Rockie Horoscope 121

February 1-7, 2002

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: Although Valentine's Day isn't here yet, once February begins, this marvel of marketing seems to dominate everyone's consciousness. Alone or together, what are you gonna do? The sexy Venus-Pluto sextile on Friday might get you a date, the sun-Pluto sextile on Tuesday could make for instant intimacy, but Venus' conjunction with idiosyncratic Uranus on the 7th just may blow your romantic relationship out of the water altogether. Saturn turns direct that night, Mercury comes out of retrograde the next morning. More changes to come.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Every day in every way you're getting stronger, more active and focused on what you intend to accomplish next. Now that your Mars ruler is in Aries, a new two-year cycle of expectation, achievement and endurance has begun. Since Saturn turns direct on the 7th, it's safe to assume that financial matters will become less worrisome. Mercury turning direct brings a decision made around January 1 back to center stage. Stall for a week. Meanwhile, what about those unpredictable, yet utterly lovable friends?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

This is another one of those magical periods when you're unusually attractive and uncommonly erratic for a placid Bull, that is. You could blame Mercury's impending flip out of retrograde for how frequently you're changing you're mind. But the annual merger of your Venus ruler with disruptive Uranus is the real reason. While you're able to draw so much attention to yourself, now would be a good time to get that pretty face on TV or online, perhaps protesting another environmental disaster in the making.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

So much for marking time! Once Saturn, retrograde in your sign since late September, turns direct (the day before your Mercury ruler does), you'll start to move forward with a plan that has been in the works. Concentrate on organizing, codifying and giving your project a framework you can return to so that the Gemini inclination to "go with the flow" won't take you too far off course. While Saturn can be a drag, it also provides stability, recognition and rewards the rest of society can relate to, like a Dupont or a Nobel.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Your annual flirtation with all things foreign is about to distract you from the straight and narrow path you've been trying to stay on. Whether Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year celebrations will impede your progress depends on where you are psychologically when retrograde Mercury turns direct in your Capricorn house of partners on the 8th. Don't be surprised if you again experience what went down over New Year's which is when the Messenger of the gods first relayed the ideas that captivated you then.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Divorce before dishonor? Any unpredictable thing might occur when Venus meets erratic, erotic Uranus in your Aquarius marriage house this weekend. Don't be shocked if you're taken totally by surprise. But know that the incredible attraction these planets exert works both ways: you could just as easily fall head over heels as get dumped. Try to wait until your sun ruler joins Uranus on Ash Wednesday before making any drastic moves, or, for that matter, ornate plans for Valentine's Day.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

If you followed the game plan suggested for a Mercury retrograde period, i.e., review, rewrite and repair, you could have a polished version of your current project in hand when your ruling planet turns direct on the 8th. But if you need more time, take the rest of the month so you can get past the point at which Mercury stopped its (and your) forward progress. Work, health and service remain the chief areas of interest until romantic Venus gets to Pisces, your partnership sign, in time for Valentine's Day.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

One of the givens -- a special perk you receive by being born a Libra -- is the transformational power of the energy that emanates from your Aquarius house of romance and risk during February. But if you're not having an off-again, on-again affair at the moment and aren't involved heart-and-soul in a group sport, you could use that amazing energy to create a unique work of art. Or a baby. Major life changes often occur in the twinkle of an eye, without a struggle. Not unlike love at first sight.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

You may feel you're under not-especially-unpleasant pressure from various persons hanging around home base, but who needs further disruptions or the constant changing of minds? Until Mercury and Saturn come out of retrograde, communications may continue to be snarled, as will some folks' lips. Why you profit from the situation is beyond my understanding, but there are indications that this unrest will benefit your Pluto co-ruler in your Sag money house and, therefore, you, too.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Getting up close but not that personal is how Sag and Aquarius usually interact. So while there's an abundance of interesting activity in the sign that rules your comings, goings and emails, not a whole lot will make that deep an impression. Feel free to exchange ideas, tech advice and gossip about the group, but save discussions about commitment issues until Saturn in your house of partners has regained firm footing after it flips out of retrograde on the 7th. At least another week.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

If you've been holding back because of the retrograde planets, it's time to concentrate again on financial matters, especially buying, selling and gathering info online. Mercury moving forward in Capricorn the day after your Saturn ruler goes direct frees you from constraints you probably weren't aware of. It may take a little while to build back confidence in your choices, but by the end of the month, you could be ahead of the game. Back in love? Maybe that, as well.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

You're still the brightest star in the firmament, so relish the attention while you're getting it. Magnetic Venus will move on to Pisces before St. Valentine comes calling, but the lightning bolt let loose when the goddess of love mergers with your Uranus ruler on the 7th will amaze everyone. Another brilliant shock of recognition is set for the 13th as the sun and Uranus meet. Figure out now what you'll initiate at the Aquarius new moon, because your chances of succeeding are awesome.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

You'll feel more attractive and popular once Venus enters your sign on the 12th, but until then, continue to lay back and play the recluse. The weeks before your birthday is the best time to replenish your spirit and review the energy you put out in the world since the last birthday. If there's a retreat you can go on, so much the better; better yet if it's on a tropical island or a snow-capped mountain. Incidentally, like-minded friends may be more important right now than a romantic attachment.

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