Rockie Horoscope 94

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GENERAL FORECAST: Changes in the group psyche starting with Mercury's move into Leo on the 30th, Venus' shift from Gemini to Cancer on the 1st. Your approach to handling matters ruled by these planets can vary, e.g. speech patterns can become more flowery, your ideas more grandiose after Mercury changes signs. Venus rules affection, clothes, decorating, your social life and anything else that pleases you. In Cancer, the focus of your pleasure usually revolves around the house, family and food. Questions of faith, hope and charity could become a big deal while the Leo sun opposes Neptune this weekend. But it's not until next weekend, when Venus merges with Jupiter, the Leo sun and Mercury conjunct, and the first of three Saturn-Pluto oppositions take place, that the major changes of the summer hit home. So much for the silly season.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Summertime and the livin', for an impatient Ram, is not particularly easy. Even if you plan to spend most of the summer on a sailboat, there's still a lot you'll have to do. Plus, contact with planets in your career midheaven can give rise to sudden spurts of ambition. The next two weeks are especially productive for video and film makers, actors, musicians, idealists or anyone with a vision they've been working towards. Family matters, the care and feeding of the folks, may add to your caseload and, at moments, test your faith.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Read for Aries since your career and a crucial family matter are in the spotlight now. Because your Venus ruler spends all of August in the domesticated sign of the Crab, you could develop a harder shell to protect yourself and an even softer belly than the one you're presently sporting. Being at home, surrounded by the things and people you love can provide more pleasure than you bargained for. Speaking of which, when Venus hooks up with generous Jupiter around the 5th, there are no bargains, only a rare chance to win, earn and spend lots and lots of money.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Your financial position, unclear as it may appear, starts to improve as soon as Venus leaves your sign on the 1st. The fewer alternatives there are for the Twins to consider, the fewer opportunities to question decisions and second-guess yourself. Peace of mind in your own time!, or something similar as your Mercury ruler merges with the cheerfully creative Leo sun on the 5th, a big day for everybody. Listen to your muse and plan a celebration to mark what could be a major turning point in your or your partner's life.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

"Supreme good fortune", the best of all I Ching predictions, could be your fate when lovable Venus meets lucky Jupiter in Cancer on the 5th. Their favorable conjunction occurs again next June, but after that, you'll have to wait another 12 years to take advantage of the opportunities and rewards offered, to appreciate the roll you're on. What to do? Anything but take the resulting blessings for granted, which could happen simply because Venus encourages a narcissistic, self-indulgent pursuit of pleasure.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Something's gotta give. While the Leo sun opposes the planets in your Aquarius marriage house, the tension generated between you and a partner becomes as taut as it's gonna get, for another year at least. Before one of you snaps, find a common ground to land on safely. There is so much going on -- besides deciding how to celebrate your birthday -- it won't be easy to focus on what is more important: Art for art's sake, change for the sake of change or finally, freedom from same-old, same-old.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Find a way to milk your heritage for fun and profit, like Mario Puzo did, and you could become a famous name in your town, on the Internet, maybe even be inscribed in the Guinness book of records. The confrontation between Saturnian tradition and Plutonic transformation can affect your relationship to neighbors and family, especially if they are Corleones. Colleagues will be eager to add their creative input (for a piece of the action, no doubt) but, ultimately, to insure success, you'll have to blow your own horn while you promote the merits of your project.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

The resolution of a personal matter that's been in the works a long time, ever since Saturn and Pluto met in Libra at the end of 1982, can have huge repercussions while these planets are in opposition this year and next. It'll affect what you value, what you possess, what you're willing to lose and how you'll deal with that loss. At the same time you're about to benefit from the annual merger of your Venus ruler and expansive Jupiter; look for a double dose of good fortune when traveling, especially if you're revisiting your roots.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

August shows up with a mixed bag of experiences: cash and creature comforts from a joint venture you're currently engaged in or from an ex-partner, a responsibility you didn't realize you had to assume and you won't be happy about, excellent information and plenty of artistic inspiration. A test of faith in your surroundings, sympathy for a spacy neighbor and a sudden desire to move or rearrange your living conditions pretty much covers this year's rendition of summer in the city. Hot town, hot time.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

It all depends on how involved you get and how seriously you take the changes about to go down. Goodies such as money and the happy times that come when sociable Venus joins up with your lucky Jupiter ruler, as it does at least once a year, every year, will, no doubt, bring pleasure. But will it force you to question your perspective on a partnership or transform how you deal with your dark side the way Saturn's opposition to Pluto in Sag will? This could be a heavy-duty, real-life turning point, so put down the wine glass and pay attention. Or don't.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Caps have a lot in common with Scorpio, Sag and Gemini this month, so see if their forecasts contain kernels of sage advice for you. You'll probably receive a lucky break and benefits from a co-worker or a partner while Venus and Jupiter meet up in your Cancer complement. That'll be nice, but more relevant to your inner life is the pressure put on your Saturn ruler from powerful Pluto, the planet of tranformation and inevitability. Something big is about to happen on a world-wide and, for you guys, personal level. Get ready.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Things come to a head while the Leo sun and "all ears" Mercury oppose the planets in Aquarius through the 10th of August. Take the information you glean to heart because it'll probably be the pressure applied to matters of the heart and family affairs that'll affect you the most. Changes could readily occur regarding work, especially when the moon is full in Aquarius on the 3rd, but those won't leave as lasting an impression as the impact even slight variations on your personal life will have. You need to feel rooted right now, so do what you can to nurture those roots.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

A stand-off with a colleague or a casual acquaintance is usually no big deal, but if their opposition is over an artistic choice, it could turn into a source of practically "divine" inspiration. That's how dramatically you may react to the current planetary influences. While the sun and Mercury oppose your Neptune ruler, your antenna is very much attuned to the creative process, making this month the best time to spend with kids and a child-like lover. As for the on-going family saga, try to loosen the attachment.

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