Rockie Horoscope 103

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GENERAL FORECAST: Bringing you up to speed requires that first you slow down. Two planets change direction this week: Saturn in Gemini turned retrograde on Wednesday night, Mercury flips backward Monday around noon. Then the customary Mercury retrograde action sets in -- three weeks of rereading , reorganizing, rewriting and reevaluating. When Mercury turns direct on October 22, chances are you'll have a revised set of priorities and goals. Other changes in the wind: Neptune, retrograde in Aquarius since May, goes direct on October 17, the day after the Libra new moon.

Retrograde Uranus in Aquarius flips forward on October 30th, the day before the second full moon of the month, a true blue moon, on Halloween. But first, the first full moon of October, the Harvest moon, exact on Tuesday at 6:49 a.m. PDT. Amidst all these comings and goings, there is a super-spiritual trine between the sun and Neptune on Friday and an intensely passionate, sexual connection between Venus, Pluto and Mars on Monday, just before Mercury flips. Hang in there.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

The Aries full moon might be the perfect backdrop for a genuinely romantic scenario taking place at work, at the gym, at the checkout counter, anywhere you let yourself succumb to the seductive vibe of Venus when she favors your horny Mars ruler. And while you usually have mad, passionate liaisons, full of heat and hysteria, this attachment is rooted in earthy sensuality and more practicality than you'll own up to. An opportunity to exceed your current grasp of things arises on the 3rd when expansive Jupiter and Mars face off.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Bulls born at the beginning of May can put their love life back on course by accepting the advances you'll receive while adventurous Mars trines your Venus ruler. A grand trine in earth signs -- from your Taurus sun, to Mars in Capricorn and Venus in Virgo -- is the sort of affirmation you can spend years waiting for. But this favor from the gods doesn't come cheap. Venus is also challenged by squares to Pluto and Saturn this week; be prepared to pay dearly for the pleasures you are about to receive.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The only head trips Mercury puts you through this week happen because your ruling planet turns retrograde on Monday. Try to handle the usual weirdness with electronic devices and travel mishaps swiftly, so you can pay more attention to affairs of the heart. Venus is very busy this week stirring up strong feelings regarding your responsiblities when she challenges Saturn in your sign. She's also likely to mess with partnership matters and the financial ties that bind them to you. Maybe it's time you took a break.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Curb your enthusiasm, the sooner the better. Militant Mars doesn't oppose optimistic Jupiter in your sign until Wednesday, however, Mars is impulsive and often acts earlier than its assigned due date. This opposition calls for more of everything, mainly Jupiter's generosity. Since the Moon Child's reaction to the Aries full moon is ardent anyway -- consider past Harvest moons and what you were up to -- try to balance feistiness, emanating either from you or your partner, with a Libra sense of fair play. Aim for harmony at home.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Some call it faith, others, an escape mechanism, but no matter which you ascribe to, you'll be surrounded by Neptunian nebulousness while your sun ruler trines the planet this weekend. Since Neptune is in Aquarius, your cosmic complement, there'll probably be a partner to share your dreams, drugs, prayers and proselytizing. The Harvest full moon accentuates the difference between the creative power of the sun and the emotive reaction of the moon, and their tense opposition could affect you as well. Deep massage would help.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Since you've known well in advance that your Mercury ruler is turning retrograde on the 1st, there's little justification for you flipping, too. However, affectionate Venus in your sign is sending way too many signals, and the people getting them could become confused by your intentions. Are you suddenly hot for a Ram, chilly towards the Goat and Twins? Testing your sexual magnetism or simply turning the tables on a Scorpio? And which Crab or Centaur will come to your rescue? Try to center yourself during this trying time.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

You may not be ready to grasp the larger picture, prefering to stay focused on personal matters and your private life, but while your Venus ruler is challenged by squares to destructive Pluto and restrictive Saturn, it'll be difficult to downplay your connection to world events. Even if the results are painful, try to remember that, also this week, you're being rewarded by a loving trine between Venus and Mars, as well as the goddess' supportive sextile to magnanimous Jupiter. The Libra-Aries full moon can amplify your emotional response to all of the above.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Like Virgo's and Libra's, Scorpio's forecast is a mixed bag. You may glean some insight from reading theirs, but keep in mind that Mercury's flip in late Libra takes place in your 12th house of secret enemies, hospitals and other places of confinement. Mercury probably won't make its message known until it goes direct in three weeks. What you can't miss is the cock-eyed optimism emanating from Jupiter's opposition to your Mars' co-ruler on the 3rd. Watch that you don't throw good money after bad.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

The opposition between Pluto in Sag and Saturn in Gemini is further activated by Venus in Virgo squaring them both. Venus represents beauty and love, so their presence in your life, or the lack thereof, could be your primary motivation this week. An artist or a woman, personifications of Venus, might offer you or your partner an opportuntity to advance your career. But if that possibility draws a blank, then look to your Jupiter ruler's opposition to Mars in your Capricorn money house for a chance to grow with the flow of cash.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Not only is Mars exalted in your sign, making you an even better executive than you were born to be, this week Mars receives a blessing from Venus, and so do you. But if affection and artistic appreciation isn't enough, the boost of physical energy Mars provides will be increased by its opposition to expansive Jupiter. So much so that you might become reckless, for a sure-footed Goat, and dare to go where a less cautious partner leads. The Harvest full moon may affect you more than you'll admit because Venus is at odds with your Saturn ruler.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Line up with Librans, Leos and Pisceans who may have come under the spell Neptune in your sign has cast. While the airy Libra sun and the magical planet are in a beneficial trine, you'll be rewarded for living up to your ideals, demonstrating your faith, making music and taking pictures. This is a critical week, but if you take the high road, you can bypass some situations that can affect the more militant among us: a blood-and gutsy Aries full moon and Mars' opposition to Jupiter in Cancer on the USA sun that may raise patriotism to another level altogether.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Read for Aquarius, because once again, it's your Neptune ruler that is setting the tone for the Water-Bearer. And while you can revel in the spirituality and idealism that Neptune radiates, you might also have to deal with the aftermath of Venus in your Virgo house of partners tweaking the tails of Pluto and Saturn, the planets disrupting your home life and the arc of your career. Too many demands, too much criticism, not enough warmth and more than a glint from the green-eyed monster.

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