Rockie Horoscope 32

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GENERAL FORECAST: By the end of the week we should see a clearing in the woods, light at the end of the tunnel. Could it be from the Taurus-Scorpio full moon on the 18th, a.k.a the Wesak festival celebrating Buddha's enlightenment? Until then, there's a lot going on, starting with a moment of divine inspiration as Mars trines Neptune Friday night. Think of Sir Gawain's search for the Holy Grail, not Buff Dude seeking Rave. A hit of spirituality will help you through the third and final square between Saturn, ruler of the status quo and the old economy, and Uranus governing the new econonmy, bestowing "power to the people." It's unlikely that the tension they generate will affect your Mother's Day plans, but if one of you wants the traditional brunch-thing and the other wants to name a star after her, you can see where the world is headed. Much indulgence Wednesday as Venus and Jupiter, bringing luck and luxury, meet; not so Thursday when Venus merges with straight-laced Saturn. The moon is full at 12:34 a.m. PDT Thursday.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

First get your bearings and then take off on flights of fancy. Mars, your ruling planet, in mobile Gemini reaches out to imaginative Neptune at the top of your solar chart. Glamorous Neptune accounts for allure actors and musicians have, and this weekend, you can project that kind of magic yourself. Friends and your finances are still not quite on target; however, there'll be plenty of bucks around when Venus and lucky Jupiter meet in your Taurus money house early Wednesday. What's coming in will be going out very soon. Be selective.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

During last July and November Saturn in your sign squared disruptive Uranus in your midheaven. Only you know if your career path took off in another direction. Something similar may occur this week as the planet of tradition and the planet of innovation test each other for the last time. Of course you are caught in the middle, looking for security, yet open to dramatic changes. The anxiety peaks Wednesday as your Venus ruler puts things on a very personal level when it also squares Uranus. Change your life; buy lottery tix early in the day.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Hornier than usual, or are you working it off? Mars, ruler of testosterone, is in Gemini until the June full moon. This weekend Mars and idealistic Neptune (in your house of sexual exploration) are on friendly terms, so you're apt to believe whatever you want about the magician/musician you meet. Your Mercury ruler reinforces those sentiments (which you should put into verse) when it, too, trines Neptune next Wednesday. Mercury crossing into your sign on Momma's Day can make you a bit manic; add that to the Martian machismo, and medicate accordingly.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

For Crabs and Capricorns, the theme of the full moon on the 18th turns out to be friends and lovers. A relevant matter that's been building since the Taurus new moon on the 3rd is coming to a head this week, but before it climaxes you'll have to make a few choices about where your future lies. This could be tough, the world is changing fast and Cancers are absorbing the diverse energies on a gut level. However, a well-motivated pal can assuage your doubts about a relationship, another may share a stroke of good luck, and the third could be primed for a sexual escapade.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Expect more along the lines of what has happened since the new moon on the 3rd. But if you aren't particularly worried, if your reputation is still intact and a career objective hasn't been altered, it's safe to assume that the Taurus trauma has passed you by. You might even receive something especially nice when Venus and Jupiter meet next Wednesday. However, Lions who are in the path of the stampeding Bull, those under considerable pressure, should chill until the full moon on the 18th highlights a challenging partnership issue to deal with.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

A reason to exert yourself this weekend, to get outdoors and play hard can turn into more of a spirtual Neptunian trip than you realize. For a cautious Virgin, you're feeling pretty adventurous these days. Since you'll have intellectual support mid-week, when your rational Mercury ruler trines Neptune, why not go for the rush of a physical challenge? Who knows? Chances are you could get lucky while en route to your next enlightening experience, and fall for the new guru, trail guide or flying instructor.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Sex, transformation and other people's money might be on your brain while your Venus ruler joins up with spendthrift Jupiter and prudent Saturn. Whether to cash out or put more into whatever you're trying to salvage is the question? The answer could come out of the blue, perhaps from your lover or offspring, when Venus squares innovative Uranus on Wednesday. This is a critical week, what with the Scorpionic full moon illuminating current financial and sexual matters as well as dropping clues about your mysterious future.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

You're headed for some sort of a showdown next weekend, but right now feel free to kick back. Even if you're not able to relax, you'll still enjoy a variety of people-pleasing activities with an assortment of attractive folks. Since your Taurus partnership house is so crowded with planets, expect some jostling for position and shifting of priorities as affectionate Venus concentrates on both the respectable and boisterous factors in your relationships. The full moon in Scorpio midweek might make you more emotional than you've been in a while.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

A few money-making ideas dropped during a heated conversation this weekend may pull you out of your sensual stupor. But not until Venus in your house of deep-tissue massage meets up with your Jupiter ruler early Wednesday. Why the planets of luck and luxuriousness change your daily routine or your relationship with a co-worker is not readily apparent, however, a couple of things you don't know about could be revealed during the secretive, sexy Scorpio full moon. Meanwhile, keep gathering the little things that make you feel good and the ones that mean a lot.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Experiences that bring pleasure upon pleasure, soul satisfaction and earthly delights may have to be put on hold until your Saturn ruler completes its complicated dance routine with erratic Uranus this weekend. This duo has been practising since last July, so you'll probably be glad to see the end of the sudden upsets in finances and feelings. Then you can devote yourself to the fun stuff, plus the promise of romance that comes along every year, whenever loving Venus and Saturn get together. This time, under a sexy Scorpio full moon.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Capricorns and Aquarians have been at it for months, even before the first time Saturn and Uranus, their respective ruling planets, formed a provocative square in July. The tension may have risen during the second square in mid-November (in time for the WTO protests in Seattle). This weekend is the last of the squares, and while your innate humanism and concern for fair play won't fade away, you won't feel as strongly that tradition and paternalism are standing in your way. Well, not as much. A change of heart on Wednesday, a sudden yen for something/someone different.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Restlessness may be the catalyst that gets you out of the neighborhood, away from siblings or housemates who are stuck in a rut. Where you'll celebrate Mother's Day could be problematic, but, as I was reminded on a recent "Seinfeld" rerun, "You've got the hand." Feisty Mars in Gemini trining your Neptune ruler gave it to you, so don't be afraid to use it. Consider writing with it when Mercury also trines Neptune on the 17th, something witty and pithy that goes along with the Gemini mind set. Dare I suggest you try to slow down?

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