Rockie Horoscope 127

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GENERAL FORECAST: Beware the Ides of March. Although pleasant results can result from easy aspects to sociable Venus and the expansive, intelligent Mercury-Jupiter trine, there's no hiding from the troubling square between militant Mars and oil-based, religion-fuelled Neptune. Watch out for deceit, disillusionment and dishonor. Someone with a lean and hungry look may knife you in the back, so to speak, while this aspect is in effect. However, I'd be more concerned about anthrax and the rashes that can't be explained. Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, can be depressing simply because Mercury is squaring (testing) stern Saturn, not because you're hung over. Early on the 20th, Pluto turns retrograde for the next five months, and at 11:16 a.m. PST/2:16 p.m. EST spring and a new cycle begins. You said, "Gimme a break!" You got one.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

0 Aries, the vernal equinox, that magical moment in the astrological year arrives on Wednesday, the 20th. To hammer the importance of this new beginning home to you personally, there's a rare mutual reception in effect between your adventurous Mars ruler in sensual Taurus and loving Venus, ruler of Taurus, in Aries. For the rest of March you radiate the best qualities of both signs -- Martian energy and daring tempered by Venus' charm and beauty. Who could resist you, who would?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

This is a good time to attempt the allegedly "impossible" and, employing one of the true Taurean talents, turn a vague notion into a palpable reality. While romance and glamour are there for the taking, you don't have to confine these sought-after qualities to your personal life alone. Show the world what you can do when you become borderline compulsive, when you let your artistic Venus ruler tie into the surge of power generated by passionate Pluto, in the body of a Scorpio or a Sag. Now read for Aries.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

If you're being pushed out of shape by an overbearing ally or an undeclared enemy, you'll be relieved when powerful Pluto in your house of partnerships goes retrograde. If you're awaiting word on a decision that'll change your life, you could have a way to go before the transformation is complete. Although people assume that you're enjoying a satisfying personal life, almost all the planetary energy is focusing on your place in the world at large. Except for financial matters, they remain private.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Before you make arrangements for a summer vacation, which you're apt to do while the travel bug is biting, be sure to leave yourself plenty of wiggle room. You'll probably have to change your plans if you decide to follow up on a challenging, but potentially huge career opportunity that comes up with the full moon on the 28th. By June, you could be too busy promoting an innovative project or your own talent to take time off. Spring training has a special meaning for you this year: get back on track.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Love, or a strong physical attraction, may slip through a hole in your psychological armor when sensual Venus and passionate Pluto reward your spirited Leo sun. A grand trine in Aries, Sagittarius and Leo, the fire signs, is about as hot, as close to spontaneous combustion as it gets. But since Pluto in your house of fun and games turns retrograde on the equinox, it's also possible that you'll keep your desires a secret, something only you can play with, until Venus gets to Leo in June.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Having your Mercury ruler in your Pisces house of partners until Good Friday might drive you to distraction. As any fisherman can tell you, trying to pin down an elusive Fish is often an exercise in futility. While an opportunity presented by a potential partner can be clever and economically feasible, whether from prudence or paranoia, you'll still have your doubts. That's because restrictive Saturn in your midheaven is slowing, if not bringing, you down. More patience, please.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

One of the pretty people you've been hanging out with since Venus has been in your Aries house of allies might convince you to promote a local issue, sign up for a course or take a trip. It's hard to resist the persuasive powers of Pluto while it aligns with your magnetic Venus ruler. But even on a bright, sunshiney day, Pluto plumbs the depths of desire and lusts after power. Remember this when your sixth sense tells you that a neighbor or school chum is hell-bent on seducing you.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

While artistic, appreciative Venus favors your Pluto co-ruler, you can obsess over something you value. Or you might decide this is a good time to cash out and get top dollar. Money will matter as much as aesthetics and affection, but what gives you the most satisfaction or the greatest pleasure will probably be the determining factor. On the other hand, because of Scorpio's double-rulership, you should also consider the friction that may be generated by co-ruling Mars before making a final decision.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Either a hot romance or sexy fun and games can come out of the always pleasurable, sometimes passionate trine between Venus in fiery Aries and Pluto in your sign. Take the experience for whatever it turns out to be and try not to let Pluto's "hold on for dear life," do-or-die attitude color the decisions you'll have to make later in the month. That's when the Aries sun, by squaring your Jupiter ruler, pressures you to decide between one partnership arrangement and another.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Among the earth signs, Capricorns are considered the most prudent of pragmatists. However, while your cautious Saturn ruler inches its way across airy, bi-polar Gemini, you're liable to be blown as far from the firm foundation you've set for yourself as Dorothy and Toto. But true to form and fiction, native intelligence, even access to accurate information can save the day. Thank protective Jupiter in Cancer, your sign of significant others such as the Tin Man, and the courageous Aries sun.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Weirdness is no stranger to Aquarians, but after nebulous Neptune in your sign is no longer under attack from Mars, the inexplicable rash, the need to get loaded or your fascination with faux should ease up. A chance to have fun and win or lose a lot of money may dominate your conscious mind for the rest of the month. While generous Jupiter in your house of risk and recreation is calling the shots, does Sweet Sixteen ring a bell? How about an expensive romantic fling instead?

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Read for Aquarius. Any stranger than usual stuff happening to you now is probably a result of your Neptune ruler's bi-annual association with irritating Mars in Taurus. Some Fish will be throwing good money after bad, others might question the value of a casual friendship or their involvement with a group that's good at raising funds. Try to slip away from the fanatics, be they religious nuts or baseball fans, this spring. Your best bet is to stay close to home and expand the dominion within.

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