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GENERAL FORECAST: Good times, good friends, good taste courtesy of the goddess of love and lovely stuff. Venus, favored by the adventurous Aries sun, imaginative Neptune and benevolent Jupiter this week, provides easy opportunities to be pleased with yourself, what you're doing and with whom you're doing it. But first, you have to get past the problem unleashed when caustic Mars tests Mercury's language skills on Saturday. Bitch, bitch, bitch. Will you be the poor fool who forgets that Daylight Saving Time starts on April 1 this year? Making up instead of breaking up is one way to work the rehabilitative sun-Pluto trine; the other is to bury the past and move on. What lies ahead are rewards coming down from the last of the high and holy Jupiter-Neptune trines. The first occured in the summer when the religious right pretended to disappear from the Republican party. Smoke and mirrors! April Fool! They're back.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Concentrate on yourself; how good you can look, how to feel better than you do and how to have more fun with a miniumum of effort and expense. This week, everything comes easily. You might gain access to resources that, so far, have eluded you and, if you're as lucky as Venus in Aries indicates, you'll collect on an outstanding debt. With so much supportive air energy (Gemini and Aquarius) fueling artistic independence and fiery ambition, this could be your best birthday in years.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Now is the time for all good men (and Bulls) to throw a party. Whether you need to connect with people who share your interest in a specific subject or just want to fill the house with happy sounds and friendly faces, do it while the force is with you. This is also the weekend when you're a quite a bit luckier than other hopefuls and more artistically attuned to what's going on. Take advantage, such a congenial atmosphere won't last foever, plus the social benefits won't always be this available.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Do you have your priorities, like ducks, lined up in a row? Are you reaching for a spiritual high, an artistic goal or did you decide to expand your knowledge and, while you're at it, your income? The favorable trine between lucky Jupiter in Gemini and ethereal Neptune in Aquarius is exact on the 4th. The seed that was planted last summer is now ripe enough for plucking. But if you can't choose which way to go, if you're stuck with the classic Gemini dilemma -- do I, don't I, what do you think? -- don't despair. While Jupiter is in your sign, you'll be protected.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Let us assume it's a woman who is projecting powerful veneral (as in the goddess Venus) energy; you don't wamt to have one of those infamous Venusians dictating your next career assignment, or are you that huge a sci-fi fan? Maybe you're being motivated by a strong female force in the family. No matter, it's artistry and affability that has captured your attention, and, for now, this is a good thing. Too much razzle-dazzle and heat for a cozy, cuddly water sign? Hide out during the Cancer moon this weekend and replenish your soulfulness.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Lions are particularly persuasive this week, and you don't have to use strong-arm techniques or emotional black mail to get what you want. Innate charm and a sunny disposition works just as well. Could it be your near and dear are more receptive because they're about to slip into a heightened state of awareness? While idealistic Neptune in your Aquarius marriage house is under Jupiter's expansive influence, what your partners see is spiritual growth, prosperity and artistic success. Squint, maybe you'll get the picture, too.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

That detail-driven Virgo mind could go on vacation while your Mercury ruler travels through the last degrees of Pisces. Cosmic consciousness, the music of the spheres and other heavenly delights can have far greater appeal than usual. Factor in the artistic, religious and ethical matters made prominent by the idealistic Jupiter-Neptune trine, and it's possible that you could lose interest (temporarily) in the practical, statistical, nuts-and-bolts stuff you so love to bombard us with. Enjoy this breather, we will.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

The vibe you're sending out is so positive and pleasing, so kind and content, you'd better not be playing an April Fool joke on us. This week, we are all true believers, although Gemini, Aquarius, Pisces and Sag may be more willing to buy into a fantasy of yours, perhaps the one you came up with last summer, the first time imaginative Neptune and prosperous Jupiter trined. Need I remind you that George W., Bill C. and Monica L. have Libra rising? An iffy family matter benefits from an infusion of good news and cash. Happy now?

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Parents, teachers and coaches will be delighted by the genuinely affectionate response they evoke from their young(er) charges. Entertainers get pure, unadulterated adoration from their audience, although a little adultery couldn't hurt the Scorpio image as a magnet for all things sexual. Faith, hope or charity comes from neighbors, siblings and Jehovah Witnesses at the front door. Their spiritual pitch could get out of hand when Neptune and Jupiter reward folks striving for the highest high. Photographers and bartenders also do very well.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21) It's a love fest out there, and you get your share by being the best philosopher-poet, teacher-traveler you can be. Instead of making macho moves, reflect the gentle, gracious Venusian vibrations currently being beamed your way. Good luck surrounds you, especially on April 1st, when, for a change, you don't play the fool. Even if someone is taking advantage of your generous nature, you won't care. While ethereal Neptune favors your Jupiter ruler, ideals, ethics and education matter more than anything else.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Home improvements. Whether it's the place itself or the people in it, Venus wants you to have more beauty and harmony when you come home. There are other forces at work, but nothing is quite as insistent as the goddess whispering in your ear, "Wouldn't it be nice if?" There's also a strong religious vibe in the air, a little early for Easter week, but not for promoting attitudes and icons that reflect the idea of "rebirth." Western astrologers chalk that up to Pluto's trine to the crusading Aries sun, exact on the 4th; the sugar industry prefers Easter eggs and bunnies.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

This week all your dreams can come true, especially if you've been relatively angelic since this summer when they first entered your head. I'm talking about those halcyon days filled with promise when idealistic Neptune in your sign got the initial boost from ever-expansive Jupiter. around the time of the nominating conventions. Maybe I'm only talking to Dick Cheney, the official Aquarian of this administration. Anyway, if you are on a similar high trajectory, enjoy. The last of these rewarding trines takes place on the 4th.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Read for Aquarius, since it's your Neptune ruler's subtle power that's being magnified by magnanimous Jupiter. Simply substitute Sen. Lieberman, a Pisces, for Dick Cheney. Because Neptune is in your house of hopes and wishes for humanity, you could be more politically involved than you usually are, or, on another level, more connected to friends and associates. Jupiter in your house of education and communication suggests you get on the horn and promote some of those high ideals. But, please, don't come knocking on my front door, petition in hand.


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