Rockie Horoscope 90

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GENERAL FORECAST: The big solar eclipse on the summer solstice activates whereever 0 degrees of Cancer falls on your natal chart. For example, if it lands in your third house of communication and education, you might decide to go back to school in about three months, the time it usually takes to notice the effects of an eclipse. Another major astrological phenomenon occurs on Monday, the 25th: Saturn in Gemini trines Neptune at 8 Aquarius, rewarding the challenge issued when Saturn was in Taurus squaring Neptune in early Aquarius, the sign of cyberspace -- July '98-April '99. The early days of Napster? Now Saturn, the patient, pragmatic paternal figure is supporting (or incorporating, as in corporation?) Neptune's idealism and artistry. And on Tuesday, drum roll please, Mercury flips into forward gear at 10:49 p.m. PT. Remember, the days just before and after are the ones to watch out for. Drive safe.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Whatever happened while your Mars ruler opposed Jupiter and the sun at 22 Gemini the week of the 11th is not yet history. Mars, currently retrograde, returns to that place in mid-August, when it is once again moving forward. You shouldn't assume that that piece of business is over and done with, especially if you factor in the fact that the total solar eclipse occured close to that point. Also, bits and pieces of information regarding the aforementioned event or state of mind will continue to dribble in after Mercury turns direct at 22 Gemini next Tuesday/Wednesday.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Since gentle, affectionate Venus is moving through Taurus at a pleasant pace, you're being shielded from the more discordant vibes generated by the fact-finding, truth-seeking Gemini-Sagittarius dichotomies. You also might be more popular than ever. Enjoy the stroll because in two weeks, when your Venus ruling enters Gemini, you, too may get blown away by one question too many or too much information. Mercury turning direct in your Gemini money house should clarify whatever confusing financial matter you've encountered since it went retrograde on June 4.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

You, more than most, know what can happpen when your Mercury ruler changes direction, which it does late Tuesday. Try to keep on an even keel, paying attention to the obvious and the subtle, to an event and its ramifications, to the road and the less-conscious drivers sharing it with you. Because Mercury turns around in your sign, what does occur could affect your physical body or alter your attitude about something near and dear. On the plus side, Saturn in Gemini trining Neptune lends substance and respectability to one of your more abstract ideals.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Not all Moon Children will go through a major life change thanks to the total solar eclipse on the solstice, only the ones born close to the Gemini cusp, the kids who are celebrating birthdays yesterday, today and tomorrow. What a memorable, long-lasting present that'll be! The rest will have to be content with using the Cancer new moon energy to propel themselves and their agendas forward. But promise yourself now that, although a partial lunar eclipse on July 5th during the Cancer-Capricorn full moon can put a glitch in your plans, you'll try hard to stay the course.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Mercury turns direct in your Gemini house of colleagues and casual social acquaintances, so, if you haven't heard from someone from your past during the weeks that Mercury has been retrograde, you could still reconnect when Mercury flips forward. Have no fear, the purpose is likely to be purely pleasurable, something to rekindle your passion or warm your sentimental heart. Meanwhile, Venus in your Taurus midheaven is giving a woman or an artist a greater say in your next career move. Say, thank you.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Another week of walking softly and carrying a big shtick. Humor is gonna hafta see you through whatever pressures the establishment, history or your parents, as personified by Saturn in your midheaven, are applying. Since the combination of rock-solid Saturn in airy Gemini is somewhat of a paradox, the danger of falling flat on your face might be looming large. Where is that golden parachute if you should need it? Meanwhile your Mercury ruler's imminent turnaround, also in Gemini, can be disorienting; however, you won't have to hide out anymore.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Natives born in September are about to receive some odd favors as Saturn, the not-so-stern in your case taskmaster, rewards your Libran essence (your natal sun) while simultaneously supporting the indefinable, elusive qualities Neptune is exuding all over the living room. Somehow this triangle of Saturnian solidity, Neptunian amorphousness and your innate sense of balance is working. Congratulations. Those not in this loop should consider traveling or buying new wheels before the next Mercury retrograde: October 1-22. Happy Birthday?

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

The weird neighbor or the spaced sibling might pop up this week, but someone much sterner than you will handle the matter efficiently and with precious little discussion. Thereby leaving you free to enjoy having lovable, sensuous Venus in your Taurus house of partnerships while the visit lasts. Although truth might not be such a big deal this week, beauty is. Since Mercury is turning direct in your Gemini house of other people's money, you probably can collect some of what is owed so you can spend it on something or someone you find particularly appealing.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

The invasion of the Gemini influence continues despite the sun moving on to Cancer. While some of the energy is directed positively to work, health and co-workers, Mercury's turnaround midweek lands squarely in your partnership house. Does this mean that now you can take a meeting? Yes! But continue to postpone signing any agreements until Mercury has picked up speed. Say, after the July Fourth holiday. November Archers may feel that Saturn in early Gemini is holding them back, but this stabilizing force can improve an iffy financial matter.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

It's possible that your Saturn ruler's favorable trine to Neptune, ruler of faith and fantasy, will mark a significant step in your spiritual development. It could also put an artistic ideal solidly on track. Parents who nurse high hopes for their children might receive confirmation of those aspirations, e.g., Little Dora has a talent for music, math, whatever turns you on! Goats born in December may receive a financial benefit from the rewarding trine. No matter when you were born or where you're coming from, this week can be very special.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Still more goodies coming at 'ya, although because Saturn is trining ephemeral, ineffable Neptune in your sign, the benefits won't be that obvious. You may have to ask someone else to confirm that your aura is looking much better because you're handling the responsibilities Saturn in your house of womb to tomb has imposed. And while Saturn can be heavy and depressing, when it is in a compatible air sign like Gemini, the weight doesn't drag you down. Meanwhile Mercury turning direct in your house of fun and games suggests that the good times will be back soon enough.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

You might as well read the entire column for info about your Neptune ruler's favorable trine to strict Saturn and pick out the parts that you identify with. Saturn demands adherence to the rules that Neptune prefers to skirt. Somehow the supportive trine reconciles the two tendencies, leaving you stronger, more respected and somewhat more pragmatic. Susceptible Fish might consider formalizing their relationship to the substance they prefer to abuse, the faith that speaks to them, the artform they love the most.

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