Taurus

Your June Monthly Forecast: 'Where are you going to little brown mouse? Come and have tea in my log pile house!' says Snake to the rodent hero in Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo. In this tale, the mouse invents a clever excuse and continues safely on his way. But, perhaps in your own story, you've found yourself waylaid by a less than ideal situation. Don't fear that your plans are scuppered. Your ruler's returning to your sign this month. The perfect reason to leave your difficulties behind, get on your way and reach your preferred destination, is forming as we squeak, er speak!

Leo

Your June Monthly Forecast: Are you brave or foolish? Are you heroic or crazy? Actually, you're all these things rolled into one. All great success stories involve an element of blind luck! Those who steer clear of risk can never know the true taste of triumph. I'm really not trying to suggest that you ought to take wild gambles this month. You've already taken enough of these in recent weeks. But you can (and should) be less worried about how things will turn out. The Solstice is coming. June heralds the time to benefit from the positive steps you've been taking.

Virgo

Your June Monthly Forecast: As I write your forecast, I'm listening to the sultry sounds of Marty O'Reilly. But he's not singing from the stereo, he's standing a few feet away from me, both guitar and audience in the palm of his hand. This may seem like a strange place to be writing your horoscope, but sometimes, I want to feel inspired, it helps to be in an inspiring setting. When we experience the possibilities of limitless imagination, we can abandon the doubts that curtail us. This month, to be your best, surround yourself with the best that others can offer.

Capricorn

Your June Monthly Forecast: Regrets are often a product of insufficient amounts of time. Usually, with enough of this resource, we make the right decisions... we're able to ruminate, pontificate and deliberate to our heart's content. Any decisions we make are based on the careful consideration of all available evidence, so even if they lead to difficulty, we're assured they represent our best endeavours. When we're rushed we rely on instinct, and then we may come to wish we'd done things differently. This month, don't allow haste to become your master.

Libra

Your June Monthly Forecast: What do we need to find our way through a moral maze? A moral compass. When do compasses give false readings? When they're close to a powerful source of magnetism. Then the pointer swings emphatically towards a false signal. But it doesn't tell us what it's doing. We march forward, confident that we're heading north, whilst all the time a precious principle is heading south! This month, there's a Full Moon conjunct Saturn, just as Jupiter turns direct in your sign. You'll be fine, as long as you keep checking your direction.

HOROSCOPES BY JONATHAN CAINER

With the Solstice, and increased Lunar powers, June is an exciting month for astrologers. But it's the end of this particular June that has caught this astrologer's eye. The Mercury-Mars conjunction links to Jupiter and Neptune and opposes Pluto. It speaks of powerful ideas leading to dramatic action... of our minds being free to help us embark on an inspiring journey. This would be compelling at any time but, in a Solstice month, possibilities begin to look more like certainties.

Pisces

Your June Monthly Forecast: June is a very exciting time for Pisceans. Not only does the Mercury-Mars conjunction form a T-square focused on your traditional ruler Jupiter, but first it forms a harmonious trine with your modern ruler Neptune. That's the astrological equivalent of jumping on a bed - not only can it energise you and provide more than a little excitement, but should you stumble in your haste, there's a soft landing to catch any fall. This month, follow your ideas along whichever road they choose to take you along. Your heart will tell you when you've found your way.

Scorpio

Your June Monthly Forecast: Have I told you about the 'two wolves'? They often enter my thoughts when a sign's two ruling planets are in opposition. In Native American cultures, it's said that we all have two wolves battling within us. One represents hope and the other fear. It's said that the wolf who eventually wins is the one you have chosen to feed. But your two heavenly commanders symbolise strength, resilience and the ability to overcome adversity. These are the qualities available to you this month. But only if you choose to nourish them.

Aquarius

Your June Monthly Forecast: How clever are you? Events this month will prove that you're clever enough to understand that there's such a thing as being too clever. People who ask endless questions end up complicating simple matters and turning obvious decisions into tiresome debates. If we think too hard about any matter, we can confuse ourselves. As Venus conjuncts your modern ruler and the Full Moon conjuncts your traditional ruler, you'll be smart enough to see that there's already been enough discussion. The answer you're looking at is the right one. Trust it!

Cancer

Your June Monthly Forecast: June brings the Solstice, the moment the Sun enters your sign. I've spoken before about how the Solstice is like the Sun's birthday and that, like the Queen, it has two. Its return to Cancer means there's a third birthday to celebrate soon - yours! Your Solar return also heralds the annual New Moon in its own sign. All this adds up to a month of positive new beginnings and exciting renewal. It's time to put into practice the ideals you're emotionally tied to, yet have been powerless to impose. Live life wholeheartedly, and start as you mean to go on.

