Rockie Horoscope 47

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GENERAL FORECAST: Summer camp is over, we've survived "Survivor." And yesterday's restrictive sun-Saturn square has done as much damage, mainly to a joyous spirit, that it's going to. All that's left is to fight the gloom and find something safe-and-sane to do until the Virgo new moon inaugurates a brand new cycle Tuesday at 3:20 a.m. PDT. Well, maybe you'll succumb to Mercury's argumentive mind-set while it challenges generous Jupiter and secretive Pluto on Sunday. Or perhaps the disruptive Mars-Uranus opposition late Monday night will rattle you (and the house). Mars-Uranus contacts are notoriously accident- and earthquake-prone, so be careful. It's easy to fly off the handle if your photos are flying off the walls. As for getting on a plane, if you don't absolutely have to, don't. A gentler, more settling vibe sets in as Venus in early Libra trines Saturn on Thursday. But not for long; Labor Day weekend will rock you.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

It only happens once every two years, but when your Mars ruler opposes erratic Uranus, all hell can break loose. The eventful day is Tuesday, just before the Virgo new moon kicks off a new cycle of creative fooling around and romantic game-playing. Somewhere along the way a friend may have to be sacrificed, preferably the one who made the moves that disrupted the smooth flow of your love life. A pressing social/political issue could also upset your plans for what's left of the summer. Try to keep your temper in check and your body burn- and bruise-free.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

A few more days of lovey-dovey sybaritic ease, then suddenly, you're screwed by an erratic force that makes you trip, stumble and fall flat on your face. And it won't be your fault, more likely a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, caught between two warring factions. So until next Thursday, when your Venus ruler comes under the protective wing of safety-first Saturn, watch out. After that, artistic inspiration or an exquisite romantic notion could make you feel like swooning.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Because Jupiter and Saturn, major movers and shakers, are in your sign, these could be tense times for the Twins. If you're ricocheting from pillar to post, wondering how far you're expanding (turning into a gasbag?) and what you're discarding (stepping in shit?) in the process, try to hang on to a few basic tenets. Only you know what is constant about yourself; these are the qualities that, no matter how they are tested, will endure through this transitory period. Tuesday's Virgo new moon kicks off a family matter that'll dominate the Labor Day weekend.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Another new moon, this one in early Virgo, probably in your money house, presents another opportunity to earn bucks before you spend them. Virgo can help order your priorities and bring quality to the top of your list. As we approach the Labor Day weekend, a casual friend may provide the shot you need to take so that you, too, can become a wheeler-dealer in the world of entertainment, sports and recreation. But if all you do is camp out over the holiday, trust that you'll come up with an idea for roughing it that can make you a fortune.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Seeing red yet? Mars in Leo gives you a lot more energy and desire, but a much shorter fuse. When it opposes erratic, erotic Uranus in your Aquarius house of partners Tuesday, fireworks could explode, the relationship might suddenly change. Proceed with caution; airplane accidents and earthquakes are also associated with this unpredictable aspect. Next weekend, you may feel challenged, pressed to spread your wings or recycle your past while your sun ruler contacts optimistic Jupiter and cathartic Pluto. This is major.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Smarter than ever and you know it. While your Mercury ruler is in your sign, there's no way you can avoid the facts or the truth of a matter. And neither hell nor high water will keep you from divulging them. Therefore, if you want to make a big splash over the Labor Day weekend, do your homework, research your subject, check the figures, then step back and watch what happens when the Virgo sun provokes Jupiter and Pluto, the planets of growth and regeneration. If you can't afford to rock the boat, hide out and cool it.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

An abrupt change in a casual friendship, the game plan or your membership in a socio-political group like the Ruckus Society, might upset you temporarily, but in the long run, it'll be to your advantage. The same holds true for the surprising information you receive over the weekend about a financial matter or something else of value. But once your Venus ruler enters your sign on the 30th, you should feel more secure about everything. That's also when you'll realize that patience is, indeed, the key to heaven.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

You're still in the thick of things, maybe feeling tempest-tossed on Tuesday when your Mars co-ruler is on the receiving end of an out-of-control Uranian independent streak. This potent planetary opposition could disconnect you from home and hearth or cause a dispute with your boss. Be nice, or else. Meanwhile Pluto, your other co-ruler, is being challenged by Mercury and the sun. You'll have to 'fess up to something before Labor Day that can affect your career and/or your relationshiop with a parent. Do it and be done with it.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

The first challenge to your Jupiter ruler as it transits your Gemini house of partners comes when Mercury squares the jolly giant this weekend. Usually this combo is about getting information, for writers it's about publication. Tuesday's Virgo new moon can twist the screws a little tighter, but it's not until the sun squares Jupiter in Gemini and Pluto in Sagittarius next weekend, that you realize that this challenge/opportunity, whichever way you see it, is going to make a significant difference in your life. Particularly if you have a natal planet at 10 Sag.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Expect to be a little rickety as you recover from the first (of many) challenging squares from the sun to your Saturn ruler. However, after Tuesday's new moon in earthy Virgo starts to change the energy field, you'll regain solid footing. By Thursday, as affectionate Venus makes nice to Saturn, you'll feel more loved and appreciated than you've been in a while. The trine is a supportive, rewarding relationship; treasure it. Disputes with friends about money should be avoided, ignored if possible. You've paid your dues, now it's their turn.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Somebody is up in arms. You'll find out which of your partners it is when hot-tempered Mars opposes your Uranus ruler early in the work week. The confrontation could turn nasty, so get the argument over with, put it to rest and be glad that you won't encounter this kind of opposition again until next summer. A higher, more loving, more musical, borderline spiritual vibe takes over for the Labor Day weekend. All sorts of transformations are being made; what are you giving up/taking on?

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

The Virgo new moon, in your house of co-workers and services rendered, means that you'll be starting a new cycle in that area. How new and how soon depends on how dramatically things change when the Virgo sun squares Jupiter and Pluto in mutable signs like your own. Translated: if you were born at the end of February, you're about to grow (intellectually, maybe even financially) by leaps and bounds. But something has to be sacrificed because Pluto always demands a return on the investment he makes in you. Not quite Faust's deal with the Devil, but close.

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