Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts

Jonathan Cainer's Astro News
Friday February 28th 2003 - edited by Bernard Fitzwalter

This week in Astro News:
~ Mercury, Venus and Mars changes ~
~ AstroDiary ~

WHY is February only 28 days long?
It’s because of the ancient Roman calendar – based on lunar cycles, and started on the new moon in March. This made the years uneven in length, so February was lengthened or shortened to suit. Sometimes it had only 24 days! The modern solar calendar keeps it steady at 28 or 29.

Three planets change signs in the next few days. Mercury moves from Aquarius into Pisces, Venus moves into Aquarius out of Capricorn, and Mars moves into Capricorn, just after Venus has left.

The planets provide background mood for us. This mood changes according to how the planets react to the signs they are in. Mercury enjoys being in Aquarius, because it is a thinking-and-talking planet, and Aquarius is a very crisp and logical sign. Mercury is much less happy in Pisces – in fact, he is at his weakest here. Pisces is much less logical, and more emotional, so Mercury finds himself getting bogged down. What this means is that politicians speaking with Mercury in Pisces say things which are less clearly argued, and rely on emotion rather than facts for their impact.

Venus’ affections are cooled in Aquarius, as they were in Capricorn, so there’s no real change there, but Mars in Capricorn is massively different from the way he was in Sagittarius. Mars in Capricorn is at his strongest, able to throw his weight around. He is god of war, remember, and in Capricorn he has both the authority and the opportunity he has been waiting for. A strong Mars and a Mercury that can’t think straight are a destabilising combination in world politics.

ASTRODIARY with Adam Smith

Monday (Mar 3): From Grail Romance to Revelations, Cat Cox. Astrological Lodge of London
50 Gloucester Place, W1. 7pm. £6 (£3 members);

Tuesday (Mar 4): Suffolk Astrological Society, Black Boy, Guildhall Street, Bury St. Edmunds.
“The Synastry Grid”, 7:45pm. £3.50/£2.50.

Please double-check with the organisation before attending any events listed here - we cannot accept any responsibility for events changed/cancelled.

Are you holding an astrological event - especially one outside London!! - that you would like others to know about?
Send your diary events to Adam at with subject heading: Astro Events with website links.
Please note - we cannot promise to include ALL submissions but will do our best.

Researcher Seeking Assistance

Graham Douglas is carrying out research into possible astrological relationships between the births of siblings in the same family. He is looking for sets of birth data for complete sets of brothers and sisters
of any age. If you are able to help please include date, time and place of birth, gender of the child,
and (if known) whether or not the birth was natural or induced in any way.
A report of the findings will be sent to anyone who requests it, when the investigation is completed.
The email address to contact is Many Thanks for your help.

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