Sagittarius

Your June Monthly Forecast: Various traditions tell us different stories about how the world was made. But, no matter how deep you dig, you'll never find the answer to the most important mystery of creation. On the day of the 'big bang' - or the summoning of the light - or the awakening of the spirits, what was the Supreme Being wearing? We don't know! And if we don't know that, how can we be sure of anything else? It may feel as if the month of June is asking you a similarly unanswerable question. Don't waste any precious time trying to answer it. Let it be.

Aries

Your June Monthly Forecast: How can any of us tell whether we're really being wise or foolish? We may imagine that we'd be foolish if we didn't strive to be wise. But can any of us ever really say what represents true wisdom? And if we can't be sure of the answer to that, how can it possibly be wise to seek wisdom? What if we allow ourselves to do something silly and it turns out to have been eminently sensible? Yet, as Mercury conjuncts your ruler in T-square with Jupiter, one thing's for sure this month: you'd be most unwise to think of yourself as foolish!

Gemini

Your June Monthly Forecast: When cartoonists depict someone having a brilliant idea, they draw them with a light-bulb above their head. It's a bit of a cliche but it gets the point across. Sometimes, life's like this. In a sudden moment of understanding, restless confusion gives way to joyous clarity. Now, as your ruler Mercury passes through your sign, what do you think I want to predict is in store for you this month? How big and bright is the realisation that you're about to arrive at? So big that when it dawns on you you may feel like you need to wear sunglasses.

Aquarius

Your Week Ahead: The theorist Pierre Bourdieu argued that once something's invested with value, its capital can be appropriated by anyone. The challenge is when those things are ideologically charged; because it takes more than just physical force to overcome them. Instead, they must be negotiated and carefully dismantled. But some people recognise that ideological weight is a benefit, rather than a hindrance. Rather than dismantle a problem altogether this week, a small shift will enable you to flip a situation entirely to your advantage.Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Take a look at the world around you. What do you see? Do you see a place that's beautiful, peaceful, and full of opportunities? Or do you see one full of conflict, division, and sadness? The problem is that both are true. And, what's more, we can't have one without the other. You've been craving peace and stability. Recently, it's been feeling like you've had more than your fair share of strife. If you can be courageous this week, and face that one issue you've been trying to avoid, you'll be surprised at the fortune it brings you.

Cancer

Your Week Ahead: There's a moment, in all the best superhero movies, when disaster strikes - and everything goes into slow motion. Meanwhile our action hero is working at superhuman speeds to catch the falling plane, or turn back the hands of time to avert catastrophe. This may be the stuff of fiction, but you can do something strikingly similar this week. The New Moon, and a plethora of planets in your sign, exert a powerful influence, setting your mind into overdrive and empowering you to get things done. Make the most of your super powers!Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Sometimes it seems as if we spend so much of our lives being stressed, tense and frantically busy that it feels as if that's all life's about. An endless series of hoops to be jumped through. As soon as we finish one task, before we've had time to celebrate or even blink, it's on to the next. You've been feeling particularly worn down recently. But don't worry! Change is on the horizon. And after all the hard work you've done, it's going to feel so much better. It's worth remembering that a little rain really makes us appreciate the sunshine.

Sagittarius

Your Week Ahead: You have a lot in common with Sherlock Holmes. Something doesn't add up, and you're inclined to investigate. You don't know where the clues will lead, but you're prepared for whatever you uncover. Aren't you? New information can't be returned once you know it. You might even be better off not knowing what you currently don't know! Might you regret ever asking? Actually, the only thing you'll regret is that you spent so long in the dark. The knowledge you can gain is powerful. Like our detective, use it wisely.Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: You're at a bit of a loss. You're wondering why you got yourself into this situation. People who care, either called you brave, or tried to warn you off. But sometimes we have to follow our hearts. And now you find yourself at the mercy of the very difficulty that has beset all those who tried before. Now, even you are set to call it a day, pack everything up and head home. But there's a nagging feeling in your stomach. That feeling is the reason you'll persevere. Because it stems from the reason you began this journey. You will achieve your goal.

Pisces

Your Week Ahead: Is there someone who inspires you to greater things? Or drives you to utter distraction? Sometimes they can be one and the same person! And what about you: how do you influence your nearest and dearest? Naturally we all hope to be a positive force, encouraging others to scale greater heights. But might our actions sometimes hold others back? The New Moon highlights these key questions. If you can put aside what you might be receiving, and concentrate on what you have to give, the rewards, this week, will be tangible.Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: There's a wonderfully generous side to you that the cosmos is accentuating this week. I almost don't want to tell you about it, because it's important not to overthink it. The only way to give, is to give it your all. If you feel tempted to second-guess the results of your kindness, focus instead on the gestures you're going to be making. Live in the moment and enjoy the act of giving for its own sake. If you can present the gifts you offer with a smile, you'll be glad that you did. The difference you make can create a palpable glow.

