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GENERAL FORECAST: A big boost of confidence, the courage to move forward, the impetus to break out of the old mode. As energizing Mars and magnanimous Jupiter trine on the 16th, there is a huge desire to gamble and to be richly rewarded for a risk taken in early October when Mars and Jupiter formed a challenging square. Prosperity is the goal of this combination and ambition the fire that fuels it. Sports fans are beyond thrilled whenever Mars the athlete and Jupiter the sportsman align. But beware the downer that comes when the sun faces opposition from anxiety-ridden Saturn on Sunday; that mood can last until Venus squares Mars Thanksging Eve and you get into a fight with your mate. Nothing causes friction between women and men, the female and the male principles, like this sexy, provocative square. Scorpionic survival techniques -- Mars and Pluto, the planets that rule the sign of strategic maneuvers, are in a cooperative sextile -- should get you through the holiday feast intact.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Take off on your big -- well, bigger than a pee-wee -- adventure this week while your Mars ruler and expansive Jupiter form a rewarding trine. If you, the eternal freelancer, ever harbored thoughts of becoming an entrepreneur, now would be a good time to launch a project, preferably in partnership. Mars in your Libra marriage house emphasizes the advantage of having two minds working out one problem. However, differences may surface just before Thanksgiving. Blame an eye for beauty, too many invitations or perhaps a cherished memory of make-up sex.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Picking up every stitch that was dropped while Mercury was retrograde in your Scorpio house of close relationships? Don't be dismayed if you're stopped dead in your tracks while trying to close the gap between the two of you. Right now, as the sun opposes strict Saturn, partnership matters are weighted down by responsibility and stodginess. You can clear the air and excite the senses on the 22nd, but first you may have to fight another round in the battle of the sexes. It can't be helped; when Venus and Mars aren't on friendly terms, neither are you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Push comes to shove when energetic Mars favors enthusiastic Jupiter in your sign this weekend. It's time to get off your duff, stop conceptualizing and take action. The rewards are already sitting there, waiting to be claimed. You might even get tacit approval from that powerful presence -- your partner in crime -- on Thanksgiving. The feast is followed by unaccountable shifts in mood, odd games invented to psyche someone out. The Sagittarius new moon on the 25th introduces another potential partner or a willing co-worker. For that alone you should give thanks.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Family solidarity shows up this weekend, so honor clan traditions while everyone is in the proper mood. The long Thanksgiving weekend might become fractious and too unpredictable for a sentimental Crab. Girls and boys get down and dirty midweek because their hormones are acting up and each team wants to triumph over the other. You could catch flak from both sides since Venus in Capricorn and Mars in Libra are poised to blame the Moon Child for whatever goes wrong. Are you willing to play (without hamming it up too much) the martyr?

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Every now and then, like now, when your sun ruler faces off against staid, sensible Saturn, you feel the pressure to conform, to accept something simply because that's the way it is. Get through this weekend without raising a ruckus or pissing off an authority figure, and you'll be rewarded as the month ends. How well do you have to behave at Thanksgiving? Gracious and gentle with the guests whose heads are in the clouds. Douse them with a heavy dose of fantasy and drag them to every glamorous event you can. Sagittarius is your time to sparkle.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Virgins born in August might see real money, a major reward for being in the right place at the right time and, this is key, asserting yourself. The September born just get the glory, not the gelt. You can ask, but because your Mercury ruler is under the influence of erratic Uranus, you might not get the answer you expect. Wait until the 27th to go all out. Meanwhile, the holiday weekend could be fraught with tension for no other reason than a hormonal imbalance. Women, especially those who rule the roost, feel they are under attack; men think they should be appreciated more. This, too, shall pass.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Feeling feisty? Mars in Libra is trying to get the best of your Venus ruler, currently in your Capricorn house of competitive siblings and fine china. How you reconcile the conflict is beyond me, but you'll find a way to project a stronger sense of self while placating the female forces gathered at your table. Once this predictable (and periodic) battle is over, go shopping for stuff that can heal a sore spot, e.g., a computer game you can lose yourself in or a series of salt wraps and mud baths.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Lighten up. Your Mars co-ruler is urging you to use your network of friends to soar above the murky waters you tend to wallow in when the sun is in Scorpio. Air and fire, intelligence and spirit, are the elements that will make this holiday memorable; Gemini and Sagittarius the signs that'll provide opportunities to escape and enjoy. However, first you may have to deal with the urge to get the best of someone or a pressing need to buy your way out of a tricky romantic situation or to see that "justice" is served.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

A boost of energy, both physical and intellectual, while adventurous Mars supports your Jupiter ruler this weekend. Partnership matters receive most of the juice, so if you're on the verge of committing to someone (in business or in life), you'll get a push now. Convenient? Maybe not, but you can follow up with your own agenda after the holiday weekend is over. A new moon in Sag on the 25th inaugurates a lunar cycle of personal growth that is closely tied to "gets along with others." Recharging your batteries during reclusive Scorpio seems to be working.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

This fortnight, the Force, in the guise of peer group support, might not be with you. While the sun opposes your Saturn ruler, obstacles you didn't know about can pop up in the oddest places, particularly on the playing field or in a concert venue. Check to see if something similar happened at the end of July when Saturn was sitting on the same spot it is now. No matter how you try to avoid it, there'll be friction (and heat generated) when horny Mars challenges Venus in your sign on the 22nd. Who will you bump into on your way home for the holiday?

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

A significant breakthrough, a high score on the emotional scale as Mars trines Jupiter in air signs, and they in turn energize your Aquarius birth planets in a Grand Air Trine. Yes, this is a big deal, that's why it's capitalized. This infusion of balls and brains should get you over whatever hump you need to surmount, past the resistance put up in your Scorpio midheaven, the place where your employer and the family's good name reside. Surprises on the 25th when Mercury says something that shakes you up. A new career opportunity follows.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Fish should glide through the entire Thanksgiving experience without encountering any of the friction the other signs are subject to. Good, this way you won't spoil the gravy or slam into your sister. A sense of fair play dominates your relationships right now, so assume you'll be the peacemaker when the rest of your crew pulls rank or gets rank. Expect a certain amount of hanky-panky and a juicy scandal while kith and kin play footsie under the table. Not you, you'll come out of the weekend with your reputation for saintliness intact.

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