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GENERAL FORECAST: Wishful-thinking, fantasy-fulfillment, maybe a movie marathon, lots of music and memorable dreams. Add a substance that further diffuses the hard edge of your reality, and there's your weekend in a capsule. Just remember that whenever Neptune applies pressure to the psyche, you wind up with the hangover, the DUI, etc.. Poets and pastors, drag queens and other divas are inspired to rise to the challenges of an imaginative sun-Neptune square; the rest of us can barely stay awake. If only May Day fell on a weekend, instead of on Tuesday, we might react in an artistic, idyllic Neptunian fashion -- dancing around the May Pole, leaping over fires in the fields, celebrating Beltane like we did in the old days. Instead we vaguely recall Soviet tanks rolling through Red Square.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Rams who are remotely connected to film, fishing and pharmaceuticals -- Neptune's domain -- may come to the realization that they have achieved a measure of success they were previously oblivious to. While foggy Neptune reigns supreme this weekend, not only can't you see the forest for the trees, you can barely make out the trees. However, what you envision now, no matter how far off the mark it seems to others, could be the stuff your next monetary reward is made of. Dream on.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

A heightened sense of spirituality for your birthday? What kind of presents/presence are you seeking? If achieving one of your loftier aspsirations isn't high on your list, let the watery Neptunian vibe take you on a cruise or even on a binge; too much champagne or a marathon of escapist movies, it's all the same. Bulls born in mid-May have the luxury of changing their minds often and in unpredictable, even weird ways. Blame an iconyclastic, ideosyncratic Uranian vibe that's leading them into the unknown, beyond the borders of safe and sane.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

It's that time of year again, the weeks before your birthday when you turn into a bit of a recluse, when you look back and review where you've been, what you've done and what's been done to you since the last birthday. For some inexplicable reason -- could it be because your Mercury ruler is under the influence of rebellious Uranus? -- you may wander off the beaten path, seek your own counsel, take a stand against the powers that be as well as the fickle finger of fate. Write on.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Why rely on the picture your partner, agent or mate is currently painting? While they can't help seeing what they want to see, they're also trying their damnedest to pass that vision on to you. Although there might not be anything intrinsically dangerous about the transaction, delusional Neptune in your marriage house is coloring their perception. Simply by having this relationship, you're open to their fabrications and misinterpretations. If you're co-creating a musical show, this interdependence works. Anything else is suspect.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Fairy dust, magic potions and other-mind altering substances can present a problem this weekend simply because your sun ruler is being tested by nebulous, often noxious, Neptunian energy. However, you could become inspired by a beautiful vision, e.g., an ideal work scene, complete with employees who remain faithful no matter what lies they're led to believe. It's going to be a weird week, when things seem a little more iffy than usual. By the way, a challenging sun-Neptune square is not the time for surgery, save the anaesthetics for another day.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Other people's money can come with so many strings attached, you could wind up passing on the proposal altogether. Remind yourself that confusion and duplicity is the norm whenever the willful sun and illusionary Neptune form a dubious alliance. While gaining access to plentiful resources wouldn't hurt your long-range prospects, the current project may already be tainted beyond redemption. When your Mercury ruler bumps into unpredictable Uranus next Thursday, be cool. Keep those outrageous thoughts to yourself.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Once again, things can get a little strange around your house. Nothing particularly nefarious, maybe a bit mysterious or slightly mystical, but if you do smell gas, get up and see if the pilot light is out. Don't assume it's your vivid imagination playing tricks on you simply because fanciful Neptune is being roused out of its lethargy. It's also possible that a moment of divine inspiration could have you painting clouds on the ceiling, planting grapes in the garden or installing a webcam for your home page.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Try as you might, you won't be able to concentrate fully on yourself and what you need. Because the Taurus sun in your house of partnership is radiating such a powerful vibe, you are practically compelled to focus on whatever the significant other wants. Hopefully it'll be nothing more complicated than a fabulous massage, a divine dinner or tickets to a special event, not your devotion to some cockamamie notion he or she is entertaining. There's also a whiff of revolution in the air, enough to upset the family dynamic.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

This weekend is all about giving and getting pleasure, although "why" and "how" may bear no relation to your present-day reality. Since you're not going to have a clear-cut idea of what's going on, you might as well let a "what if?" mindset call the shots. How Sagittarian! Except when it comes to buying and selling. Having vague Neptune in your money house is confusing enough. If you're trying to be practical about financial matters, how will you justify spending big bucks on a moment of make-believe?

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

It'll take a while to get used to living with equally attractive alternatives, seeing both sides of an issue and other manifestations of a Gemini mindset. Now that your Saturn ruler is in the sign of the Twins for the next two years, you'll find yourself adapting more easily to situations that, not long ago, would have chased you out of the room. And because Saturn is still in your house of romance and risk, consider the possibility of having two loves in your life, two affairs going on at once. Interesting?

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Let the artist in you loose. This is an excellent time to show how an Aquarian aesthetic differs from the rest of the pack. We want to know what you consider beautiful, what is worthy of your (and our) attention. It's not that often that idealistic Neptune puts you in a sufficiently challenging position, one where your beliefs and vision can be publicized and promoted so skillfully. If you get the opportunity (with the sun squaring Neptune in your sign, you probably will) to make your name known, go for it.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

While every other sign is figuring out how to react to the ambiguities generated by the mystical sun-Neptune square, Fish can dive right into the miasma, and, more likely than not, cash in. You are already adept at embracing what can't be seen, so the current thick fog spreading through the zodiac won't pose more problems than usual. Professional peers are ripe for the taking, especially if group action is called for. You don't have to deceive them, simply present them with a noble vision that is open to interpretation.

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