Rockie Horoscope 86

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GENERAL FORECAST: Old-style holiday traditions dominate this Memorial Day holiday. However, they may come with new style promotional techniques because this is the first time in 30 years that the sun meets Saturn, Lord of the establishment, in Gemini. Egads, could this be the reason behind the resurgence of Jordache jeans? Contributing to a lack of innovation is Uranus turning retrograde on Tuesday and joining Neptune, Pluto and Mars on their retro trip. Perhaps you'll be inspired to make art when the sun trines Neptune that evening, perhaps you'll simply dream about it. More music, please.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Get out of town before it's too late. While mobile Mercury and your retrograde Mars ruler are in opposition this weekend, don't take departure times, confirmed reservations or the assumption that you'll have an accident-free trip for granted. It seems that Mercury, working through a multitude of Gemini variables, is out to get you, sucka. Since the Messenger is about to turn retrograde, you may be plagued by hassles for a while. But those might be miniscule compared to the reality check you face when the sun and strict Saturn meet early Friday.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Bulls born in April might be willing to take on greater responsibilities than the ones they've been shouldering, lately. Since Saturn has moved out of Taurus and on to Gemini, the restrictions the planet imposes can affect your disposable income and product wish-list, rather than mess with your self-confidence and reputation. This new position enables you to do more with less, to consolidate resources and concentrate on achieving a long-term financial goal. Meanwhile all Taureans are in for a particularly pleasurable holiday weekend. Enjoy.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Take some advice from the Aries forecast, a bit from Taurus and you'll be set for Memorial Day and beyond. Mainly Twins need to know that your Mercury ruler will be retrograde from June 3-27. So now is the time to have repairs done, to purchase appliances and office supplies, and to make the initial effort to reach people you'll have to deal with next month. It's fortuitious that the actors already started discussing their new contract; by the time the Gemini sun favorably aligns with Neptune, ruler of make-believe, on May 28th, an accord might be struck.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

A cozy Cancer moon keeps you safe and snug Friday and Saturday, but Sunday's and Monday's Leo moon can put you in the mood to celebrate Memorial Day in grand style. But don't be disappointed if casual friends or a group you're associated with doesn't live up to your expectations or deliver on a promise. Dour Saturn's meeting with the sun can throw a damper on the most festive occasion and make everyone concerned feel more responsible and restricted than they really are. Another guilt trip? Who needs it?

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Been carrying that weight a long time? Boy, you'd better lighten up and look around for something to do that isn't as difficult, tedious or depressing as what you're stuck in now. Saturn in your family and career midheaven can cast a gloomy shadow, but it also brings honors and respect, not unlike the P.R. hype for "Pearl Harbor." But if you're not duty-bound to your parents or behaving like the general in charge, then you'll appreciate the artistic support, spirituality and boost of idealism you get when your sun ruler and Neptune trine on the 28th.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Wouldn't you know it? The first major holiday of the season comes with a big, fat warning sign for Virgos: travel at your own risk. Not that the other signs won't be affected, but because it is your Mercury ruler that is facing problems, like fires and flats, from a pissed-off Mars, you're liable to catch flak first. Also, Saturn's merger with the sun can put obstacles in your way that'll make your trip, even a purely intellectual one, more difficult. Are you aware that in about a week (6/3) Mercury flips for most of the month?

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

You're due for more fun and more luxury goods courtesy of your Venus ruler in your house of partners. They might not be overwhelmingly significant experiences, but hey, they'll certainly be enjoyable, possibly even lucrative. Next week, when Venus moves on to Taurus, after spending four months in adventurous Aries, you might not be singing the same cheery tune or, for that matter, be receiving all this flattering attention. While other signs struggle this weekend with responsibilities, Libra will thrive on them, plus gain a lot of respect.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Scorpio will probably have a better time this weekend if you don't explore new turf, but instead stick to who you know and where you're known. Adjustments will have to be made, no matter what happens, but you don't want to seek out people who seem destined to give you a hard time simply because the sun and Saturn are consolidating their formidable energies. You're particularly smart right now, so figure out a strategy you can adopt once Mercury goes retrograde next week and there's no one available to return your calls.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Both the low and the high ends of the sign, Archers born in November and mid-December, may feel stymied by forces beyond their control. Be patient if you're missing signals and misinterpreting what is actually being said. Also take time to do things thoroughly; this time, a casual, helter-skelter approach won't cover all your bases. That's because being opposed by four planets in bi-geminal Gemini can feel like you're up against eight planets in any other sign. Plus, each one is eliciting a response only you can give.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

This is a wonderful weekend for entertaining the troops and receiving yummy just desserts for doing so. Public recognition of the kid's accomplishments also reflects well on the good job you've done and the structure you've provided for self-expression. By following in the footsteps of honored traditions along with establishing new ones that speak to a younger generation, you can tap into a vein of creativity that runs deeper than you suspect. Now is the time to speak out.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Knowing when to expand, when to contract, when to give and when to hold back seems to be the lesson that the four planets in Gemini, two in Aquarius are teaching you. All that air energy has lifted you far above the petty concerns of this mortal coil. Since there are no planets in earth signs, there may not be any petty concerns to bring you down. Instead, what you might want to look out for is flying too high with some guy in the sky because three planets in fire signs generate a lot of heat that can turn you into toast. But not this weekend.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Seriously consider going to summer school and taking classes that will provide a framework you can build on. Whether the subject is stained glass or computer graphics makes little difference; what you need to do is direct the power of the Gemini sun-Saturn conjunction in your house of education to a constructive end. Since Saturn is the planet that represents age and achievement, you could start a course of study now that will reward you in years to come for years to come. For a more immediate reward, look to the sun's trine to your Neptune ruler on the 28th.

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