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GENERAL FORECAST: The last full moon (exact Friday at 1:53 a.m PDT) in Aries, the sign of the truthseeker, before the election brings the perceptions you've gleaned from the recent debates to center stage. Add the second Jupiter-Pluto opposition (the first took place on Labor Day) and you can feel the tension between the contenders, between overweening enthusiasm and consumate manipulation coming to a head. On Sunday we have two major planetary shifts: Neptune, retrograde since early May, the time of the powerful Taurus new moon lineup, turns direct and Saturn inches back from Gemini into Taurus. In case you wonder where the religious right disappeared to, Neptune's turnaround should again illuminate their presence. Saturn's reentrance into a practical earth sign gives you a bit more time to reconsider what your bottom line actually is. Saturn turns direct (along with Jupiter) right after the inauguration in January. On Wednesday morning Mercury goes retrograde, screwing up all sorts of travel arrangements, communications and statistical data, until the night of the election. Imagine what the next three weeks will be like!

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

The full moon in Aries can reveal more of your inner life to the rest of us than you were willing to expose. There's not much you can do about that except be gracious if you come under fire. Better to focus instead on a financial matter that was significant around Labor Day; it should reappear, in another variation, about now. Neptune turning direct at the top of your chart brings back a film or music project that has been in abeyance since May. So while changes are afoot, there's also closure ahead.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

"It furthers one to cross the great water." Take advice from the I Ching while Neptune, in your house of foreign travel and lifelong aspirations, changes direction. If you can't make the voyage just yet, surf the net instead. Reaching out to the great unknown, the land of limitless possibilities counteracts the frustration you may be facing when Saturn, that stern taskmaster, opposes your Venus ruler midweek. Only artists and dyed-in-the wool romantics have the patience and stamina to withstand the wear-and-tear on the heart and their art.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Restrictive Saturn might relax his grip on you when he slips back into Taurus this weekend, but Twins are not out of the woods, yet. Mercury, your trickster of a ruling planet, turns retrograde on the 18th for three weeks of fun, games and momentary memory loss. Where did you put the keys? Try to get organized while Friday's full moon clarifies what should and shouldn't be on your calendar. You're in creative space right now, so don't let yourself get bogged down by too many particulars. Besides, you're about to become a more social being.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

This full moon, cutting across your Aries midheaven and Libra nadir, asks the question: family or career? Who needs you more, the boss or your baby? What will satisfy you this week? Don't expect definitive answers because too many planets are "wobbling" between signs and changing direction. The Crab's reaction to emotions displayed on the full moon will change the way you perceive the kids, your playmates and lover during the next two weeks. Hearts are apt to harden, upper lips stiffen if a pal presses too hard.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Neighbors or relatively close relatives figure in this week's scenario. While most of the interaction is pleasant enough, (the Libra sun prefers harmony), there could be dramatic conflict when one stubborn member of the family opposes another. If something similar happened around Labor Day, blame the same Jupiter-Pluto opposition that is causing the stamping of feet now! Mercury turns retrograde on your nadir, where your roots are, so papers related to real estate matters should NOT be signed until Thanksgiving.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Money matters during this full moon. Weigh your choices and make a decision to buy or sell well before your Mercury ruler flips on the 18th. Also get communication systems set up, vehicles repaired, appliances delivered, letters written, etc. ASAP. You don't want to be caught playing phone tag or catch up for three interminable weeks. And if you haven't solidified plans for Thanksgiving, do that now, too. Although Mercury turns direct on Election Day, it won't advance past the point it is now until Turkey Day.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Take it easy. This is the full moon that puts your closest (or closet) relationship under the microscope, and while you usually are the forgiving kind, having a challenging opposition between your Venus ruler and stern Saturn can make your soft heart hard and cold. Other pressures come from taking a stand on a financial matter and refusing to be manipulated. Add confusion from Mercury's upcoming turnaround, a bit more from Neptune's changing approach to a domestic situation, and you can see why you should take it easy this week. Or take off.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

While you may be in a hurry to get everything sorted out before Mercury turns retrograde in your sign on the 18th, conflicting signals from other planets are coming at you. Maybe you should slow down so you can see what's going down. If you were affected by Jupiter's opposition to your Pluto co-ruler around Labor Day, chances are you'll have a similar experience now. Should you sense your allure is fading, it's because magnetic Venus is about to leave Scorpio, but not before she sends you into battle against a dirty old man or dowager queen.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Although all of us are not labor leaders or sports stars, many Archers will respond to the clarion call, the challenge put forth by this week's Jupiter-Pluto opposition the same way they did on Labor Day. But some will try to figure out if now is the time to head for Betty Ford or Jenny Craig, or if they should wait until the third opposition in May, after which there'll be no backsliding. Regenerative Pluto in Sag is urging you to become a better, wiser and wealthier you, even if it means subverting your Jupiterian ethics and eternal optimism.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

The Libra-Aries full moon sheds light on a family issue and a real estate matter. Who is going to live where? But while you may consider alternatives all weekend long, this is not the time to make a decision. Too many influences are in flux, not the least of which is your Saturn ruler returning to Taurus and a fixed frame of mind until mid-April. You also could be saddened by the disappointment a so-called friend puts you through during the Venus-Saturn opposition midweek, but you've survived a snub before and will again.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Aquarians born in January may be too spaced to do anything this week but daydream. While impressionable, imaginative Neptune turns direct in your sign, you won't be taking care of business, unless your business is making music or chemical compounds. Because Mercury is about to go retrograde in your career midheaven on Wednesday, the push is on to sign, seal and deliver before that eventful day dawns. However, a matter of the heart coming to a head, also on Wednesday, is what will touch you where you live.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Once again, Fish and Water-Bearers are swimming in the same stream, dancing to the rhythm of your Neptune ruler as it changes direction and heads forward again. Because of this wobble, plus a few others, you shouldn't take a stand one way or the other about any issue this week. Even if they call you 'wishy-washy,' wait until the fog clears, the spell is broken, the cold hearts are melting and Mercury retrograde is helping you review the mysterious workings of investment strategies and other esoteric topics, such as The Talmud and the Internet.

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