Rockie Horoscope 105

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GENERAL FORECAST: First comes the idea, then the words that justify and then the action. Retrograde Mercury and the Libra sun conjunct over the weekend and together they tweak impulsive Uranus and courageous Mars. Try to control your initial reaction because it's likely to get you in trouble. Mars burns, cuts, infects and, when teamed up with Mercury, makes travel more hazardous. Uranus surprises, awakens and disrupts the established order. It fosters rebellion and freedom and is a factor in more than one earthquake. Venus turns her attention from Virgoan analysis to Libran deal-making on Monday, and on Tuesday the Libra new moon inaugurates a new lunar cycle. Neptune comes out of retrograde Wednesday so its spiritual, idealistic influence will be felt throughout the week.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Some enterprising Arians may have missed the boat -- or thought twice about what would happen if it sunk -- while your Mars ruler opposed enthusiastic Jupiter at the last full moon. However, you'll get another chance to launch your project -- or your attack, if that's your mindset -- when the sun and Mercury test Martian audacity this weekend. Because the challenge springs from your Libra house of partners, a significant other will be significantly involved. The Libra new moon on Tuesday sets another aspect of the relationship in motion.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Work, service and the dues you pay for enjoying the job you perform come into prominence with the Libra new moon. Be on the alert for news that something special is about to happen, something that'll bring more harmony to you and your co-workers. Personally, you might stop being as critical as you've been lately because your Venus ruler is moving out of perfectionist Virgo and into Libra, a more fair-minded sign. Suddenly, seeking the company of charming, civilized companions won't seem such a trivial pursuit.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Six times a year, when your Mercury ruler merges with the sun, you have an opportunity to shine even brighter, to be even more knowledgeable. Such is the case this weekend. Since the conjunction takes place in your Libra house of lovers, there's a good chance that this light will attract not the horniest person on the planet, but someone who reads and speaks intelligently, is conversant with the arts and, if all goes according to cosmic plan, can make you laugh out loud. In this day and age, that is a tall order.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Did you manage to squeak through the last 10 days without hurting anybody or getting anything but your pride hurt? There's one more hurdle to go, but you'll have to leap high and far to avoid an existing problem that's further ascerbated by retrograde Mercury and the Libra sun. When they team up to incite militant Mars in your Capricorn house of partners this weekend, there could be harsh words and rash behavior. It's fair to assume that the Libra new moon on Tuesday will start a new cycle of harmony at home.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Advertising and publicity, sales and seminars -- topics that you'd be better off not dealing with while Mercury is retrograde -- is the area you could wind up paying special attention to this weekend. As your sun ruler mergers with Mercury on the level Libra playing field, you can become much better informed than you were a few days ago. And after the Libra new moon kicks in on Tuesday, you may find yourself with a new schedule, taking a different route on your daily rounds or becoming friendlier with a neighbor, classmate or, perish the thought, sibling.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

You're on the same page as Leo, Libra and Gemini, folks who can also benefit from the sun's conjunction with Mercury this weekend. Besides improving your social skills in general, the meeting should make you more of a joy to be with on a one-to-one basis. Because the powerful merger takes place in your Libra house of earned income, you might find a way to make a lot more money while simultaneously having a lot more fun. Fashion, style and decorating -- things that may not have mattered a whole lot a few weeks ago -- take on greater importance.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Although the action takes place primarily in Libra, you won't suddenly turn into a self-centered sybarite, will you? A healthy concern with your appearance is to be expected, but equally important is your attitude and self-confidence. While the sun joins Mercury in your solar first house, personal desires and deficiences are more apparent. However, solutions come swiftly because Mercury, even while retrograde, is still clever and perceptive. Make another birthday wish at the Libra new moon on Tuesday, but unless it's your special day, forget the cake.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Shy and retiring is hardly the picture of Scorpio in bloom, however, this weekend the focus is on peace-seeking Libra, and that house, your 12th, is where you normally would retreat to. But these are not normal times, so you may hear and say nasty things while Mercury challenges your Mars co-ruler and wind up doing nasty things when the sun squares passionate Mars. Remember, "If you can keep your head, when all around you are losing theirs, etc., etc.?" That bit of advice might ward off a bitter fight or steer you clear of an accident-in-the-making.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Friends, not necessarily bosom buddies, take on a more significant role during this week of heavy Libran influences. The sometimes clumsy Centaur is apt to be more gracious, more conscious of your social position, even a bit restrained when bursting with ideas and sentiments that may not be "politically correct." Because none of the barbs beings tossed by the sun-Mercury-Mars configuration are aimed at you, per se, you could easily feel protective toward an eccentric neighbor or sibling substitute spouting revolutionary slogans.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Your innate leadership qualities -- the reason Capricorns, Richard Nixon notwithstanding, make such excellent executives -- are emphasized this week. The Libra sun and Mercury, occupying the topmost rung in your natal chart, your midheaven, challenge adventurous Mars in your sign. Although Cap patience and prudence should dissuade you from taking rash action, still you'll rise to whatever occasion the square aspect comes up with. If you do bypass the blood and guts part, there's always the glory.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

A lot of signs catch flak this weekend, some manage to avoid it, but you're the only one with a separate scenario. Nothing particularly noxious is aimed your way as the Libra sun combines with Mercury to send out dangerous thoughts and follow through with daring action. In fact, it's your novel approach, your ability to think outside the box, or the bunker, that may save the day for the folks you're concerned about. Individual, progressive Aquarian interests are supported by people, e.g., a mentor or teacher, you admire.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

You won't suddenly lose your fascination with a potential partner or an already existing partnership relationship, but after loving Venus leaves Virgo, your cosmic "other," on Monday, you might not feel as connected. That see-saw, me-you polarity will be broken. You also might feel more isolated or simply off-kilter because your Neptune ruler is about to change direction. Neptune goes direct on Wednesday after five months retrograde. How have you been passing the time since Mother's Day, and with whom?

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