Rockie Horoscope 91

GENERAL FORECAST: This Fourth of July marks the USA's 225th birthday, which may be made even more memorable by the Cancer sun quincunxing (150 degrees of separation) degenerative or regenerative (depending on your degree of optimism) Pluto at 13 Sagittarius. A major adjustment in the essence of Americanism (whatever that is) is about to be made. Adding to the importance of the occasion is a partial lunar eclipse on the 5th at 14 Cancer-Capricorn that hits George W. Bush's and the 14th Dalai Lama's natal Cancer suns. Cancer represents maternal roots, the culture and food that define a people; Capricorn, the corporate culture, paternalismm the old boy network and creaky joints. Also on the 5th, Venus leaves earthy Taurus for a four week sojourn through Gemini.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

If "Beware the Ides of March" had an impact on your own historical drama four months ago, I'm warning you to expect something along those lines again. While your retrograde Mars ruler and Pluto in fiery Sagittarius draw closer together, as they were then, your passion for a person, a project or an ethic that may have ebbed, grows stronger. Sounds like the makings of a torrid summer romance! However, you shouldn't neglect your career, especially since the full moon eclipse on the 5th can skew the direction of its arc a bit off course.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

It was fun while it lasted, but right after Independence Day, your ever-lovin' Venus ruler moves out of Taurus and into Gemini where it'll hold court for four weeks. And while you might not be quite as sought after or as pleasant to be with, you can compensate by becoming more articulate and somewhat less bull-headed. Try to see it my way. You may also get into the owl and pussycat bag, and fantasize about sailing away for a year and a day when amiable Venus and aquatic Neptune trine around the 12th. Bon voyage.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Magnetic Venus makes a grand entrance into your sign on the 5th along with a month's worth of friendly relationships, a more pronounced sense of style and "Gee, you're looking good" compliments. The same day, the Cancer-Capricorn full moon eclipse gives a financial matter more importance than it normally would have; pay attention to the price you wind up paying for getting what you want when you want it. Venus knows value, but when transiting Gemini, she can be fickle or insist on having her cake and eating it, too. You, too.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

To further accentuate both the positive and negative aspects of being a Moon Child, you get to experience a partial lunar eclipse on July 5th, which won't be seen in the States, merely felt by all concerned. Barring heavy cloud cover, the Capricorn moon should look pretty full on the Fourth, as the rockets' red glare and cherry bombs bursting in air accompany Luna's rise and fall across starry skies. Things change considerably on the 12th when Mercury, for a little more than two weeks, and lucky Jupiter, for a full 12 months, move into Cancer.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Although Mercury flipped forward on the 28th, you shouldn't count on making significant progress just yet. The planet the Messenger is cozying up to this week is unpredictable Uranus in your Aquarius house of partners and pacts. While the news Mercury gets may be good, it can also disrupt plans that were already made. Keep things fairly tentative for a while, at least until the lunar eclipse on the 5th has restored some of the power loss you may have experienced when your sun ruler was totally eclipsed during the summer solstice.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Once your Mercury ruler reconnects to the planets it was allied with when it was retrograde, you'll see how fast your career can take off, even in the midst of someone's summer vacation. Since Mercury doesn't come out from under its shadow -- the point at which it turned retrograde in early June -- until July 12, try to postpone important decisions or moves until then. That's also the date when Mercury shifts out of mutable Gemini, with its endless list of alternatives, into cardinal Cancer and its more mellow, family-friendly frame of mind.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Ah yes, the ever-present fickle finger of fate is currently pointing to your pleasure-loving Venus ruler in your house of sexual experiences as it connects to spur-of-the-moment Uranus in the area of romance and other risks you occasionally take. What sort of Independence Day holiday did you have in mind, and from whom are you distancing yourself? As long as you're not taken completely unawares, you should be able to gracefully handle a sudden change of heart if and when it occurs. The folks most susceptible to the effects of the partial lunar eclipse: your neighbors and siblings.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Read for Aries because it's Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets, that'll determine how ardently you'll feel this summer about something you value. Also, the Cancer forecast delivers good news for water signs like yours: Starting July 12, Jupiter, planet of plenty, begins rewarding your natal Scorpio planets fairly consistently for the next 12 months. You haven't been scheduled for this long a run of good luck since 1998. And while the lunar eclipse might affect communications, sales and traveling, unless your moon is in mid-Capricorn, it's not that big a deal.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

You'll also benefit from a cursory reading of the Aries and Scorpio forecasts, but the major astrological event for Archers is your Jupiter ruler moving out of Gemini in the middle of the month. Instead of confrontating past, present and future partners headon, for the next 12 months you'll try to adjust to whatever shakes their trees as those occasions arise. While Jupiter is passing through maternal Cancer, there'll be a lot more nurturing of the body and the spirit. Practice asking, "What do you need?"

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

This year the Cancer-Capricorn polarity could have a greater effect than usual, because the solar and lunar eclipses take place at critical degrees. They are 0 (the solar eclipse on the first day of Cancer,) 13 (the partial lunar eclipse in Capricorn on the 5th) and 26 degrees of the above-mentioned signs plus Aries and Libra, the other cardinal signs. Too much information? Not if you're preparing to put your best foot forward or are worried that something is missing. Ask someone with an eye for style to take a closer look.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Reward yourself, take off for parts unknown. Since you've managed to glide through Mercury retrograde without stumbling, now that the planet of hotel reservations and e-tickets is moving forward again, you will, too. But first expect to encounter a little hissy-fit while Venus, no longer masquerading as the amiable parent or roommate, challenges your Uranus ruler. When someone in the household or the extended family has a change of heart, you'll be the one to smoothe ruffled feathers or negotiate a peace treaty. Then you can leave.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Good news for water signs such as yours: Prosperity-conscious Jupiter enters friendly Cancer mid-July for 12 months. This means you'll have much better luck with family matters and real estate ventures, and won't get as tense or overwrought as Jupiter in antsy Gemini may have made you. Imagine, an internal chill pill with a year-long shelf life, not to mention its half-life! So now that you're about to be calm, cool and collected, consider ways of maximizing your potential for growth without drifting away from your roots.

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