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GENERAL FORECAST: That luscious moon up there might look full, but it hit its peak Wednesday night/Thursday morning, leaving us to deal with its aftermath sometime before the weekend ends. But maybe heavy-duty emotional involvement will make us oblivious to the disruption inherent in the sun-Uranus conjunction in Aquarius Friday morning. The last major Uranus aspect was the challenging square from Mars that "coincided" with the devasting earthquake in western India. Also on Friday retrograde Mercury squares Mars, so the dialog could get nasty. By Monday, when Mercury squares rigid Saturn, it could be downright depressing. Thank the gods that Mercury conjuncts the sun (a brilliant idea) about an hour before the sun-Saturn square Monday afternoon. So much negativity does not bode well for a happy St. Valentine's Day celebration, but since the moon is in sexy Scorpio on the 14th, why not give it the old college try?

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

A bona fide adventure, perhaps the first in two years, begins as soon as your courageous Mars ruler enters high-spirited Sagittarius on Valentine's Day. Suddenly there'll be new places to go and people to see, forays into subjects that'll entice and excite you, plus a chance to make a lot of cabbage without expending much effort in the garden. An entrepreneurial opportunity based on comings, goings and the well-written word could pop up mid-month; give it serious thought. Meanwhile Venus in your sign, like the Venus fly-trap, is attracting life forms that'll nurture you through Spring.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Odd or unexpected occurences shouldn't be summarily dismissed, especially if they happen to cross your career path instead of that long and winding road that leads back home. At this juncture in your life, you can use as many signs to back up intuitive hits as your guardian angel will send. Although Mercury is retrograde, it certainly isn't silent; listen for clues coming through the mouths and memos of colleagues and members of a group you're allied with. This Valentine's Day is primarily about a significant other, not about you. This is a good thing?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Play to your strength. Even though your Mercury ruler is currently moving backwards, you don't have to abandon a goal you've recently set for yourself. No matter how tricky it might be finessing a co-worker or dealing with powers behind the throne, continue with your game plan, also try to show up where and when you're expected. Because they don't have your flexibility, the competition can get stuck in a strategy that no longer works. Retrograde is a good time to gather information about your next trip, but don't finalize plans until after the 25th.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Remember, 'tis the season to get your finances in order. Because Mercury is retrograde in your house of 1099's, stock certificates and pawnbroker receipts, this is an excellent time to organize the paperwork and prepare to file your tax return. But don't put the forms (or the check) in the mail until Mercury moves forward again on the 25th, and then, be sure to send in your return when the moon is void-of-course, i.e., not aspecting any of the planets. This Valentine's Day is not particularly romantic; be sweet to a co-worker or a good-natured client instead.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Fight the urge to shock the rest of us while your sun ruler is picking up electrifying Uranian energy; this is where "a bolt from the blue" comes from. However, the words you've been waiting to hear won't come down from above until the sun and Mercury, retrograde in your Aquarius house of partners, meet just before Valentine's Day. Even if you think you've learned the "truth," it would be safer not to act on it until Mercury has run its retro course and you've had a chance to experience "harsh reality" this weekend followed next weekend by "joy."

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Glean a bit of practical advice by reading the other signs' forecasts because the main thread is what's happening to each of them while your Mercury ruler is retrograde for (almost) the rest of the month. This way you'll have a better idea of the sort of adjustments that need to be made, the kind of attention that should be paid. How does this impact on your love life? Not until Pisces begins will there be enough action to make a noticeable difference. Nonetheless, you'll probably get a big, fat juicy clue just in time for Valentine's Day.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

By June you may claim, "Enough is enough!" but for now, your Venus ruler transiting ardent Aries, your cosmic other, should bring pure pleasure. How much more can you dote on the person sitting across the table? How much more attractive, charming and talented will he or she turn out to be? These next few months are key for developing a relationship according to the criteria you've always said you wanted. (And for finding the attorney of your dreams.) While the goddess of love travels back and forth (retrograde is coming!) in your marriage house, you'll have your fill of whatever it is you currently desire.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

It'll be a cinch to cut yourself off from the world at large, retreat into your bit of heaven on earth and spend a month or two concentrating on you, your values, your family, maybe some form of recreation or an entertaining romance. That's it. If you do encounter resistance from your mate or a business partner, it won't last past President's Day. Because Mercury is retrograde in your fourth house of "womb and tomb," this would be a good time to check out genealogy sites on the Web, search for treasures in the attic or clean out the garage.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Every now and then the outside world may beckon, but basically you're locked into a subjective mindset until your Jupiter ruler starts demanding you pay attention to Gemini partnership matters, sometime around April or May. What is it about your appearance, your holdings, your educational interests, your residence, your hobbies and your health that needs your complete attention? Now, while Mars and Pluto, the planets of action and redemption, are in your sign, is the time to devote yourself to the self.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Money and values, and the way they fluctuate, could demand a lot of your attention while Mercury is retrograde. But even after the planet that rules the small print turns direct, you'll still have to keep an eye on the red and the black columns in your ledger for another couple of weeks. How Dickensian! But unlike his heroes, the pressure placed on your shoulders comes primarily from fun stuff, high-priced toys you're deadly serious about. Parents might incur unexpected expenses simply to keep their young on track.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

You're still the one, the star of the dynamic Aquarian one-man show, the performer with a high Q-rating and dazzling smile. The past two years have been very good for Water-Bearers, so don't bitch if this Valentine's Day experience isn't as lovey-dovey as you anticipate. It's your mind, not your heart, that receives special attention this week. Therefore, when you get one of your more brilliant ideas, be sure to follow through and, most importantly, trust your intuition if you sense something is amiss.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Pisces is beginning earlier each year, so Fish born around the 18th might feel they have to do something noteworthy to mark the occasion. Don't bother, an appropriate event will find you, if not shortly after the 12th, then sometime during the long President's Day weekend when you're psyched about a proposal that's intelligent, daring and too good to last, or even to come to fruition. Lots of challenges, none of them geared toward romantic conquest and a Valentine's Day drama. Be grateful for the bird in the hand and a few good friends.


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