Jonathan Cainer Zodiac Forecasts


PREVIOUS THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
December 11th to 17th December 2006


MONDAY December 11
Do signs live on with our spirits?

Hi Jonathan,
Do our spirits keep the same signs when they are reborn into different lives?
Roger

Dear Roger,
Astrology is a belief system. So is re-incarnation. It is quite possible to believe in one but not the other. I don't think we 'end' when we leave our bodies, but I doubt whether we 'come back' in quite the way that many people imagine. And I sometimes think that, 'I'll do it next lifetime' is the ultimate excuse for procrastination while, 'I'm paying for what I did last time' is often used to justify a sense of unnecessary helplessness.


TUESDAY December 12
Science Fiction

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am working on a series for Channel 4, to be presented by Professor Richard Dawkins, who is questioning the rationality of astrology. May we use a shot of Jonathanís column to illustrate our item?
Best wishes
Lindsey

Dear Lindsey,
Professor Dawkins believes that everything can be explained by logic and science. By adopting the demeanour of an unassailable academic, Dawkins misleads millions into accepting this entirely unproven assumption. I do not endorse his campaign to treat the irrational as irrelevant and to purge our planet of mystery, magic, love, loyalty, inspiration, intuition, spirituality and faith!


WEDNESDAY December 13
As I was saying...

In France, they call it "l'esprit d'escalier". Itís not really the "wit of the staircase", more the moment when, after an intense conversation, you realise what you SHOULD have said. Yesterday, I wrote about skepticism. Later, it dawned on me that two little words would have more eloquently illustrated the magic that unprovable belief and illogical tradition can create. Two more words might have amply demonstrated the effect of any mission to debunk and demistify. What a shame itís too late for those words now. Itís not? Well, OK. The first two are "Merry Christmas". The next? "Bah, Humbug!"

THURSDAY December 14
Addicted

People take heroin because they are emotionally disturbed not because they think it will help them have more fun at parties. Once addicted, they can think of nothing but their next fix and will do whatever it takes to afford it. Up to 500,000 British people could soon be in this terrible state. I predict the Suffolk killer will be identified within weeks and that prostitution will be fully legal within years. I wish I could predict, with the same confidence, when we will invest in proper detoxification and rehabilitation for our growing population of desperate heroin and methadone addicts

FRIDAY December 15
Alcohol is a problem too

Yesterday I wrote about heroin addiction. Several readers have pointed out that alcohol makes just as many people miserable but that it is somehow considered Ďnormalí. A reader called Claudine suggests that if addiction stems from emotional disturbance in childhood, society should invest in better support for parents. In 2007, I predict, these and other difficult topics will begin to get some enlightened discussion.

Iím taking next week off, so that I can look more closely at what else the coming year has in store. My colleague Kathryn Cassidy, will write your predictions from Monday to Friday.


SATURDAY December 16
Your Week Ahead

The trouble with Christmas is that it only has to be good once. If, as a child, you have a delightful experience, you end up feeling as though that can happen again... and again. It takes lot of harsh reality before you really start to notice that your hope is far fetched. Conversely, once you have one disappointing Christmas, all future Christmases become events to dread. The planets this year, speak of no reason why we can't all have a wonderful holiday. This week's predictions, though, are especially dedicated to those who, for one reason or another, are anxious rather than excited about what's in store.

SUNDAY December 17
Your Week Ahead

The trouble with Christmas is that it only has to be good once. If, as a child, you have a delightful experience, you end up feeling as though that can happen again... and again. It takes lot of harsh reality before you really start to notice that your hope is far fetched. Conversely, once you have one disappointing Christmas, all future Christmases become events to dread. The planets this year, speak of no reason why we can't all have a wonderful holiday. This week's predictions, though, are especially dedicated to those who, for one reason or another, are anxious rather than excited about what's in store.

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