Rockie Horoscope 102

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GENERAL FORECAST: No predictions, just the facts. Venus enters Virgo on Thursday, the 20th for about a three-week stay. The sun enters Libra on Saturday the 22nd at 4:05 p.m. PDT, the moment of the fall equinox if you're into standing eggs on end. Sol forms a challenging square to the summer solstice eclipse at zero Cancer which is what Mars in Capricorn opposed on September 11. Saturn turns retrograde the evening of the 26th as Jews gather for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Saturn wends its way back from 15 Gemini to 8 where it turns direct on February 7. And Mercury flips into retrograde on Monday, October 1 at 12:23 p.m. PDT at 29+ Libra and regresses back to 14+ Libra, the degree it was occupying on September 11. Retrograde ends on October 22, Mercury clears Libra on November 7. Until then, we're living in its shadow.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Mercury turning retrograde on October 1 affects present and past marriage and business partnerships and legal matters. Any paperwork requiring an immediate signature should be gone over with the finest of fine-toothed combs. Because Mercury is in likeable Libra, you're liable to be a bit more lax, strive for peace and harmony and give your partner/adversary, even your agent, the benefit of the doubt. This would not happen if Mercury was in Scorpio or another sign that goes for the jugular. Remember, your Mars ruler in Capricorn puts you in charge.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The three-week retrogression of Mercury occurs in your house of work, health, service and debts, so you're more likely to receive the wrong information, experience delays in deliveries and run into credit problems. These annoyances will probably be handled politely, perhaps with a light touch of humor because when Mercury the great communicator is in gentle Libra, it favors the well-turned phrase and a civilized response. Meanwhile your Venus ruler makes contact with Mars and Pluto, the passionate planets, as the month begins.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

On the 26th, the eve of Yom Kippur, Saturn turns retrograde at 15 Gemini and doesn't turn direct until early February. During this period, Twins who have 7 to 16 degrees of Gemini prominent in their chart, i.e., those born between May 27 and June 6, get to star in Act II of their personal dramas. This is the part where you learn what else is demanded of you, how much more responsible you have to be and just how heavy a burden you can bear, all for the purpose of growing up. Act III, next Spring. Incidentally, your Mercury ruler will be retrograde from Oct. 1-22. Plan accordingly.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

This year's Harvest full moon could be more memorable than usual because Mercury is simultaneously turning retrograde. Not only will the common annoyances of retrograde get to you, but the Moon Child might have to navigate the deep emotional waters you often sink to during the annual Aries-Libra full moon. On a cheerier note: Venus, planet of affection and good taste, is busy gathering goodies from a variety of sources, so assume that your coffers will be enriched by her favorable position in your money house.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Check the tires, brakes and paperwork on your vehicle before Mercury goes retrograde on October 1 in your house of commuting. Since that's also your house of communication, publicity and education, it's safe to assume that an assortment of hassles will occur in that part of your life both at the beginning and the end (Oct. 22) of the retrogression. Get the phones and faxes fixed, the flyers printed and the classes you plan to take locked in. Then you can lay back and enjoy the bounty of the harvest and the beautiful Harvest full moon.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Here are a couple of things that may affect Virgins: The first is Saturn turning retrograde on the 26th in your Gemini midheaven for the next four months. That could slow down progress in your career, or conversely, alleviate the pressure you've been laboring under and relieve you of some of the responsibilities you've had to bear. Then your Mercury ruler goes retrograde on October 1 for three weeks of tiny tortures. What distinguishes this period from the others is Mercury's presence in your Libra money house. Be sure to check all receipts, bank statements, etc..

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Mercury almost makes it all the way through your sign before it flips on October 1 and works its way back to 14+ Libra, the degree it was at on September 11 when the hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Mercury turns direct at that degree on October 22nd, but it doesn't leave Libra for Scorpio until November 7, the day before your Venus ruler also enters Scorpio. While romantic Venus makes strong aspects along the way, I bet that Mercury dominates your thoughts and conversation with the "re" activities of retrograde, e.g., revision, repair and retaliation.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Mercury's retrogression through Libra takes place on a cosmic level of consciousness, in your "hidden" 12th house, so you might not suffer the more picayune effects and petty annoyances the rest of us will. If you're lucky, you'll be so entranced by an artist's or a woman's involvement that you won't react to anything except Venus' attraction to both Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets. This is hot stuff, made even more so by the waxing Harvest Moon. By the time it's waning, you might be too far over the top to make a wise financial move.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

The extent of your participation in clubs and socio-political organizations could be altered by Mercury turning retrograde in your house of hopes you share with a large group of like-minded people. Something along the lines of the Hunger Project. You may also become more involved with friends of friends and find them camping on your doorstep throughout October. However, don't neglect an opportunity to take charge of a financial matter when Mars energizes your Jupiter ruler early in October.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Take a deep breath on the 26th as your Saturn ruler prepares to turn retrograde for the next four months. It's usually the days just before and after the turnaround that have the greatest impact, so pay attention, because those will be the personal issues you'll be dealing with until Ground Hog Day comes and goes and you've seen the movie another 4 times. Like your Cancer complement, you can be deeply affected by the emotions stirred up by the Harvest moon illuminating your relationship to Mom and Pop. Commiserate.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Read for Capricorn because, until Uranus was discovered in 1781 and associated with your sign, Saturn was your ruling planet. In the history of astrology, 220 years is but a drop the bucket of time. Saturn's retrogression in your Gemini house of family roots and real estate or creativity and children (depending on the degrees involved) can put those issues on a back burner and give you a well-deserved respite. On the other hand, Uranus turns direct at the end of October, just before the second full moon of the month -- a bona fide blue moon for Halloween!

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Mercury can be your nemesis even when it doesn't impinge on your Pisces sun or your Neptune ruler. Since the Messenger turns retrograde on October 1 in your Libra house of sex and other people's money, its flip can affect your relationship to any of the above and the folks involved. Unless you were born in February, in which case you are excused from participating in tedious revisions of positions and renegotiations of compromises made in September. That's because Mercury, in the sign of the Scales, seeks peace at any price.

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