Rockie Horoscope 50

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GENERAL FORECAST: An afterglow from the luscious Harvest full moon lingers on. Romance hangs in the air as a Venus-Uranus trine rewards couples who found love at first sight, were pierced by Cupid's arrow or struck by a thunderbolt, or otherwise fell victim to this magnetic attraction. But if you missed out, if you're one of those head-over-heart intellectual-types, you can use Thursday's super-smart Mercury-Jupiter trine to announce, advertise and profess your latest, greatest idea. Publishers adore this aspect because it's expansive and wordy; more pages, more ad revenue. On Saturday Mars shifts from Leo, where it kept us amused, to critical Virgo, where it won't. The first thing the planet of pugilism and peskiness does is challenge authoritarian Saturn on Monday. Expect macho military machinations, a pissing contest among the usual suspects, maybe even a good game between Cowboys and Redskins. The result could be surprising since Mercury favors Uranus, the non-conformist, that night. Folks not into football may stumble across scientific info that'll advance the course of mankind. One small step followed by a giant leap forward, no laterals.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Every now and then, a little social climbing is good for the soul. This weekend why not take advantage of your partners' position, be seen together and make new friends? Go ahead, the timing for such successful encounters is not always this propitious. Plus, once your Mars ruler settles into virtuous Virgo, you'll be too discriminating or too health conscious for this wild bunch of folks. On Monday, you literally could be raging against the machine because Mars is being challenged by restrictive Saturn, ruler of the establishment and other old farts.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

An excellent week for doing good work, charming the pants off co-workers, getting praised to high heaven, seeing yourself in a healthy light and, if it matters, acquiring a fine wardrobe. Artists and artisans figure prominently, what's new and trendy suits your state of mind. Under the right circumstances, you could fall in like/love a lot. But when things get rough on Monday, when a situation at home brings you down, find a less toxic means of expressing yourself than spouting venomous curses or biting the hand that feeds you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Grace, gentleness and a knack for saying the right thing at the right time to the right people makes this week special. You might not realize the value of your remarks while they're being made, but other people will, and they're the ones who'll quote you when memory fails. There's more than a hint of romance circulating around Aquarius and Libra, the other air signs. Flirt to your heart's content, but don't let an up-tight sibling or neighbor disrupt the easy exchange of clever repartee. It's time to write the script already.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Communicating with the world at large and setting a curriculum for yourself works to your advantage this week. People are friendly, you are other-directed for a change and nothing is standing in your way except politics. Whether they are personal or general is beside the point. You need to defuse a potentially difficult situation concerning a group you belong to when Mars attacks Saturn on Monday. Maybe you'll have to support an experienced advisor, maybe defend a conservative point of view. Whatever it takes.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

At least think about finances while your sun ruler travels through your Virgo house of income you personally earned. Soon enough you'll be off on another tack, leaving feisty Mars the only planet activating your money house. If you don't have some sort of plan, that could be aggravating. For example, watch how you react to Mars' instigating trouble with your boss, an elderly parent or local authorities on Monday when the red planet squares Saturn. Something similar might occur as October begins. Forewarned....

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Statistics reveal there are more Virgos than any other sign. Must be all the New Year's Eve celebrations! So to those of you who were conceived in moments of drunken passion, Happy Birthday. This year's gift: gab, an unusual, even for you, ability to shoot the breeze thanks to your Mercury ruler's trine to aerodynamic Uranus in state-of-the-Aquarius. And, if a cautious Virgo was waiting for the right time to learn how to fly, here it is. However, caution can be thrown to the wind on Monday when Mars in your sign attacks various and sundry restrictions. Shooting your mouth off?

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Once again, you're the lucky ones, the sign most favored by a couple of the gods and your Venus ruler, conveniently in your sign a while (until the 24th) longer. Chances are excellent that while Venus is rewarded by Uranus, some of you will fall head over heels in love before the weekend is over. So make hay while the Aries moon Friday night heats up relationship matters, but hide out when Mars or another ornery young stud rebels against a wise, if somewhat conservative, decision on Monday.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

You can successfully appease an erratic person in the family or the crazed landlord without giving up more than your fair share. While Venus is in the sign of the Balance, equanimity and a good time can be achieved by all. The problem crops up on Monday when your Mars co-ruler gets pissed off by an intractible Saturnian presence and needs to punch holes somewhere. Hopefully, not in the kitchen wall. If you're getting unduly angry, find an outlet that won't do permanent damage. Go to the gym.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

A friendly gathering of forces this week, primarily communicative and artistic, great for gallery openings and poetry readings. Genteel Libran behavior keeps us sociable and civilized, Uranus in Aquarius emphasizes originality and humane concerns. Into this pretty picture strides militant Mars eager to break through whatever resistance it encounters when it squares Saturn on Monday. You can avoid a stressful situation for a week or so, but chances are your partner or a conscientious co-worker can't. Will you, can you help out?

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

This is the weekend to acquire a high-tech work of art or to be rewarded for inventing one. It's your special talent and idiosyncratic taste that counts now, plus an ability to be at the right place at the right time and not get tongue-tied. Keep a Gemini by your side just in case you need a translator, someone who'll sense the tone of the question and the mood of the inquisitor when curiously aggressive Mars pries into your affairs on Monday. You don't have to reveal more than you want to, but remember that you tend to be overly-protective if you're being criticized.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Another fabulous week as your Uranus ruler in your very own sign receives favors, compliments, good-looking merchandise and love from Venus and Mercury in affable Libra. The air (also the air signs) is good for you, so feel free to breathe deep and absorb the cultural influences being directed your way. A more significant payoff is due around Columbus Day. A problem can arise this weekend between an entrenched family member and an excitable partner, but if you're not there, do you care? Still, someone should keep an eye on the house.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

If you've been waiting for an infusion of blood-and-guts energy, you've got it. Because militant Mars enters your Virgo partnership sign this weekend, the companions you attract tend to be full of piss and vinegar. These ingredients will serve you well in October when you're a bit more entrepreneurial, but right now, they're probably too caustic for the folks in your immediate environment. Watch closely how people are reacting; you may have to step in on Monday and, like Mighty Mouse, save the day.

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