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JONATHAN CAINER WWW.CAINER.COM

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The moon and the sun re­main the best part of 93 mil­lion miles apart… but when viewed from the win­dow of Space­ship Earth at the mo­ment, they seem very close to­gether. In­deed, we can’t see the moon at all be­cause it is ris­ing and set­ting each day at around the same time as the sun. Thus we have ar­rived once again at the dark of the moon. To­mor­row, I’ll talk about the mys­ti­cal sig­nif­i­cance of all this. For now, let us be glad that a moon­less night may make it eas­ier to spot elu­sive Mer­cury in the early evening.

ARIES MAR 21–APR 20

When we send texts or emails to peo­ple all over the world, they ei­ther re­ceive them sec­onds later or, if they’re away from their ma­chines, they get them in the fu­ture. But we can’t send those mes­sages back in time. To sug­gest oth­er­wise is to ap­pear a fool. But is it re­ally foolish to sug­gest that though we can’t pass back lottery num­bers or rac­ing re­sults, our fu­ture selves can com­mu­ni­cate sub­tle alerts? To­day may show you how you “just knew” some­thing would turn out in a cer­tain way. And how glad you are of that. Turn the power of the new moon to your ad­van­tage. Pick up the phone. Call 1902 222 500.

TAURUS APR 21 – MAY 21

Where are the fairy god­moth­ers when we need them? What has hap­pened to the wish-grant­ing lep­rechauns? And how about the gift-giv­ing an­gels? Have they all gone to some cos­mic con­ven­tion where the guest speaker is Santa Claus him­self, who has left his midyear break to give the key­note speech? A fairer as­sess­ment of the ce­les­tial sit­u­a­tion, to­day, would be that all the help you need is right with you. But you may have to use your imag­i­na­tion to see how what you’ve got can be­come what you need. It’s the dark of the moon. For spine tin­gling news to make your heart leap, call 1902 222 500.

GEMINI MAY 22–JUN 22

What’s stop­ping you? What’s hold­ing you back? Now, I’m not ask­ing these ques­tions in an at­tempt to elicit from you some con­vinc­ing ex­pla­na­tion of why it is un­rea­son­able for you to ex­pect any progress to­day. It is more that I would like to in­vite you to re­con­sider all those ap­par­ent ob­sta­cles and dif­fi­cul­ties. I’m not say­ing they don’t ex­ist. I’m not say­ing that they aren’t in­tense, in their own way. But I am say­ing that with ef­fort, they are sur­mount­able. And in your heart of hearts, you al­ready know this very well. It’s the dark of the moon and your fu­ture can be re­vealed and changed. Call 1902 222 500.

CAN­CER JUN 23–JUL 23

At school they teach us to be sen­si­ble. They tell us that this is for our own ben­e­fit. But it also suits our teach­ers. The more they can ca­jole us into “good be­hav­iour”, the less trou­ble we cause them. And the less in­clined we are to ask prob­ing ques­tions that un­der­mine ed­u­ca­tional as­sump­tions, the more they can get on with the busi­ness of forc­ing facts and fig­ures into our minds. All of which is well and good, but as the ap­proach­ing new moon sug­gests, there is noth­ing very sen­si­ble about be­ing too sen­si­ble. Be a lit­tle looser to­day. Your forecast will lift your spir­its. Call 1902 222 500.

LEO JUL 24–AUG 23

Here comes the new moon in Leo. That lit­tle black cir­cle in your di­ary or on your cal­en­dar denotes the monthly point of lu­nar in­vis­i­bil­ity. But peo­ple of­ten use the phrase “new moon” to mean the tiny toe­nail clip­ping-shaped glow that we see a day or two af­ter the new moon proper has been and gone. Seem­ingly clear ter­mi­nol­ogy can be mis­lead­ing. Def­i­ni­tions can be de­cep­tive. And I point all this out for a rea­son. You may think that one thing is hap­pen­ing now. But what is ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing means far more. Turn the moon to your ad­van­tage. Pick up the phone. Call 1902 222 500.

VIRGO AUG 24–SEP 23

No in­tel­li­gence test can test imag­i­na­tion. The two are mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive. In­tel­li­gence in­volves see­ing what ex­ists and de­duc­ing from that what must also ex­ist – and where it will be. Imag­i­na­tion, by con­trast, is all about see­ing what doesn’t ex­ist and cre­at­ing a con­vinc­ing frame­work upon which to at­tach fur­ther ap­par­ent ev­i­dence to sup­port the il­lu­sion. As imag­i­na­tion is in­con­testably more im­por­tant, there is proof of how stupid it is to value your IQ. Your imag­i­na­tion, to­day, will yet prove to be your great­est bless­ing. It’s the dark of the moon. For spine tin­gling news, call: 1902 222 500.

