Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 | Last Update : 11:14 PM IST

Weekly Horoscope

Oscar Cainer

With Mercury direct, Uranus making a conjunction with the New Moon and the Sun slipping into Taurus, we’re being encouraged to put our best foot forward this week. The continued support of the minor grand trine between Mars, Neptune and Venus provides the energy required to run a strong race as the route ahead unfolds. There’s no guarantee that events will be straightforward. Saturn and Pluto’s retrogradations will put pay to that notion. But whatever this adventure’s emotional challenges might be, we can find the stamina and the motivation to rise to the occasion.

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)

As Mercury changes direction, things in your life can start turning around. About time too… because you don’t do things the easy way! You push yourself beyond limits to reach new heights. You often grapple with feelings of uncertainty, as if you’re not sure that you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing. Not all the answers will appear this week. But as the Moon turns dark, just as the Sun and Uranus meet ceremoniously in Aries, if you’re not sure where you’re heading, look for a sign that’s as bright as day. In your love life: Something valuable is developing but you are not fully conscious of what’s actually going on. Trust it anyway.
#Aries Daily Prediction

Taurus (Apr 21 - May 20)

You’re feeling vulnerable. But Mercury’s change in direction ahead of the New Moon signals a timely change of mood and spirit. You’re about to be able to clearly recognise the ways that people are trying to have a positive effect on your life. Though sometimes it feels as if they’re hindering rather than helping, if you can look past any clumsiness and see the generosity being offered, you’ll see how much faith they have in you. Not everything is about to get easier. But as the Sun enters Taurus, where Venus already awaits, it’s getting better. In your love life: You are working out where you stand with a certain someone. You will like how things turn out.
#Taurus Daily Prediction

Gemini (May 21 - Jun 21)

The universe has a gift for you. As Mercury now changes direction, it’s holding out a blank slate that says, ‘Here you go. Write a novel! Here’s your paper, your ink, your contract, even your book tour!’ You’ve got the freedom to do what you like... so why aren’t you feeling thrilled? Well, forging a path is daunting. It’s easier to read what’s gone before and to follow a script that we recognise rather than write our own. But your world should be everything you want it to be. This week, with the support of the New Moon, it can begin to be. In your love life: Where will you end up as a result of your next set of choices? It all depends on you showing good faith.
#Gemini Daily Prediction

Cancer (Jun 22 - Jul 22)

We conform to social norms. When we’re at a party we dance and sing… in a library, we stay quiet. We adapt to our surroundings. But, whatever situation we find ourselves in, one thing stays the same. We have a right to be happy. No matter how challenging the circumstances, we have the freedom to live, love and laugh when the moment takes us. If someone thinks otherwise, this week would be a good time to question their authority. You need no one’s permission to have a thoroughly enjoyable time. In your love life: Relationships are like recipes; a wrong ingredient or too much heat can make things go wrong. You can fix that.
#Cancer Daily Prediction

Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 23)

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a quick dip in the pool after a hot sauna. But anyone who tries this knows it’s best to jump straight in. The worst option is to edge your way in bit by bit because the cold seems to increase exponentially. Mercury in retrograde has been drip-feeding you some difficult experiences and making you agonise over past choices. But as it changes direction, and the New Moon arrives, you no longer have to sweat over a key decision. You’ll recognise the moment when it comes. Then leap forward with faith. In your love life: Once, you tried something that didn’t work for you. Your made that territory off-limits. Reassess an old idea.
#Leo Daily Prediction

Virgo (Aug 24 - Sep 23)

As fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy will know, the answer to ‘life, the world and everything’ is... forty-two! The trouble with these beautifully simplistic (and in this case, funny) solutions to worldly conundrums is that they give more boring explanations a bad name! As Mercury turns direct, you’re nearing a moment of discovery. Something’s been right under your nose for a while now and you’re finally about to discover a solution. It might not be the answer to life, the universe and everything, but it will be life-changing. In your love life: You may not know how blessed and loved you are. A series of pleasing events will soon provide confirmation.
#Virgo Daily Prediction

Libra (Sep 24 - Oct 23)

It’s never pleasant to find yourself talking at cross-purposes when you should be on the same page as someone. But while Mercury has been retrograde opposite your sign, the pathway to symbiosis has been obscured. With the New Moon, and Mercury’s change of direction, that will change. You’ll be able to focus on what you have in common with someone important. Solutions to what seemed implacable conflicts will begin to emerge and you’ll start to see why this key partnership has been worth all your investment. In your love life: Do you worry about your security? It’s natural to want to feel protected. All is well. Stop worrying so much!
#Libra Daily Prediction

Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22)

As a wise man once said: ‘with great power comes great responsibility’. OK, it was Uncle Ben from Spiderman! But his point was a good one. The people who bark orders, rattle their swords and go in with guns blazing are merely trying to establish a facade of strength which they know that they lack. The people who hold real power tend to function quietly and effectively behind the scenes. You might not consider yourself much of a powerbroker, but take a moment to consider the situation. People are ready to follow your lead. In your love life: Are you over-reliant on the advice of others? Be careful of who — or what — is leading you where, now.
#Scorpio Daily Prediction

Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21)

Pity poor old Damocles. In the ancient myth, Dionysus suspended a sword above his head, held only by a hair, to teach him the fragility of power. Each of us is like Damocles in our own way. Problems and worries weigh heavily upon us. Recently, with Mercury retrograde, you’ve become overly conscious of your fragility. But hair can be surprisingly load bearing — just ask Rapunzel! As Mercury turns direct and Venus opposes your ruler, the less you fret, the easier it becomes to draw on your luck and bring fortune into your life. In your love life: Trust what you truly know in your heart, and have the wisdom to seek help when you are out of your depth.
#Sagittarius Daily Prediction

Capricon (Dec 22 - Jan 21)

Having regrets is just a part of being human. But carting around a millstone of repentance, or the baggage of guilt, shouldn’t become a defining characteristic. You’ve been carrying a heavy burden for far too long. This week, before your ruler turns retrograde, you’re being offered an unmissable opportunity to put some of those heavy cases down. You can overturn a misplaced conviction and free yourself from the effort of having to trudge. You’ll need all the self-belief you can muster. But if anyone should have faith in themselves it's you. In your love life: You may not now be getting what you think you want, but you are being offered what you need.
#Capricon Daily Prediction

Aquarius (Jan 22 - Feb 19)

Everyone knows that you can’t just walk around pushing any red buttons that come into your path. We just know that we mustn’t do it. Yet, we often make assumptions based on little more than convention. And, while conventions start for a reason, they often continue when they are no longer relevant. As the New Moon arrives and forms a conjunction with your ruler, it’s time to be bold. Push the envelope. Press the button. Challenge the assumption. At least one of your brightest ideas is not as crazy as it sounds. Go for it! In your love life: It’s not possible to be unbiased when viewing one’s own situation. Be wary of your own strongest views!
#Aquarius Daily Prediction

Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20)

I often write about guardian angels in my forecasts. They’re fascinating beings who live beyond our physical realm, and can’t experience things like pain or illness, financial pressures or stress. Perhaps this explains why they don’t always respond quite as quickly as we’d like. Which raises some questions. Why do they help us? What do they actually do? Well, this week they can whisper words of encouragement and support. Mercury turning direct is showing you where you have more resources than you think. In your love life: No law says you can’t put yourself into a state of abject angst and stay there. But you really don’t have to.
#Pisces Daily Prediction