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GENERAL FORECAST: Since Mercury seems to be a significant factor in the current political brouhaha, you may be interested to know that the planet that turned direct the night of the election is all over the place this week. On Friday Mercury opposes Saturn, that staunch defender of tradition and rules. There could a bit of a shock on Saturday when Mars and unpredictable Uranus trine. On Sunday Mercury leaves dark and secretive Scorpio (where it's been since September 28 -- a long, long time) for Sagittarius. Monday, the sun and Pluto, lord of the plutocrats, combine forces to twist arms. Then on Wednesday, our guy Mercury sextiles Neptune, planet of faith and forgiveness before opposing Jupiter, the braggart.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Eloping? Resigning? Don't be surprised by spur of the moment decisions and radical -- even for you -- behavior. This week, while your curious Mars ruler is aligned with freedom-loving Uranus, you'll want to hang with your weirder friends, promote grass-root politics and social reforms. You're liable to wind up on the wilder, sexier side of the street without realizing that you're looking for adventure and whatever comes your way. Money, however, clearly comes from film and music ventures and, around the full moon, the stuff that dreams are made of.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Tried, true and traditional -- these are the values you cherish everytime your Venus ruler is befriended by stable Saturn. And while you're not always this conservative, doeesn't it feel good to play it safe and feel secure? Especially during the holiday season when parties bring out the worst and folks feel free to step over the line. Your attitude changes after Venus enters Aquarius on the 8th. Strict boundary lines get erased and you become more concerned about the rest of humanity. You're also willing to pay handsomely for being among the privileged.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Right now you're in the thick of relationship heaven, or, if you're trying to extricate yourself from one, hell. As the sun and powerful Pluto meet in your Sag marriage house, every move you two make can have far-reaching repercussions. The desire to lick wounds, repair the damage done and restore equanimity arises this strongly only once a year, so go for it. Your Mercury ruler can be sobering while it opposes Saturn this weeeknd, but by Wednesday, when your guy is in fiery Sag, look for an exciting, educational, even an exquisite experience.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Your date/mate and your friends finally get on the same page, establishing mutual appreciation for each other and more harmony for you. No matter how much time and attention another relationship (e.g., the kid before Christmas) demands, keep your eye on the progress your sweetie is making with your pals. Continued friction in the family circle as long as irritating Mars is in Libra, but there's a good chance someone will find the courage to rebel against tiresome traditions and set you all free. Otherwise, plenty of partying and fooling around.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Sexual tension is running high, sparks are flying and almost everyone -- siblings, neighbors, partners, even you -- is growing more passionate, also more determined to get their own way. As your sun ruler joins manipulative Pluto in "hail fellow, well met" Sagittarius, the playful Leo pussy cat can turn into a holy terror -- My place. My party. I won't take "no" for an answer. With so much psychic strength to fall back on, you could to the source of a toxic situation that's been eating at you, clean the slate and start fresh well before the new year.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22) Too many mood swings -- from down on Friday, dreamy and reclusive on Wednesday and way over-the-top on Thursday -- can make you more nervous than you usually get during the holiday season. Adjust your medication accordingly. Going shopping, particularly on the Net, while you're so gung-ho could instantly propel you light years ahead of your co-workers, and, incidentally, put you deeper in debt. State-of-the-art electronic gadgets call out your name, and if you have an itch to take flying lessons, now's the time to scratch it.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Fighting mad or fighting for the truth? Macho Mars in Libra continues to incite, inflame and make you hornier than you've been in a while. Luckily, courageous Mars is on friendly terms with the Uranian future, making this an excellent time to take a risk, to bet on yourself, your creativity and your kids. Or to have a one-nighter. How much capital will it take? It depends if the Sagittarius sun-Pluto conjunction is cleaning out your money house or resurrecting it. Either way, you're about to re-learn the value of a dollar.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

There's some Libran energy filtering through to you, adding "fairness" to your perpetual search for "the truth" and what it means. While your Mars co-ruler is favored by unpredictable and erotic Uranus this weekend, all sorts of surprises lie in wait. You're also especially powerful (do you really need to hear this?) because the sun is conjuncting your Pluto co-ruler. Now would be a good time to set a somewhat revolutionary plan in motion, update your electronic toys and replenish the source of your strength. Taking over the world is optional.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Happy birthday to the Centaurs who will make a discernible difference in the way we, the people deal with decay, disease and the abuse of power. As the Sag sun and regenerative Pluto merge this week, you become a force to be reckoned with. If ever you needed to rid yourself of a nasty habit or tap into the source of creative energy, now would be the time to follow through. The rest of us could take off on a wild ride when Mercury in Sag opposes our Jupiter ruler midweek. Where is the partnership headed?

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Don't let a downer mood on Friday, when Mercury and your Saturn ruler are in opposition, ruin your weekend. "Bad" news, as we've all come to realize, can suddenly turn into a blessing. So by Monday night, when Saturn is rewarded by magnetic Venus in your sign, you could be sitting on top of the world. Self-satisfaction and serenity become you. Ask for a reward befitting your position, because right now, chances are you won't be denied. Colleagues need to show how powerful they are, your boss wants to surprise you.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

It can get pretty exciting this weekend, especially if you're trying something new. While gutsy Mars favors your Uranus ruler, you'll have the courage and determination to go beyond whatever limits you once set for yourself. Unusual, state-of-the-art and ground-breaking are the criteria that matter. You also get help from above as the sun and powerful Pluto join forces in your career midheaven. If you want a favor, ask, or better still, subtly suggest it. But don't ask for money, that's not part of the present picture.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Success rears its Medusa-like head this week. What are you willing to risk and who will you piss off in your purusit? Don't invest your boss or the parents with too much power, even though the sun-Pluto conjunction at the top of your chart makes them appear more manipulative than usual. If you don't want to stand up to them, you can always pull a disappearing act or, like a Fish, wriggle out of an iffy situation. Next weekend is much more intellectually and socially rewarding. As for more money, that's up to your guardian angel.


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