Rockie Horoscope 114

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GENERAL FORECAST: An annular (ring around the sun) solar eclipse on Friday the 14th makes the new moon (exact at 12:47 p.m. PST at 23 Sagittarius) quite the astro-event! And while meteor showers in Gemini are commemorating the occasion, they won't be nearly as spectacular as the Leonids were last month. Sometime in the next few days, the holy month of Ramadan ends, but I don't see any planetary aspects inciting acts of aggression until Mars squares Saturn on the 22nd. Until then, hold your honey close (loving Venus conjuncts sexy Pluto on Friday) and try to be practical when Mercury enters Capricorn Saturday at noon. Ask yourself; "What do I really, truly need now?

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Rams tend to take the onset of winter more seriously than other signs, mainly because the Capricorn sun asks such pointed questions as, "What do you plan to do with the rest of your life?" Until you have to face that piece of music on the 22nd, when your Mars ruler is challenged by its square to Saturn, treasure the tunes, traditions, faces and places you know and love. Friends of friends or a group you would like to identify with (if you weren't considered a one-man band) are especially influential; think of them as your lucky charms.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Passion, intrigue, friendship, other people's money -- enough outside interests to keep you fascinated and frequently amused until the New Year. Then the chickens hatched from the eggs you've scattered during the past year come home to roost. This, in Martha parlance, is a good thing. Bulls feel more secure when other earth signs, such as Capricorn, radiate supportive vibes. Christmas can be especially comforting because your affectionate Venus ruler crosses the line separating spirited Sag hi-jinks from cozy Cap conservatism.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The bells jingling during this holiday season could serve as a reminder that somehow something is lacking. No, you're not being paranoid; thanks to restrictive Saturn transiting your sign, you're simply more prudent and realistic than you were last year, and the 27 years before that. If you're being provoked into making a change that is long overdue, so be it. Courageous Mars won't be in your career midheaven again, pushing for action, for another two years, by which time Saturn will be gone from Gemini. Carpe diem.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

To nurturing, family-centric Crabs, it may seem perfectly natural and in keeping with the holiday season. However, in astro-actuality, the reason you're so involved with youngsters right now is because Mercury, ruler of the wee ones, is in Capricorn, the sign of your soul mates and significant others. The focus (and dependence) on partners and co-workers becomes stronger the further into Capricorn we get; it's especially evident during the Cancer full moon eclipse over New Year's weekend.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Are you quietly networking your way through holiday gatherings or obviously sniffing around for a new employment opportunity? Even if the Lion is officially on vacation, where and what you'll be working on in 2002 may well be the main topic on your mind. When you're filled with as much creative juice and spirit as you presently are, your need to have a satisfying outlet becomes apparent to everyone concerned. Remember; if you can't actually move forward until the planetary action heats up in Aquarius, you're making a first impression now.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Enough horsing around, spending with abandon and waxing philosophic. Like down-to-earth earth Taureans, Virgins tend to breathe a sigh of relief once Sagittarius is over and Capricorn kicks in. It's not that you object to all those effusive people or the rich holiday fare, but there comes a time -- e.g., on the 22nd when your Mercury ruler faces off against expansive Jupiter -- when you realize that you've reached your limit and that you're exhausted. Prodding by a partner with visions of perfection, usually your m.o., only aggravates the situation.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Librans might have something that resembles a life outside of the house, family, lovers and kids -- perhaps the possibility of a trip is lurking in the future -- but until winter is officially over, most of your time will be spent redefining "domestic bliss." Although you may have to adjust to different circumstances, it won't be that much of a stretch. In fact, once Aquarius begins you should have a lot of fun creating and communicating with the latest techno-toys. Tried-and-true can be so over-and-done-with.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Only a spoil sport would pity the poor Scorpio who is about to make even more money over the next few weeks! Better line your ducks up as soon as possible, because a fabulous opportunity could come knocking about the time Santa comes down the chimney, which is when you Mars co-ruler is encouraged by jolly Jupiter to go for broke. After the initial overture, you won't have to wait much longer than New Year's Day to see how far you can realistically expand your bottom line. Does luck have something to do with it? Of course, that and your amazing intuition.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

The last days of solar Sagittarius will be fueled by whatever begins for you personally at the Sag new moon/solar eclipse on the 14th. Keeping track of where you, not the whole herd, is heading may be more difficult than you think. That's because Mercury in tradition-bound Capricorn is being challenged by your Jupiter ruler to extend rhyme and reason beyond their customary borders, but not too far out. One more year of learning what (or who) is limiting your ability to relate to a significant other, and the lesson Saturn in your Gemini marriage house has been teaching will be done.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

'Tis the season. Because Christmas, which celebrates the birth of the sun/son, is pure Capricorn, you'll feel right at home, even if you're not at home. Whether you're laying up in your psychic retreat, hiding out at a friend's or making time so you can read and write in peace -- Mercury is in your sign -- you can't avoid the pressure to do, to be the leader you intrinsically are. When daring Mars challenges your cautious Saturn ruler at the winter solstice, only the most self-disciplined Goat will ignore the clarion call to action.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

This holiday season good things come in small, medium and extra large packages. Keep in mind that your Uranus ruler is open to all things new and novel, and when lovable Venus jumps into the selection process on the 19th, satisfaction is guaranteed. Keeping a warm, romantic glow going won't be difficult; a blazing fire in the loins is something else. As winter and earth-bound Capricorn sets in, life becomes more practical than it's been lately. Therefore, if you don't expect fireworks and aerial acts to wow you, you should be quite content.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

It's not that Fish always wander about aimlessly; they do manage to feed themselves and migrate to warmer or colder waters as the season demands. However, with energetic Mars in your sign (but only until Jan. 18), you may also be motivated by a growing sense of purpose that complements an increase in daring and self-confidence. So when Mars and benevolent Jupiter form a favorable alliance on Christmas Eve, you'll probably make a huge leap of faith. Prosperity beckons and luck, you feel, is with you.

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