Rockie Horoscope 66

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GENERAL FORECAST: Luxuriate in the pleasure of wretched excess this weekend while Venus and generous Jupiter deliver way too much of the best of everything. Many lottery tickets and charge slips later, resolve to be more circumspect after Mercury favors practical Saturn Saturday night. Is it possible that gala Twelfth Night festivities will be good for business? The Capricorn new moon from Christmas Day reaches fullness in Cancer at 12:24 p.m. PST Tuesday, the 9th. Unless you're in Europe, Micronesia, Australia or on the high seas, you'll probably miss the first total lunar eclipse of the new millennium. Let's hope CNN televises the event. On Thursday, the 11th, Mercury in early Aquarius trines Jupiter in early Gemini, a combination that rewards publishing, online airline sales and telecommunication. Make that call, sign up for a writing course, fax your resume. Be available.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Rams, more than most, tend to get caught up in the "new year, new leaf" mind set because ambitious Capricorn sits at the top of your solar chart. As long as you have the desire and determination to exhibit your leadership qualities and executive abilities, why not go for it? Soon enough, this, too, shall pass. Since your Mars ruler is currently traveling through cautious Scorpio, at least you won't shoot yourself in the foot as you climb up the ladder. The only impulse that may deter you is more than a passing interest in a great-looking, artistic friend of a friend.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Keep reminding yourself that, while your Venus ruler is in compassionate Pisces this month, you're more likely to buy into someone else's fantasy. That's okay if you're in a position to underwrite a ballet or book a new band, it's not so hot if you can be easily scammed. An excessively enthusiastic Venus-Jupiter square this weekend could be the first test of your resolve. How far over the top will you go? How much can you spend? Because the full moon eclipse on Tuesday takes place in your money house, be alert to "now you see it, now you don't" shenanigans.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Since the Twins live with duality on a daily basis, you probably won't be affected by your Mercury ruler's attachment, first to conservative Saturn and a sense of solidarity, then to effusive Jupiter and its limitless possibilities. Swinging from pillar to post is the Gemini norm, however, the rest of us stand in awe when you handle money matters with such confidence and speed. The only caveat would be a woman, in business or the family circle, who is subtly pressing for more than you can comfortably deliver. Watch her.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

The Moon Child might be on edge until the Cancer full moon eclipse is over and done with. This weekend you probably won't breathe easy until you hear the other shoe drop or know the results of the playoffs. What began on Christmas Day with the new moon comes to a climax on Tuesday, the 9th. Because the total eclipse falls on the Capricorn-Cancer axis, it'll affect your partnership and the next step in its evolution. Figure three months, the duration of the eclipse's power, until you integrate the emotions and events of this week into the rest of your life.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

During Capricorn Lions tend to get serious about getting in shape, buckling down on the job, retiring their debt. So don't get deterred if the Capricorn-Cancer full moon doesn't deliver the promise you thought you heard at Christmas. Colleagues and friends in the biz carry more weight than they normally would during this full moon, the first lunar eclipse of the (real) millennium. Continue to stoke the home fires and clean house, but keep your distance from the neighbors while macho Mars in Scorpio challenges those well-meaning Leo planets.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

A concentration of planetary energy in your house of fun and games, romance and recreation should keep you busy this week, if not totally satisfied. While your Mercury ruler aligns with sobering Saturn on Saturday, that clever mind of yours looks for practical ways to succeed at work and rise to the top of the heap. Meanwhile, an attractive partner could be trying to lead you down the primrose path, spending generously along the way. Next Thursday, when Mercury aligns with lucky Jupiter, both roads come together in a burst of creativity.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

An attractive opportunity separating quality from quantity comes with a risk you might not be willing to take. Librans who have been burned before will probably back away from an alleged "sure thing", the customary result of contact between often over-confident Jupiter in your house of mutual funds, insurance awards and great sex and your Venus ruler. If you keep your options open, knowing full well that the experience can be costly, you could be sufficiently distracted (and protected) from an emotional family scene around the full moon eclipse.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

After the Christmas rush is over and you've counted your blessings (and gifts), it's time to tell what they are. Communicating with siblings and salespeople should keep you busy until the Inauguration, however, you could run into a rough patch during the full moon eclipse on the 9th. Reaching out and touching someone might not result in what you expect, so try another tactic if your attempt doesn't succeed. Acquiring more education, branching out into a related field are viable alternatives to consider during Capricorn; better now than never, or in September.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

It's not your fault! Every couple of months magnetic Venus lures your Jupiter ruler into a situation that relies way too much on luck, is overly expensive and often damaging to your liver. Celebrating your joie de vivre this weekend can end badly, so if you know that temptation awaits, will you behave? Fat chance! Fat everything else, plus too many sweets as well. Somewhere in this self-indulgent situation there's a lesson to be learned, a reward to be claimed; that'll probably arrive when Mercury trines Jupiter on the 11th.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

While "full moon and empty arms" paints a poetic picture, it ain't necessarily the one you'll see when the Cancer full moon on the 9th is totally eclipsed by the Capricorn sun. Instead, you could have your hands full dealing with a partner's problem when he or she bails. Other responsibilites may fall on your strong shoulders, but since your head is screwed on properly, thanks to Mercury's trine to your Saturn ruler, you'll carry the load gracefully. You might even assume additional expenses without uttering one word of complaint.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Being a recluse, taking to your room in the weeks before Aquarius and the Year of the Snake begin is usually good for your psychological well-being, so is seeing the shrink, checking into a spa or going on retreat. Semi-solitary ski trips, too. Although Tuesday's lunar eclipse shouldn't have more than the customary "wow" effect, it might bring up something from the distant past. A battleplan for proceeding with your career is being drawn while Mars in your Scorpio midheaven is pushing and prodding you along.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Only Fish born in February will feel compelled to treat the world as their oyster, the rest are free to take a pass. Venus in early Pisces is attracting the best of the best (along with the pretenders and their enthusiastic minions) while it challenges lucky Jupiter in early Gemini. Therefore these natives can easily go overboard, fall further into debt or fritter away golden opportunities out of sheer laziness and self-indulgence. Neverthelss, you'll have a fine old time doing it, so relish the luxuries, the beauty and, especially, the jokes.

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