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JONATHAN CAINER

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Dear Jonathan, One mystic likens the dif­fer­ence be­tween free will and “know­ing all” to watch­ing a ferry from a hill­top. Up high, she could see the en­tirety of its path. Peo­ple on the ferry, though, could only see this a bit at a time. Isaura ... Dear Isaura, But the cap­tain could still have cho­sen to change course! ... Dear Jonathan, I found a web­site which said neg­a­tive thoughts tend to re­duce our free will. (But I can’t find it at the mo­ment be­cause my cat keeps jump­ing on my key­board.) Jac­qui ... Dear Jac­qui, Per­haps your cat knows some­thing we don’t!

ARIES MAR 21–APR 20

“What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve.” Or so they say. Psychics, sen­si­tives and even some psy­chol­o­gists might beg to dif­fer. We don’t have to wit­ness an event to feel its ram­i­fi­ca­tions. We may not be able to un­der­stand a feel­ing but that doesn’t in­val­i­date our emo­tional re­sponse. Look, for ex­am­ple, at what you are now start­ing to feel and at the en­cour­ag­ing amount of emo­tional warmth and sup­port that is be­gin­ning to come your way. Don’t worry about what lies be­hind this, just be glad of it. Grab your chance to un­der­stand what’s hap­pen­ing. Make Septem­ber great! Call 1902 222 500.

TAURUS APR 21 – MAY 21

Many tra­di­tional tales tell of a time when some­one sets out to seek their for­tune. Never is the ad­ven­ture pre­ceded by a plan­ning ses­sion in which all po­ten­tial routes and roads are eval­u­ated and ev­ery con­tin­gency is cov­ered. There is some­thing mag­i­cal and mean­ing­ful about the al­lowance to spon­tane­ity that must be made un­der such cir­cum­stances. You may not know quite what to do for the best to­day. But if you just do what­ever seems at the time to be the best thing you can do, the best out­come will en­sue. Your in-depth new Septem­ber forecast has news you’ve got to hear! Call 1902 222 500.

GEMINI MAY 22–JUN 22

“The brighter the light, the stronger the shadow.” That’s what they say. A re­as­sur­ing thing to know. If we’re look­ing at some­thing dark, it can only mean that some­thing bright is be­hind it, be­side it or above it. So all we have to do is start recog­nis­ing that. Now there are, of course, some lights that are too bright to look at. They may daz­zle, even blind us, if we try. But that doesn’t mean they don’t ex­ist. Nor does it stop us from see­ing all that they may be il­lu­mi­nat­ing. Look be­yond a shadow to­day, and you may yet see some­thing hope­ful. Make the most of Septem­ber. Your forecast is in­spir­ing. Call 1902 222 500.

CAN­CER JUN 23–JUL 23

If, as I sug­gested in yesterday’s forecast, “liv­ing is all about giv­ing,” then it must also be all about for­giv­ing. As I know I have cre­ated con­tro­versy when I have sug­gested this in the past, I had best qual­ify my com­ment. That does not mean that we are obliged to keep sup­ply­ing what we are be­ing asked for – or we are fail­ing to ful­fil our pur­pose if we with­hold. To truly do ei­ther, we must first seek un­til we find some gen­uine gen­eros­ity. The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind that is pre­cious. You may yet find some to­day. In your new forecast, I’ve got help­ful news for you. Call 1902 222 500.

LEO JUL 24–AUG 23

Oth­ers un­der­es­ti­mate you at their peril. Well, per­haps that’s strong lan­guage. Per­haps I should say that they do so at the risk of em­bar­rass­ment. It is not that any­one may be putting them­selves in mor­tal dan­ger by fail­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate your finer qual­i­ties. But they are go­ing to end up look­ing like a proper fool if they don’t give you credit where it is due. In one key sit­u­a­tion now, as­sump­tions and mis­takes are be­ing made. You are not be­ing treated with the re­spect you de­serve. That should all start to turn around to­day. The plan­ets are on your side in Septem­ber. Call 1902 222 500.

VIRGO AUG 24–SEP 23

Have you ever wan­dered down a busy street and seen a face that you recog­nise in the dis­tance? just as you are get­ting ready to smile and wave, you look again and re­alise that you have made a mis­take. That isn’t good old “so-and-so” af­ter all. It is just that some­thing about them trig­gered an as­so­ci­a­tion that sparked off a set of as­sump­tions. In much the same way, you may now be re­spond­ing to a sit­u­a­tion that seems sim­i­lar to one you have en­coun­tered in the past. This is dif­fer­ent. It is also good. Let me tell you what’s hap­pen­ing in Septem­ber. Call 1902 222 500.

