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GENERAL FORECAST: If last weekend's conservative sun-Saturn trine rewarded family traditions and playing it safe, what happens this weekend should blow that lesson out of the water. Generous gift-giving, self-indulgent splurging, shamelessly maximizing your opportunities and harboring great expectations are not exclusive to inaugural galas, they are what usually happens during a magnanimous sun-Jupiter trine. This rewarding aspect also creates instant millionaires out of habitual gamblers and student athletes. Get ready for a shocking revelation early Monday as Mercury meets new wavy Uranus. Other significant changes on Wednesday as the Aquarius new moon (exact at 5:07 a.m. PST) ushers in the Chinese Year of the Snake, and Saturn turns direct in late Taurus. Retrograde Jupiter flips early Thursday a few hours before Mercury stands up to Saturn. Contrasts between Jupiterian optimism and Saturnian pessimism (the bulls and the bears) are overshadowed by the dreamy, delusional, spiritually superior sun-Neptune conjunction Thursday night. And you wondered where the religious right had gone?

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Friends question your line of reasoning, an organization shows interest in your affairs. Issues of privacy might arise as curious Mercury sensitizes your Mars ruler in secretive, sexy Scorpio. Shades of James Bond and off-shore tax shelters! Also, this week both Saturn and Jupiter in your money house change direction, facing forward for the first time in four months. Even if financial matters need your attention, take time to daydream and doodle during the divinely inspired moon-sun-Neptune merger in your career house on the 25th.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

After Aquarius begins on Friday, your focus can shift to innovative career steps and wacko family members who, whether or not they know it, press your buttons. It can't be helped; during Aquarius, you get all the motivation, (some call it aggravation) you can possibly use. So, if you don't achieve miraculous results in this four-week period, you probably won't try again until next year. Advancing along nicely, aspiring to an aesthetic ideal, coming up with information that enhances your stature -- all this, and by next Thursday, a little bit of heaven, too.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

If you feel that your guardian angel took a powder while Jupiter in Gemini has been retrograde, rejoice. The planet of good fortune turns direct on the 25th; figure that sometime during the next five months, the jolly giant planet will deliver the goodies you were supposed to get before it reversed its course in September. How good is good? You'll get an inkling this weekend when the sun and Jupiter form a rewarding trine. But don't let a stupid argument or your acerbic wit ruin a memorable celebration.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Why is the new moon that welcomes the Chinese new year more special to the Crab than all the others? Is it the excuse to savor fabulous food, to make New Year resolutions that you can stick to or, this year, to celebrate mighty Saturn and Jupiter, the last of the retrograde planets, turning direct? Whatever your reasons, take time before Wednesday to finish what you started around Christmas, to prepare for an infusion of original thinking and access to state-of-the-art equipment. This weekend, fortunate friends provide a good time for all. (FYI: G.W. Bush is a Crab with Leo rising.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Finally, a payoff for doing your job well and for taking care of yourself. The reward might not be financial, but it'll be more than a pat on the back. What perk would please you the most? Since protective Jupiter favors your sun ruler this weekend, there's a good chance you'll get it. In fact, your chances of succeeding on all fronts, in any risky endeavor are excellent. You're also more sensitive to what the folks in the family are saying, what your partner is praying for. Artists excel when the sun and inspirational Neptune meet next Thursday.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Are you looking for a fight or is your neighbor or sibling the provocateur? You're in for a verbal duel this weekend if you let the rage generated by your Mercury ruler's encounter with militant Mars get to you. Remember that the pen is mightier than the sword, or, if someone has taken your parking space, the thumb tacks under the tires. Once you've expressed yourself, you'll be free to exhibit genuine flashes of brilliance when Mercury and iconyclastic Uranus join forces on Monday. Something brand-new and unexpected usually pops up at these annual meetings.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

A domestic squabble over money can be avoided if you let a prosperous person pick up the tab this weekend. Really, generous Jupiter in your house of other people's money insists on a display of wealth, and his magnanimous self won't take "no" for an answer. You might as well enjoy the largesse, since everybody else will. The Aquarius new moon midweek inaugurates a period of artistic creativity and greater sensitivity to religious sentiments. Because your Venus ruler is in self-sacrificial Pisces, you could be opening your veins (a figure of speech) as we speak.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Much whooping and hollering this weekend, raucous reveling as the sun and Jupiter form a friendly air trine. Just how friendly are those friendly skies? Another reason to celebrate royally at the Chinese new year/Aquarius new moon is the reversal of fortune (a good thing) a partner undergoes when Saturn and Jupiter in your marriage house turns direct. The only potential problem: crossed wires on Monday as Mercury fuses with explosive Uranus. Don't install new software then, and be careful with appliances at home.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

When the sun trines your Jupiter ruler twice a year, the Archer tends to get on his high horse and pontificate like the pontiff himself. Usually nobody minds these exercises in self-indulgence because you always extend a hand,(and often unasked for advice), to whomever you deem needy. The benefits get better when Jupiter, retrograde since late September, faces forward on the 25th. Partnership projects pick up steam, your job description becomes more interesting, you embrace a subject you know nothing about. Try conjuring up some money then, too.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

More fun and games for conservative Caps. However, the progressives among you (she's kidding, right?) might have to look far and wide to be amused by the shenanigans your playmates come up with this weekend. But after the new moon midweek, the risk and recreation section of your life, especially your notion of true romance, becomes revitalized when both Jupiter and your Saturn ruler turn direct. Someone who disappeared four months ago could show up to resume what has been put on hold since then.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Friday starts a splendid four weeks for Aquarians with talent or a revolutionary idea. Even if you're not on the cutting edge of anything worth mentioning, you'll feel yourself outgrowing the image you put forth last year. The list of good things starts this weekend when the Aquarius sun allies with lucky Jupiter. Take a chance. A brilliant idea, a "Eureka!" moment on Monday as Mercury and your Uranus ruler meet. Whether or not you comprehend the full ramifications, make a note you can refer to later. Artistic inspiration on the 25th. Make another note.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Again it's a time when the Fish and the Water-Bearer are following similiar streams of consciousness. Read for your pal above, because it's a friend or colleague who provides the goodies that appear as the sun and generous Jupiter align. And while you don't have to be particularly innovative, you are expected to shine when the sun and your Neptune ruler join forces on the 25th. This burst of will power, creative energy and divine inspiration only comes around once a year, so please, maximize whatever opportunity you're offered.


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