LIBRA SEP 24–OCT 23

“Amaz­ing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me…” So goes the 18th-cen­tury hymn by John New­ton. Now there’s a song that has stood the test of time. But then, in or­der to iden­tify with the lyric, we don’t even have to be re­li­gious. If we are even re­motely sen­si­tive to the cos­mic energy at the heart of our own ex­is­tence, we in­tu­itively recog­nise what it feels like to be pro­tected, res­cued, sup­ported and “saved”, if only by na­ture it­self, if not by some other named de­ity. You’ll see what I mean by this to­day. It’s the dark of the moon and your fu­ture can be re­vealed and changed. Call 1902 222 500.

SCORPIO OCT 24–NOV 22

Ear­lier this week, I said “thought fol­lows feel­ing”. A Scorpio has since queried this. She says, “don’t you mean that feel­ing fol­lows thought?” Well, okay. Of­ten, an idea gives rise to an emo­tion. But of­ten too (surely, more of­ten), first we have a feel­ing that wells up within us from some place that we can­not easily iden­tify, then our minds set about jus­ti­fy­ing that re­ac­tion or re­sponse, clutch­ing at straws of ques­tion­able logic to ex­plain the in­ex­pli­ca­ble. Who­ever is right, how­ever it all works, you can trust what you feel to­day. Your forecast will touch your heart and lift your spir­its. Call 1902 222 500.

SAGITTARIU­S NOV 23–DEC 21

Why are you do­ing what you are do­ing? Why aren’t you do­ing some­thing else? I ask not to un­nerve you, but in the hope that this will pro­voke a feisty re­sponse. As you bris­tle with in­dig­na­tion at the sug­ges­tion that you may need to ex­plain your­self, you may find that you be­come able to ar­tic­u­late an as­pect of your plan in a way that you have pre­vi­ously been un­able to ex­press. That, in turn, will mir­ror the process that is now hap­pen­ing within you as your un­con­scious makes clearer con­tact with your con­scious­ness. Turn the power of the moon to your ad­van­tage. Pick up the phone. Call 1902 222 500.

CAPRICORN DEC 22–JAN 20

There is, I sup­pose, a dan­ger that if I keep talk­ing in your forecast about the more mis­chievous as­pect of your per­son­al­ity, I may draw un­wel­come at­ten­tion to this se­cret side of you. Thus oth­ers will be alerted and we will limit your abil­ity to get up to what some might call, ‘no good’. But then surely only your fel­low Capri­corns are read­ing this, and they al­ready know about it just as much as you do. They also know, as you do, that this is not ‘no good’. It has the po­ten­tial to do a great deal of good in­deed. It’s the dark of the moon. For spine tin­gling news to make your heart leap, call 1902 222 500.

AQUARIUS JAN 21–FEB 19

As we ap­proach a new moon in your op­po­site sign, you be­come ex­cep­tion­ally sen­si­tive to other peo­ple’s opin­ions and emo­tions. You can ei­ther tell what they are feel­ing… or think­ing. If they hap­pen to be think­ing and feel­ing the same thing, you can nat­u­rally enough de­tect both. But it is not so easy to be aware of the sub­tle yet cru­cial dis­tinc­tion be­tween an idea and an emo­tion. (As we dis­cussed for other rea­sons in our Scorpio forecast to­day.) Be aware that some­one’s true po­si­tion may not be their de­clared po­si­tion. It’s the dark of the moon and your fu­ture can be changed. Call 1902 222 500.

PISCES FEB 20–MAR 20

“United we stand, di­vided we fall, and if our backs should ever be against the wall…” So goes the Brother­hood of Man song. It ex­presses a very noble sen­ti­ment – though it is of­ten, sadly, too true that when backs are against the wall, chips are down and ten­sions are run­ning high, it be­comes ever more dif­fi­cult to main­tain a sense of unity. There are never any win­ners in the blame game, but no mat­ter how strained re­la­tions be­come, it is al­ways pos­si­ble to at­tain rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. With trust re­gained, mir­a­cles may yet hap­pen. Your moon-sign forecast will touch your heart and lift your spir­its. Call 1902 222 500.

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