Rockie Horoscope 117

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GENERAL FORECAST: Here's a peek at the planets' comings and goings in 2002. Once again Mercury is retrograde in air signs: from January 18-February 8 in Aquarius, from May 15-June 8 in Gemini and from September 14-October 6 in Libra. Venus remains close to the sun, except when the goddess flips in Scorpio from October 10-November 20. Militant Mars marches straight ahead from Pisces to Scorpio. Protective Jupiter leaves Cancer on August 1 for 12 months in Leo. Saturn slowly advances to the last degree of Gemini, but doesn't cross over to Cancer until 2003. Uranus travels from 22 to 29 Aquarius, but also stays in bounds. Neptune navigates back and forth from 7 to 11 degrees of Aquarius. Pluto hovers between 16 and 18 Sagittarius and Chiron meanders between 2 and 11 Capricorn.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Once your Mars ruler enters Aries on the 18th, you'll zoom in on the image you're projecting and ask what nips and tucks the bod could benefit by, whether your eyesight is up to par or if lasix surgery is in the picture. You might even decide it's time for a shrink. The merry month of May can be tricky as you dodge a few roadblocks, but when Mars joins generous Jupiter for Independence Day, a whole new cycle of growth begins. That's the time to change your address, enlarge the kitchen or strengthen ties to the family.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Making magic, movies or music while making money pretty much covers the direction you're headed this year, not unlike last year. What's new is an opportunity in April to add a novel twist to whatever creative project you're engaged in. That's also the time when you'll attract people who recognize talent and taste. Come Labor Day a complicated romance takes center stage, but be prepared to go back and forth with the object of your affection until New Year's, negotiating a partnership arrangement that suits you both.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Twins who weren't transported directly into adulthood by responsible Saturn transiting your sign last year will have the dubious pleasure of the taskmaster's company this year. You're about to learn lessons about life you had no idea you needed to know. However, if you're looking to project an aura of respectability and authority, Saturn on your natal sun will transform you the sort of mensch that people you admire turn to. So when do you get some lovin'? A by-the-book spring fancy blossoms into a hot-and-heavy summer romance by August. See above for dates your Mercury ruler is retrograde.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Don't dawdle. As soon as you hear the tip-tap of opportunity knocking, open the door and grab the gift that generous Jupiter delivers. Come August, Jupiter moves on to Leo and, while it's transit through your money house will bring more bucks, you won't be handed such choice chances to grow into a bigger, better you. Start planning to launch an entrepreneurial project around your birthday when bold, brave Mars merges with Jupiter. That conjunction doesn't occur in Cancer again until 2013, the year the Mayans predict the world will end. By then, too late.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Relationships continue to be up-and-down affairs, with surprises at every turn, but by now Lions no longer get upset by the unexpected. For your forebearance and generosity of spirit, you'll receive a wonderful reward from lucky Jupiter, in your sign from August '02 to August '03. A 12-year cycle of good fortune and growth begins as Jupiter merges with your natal sun sometime in those 12 months. Until then, get ready for a late spring filled with happy occasions and more romantic moments than you anticipate, but not as many as you deserve.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Earning the respect and recognition that is your due -- and paying the necessary dues to achieve that end -- is the carrot Saturn in your career midheaven us dangling in front of your nose. Be aware that the planet of unbending rules and regulations may give you grief for another year. You could make an audacious move in September while gutsy Mars in Virgo increases your motivation; by Thanksgiving, you should see positive results. Plan on taking a vacation in July or August, your best time for recreation and romance.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Both the traditional and the unusual, old reliable and the unexplored have equal appeal this year. Librans are endowed with such a well-developed sense of balance, you'll know immediately just how much is too much of one, not enough of the other. But don't take this gift of divine proportion for granted; in 2003, when Saturn and Uranus move out of supportive air signs, it could be gone with the wind. Education and entertainment, love and lofty aspirations will dominate your days, especially during autumn, the most favorable months of '02.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

January could be exceptionally romantic and creatively rewarding. Work and working partnerships are what matters in March. Late June, early July is the time to travel for adventure and spiritual growth, to expand your horizons, and maybe to start an import business. August could be exhausting, as you're propelled by a desire for success that can overwhelm a Scorpio with even a marginal sense of self-determination. When do you kick-back? How about September when magnetic Venus in your sign makes you devilishly desirable?

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

While your Jupiter ruler is still in wishy-washy Cancer (until August), reaching decisions about joint financial matters, such as investments and insurance, can make you uncomfortable; it's not quite the right thing at the right time. But after protective Jupiter enters Leo, a friendly fire sign, acting on those matters will no longer make you anxious. Unfortunately, that's not the case with Saturn in your Gemini house of partners for another year. Be patient, those barriers will be lifted soon enough and you won't feel as isolated or put upon anymore.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

The cooperation you've had from folks you've shared projects (and life)

with might come to an end this summer when prosperous Jupiter leaves your Cancer complement. On the up side, it won't cost you as much to have such a highly- prized companion at your side. Your responsible Saturn ruler, still in slightly schizy Gemini, continues to affect your work and sense of service. What are you doing and why? The answers become obvious and easy to act upon when the dynamic combination of the sun and energetic Mars in your career house devise solutions in early autumn.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Aquarians born in January become more spiritual, musical and magical as idealistic Neptune, ever so subtly, waves his triton over their natal sun degrees. Come August, you may be blessed with unflinching support from a prosperous partner. Natives born in mid-February continue to blaze a distinctive path for themselves, all the while staying more than a few steps ahead of the pack. This is the last year that Uranus, the heavenly Aquarius ruler, is in your sign, urging all Water-Bearers to break through barriers, self-imposed and otherwise, and reinvent themselves.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

A fully-orchestrated fantasy, heavy on the violins, that only Fish would envision for themselves just might come your way by Labor Day. When expansive Jupiter reaches out to your Neptune ruler, imagination and idealism know no bounds. This tie to the astral plane can get you elected Pope, but how will it play in your houses of pleasure and creative projects? While physically-active Mars is in your sign until the 18th, work your buns off so that you'll look great by the time romantic Venus arrives in Pisces for Valentine's Day.

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