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GENERAL FORECAST: Good Friday the 13th opens on an off-beat, tradition-shattering, trend-setting sun-Uranus sextile. Accidents and oddities tend to pile up when eccentric Uranus is active, so keep this in mind while you're hunting for Easter eggs and digging for dirt. A revealing Mercury-Pluto trine on Saturday is the stuff promises, e.g., "I will reform!" are made of. You'll also have the desire, energy and will-power to follow through thanks to the ardent, heroic Aris sun-Mars trine. If there's a crusade you'd like to launch, Easter Sunday would be a fine time. Big doings on Thursday, the 19th as the sun enters Taurus at 5:36 p.m. PDT, and Venus, ruler of Taurus, turns direct at 1 degree of Aries. Venus' six-week retrograde period officially ends at 9:34 p.m., but folks who have been going back and forth on a relationship matter may become aware of the change of direction days before then.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Every Ram in the spectrum, from late March birthdays to those celebrating theirs at the tail end of the sign, is in line to receive a valuable gift this week. For some, it'll be affirmation of the way you've been feeling; for others, information you've been trying to uncover. However, all are blessed by the power to achieve one of your life goals plus the glory of succeeding on your own terms; in other words, the rewards of a sun-Mars trine. And you thought you'd be happy with champagne and chocolate.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

A heightened sense of adventure during the Easter holiday can put you in places that have nothing to do with sunrise services and baskets of eggs. If there's a family ritual you're supposed to partake of, then you could have a problem. But if you're footloose and fancy free, there's a memorable experience waiting for you, one that will lift your spirits, perhaps even help you break one of your all-time records. Athletes do especially well when the sun and Mars favorably align on Saturday. Tennis, anyone?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Check out the holiday sales. This weekend is excellent for acquiring the latest electronic wonder, the fastest computer chip, the hippest new toy on the block. It's also a good time to cater to your sports fantasies, e.g., beating your golf buddies or getting courtside seats for the game. It's rare that air signs such as yours encounter such a run of static-free days. Even if you unearth information your partner might not want you to know about or you present your spouse with an ultimatum, you won't catch the usual flak. Amazing.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Dressing up as the Easter Bunny? This is one of your more productive weeks at work, a time when your career takes off, when the job that you actually do and your reputation for doing it well are in synch. And while the gig might not be that much of a challenge, the rewards are well worth the effort. The sun in your Aries midheaven rarely trines Mars in your Sag house of work, health and service. The next time this will happen is in 2016, so take advantage of what the favorable aspect brings and be appreciative, damn it!

LEO (July 23-August 22)

You're at the top of your game right now, in the rare position of receiving the fire that Prometheus stole from the gods. And how did you manage this? Simply by being the fire sign that completes the Grand Trine between your ruling planet, the sun, exalted in the sign of Aries, and passionate Mars, the ruler of Aries, in Sagittarius, the third fire sign, in your house of romance and other pleasures. This particular setup isn't happening again for many, many years, so gather ye rosebuds while ye may before this milestone slips away.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

You may think because your Mercury ruler moves so swiftly and changes modes of expression so often, that there is no permanence in your life. Instead of feeling rooted like the other earth-signs, Virgos are constantly considering alternatives as if they were Geminis. Not that you don't feel rooted to your past, but how attached are you to the present and what do you desire for the future? I bring this up now because Mercury helps you make a life-changing decision when it trines regenerative Pluto, plus it provides the courage to act while it trines Mars.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Knowing that your Venus ruler is changing direction on the 19th can make a difference in the way you deal with co-workers and health professionals. You're about to go through another version of the past six weeks, only this time you'll be crossing the t's and dotting the i's in those relationships. Partners have a lot of input now because the sun and vocal Mercury in your Aries marriage house has them turning over new leafs and getting fired up about your immediate environment. This includes the neighbors.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

This week should put the frosting on the cake, the cream in the coffee. Cholesterol be damned, the Aries sun in your house of health and work rewards your ability to reinvent yourself, revive a project that was dead and make some money in the process. Your Mars co-ruler in your Sagittarius house of assets and values is favorably aligned with the powerful sun and literate Mercury. Do what you will and then give it whatever spin you want. Rarely does this particular planetary line-up occur so, carpe diem, dahling.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

This year is being touted as one of the best for Archers in a while. Here's why: the current activity in high-spirited Aries in your house of "toujour l'amour" favors your natal Sag planets as well as Pluto, Mars and Chiron who are currently passing through. You'd be on top of the world, if that's where you were headed. However, there's little planetary action above the line, so the goodies you're getting are the below-the-line, personal kind. You have the impetus now to act and the words (Mercury) to chronicle the experience.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

How convenient! The transiting Aries planets are concentrated in your house of house hunting and family dining, so you can go all out for Easter and not feel you've being excessive about anything. Check out new locations or lock yourself in your kitchen; either way, you'll have the physical energy and mental will to accomplish whatever you choose. It makes sense -- to me, anyway -- to make major decisions before your Saturn ruler enters versatile Gemini on the 20th, before the desire for variety becomes a way of life.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

All systems are go, so why not take off while the sun favors your inquisitive Uranus ruler? You could also launch a promotional campaign selling yourself or your product while this opportunistic planetary pairing is propelling you forward. Friendship and your identification with a group figure into the mix, as well. So before Taurus begins and tests of your will power begin to pile up, before you have to defend the stand you take, spread your wings a little wider and encompass a bit more of the world.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

If all goes according to plan, you should be receiving a whole bunch of money or other valuable benefits, because you created a stir on the job. Either that or you played hardball with a parent or employer and won. Militant Mars in your midheaven and the sun in your Aries money house are providing you with ammunition while they dispense rewards. This combination of desire, purity of spirit and physical stamina won't come your way again for a long time, so warrior women and fearless artists should leap at whatever opportunities do pop up.

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