Rockie Horoscope 49

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GENERAL FORECAST: Nothing major, just eminently enjoyable even profitable experiences while Venus favors lucky Jupiter and powerful Pluto this weekend. Then it gets a little testy on Tuesday when Saturn in Gemini turns retrograde. Saturn will go direct in late Taurus, a few days after the presidential inauguration in January. But this is not the Saturn station that matters. The one we have to watch out for is the retrograde station in autumn 2003 at 13 Cancer (the USA's natal sun degree as well as George W's). The last time Saturn reached 13 Cancer was in August 1974 when Richard Nixon resigned. Slowly, step by step, a picture of the future is emerging. One portion might become clearer during the dramatic Harvest full moon on Wednesday, exact at 12:37 p.m. PDT. Virgo-Pisces soli/lunar energy is often nerve-wracking; it makes you want to adjust as quickly as possible to a situation that you don't, you can't fully understand. Reason vs. faith, order out of chaos and vice-versa. Fun stuff.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Your season in the sun, or what there was of it, comes to an end on the 16th when your Mars ruler leaves fiery, go-for-it Leo for the routine and rigors of Virgo. That's when you'll have to shape up, pay up and pay attention to what's been piling up on your plate. But until then feel free to have a good time, create to your heart's content and play around. Fortunately your choice of companions is inspired; lovely, loving Venus in your Libra house of partners is only too happy to solidify a friendship and sweeten financial dealings.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Basically an easy segue into the new season thanks to your Venus ruler making you popular with almost everyone you know. Grace, charm and humor supplants your recent "Just the facts, ma'am" frame of mind, tone of voice. And while you're no less curious, now you can get to the heart of whatever matters without making the people around you uncomfortable. You're lucky in love as well as at cards this weekend and, during the work week, not only are you able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but you can accomplish other miracles the boss asks for.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Twins born close to the Taurus border may feel the shift in mood as Saturn in your sign turns retrograde on the 12th, crosses back into Taurus in mid-November, goes direct just after the inauguration in January and returns to Gemini in April. Or not. But if an overwhelming sense of relief washes over you, know that it's Saturn loosening its grip. This week you might be captivated by imaginative, glamorous Neptune's rewarding trine to your Mercury ruler the night of the Emmys. Sheer poetry. Next week, it's oddball Uranus making your life an intriguing puzzle.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

You'll feel a seasonal urge to spruce up your digs, entertain the troops and make peace with a relative or neighbor while artistic, sociable and diplomatic Venus practices her ever-so-gentile Libran art of persuasion. Be grateful that she has taken you under her wing and introduced you to her generous friends. If you hang around with personifications of the female principle this weekend, you could get lucky, too. The shine on, shine on Harvest full moon throws light on the path you're taking, both the roundabout route to fulfilling life-long goals and the daily commute.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

A general air of pleasantness and pleasantries as Venus in Libra tries to make the world a more peaceful place for the next two weeks. How Saturn's change of direction on the 12th disturbs the equilibrium will become apparent once you realize that you're no longer making progress in one direction, but neither are you taking a step backward. It'll be a while until the career picture comes into sharper focus; in the meantime use the Harvest full moon energy to take stock of your own resources and those the other people have to offer.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

This is the peak week of Virgo insanity. Even though your Mercury ruler is headed for a more balanced state of mind in Libra, you're still subject to Neptunian vagaries and Uranian eccentricities. And dare we mention how intense you can get during the Harvest full moon on the 13th, when a limitless Piscean presence bathes you in wave upon wave of inexpressible emotion? Now, that's a challenge! However, you are the star of the hour, and the rest of us promise to be tolerant, at least until the birthday business is over. Have a happy.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Like a fairy godmother, you seem to be spreading favors all over the place, to both good and bad boys and girls. Hoping to win a popularity contest or are you running for office? Thank, or blame if it's getting to be too much of an image problem, your Venus ruler for turning you into every Cinderella's graceful savior. If you want to insure there's some good luck left for you, make your move on Friday when Venus and generous Jupiter are on more than friendly terms; if you need to grab a loved one's attention, do your thing next Thursday. Big surprises!

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

A calm, civilizing vibe from Venus can ease the tension between you and a significantly wealthier or more educated other. If the Labor Day holiday turned out to be more of an ordeal than a celebration, any psychic massage will be a welcome relief; take advantage of the offer. The Pisces full moon on the 13th, while not specifically geared to hyperbole, can make a romantic encounter so much sloppier than you find acceptable. Try to keep a lid on a relationship that seems to be flopping around like a fish out of water.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Happily for those Archers who'll gamble on almost anything, the lucky trine between Venus and Jupiter is in full flower this weekend and exact at 10:29 a.m. PDT Friday. That's the time to buy lottery tickets, make your call, then sit back and watch the joys of this rewarding aspect reveal themselves. For those who were stressed out by the powerful pull of the recent Pluto-Jupiter opposition, this sociable interlude, filled with sweet surprises, should diffuse some of those feelings and ease the situation. Even with an antsy full moon in the middle of the week.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

You've barely had enough time to adjust to your Saturn ruler embarking on a rickety trip through dualistic Gemini. Now you have to adjust to its retrograde flip on Tuesday. In the long run, which is the only distance that matters for Capricorns, this change will be an advantage, but for the moment, you could be thrown off stride. However, nice things happen regarding work and family matters because lovable Venus is all over the map, bringing pleasure, rewards and compliments wherever they are needed.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

It's what other folks are offering, their generosity, graciousness and intelligence, that'll affect you where you live, literally, at the house and figuratively, in your heart/mind, not what you per se are doing. Because Venus and Jupiter, the planets of good fortune, are favorably aligned, there'll be gifts and blessings, but your Uranus ruler also fits into this pretty picture. Look for a surprise on the 14th that rewards your talent, your unpredictable behavior, even the distance you keep from your nearest and dearest.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

You're at your most eloquent on Sunday (in case you have to accept an Emmy), at your most vibrant (or so nervous you're vibrating) on Wednesday when the moon is full in your sign. This is a hell of a week for Fish and their friends. It'll be a pleasure if you're on the prowl, a drag if you have a tight work schedule or feel obliged to toe the line. However, while the Harvest moon floats across the buttermilk sky, make an effort to connect with a person of quality (Virgo?) who qualifies as a past, present or potential partner.


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