CTO­BER JONATHAN CAINER’S MONTHLY

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - HOROSCOPES -

Why ask a ques­tion that you can’t hope to get an an­swer to? Why try to un­der­stand what makes no sense? Be­cause you can’t ever be sure about what con­sti­tutes a fruit­less pur­suit.You have to try – but some­times, it is not enough to try just once. Plus you may gain a lot by trav­el­ling through tricky ter­ri­tory. The world’s most ex­cit­ing dis­cov­er­ies are rarely made in the pur­suit of the most ob­vi­ous aims. It can’t do any harm to stretch your­self a lit­tle in Oc­to­ber. Some as­trologers be­lieve in rein­car­na­tion. Oth­ers don’t.My view is that it may hap­pen,it may not.But if the idea of it in­flu­ences me to set­tle for sec­ondbest be­cause one day, in some other world, things may be dif­fer­ent, then it is do­ing me a dis­ser­vice. The same is true if I de­cide things are go­ing wrong be­cause I’m be­ing pun­ished for a deed in my past life that I can now nei­ther re­mem­ber nor atone for. Oc­to­ber brings you what ap­pears to be an op­por­tu­nity of a lifetime. Don’t ques­tion it, don’t post­pone it – seize it. Here you are, right in the thick of the ac­tion. Ev­ery­thing rests on your shoul­ders. Or that’s how it feels. It might also feel as if the uni­verse has made a mis­take in giv­ing you all this re­spon­si­bil­ity. Con­fi­dent though you can be, you are un­sure of your­self in a sen­si­tive sit­u­a­tion. So here is good news. You don’t have to save the world sin­gle-hand­edly in Oc­to­ber. Oth­ers, too, have power and they are about to use it in a way that ben­e­fits ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing you. Be glad you can’t le­vi­tate at will. Imag­ine the trou­ble you’d have in shops and pub­lic places; the at­ten­tion you’d draw and, pos­si­bly, the ac­ci­dents you’d cause. Thank good­ness you can’t ma­te­ri­alise and de­ma­te­ri­alise as you choose. What if your clothes some­times took a few seconds to catch up with you? How em­bar­rass­ing would that be? There are draw­backs to mak­ing even the most de­sir­able of dreams be­come a re­al­ity. Some­thing seem­ingly far-fetched is sur­pris­ingly pos­si­ble in Oc­to­ber.But is it what you re­ally want? Noth­ing seems to fit. It doesn’t seem to mat­ter how you change or re­ar­range a sit­u­a­tion – you’re try­ing to make sense of a para­dox. You have lots of com­po­nents but they don’t fit to­gether to make a fin­ished ar­ti­cle of any recog­nis­able de­scrip­tion.There’s plenty to baf­fle you and plenty to cause ex­as­per­a­tion and ag­i­ta­tion, too. Can any of this chaos mag­i­cally turn into a per­fectly calm, sat­is­fac­tory sit­u­a­tion? Ce­les­tial events in Oc­to­ber sug­gest it can. You just have to al­low your­self to have a lit­tle more faith for a lit­tle longer. The more you re­flect, the more you can learn about what has been hap­pen­ing in your world lately. You are none too keen to do that – for you fear that you have made some er­rors of judg­ment that it may be wiser to ig­nore and move on from than to feel bad about. Ac­tu­ally, though, you have much to be proud of.You have han­dled a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion with grace and ought to award your­self praise, not blame, for how things have turned out.And dur­ing Oc­to­ber, they are about to get bet­ter. To­day is the first day of the rest of your life. I’m sure that you’ve heard this be­fore; and

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