The world is full of people who seem to think that they can teach us how to get what we want. 'Just repeat this affirmation,' they say, or 'positively visualise the result you want.' Why then, aren't we all getting what we want? Perhaps we are failing to allow for the possibility that what we truly want and what we say we want are different. If, for some perverse reason, we secretly want to feel angry, we will keep encountering new reasons to be cross. Today, it becomes possible to both expose and cure a hidden motive.


Franklin D Roosevelt once said, 'The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.' I quote him here with some reservation because he was a Democrat and I know there will be some Republicans amongst my American readership who feel instantly alienated by this. Yet there is nothing political about such a statement. It is a universal truth with which Nixon, Bush or Reagan would surely agree in full. Wherever you can hear a voice of hope in your life now, be sympathetic to this. The only important thing is to conquer your fear.


The world is full of people who like to feel as if they have the answer to every question. I suspect that I am speaking, right now, to one of them! So, if you've got the answer, why is it so difficult to apply? Could it be that someone, somewhere, is asking the wrong question? Or could it be that the most mooted answer originates from someone other than yourself? Perhaps you don't want to trust their answer and you would prefer to come up with one of your own. Consider the possibility that their answer is your answer too.


Some people will find fault with anything. As soon as one person opens their mouth, they are ready to pounce on anything that is said and subject whatever is said to callous criticism. When such negative remarks are cleverly phrased, they can be highly effective at undermining confidence. In the light of the aspersions that someone now seems to be casting, you are wondering whether you have made a poor choice. But perhaps the only poor choice today would be to choose to take any of that too seriously.


Yesterday, we quoted the ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu. He said, 'Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.' He went on to explain that this is because the more you know about your enemy, the easier it will be to annoy them to the point where they make mistakes that benefit you. He also went on to say that as long as you know yourself, you will do well enough. You know yourself today and thus, surely, you know yourself well enough to know that it is best to avoid seeing anyone as your enemy.


Halt! Who goes there? This forecast is for Virgos. Indeed, this is not a generic prediction for all who share your sign, it is for you. So, can we clear up a simple but crucial question? Is this you? Are you who you say you are? And do you not deserve the utmost respect? Others don't need to be told to show great deference today. Nor do they need to know that you are in receipt of reassurance from me. That's none of their business. But if you quietly convey your anticipation of best behaviour, you will see it.


'If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck but it needs batteries, you probably have the wrong abstraction.' Thus states the Liskov Substitution Principle, made famous some 30 years ago, by the American computer scientist, Barbara Liskov. She was keen to encourage her students to distinguish between semantic rather than syntactic relationships. You should be similarly wary today of an apparent problem. It isn't a duck - or a threat - to you. Look at it more closely and more critically.


Are you striving to resolve a moral dilemma? There are pros and cons to a proposition. As you weigh the positives against the negatives, you are becoming slightly confused about the best way to proceed. In an ideal world, you might be seeking an answer to an entirely different question. What a shame this is not an ideal world. Or perhaps it is? It is time to think again about what you are attempting to accomplish. There may yet be a way to achieve a desirable result without any undesirable consequences.


People who often have good ideas, soon learn that it is not always such a good idea to share that good idea. Even if it is a very good idea indeed, there will be someone somewhere who thinks that it is a good idea to challenge your good idea. It may well be that the only thing that's wrong with it is that it's your good idea and not their good idea. But if that's so, the really smart trick is surely to keep comparatively quiet and just gently nudge the other person into thinking of the same good idea on their own!


Let us all be in awe of the power of mind over matter. If we can make ourselves immune to a cause for concern, we can rise above it, can't we? In theory, all is simple. As long as we don't mind, it doesn't matter. But what if we are out swimming and a shark bites our leg? Can we swim free simply by persuading ourselves that those teeth are only tickling us? Of course, not. But if that self-deception puts us at our ease, we may then find the presence of mind to prise the creature's jaw open. Keep calm and carry on today.


The late great Spike Milligan is reputed to have said, 'money can't buy you friends but you do get a better class of enemy.' It is true that you can tell a lot about a person by establishing who their enemies are. And if someone claims to have no enemies? Perhaps they have no friends, either. You have choice, today, over whether you see a situation as a threat or an individual as an adversary. You also have the power to choose whether or not you feel intimidated. No amount of money makes a difference to that power.


The world is full of people who imagine that others have some advantage over them. There are millionaires who worry that other millionaires may be richer. Or supermodels who regret that they don't look quite as good as certain other supermodels. This tendency to be hypersensitive to what may be lacking is very natural and human but it absolutely doesn't mean that anything is actually lacking. Look, today, at what you fear you have not got. Then look again. You've got a lot more than you think.