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GENERAL FORECAST: Friday marks the beginning of Jupiter's four-month retrograde period. Jupiter will ostensibly be moving backward from 11 to one degree of Gemini until January 25, when along with Saturn, retrograde since September 12, the planet of prosperity will turn direct. How this about-face will affect the economy is beyond my limited knowledge of markets, however, financial, travel, publishing and educational matters that need to be reconsidered or restructured should be done during the retrogression. Getting you off your butt and into the process are two contradictory impulses: the lucky sun-Jupiter trine Tuesday has you jumping for joy; the in-your-face, destructive squares from Mars to Pluto and Jupiter midweek will scare the shit out of you. Be careful, don't blow your top.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

You might have to retrace the steps you took this summer to maximize a financial opportunity or a lesson about what you truly value. On Friday "see new sights" Jupiter is joining Saturn which has already turned retrograde in your money house. Chances are you'll be reliving a recent growth experience, reevaluating what you've learned and profited from until the glad/sad day one of those four-letter words (GORE/BUSH) is inaugurated and the two planets turn direct. Take it particularly easy and try to keep calm; midweek, an explosive situation could do just that.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

How you manage to sneak a little romance into a hectic week when so many things you're involved with are headed for some sort of turnaround is truly admirable. However, while your Venus ruler in your Scorpio marriage house is harmoniously aligned with sexy Mars, you can't help choosing what feels good, as opposed to what might be exciting as well as a little frightening. Bulls born close to the Gemini cusp get to repeat stuff that started around Memorial Day weekend, only now you know what to look -- and look out -- for.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

As soon as you determine what has changed since protective Jupiter entered Gemini in July, you'll be alerted to the next phase that starts when Jupiter turns retrograde on Friday. You might not get the answers right away, but you will sense something is different; also that an adjustment to the new set of circumstances, whatever they turn out to be, will have to be made. You get until late January, when Jupiter turns direct again, to make it. Meanwhile, this weekend is filled with fantasties, but not a whole lot of fantasy fulfillment. Dream on.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Remember that there is a powerful new moon urging you to actively pursue decidedly dramatic creative goals, not the least of which is reproduction. (I don't mean photocopies.) Knowing that fertility is ruled by the moon, your ruling orb, make sure that it's you who is calling the shots, not a personification of Luna or, for that matter, Madonna. Jupiter flipping in your house of group action can provide a chance to link up with people you may have blown off since your birthday, since Jupiter first entered flit-from-here-to-there Gemini. How's the car holding up?

LEO (July 23-August 22)

No matter what (body) language the words are couched in, expect to hear something that sounds a lot like a postponement shortly after Jupiter turns retrograde this weekend. But don't get discouraged; during the four-month retrogression period, there'll be ample opportunities to insure that the next career move you make won't be as over-hyped, and ultimately as boring, as the last. Meanwhile Tuesday can be very fortunte -- lucky Jupiter favors the sun in your money house, so go ahead, take that chance, spend the bucks, have a ball.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

A career or family matter undergoes some sort of change when expansive Jupiter, at the top of your solar chart, turns tail. And while continuous forward movement sounds like it would be a good thing, every now and then you need to regroup, rethink your goals and revisit the places (in your mind, as well) you've recently raced through. But those are considerations for the reflective Virgo personality. This week active Virgo may decide to break through on two fronts when take-charge Mars in your sign provokes both domineering Pluto and "go for broke" Jupiter.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

All things good, bad and beautiful that happen this week stem from your relationship to other people's money. On one hand you can be especially fortunate simply because the Libra sun and lucky Jupiter form a rewarding trine. Tuesday night at 8:08 PDT is the time to pick winning numbers, take part in a celebration and be generous to each other. On the other hand, pressure from a manipulative Scorpio, an impatient Virgo, even an overly enthusiastic Sag, can turn a joint financial matter into a minefield. Venture there at your own risk.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

A sociable weekend, good for forging peace treaties and making promises that don't have to be fulfilled until next year. Jupiter turning retrograde could put one prospective or prosperous partner on hold until the Superbowl, but, rest assured, he or she won't drop entirely out of sight. However, the event to be prepared for is a knock 'em dead, drag down inner conflict Tuesday when Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets, square off. This dilemma can affect your career, your family's reputation, your bank statement and that partner/client relationship we spoke of earlier.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Retrograde doesn't necessarily mean "out of commission." Although things may slow down while your Jupiter ruler heads back through territory you've already covered, think of the retrogression as a period of review, not a reversal of fortune. There'll be other opportunities to develop the relationships that sprang up over the summer, without having to make a commitment to keep going full steam ahead. Harmony and equivocation are the rewards the Libra sun bestows when it aligns with lucky Jupiter midweek. Twice blessed.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

With only one planet, Mars, in earth signs, I'd be surprised if you're reaping an appreciable harvest from the seeds you've sown. That situation come to a dramatic crossroads this week as Mars attacks Pluto in your house of groups, such as the union, your social circle or the NCAA, and Jupiter in your house of creativity, games of chance and romance. Shake things up, if only to see if the flaky air signs fall out of the picture, the fire signs burn out and the water signs go down the toilet chasing after that "funny feeling."

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

A family or real estate matter could change after Jupiter turns retrograde at the bottom of your chart, the spot where you've laid down roots. No biggie, because, once Aquarius begins, the situation with modifications will come off the back burner. However, now is a good time to seek additional monies. While the friendly Libra sun and generous Jupiter are in harmony, obtaining a loan, extending your credit line or acquiring a thing of beauty should be easier than at any other time of the year. How many shopping days 'til Xmas?

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Not the best of times for Fish who were born when February ends or March begins. Antagonistic Mars in your Virgo house of partners manages to attack on two fronts simultaneously (career and family) and deflect the anger back to you. Neat trick, huh? It's not done with mirrors, but because you may be distracted by poetry readings, concert tours and other religious rituals, you'll neglect to pay sufficient attention to what's eating your mate. It's not the end of the world, but it may take until the Superbowl for the family to relent. Forgive and forget? Ha!


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