Rockie Horoscope 20

February 18-24, 2000If you know your ascendant, read it too.GENERAL FORECAST: You're cutting it a little close if you haven't run your pre-Mercury retrograde errands by now or placed the calls and written to the people you need to reach. Although Mercury doesn't flip for real until Monday at 4:46 a.m., Friday can be fairly useless when it comes to taking care of business. The playful Leo moon goes void at 11:05 a.m; after that, why bother? You could accomplish quite a bit Saturday, what with that list-making Virgo moon urging you on, but because dreamy Pisces begins at 12:33 a.m. and the moon is full at 8:27 a.m., you should factor in the likelihood of full moon craziness. We trust you'll stay sane, but what about the tailor? Besides, there are other ways to have fun, plus spend lots of money when sensuous Venus (at the beginning of Aquarius) squares jolly Jupiter (at the beginning of Taurus) Friday. Those who weren't thrilled by Valentine's Day can have another shot at true romance and idealized love while Venus and Neptune merge at midnight on the 22nd. A shot at a Grammy, too?ARIES (March 20-April 19)Mars in your own sign is an energizing force, but because Mars contacts ephemeral Neptune on Friday, you might focus on an imaginative, spiritual project, not the perfection of your physical self. Mercury turning retrograde in Pisces Monday is also a laid-back phenomenon, so if you wind up in bed instead of the gym, so be it. And if you wind up in bed with your boss while Venus and Neptune, the great romantics conjunct on Tuesday, so be that, too. Consider the alternatives: the pursuit of art and beauty or a morbid fascination with the Grammys.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)More. Get used to saying it, getting it, wanting it. Expansive Jupiter in your sign is like having a growth hormone enpanding both the physical and metaphysical aspects of your nature. Although you may want to become a scholar or statesman in the near future, what you'll crave this weekend, as pleasure-loving Venus challenges generous Jupiter, is a lot of spare-no-expense stuff. Or, since your Venus ruler is in Aquarius, the sign of the reformer, you might funnel some assets into a political war chest.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)Your Mercury ruler turns retrograde in your Pisces midheaven, so matters related to career success and/or a parent will be on your mind for the next three weeks. Be doubly sure that the steps you take aren't pitfalls, and that you pay sufficient attention to detail. This is easier said than done, because, while in Pisces, Mercury tends to drift from pillar to post and get lost in abstractions along the way. Fun with a colleague, perhaps the beginning of a romance as together you dream the impossible dream.CANCER (June 21-July 22)Art history, shipbuilding, a class in Buddhism, any subject that takes you back in time or on to spiritual dimensions you have yet to explore can be a good (as in hassle-free) way to spend the three weeks Mercury is retrograde in your ninth house of foreign travel, religious study and higher education. Or, if you don't mind the inconvenience, you could take a cruise and pray that everything electrical and mechanical continues to work. Eros will find you whether you stay or sail away.LEO (July 23-August 22)Romance becomes a definite possibility while affable Venus tweaks your kittenish nature this weekend. So by the time Venus and imaginative Neptune merge in your Aquarius marriage house midweek, you could be hearing violins in the background and champagne corks popping all around. However, another kind of gambler, the cardshark or horseplayer, might count too heavily on Lady Luck to see them through this go-for-broke week. Anyway you chose to play the game, win or lose, you'll have a good time.VIRGO (August 23-September 22)During Pisces, you can become putty in the hands of a smarter partner, if there is such an animal. However, after you realize that you're being manipulated by another kind of mind set, one that doesn't dwell in a detail-driven universe, you may be able to put up a decent defense. Or, if the idea of acting like a 19th-century literary figure is that appealing, you could succumb to his or her Svengali-like ministrations and spend a few weeks living a Gothic romance. Or writing one.LIBRA (September 23-October 22)A good week, playful, creative and, if you're lucky when your Venus ruler challenges prosperous Jupiter (exact Friday at 9:04 a.m. PST,) lucrative, too. And if you're not, well, you won't miss the money that much. There are better things waiting for dedicated Libra romantics midweek while your loving Venus ruler merges with idealistic Neptune. This annual event is like a marriage whose vows are renewed every year; the beginning of a cycle of love, devotion, artistry and inspiration. Plus a glint of glamor. Not bad.SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)The likelihood of a sophisticated Scorpio being impressed by a celebrity in the neighborhood is normally nil, however, during Grammy week, yours could be one of the faces peering into the limo. Is it a desire to see fabulous outfits up close or the possibility that you'll be inspired to write a parody? The merger of popular Venus and musical Neptune in Aquarius can cap off a weekend filled with song, socializing and taking chances. Just be careful where you step when Mercury flips in icy Pisces Monday.SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)That "hail-fellow-well-met spirit" that sometimes overtakes the Centaur is running rampant right now. Be on the alert for too much sociability, too generous an attitude and too hearty an appetite. While pleasure-seeking Venus and your Jupiter ruler form a tense square, you can't say no and you don't get sufficient satisfaction to call it quits before you OD on your favorite goodie. What you can get, however, is lucky, especially if you spread enough of your own wealth, e.g., many lottery tickets are better than one.CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)If you were born in December, you'll find beautiful things to buy wherever you go this week; if it was in mid-January, beautiful things will seek you out. Birthdates in between can have a good time simply because the whole world is in a mood to celebrate, although, while magnanimous Jupiter is in Taurus, chances are the festivities will be at your house. Mercury goes retrograde in your sphere of communication, commuting, neighbors and siblings; expect delays, misunderstandings and mechanical meltdowns.AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)Gather ye rosebuds, candy and champagne -- this is a far better weekend for Valentine rituals than last weekend was. First of all, Venus and Jupiter, the happy-go-lucky duo, are pushing you to set records for luxurious pleasures, to be reckless in your pursuit of excess. Secondly, fanciful Neptune in your sign is lit so brightly that you don't need a spotlight to shine. You have become the cherished idol, the glamor puss in your crowd and, when Venus joins Neptune on Tuesday, the ideal (i.e., self-sacrificing) lover. Are you ready for this?PISCES (February 19-March 19)You could challenge Aquarius for the title of "ideal lover" since it's your Neptune ruler that is being fawned over, glamorized and idealized. Even if you don't have a significant other at the moment, you do have a "casual" friend willing to play a role, any role, in your life. See what happens when affectionate Venus meets Neptune midweek. Since Mercury is retrograde in Pisces for three weeks, going over stuff you've been through before, why not take a holiday from Piscean concerns and have a winter romance? And a happy birthday.Curious about the future? Order a personalized Transit Forecast (30 to 40+ pages) detailing the major themes and issues that will arise over the next 12 months. Send name, date, time and place of birth, plus a check or money order for $42.50 per report to ROCKIE GARDINER, 1021 N. Genesee Ave., #1, West Hollywood, CA 90046. http://www.rockiehoroscope.com.

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