Rockie Horoscope 31

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GENERAL FORECAST: Excess of damn near everything. All those planets in Taurus gang up this week and magnify both the good (productive) and bad (gluttunous) qualities of this fixed earth sign. Going too far, counting on luck and a huge fortune to save your soul is typical behavior when the sun and enthusiastic Jupiter conjunct. What to expect when they meet Sunday night in the sign of the Treasury? Mercury joins the dynamic duo on Monday, so the ideas you receive during this sun-Mercury-Jupiter meeting can have far-reaching philosophical and financial impact. Mercury conjuncts serious-minded Saturn on Tuesday at the same time the messenger squares unpredictable Uranus. Saturn and the sun combine their forces on Wednesday and bring a restrictive presence to the scene. Meanwhile, the sun is also squaring that renegade Uranus, provoking more protests, disruptions, maybe an explosion or two. The merrie month of May...

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

A confluence of planets in your Taurus money house is almost too much to consider. Once the sun joins generous Jupiter on the 7th a time, Mercury's meeting with the giant planet as well as the sun on Monday helps you put the proper words out there. However, when Mercury conjuncts Saturn on Tuesday, your hopes could be dashed by a heavy dose of conservatism. More restrictions on the 10th, with a bit of a shock thrown in, simply because the sun is squaring electric Uranus at the same it conjuncts Saturn. If you make it to Mother's Day without blowing up, you should be fine.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Will the Taurus new moon on the 3rd, along with the five other planets in your sign, turn you into some sort of avatar, a new-age edition of the Buddha? With so much emphasis on the beauty and power of being a Bull, the prosperity and optimism that comes from having protective Jupiter in your sign and the promise of peace, it'll be quite the surprise if your boss, crazy parent or a government agency pulls the rug out from under you. Since you are giving your best, it's only fair to ask for the same in return.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Retire or hide out, at least until you receive advice from the Ascended Masters or your local guru. What you hear, think or relate to on the 9th, when your Mercury ruler meets protective Jupiter and the productive Taurus sun, is what you should be doing from that moment on. Things could get nutso by Tuesday night, but we're counting on Gemini's insightful analysis to break through the logjam created by the preponderance of planets in Taurus. Mercury entering your sign on Mother's Day should speed things up, more to your liking.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Exactly what are your "hopes and wishes" for this lifetime, and who are the friends who share them? A similar question could have a greater impact on your life than you imagine. After the seven personal planets congregate in your house of friendship and social goals on the 3rd, you may have to make a choice, get off the fence or at least get out of the house, and identify with groups that are actively shaping the future of your home planet. This is when you decide how much a citizen of the world you really are. Heavy Taurus stuff.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Expansion, communication, consolidation and, just when you think you've got it together, disruption. This is the path your sun ruler takes as it conjuncts magnanimous Jupiter, clever Mercury and hard-working Saturn in Taurus in your career midheaven. And then, out of the blue, the sun squares (and you are shaken by) rebellious Uranus in your house of partners. Freedom now!, but for whom? These forces are too powerful to stop, so why not see where the chips fall, pick up what you can and get back into the game? Or look around for another? You got the power.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

The tremendous pressure being exerted by all those planets in Taurus aren't geared to stressing the Virgin out. Instead they are rewarding you, making it easy to learn or to turn into a dedicated traveler. If along the way you pick up a few bargains -- this is practical earth energy, after all -- that's a good thing. You could become divinely inspired on the 8th when your Mercury ruler merges with Jupiter and the sun; this rare and precious meeting may signal the start of something both educational and immensely pleasurable.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Another weekend of dreaming the impossible dream, hoping beyond hope and all those hyper-romantic activities you get off on when your Venus ruler and idealistic Neptune square. Dare I mention Neptune, alcohol and drugs, or are you hip to the connection by now? Money pours in when the sun and generous Jupiter align on the 7th; it's put to good (i.e. productive, but not particularly enjoyable) use on the 10th when strict Saturn demands payment. Steel yourelf for a surprise on Mother's Day. Que sera, sera.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

October Scorpions are so ready for romance, one with all the frills and none of the chills (yet), plus they don't have to look outside the neighborhood or leave the computer to find an artistic and charming lover. November birthdates are up for the shock of the new, the weird, the rebel with a long list of causes. If you haven't met your mate or you're dying for a change, make yourself presentable and open the door. With so many planets -- each representing one or two signs -- in your partnership house, someone is bound to be ripe for the plucking.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

It, the conjunction of the sun and your Jupiter ruler, only happens once a year, and because each year it takes place in another sign of the zodiac, each time is different. This is the weekend they meet in Taurus, the place of great pleasure and pain. It's been 12 years since you were this sensitized to sensual stimulation, however, mental Mercury gets into the act and makes the event more of a mind fuck than it need be. Even if you're busy spouting the wisdom of the ages, don't blow off the massage or anything else that makes you feel good.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Young lovers, kids and the games you play enliven your Taurus house of fun, romance and risk. They also can raise the stakes and make recreation a more important factor in your life. As the sensuous Taurus sun, prosperous Jupiter and resourceful Mercury merge with your rock solid Saturn ruler, you'll tend to your garden, play in the Garden or grow a hobby into a business. Buying a team, coaching a Pop Warner team, making more babies for the hometeam? An unusual way to pay for so much productivity pops up next weekend.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Considering a career in real estate, the restaurant biz or a mom and pop type shop, say a flower farm? Seven planets at the bottom of your chart, the place where you lay your foundation, could be exerting undue influence. The last time Aquarians were under such pressure was 1962, before most of you were alive. Those who were might recall how radical things were, how swiftly the changes went down. Back then seven planets were in your sign, and your Uranus ruler in Leo opposed them all. Now Uranus is in your sign, challenged by seven Bulls, some laid-back, some snorting and raring to bust out.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Like Libra, you can't resist the temptation this weekend to go all gooey while Venus and your dreamy Neptune ruler square. Chances are, you can't resist any temptation, not even the one to overdress. But you probably won't have to deny yourself once Neptune turns retrograde on the 8th for the summer. There's a lot to distract you now, to keep you up on the news, perhaps even to make some of it yourself. Writers, salespeople, anyone with media tie-ins, can extend their influence over their audience in the next ten days.

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