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GENERAL FORECAST: It's that time of year again, the time to get devout about what you want for Christmas, other than "peace on earth." Mars and Pluto, the planets governing terrorist attacks, form a non-toxic, ostensibly friendly sextile over the weekend. Should you get irritated and sound off when Mercury and disruptive Uranus square Saturday morning, chances are you'll be sedated by the musical, spiritual sun-Neptune sextile that night. If choir practice is not your kind of venue, hit a blues club or sports bar. There's a new moon in athletic, prophetic Sagittarius Saturday at 3:11 p.m.. Should you want to initiate something, e.g., an important conversation, wait until there is sufficient new moon energy to propel it along. After an entire day of moon-voidness, lunar Capricorn kicks in just as Monday Night Football kicks off. That is also when the Sag sun and Jupiter, the god of gambling, oppose each other. An expensive, exuberant evening, to say the least. The real work week starts Tuesday.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

There could be strong sexual signals coming from the randy Ram this holiday weekend, so don't be surprised if you fall over yourself and the other celebrants in your pursuit of a suitable partner. Bet bests: Libra, Scorpio, Sag and another Aries in heat. Or you could make up up with your mate and soothe the savage beast that was raging within on Wednesday. Your Mars ruler is very busy right now, reaching out to, pawing over or sniping at significant others. Incidentally, while Mars is in Libra, all "others" are significant.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Cooling down from the heated controversy you may have gotten into when militant Mars challenged your Venus ruler on Wednesday is enough of an assignment. You don't have to bake pies, too. But you might be shelling out more than you intend on Monday when the sun and Jupiter in your money houses come to the end of their respective tethers. This week, enthusiasm is expensive. So are presents purchased to curry favor. If you have to go all out, buy something that will expand your body of knowledge and extend your network of contacts.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Up and down and quite contrary. Your mood can shift, your opinions change overnight while your Mercury ruler is tested by disruptive Uranus this weekend. The square aspect is difficult and it can make you a little nuts, but it can also propel you further along into your future. If you come across an inventive idea, or come up with one on your own, act quickly. But be sure to wait until you are certain that there'll be Sagittarius new moon energy to help get your proposal off the ground. Anytime after 9:38 p.m. PST Saturday is okay.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

The Sagittarius new moon occurs in the your house of romance, risk, entertainment and clever children. Find something fun you can focus on for the next four weeks and set it in motion anytime after Saturday. The next new moon/solar eclipse falls on Christmas Day; by then, the Moon Child will have a somewhat different agenda, one geared more toward a proper Capricornian family or business partnership. Friends can convince you to go way over your limit on Monday when the sun opposes generous Jupiter. Just a warning.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

The entertaining bug bites the Lion hard during Sagittarius. Even if you're hosting the Thanksgiving feast and its endless aftermath, you're bound to come up with another reason, another occasion to bring your favorite people together. The most imaginative ideas pass across your picture-it-perfect mind when artistic Neptune sextiles your sun ruler Saturday night. This friendly connection spans whatever distance might exist between you and a co-worker; extend the invitation after the sun reaches out to magnanimous Jupiter Monday night.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Like your Gemini brethren, you're apt to become a little crazed when your Mercury ruler squares erratic Uranus this weekend. Too much diversity, too many choices can disturb those pristine Virgo thought patterns. Pray for comfort and consolation, play lots of music or go on a movie marathon while the sun and Neptune urge all of us to lose our egos and rise above the mundane. Go easy on the substances you usually abuse, because, under this planetary configuration, a little goes a long way. The Sag new moon is the first step in cementing a relationship with a neighbor.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Your ballsy, take-the-bull-by-the-horns attitude because macho Mars is in Libra won't last forever. Since the Force is apparently with you, you're well-equipped to deal with a financial matter headon. Try it, you might like it. Why reenact the same old Libra diplomat role when the warrior within is demanding a victory? The new moon in Sagittarius could start a new cycle of desire, one that is less secretive, more "tell it like it is." With Jupiter acting up on Monday, everything you do, buy or promise will tend to be extravagant.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

A sense of well-being continues as long as Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets, stay on friendly terms. Their sextile this weekend is the last significant aspect they form until they meet in Sagittarius in March; at that time the conjunction will initiate another two-year cycle of empowerment. Mid-September '99 was the last time they conjoined; think back, what's happened since? Another lunar cycle starts with the sun and moon at 4 Sag on Saturday; for most Scorps, the first house of personal appearance and self-esteem will be activated. Clean up nice.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

The Sagittarius sun opposes your lucky Jupiter ruler on Monday, but the urge to go all out, to be dangerously enthusiastic and outrageously generous might affect you for days before and after. How big a lottery jackpot can you buy into? What sort of sucker odds will you take? Be careful. The opposition is an annual event, but because it occurs across the Sag-Gemini axis this year, the effect is like a double-whammy. Set a course for yourself at the Sag new moon on Saturday so you won't be completely blown away when a burst of manic energy zaps you.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Lay back, bide your time and enjoy the perks people are laying on you simply because magnetic Venus is in your sign (until December 8.) You can't help being so attractive, so sought after this time of year. Colleagues and wanna-be friends might become a little over-bearing when the sun opposes jolly Jupiter in your house of fun and games Monday night. But other than that, there's nothing, except a bit of unexpected news or a computer glitch that will rain on your parade.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Read for Capricorn since every now and then the two signs travel on parallel paths. Yours might come to a fork in the road when Mercury tests your Uranus ruler this weekend, but faith in whatever elevates you to higher plane will get you where you want to go. As the sun sextiles Neptune in your sign, your spiritual side becomes stronger and more apparent. However, since we rarely know what you're really feeling, you could easily pull off a successful scam. Other artists can also do very well since people tend to overspend during a sun-Jupiter opposition.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

'Tis the season to be tense. Saturday's new moon in Sagittarius signals it's time to escape for the holidays. Anywhere you put yourself, even in an armchair with a picture book, will be better for your mental health than subjecting your nerve endings to so much stimulation, such exaggeration. I'm being cautious because the annual sun-Jupiter opposition this year affects the family and your boss. Martyrdom, enhanced by the sun's favorable sextile to your Neptune ruler, can be another escape. Perhaps you've gone that route before?


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