LIBRA SEP 24–OCT 23

The fig­ure in the ten-gallon hat sur­veys the saloon. All eyes are on him and all ears fo­cus on the words he has to say. “My friends, a bad thing has hap­pened on the out­skirts of town and I hear tell that the same gang is due to strike again tonight. We need ev­ery brave citizen to sad­dle up, ride out and head them off at the pass. Now, who’s with me?” You may not, to­day, be able to round your­self up a posse quite this im­pres­sive but you may yet man­age a greater show of strength than you cur­rently ex­pect. Look­ing for­ward to what Septem­ber has to of­fer? You will be soon. Let me tell you why. Call 1902 222 500.

SCORPIO OCT 24–NOV 22

De­spite the op­ti­mistic claims made by many a man­u­fac­turer, one size never fits all. In­deed, as many a shop­per has dis­cov­ered to their cha­grin, even when a spe­cific size is clearly stated it may not match some other re­tailer’s def­i­ni­tion of the same width or fit­ting. We are for­ever obliged to make ad­just­ments and al­lowances for the dif­fer­ence be­tween stated ideals and un­stated re­al­i­ties. To­day, ac­cord­ing to one source of in­for­ma­tion, one par­tic­u­lar story must be true. But what can you see with your own eyes? I have just recorded your heart­warm­ing, Septem­ber forecast. Call 1902 222 500.

SAGITTARIU­S NOV 23–DEC 21

When we look at our hous­ing es­tates and shop­ping malls, we may con­clude that the world is a steady, sta­ble place. And when our eyes be­hold the won­der of the nat­u­ral world and we see an­cient hills, regularly flow­ing rivers, we can equally see the cos­mos as in­sis­tently con­sis­tent. Yet the po­ten­tial for change is never more than a heart­beat away. I point this out, not so that I can en­cour­age you to feel in­se­cure, but by way of re­as­sur­ance. What you to­day sus­pect is a ‘done deal’ may yet pro­vide a help­ful, flex­i­ble in­vi­ta­tion. It’s time to em­brace the fu­ture. I’ll ex­plain. Call 1902 222 500.

CAPRICORN DEC 22–JAN 20

What kind of a world is this? Is that a strange ques­tion. Is this not the only world that any of us has any mem­ory of? Isn’t any other kind of world an imag­i­nary con­struct? The only folk who are qual­i­fied to make a com­par­i­son are aliens who ob­serve us from their UFOs! And be­fore we can seek their opin­ion, we must first de­cide that we be­lieve in their ex­is­tence! And we can’t ask each other. We would get back seven bil­lion dif­fer­ent opin­ions. But here is one def­i­ni­tion that you will yet think fair to­day. It is a bet­ter world than you think. There’s a lot to look for­ward to. Call 1902 222 500.

AQUARIUS JAN 21–FEB 19

In the story of Snow White, the Queen con­sults a magic mir­ror. We are never told what else that mir­ror can do or why it is so mag­i­cal. All we know is that she asks it a dumb ques­tion. Who would ever want to be the “fairest of them all”? Surely, they just need some spell to en­sure that they stay at­trac­tive in one par­tic­u­lar per­son’s eyes, re­gard­less of what ev­ery­one else thinks they look like! Per­haps the true moral of this tale is, ask a clever ques­tion if you want a use­ful an­swer. It is cer­tainly the moral of your tale to­day. When you hear your forecast, things will change for the bet­ter. Call 1902 222 500.

PISCES FEB 20–MAR 20

What do you know? And what do you re­ally know, as op­posed, that is, to what you think you know? Now, at the risk of turn­ing it all tor­tu­ous, if you don’t mind, may I ask if you know the dif­fer­ence be­tween what you re­ally know and what you think you know? If you only think you know it, you may not re­ally know it! There is a rea­son why I’m say­ing all this to you to­day. There is a rea­son too, why you think you know what you know. You do know it – and are about to gain from rememberin­g what you have half-for­got­ten. Are you ready for a brand new month? Make Septem­ber great. Call 1902 222 500. Tele­topia. Max call cost $1.32 per minute, in­clud­ing GST. Higher charges from mo­biles/pay­phones may ap­ply. Cus­tomer care: 1300 366 702.

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