Jonathan Cainer Zodiac Forecasts

January 17th to January 22th 2005

MONDAY January 17
No Thought for the Day

TUESDAY January 18

Saturn is a traditional symbol of 'restriction and difficulty'. Recently, though, we have all seen gorgeous images of Titan, Saturn's moon. These seem to inspire awe rather than fear, respect rather than resentment. Maybe we will come to see Saturn differently in the light of those photographs. Maybe too, we will all eventually develop a wiser, wider understanding of life's problems. And er... for the record, I think space missions like this are wonderful. I only object to the idea of firing a bomb at a comet, just to see what it's made of. That seems unnecessarily violent.

WEDNESDAY January 19
Sedna symbol

On New Year's Eve, I asked Jools Holland to imagine waking up one morning to find a new note on his piano. Since the discovery of Sedna, astrologers face a similar challenge. We can already tell a lot about what the new planet governs but we are still deciphering aspects of its meaning. We are also discussing how to note it down. Every planet has to have a hieroglyph that can be scribbled on to a horoscope. I've been using an S in a circle but Sedna deserves a more elegant symbol.

THURSDAY January 20
Project Deep Impact and Tsunami emails

Dear Jonathan,
I must correct your statement about the Americans aiming a bomb at a comet. Project Deep Impact is simply a heavy chunk of metal equipped with a series of motors. These will put the impactor in the path of the comet. This will form a crater when the comet smashes into it.

Dear Jonathan,
200,000 people just died, largely because Science was too busy exploring the pretty methane seas on Titan to bother understanding how to detect and warn against the Earth's own tectonic corrections. Isn't it time we altered our priorities?

FRIDAY January 21
Copernicus and Hipparchus ancient astronomers

Many people say Copernicus was the first astronomer to insist that Earth goes round the Sun but actually, an ancient Greek called Hipparchus knew this too. Sadly, the libraries containing his careful observations were destroyed in battles long ago. In a Naples museum though, a seven foot statue shows Atlas carrying a globe of the night sky. Researchers now realise that the constellations on that globe exactly match the sky as Hipparchus would have seen it. So not all his work has gone forever. It really does seem as if ancient lost knowledge is returning to us at last.

SATURDAY January 22
Full Moon comment

These days, most streets and cities have lights that glare so strongly, you can hardly see the sky. Only the Full Moon shines intensely enough to make itself noticed at night. Throughout history, though, the Full Moon was the only source of natural, nocturnal illumination. It is brighter than a 15 watt lightbulb on the ceiling of your living room. That's more than enough to work by, play by, travel by and get up to mischief by. The Full Moon also famously brings out hidden passions, deep emotions and anxious imaginings. This may be why it is linked in legend to witches, werewolves and vampires. The Moon is now rapidly waxing. It will be 'officially full' at 10.32am on Tuesday morning. Watch out, this week, for things that seem crazier or more worrying than they actually are.

THE MOON enters Cancer today at 10.42am. It will move into Leo on Monday at 11.21pm. On Thursday, at 11.24am, it will enter Virgo.

This week's Full Moon takes place in the sign of LEO. There is drama ahead, not just for this sign but for those born under ARIES and SCORPIO too. Mars and Pluto are making a biennial conjunction. Big problems can be solved soon.


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