Rockie Horoscope 46

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GENERAL FORECAST: If you've been thinking about reinventing yourself, coming out of a closet of your own design, this would be the time. That's because Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, as well as underwear, is coming out of retrograde on Sunday. However, it'll take a week until the tiny planet with the eccentric orbit picks up enough momentum to make its presence felt. Plan accordingly. But first wait until Monday for the brainstorm that often accompanies a sun-Mercury conjunction. Keep an eye out for a sign, listen for a message. On Tuesday both Mercury and the sun enter Virgo; Mercury for two weeks and two days, the sun for the customary 30. Sad to say they immediately square stern Saturn in Gemini. And that could be the challenge that puts an end to the lazy, crazy days of summer.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

You're in top form right now, physically powerful and psychologically persuasive in equal measure. While your Mars ruler in heart-centered Leo is being supported by Pluto in Sag along with your own Aries planets, makes this week a splendid time to launch a crusade. A grand fire trine is better than a good thing, it's the bomb. And because Mars and Pluto are favorably aligned, it's also very sexy. In early October, when Mars is in Virgo squaring Pluto, this constructive energy field could become dangerous.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Bulls born close to the Gemini cusp might feel the weight of Saturn even though it's no longer in your sign. Next Wednesday, during the sun-Saturn square, can be dead-on depressing. But if you concentrate instead on nonevents, on the comfortable feeling of having your Venus ruler in Virgo, favoring your Taurus birth planets, then you'll be like the rest of the natives, happy to enjoy yourself any which way you can. A Taurus moon Sunday and Monday makes what you find pleasant and pretty a lot more meaningful. Nice work.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The Twins are being blessed by flashes of brilliance as your Mercury ruler and the Leo sun join together on Monday (exact at 6:06 p.m. PDT) for the sole purpose of enlightening you and, by extension, the rest of us. Since the meeting takes place at the last degree of Leo, you'll probably feel free to share your knowledge for free. The next day Mercury and the sun move on to "picky, picky" Virgo, a sign that is less generous than the Lion. A certain amount of angst on Tuesday as Mercury, squaring Saturn in your sign, brings you down to earth. Thud.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

It may take a little time, but you'll soon notice that Pluto in sporty Sag, in your house of pleasurable pastimes, is changing your attitude about the games you play and the people you play them with. After five months in retrograde, the planet of transformation does an about-face on Sunday. How convenient, since the sun-Mercury conjunction in your Leo money house on Monday will inspire you to buy something enjoyable (Leo) and educational (Mercury). Spend the cash before the union, a charity or a politician asks for additional funding.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Once you put ego-image-enhancing games aside, you're a lot smarter than you come across. See for yourself what can happen when your sun ruler and Mercury meet at the tail end of Leo on Monday. Looking at the same old thing in a slightly more enlightened manner just might bring about a change. Also this week, Pluto, the Grandmaster of Transformation, after five months of introspective retrogression, faces forward, thereby making it easier for you to do the same. Don't take the sun-Saturn setback midweek too much to heart. Shit happens.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

This year your season in the sun starts one day earlier than usual. Monday is when your Mercury ruler and the Leo sun combine essence and eclat, wit and willpower for you to use as you like. This conjunction can have a critical impact on how you'll handle the next 30 days, and the next two. Mercury in Virgo squares restrictive Saturn on Tuesday, the Virgo sun and the grumpy old man square on Wednesday. These aspects are challenging and more than likely, depressing, but whatever they bring has to be dealt with. No fooling around.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Good news. Pluto in your money house comes out of retrograde on Sunday, so a matter related to your personal finances will soon come out of limbo. Be patient, Pluto may not be the swiftest planet in our little group, but it does bring change when it hits home. Since Pluto is in Sagittarius, a sign that sextiles (favors) your own, what happens will be a boon, an opportunity you weren't expecting. The difficult squares from Mercury and the sun to Saturn early next week won't apply to you unless you insist on being "such a good friend."

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

I'm not sure how much longer you can ride the rewarding trine between Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets, but you could probably play the power broker, allocating assignments here and there, through the weekend and then some. You've got enormous reservoirs of energy at your disposal, especially since Pluto is on the verge of shifting from retrograde to direct. Think back five months to the Ides of March, when the guy with the magic wand and the secret knowledge flipped. A matter that was buried then is about to resurface.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Everything gets a little edgier once Virgo kicks in on Tuesday. You could be dying from the heat and humidity, still the Centaur senses there's a bit of a nip in the air. But before you perk up and take off, you first have to get around the roadblock erected by a difficult sun-Saturn square midweek. Sags born close to the Scorpio cusp will be affected more than those born in December. Meanwhile Pluto turning direct Sunday at 10 Sag can turn what, five months ago, was a situation packed with potential into the real deal.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

How ironic! You could wind up this week literally and figuratively, the Goat, the butt of what is definitely not a joke. And all because your Saturn ruler, not yet comfortable in airy Gemini to begin with, is upset by a square from Mercury and the Leo sun early in the work week. The fun and games may turn out to be not so funny, and more expensive than you bargained for. Kids can present a problem; caution them to play safe, keep their feet on the ground and their knees together. You, too. Pluto's flip brings hidden desires out into the open.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Another round of secrets exposed as retro Pluto in your career midheaven turns around this weekend. Within the next few weeks something or somebody at the top will change the playing field you're currently on. Isn't it too late for trades? Perhaps a family matter will reemerge as a crisis-in-the-making? None of this is particularly toxic to you, but it's also not the most pleasant of situations. Tension between the patriarch and the partner while the sun and youthful Mercury accuse each other of casting the first stone.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Fish born near the Aquarius border, the Februarists, are liable to feel trapped when the Virgo sun squares Saturn. Unless you have planets in very early Pisces, you can probably bypass the dire straits. On an upbeat note, Venus in your Virgo marriage house is pulling in pretty people to amuse and adore you; why not concentrate on the pleasures in life instead of the pains? Regenerative Pluto turning direct pushes psychological pressure points. For good or for ill depends on how hidden your agenda is.

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