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GENERAL FORECAST: Culmination. That's what we expect and that's what we get from a full moon, but closure is something else. What began Thanksgiving weekend with the Sagittarius new moon -- e.g., Harris awarding Florida's 25 electoral votes to Bush -- reaches the point of no return (figuratively) when the sun and moon oppose each other on Monday, Dec. 11 at 1:03 a.m. PST. But before we get that far, we'll encounter the second of three inspirational (and/or delusional) Jupiter-Neptune trines. The first one occured just before the GOP convention in July when Neptune was retrograde. "What were we thinking?" For this trine, it's Jupiter that's retrograde. "What are we hoping for?" The third trine takes place between April Fools' Day and Passover when both planets are direct. "What will we have?" But wait, there's even more phenomenal phenomenon on the 11th! Beneficial Venus and Jupiter bring the best of luck and happiness when then trine that Monday afternoon. Then a Mercury-Pluto meeting uncovers secretive, subversive stuff that can reveal how much we've been manipulated over the past year. On the 12th, the last day that the electors are chosen, Venus and Neptune conjunct. Usually, when these planets align, we're given the Grammys and Oscars or the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Stick to the "couple" mentality, partnering whenever you can with whomever is available. You'll do better as part of a pair while your Mars ruler travels through Libra, your marriage sign. Just before Christmas, both Mars and your focus shift to sexy, secretive Scorpio and the money that can be mined from hidden sources. You'll get a hint where that mother lode may be found around the full moon. So get out and about, keep your ears attuned to gossip and pay attention -- if need be, homage -- to angelic women in your field.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The loveliest time of the year is when your Venus ruler is rewarded by magnanimous Jupiter. During the holiday season, the magical day -- when you can do no wrong, when your heart is full and your pockets are, too, -- is Monday. You'll experience something like this outpouring of love and luck again in August and November, but this is the week you also get to soar to spiritual heights. Such a pretty picture might fade after Venus and artistic Neptune merge on the 12th, so do something concrete to remember it by. Burn a CD.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

What happens this week and how you feel about it may turn out to be "much too much." Such exuberance, so many revelations, the realization that you indeed are blessed can be wearing on your nerve endings. Relax, basically you're protected from the damage done by wretched excess through Venus' pure love of Jupiter in Gemini. Although the full moon in your sign Monday can expose more than you want to show, after Tuesday, the spotlight dims, the pace slows down. A co-worker's secret will make a big difference in 2001.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Every full moon has a different impact on the Moon Child. This weekend's Gemini full moon highlights the hermit aspect of the Crab personality. So if you feel like hiding out, keeping to yourself and your own kind, here's your bona fide excuse. When you're simply not in the mood, a staggering abundance of enthusiasm and jolly good will coming at you from fire and air signs can be overwhelming. Where's a low-key water sign when you need one? Unfortunately, the Fish is too high strung right now to offer much comfort; get down with Scorpio instead.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

You're all over the place this week, beaming brightly and radiating warmth like your sun ruler. When the fiery Sag sun and unpredictable Uranus align, a connection to the odd-man-out, the rebel within could change your holiday plans or stir up a relationship that seemed firmly established. The full moon in Gemini revolves around fun, games and entertaining the folks who appreciate your creativity; one of them may become the next partner. A powerful healing vibe on the 12th, especially if, like Bush and Gore, you have Leo rising.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

All the mutable signs, the folks who can adjust at a moment's notice to a new situation, no matter how scary, will be out there dancing as fast as they can this weekend. That's because the Gemini full moon is pressing on points that feel like sore spots. A career or family matter comes to a head then, but you might also have to react to a nasty neighborhood scandal, new information about a sibling or more media mischief. Cautious Virgos don't bet the farm or believe everything they hear on ESPN. Even art and romance, the art of romance, is skewed.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Like Virgo, you might be overstating the power of love and self-sacrifice. You're vulnerable to a scam right now, so although the idea of an ideal romance is lifting you higher and higher, you should find some ground to keep one foot on. There's joy and jubilation because generous Jupiter favors your Venus ruler. While you've benefited from their connection before, for the first time in many years almost all the goodies they come up with are being directed to Librans, with a few for Aquarians and Geminis. Just in time for the holidays. What luck!

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

You don't have to get caught up in the manic madness that prevails this weekend, but you might have to cover-up what's revealed when Mercury and your Pluto co-ruler meet early in the work week. Don't let a juicy scandal spill over and make a smooth relationship sticky; also, double-check financial transactions. A strong whiff of martyrdom exuded by a roommate or family members can offend you more than you think. Deal with it immediately, you don't want to hear another "holier than thou" riff after Venus and Neptune get together on the 12th.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

High and happy as can be. Your exuberance is contagious, your vision inspirational. That's because idealistic Neptune and your optimistic Jupiter ruler are in a supportive trine aspect. Anticipate more of the goodies you received, the wonderful feeling you had the first time they trined at the end of July. Add affection and good luck from the Venus-Jupiter trine, insights about your unconscious motivation from the Mercury-Pluto conjunction in Sag, the delirium of the full moon in your Gemini marriage house, and, presto, you are lit.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Race through this week, keeping up with your Christmas list of deadlines, without faltering; then, when it's over, you can slow down and prepare for the winter solstice and the Goat's season in the sun. Thankfully, not much of the madness reflects on you personally, but since you're surrounded by so much planetary activity in Sag and Aquarius, you might feel the repercussions. Unless, like the Moon Child, you opt for hiding from full moon lunacy and stay far from the madding crowds. Jim Carrey may be a Capricorn, but you're no Grinch.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

The Water-Bearer is right in the swim of things, the flavor of the month, the dazzling star at the top the tree. All because magnetic Venus graces Aquarius with her presence early Friday (and stays through New Year's Day). She brings love and luck, particularly on Monday, but all weekend long you'll be showered with glorious idealism, visions and artistry. Performers excel on Tuesday when Venus and magical, musical Neptune meet. If you don't have a paying gig, hit the streets and bring some joy to the world.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

"The Eyes of Tammy Faye" epitomizes what can happen to you when enthusiastic Jupiter and your Neptune ruler trine. How glamorous is glamorous, how much faith is faith enow? The mascara gets piled on thick when Venus joins Neptune on Tuesday; that spiritual union could take you directly from glorious to chaotic. A tough week for a Fish who's being urged to jump into the Sag fire if you wanna be free or take to the air with Aquarius and Gemini pals for some stomach-turning loop-de-loops. Are we having fun, yet?


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