Rockie Horoscope 119
January 18-24, 2002
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GENERAL FORECAST: Big changes on Friday as Mercury in mid-Aquarius turns retrograde for three weeks, Mars enters Aries for six and Venus begins a 24-day passage through Aquarius. On Saturday at 10:02 p.m. PST, the sun enters Aquarius, so the pleasurable pairing of Sol and the goddess should keep us relatively content and peaceful through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. The second of the rewarding Saturn-Neptune trines at 8 Gemini-Aquarius is exact on the 23rd. Look for further realization (Saturn) of a spiritual ideal or a moment of artistic inspiration (Neptune). The third and final trine falls on April 1, no fooling.
ARIES (March 20-April 19)
Isn't it romantic, and if not, why not? While affectionate Venus favors your Mars ruler in Aries, interaction with loved ones as well as casual acquaintances can show a marked improvement. Things would progress further faster if you drop that "come out swinging" Martian approach and make a sincere attempt to act like a sweetheart instead. Take advantage of the old saw, "a challenge is an opportunity in disguise," to become more of an entrepreneur, a bigger fish in a smallish pond, e.g., your neighborhood or school.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Mercury's retrograde motion is affecting the top of your chart, the place where your career or the family's reputation is being made. Until Mercury goes direct on Feb. 8, don't take anything you hear or read too much to heart. But should you manage to cash in while your artistic Venus ruler makes you the center of attention on the 25th, by all means, take that to the bank. An abundance of favorable aspects to Venus shouldn't be squandered or taken for granted. Be considerate, reach out, return favors, make art and lots of love.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Despite the fact that your Mercury ruler is retrograde, this can be a fruitful period, especially for Twins born in May. Artistic license and a fervid imagination relaxes the strict rules you've been living by, just don't overdo the mood enhancers. This reprieve from responsibility also enables you to capitalize on a friend's bold enterprise or to go with what your intuition suggests will be the next trendy "must have." The 27th, when the sun, Mercury and Saturn in your sign align, is key.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Almost everything happening now is a prelude to what will follow from the full moon on the 28th. Moon children born in June are being prodded, perhaps provoked by a parent or boss, into acting like a pioneer surveying virgin territory. July Crabs are off the hook for a while, but the influence romantic partners are exerting on them could make those relationships more ambiguous and confusing, the stuff from whence sit-coms sprout. If you have an urge to write a comedy of errors, now, while Mercury is retrograde, would be good.
LEO (July 23-August 22)
Whether or not you're involved with someone at the moment, while your sun ruler is in your Aquarius house of allies and enemies, your spouse, co-worker or agent will be the person calling the shots. The balance is further tipped in their favor because artistic Venus, idealistic Neptune and Mercury are making spiels and suggestions that are almost impossible to resist. But if you're aware that nothing is as delicious as it appears, you won't be disappointed or surprised when the Leo full moon sheds light on the full extent of your participation.
VIRGO (August 23-September 22)
There's an outside chance you'll have another fertile period of creativity this year, but not one that'll bring the recognition and respect you're about to command. Thank a confluence of forces in early Aquarius for highlighting your unique contribution to the pursuit of pleasure. While your Mercury ruler, retrograde until February 8, teams up with popular Venus, mystical Neptune and the all-powerful sun, you can practically see the future taking shape. And if someone falls for you and your vision, so be it.
LIBRA (September 23-October 22)
You're about to experience some serious soul satifaction, no shit. Oh, you may still find something or someone that'll tick you off -- simply because provocative Mars in Aries is opposing your Libran sense of fair play -- but the avalanche of support you're getting from planets (and people) in compatible air signs could wipe out all feelings of isolation and animosity. Affection and appreciation from family and friends, children and lovers, present and past; treasure every hug and air kiss.
(October 23-November 21)
You could grow uncomfortable with the attention the family is plying you with and wonder what their ulterior motive is this time. Effusive compliments from a neighbor can also raise your suspicions. Relax, they might be gilding the lily a bit, but the essence of the emotional outpouring is sincere. Take a good look at the artistic or spiritual advice you're getting while Neptune and Venus, the aesthetes, the sun and Mercury the messenger present a prettier, more peaceful picture of the future.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)
The drag that the gig has become, the responsibilities you've been carting around won't necessarily disappear, but they may seem a lot lighter. As Mercury, Venus, the humane Aquarius sun and most importantly, faith-based Neptune favor Saturn in your Gemini house of partnership, you'll get an influx of fresh ideas, maybe even another source of income and the relief you've been longing for. The fiery Leo full moon comes with an opportunity to expand your influence by providing the courage to break with the past.
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)
Going on a shopping spree, if only in your imagination, would be an appropriate way to channel some of the hopeful Aquarian energy emanating from your house of values and assets. However, since Mercury retrograde is there, you probably shouldn't pile up purchases just yet. But you could make a wish list of tools and other things that will let your creative urges loose on the world. The kids and assorted loved ones also benefit from the torrent of life-affirming vibes being directed to your Saturn ruler.
AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)
There may have been other Januarys when so many things fell into place, when you were feeling as blessed as you are right now, but you'd have a hard time convincing me. Aquarians are as spiritually grounded and aesthetically inclined as ever I've seen them. And while Mercury retrograde in your sign precludes making some decisions until after it turns direct on Feb. 8, it doesn't prevent you from following up on what your keen intuitive sense tells you to do. Happy birthday.
PISCES (February 19-March 19)
If late June, the first time stabilizing Saturn rewarded your Neptune ruler, was good for you, late January should be spectacular. You're also about to receive the bountiful gifts of beauty, intelligence and creativity as Venus, Mercury and the Aquarius sun conjunct Neptune before the month is out. Nothing is more romantic, more artistically inspiring than the marriage of Venus and Neptune; and nothing confirms the faith you hold dear, your willingness to believe as the sun's merger with the King Fish. Expect a miracle.
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