Rockie Horoscope 40

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GENERAL FORECAST: Perhaps the most significant planetary event of the year, Jupiter's shift from earth-bound Taurus the Bull into Gemini, the communicative sign of the Twins occurs this Friday, the 30th, at 12:35 a.m. PDT. For the next 12 months, the planet of prosperity and optimism will bestow blessings on Gems, Librans and Aquarians whether or not they deserve them. This should be an interesting change; while Taurus tends to solidify its holdings (as recent corporate consolidation has shown), Gemini favors diversification and distribution. No matter which mode it is in, Jupiter always spreads its gifts, often to wretched excess. Keep an eye on professions under its bailiwick; e.g., higher education, the clergy, philosophy, judges and lawgivers, and the very lucrative world of sports. Some of that excessiveness may be evident as physically-fit Mars conjuncts the Cancer sun on Saturday during breakfast at Wimbledon. The Cancer new moon/partial solar eclipse is exact at 12:20 p.m., kicking off a cycle of eclipses in Cancer-Capricorn instead of Leo-Aquarius and bringing psychological relief for those two fixed signs as well as Scorpio and Taurus. On Sunday, retrograde Mercury meets affectionate Venus; maybe an old love will write a love letter in the sand. There's a festive Leo moon for most of Independence Day, but it's lunar Virgo -- perfection, please -- that'll set off the fire-works and get you back to work on Wednesday.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

How will Jupiter's crossing over to Gemini affect you? Before this time next year, you'll probably get a new set of wheels. You might take a writing class, learn how to speak in public, make money with a neighbor or join a neighborhood association. Siblings will be much nicer to you than they have been lately. In fact, you might see evidence of their newfound interest -- some dare call it affection -- as early as this Fourth of July holiday when the Cancer sun and your Mars ruler combine to make you strong, invincible and a killer cook.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Continue to be charming and chatty, but circumspect. No reason to moan and groan since Jupiter, by leaving your sign, could be leaving you wealthier and wiser than you were. But if you haven't capitalized on the opportunities the planet of plenty offered when it was in Taurus, you'll have another chance to expand your possessions and income while Jupiter transits your Gemini house of self-worth and net worth for the next 12 months. Is there a danger you'll over-indulge in sensory pleasures and spend with gay abandon? Do you care?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Welcome jolly Jupiter into your life as it enters your sign on Friday. Suddenly, as if the gods decreed it, you'll have more opportunities to stretch, to show your intelligence, to get really healthy and be noticed. You might also put on weight as Jupiter tends to expand in all directions at once. Relationships improve and offers to travel, teach and promote what is intrinsically yours pour in. However, the holiday weekend will center on a sweetheart of a guy or gal who could become sweet on you, perhaps a neighbor or a friend of a sibling, someone drawn to your family circle.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Jupiter in your twelfth house of the unconscious, old karma, spiritual retreats and dream-life enriches those aspects of your personality, but your ambition to achieve success in what is euphemistically called, "the real world" might suffer. Unless you're heading a charitable foundation or campaigning to be the next Pope. However, if a caring Cancer needs to become more compassionate or improve his or her psychological health, this is an opportune time. Gurus, shrinks and psychics should do well. However, this weekend every Crab can succeed in the art of love. Tennis, too.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Friendship, friendship, just the perfect blendship. Jupiter's foray into Gemini will bring Lions more group involvement, especially with people who are "connected", and I don't mean to the Corleones. You can also be financially rewarded or recognized (eleventh house matters) over the next 12 months for what you've contributed to your profession. But for the present, retreating to your den, while cherry bombs explode and Roman candles sizzle or, more likely, fizzle, is the preferred leonine way to celebrate the nation's independence.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Virgos still hell-bent on having it all get help from Jupiter in your Gemini midheaven this year. The Greater Benefic will provide opportunities for career rewards and recognition, the success you've been hungering for, only because you really, truly deserve it, for the last 12 years. Some Virgins will travel to faraway places or teach in a professorial capacity; none of this nursery school, fun and games stuff. Leave that to artistic, imaginative Pisces. The price to pay for your success: working too hard, overestimating your ability to handle the stress.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Like Virgo, Libra natives can find themselves in exotic places this year. Some foreign travel is likely, and you may take a class simply to broaden your mind, no financial payoff intended. (That'll come later.) The more academically-inclined could wind up teaching a subject close to their hearts. Benefits from reading, writing, advertising, and connecting to cultures alien to yours. This is also the year to seek out your spiritual mentor, a guru to guide you toward satori, your easy come, easy go-to guy.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Double jeopardy. You'll be playing for higher stakes while magnanimous Jupiter transits your Gemini eighth house, the area of life under Scorpio's control. If you can imagine having better sex and greater intimacy, more successful investment strategies and a chance to comprehend the secrets of the occult, then you can pretty much plot your course for another year. Airy Gemini governs businesses related to ideas, communication, sales, education, and the day-by-day comings and goings that are anything but ordinary. Need another clue?

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Send in the clowns, professors and princes, but no paupers this time. Over the next 12 months, you'll pull in partners who bring special gifts -- learning, wealth or laughs -- to the table. While your Jupiter ruler visits Gemini, your cosmic complement, benefits come through significant others, marriage and other legally binding agreements. However, too much Jupiterian enthusiasm, an excessive state of mind Sagittarians know only too well, can mean trouble from legal action or a partner who won't say no. Fun or folly? Only time will tell.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

It may take a while for jolly Jupiter to change your daily habits, but rest assured that the planet of luck and laughs will soon brighten up your Gemini workplace. It may bring you another pet to love and more lucrative, prestigious job offers. Your health can improve and co-workers can turn into a source of joy. The little things that mean a lot will mean more, too. The only problem, especially for a workaholic Capricorn: having too much to do. For the Independence Day holiday, however, hooking up with a Moon Child is action enough.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Considering adding a baby to your list of creative interests? Jupiter transiting your fifth house this year might find you pregnant, besides adding significantly to general feelings of abundance. It could also get you in trouble with your bookie. Taking risks while the planet of sheer luck passes through your house of risk and recreation is an iffy proposition at best. But since so much has been going your way, maybe the odds are still in your favor. Meanwhile the Cancer new moon this weekend starts a cycle of love and compassion you can count on.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Generous Jupiter at the bottom of your solar chart might give you land, lots of land before next summer rolls around. It could also bring you closer to your parents. Will you be adding an extension to the house so they can come live with you? Whatever benefits the planet of plenty eventually bestows on the family, you can bet your bottom dollar there'll be strings attached -- enough to trap an elusive Fish with promises of prosperity and protection. The reality; more stress, the probability of overextending financially and emotionally.

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