Rockie Horoscope 48

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GENERAL FORECAST: The Cradle Will Rock, and down will come baby, red, white and blue bunting and all! It's not the movie or a revival of the play that'll score points, but the powerful impact of the Jupiter-Pluto opposition on Labor Day! Will the labor movement that has been playing dead for so long be resurrected along Plutonic lines? Can it expand with Jupiterian giganticness? Are the workers of the world about to unite against global fascism? And how will the Virgo sun squaring both potent planets this weekend affect you? Something that happened in December 1994 when Jupiter and Pluto met in late Scorpio is coming to fruition now, but for the life of me, I can't remember what it is. GATT, NAFTA, global warming, nuclear (Pluto) proliferation (Jupiter) or control? This, from a column I wrote back then: "Thanks to the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Scorpio, we're probably in for another round of stealth, wealth and power-grabbing similar to what happened last time the two planets got together (November, 1981, the beginning of the Reagan-Bush era.)" However, if you do manage to avoid "the Dark Side," you could have a sincerely romantic time while sweet Venus favors both real-deal Saturn and artistic, imaginative Neptune over the holiday. Mercury shifts from critical Virgo to diplomatic Libra in time for the MTV awards on the 7th. Say something nice.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Chances are you'll slip through the knot that's making a financial situation a bit tighter. The squeeze comes from the Jupiter-Pluto opposition across your money houses. But March birthdates may have to make a definitive choice about a communication, education or travel matter instead. Why not follow the line of least resistance and simply count on a charming co-worker or loving mate to handle any difficulty you may encounter? While tactful, popular Venus is in your Libra complement most of this month, take advantage. Enjoy the company and the goodies s/he brings to the table.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The big picture can look pretty daunting, so feel free to close your eyes or focus instead on the small stuff -- what makes your day-to-day routine so rewarding and the extraordinary moments so uplifting. While your Venus ruler is in a non-confrontational mode this weekend, don't rock the boat. Other people may feel compelled to, but you aren't. In fact, in some roundabout way, you could benefit from their need to stand up and be counted. However, if you wear a lifejacket, you can play it safe and, if necessary, be their salvation.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

You might be caught in the cross fire between Virgo and Sagittarius, Leo and Scorpio as expansive Jupiter in your sign comes under attack for making you what -- too generous,, too enthusiastic, too smart for your own good? This weekend may turn out to be another holiday in which you please everyone else by dancing as fast as you can. Entertaining for your near and dear, exhausting for you, but absolutely necessary if you're going to move on to another level. This "picky, picky" period ends once your Mercury ruler segues into lovable Libra next Thursday.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

The friends, the games and the money all come together in a mega-buck challenge this weekend. Betting on the Superbowl already? As the Virgo sun squares Jupiter and Pluto, you'll have a choice -- do you, don't you wanna play? If you can't commit right now, there'll be another chance to get in on the action in October. Or you can ignore the challenge and amuse yourself over the holiday by making the home environment more attractive and romantic, and filling it with articulate artists and relatives with whom you feel connected.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Career expansion vs. the customary creature comforts, heading further out there or nestling deeper in here? Your sun ruler puts the question to you when it squares expansive Jupiter and regenerative Pluto this weekend. Come Thanksgiving, you'll have to choose again, so don't take an "all or nothing" ultimatum too much to heart. This is a particularly propitious time for making whatever adjustments are necessary, for taking a chance on the new or, if you'd rather, resusitating what was so good about the old.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

This holiday Virgo is the sign on the cross, so make the sign of the cross and pray you'll survive. While the Virgo sun puts the screws to overly-optimistic Jupiter in Gemini and manipulative Pluto in Sag you may have to choose between two unappealing alternatives. One buries you in the same old shit at home, the other takes you too far away from familiar stomping grounds. Either option will eventually enrich you, but right now, that's not apparent. Logic leaves once your Mercury ruler moves into "please let me please you" Libra on the 7th.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Like Taurus, you can opt to bypass the demands people make on you during the last summer holiday weekend and, instead, hide out with the sweet souls who love to love you. You might even take advantage of the Labor Day sales if you are so inclined; because your Venus ruler is supported by down-to-earth Saturn, this is a good time to buy practical, big-ticket items such as a SUV. But if you can't avoid getting mixed up in other people's mishagas, make sure you aren't left holding the bag, the one where, once upon a time, the money was.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Keep your eye on the prize and don't antagonize the creative force that is paying the bills. Career management is crucial while your Mars co-ruler dances across your show bizzy Leo midheaven until the 16th. And while major events may be happening to those around you, your biggest challenge is to show more of your self or to come up with another variation of a self we haven't seen in a while. The sun squaring your Pluto co-ruler this weekend can provoke that sort of regeneration or it can send you into rehab.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Only a Sag will appreciate the complexity and humor of what you are about to receive from your Jupiter ruler in your Gemini house of partners, nefarious Pluto in your own sign and the hair-splitting Virgo sun. I'm not sure how this dramatic planetary tension will play out over your holiday weekend, but the scenes should contain your usual cock-eyed optimism, a not-particularly-successful subterfuge and raw ambition masquerading as a service rendered. Whether it turns out to be a tragedy or a farce depends on how quickly you adjust to another set of circumstances.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Is it love, appreciation or a more comfortable situation? It -- Venus' favorable trine to your Saturn ruler in the sign of the Twins -- rewards your (new found) ability to look at both sides now and accept them both. Focus on the potential pleasures you could be enjoying over the next year or two while Saturn is in Gemini, like learning how to fly, soar, sky dive or read. Not on the impending battle over health benefits, campaign reform, and the "Will it still expand?" global economy, as evidenced by the tug of war between Pluto and Jupiter this week.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

This is one of those weeks when you can let the other guy do it while you stay out of the fray. There's only so much socialization a social creature like you has to own up to. Although pressure from a partner could bring a family/career matter to the table, you don't have to sit and listen. Let the Geminis, Sags, Leos and Scorpios figure it out among themselves. You'll have a much more rewarding time this holiday expressing your artistic self, painting pictures, playing with pixels, making music. Won't it be romantic?

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Every now and then certain alliances are formed among people who don't usually hang with each other. This week Fish welcome the Scales (no pun intended) and the Water-Bearer into the pond. One would think this trio would be a natural grouping, but it ain't necessarily so. On the other hand, if you spurn the pleasures, sociability and artistry of this option, you could easily become embroiled in the battle the Virgins, Twins, Centaurs, Goats, Lions and Scorpions are waging. Why not bask in the beauty and spirituality of a relatively rare Venus-Neptune trine instead?

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