Rockie Horoscope 98

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GENERAL FORECAST: It's ironic that Venus enters the royal sign of Leo on the 26th, Women's Equality Day. Lording it over the other guy or gal may be the most entertaining game you play (activities governed by the Lion) over the next three weeks. Enjoy yourself, because after Venus leaves heart-felt Leo and Mars moves out of spirited Sagittarius on the 8th, the only planet left in enthusiastic fire signs will be power-mad Pluto, and that's no fun. See if you like what happens after Pluto comes out of retrograde on the 23rd; planetary stations are often seen in retrospect as crucial factors in world affairs. On Tuesday Mercury is irritated by slash-and-burn Mars; think before you say something that is so to the point and so hurtful. Will all be forgiven when Mercury moves into diplomatic Libra next Friday?

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

By now you probably sense that there's a significant change in the wind, and on the 28th, when Mercury contacts your Mars ruler, you're likely to get the official word -- you're movin' on up. No matter what rung on the ladder of success you presently occupy, you'll have an opportunity to show off your executive abilities and astound even yourself before Halloween arrives. Knowing how disciplined you're going to be this fall, better play hard -- fast and loose, too -- for the rest of the summer.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Feeling neighborly? Not for long. You could lose interest in the care and feeding of the folks next door, along with your compassion for a needy sibling, as soon as your Venus ruler leaves homey Cancer on the 26th for the royal realm of Leo. Unfortunately, the luxury of living in the lap of luxury only lasts a month, but while you're there, you'll be inspired to surround yourself with more beauty, gaiety and romance than you currently enjoy. Luckily, the Virgo sun helps you get organized enough to make a few of your dreams come true.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

One heated discussion deserves another. Generating enough friction to make the sparks fly is the assignment your Mercury ruler assumes when it squares passionate Mars in your marriage house. Could it be you're doing the same thing? Being the gadfly is sometimes painful, especially if you're liable to be shooed away, or worse, swatted down, but provoking intelligent thought is what Gemini does best. So while the antsy Virgo sun is making you more impatient, you might do whatever it takes to move the relationship along.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

An easy opportunity to earn serious money may pop up just before the Labor Day weekend when the Virgo sun supports protective Jupiter in your sign. Check out all potential prospects because you never know from which direction a smiling Lady Luck will appear. And while amassing bucks might not be the be-all and end-all, you are rarely in as favorable a position as you are now. Just don't let luxury-loving Venus lead you astray with delusions of grandeur and overly-romantic visions of togetherness.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

The exceptionally long, seven-month holiday you've enjoyed while Mars' travelled back and forth through take-it-easy Sagittarius is coming to an end. Better make the most of the free time that's left and fill the last days of summer with fun and games, wine and roses. After energetic Mars moves into staid, sober Capricorn on September 8, you won't be as willing to take chances or to go where your spirit of adventure, not to mention your deepest desires, lead. You'll be too busy working like a demon.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Overwhelmed by details? Feeling a bit cantankerous? Have you been taking it out on the family or are they even more aggravating than you right now? Until your perfection-seeking Mercury ruler moves into harmonious Libra on the 31st, hanging with the Virgin could be more trouble than its worth. Blame assertive Mars for adding a militaristic edge to your behavior, a demanding voice to your requests. Consider getting a pinata for your birthday celebration, so that your guests can aim for something other than your back.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

It's been a while, but after your Venus ruler moves into demonstrative, open-hearted Leo, your spirits will lift and your reputation should burn a little brighter. You'll be able to show off without incurring the wrath of the gods, your boss or your parents, and any grandiose gesture you make will be considered the height of style. Where did this special dispensation come from? Must be the good press you'll enjoy after chatty Mercury enters Libra on the 31st. Have fun; come Fall, the hoopla can fade fast.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Check it out. Every year about this time a woman or a gracious, generous artist comes on the scene and affects the course of your career in a dramatic way. For the next month Venus, ruler of flirtatious females and other objects of beauty, travels across your Leo midheaven -- the area of your chart where you make a name for yourself and where you earn the right to be lionized. Just keep doing the best work you can; pay attention to details and organize your time and resources. In other words, act like a Virgo on a gig.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

And what did you do during the past seven months with bold, brave Mars in your sign? Have lasix surgery? Sculpt a new body? Cut, bruise and burn your clumsy self more than usual? Because Mars is moving on to Capricorn on the 8th, concern with your physical attributes may be supplanted by a passionate interest in financial matters and a more conservative set of values. Maybe. At the same time, the practical and fairly prosaic Virgo sun is challenging you to rise to an occasion that'll advance your career, broadcast your name and make you even more skittish than you currently feel.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Now that we're in Virgo, an practical earth sign like your own, you'll have a lot of support, especially when dealing with joint financial matters, such as insurance and inheritances. As long as you're not fending for yourself, you should be okay. However, the Virgo vibe, in its desire to achieve perfection in this lifetime, can be extremely critical. Don't be put off if your enviable organizational skills come under review or your dearly beloved gets on your case. Everyone only wants what's best.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

The only planetary change worthy of your consideration is the shift loving Venus makes from crabby Cancer to your Leo complement. That means the folks you work with, the ones you work out with, even those who minister to your needs or provide services, like the best back massage in the world, will be cheerful, kind and very generous with their time and affection. We won't even mention the "M" word. This heart-warming, romantic interlude should last until Venus moves on to picky Virgo as Fall officially begins. Enjoy while you can.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Try to squeeze every bit of glamor and romance from the rest of the summer. Take time to work yourself into the appropriate mood so that you'll be at your soulful, sympatico best when irresistible Venus attracts your idealistic Neptune ruler on September 1st. Nothing is as exquisite and ethereal (or delusional) as this polarity, so if the purple chiffon needs ironing, if the water colors have to be replenished, do it before you get totally caught up in a fantasy and realize that you don't have the proper props.

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