Rockie Horoscope 116

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GENERAL FORECAST: So much for 2001 and the new millennium! Can't wait for this annus horribilus to end? Wondering what more can happen? If you really want to know, if you can't hide under the covers another minute, try facing this astro-fact: a few hours after the Cancer-Capricorn full moon eclipse on the 30th, militant Mars squares deadly Pluto, a combination that figured prominently at the first assault on the World Trade Center as well as Saddam Hussein's foray into Kuwait. If there's going to be a well-timed act of terrorism this year, that shouuld be the day. By New Year's Eve, we'll be under the spell of the optimistic, enthusiastic polarity between the sun and jingoistic Jupiter. Too much sugar and self-indulgence while Venus opposes Jupiter on the 3rd could make it more difficult to keep those resolutions. There's your out. Now, back under the covers.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

The full moon in Cancer, the sign of domesticity and DNA, magnifies the importance of family and career, where you came from and where you're heaed. Since the moon is also eclipsed, you might not feel its full effect for a few months or understand how momentuous an occasion it is. But you can pretty much bet that jolly Jupiter will paint a rosy portrait of 2002. Therefore the fears you secretly harbor, a product of the tense square between Pluto and your Mars ruler, have a good chance of being assuaged. Still, one wonders.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The Cancer-Capricorn lunar eclipse bisects the two money houses of the Bulls born in May. Those who are value-minded should pay particular attention to a financial matter that is in the works this weekend; the ramifications can go on for at least three more months. April Bulls get a new perspective on travel, communicating and relating to neighbors or a holier/wealthier/smarter than thou sibling. 2002 would be the year to close the gap between you; January 3, when your Venus ruler is particularly generous, the day to start.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Fallout from the nasty square between macho Mars in your midheaven and subversive Pluto can affect the direction of your latest flight of fancy. If you don't want to land flat on your ass this weekend, don't rely too heavily on a partner, parent, client or boss. They could be too involved in their own power struggles to lend a helping hand. Or to be much fun, either. For a jolly good time, find a Moon Child and a Sagittarius to horse around with; a Taurus or Libra who knows that civilized pleasures and soulful self-indulgence are virtues, not vices.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

You're liable to be a bit touchy, maybe downright crabby this weekend, not only because the Cancer full moon coincides with the traditional year-end wrap-ups -- and those can be pretty depressing -- but because the full moon is also a lunar eclipse. Sun-moon oppositions can strike notes that resonate for weeks, even months on end. On the other hand, to counterbalance feelings of inadequacy, ebullient, effusive Jupiter in your sign is being magnified by the Capricorn sun on New Year's Eve. I dare you to be anything but joyful.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

General weirdness and rumors you hear this weekend can spook you, but if you have confidence in your innately cheerful, "everything works out for the best" disposition, you'll get past them. Hang out with generous friends and a few loved ones and you're bound to receive the complete package of blessings that a sun-Jupiter opposition promises. When lucky Jupiter and your sun ruler line up, you know you're going to be a winner. So if visions of Vegas or Atlantic City beckon, make sure you're at your favorite spot by 9:53 p.m. New Year's Eve when the power is peaking.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

It's not that you can't get away from the family; you can, but where would you go? Flak from irritable Mars in your house of partners will land on you no matter where you try to hide. And having Pluto in your home base, working on rescuing and repairing a situation from the past, can make your domestic scene look like something akin to ground zero. If you have the money and enough faith in the future, put a pair of rose-colored glasses over your jaundiced eye and celebrate the New Year like there's no tomorrow.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

All the cardinal signs feel that they've been put under a microscope whenever a new or full moon in Cancer, Capricorn, Aries and Libra is eclipsed. That may account for the strangeness befalling you this weekend. But if you need a better excuse for going too far over the top, sailing way beyond the border of good taste, by all means blame your normally well-behaved Venus ruler for succumbing to the overly-enthusiastic invitation generous Jupiter extends. More is better, wretched excess is divine.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Hopefully you're enjoying a prosperous holiday season, because now you get to pay the piper. While Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets, form a challenging square on Sunday, you can turn into your own worst enemy. Be careful whom you stand up to, where you situate yourself and which team you pick to root for. Flaunting a military mode inspired by the square aspect seems relatively harmless if you're only watching bowl game after bowl game. But if you take that attitude out of the bar and on to the street, someone can get hurt. Don't let it be you.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Centaurs born around December 7 could become the focus of a family dispute as aggressive Mars tests Pluto in your sign this weekend. While this isn't pleasant, it's also not unfamiliar. After a spring and summer filled with Mars-Pluto provocations, you know you'll survive whatever attack Mars launches. The rest of the herd can anticipate having a particularly fine old time while, first the Capricorn sun and then luxury-loving Venus reach out to your Jupiter ruler. A judicious amount of indulgences, as you wrap up the year, is good for what ails you.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Goats and Crabs share the spotlight this weekend simply because the Capricorn-Cancer full moon is dramatically eclipsed in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Stay up, take a look. Those Caps celebrating their birthday can anticipate having a year that is quite extraordinary, and heavily tied into relationship matters. You may be blessed with a protective partner who has the wherewithal to keep you cozy and content. Jupiter in your Cancer marriage house suggests that all Goats benefit from an opportunity to hook up before August 1.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Even prudent, practical friends can cost you money this weekend. The full moon eclipse might add a few surprising elements to your New Year's celebration, so be sure you have plenty of cash and credit credits handy. And while you're hardly the type to be blackmailed, there's a suspicious odor emanating from a group you're attached to, maybe from a member of your rat-pack. Be somewhat cautious, a Mars-Pluto square makes people (especially Scorpions) rude and obnoxious. If you stick around for their ride, it can also be expensive.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

The last bit of trouble you can justify getting into this year coincides with the nasty square between pushy Mars in your sign and coercive Pluto in Sagittarius. If you find yourself singing "Auld Lang Syne," you may actually be clear of the danger zone. Still, it wouldn't hurt to be on the lookout until the 12 days of Christmas are officially over. Pluto, ruler of restructuring and rehab, will continue to influence your position vis a vis parents, employers and society at large even after Mars moves on in mid-January.

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