Rockie Horoscope 92

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GENERAL FORECAST: Love, companionship or the lack thereof are the chief concerns of this year's mid-summer's night dreams. It's all because Venus in Gemini is having a brief, but tortured attachment to restrictive Saturn, and that can affect the hardness of your heart as well as your ability to chill. This is followed by two powerful polarities, first to passionate Pluto, then to horny Mars in Sagittarius. In case you've been missing out and aren't fooling around with anyone at the moment, that's bound to change. Horny Mars, retrograde since May 11, turns direct on the 19th, the very day that the planet of SHE exactly opposes the planet of HE. Friction and fireworks.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Anticipate big changes around the time your Mars ruler changes direction on the 19th. Since Mars went retrograde in mid-May, dealings with foreigners, academics or athletes, not to mention a skittish Sagittarian, may have presented problems for impatient Rams. If those folks played hard to get or simply gave you a hard time during the past two months, they'll be back soon enough, ready to make amends and pick up where they left off. But, thanks to adoring attention from Venus, you could be too involved in a romantic escapade to care.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

These can be two tough weeks, with too many responsibilities, too little cooperation, even outright opposition. It starts when your Venus ruler runs into a roadblock as it conjuncts strict Saturn, the nasty naysayer. Once you extricate yourself from that situation, you could go head-to-head with a macho man who doesn't pull his punches. A strong sexual attraction makes the encounter more thrilling, but anytime Pluto and Mars gang up on Venus, things tend to get dangerous, sometimes violent. Be careful.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The first test of your new-found fortitude and unending (for a Gemini) patience -- just two of the many virtues Saturn develops as it transits your sign -- comes when light-hearted, lovable Venus and stern Saturn conjoin. Will you take fun and fliration seriously or will the sensible side of you prevail? No matter which route you choose, you're bound to meet with friction when Venus faces off against Pluto and Mars next week. This is not entirely a bad thing. The sexual tension created by the tight opposition is really hot. And pretty rare.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Two full moons in a month makes the second one a "blue moon," but what would a Moon Child call the second Cancer new moon of 2001? Because the first Cancer new moon on the solstice was a total solar eclipse, as well as the start of a new 19-year cycle of eclipses, the new moon on the 20th won't be quite as monumental. This one will be more personal, more geared to what you would like to see happen to you and for you. So take time to think about the new moon magic you need to make, and do it on the 20th after 3:44 p.m. EDT/12:44 p.m. PDT.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Lions could receive more than their fair share, but not quite the lion's share, as a result of the conflict between legal eagles, a friend and the family. You might also be asked to draw a line between business and pleasurable pursuits and not cross it as freely or as frequently. Weighing the pros and cons, listening to your head or following your heart is how you'll spend these lazy, hazy days of summer, at least until Leo starts on the 22nd. Then you get to step up to the plate and take your best shot.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Both stay-at-home artisan-types and gad-about adventurers may have to make choices this month that'll have a major effect on their career and family life. Consider all the alternatives with your customary thoroughness, but wait until assertive Mars turns direct on the 19th and picks up some momentum before you decide to act. The next two weeks can be stressful; you might feel that other people's agendas revolve around you, like you're the rope, instead of the prize, in the tug-of-war they're waging.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Librans are more personally involved in what is going on than Leos are, however, you stand to benefit in a similar fashion. For some, the contest taking place will be about style, wit and artistry; for others, the opposition they encounter will be played in the fields of academia and athletics. But no matter where your particular talent lies, you will attract two different types: the teacher/mentor with sterling credentials and the subtle manipulator with dishonorable intentions. Have fun, play safe.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

That summer romance you've been nurturing heats up dramatically while affectionate Venus comes face- to-face with Pluto and Mars, your co-ruling planets. One of two things might happen: the relationship grows even more passionate or one of you gets really pissed off and cuts off contact entirely. No matter what, you become more sure of yourself, less accomodating and responsive to others after Mars comes out of retrograde on the 19th. And, like magic, you'll notice that money is flowing more freely.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Far be it for me to maintain that the world revolves around Sagittarius, nevertheless, this week our sign is one of the two pivotal forces at work. The other is Gemini, the sign in which we're supposed to find our soulmates. And, who among us, doesn't have history with the Twins? Anyway, after Venus, the planet of hugs and kisses, teams up with serious-minded Saturn in Gemini, she gets so strong, so obdurate, she dares to challenge sexy Pluto and Mars in Sag. This serves mainly to whet our appetite for more action, which we should see after Mars turns direct on the 19th.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

It will come as no surprise to you that Venus, arbiter of style, harmony and affection, is so close to your Saturn ruler, they are like one. Venus' presence makes you softer while it sharpens your eye for beauty. The merger of the two planets this week starts a year-long cyle that has its highs and lows the further away from Saturn Venus travels. Take notice of what's going on art- and amour-wise now, because this theme, event or relationship will keep you hopping until next May.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Like your Leo partner, you'll benefit indirectly from what goes down between friends and family. But as the month ends, the goodies -- both the great stuff and the smiles -- will come directly to you. Knowing that happy times are in the cards should make it easier to assume more responsibility at work or to use the opportunity the Cancer new moon on the 20th provides to take someone under your wing. This is also a good time to start a new exercise routine such as swimming or merrily rowing, and rocking, the boat.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

You're being pushed to make a decision that can affect your position in the family or alter the direction of your career. Pisces, like Gemini, Sag and Virgo, the other mutable signs, tend to react to situations instead of creating them -- unless, of course, you're a bona fide drama queen trying to build up your role. But if you truly feel that you're caught in the middle of a power struggle between external forces, do what a Fish is meant to do -- swim away, be reclusive, pop up later when the smoke has cleared

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