Rockie Horoscope 33

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GENERAL FORECAST: We're not quite done with the traumatic Taurus trip, or better yet, the Bull isn't finished tossing us about. Before we get into Gemini on Saturday (10:50 a.m. PDT) let's assimilate what we learn from Thursday's full moon and the no-nonsense, cold-hearted Venus-Saturn conjunction. If you wake up angry Friday morning it's because Mercury and aggressive Mars have merged in Gemini; stay mad so you can learn more about a secretive matter when Mercury opposes Pluto that afternoon. Don't bother getting out of bed at all Saturday unless you want to deal with the wild and wacky world the Jupiter-Uranus square presents. But if you can awaken your higher mind and be willing to go where you never dared, then Saturday will turn into a red-letter day. Red, blood-red, is what you may see when Mars opposes Pluto in the afternoon. Nothing brings out the terrorist within as a challenging aspect between the planets of war and death. FYI: unpredictable Uranus turns retrograde on the 25th for five months; another reason to feel uneasy.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

A little discord is good for the Ram, it gets you out of whatever rut you're stuck in, but don't let information you uncover on Friday propel you into unchartered territory without knowing all the facts. Once every two years, when your Mars ruler opposes Pluto, ruler of the Dark Side, you tend to get sucked into a downward spiral that can take a year to crawl out of. Since Saturday's opposition occurs in your money houses, April Rams who are into buying, selling and trusting big boys with big bucks should watch out. March Rams should buckle up, also button up those libelous lips.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You, you, it's still about you. You're gonna miss this burst of glory when it finally fades. Will you miss the affection while your Venus ruler meets strict Saturn during the Buddha's full moon celebration? What else isn't forthcoming? More importantly, will you welcome the eye-opening change when expansive Jupiter in your sign tests unpredictable Uranus this weekend? And what are you planning to commit to when Jupiter joins Saturn for the start of their 20-year cycle on the 28th? More about you, wonderful you and the self-actualization thing?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Rapier wits have all day Friday to slash and burn with the best of the satirists. Cut down the opposition, thrust and parry with the powers that be while your Mercury ruler, reinforced by militant (often malicious) Mars, faces the Plutonic corruption. Your words won't have this powerful an effect for years. However, there's a chance you could be hurt too, so at a certain point in the attack, you'll probably bite your tongue. With surgical Mars in your sign, this is a good time to have your eyes or ears done.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

On one level, the potent Jupiter-Uranus square this weekend, could bring up an issue of friendship and money that only pertains to the two of you. On another, it can portend a societal trend that alters your relationship to a group much larger than your circle of friends. Where do you fit in and how is that niche about to change? Are you a Jet or a Shark? And will a casual push come to an abusive shove when Mars and powerful Pluto face off on Saturday? A more productive, prosperous pairing for Memorial Day weekend.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Keeping an open-mind, being willing to adapt to a new facet of a developing relationship is the best way to handle the surprise sprung by a rare Jupiter-Uranus square this weekend. This challenge can alter your job description, but it'll also bring opportunities that you didn't think were in your ballpark. More about the change next weekend when Jupiter and Saturn in your career midheaven merge. But right now, steel yourself for trouble with the landlord or within the family while Mars and Pluto are at odds.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Like Gemini, you'll rise to the heights of your intellectual and verbal prowess while your Mercury ruler is being incited by insightful Mars. Get straight to the very sharp point of a discussion, grow brave enough to dig for the root of a problem at home, but if there isn't one at the moment, you'll have the physical strength to dig up rotten roots in the garden. You could also learn something to improve your daily work/health routine, something that is cutting edge or as far-out spacy as you've gone to date.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Trust Libra to pull the most social forecast of the 12 signs. No matter what else happens when lucky Jupiter sparks interest in the new and unusual, you'll manage to make a festive occasion out of it, e.g. a welcome home party for E.T., a lunch to launch your website. Who winds up paying for the fun could turn into an issue to debate with great gusto. Since the ensuing discussion will be brilliant and eminently quotable, plan to dine out on the story for quite a while. Artistic and spiritual highs gathering for the Memorial Day weekend make a deep impression.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Once every two years when Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets, oppose each other, Scorpio can no longer avoid coming to grips with the part of your life that isn't working out. Well, this is the weekend you face your toxic self or an abusive or indolent partner, talk (Mars is in vocal Gemini) it out or move on. Since both rulers are in mobile, mutable signs, making an adjustment won't be especially difficult, even for a fixed "my way or the highway" sign such as yours. Fortunes will change, a new day dawns after the big holiday weekend.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Archers who are actively repenting, recharging their batteries or in rehab of some kind, could be under attack this weekend when militant Mars in Gemini opposes Pluto in Sag. This is terrorist tactic stuff, so be careful whom you antagonize, especially if you're on the road, the phone or the Net. Concurrently, finding out more about work and health matters, or the people who provide them, becomes all-important while your Jupiter ruler is being provoked by experimental Uranus. This week, new is better; not necessarily so next week.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Love will keep it together, no matter what unexpected expense pops up this weekend. You know what you value above all else, what provides emotional security in spite of the markets' rise and fall. Since you are also on a creative high -- that could peak as the month ends or start up anew; it goes either way while lucky Jupiter and your prudent Saturn ruler conjunct on the 28th -- why not concentrate on your art form and milk current astrological benefits for all they're worth? Now that's being practical, far-sighted, too.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

One by one, the planets in Taurus have been tweaking the essence of your "you-ness" as they've squared your Uranus ruler. They may have changed your plans and given you more family stuff to deal with, however, this week, prosperous Jupiter in that sensual, sensible earth sign can change your luck. It can also change the view from your back window. Any chance of moving on up? Whatever opportunity for growth that presents itself should be seized immediately and thought about later. Take a psychic or spiritual excursion over the Memorial Day weekend.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Friction in the family this week, a run-in with the powers that be at work, the little things that turn a peaceable Pisces into a shark with a helluva bite. If words are your weapons of choice, the astute Mercury-Mars merger in Gemini guarantees yours will cut deep and to the quick. This combination also makes for great reporting. However, fiction supercedes the facts next weekend when your imaginative Neptune ruler receives strong affirmations from the Gemini sun. Then you'll want to party like mad, make wild music and art, but still keep your intake in check.

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