Rockie Horoscope 118

January 11-17, 2002.

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: The first new moon of the new year is as good if not a better starting point as January 1. Besides, there's a greater chance of keeping new year's resolutions if you initiate something when the moon is waxing, not waning. Sunday, the 13th at 5:29 a.m. PST is the moment the sun and moon meet at 23 Capricorn. Where that degree falls in your natal chart is the area that benefits by taking a sensible Capricornian approach. But not for long; the very next day, a joyful conjunction of the sun and pleasure-loving Venus tends to negate any attempt at self-denial. Be forewarned that Mercury retrograde begins on the 18th at 12:50 p.m.; take this week to connect, repair and make travel plans. Also on the 18th, Mars enters Aries and Venus enters Aquariug, making next Friday a triple-witching-day, astrologically speaking.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

This is the last week your Mars ruler drifts through ambiguous Pisces, where it's been exploring the many ways you can lose sight of your true sense of self. Come next Friday, Mars lands back in Aries where it hasn't been since February 2000. Check the old diary to see what you were into then. For the next six weeks, until March 1, you could accomplish a lot because you'll have enough motivation and the physical energy to make the necessary changes. However, if you're considering surgery, wait until Mercury comes out of retrograde on Feb. 8.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The Capricorn new moon on Sunday occurs in your ninth house of higher education, foreign cultures and spiritual growth. Looks like you're heading out on a journey of one kind or another. Might this be the year you go back to school or off on safari? Because your Venus ruler is less than a degree away from the sun-moon conjunction, no matter which course you choose to follow, the experience should be self-fulfilling and artistically pleasing. It might even turn into a romantic odyssey, a long-distance affair of the heart and mind.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

You'll be at the top of your game, uncommonly astute while your Mercury ruler in airy Aquarius is favored by earth-bound Saturn in your sign. Look forward to getting a fresh slant on joint money matters, investments, etc.. Whether you act on new information before Mercury turns retrograde is up to you and the insight you glean from the Capricorn new moon on Sunday. Saturn might have been making you somewhat more anxious in the last four weeks, but that tension will lessen after provocative Mars leaves your Pisces midheaven on the 18th.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

The new moon in your Capricorn marriage house can define a concrete goal to strive for in a traditonal on-going relationship. Or, it can lead you into the arms of or an agreement with a new partner. Because Venus is part and parcel of the sun-moon liaison, you'll probably take the most romantic, the least distasteful route. If you have your soulmate in hand, this weekend would be a great time to elope; the wedding chart couldn't be better. By next weekend, Mercury will be retrograde and Venus will have moved on.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Matters related to work, health and service, as well as the people who serve you or with whom you work is the area of your solar chart activated by the Capricorn new moon. Somewhere in there are the new year's resolutions to go on a diet, stop smoking and walk a mile a day. If you can find it in your heart to adopt another pet, instead of hitting on another firefighter or gym rat, you could surely be as happy as the joyful conjunction of affectionate Venus and your sun ruler would indicate. Something quite special starts this weekend.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Lucky in love? Virgins finally get a break from the powers that be when the Capricorn new moon activates your house of romance and recreation, the place where the fun comes from. Because artistic, affable Venus supports your earthly values and earthy sensibilities, the next four weeks can be extremely creative, as well as immensely pleasurable. So don't bitch because your Mercury ruler is turning retrograde for three weeks. Who needs phone calls when you have body language? Do you care if the car won't start? Pink Dot delivers.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Everybody has good reason to be happy, or at least content, when the sun, moon and your Venus ruler get together this weekend. While such a strong Capricornian presence calls marked attention to matters relevant to the family or real estate, unless your house is being photographed for Architectural Digest, you shouldn't get too stressed out. In fact, you might enjoy the eclat, the popularity instead of the notoriety, that this swell stellium sheds on your scene. Venus moves on to Aquarius, an amenable, intelligent air sign like yours, next Friday. Mo' better.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Make sure all your systems, including vehicles, are go before Mercury turns retrograde on the 18th. What's new and enlightening in your life will follow the path set by the sun-moon conjunction in your Capricorn house of communication and travel this weekend. Write that resume, print that flyer, autograph that photo and see that your neighborhood cleaning establishment puts it up. Take advantage of the easy planetary aspects, because once your Mars co-ruler shifts into assertive Aries next Friday, you'll become much more pro-active.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

If you've been waiting for the universe to tell you what to do with your money, such that it is, you're in luck. The new moon in your Capricorn house of income and assets can show you a viable vision of your economic future and suggest what you should do in 2002. Capricorn is usually practical, conservative and traditional, but because artistically attuned Venus is in the mix, you could easily come to the conclusion that investing in a painting or a nostalgic piece of history on E-bay would be a wise way to go. Whatever...

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

No matter what date your birthday falls or fell on, Sunday morning, anytime after 5:30, is the appropriate time to make a wish, light a candle and start out on the right foot. This year you'll be more effective, sympathetic and attractive because sociable, pleasure-loving Venus merges with the sun and moon in your sign. For that reason, you'll not only look better, you'll also take steps and adopt practices that'll make you feel better. Mercury turning retrograde in Aquarius next Friday might mess with financial transactions, especially if you buy, sell and pay bills online.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

A higher ground could well be the place you're headed to. The Capricorn new moon in your twelfth house of spiritual retreats and cosmic forces makes this weekend one of the spaciest you'll experience all year. There's nothing particularly strange about it, but a sense of otherworldliness can pervade what is otherwise a sociable atmosphere. Aquarians into UFOs and sci-fi should feel right at home; Venusians will have to wait until Venus enters Aquarius on the 18th before they get that lovin' feeling back.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

'Tis still the season to be jolly, but a bit more down to earth, especially where groups are concerned. Enjoying yourself with like-minded people is the order of the day; actually, the entire weekend could be devoted to having a good time with friendly folks. They'll be the ones you'll relate to while Mercury is retrograde, so make sure you get phone numbers and email addresses before next Friday. If Mars in your sign has been making you angry, sore or feverish, relax; the fiery, accident-prone planet leaves Pisces on the 18th.

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