Rockie Horoscope 41

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GENERAL FORECAST: How is your luck is holding out? The first favorable aspect protective Jupiter in Gemini receives is a sextile from loving Venus in open-handed Leo on Saturday. The combination of goodies (Venus) and good fortune (Jupiter) could make this a stellar weekend. Added thrills: watching the beginning (3:46 a.m. Sunday) of a total lunar eclipse (exact at 6:55 a.m. PDT at 24+ degrees of Capricorn) and knowing that retrograde Mercury is about to turn direct. The ruler of communicating and commuting makes the shift on Monday at 6:20 a.m.. Don't get annoyed if machines act up and schedules aren't kept -- that's to be expected when the littlest planet changes direction. Later that morning, as Venus contacts idealistic Neptune, die-hard romantics should let their imaginations run wild. Common sense and sensibilities are restored by Thursday when the Cancer sun and cautious Saturn align. Ho-hum, but not for long.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

This weekend could bring something quite grand for the house, a nice gift for/from the folks and a reason to indulge your desires a little more. The password is pleasure. Even if the total lunar eclipse early Sunday puts you on edge, you'll still pursue the goodies that are part and parcel of the good life. Monday, the 17th adds a different twist as Mercury changes direction in your house of Fedex and UPS. What was routed, to whose address? One day you'll laugh about this odd Mercury retrograde, but not until July and the third eclipse of the month is history.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Its effects are reputed to last at least three months, so what follows Sunday's total lunar eclipse could impact on plans to travel to distant places or return to school. However, in the happy-go-lucky atmosphere of this weekend, in the satisfaction you personally feel simply because your Venus ruler is supported by optimistic Jupiter, you probably won't notice that anything is missing. In fact, you probably won't see beyond whatever/whomever is filling your mind's eye while romantic Venus and imaginative Neptune are entranced with each other. Enjoy.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) The full moon eclipse in Cancer-Capricorn can have financial ramifications for the Twins. Money matters related to water and earth, domestic life and professional success, Mom and Pop could dominate. This combination of "try and stop me" cardinal energy is more than an easy-come, easy-go adaptable Gemini can resist, so don't. With Jupiter in your sign all year long, rely on luck to see you over the rough spots that may arise in the next three months. Your Mercury ruler flip-flops in Cancer on Monday; slow down, be cool, don't you flip, too.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Situations that have been simmering since July 1 (the Cancer new moon) come to a rolling boil this weekend at the Cancer-Capricorn full moon eclipse. You may find that something is missing from a close relationship, that a professional association might have run its course or that this Crab is in hot water. No matter how the eclipse manifests in your life, the concept of family, if not the members, per se, will be involved. After three weeks of reexamining where you stand, Mercury in your sign turns direct on Monday. Moving on? Pretty soon.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

With lovable, artistic Venus in your sign, you can practically get away with murder right now. Add the protective cover Jupiter spreads when it sextiles Venus this weekend, and you'll be one lucky Lion. Therefore, Sunday's total lunar eclipse might only affect your workplace or your co-workers, not you. Time (about three month's worth) will tell. A question of romance vs. fantasy, aesthetics vs. faith, or social acceptance vs. new age practices surfaces midweek; you don't have to take sides until the end of the month.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Rev up your engines. On Monday morning Mercury, your ruling planet, comes out of reverse and faces forward again. But it'll take another two weeks (until the 31st) before it returns to the degree in Cancer it flipped at. That means more time to rethink (and perfect) your reputation before you get past where you were, careerwise, on June 23. Virgos can make the most of these periodic respites from the daily grind; be sure to take time this weekend to socialize and fantasize. The lunar eclipse might add an odd note to the games you get involved in.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Not one but two enjoyable weeks ahead courtesy of your Venus ruler and her habit of drawing beautiful, talented people to your side. Your luck -- no matter if it's been good, bad or indifferent lately -- improves this weekend as Jupiter lays a profitable financial opportunity or a luxurious gift on you. Your taste in art rises to a higher level midweek while Venus is awash in exquisite Neptunian vibes; that's also when your love life competes with your fantasy life, when it becomes difficult to maintain the classic Libran sense of balance.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

The Cancer-Capricorn lunar eclipse could set the stage for more traveling, both local and long-distance, over the next three months. It may also tweak a desire to learn a foreign language or take a cooking class. Wealthy women and talented artisans make a good impression on your partners, so give your mate leeway when appreciating beautiful objects and what money can buy. Conveniently, Mercury turns direct Monday in your house of joint investments, inheritances and tantric sex. Time to consult the Kama Sutra again, also to see that insurance matters are taken care of.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Anticipate enjoying a sociable weekend while ever-popular Venus favoring your Jupiter ruler invites you to forget the workload and come out to play. You'll also double your chances of winning whatever you bet on while the two "benefic" planets are allied. Just be somewhat judicious because the total Capricorn lunar eclipse can impact on your finances, both your disposable income and your paper profit, not only for a week and a day, but for the next three months.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Take what happens to you during the Capricorn full moon eclipse this weekend personally. Those experiences can reverberate over the next three months and, as far as you're concerned, change the emotional tenor of the times. Young people who have been shoved into the background lately advance to center stage once Mercury turns around in your Cancer complement. You may have to move slowly when dealing with them, going over what has occured since your last meeting, but the time spent will be well worth the trouble. Ditto for work assignments and co-workers.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Aquarians benefit mightily from having loving Venus in your Leo house of mates and marriage partners. First off, the goddess of art and beauty favors generous Jupiter in your home base, making this an excellent time for acquiring stuff for the house. Then sensuous Venus reaches out to Neptune in Aquarius and ups the level of your artistic output; you'll be inspired by almost everything you see, feel and especially, hear. Venus moves on to more erotic expressions next weekend, so clear your calendar of "things to do."

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

It's that time of year again, the week when your Neptune ruler is overwhelmed by affectionate, artistic and, because the planets form a challenging opposition, overindulgent Venusian vibes. Going over the top is often the only way a Fish can express the diverse influences this combination of aesthetic forces inspires. And since the opposition crosses from your house of peers to your house of creativity, risk and romance, casual friends, lovers, even the kids will be involved. Summertime fun in the sun.

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