Rockie Horoscope 107

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GENERAL FORECAST: The weekend promises lots of social interaction, some of it meaningful, some of it frivolous. Be grateful for ties that bind you to traditional Saturnian relationships, e.g., parent and child, as well as the temporary connection you make when flirtatious Venus and sexy Pluto get together Friday. Extravagant gestures are called for while Venus and Jupiter form a challenging square, but the sentiment behind any wretched excess you indulge in will remain pure. Misguided is what you can claim on Monday after the sun's square to nebulous Neptune clouds men's minds. A friendly talk during the Mercury-Venus conjunction on Tuesday might not clarify a relationship, mainly because unpredictable Uranus is flipping from retrograde to direct that day. Before you jump to conclusions, give yourself permission to experience the liberating effect of a "mad about you" Venus-Uranus trine during the Taurus blue moon on Halloween. The second opposition between restrictive Saturn and Pluto, is exact on the Day of the Dead. Poetic, ironic or simply synchronistic?

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

A more humanistic attitude, the sudden desire to share with the group, a growing fascination with astrology, or failing that, astronomy. Any and all of the above can happen while your Mars ruler travels through Aquarius, the sign ruling the heavens, the sciences and the associations that individuals flock to. But it's only for six weeks, so if you lose interest in meetings or feel a need for a higher authority than the leader of the pack, be patient. Another mindset arrives on December 8 when Mars moves on to pious Pisces.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The Bull is very much in demand right now, so unless you're feeling particularly social, let the machine pick up. You'll value your privacy when Venus snuggles up to an available Scorpio on Friday. Any older person, mainly a Capricorn or Gemini, has something valuable to offer during Venus' rewarding trine to Saturn. Generosity of spirit and cash from Cancer and Sagittarius, but hanging with them can also be devilish good fun. A radical change, more than costume and cosmetic, at the Taurus full moon at Halloween.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

You've been holding it together long enough. This weekend is an excellent time to shake loose, step out on the town and satisfy your hunger for romance. Fortunately, lucky Jupiter encourages you to be generous in mind and spirit and to spend a few bucks. Lovable Venus, close enough to kiss your Mercury ruler, is radiating enough charm to make you feel as adorable as you look. The magic spell the planets of good fortune cast extends past Halloween. Take advantage of the break you're being given, you deserve it.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Crabs don't respond well to blatant manipulation, so when you're being pressured by someone at home, even a sociable neighbor, to do what you'd rather not, you usually scurry off. However, with gigantic Jupiter in your sign, calling attention to your best intentions and magnifying your every move, forget about the disappearing act. Especially in light of a rare blue moon for Halloween, the second full moon of the month. Because your moon ruler is exalted (works best) in Taurus, you should be at your best as well.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Count on your sun ruler making contact with imaginative Neptune in time for a dramatic Halloween makeover. The motivating square is exact on Monday, but your willingness to suspend disbelief, pile on the greasepaint and convince yourself that you look glamorous is already at work. Fantasies, even foolish ones, have a way of materializing this time of year; you don't have to wait until the full moon on Wednesday to reveal a streak of black humor or to unleash the beast within.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

This year your holiday shopping season could begin at Halloween, not Thanksgiving. Blame Venus, the planet of good taste, for draping herself on the arm of your Mercury ruler and shlepping the god of commerce through piles of catalogs and, urban legend email aside, the malls. As long as these planets are cruising through your Libra money house, you'll want to acquire items that please the senses (Venus) and make sense in your Mercury-driven system of values. Feeling extravagant? Blame generous Jupiter for suggesting you extend your credit line.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Your or your boss' good name, perhaps the reputation of the entire family, is being promoted by magnanimous Jupiter in your midheaven. While the planet of prosperity and philosophy reaches out to your Venus ruler, you'll be more popular than ever. And since Mercury is currently so close to Venus, also more eloquent and willing to speak your mind. Now that Mercury in your sign is moving forward again, writers can sign book deals; everyone else should wait until the election is over. Big surprise at Halloween.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Forget the trick or treaters, it could get pretty weird in your neighborhood without little monsters invading your street. The guy next door can space out or go all out with scary sights and spooky sounds. If you're an October Scorpio, you may enjoy the attention you'll get at Halloween, when the Taurus-Scorpio full moon shines it's light on your partnership. Which half of your team is going as the horse's ass? However, November babies are liable to pass on the entire event, preferring to make magic in the bedroom to any impression you might make on the public.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Friendship and family financial matters come together through no fault of your own. Perhaps a persuasive member of your extended family makes an offer you can't refuse. Whatever you're attracted to this weekend tends to be expensive, but what the hell, life is short. You're due for a pleasant surprise in your immediate environment at Halloween, so if a stand-offish neighbor is suddenly friendly, accept the overture graciously. Just because it's Scorpio and the moon is blue and all those witches are casting spells, doesn't mean you should be suspicious.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Once again, you're off the hook. A protective partner can shield you from the many diversions offered this week, or if you both agree to indulge in what should be pleasurable pastimes, foot the bill. You could have fewer responsibilities than usual, so lay back and let co-workers or the hired help handle the brunt of the chores. This full moon sheds light on where you came from and where you're going, real estate and relocation. As Uranus in your money house changes direction, a financial situation may suddenly turn around, too.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

You could become the center of the storm that blows in while the sun challenges idealistic Neptune in your sign. Nothing particularly noxious, but one of your "isms" might piss off the powers that be, or maybe, to suspicious minds, you look fishy. On the other hand, you'll be very popular with literate, fair-minded people. Like the ACLU? One aspect of your personal life that can change occurs as your Uranus ruler turns direct, after five month retrograde, on Tuesday. Coming out of what closet, wearing which outfit?

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

You might feel you're being tested while the security-minded Scorpio sun squares your "don't fence me in" Neptune ruler. That particular push won't come to shove until Mars enters the picture next week. But don't dismiss the vibes you get this weekend or the artistic challenge that arises with the square. The full moon at Halloween may bring a financial matter to a head; if you've been lusting after a thing of beauty, the appreciative Taurus full moon would be an excellent time to satisfy this desire.

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