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GENERAL FORECAST: Welcome to the real millennium, not last year's marketing bonanza. Nothing quite as dramatic as the once-every-20 year Jupiter-Saturn conjunction for us in 2001, but there's enough lying in wait to keep us on our toes. First, the Mercury retrograde schedule: February 3-25 in Aquarius, June 3-27 in Gemini, October 1-22 in Libra. This year, Venus gets to do a turn, going retrograde in Aries from March 8-April 19; be prepared for less loving, less money. Mars retraces his steps in Sagittarius from May 11-July 19. Jupiter, currently retrograde, turns direct at 1 Gemini on January 25, the day after Saturn faces forward at 24 Taurus. Also on the 24th, enter the Year of the Snake. Saturn goes retrograde again at Yom Kippur, September 26. Neptune and Uranus continue to inch further into Aquarius, turning retrograde in May for five months as usual. Pluto, currently direct, flips on St. Patrick's Day at 15 Sagittarius, half-way through the sign of education, travel and overpaid sports stars. Is it time to attack violence in the schools, mile-high plane fares and outrageous power prices? Jupiter, ruler of megabucks, switches modes from an-idea-a-minute Gemini to nurturing, family-centered Cancer on July 12; the giant planet heads backwards on November 2. This shift of focus is the biggest change we'll see in 2001. No sign of HAL.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

2001 arrives amid fantasy and fanfare, but try not to be the one who gets blown away. Artistic, impressionable and alcoholic Neptune can overpower your Mars ruler while they form a challenging square on January 1. No drinking, no driving, no drugs; just playing music, taking photos and reciting poetry, please. Because you'll probably be delusional as well, don't make any resolutions (that you won't be able to keep) either. Except to finish your movie and find sufficient funding for other projects in the coming year. Your repetoire is expanding.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You'll finally get rid of restrictive Saturn in your sign when Taurus begins in April. Enough of feeling something is lacking, that you have to be serious and toe the line! You might get another taste of those emotions this weekend while your Venus ruler and Saturn test the limits of your patience, the extent of your affection. Once again, a woman at work or the head of the family can personify this tendency to hold back. How to handle it? By showing more patience, more love. Will this lesson never end? Yes, in April. Happy Birthday.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Be sure to clip the General Forecast so that you're well aware of the three times in the coming year that your Mercury ruler is retrograde. Once that's done, you can fantasize on how to best spend those "vacations" from the daily grind. Seriously, clever Twins often travel, hassles and delays notwithstanding, since they know from experience that nothing new happens when Mercury is retrograde. Visiting old friends or introducing them to your scene is one edifying option. P.S. Jupiter leaves Gemini in July; sic transit gloria mundi.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Your good fortune increases considerably after lucky Jupiter enters Cancer on July 12, a happy birthday blessing you receive only once every 12 years. Need I tell you that you should make the most of the opportunities that'll be coming your way? Would you please mark your calendar now. Not that anything terrible is scheduled until then, it's just that sometimes Crabs get so negative, so protective of themselves that they forget that the sun will come up tomorrow. New Year's might be strange -- the partner spaced out, the home fires burning way too bright. Chill.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Since your sun ruler never goes retrograde, you can't use that as an excuse for why things are fucked. Besides the usual Mercury retrograde messes and mishaps, expect a slowdown in May when the planets in your Aquarius house of partners turn retrograde for five months. Lots of action, not all of it above board, while macho Mars and sexy Pluto meet during March madness. Lions who don't have a luxurious enough lair may become daemonic about domestic matters when Jupiter goes into Cancer, the sign of the remodeled kitchen, in July.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

While you're making your list (of New Year resolutions) and checking it twice, consider the fact that fallacy reigns supreme whenever chaotic Neptune is the picture. On January 1 the planet of questionability colors whatever vision you come up with. Why is this important? Because Mars in your money house is involved; therefore, you're liable to do something reckless, not to mention foolish, with your Christmas gift certificates. Better to spend the day recovering from a magical, musically spectacular night. Clip and save the General Forecast for important info about Mercury.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

The holiday season is usually stressful simply because the Capricorn sun squares your own Libra planets. Who needs another challenge when there are packages to deliver, events to attend and people to feed? Knowing that the strain will eventually abate, say around Inauguration Day, try not to take the added pressures to heart. And while I don't see a series of massages in your immediate future, after your Venus ruler gets deeper into empathetic Pisces and your house of health, they should materialize, say the middle of the month.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Almost everything I wrote for Aries applies to you, except the bit about the movie. Your artistic project is related more to the Internet and other outlets you can access from home. However, the delusional Mars-Neptune square can be dangerous; please take the warnings about abuse seriously. You don't want to wake up tanked and in the tank. If you're so inclined, 2001 would be an excellent year to rehabilitate your image, undergo nip-and-tuck surgery or come out of the closet. Rebirthing occurs as Mars and your Pluto co-ruler converge around St. Patrick's Day.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Assuming that you find/found an appropriate partner while your Jupiter ruler passes/passed through your Gemini marriage house, you'll be happy to know that domestic bliss awaits you in July when Jupiter moves on to the sign of the Moon Child. But what about karmic Saturn entering Gemini in mid-April for two-and-a-half years? Will you stay commited to working out the difficulties that'll arise from this major life-lesson? What did you do when Saturn lumbered through from 1972-1974? Reincarnate? Divorce? Lose a parent?

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

You might not be quite as content with your lovelife (or lack thereof) after your Saturn ruler moves out of Taurus, a compatible earth sign, into Gemini, a jittery air sign, in mid-April. So make the most of the comfort zone you seem to be in. Jupiter entering Cancer, the sign of your soul mate, brings luck and prosperity through significant others. Money flows in (and out) in unusual ways while two outer planets in the Aquarius new age/new economy continue to occupy your house of values. However, this weekend may turn out to be unexpectedly expensive and/or disappointing.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Your sign is divided into two camps: Aquarians born in January who are, and have been, under Neptune's idealistic, illusory influence, and the natives born between February 6 and Valentine's Day who have erratic, exotic Uranus overhead. Not much changes in 2001, those slow-moving planets sure move slowly. However, for those contemplating parenthood, good news. Expansive, protective Jupiter travels through your house of creativity, risk, and incidentally, romance. Restrictive Saturn is still in the real estate sector, but its grip loosens up after tax time.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Most Pisceans are still trying to decide: who are my friends, what group do I belong to? Good luck. As long as your impressionable Neptune ruler dominates your 11th house, you'll continue to flip-flop. February Fish might have 12th house questions about faith, retirement and an addiction to healing therapies. Everybody benefits from Jupiter's shift out of dualistic Gemini into caring, comforting Cancer, a compatible water sign, in July. However, Saturn in Gemini will present problems concerning siblings, neighbors and effective communication. Writer's block?

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