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GENERAL FORECAST: Hot and heavy. A "no problemo" trine between affectionate Venus and sexy Pluto late Friday night can last all weekend long. Add an adventurous Aries moon, and you'll have plenty to talk about after the sun enters Gemini Sunday at 4:44 p.m. PT. The Gemini new moon doesn't kick in until Tuesday at 7:46 p.m., so don't start anything new at work until Wednesday. Ideas come easily then because Mercury is particularly receptive to flashes of brilliance while it trines inventive Uranus. Get ready for your "Eureka!" moment.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Are your assests scattered all over the place? Not for much longer. A new era of financial responsibility begins as the week ends, when, for the first time in almost 30 years, prudent Saturn and the Gemini sun merge in your money house. That meeting can throw an entirely different light on how you'll deal with personal income and possessions. And, for another year or so, whenever the sun magnifies Saturn's power to consolidate, those quarterly reports will underscore a conservative streak you didn't know you had.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

A matter pertaining to art or the heart, and this includes a friendship, returns to the position in your affections it held in early March. That's when your Venus ruler first went retrograde and sent you on a trip down memory lane with -- or without -- a person from your past. Now that you've seen the many layers of how you feel about the matter, or the person, get a move on and move on. Because you've come out of Venus' "shadow," you can make real progress real fast. Apply the new moon energy on the 22nd to get started.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Literally, figuratively and any other way you look at it, you're sitting in the driver's seat. Gemini energy is so prevalent right now, the Twins are so central to what is going on with the other signs, it's a wonder you found time to read the forecast. While some of this activity may weigh heavily on your shoulders (one of the body parts ruled by Gemini), the lessons you learn from having Saturn in your sign will turn you into a full-fledged grown-up by the time the planet of control leaves Gemini in June 2003. Eventually, I hear you saying, "This is a good thing."

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Power to the people, because they're the ones who'll empower you. For the next few weeks, socio-political issues and your social life feed off each other, all the while feeding you. They also provide structure and stability to your current scene, and that can do wonders for your reputation. But if being an upstanding member of the community doesn't hold much appeal, you could just as successfully play "make-believe" with some pals and create something that is imaginative, artistic and ahead of its time. Good fun.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Your alliance with the odd ducks of the world, the professed professionals who value their individuality and autonomy above all else, could come to an end shortly. About the time your sun ruler joins tradition-bound Saturn on the 25th -- the first time that they'll merge in the sign of the Twins -- an opportunity to embrace what is tried-and-true can look awfully appealing. However, you may have to give up something -- Saturn often indicates loss -- before this new cycle of recognition and rewards kicks in. Until then, don't worry, be happy.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Restrictions usually don't bother Virgins who like to operate within a framework they're familiar with, rather than wing it out there in the great unknown. If you hear a resounding "no" in the next few days, you'll figure out a way around the obstruction, and still stay within the letter, if not the spirit, of the law. This version of an established game comes to you courtesty of Saturn, whose move into mobile Gemini should keep you on your toes for the next two years, rising to numerous occasions and dodging ye olde ball-and-chain.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

"Conservative and cautious" are hardly words that describe Librans, but this week you might be surprisingly so, particularly when dealing with sex, an inheritance and other ways of obtaining other people's money. What gives? Could it be that the sun's merger with Saturn in Gemini is about to reward you for shit that happened when Saturn was in Aries, opposing your sign, in '97 and '98? Guess so. While the planet of respect and responsibility travels through air-sign friendly Gemini, you'll be protected if you play it relatively safe and pay your dues.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Find someone older or more experienced on whom you can rely, even if you have to do a song-and-dance. While Scorpio usually handles matters on your own, right now you may need input from people who are even more practical, more prudent than you. If they can input funds, that would be a bonus, but again, you'll probably have to go down on your knees or make some other adjustment to get what you want. Since both of your ruling planets, Mars and Pluto, are retrograde, this is not the time to yell, "full speed ahead."

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Archers born around Thanksgiving better be careful whom they point their arrows at. You might encounter formidable resistance from your target, especially if it's an older person, simply because stone-faced Saturn is in your Gemini house of allies and enemies, gathering strenghth from its meeting with the all-powerful sun. The rest of the herd can continue to frolic with impunity while your jolly Jupiter ruling planet is also in Gemini, encouraging you to spend money, dispense wisdom and play jokes with (or on) your partner of choice. But not for long.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

You'll get a true sense of what's in store for you over the next two years when your Saturn ruler and the Gemini sun meet in your house of romance, risk and other games you play so well. Expect to become more flexible, more verbal and sensitive to both sides of a situation -- gifts that come naturally while Saturn visits the sign of the Twins. Unless you were old enough to vote for JFK, a classic Gemini, you have no idea what it's like to function as an adult in the wonderful world of "I'll have my cake and eat it, too."

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Like your Libra brethern, you'll benefit enormously from having Saturn -- your former ruling planet in the days before Uranus was discovered -- in an air sign that rewards its own kind. But first you might have to handle a fairly heavy-duty family obligation or a real estate matter as Saturn and the open-minded Gemini sun meet on the 25th. However the situation resolves itself, you can be pretty sure (with Gemini there are always alternatives) that your interests will be protected as long as you pay attention. Lip service, too.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

R,e,s,p,e,c,t! Get it, give it, good! You are fast approaching that marvelous moment when Saturn, representing the establishment, will reward your artistic, idealistic Neptune ruler and, we assume, you, too. Although their supportive trine is not exact until the end of June, you could already be receiving kudos from peers, neighbors, even a recalcitrant sibling. Now is also the time to touch base with teachers, gurus and assorted father/mother figures who have contributed to your development. Enjoy the glory, the grit and grief come later.

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