ROCKIE HOROSCOPE 79

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: These are high times for the faithful, no matter what religion they hold holy. So if you're being subjected to a lot more preaching and pontificating than usual, try to be tolerant. Since the Jupiter-Neptune air trine won't be with us much longer, the question of federally funded church programs could be taken off the table, not to resurface until Jupiter opposes Neptune two years from now. The first of three Spring full moon festivals is this weekend; the Aries sun opposes the Libra moon Saturday night at 8:22 PDT, about the time Elijah would show up, if he could, at your Seder table. I just saw a picture on the news of what Jesus would have looked like, and, surprise!, he bears a remarkable resemblance to Saddam Hussein. Also on Saturday, Chiron turns retrograde at 29 Sagittarius, the same degree as the Mars turnaround in May. Pay attention to what happens; someone up there wants you to test your philosophical and religious beliefs.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Grab a friend for support, take that leap of faith into your future and don't let fear (of Friday the 13th?) hold you back. Right now you have more energy, determination and a sharper focus than you've had in years; you could achieve your objectives by the sheer force of your concentration and charm. You also have a way with words now, a "here today, gone tomorrow" gift that you can't count on after Mercury leaves your sign. Clarity of thought plus an Arian sense of adventure -- who could resist?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Congratulations are in order. You've survived the trials and tribulations of having restrictive Saturn in your sign for two and a half years. You've assumed responsibilities that have slowly, step-by-step, pushed you into the arms of adulthood and Home Depot. So, once Taurus begins and Saturn switches its load on to Gemini's shoulders, what are you going to do for structure and stability? How about going wild when barrier-breaking Uranus in your career midheaven tests your newfound conservatism?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Do you remember what happened and how you felt when stern Saturn was in Gemini in early autumn last year, or did you block out the experience entirely? Either way, after the planet ruling contraction and solidification lumbers into your sign mid-month, you'll slow your pace, face responsibilities head-on and, for a Gemini, show a tremendous amount of patience until Saturn's lesson plan is fully incorporated into your future. If you're currently flying high, look for a safe spot to land in case Saturn shoots you down when you're past the point of no return.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

One of the joys of Spring is the attention paid by transiting planets to the arc of your career. You only get this kind of direct action during Aries and Taurus, which is probably when you'd rather be in the garden sowing the seeds for summer celebrations. Sorry, but now is the time to rise to whatever occasion presents itself, no matter how weird, challenging or boring the job. Why you, why now? Because in mid-July magnanimous Jupiter showers a year's worth of good luck and happy times on all Moon children whether they deserve it or not.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

A gutsy, glorious adventure lies in wait. Your sun ruler, in energetic Aries, is providing more daring and physical stamina than a mighty Lion needs, unless you're the kitty who's been sleepwalking through the past year. If so, wake up, stretch out, and watch the sparks fly. A rare Grand Fire Trine, from Aries to Mars in Sagittarius and, by reflection, to your natal Leo planets, ignites your curiosity and feeds your lust for life. Spirits soar, passions ignite, and, once again, you feel like your old self.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Another opportunity to be witty and wise, to dig for dirt and come up with gold. This is the time to charm the pants off your audience. Mercurial verbal skills and brainwaves are in excellent shape; all systems are go and, for a change, nothing weird or obstructive is in the way. But until Taurus begins, there's little holding you to earthly concerns such as gross or disposable income. I assume you had the foresight to do your taxes ages ago when money matters mattered more than they do now. And you had more of it.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Like a Virgin, you currently have the wit and smarts to pull off whatever acts of verbal derring-do you please, without forfeiting any of your characteristic style and grace. The public is so receptive to your every word that there's little chance they'll take offense, no matter how abrasive or dead-on accurate you are. Forget about nuance, innuendo and other subtleties of the Libran stock in trade. While crusading Aries rules, getting to the heart of the matter and extracting the truth is more important than making friends and influencing people.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

This time of year your innermost thoughts turn to affairs of the heart, not to affairs of state. It's your personal life and the pursuit of pleasure that takes precedence over world events and the important people involved. You're not hiding your head in the sand, you're simply responding to the path of the planets, and right now, they're concentrated in subjective subjects, the intimate areas of your life you keep to yourself. Once Taurean energy kicks in, you'll spread out and show those significant others that you really do care.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

You're even more into yourself and what you've got vested than Scorpio, and we all know how close to the vest they play their cards. Secretive stuff is hardly your bag, but even with the fiery Aries planets stoking Mars in your sign, you still may not be ready to expose your hand. Archers know that they've got the impetus and the energy behind them now; all they need is the right confluence of forces to propel them onto the next level of -- what do you want to call it? -- adventure?

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Nothing moves fast enough to change the temper, tenor, tempo of the times. For the cautious Goat, locked into family or real estate matters, and still trying to chose the best course of action, these are the days of whine and supposes. Trying to wrestle yourself free of so much domesticity is an honorable goal, but not the one that will increase your stature in the community. To succeed on your own terms, you need to face each of these niggling problems and file them away until you figure out what in the long run works to your advantage.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

We hate to bring up financial matters to an Aquarian whose spirit usually soars much higher than the bottom line, but, hey! sometimes, like when there's this much planetary action in your money house, it is a necessary evil. We're not convinced that you should put your faith or funds into whatever your buddies are promoting. Still, if you were going to surprise your immediate circle, the brothers and sisters you love so much, now would be the time. Once Aries is over and the Mercury-Venus connection is broken, the opportunity to wax this poetic will pass.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

A fascinating combination of instinct and intelligence is at work right now. How you decide whether to concentrate on your personal life, which is what the Aries planets would insist on, or to focus on world issues, which is what the Aquarian new age energy would prefer, is pretty much up to you. No matter which way you go, you can count on having a silver tongue and enough insights to carry you across whatever miniscule obstacles you may encounter. The point of the next few weeks is: easy come, easy go.

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