Gemini

Your Week Ahead: A skilled negotiator is capable of settling outcomes to the mutual benefit of both parties. Not only do they secure success for themselves, but their negotiating partner is far more likely to do business with them again. Underhand tactics and one-upmanship only undermine potential future successes. Of course, mutually satisfying results aren't easy to achieve. Whilst your path to success seems shrouded in uncertainty, be reassured this week. As your ruler links to mysterious Neptune, a compromise is a real possibility.Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Batcat, our kitten, is a constant work in progress. First it was getting him used to his new surroundings. Then it was training him out of biting our ankles. And, we spent more time and money than I care to admit, stopping him from fouling the lawn. Then, the moment we had him house-trained, he disappeared. After several days of searching, we were reunited. But, it has taught us to appreciate the cat we have, rather than pine for the one we wanted. This week, you too may realise that you already have much of what you desire.

Scorpio

Your Week Ahead: When people want to justify their actions, they might say that they were 'left with no choice'. Or 'there was nothing else I could do'. Sometimes this is true, but such circumstances are rarer than you'd think. In most cases, people say these things because they weren't aware of other options. They took the only road they could see. Bear this in mind this week. Your internal satnav is guiding you along one route, but if you can simply take another, deeper look, you'll you see alternative, interesting roads.Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Sometimes, it feels as if there's no way out of a humdrum situation. You've tried to change it, but your efforts have been to no avail. We can all too easily then assume that the only option is to carry on, resigned to the fact that it will continue. This decision is often borne out of emotional exhaustion. But, the truth is, that if you think nothing can be done, then that's what will happen - nothing. The planets provide a moment to seize initiative, and put your powers of creativity into action. Take a leap of faith and you'll take a leap into a happier future.

Taurus

Your Week Ahead: It's a very different experience to interact with my three-year-old than engage with anyone older. There are no filters. There's no manipulation (yet!) or hidden message. He simply says what he thinks, and asks for what he wants. And most of the time that's biscuits. That doesn't always mean he's easy to deal with - often enough, he's already had enough biscuits and won't be allowed more. But, as with most things in life, he's already worked out that if he doesn't ask, he won't get. This week, don't be afraid to give voice to your desires.Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: We become less open to change the more comfortable we are. But when we find ourselves feeling content, in a situation that's less than we deserve, this habit doesn't always spell happiness. The protective coat you're hiding behind, may well disguise the fact that you're feeling vulnerable. But it doesn't change the fact that you are. Though you might not always want to reveal it, your susceptibility is an asset. By showing your true feelings, you can improve your current condition, and transform a relationship for the better.

Aries

Your Week Ahead: It's time to check your priorities. Do you know when to jump into the fray and when to take a step back? Of course, jumping in headfirst has its benefits, but there's also much to be gained from watching and waiting. This week, as your ruler Mars makes dynamic connections, it's a time when you need to look before you leap. By all means, be at the ready, but remember that some fires just die out on their own. An apparent obstacle is really just a significant signpost directing you towards an easier route to success.Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: As we grow older, it can be harder to accept the concept to 'forgive and forget'. Is it a sign of strength or of weakness to absolve someone who has wronged you, broken your trust or betrayed you? There's another expression after all, 'Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me'. What if we forgive and forget only to be hurt again? The problem is that relationships aren't straightforward. And sometimes, complex emotional processes take longer to work out than we'd like. Be aware of that this week. Take your time.

Leo

Your Week Ahead: Some people try to reduce experiences to black and white. They need everything to make sense �" which can sometimes involve flattening not only the truth, but the experience itself. Paradoxically, in their quest to make sense of the world, they often end up distorting it more than clarifying it. The truth is that life's not straightforward! The New Moon suggests it's time to reconsider some things you take as absolute in your life. Few things truly are. In re-evaluating your assumptions you might discover something truly remarkable.Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Harsh but fair. Cruel but kind. These may be 'truisms' - but are they always true? Generally, if you want to be fair, you don't have to be harsh. And, cruelty rarely equates to kindness. There's a much better way to live. That's to be fair, kind and generous - even when you don't feel like it. When you share the generous side of your nature, people reciprocate. Compassion grows and spreads, and is the best way of turning sadness into happiness. You don't have to hide from a challenging situation. There's an obvious way to turn things round: lead by example.

