Rockie Horoscope 126

March 8-14, 2002

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: It's six months since 9/11 and once again the sun is in a challenging square to Pluto, only now Sol is passing through Pisces, an even more self-sacrificing sign than pristine Virgo. What kind of impact the square aspect presents depends if 16-20 of Sag, Virgo, Gemini or Pisces are prominent degrees in your natal chart. Natives of other signs who might be pushed beyond their limits (and budgets) are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Some of those folks could succumb to an over-the-top, shop 'til you drop square between Venus in Aries and Jupiter in Cancer. Hopefully all of us will get a fresh start on the 13th when the impressionable Pisces new moon puts us on a higher path.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Tearing down walls might seem a little extreme, but there's a good chance you'll feel an inexplicable urge to expand beyond the confines of your usual habitat. Consider going camping instead of demolishing what exists. You can still spend excessive amounts of money on equipment, so that after the urge abates, you'll have something to show besides an unholy mess in the kitchen. If you're also in an entrepreneurial frame of mind, make a sincere effort to keep business expenses in check, too.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Bulls might not be on an ambitious home-improvement kick like the Ram is, but while your affectionate Venus ruler is in Aries and sexy Mars, the Aries ruling planet, is in Taurus, both signs have a lot in common. Now is a good time to get together and apply this relatively rare synergy to your mutual benefit. Maybe you'll become good friends. Because a constructive earth sign is usually more practical than excitable, enthusiastic fire, be sure it's you who's keeping an eye on the bottom line.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

It's been a long time coming, but your Mercury ruler finally leaves the airy atmosphere of Aquarius and dives deep into the imaginative, emotional waters of Pisces on Monday. Your focus is bound to change as the emphasis shifts from entertaining an idea to attaining an ideal. Remind yourself, as Mercury forms a favorable trine to Jupiter late in the week, that your ideal is not simply pie in the sky. The supportive trine aspect is as rewarding as you're likely to see until mid-summer, but, for now, it doesn't encompass partnership matters.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

You and Gemini are currently on the same wavelength, you and Aries are not. Don't let an overeager Ram push you into a position that makes you uncomfortable or depends on catching a lucky break. While you're not in harm's way, stressful planetary aspects to protective Jupiter in your sign can be very expensive, especially since indulgent Venus is involved. However, if given a chance to show off your talents and inflate your ego, why would you resist? Try to exercise some self-control.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Recreational sex and other people's money could easily be the combo that launches your next venture, but first ask yourself, "Is porn entertainment?" How you react to your sun ruler's troubling square to coercive Pluto this weekend may determine where the Pisces new moon cycle that begins on the 13th takes you. A sun-moon conjunction in your house of death, inheritance, taxes and mutual funds seems tailor-made for this time of year. Just remember to beware the Ides of March.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

For the rest of the month, the ball is in the other guy's court. Watch out for a stunning slam dunk when Pluto, representing your parents, and the Pisces sun, your significant other, test each other's strategies this weekend. Pisces, the sign ruling your allies, enemies, agents and attorneys, gains even more strength with the addition of your Mercury ruler's insight and intelligence on Monday. After the new moon on Wednesday, another chapter in your partnership (Who knows with whom?) will begin.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Because your Venus ruler can fall victim to Jupiter's excessiveness and exuberance, you'll have a hard time curbing your enthusiasm. While the two ancient "benefics" form a challenging square aspect midweek, trusting that luck is on your side can also get you in trouble. You'll spend more than you intend or blow a pleasant enough experience way out of proportion and think it's terrific. Should a job opportunity or chance to travel strike you as being too good to be true, it probably is.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Two things to watch out for: a questionable need to control a loved one and an unshakable belief that a favorite fantasy of yours or even a religious argument will be accepted, hook, line and sinker (we're still in Pisces) by the person you're trying to sell. This is not the week to count on your inherent charm or remarkable staying power. Both Pluto and Mars, your co-ruling planets, face considerable challenges, and while Scorpio, more than most signs, loves a battle to the figurative "death," the weapons appear to be stacked against you.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Frivolous fun and games could cause peripheral damage to a romantic relationship or a long-term friendship when sociable Venus puts undue stress on your benevolent Jupiter ruler. No doubt you'll enjoy yourself, but you may also wonder if the pleasure was worth the cost. More serious consequences can result from the troublesome square between the Pisces sun and passionate Pluto in your sign. Does "cruisin' for a bruisin'" ring a bell? If you're thigh-high in a power struggle, give it a rest.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Cozy up to your nearest, dearest Sagittarius and share the experience he or she is undergoing. Both can have similar reactions to the outrageous behavior and foolhardiness being displayed over the weekend by those around you. While generous Jupiter in Cancer, the sign of your co-workers and partners, is prodded by self-absorbed Venus in Aries, there is bound to be a mess. Someone with a well-defined sense of responsibility will probably step in to clean it up. Guess who?

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Out of your head. After more than two months of drifting through your sign, Mercury finally moves out on Monday. Why is this a good thing? Because you won't have to go back and forth over teeny, tiny details reading endless pieces of paper anymore. Your mind is free to return to musical, chemical or image-related matters (Neptune at 10 Aquarius) or to protesting society's ills (Uranus at 26). Maintaining a friendship or association with a group can be expensive right now, but not for much longer.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Call it synchronicity or coincidence, but isn't it interesting that the most violent, terror-inducing planetary aspect, a sun-Pluto square, occurs this Friday? Although it may be your birthday and a good reason to celebrate lavishly, the 8th is also International Women's Day and the focus of the campaign to end violence against women. Because crusading Mars in your money house forms a supportive sextile to protective Jupiter, you're sure to be generous. Pisces new moon on Wednesday; make a wish.

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