Rockie Horoscope 115

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GENERAL FORECAST: How tense will the atmosphere get? How much pre-Christmas pressure can you endure before you snap? This weekend you'll get to test the limits of your patience and the quickness of your reflexes, too. That's because impulsive, militant Mars forms a challenging square to restrictive Saturn on the 22nd, but in effect a few days before (Mars is speedy) and after (Saturn, slow). Pagans marking the winter solstice on Friday the 21st at 11:22 a.m. PST, would be wise to protect themselves with suitable scents and stones. Saturday night could turn out to be quite newsworthy as Mercury, the messenger, opposes gigantic Jupiter. The highlight of the holiday is the rewarding trine between Mars and Jupiter Monday, the 24th; opportunity, enthusiasm and success. On Christmas Day Venus leaves free-wheeling, party-hopping Sagittarius for the creature comforts of Capricorn. Come Boxing Day, relief and relaxation.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Rams have big hearts, but they're not particularly sentimental. This holiday season, as your Mars ruler navigates through murky Piscean waters, you're liable to spend a lot of time circumventing other people's emotional garbage. I'm sure you'll be sufficiently sympathetic, but be sure to protect your naturally high spirits from rejection, restriction or whatever official no-no Saturn sets in your path. Good intentions and the appropriate Arian actions will be acknowledged before, during and after you open your Christmas presents.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Over the weekend, you can party like the animal the Bull will be when the stock market takes off again. Come Christmas Day, as your Venus ruler nudges her way into prudent Capricorn, you may slow down and return to a more earthbound existence. Not that there's anything wrong with that! You receive solid support from the planets in Capricorn, so your holiday should be peaceful, pretty and pleasant... except for the ruckus a couple of friends raise on Saturday. By Monday all should be forgiven and your generosity of spirit rewarded.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

You can breathe that long-awaited sigh of relief once Mars finally tests Saturn in your sign on Saturday. Get past whatever challenging situation the problematic square presents and you'll be relatively home free. Prickly Mars may continue to bother Twins born in June until it leaves Pisces in mid-January, but those annoyances will be just that -- irritating enough to take action and swat the little buggers down. Meanwhile, be alert to the financial ramifications that accompany the situation. Generous Jupiter is beckoning.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Crabs should anticipate having a merry Christmas, especially when opportunity comes knocking. Chances are, with expansive Jupiter in your sign this year, you'll get more gifts (spiritual and material) than you expect and give more in return. Books and tapes that exlarge your body of knowledge are particularly appropriate on the 22nd, when Mercury opposes Jupiter. A ski trip or exciting adventure with water sports can suddenly materialize when action-oriented Mars in Pisces favors Jupiter on the 24th. Their trine is a classic sign of success.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Kids and creatively kidding around, a little romance and recreation; the things that usually come at Christmas time should have the Lion purring contentedly. Rest assured that friends are looking out for your best interest, while co-workers are either too spaced or full of Christmas cheer and egg nog to notice what you're feeling. Keep close to the folks you care about, and don't pay much mind to the fact that family might not figure prominently in this year's festivities.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Virgo, on the other hand, may be dealing with a full house when it comes to family issues and the holiday. Notice how the meaning of "more" takes on new dimensions this week. If you dare to think differently, the folks will be on your case in a flash, even as they vacate the premises. Difficulties could arise because Mars in your Pisces house of partners is hell-bent on challenging the traditions and rules you live by, the Saturnian structures that support Virgoan accomplishment. The correct response will extend your sphere of influence. What could it be?

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Neighbors and siblings are poised on the brink of crashing or dominating your holiday festivities. Since you can't escape their presence (can you?), distribute various assignments among them and hope that, in the process of delivering goodies, they also spread good cheer. Rely on hope, faith and charity, the triad protective Jupiter at the top of your chart is generously providing, to ease your way through whatever excitement Mars, in your house of romance, risk and the kids, pops up with on Christmas Eve.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Even if you're not running true to form and making money hand over fist (as I predicted), there's a lot of planetary energy emanating from your house of assets and values. Could it be you're still shopping? This week your Mars co-ruler, passing through imaginative Pisces, a water sign compatible with your own, could make Saturday somewhat testy. Deal swiftly with whatever downer comes up, so that on Christmas Eve, when Mars is favored by beneficent Jupiter in Cancer, you can benefit from the opportunities and rewards this rare grand trine bestows.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

If you've been waiting for the proper moment to make a significant move, do it Monday, the 24th when your Jupiter ruler receives a blast of physical energy from impulsive Mars. Hope that the infusion lasts through the holiday, because you need to put things in order before Mars challenges Pluto in your sigm on the 30th. Since Centaurs seem to procrastinate more than most, you (and me) are getting this heads up now, before any more deadlines come and go. Venus leaves Sag late Christmas night; do your serious fun and flirting before then.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Nothing could be finer than to be exactly where you are, only having to handle what Mars imposes on your Saturn ruler. You can probably resolve the problem your child, lover or childbride presents with a little white lie and a lot more moola. Then you're in the clear, headed straight to the arms of a generous, protective partner who wants to show you what a big, wide, wonderful world it still is we live in. Venus in your sign after Christmas Day makes you an affectionate or, if you prefer, an artistic entity to be dealt with.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Year-end money matters could come to a head when provocative Mars in your Pisces house of income is stonewalled by stern Saturn. Be patient and work through the snafu logically. (Saturn is in Gemini, an air sign that supports the Aquarian mode of thought.) By the time Mars forms a favorable trine to magnanimous Jupiter on Christmas Even, the problem could be resolved and you could be well on your way to celebrating for real. P.S. While holiday week is hardly the time to go on retreat, taking a few hours for yourself is not a bad idea.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Think you're as busy as Santa's elves? Blame energetic Mars in your sign for fomenting all this coming-and-going as well as a noticeable desire to have your own way, no matter what. Smart and sassy repartee on Friday as verbal Mercury favors the red planet, but when Saturn squares Mars on Saturday, you're liable to feel the full impact of a put-down. No time to stay sad because Mars makes a supportive -- if you're starting something, rewarding if it's in the works -- trine to optimistic, prosperous Jupiter on Christmas Eve. Merry, merry.

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