Rockie Horoscope 96

August 10-16, 2001

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: More energy and a sharper focus as the fiery Leo sun ignites Mars in Sagittarius, another spirited fire sign on Friday. Mercury opposing Uranus presents a couple of shocking surprises before moving on to Virgo Monday night for a quick 18-day stay. Meanwhile the Perseid meteor showers this weekend is, firework displays aside, the sky show of the summer. Get as high up, as far above the city lights as you can go. Wednesday might be a little rough on the nerves; Uranus, my earthquake indicator, is opposed or, if you prefer, aggravated, by the Leo sun. More surprises.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Since your batteries are being charged by the sun's rewarding trine to your Mars ruler on the 10th, the Ram can instantly be transformed into the Energizer Bunny, raring to go and in it for the long haul. No matter what you hope to achieve over the summer, now is the time to let romantic feelings flow free and those creative impulses loose. But try not to cross a colleague in the process. A casual friend or a business acquaintance may become erratic and blow the plans you make at the next new moon sky high.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Even if the Leo new moon next weekend presents an unexpected career opportunity, home and the pleasure of spiffing it up is where your heart currently is. Expect to be conflicted; however, entertaining friends and family while you have the means will probably win out. Another chance to show your talents on the job will appear in about a month, after your Venus ruler completes her trip through Cancer and Leo, the signs of fun in the sun. And after you've had plenty of time to devote to what may well turn out to be your Summer of Love.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

You could succumb to the call of the wild and suddenly take off for places you've never, not even in your dreams, been before. The life-altering experiences that await you, the chance to be creative in another environment are temptations you'll find difficult to deny, especially if you're feeling the stodginess and bouts of anxiety that having Saturn in your sign can bring. After five months of stagnation, your relationship with a domestic and/or business partner is about to be revitalized.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Thanks to magnetic Venus transiting your sign until the 26th, you'll attract an assortment of oddballs and adventurers, the kind of characters you usually manage to avoid. But since you're under Jupiter's protection this year, no harm should come from these dalliances and distractions, just fun and experiences that will expand your horizons. However, this week a financial matter may suddenly pop up, forcing you to make a spur-of-the-moment decision. Because the information could be premature or incomplete, trust your intuition instead of the numbers.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Fun and games for lovable Lions, and not simply because it's the time of year to celebrate your inherent joie de vivre. An infusion of physical energy and philosophical je ne sais quoi from passionate Mars in your house of pleasurable pastimes adds to the festive feeling. Be prepared to face some resistance mid-month from an occasionally erratic partner while your sun ruler is opposing rebellious Uranus in your house of allies and enemies. This too shall pass, and sooner rather than later.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

The hazy, lazy days of summer don't end when your Mercury ruler enters Virgo on the 14th, but it may seem that way. Once the planet of perception is back home in your sign, your mental faculties will be reenergized. You might even look forward to handling matters you've let slide. Putting your house in order -- figuratively-speaking, the place can remain a mess -- before your birthday actually arrives makes the kind of sense that satisfies the typical Virgo, but mystifies the rare procrastinators who subscribe to "later, rather than sooner."

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Artists and women, especially mother-hen types, can have a profound influence on your career or reputation this summer, but only until your Venus ruler leaves compassionate Cancer on the 26th. If you get upset by a colleague's negative reaction to your work or the temporary withdrawal of group support -- the sort of things that tend to happen when disruptive Uranus in your house of creativity is activated -- seek counsel and comfort from a lady who is on top of the situation. She'll smooth things over.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Surprise! Letting pure, for-the-fun-of-it creative impulses run loose can lead to a spurt of income-producing activity. While the sun favors your Mars co-ruler in your money house, you'll be motivated by something other than a burning desire to pay bills on time. Interesting, but somewhat bizarre vibes emanating from a sector of the family circle can seem like an invitation to visit. For the time being, sending money may do the trick, but consider going home for Thanksgiving when your physical presence will have a greater effect.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

This is an excellent time to scratch the bites left by the travel bug. Your appetite for new experiences can become voracious while the spirited Leo sun favors adventurous Mars in your sign. Next month, when Mars moves on to Capricorn, you'll be busy making money and won't have the time or the inclination. But if you absolutely cannot manage to get away right now, start planning a major trip for next August, which is when Mars, in your house of foreign cultures and distant horizons, catches up to the Leo sun.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Other people's money: the area of your life currently being illuminated by the sun includes loans, grants, scholarships, insurance, tax refunds and whatever you can squeeze out of Grandma. Since there is an element of surprise attached to your financial dealings right now, don't impose limits if none exist. Hope for the best while other people are feeling quite friendly toward you. Because amiable Venus is passing through your house of significant others, your public will welcome you with open arms.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

All eyes are on Aquarians, who, like Mt. Etna, could erupt at any moment. For the next two weeks, you are subject to inexplicable mood swings and underlying tensions that'll become blazingly apparent while the sun opposes Uranus, your ruling planet. You might have to add a partner's obsession with self-realization to the list. As long as you keep your appreciation of the human condition, and sympathy for the devil, intact, all of the above is doable. Even though you're under a lot of pressure, I bet you'll maintain your cool.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

It's August and the shrinks are on vacation. What are Fish supposed to do when unpredictable Uranus starts shaking up the house of your unconscious? Turn into a shark and upset the "normal" flow of daily life? You could become more reasonable, more perceptive after Mercury enters Virgo on the 13th, even if this period of heightened rationality only lasts a short time. You might also connect to a young person who sees things differently than you do, but from this whiz kid, you'll learn a lot.

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