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GENERAL FORECAST: Wonderful oddities and a sense of awe as Venus aligns with unpredictable Uranus this weekend. Hold on to your heart because, in this off-the-wall emotional climate, it is easily stolen. This pairing of planets makes social situations so much more interesting than you anticipated, so accept all the invitations you're offered. Ya' never know. On Monday, the Libra sun trines inventive Uranus insuring that unusual ideas and inexplicable feelings will not come to naught. Rewards to those who follow their intuition, who seek a better tomorrow and especially those who love their fellow human beings. Do I hear, "... the dawning of the Age of Aquarius" in the background? There's a full moon rising on Friday, the 13th. Why not celebrate Halloween early, and for a really long time, this year? Get plenty of wear out of those sexy costumes from Trashy.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Direct your single-minded determination and a relatively rare, for a Ram, ability to see the practical side of the big picture to increasing your income and material assets. Right now you can also transform or resurrect resources that have lost their usefulness -- the maxed out credit card, the slightly disreputable (or if the truth be told, degenerate) group you ran with. Consider recycling your past with a creative end in mind -- write that satiric screenplay, sing your song after Mercury turns retrograde on the 18th.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Don't put all your eggs in one basket if you are emotionally tied to that basket or, for that matter, to the eggs. Your Venus ruler, in your Scorpio house of partners, is behaving erratically. And while the goddess might be exerting considerable influence over a client or your boss, you can't rely on her ability or her desire to make omelets. Of course, you realize that we all embody this goddess and that the on-again, off-again vibe is coming from you as well as your partners. Patience; the magical full moon on Friday the 13th reveals more than hidden agendas.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

First things first. Prepare for your Mercury ruler's backward flip on the 18th: Have the vehicles and both small and large appliances repaired. If they get fixed during retrograde, the work will probably have to be redone. Introduce yourself to the people you've been meaning to contact; otherwise it'll be phone tag forever. Buy stuff that you really need, e.g., a new bike or TV, before the god of transportation, commerce and communication shifts into reverse. Mercury will turn direct the night of the election -- imagine the mistakes and misspeaks that'll pop up in the interim!

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

During Libra domesticated Crabs are often tied to home and hearth; they can't bring themselves to leave the kitchen, and the kitsch, behind. Counteract your lack of mobility by cruising through cyberspace while high-tech Uranus dominates the Columbus Day weekend. At the full moon on the 13th, you can incorporate what you've learned from your visit. Crabs who are scurrying along, fueled by ambitious Mars in your money house, might be at a crossroads. Choosing power and corruption (is the fix in?) over an enthusiastic group of friends?

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Those crazy partners! What will they think of next? All you can count on this week is more uncertainty and an occasional flash of brilliance from the people with whom you spend most of your time. Take the opportunity to learn what is on their minds, what they foresee in the future and where you fit in. Most importantly, ask how your job description is going to change after nebulous Neptune in your house of work starts to move forward midmonth. Will you pick up where you left off in May when the planet of idealism, aesthetics and illusions flipped?

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

A misunderstanding with a neighbor or sibling doesn't have to upset you, unless someone's heart is being broken. Not yours. If you expect the unexpected from erratic Uranus, you'll be positioned to take advantage of any sudden opportunity to profit by the weirdness. This is also a good time to buy high-end electronic equipment, to get all the repairs done and to contact the folks you would like to reach before Election Day results affects your immediate environment. It's that time again, folks, your Mercury ruler will be retrograde from the 18th until November 7.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Contrary to popular opinion, the Balance can be quite opinionated, especially while your Venus ruler is in the "my way or the highway" sign of Scorpio (until the 19th). So if a flirtation or other creative game you've been playing suddenly changes gears this weekend, try real hard to make the necessary adjustment. Let go of the grudge the minute you realize you can reap a significant benefit from the new situation. That time comes as the Libra sun trines Uranus, the planet of originality and altruism, on Columbus Day.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Read for Libra. While magnetic Venus is in your sign, everybody wants a piece of you. How this delicious applecart gets upset depends largely on the crazy folks at your house and an addiction to sex on the net. Venus squares erotic Uranus this weekend and that makes relationships, budding and those in full bloom, tense. Will it be "love at first sight" or "fright night"? Plus, the waxing moon sheds its own brand of light. Oh, Mercury turns retrograde in Scorpio on the 18th for three weeks of "What should I have done differently?"

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

The push is on, and it's coming from a parent or employer who's all fired up because militant Mars is crossing your Virgo midheaven. Are you hearing "shape up or ship out" and "give it the old college try," refrains from a misspent youth, as you try to extricate yourself from the horns of your current dilemma? Will you reinvent yourself while Pluto in Sag urges you to clean up the mess you're in? Do you pursue a lifelong aspiration, instead, and leave the problem behind, (over)confident that it will resolve itself? Too much pressure, medicate.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Money is coming, the reputation is growing. Even if a friend, a socio-political or professional group you belong to is pestering you for donations, all for "the greater good," go ahead and give in. You'll still wind up way ahead. For a happy change, the Libra sun at the top of your chart, the place where your good name resides, is favoring a sometimes erratic money situation. This is a fine time to acquire what is needed to put you in the vanguard, also to accept rewards and compliments with grace and good humor.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

A change of heart can change everything else you're doing. While Venus challenges your not-that-consisent Uranus ruler this weekend, you might not want what you once wanted so badly. But since the harmonious Libra sun favors Uranus on Monday, the disruption will suit you just fine, you won't even be thrown off balance. How all this comes together will be a surprise, because that's what Uranus specializes in. January birthdays pick up on what was happening in May, when the planets in your sign went into reverse. Take out the paintbrushes; it's a renaissance.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

This weekend is a good time to tranquilize yourself, and, if you can pull it off, to retreat into your own (online?) world. You're under too much pressure from aggressive Mars, enthusiastic Jupiter and powerhungry, possibly corrupting, Pluto right now. Add a sneaky suspicion that you won't be able to handle having so much on your plate all at the same time. Rather than defend yourself from a partner, a parent and the person who signs your paycheck, not to mention your own anxiety, cool it. A turnaround is coming on the 15th when your Neptune ruler moves forward.

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