Rockie Horoscope 43

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GENERAL FORECAST: Prosperity and religion, ethics and oil prices, education and drugs, legal and otherwise, are some of the subjects that the Republicans in Philadelphia will feature. Thank, or blame, the spiritual, spirited trine between Jupiter and Neptune, the planets of expansion, pharmecuticals and faith, for providing a "holier than thou" atmosphere for the convention. However, there's a chance that the erratic Venus-Uranus opposition, exact Friday, can upset this picture-perfect scenario. And maybe the partial solar eclipse Sunday night at 8 Leo, falling between George W.'s 7 Leo Ascendant and his 9 Leo Mercury and 10 Leo Pluto, will liven up the proceedings. Fiery Mars might make sparks fly when it enters fiery Leo on Monday, but it's the awesome disply of power during the sun-Pluto trine Tuesday night that'll strike terror in the heart of everyone who is not part of the plutocracy. Hot time, hot town, summer in the city.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

You may feel restrained this weekend by Cancerian family matters and fiscal responsibility. However, once your Mars ruler goes off to have fun in Leo on Monday, playing it straight and by the rules, especially if they are not of your own making, will seem counterproductive. Needless to say, things pick up as the month ends and you drop the protective cover. Romance also heats up when an unusual, probably inappropriate association, is formed for "the greater good." Who is doing a favor for whom?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

This week, subtle pressure to be more glamorous, more of an art maven and infinitely more outrageous can be a drag. Not every Bull wants to bask in the spotlight or rule the airwaves. But if you're aware that relatively gentle cosmic screws are being applied, you'll be better equipped to handle this type of torture. Other things to watch out for: a parent or your boss disrupting your happy home on a whim, not because of a dire necessity. Careful, by next weekend, instead of being bright and sunny, you may feel dumb and depressed.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

This weekend only Twins born in May can take over the world by proclamation, not by force. Whatever "ism" you're selling, the faithful will line up to buy. You can thank lucky Jupiter in Gemini for delivering the first of many boons. Because the Leo new moon occurs in your money house, pay extra attention to finances over the next lunar cycle; during an eclipse, marginal errors tend to slip through. Right now your partner has the juice to resolve an unsatisfactory situation by making an offer that cannot be refused.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Moon children are alleged to be more susceptible to the effects of an eclipse, but I'm not convinced that is the case. Let's watch what happens to you Sunday night when your moon ruler eclipses the Leo sun. Will you become more leonine, cavorting like a four-footed beast for the next four weeks, than your usually sweet crustacean self? The soli/lunar emphasis is on you personally, pal; also on how much influence your friends are exerting on a questionable relationship. Gentle persuasion or bold-faced warnings?

LEO (July 23-August 22)

This week revolves around you and Leo risers, such as George W., A. Gore and H. R. Clinton. Will the Leo new moon/partial eclipse diminish your image over the next three months (the time it takes to discern the effects of an eclipse)? Or should we put the blame on Mame, a.k.a. the Venus principle? Seductive Venus at 21 Leo, conjunct Bush's natal Venus, is opposed by unpredictable Uranus in Aquarius, the sign of the people. Lions not running for office could experience a sudden change of heart, an erratic heartbeat, maybe go off on erotic adventure.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Slowly, step-by-step, your Mercury ruler has been approaching the degree (20 Cancer) at which it went retrograde last month. The reunion occurs on the 31st, so mark your progress from that day forward or until October 18 when Mercury again turns retrograde, this time at 16 Scorpio. Note where that degree sits in your natal chart and you'll have a good idea of what to expect in the interim. Incidentally, retro Mercury turns direct on Election Day. The results, if they come in, should be very interesting.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Happy days may well be here again, what with generous Jupiter in your house of mutual funds and insurance awards trining your Libra sun. Add the psychic gifts a trine to Neptune brings to the table, and you might be able to see if the cashier's check is really in the mail. The only problem is knowing the difference between being a visionary, a prophet of sorts, and having delusions. Not unlike Joan of Arc, only she didn't have to choose between her friends and her lover, or fulfill her kid's unusual demands.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

The planets currently in Leo opposing the two in Aquarius are indirectly increasing the pressure on Scorpio, the fixed sign in between. That's why the good stuff that seems to be coming your way is putting you on edge and providing challenges you didn't know you needed. Well, now you do. Relief comes midweek as the sun supporting your Pluto co-ruler offers a few tasty rewards for the trouble Leos have put you through. The emphasis is on the direction your career takes after the new moon/solar eclipse on the 30th.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21) 0

This week the spirited Leo sun and Pluto in Sag support your desire to rehabilitate someone, something. In my case, it's the water-logged back bedroom wall, but I'm sure all Archers have a pet peeve ripe for transformation. This is also a good time to envision a partnership venture, to employ standard practices such as prayer and new age devices (such as a feng shui-approved, battery-run waterfall) to make the potential profitability of this, the first of three, Jupiter-Neptune trines a reality. Try it. Intention is everything.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Energy from Mars directed to your Saturn ruler gives you the oomph and the motivation to do something physical as well as recreational with your partner. For some, it might be installing a hot tub, for others, digging for clams. And while the proximity to water is not a necessity, it couldn't hurt. What you want to avoid are the ups and downs of kite-flying, ultimate frisbee or gambling on the Net, pursuits that are too unpredictable and subject to the winds of change for a cautious Cap.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Some call it a bigger piece of the pie, but I think it's more room in the spotlight, in front of the cameras. All eyes that aren't watching Leos perform, are focused on Aquarians, wondering what you odd-balls will do next. Will you have a sudden change of heart and switch partners when lovable Venus opposes your Uranus ruler? Can you fail to see what's clouding your mind's eye while the sun opposes nebulous Neptune in your sign? And just how religious is your vision of the future, how far to the right or, for that matter, how tied in to the political process.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

If you remember that planetary aspects can last for days on end, you might not feel compelled to write the great American novel, compose a musical masterpiece or make a film by the end of the month. Fish are just starting to appreciate the benefits coming from magnanimous Jupiter's trine to your impressionable Neptune ruler. Enjoy the rosy visions you're having, the grandiose plans for your future and the fun of playing with friends who really give a shit and will put their money where their mouths are. A welcome change.

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