Rockie Horoscope 109

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GENERAL FORECAST: Further fallout from the second Saturn-Pluto opposition on the 1st coincides with a subtle shift in diplomacy and dollars as generous Jupiter turns retrograde for the next four months. Fullblown fanaticism on the 5th when Mars and Neptune combine can result in mass pre-election hysteria or the biggest box office weekend of the year. Be on the watch for spontaneous acts of imagination and faith, also trick plays during the Oakland-Denver Monday Night game. You already know that Mercury occupies the same degree in Libra this Election Day as it did last year, and something somewhat similar, but not nearly as confusing, might result. Mercury moves on to Scorpio on Wednesday, Venus follows on Thursday; they're still strolling arm in arm, making us more literate and better able to express ourselves.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Too much religious fervor? You can turn into the most devout of devotees this week when your Mars ruler merges with Neptune's limitless capacity to believe. This allegiance typically is bestowed on rock bands and football teams, but if you're a photographer, actor or pharmacologist you may become an idol/icon yourself. During these confusing days, along with the ability to preach to the choir, Rams have a knack for pulling the wool over the most cynical of eyes. Pick a fantasy and live it to the hilt.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Suddenly "moving on" takes on another meaning. After your Venus ruler moves into Scorpio, the sign of your cosmic complement, a relationship that was primarily work-related develops a more pronounced "one-on-one" flavor. And, because Scorpio is Scorpio, a more palpable sexual attraction. You'll continue to enjoy the easy ability to speak your heart and mind, but don't forget that underscoring the Scorpionic mood is a strong streak of secrecy and suspicion. Are you willing to go there?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The prospect of seeing a profit is always appealing, so while generous Jupiter in your money house receives support from the Scorpio sun, you could discover that, yes, you're on the right track. Going where, I'm not sure, but the next money-making opportunity may pop up while you're checking out the results of the election. Timing, it's been said, is everything. Once your Mercury ruler enters sexy Scorpio on the 7th, you're apt to be more secretive about your affairs and more eager to become embroiled in one.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Prosperity, opportunity and smarts are some of the benefits of having magnanimous Jupiter transit your sign. The down-side? Overconfidence, laziness and too great a reliance on sheer luck. No matter in which direction you're headed, when the sun trines jolly Jupiter on the 7th, you're bound to appreciated the humor of your situation. You're also liable to stumble into a romance or a creative pastime you could learn to love. Failing that, there's always the prospect of winning the lottery, the office pool or otherwise cashing in on your good fortune.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Home security -- both the emotional and the gates, locks and alarm kind -- becomes more of a concern while the Scorpio sun illuminates the real estate section of your chart. The issue raised may not be that big a deal, e.g., an ordinary plumbing problem, but it can bring up memories of tense times past. Your parents may also claim more than their usual share of your attention. However, what a wary Lion should be looking out for is a sudden move a partner is about to pull on you.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Performers, e.g., the teachers, actors and athletes among you, possess a tremendous amount of charisma right now. Be extra conscious of its drop-dead effect on others, because you won't have much control over the use or abuse of this quasi-magical power until Veteran's Day. That's when your perceptive Mercury ruler gets a handle on Neptune's ability to cloud men's minds and you discover a way to cash in on the confusion, hoopla or glamour. It's also around the time the Harry Potter movie opens.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Libra is luckier than most signs, and you know it. So while the sun in your Scorpio money house is favored by Jupiter, the greater fortune, in your career midheaven, don't gloat. Simply take the goodie, such as a promotion, a raise or praise, that is graciously bestowed on you and run. Someone who held out the promise of something you wanted and then didn't deliver, could come back on your scene with a similar offer. Reversals of fortune, or "sweet get even" is what happens when Jupiter turns retrograde for its annual four-month retrogression.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Lady Luck doesn't smile on you very often, so when she does, like while benevolent Jupiter trines the Scorpio sun on the 7th, you definitely should take advantage of whatever opportunity comes up at the time. And if that turns out to be a chance to travel in the lap of luxury (Jupiter is in your ninth house of foreign affairs), then jump on it. It'll be another 12 years before you are in a similar position, before Jupiter returns to empathetic Cancer. Who knows whether the opportunity to extend your influence will mean as much to you then as it does now.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

While you and Scorpio might not be on the same page, you could be reading the same script. When the Scorpio sun trines your Jupiter ruler just after Election Day, a stroke of good fortune can come your way, perhaps even sneak up on you and catch you off guard. For the next four months, while protective Jupiter is retrograde and working in more subtle ways, nothing may turn out to be what you expected. This is why you should trust your intuition when it comes to joint financial matters. Sexual encounters, too.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Goats are usually eager to be named leader of the pack, but this week, it's your partner who gets the nod. While the Scorpio sun, in your house of group action, favors lucky Jupiter in your Cancer marriage house, good fortune comes to the person you're closest with. Maybe the group's attention will center on something trivial, like a dinner invite, maybe their approval will have significant political consequences? Whatever the scope of the supportive trine aspect turns out to be, make sure your partner can count on your support.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Avatar or rock star? How will you react to the relatively rare merger of messianic Mars and musical, mystical Neptune in Aquarius that is exact on the 5th, Guy Fawkes' Day? Maybe you'll settle for "true believer" or #1 fan? However the conjunction affects you, know that the cosmic energy unleashed when these planets team up is, in the original sense of the word, "awesome." And awe is what you can inspire if you let the astrophysicist-poet-philosopher in you loose. Or maybe the combination of violent Mars and delusional Neptune will be your undoing? Critical times, eh?

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Read for Aquarius. It's your impressionable Neptune ruler that's being jolted by militant Mars, and while their meeting is taking place behind the scenes, its effect on you will be hard to hide. Another reason for this burst of blatant enthusiasm: a rewarding trine in water signs between the powerful Scorpio sun and expansive Jupiter in Cancer that reflects particularly well on Fish born on or about March 6. You could have a truly enlightening experience, you might merely enjoy a jolly good time -- either way, you'll feel lucky that you're you.

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