ROCKIE HOROSCOPE 57

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: I hope I'm wrong, but from the gitgo I've felt that George W's 13 degree Cancer sun makes him more acceptable to the voters simply because the USA natal sun is also at 13 Cancer. Al Gore's 11 Aries sun squares (irritates) us, and his 3 Capricorn moon goes against the USA love of luxury and ease, our Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Cancer. You want to know why Americans are obese -- ever-expansive indulgence in the sign of the Crab, the kitchen, the cookie, the chip, etc.. However, there IS a good chance there'll be an upset. Not only does Mercury, ruler of number crunching and media mistakes, turn direct in Libra, the sign of fair play, at 6:28 Election Night, but the 16 Scorpio sun and unpredictable Uranus form a shocking square. Add the fact that transiting Jupiter is right on the USA Uranus at 9 Gemini, and the odds of being surprised improve a lot. Incidentally, the Pisces moon goes void at 6:04 p.m PST so vote early, vote often.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)
Yes, you're strong, but you are not invincible. Although your Mars ruler is being supported by the entire Saturnian power structure, you are still subject to exhilarating flights of fancy. Watch that rich imagination of yours, especially when you are visualizing the next career move. Projecting is a valuable attribute of filmmakers and polltakers, but if you're a working stiff, you can't let yourself get carried away. Spin doctors and makeup artists are exceptions, they always do well when nebulous Neptune has free rein. Incidentally, still wearing your Halloween mask?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Sociable and philosophical is not that odd a combination; who says party conversation can't rise above dish? While your Venus ruler is in fancy-free Sagittarius, you'll pull in folks who see the bigger picture and have higher hopes, the professors and world travelers. Unfortunately this phase of your life passes all too quickly; by next weekend, Venus will be attracting tried-and-true traditionalists, people who diligently practice until they get it right. Knowing what rigors lie ahead, and the company you're going to be keeping, go for broke while you can.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Enough indecision and unconscious errors! Your Mercury ruler is getting ready to change direction again, so things are going to be questionable and annoying at least through Election Night. Don't let these flips upset your schedule, or your home life, any more than they need to. Plus, the erratic sun-Uranus square Wednesday may disrupt everybody's belief system. No one can be certain that the candidate who is leading in the polls will be the one who takes office. Meanwhile, more pretty people to spend time with. Lucky you.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Those spiritual brothers and sisters you value so highly return the favor when they offer to plug you into their networks of peers and pals. Because Mercury is getting ready to turn around, delay making connections until the planet of meet-and-greet flips forward on the 7th. Although putting off the initial contact doesn't guarantee success, it does tip the scales a bit more in your favor. Periods of retrograde are best spent finishing up old business, checking in with old friends, checking out the ex.

LEO (July 23-August 22)
Topsy-turvy at worst, slightly inconvenienced at best. A semi-annual adjustment is scheduled for mid-week when your sun ruler and unpredictable Uranus (in your house of partners, no less) put the screws to each other. Don't count on the people you spend a lot of time with to be much help; they'll be reacting to an unexpected occurence at the same time you are. In fact, they're probably contributing to whatever is upsetting you. Mercury flipping forward after three weeks of showing you a piece of your past serves as an exclamation point to the entire experience.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)
Virgins, especially those born close to the Libra cusp, have enormous energy, determination and the power to harness the powers that be; not the forces that'll be being ushered in after the inauguration. To learn a lot and be effective in this period of transition, stick to the old guard, the reverend fathers and time-honored practices, the practical Saturnian stuff you still need to master. Once your Mercury ruler turns direct on the 7th, you'll have a reason to use the knowledge you've gleaned from an old-boy network, no matter which culture it comes from.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)
Yes, it feels weird out there and people are wired, but you can avoid the worst of the changes going down on a personal level. (God only knows how you'll react to the final results of the elections.) Stay focused on sharing what you know with folks you'd like to know better. Hang out, go for coffee. Your Venus ruler is in Sagittarius for such a short time, use the visit to expand your interests and list of interesting people. And don't worry about being shy -- gutsy Mars enters Libra on the 3rd, doesn't leave until winter arrives.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)
Happy birthday. No matter how old you are, whether the year is significant or not a big deal, Scorpio 2000 commemorations carry heavy weight and import. Partially because Mercury in your sign is turning direct on the 7th, partially because the Scorpio sun, by squaring Uranus on the 8th, is catapulting you head first into the future. Some may be upset by changes at home, some will welcome the freedom. Thanks to a basic stability (your Mars co-ruler has support from rock-solid Saturn) underlying crucial relationships, you'll land on your feet.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)
Go shopping, get a good haircut, forget how erratically the world is spinning. While you have delectable, deliciously romantic Venus in your sign (only until the 12th) take advantage of your ability to look surprisingly good. Have a pre-holiday mini-celebration, buy art for the house, make some art, too. Friends who are normally oblivous can benefit from Mercury flipping on Election Day, same for those pals who are tightly wired into the Web. A shock of recognition midweek can run up the spine of your relatives, but it won't phase you.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)
Ambitious Goats born on January 18, 19 or 20 can take over the world as soon as they realize that they have the support of their devoted Saturn ruler and militant Mars. But if you have no desire to dominate the scene, if all you want to do is score points with horny guys and father figures, then you're in luck. This is the weekend to make a favorable impression. Insure that it remains a good one by keeping your mouth relatively shut. Mercury turning direct transmits mixed signals and the wrong information, and that can lead to an expensive proposition.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)
Like Leo, you have a strong response to the periodic tremors shaking up your scene whenever the sun aligns with Uranus, your ruling planet. Such a disruptive event is scheduled for the 8th. But even if you emerge unscathed, if an earthquake doesn't hit home, if the election doesn't strike terror in your heart, you'll still feel something new has begun. Marshalling this energy, putting it into a creative context could keep you busy until your birthday, which is the next time you're going to feel this stirred. Onward and upward.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)
Despite the glyph, two fish headed in different directions, it is the ribbon connecting them that tells me all of you are of one mind. An idea, a question is put out there and, in no time, every Fish picks up on it. Perhaps this is also a result of Mercury being retrograde in Scorpio, another water sign; maybe it's simply your innate ability to read each other's minds. Anyway, the answer to the question: "When will Mars be in Pisces so I can get my eyes-nose-mouth-ears-face done?" is from mid-December 2001 until mid-January 2002.

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