Rockie Horoscope 106

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GENERAL FORECAST: I don't want to get into any "self-fulfilling prophesy" mumbo-jumbo, but I would be lax if I didn't mention that on Sunday, the 21st, retrograde Mercury in Libra trines Saturn at 14 Gemini, the same degrees they were at on 9/11. Also that, after Mercury turns direct on Monday, the 22nd, the trine to Saturn is exact again on Tuesday night. Scorpio begins on Tuesday at 1:26 a.m. PDT. Wednesday the 24th is UN Day, as if New York needs another gathering of bigwigs, or, for that matter, another crippling traffic jam. Lots of loving Venus activity next weekend. A prelude to a Happy Halloween?

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Will he, won't she? Mercurial Mercury, wavering back and forth in your Libra house of partners, turns direct after three weeks retrograde, so nothing that's left hanging is settled yet. Did a significantly younger significant other contact you recently? Is your desk, frig, medicine chest the epitome of neat and clean? Are you anticipating some sort of career modification before things get spooky at Halloween? You should, because your daring Mars ruler leaves by-the-book Capricorn and enters idiosyncratic, rebellious Aquarius on the 27th for six weeks.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Love with an important or an imported stranger, perhaps a strong attraction to a work of art from abroad. While your Venus ruler glides through airy Libra, you'll value what is lovely and lovable, even if it's costly or hard to come by. However, words and ideas come easily as Mercury travels hand in hand with Venus for the next few weeks. Writers should take advantage of the grace and charm this literary conjunction provides because the atmosphere will darken when Venus descends into secretive, sexy Scorpio just after Election Day.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The next few weeks would be a good time to spruce up the house and entertain genial folks, including the family members who are on their best behavior. A relatively rare conjunction of your Mercury ruler and harmonious Venus in your home base makes you a more affectionate and gracious person to be around, your guests, too. How about hosting a Halloween party while you're of a mind to spend some bucks? Once magnanimous Jupiter in your Cancer money house goes retrograde on November 2, the urge to splurge gets submerged for the next four months.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

That magical phrase, those magical days -- now and then when the moon is blue -- are just around the corner. The Moon Child's reaction to the second full moon this month depends on what life lessons you've learned while benevolent Jupiter has been in your sign. Do you see not only the forest and the trees, but what lies beyond? Another opportunity to have faith in your innate wisdom and expand your self-confidence comes as Jupiter prepares to turn retrograde on November 2 for four months quietly reinforcing those lessons.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

While Libra is ostensibly light and airy, Scorpio is often depicted in the dark, reaching for hidden answers to life's little mysteries. Right now the Lion is caught between the two energies, searching for a secure spot while enjoying the niceties coming from having Venus and Mercury in the Libra section of your money house. What good taste you have! How well you articulate your sense of values! However, a crisis may arise at Halloween when the Taurus-Scorpio full moon spooks a partner who can't make up his/her mind. You, too.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Your Mercury ruler pretty much calls the shots for the next two weeks, at least until it leaves Libra, where it's been since August 31. That means that on this Election Day Mercury will be at the same degree, 30 Libra, it was at on Election Day 2000. The same cast of scary characters could be in the news again; however, because Mercury by then will be direct, there shouldn't be as humongous a controversy. Since the Scorpio-Taurus full moon crosses your money axis, watch out that you aren't robbed blind by an expensive trick on Halloween.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

The next two weeks can be an especially expressive period for Librans who are attached to the written word. Mercury, the great communicator, travels in consort with your Venus ruler through the second half of your sign. Together they reevaluate all that has happened since 9/11 when Mercury was at 14 Libra, the degree at which it turns direct on the 22nd. Although this may sound complicated or too much work, count on having remarkable clarity and perspective, along with grace and style, as you wend your way through the highs and lows you've experienced in the interim.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

You won't necessarily come into your own or take center stage when the sun gets to Scorpio, but when Mercury and Venus arrive in time to analyze the election results, you could be experiencing your finest hour of the year, so far. Until then, try to balance the demands of socially-conscious friends with your own strictly private needs. Mastering this trick becomes even more important at Halloween, when the Scorpio-Taurus full moon tests the give-and-take of a significant relationship. Be flexible, don't get thrown for a loop.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Traversing a steady stream of ups and downs, minor as they may seem, is still taking a toll on your nerves. Perhaps after your watchdog Jupiter ruler turns retrograde at the beginning of November, you'll be able to relax for a while. Halloween this year could be unusally enlightening, what with a rare blue moon illuminating your house of romance and risk. Fooling around with friends and lovers can have surprising results, especially if you conveniently forget to remember just how fertile and creative that sensual Taurus moon makes you feel.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Maximize whatever extra energy you can still milk from Mars as it transits the last degrees of Capricorn. On the 27th Mars moves on to Aquarius and you lose the sharp edge honed while the planet that rules tools was in your sign.

Mercury, turning direct in your career midheaven, makes it easier to communicate with your boss or a parent who won't pay attention while Mercury is retrograde. The addition of affable Venus transforms a pedestrian work situation into a pleasant social one and brings out the diplomat, wordsmith, even the bullshit artist in you.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

The Goat's loss is your gain. Macho Mars enters your sign on the 27th for six weeks of heightened physical energy and increased mental curiosity. Where will this lead? Try to read the guideposts you see, blurry as they may be, when the sun squares Neptune in your sign the weekend before Halloween. Foggy Neptune sends mixed signals, but you can count on it to bring you to a more exalted state. Then as Mars joins Neptune next month, you'll have the ammunition and determination to proceed. Until then, enjoy the favors loving Venus is sending your way.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

While the sun sits squarely in your house of sex, death and other people's money, you could pick one of the three, e.g., an insurance policy, to focus on. After Mercury turns direct on the 22nd, you might reinvestigate or reinvest in mutual funds. However, chances are since affectionate Venus is making nice to your romantic Neptune ruler, you'll probably spend whatever spare time you have making love. Or, failing the proper partner, making art for Halloween and Day of the Dead festivities.

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