes us to abdicate responsibility for our own actions and choices. Watch out now for a state of dependency that may be doing you no great favours. Trust your own wisdom. Grant yourself permission to be yourself and to love yourself. In December, that’s really all you need.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
What’s missing? What are you short of? Or have you just convinced yourself that life would be better if only you had something else? You need to establish the answer quickly because soon you may well have your wish granted. It may then prove difficult to return the gift that the cosmos has given you. Furthermore, nature abhors a vacuum. For as long as there is a gap in your life, there is a chance it can be filled. But once you put something in that place, you no longer have a space. It may be better, in December, to accept an absence than to force a presence.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
‘Every move you make, I’ll be watching you.’ So sang Sting. This is, is, depending on how you choose to interpret it, a tender promise of protection or a stalker’s anthem. But, then, the line between appropriate and inappropriate affection, is not always as clear-cut as we might wish. Nor is it only in the realm of love that desire can turn to lust. Somewhere in your world now, there are lines that really need to be redrawn in different places. Some are too fuzzy and some are clear enough but wrong. December brings your chance to make essential change.
AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Seasons greetings. Here, courtesy of a kindly cosmos is some seasonal advice. Stop caring. Stop investing so much hope, faith and determination into a temporary situation. You are clouding your judgement by allowing a sense of need to overwhelm you. You have an objective and you somehow feel that success with this is the be-all and end-all. Ironically, you are more likely to get the right result if you can only persuade yourself to believe this a little less. Perspective and patience are the keys that can open every locked door in December.
PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Do adventurers ever sleep easy? Must they not remain forever alert to danger? It depends on what kind of adventure they are having. When hunting tigers, they are indeed, wise to keep a constant eye out for stripes. Much, in your life, has lately been stressful. Whilst you have handled your challenges well, you are keen to avoid a repeat of some old drama or difficulty. In an effort to remain diligent you are mounting a constant guard on the weaker areas of your empire. But none of this is necessary. December brings a real chance to ease off and enjoy life more.
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