The Courier-Mail

JONATHAN CAINER

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A reader called Dave recently expressed a concern. “If,” he asked, “we’re seeing light from stars that burned out long ago, perhaps we, too, are already dead.” I’ve thought more about this since then. When watching an old movie, the actors are no longer with us yet we can still see them. Isn’t that just the same thing? Meanwhile, Brian writes reassuring­ly to say the odds of a star burning out while its light is already on its way to Earth are small; stars live so long that a few thousand years is “the blink of an eye”.

ARIES MAR 21–APR 20 If “the heart doesn’t grieve what the eye cannot see”, then the reverse must also be true. Now, there are some people whose hearts and heads appear to be almost entirely disconnect­ed. They ignore their emotions, suppressin­g these with a series of rational justificat­ions. But few born under your sign fall into this category. Your head dances to the tune of your heart and that’s a wonderful thing. Waste no time today seeking clarificat­ion and explanatio­n. Just be glad of what you feel and of what someone else feels for you. Your in-depth new September forecast has news you’ve got to hear. Call 1902 222 500.

TAURUS APR 21 – MAY 21 Ancient wisdom handed down from generation to generation in the oral tradition of the fairy tale makes one clear point. If we seek our fortune, we are supposed to set out on a quest for it. By implicatio­n (and often by example too) we are taught that we should not sit around waiting hopefully for fortune to come out in search of us. Astrology, too, is a form of ancient wisdom. Given the power of the current cosmic climate, I can only concur with our ancestors. Meet your current opportunit­y with effort. Make the most of September. Your month-ahead forecast is inspiring. Call 1902 222 500.

GEMINI MAY 22–JUN 22 “Me and my shadow, strolling down the avenue…” These are the words by Billy Rose that Al Jolson made famous. They take on a different meaning, though, if we consider them from the perspectiv­e of a Jungian analyst. The great professor said we all have a shadow-side, an aspect of our personalit­y that is not quite as sunny or as bright as we may like to think of ourselves as being. We often don’t see our own shadow till others point it out to us. Don’t fear what you are being shown today. Just build a better relationsh­ip with it. In your new forecast, I’ve got helpful news for you. Call 1902 222 500.

CANCER JUN 23–JUL 23 Most people are fond of animals. We love our pets, enjoy wildlife documentar­ies and give generously to charities that protect and rescue abused or endangered species. Yet we are not always automatica­lly inspired to express similar kindhearte­dness towards our fellow humans. Why is that? Might it be because we know that all other creatures are free from guile? Yet are not the vast majority of people in this world truly lovely folk too? Look, today, for the best in someone and that is what you will find. The planets are on your side. Let me tell you more. Call 1902 222 500.

LEO JUL 24–AUG 23 We all tend to be more aware of our failings than our talents. Even if we are wise enough to be proud of ourselves, we often feel that it would be wiser still to stay safe and stick to challenges that we know we can rise to. We don’t want to feel silly because we have bitten off more than we can chew. Perhaps this is why you are reluctant to take on a task today. But it just so happens that you were born to play a particular role. You will take to it like a duck to water and will yet glide with seemingly effortless­ly ease to success. Let me tell you what’s happening. Call 1902 222 500.

VIRGO AUG 24–SEP 23 Some topics are divisive. That’s why, when we meet strangers, we usually steer away from sport or politics till we know a little bit more about what they think. Deep spiritual beliefs can also create controvers­y. Yet if we can keep away long enough from such sensitive subjects, we may eventually discover that we have so much in common (and such a strong natural rapport) that we can happily agree to differ where our views don’t meet. Someone else deserves respect today, even if their ideas don’t seem to. Let me tell you why you’ll look forward to September. Call 1902 222 500.

LIBRA SEP 24–OCT 23 The road through the frontier town is deserted. The citizens have gone indoors and only the twitching curtains reveal that many are nervously studying the street. As the sun reaches its zenith above the horizon, a stray piece of tumbleweed rolls in the breeze. Then two tall figures with wide hats and heavy holsters step out to face each other. Who will be quickest on the draw today? Actually, the only winner will be the person who realises that this is not a Western and strives for a compromise instead of a showdown. I have just recorded your heart-warming September forecast. Call 1902 222 500.

SCORPIO OCT 24–NOV 22 A speed limit is a speed limit. It is expected to apply equally whether the road is empty in the middle of the night or chock-full of traffic in the middle of the day. Much though many a motorist might argue that an allowance ought to be made for a particular set of circumstan­ces, the law remains inflexible. This may not be an appropriat­e forum in which to discuss the general principles but it is certainly fair for us to ask, today, whether sufficient weight is now being given to a story that may make quite a difference to a situation? It’s time to embrace the future. I’ll explain in your September forecast. Call 1902 222 500.

SAGITTARIU­S NOV 23–DEC 21 More often than not, we do what we have always done. We keep up our habits, respect our own rhythms, rituals and routines. From these we derive the reassuranc­e of familiarit­y. Even if we don’t much enjoy having to do what we find ourselves doing, we can at least gain some strange satisfacti­on from complainin­g about it and perhaps envisaging a time when somehow, magically, things will be different. But how do we feel when they actually do change? That’s what you may be about to discover today. It is quite good news. There’s a lot to look forward to in September. Call 1902 222 500.

CAPRICORN DEC 22–JAN 20 Where were we before we came here? What world did we inhabit? And what has happened to our ability to recollect this? How have we all managed to arrive here with our memories wiped? If we can’t recall so much as a single thing, no wonder we are apprehensi­ve about what will happen to us when we eventually depart once again. Perhaps that very nervous uncertaint­y is essential to human existence. If we knew the meaning of every mystery, there would be no sense of magic. Don’t fear the unknown today. When you hear your September forecast things will change for the better. Call 1902 222 500.

AQUARIUS JAN 21–FEB 19 Do you like logic puzzles? They give us little grids and then drip-feed bits of informatio­n about imaginary scenarios. If, for example, the person who likes carrots doesn’t live at the red house, but someone called Dave does live there, Dave can’t be the person who likes carrots. And on they go, obliging us to tie up our minds in complicate­d knots. Are you trying to make sense of a baffling situation? Success, today, could come down to ensuring that you ask the smartest possible question. Ask a smart question. Are you ready for a brand-new month? Make September great. Call 1902 222 500.

PISCES FEB 20–MAR 20 Too often we doubt ourselves. We imagine that we are making a mistake. We suspect it may not be safe to trust our own judgement or to believe what we think we remember. Now, it is always healthy to entertain a little uncertaint­y. Many an error is made through an excess of confidence. But then a far greater number of mistakes are made when people lack the courage of their own conviction­s. Recent events have awoken an idea in the back of your mind. Try not to send it back to sleep with a lullaby of disbelief. Grab your chance to understand what’s happening. 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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