Capricorn

Your Week Ahead: Some people live to argue. They'll pick holes in anything and everything just to get a rise. It's exhausting, and destructive for them and for everyone around them too. Conflict breeds conflict. The more people fight, the more they're inclined to. They get addicted to scoring arbitrary, meaningless points, and to that false sense of 'victory'. The New Moon brings a time of intense and powerful energy. It's yours to harness as you choose. If you can channel that energy productively, you'll be delighted with the results this week.Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: How many times have we been told that the world would be a beautiful place if everyone could set aside their differences and just get along? And, that love has the ability to end war, discrimination, and hate? That we should skip around telling people how wonderful they are, and how grateful we are to have them in our lives? That we should be trusting, open, and giving? Wouldn't that be wonderful? OK, I can't promise utopia, that life's going to reach these dizzying, unrealistic heights. But things are definitely looking up.

HOROSCOPES BY JONATHAN CAINER

Following the New Moon in Cancer, the sign of the crab remains the centre of attention for the heavens as it hosts the Sun, Mars and Mercury. Mars and Mercury are particularly active as both make harmonious trine angles with dreamy Neptune, before lining up opposite mysterious Pluto in a dynamic T-square with adventurous Jupiter. For many, this heralds a trip on an emotional rollercoaster. But it's the kind of thrill-ride that has queues extending around the block. This week, life's more fun when you sit at the front!

Virgo

Your Week Ahead: For the caterpillar, transforming into a butterfly is a natural event. For the rest of us, our transformative potential requires a little bit more work. Still, it's there. Often, though, we take for granted our ability to create and forget we have this amazing potential. We all have as much natural drive to be creative as the caterpillar has the biological imperative to build a chrysalis. Add some determination to your imagination and it won't matter if you lack the materials you need. Your innate creativity will see you through.Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: 'Fools rush in where angels fear to tread' wrote Alexander Pope. Of course, we know how love can make us act foolishly, so it should come as no surprise when we're consumed by emotion, and begin navigating paths that might be better left unexplored. I don't know about you, but I've never been attracted to angels though. Giant feathery wings protruding from someone's back seem a bit off-putting to me! So maybe there's something to be said for exploring what you feel comfortable with and attracted to. Don't be in a hurry this week.

Libra

Your Week Ahead: Librans like to play devil's advocate. This can make it difficult for people to work out where you stand. And it can make folk think twice about confiding their troubles - because when they reveal how they've been wronged, you often see the reasoning behind the cause of their upset. This isn't a quality to be ashamed of, though - it's an essential step in resolving conflicts. Yet sometimes you must be seen to pick a side and declare a position. This week, don't be shy about making your views known. Pursue that idea you're passionate about.Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: If you asked one hundred people who they thought were the greatest lovers of all time, I bet the majority would say Romeo and Juliet. The balcony scene, with the famous line - 'Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo' - is iconic. But she isn't asking where he is. She's asking what he is. What makes Romeo 'Romeo'? It's pure lack of knowledge being articulated. Often, what we take to be romantic disappears when viewed through a practical lens. Don't question anything too meticulously this week; just take life as it comes.

Aquarius

You've been letting something get under your skin. It's been niggling away at you, and it's finally done it. You can't get it out of your head, and your stress levels are mounting. Try, if you can, to take a step back from the person or situation causing such mental mayhem. It's worth re-evaluating. Often, from a distance, it's hard to see why we were so stressed in the first place. It's the narrow, focused approach that gives something a presence that it has no right to have. A slight change in perspective can have a big effect today.

HOROSCOPES BY JONATHAN CAINER

I'm writing this from a little family getaway on the west coast of Ireland. And while the weather could be better, the wonderful welcome I've received, plus the spectacular countryside, have reminded me of how much I love travelling, and how valuable it is to get away. But the weekend's astrological events may have made more than just my own feet itch. Passionate Mars squared off with adventurous Jupiter, suggesting that we'd all benefit from broadening our horizons.

Libra

It's OK to admit that life isn't perfect. And, it's important to remember that things aren't always what they first seem. From a distance, a bird resembles an airplane. And, the shadowy fingers reaching across your childhood window were only ever shadows made by trees. So, the situation you're worried about isn't as bad as you think. It might not be anything to worry about at all. You just need more information. The cosmos is asking for patience today. Take a closer look before making any decisions.

Virgo

Your situation is so delicate that you feel as if you're carrying the world on your shoulders. And what capable shoulders the planet has chosen to carry it! Who would be better suited to this task than you? Your unique cocktail of intelligence, instinct and intrepidity assures your success. That said, the pressure you're under can do nothing but slow you down. Take stock of the situation and remind yourself that the world's not truly at risk today. The stakes are much lower than that. You can afford to relax a little.