Rockie Horoscope 37

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GENERAL FORECAST: It's only one week until Mercury flips (5:30 a.m. on the 23rd), so get those annoying, but essential chores done and errands run. You don't want to be dependent on wheels that won't turn, electronic gear that is dying, plus all the familiar communication hassles of Mercury retrograde. If you're trading up and buying service contracts, do it ASAP. The same goes for signing anything consequential. Even if the deal has been in the works for a whle, there are some things you're better off NOT doing during retrograde: Putting your name on the dotted line is one of them. Unless you're an attorney and are anticipating big, fat fees for litigating the problems that are sure to follow. Mercury goes direct on July 17 the day after the next full moon. But it's this full moon at 26 degrees of Gemini-Sagittarius, exact on Friday, June 16 at 3:27 p.m. PDT, that has some of us celebrating the Festival of Humanity, the last of the three spring lunar festivals. Also on Friday, Mars shifts signs, entering Cancer early in the a.m., Venus makes the move on Sunday, Father's Day, and the sun crosses over on Tuesday, the 20th, at 6:48 p.m. Summer solstice events that follow can be much more romantic than you expect; that's because Venus and Mars, lasses and laddies, will conjunct in emotional Cancer on Wednesday.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

The shift in tone and temperament from Gemini to Cancer that your Mars ruler makes on Friday can catch you unawares. One day you're fluctuating in Gemini duality, literally on the road, exploring the light and dark sides of your life with equal interest. The next day you wanna go home, nestle into the arms of your family and share childhood memories and pet peeves. After Venus joins Mars on the 21st, however, you'll be ready for your bi-annual love nest, a period of pure joy and great sex when the female and male aspects of your personality are in balance.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

There's not much to think about this week other than raking in the gifts for whichever occasion -- graduation, wedding, Father's Day -- you're part of, buying a few goodies for yourself and anticipating that something special is about to take place. It is. After the gloroius full moon this weekend sets the stage, you can become much less interested in the myriad details of stimulating ideas and more willing to share quiet moments and telling looks. Call it love; I call it a tryst between horny Mars with your sensual Venus ruler.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Gad-about Gemini should make time ASAP in your busy schedule to attend to those Mercury-related tasks -- the comings and goings and calls. Because your ruling planet is turning retrograde, the hassles that'll happen during the next four weeks will hang you up more than the other signs. Even though you've learned how best to deal with these glitches in time, each retrograde period is unique. The one that starts on the 23rd in your Cancerian money house centers on earnings, expenses and family fortunes, not to mention deep-rooted feelings.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Aren't you the lucky one! Not only is the solstice and the start of summer just around the corner, there to welcome it with open arms is that happy, horny couple, Mars and Venus. The planets of dating and mating enter your sign over the romantic full moon weekend, so you're liable to become even more amorous than usual, and for that, we are grateful. The sacred solstice should be commemorated with appropriate rituals, so pick a water sport you haven't tried before and check it out. Mercury turning retro on the 23rd in your sign will be, if nothing else, educational.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

A fun full moon, for a change, nothing heavy-duty or inexplicably weepy. Instead, you'll be surrounded by a circle of friends, relating, in the poetic Gemini tradition, the legends and lore you've recently acquired. Or, if you follow the athletic Sagittarian lunar influence, you could be out riding the range or playing the field, but always in the company of intelligent, enthusiastic folks. The summer soltice, the moment when your sun ruler enters Cancer and your mood, as well as the season, changes, occurs Tuesday at 9:48 p.m. EDT/6:48 PDT.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Like Gemini natives, you'll feel the shift of your Mercury ruler from direct to retrograde a few days ahead of the official date, Friday, the 23rd. This sensitivity can be eerie, since you sometimes see the event happening in your mind's eye before it actually occurs. What you'll see under the light of the Sagittarius full moon this weekend might reveal a lot about the family, real estate, and the direction your career is heading. Drive carefully because Mercury's flip means more fenderbenders. Who can concentrate?

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Basically you're in for a pleasurable interlude, but career and family pressures may start to build once summer arrives. So enjoy the last days of Gemini and the mobility afforded by the Sagittarius full moon this weekend. It's a good time to think about your next trip, even to make some arrangements before Mercury turns retrograde on the 23rd. If you wait, you'll run into more travel hassles and misinformation than usual. Words can't adequately describe your desire for a hunk of burning love while horny Mars merges with your Venus ruler midweek.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Some call it divine love, some an education in ritual sexual relations; whatever. It's available when Venus and your Mars co-ruler get together on Wednesday in early Cancer. Blessing their union is the first rays of the summer sun, a celebration of the solstice that you might as well join in. You're not slated to have such a romantically rewarding experience for another two years, the time it takes for Mars to go around the zodiac and meet up with Venus again. May 2002 in mid-Gemini. Why would you wait?

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

The full moon in your sign, falling on a Friday no less, is reason enough to celebrate. Once the Capricorn moon kicks in, parenthood and the responsibilities of maintaining continuity take over. That might be appropriate for Father's Day, but there won't be a whole lot of hootin' and hollerin' goin' on. There will, however, be plenty of huggin' and kissin midweek when Venus and Mars, the peacemaker and the warrior, get together at the tail end of your marriage house. If you need to reconnect, make a date for Wednesday.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Another solstice, another excuse to let your essential, earthy Capricorn qualities hang out. No astrological phenomenon supports a cardinal sign, such as yours, more than the entrance of the sun into another primary element, e.g., Aries-fire, Libra-air. And when Sol steps into your watery Cancer marriage house, so much the better. Adding to the significance of this sacred event is the wedding of Mars and Venus in Cancer. If everything else is working out okay, now would be an excellent time for you to tie the knot, too.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Friends and fooling around, sports and speculation, teammates and traveling -- it may seem like just another weekend under a full moon, but this one could be a lot more fun for you. That's because the area of your life that is lit is your house of romance, recreation and risk. Stick Venus, the love goddess, and Mars, her sexy paramour in there and you've got the makings of a memorable time. FYI: Mercury goes retrograde in your house of work and health. Sounds like you'll be working on your tan instead of the job.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

It always gets a little nervy for Fish this time of year. Maybe it's the weirdness of Father's Day, but more likely this weekend it's the full moon in your Sagittarius career midheaven opposing the Gemini sun in your house of family history and food. Both lights add tension to your natal Pisces planets, but so what? You'll have plenty of time to run the ensuing sequence of events through your head once Mercury turns retrograde. Nobody is supposed to change address during retrograde, but for you, for the next four weeks, it's a definite no.

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