Rockie Horoscope 128

Rockie Gardiner's astrological forecast for the week of March 22-28, 2002.

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: It could become pretty intense out there this weekend thanks to a sexy Venus-Pluto trine and the sneaky, suspicious Mercury-Pluto square. A well-kept secret, besides who's going to take home Oscar gold, is likely to surface. To emphasize the power of celebration and celebrity, there's a gala Leo moon on Sunday. Although the excessive, enthusiastic and quite expensive sun-Jupiter square isn't exact until early Wednesday, well before then folks will gladly run up huge credit card debt, entertain guests royally and bet the farm on games of chance and sports. The couple-centered Libra-Aries full moon is exact on Thursday, the 28th at 10:25 a.m. PST; get a date.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

This week it's all good even when it's borderline bad. That would be when the willful sun in your single-minded sign urges you to overspend on something you truly want or to spoil a family member rotten. Food, real estate and the trappings of patriotism can also push you over the top. What isn't foolhardy, instead rather sexy and quite serious, is the compelling attraction generated by magnetic Venus in your sign and powerful Pluto in fiery Sagittarius. A better sense of balance at the full moon.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Fueled by the heat from single-minded Mars in your sign, there's hardly a task you'd hesitate to undertake. But for a "play it safe and relatively sane" Bull, throwing caution to the wind is rarely the way to go. Maybe you'll take that tack after Mars advances to airy Gemini around your birthday, but for now, consider the consequences of such an act of derring-do and, at the full moon, line up the powerful, creative people who are likely to back you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Your Mercury ruler is making a quick trip through Pisces, the sign ruling your career midheaven. On the 29th, it moves on to Aries, so if you uncover information this weekend that could help a partnership matter progress, don't sit on it for long. However, before you pass the info along, make sure it's the real deal, not a cover-up. The rank appeal of subterfuge, nothing quite as endearing as Mad Comics' "Spy vs. Spy", is emanating from your house of allies and enemies.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

A big week for the Moon Child, not only because the Libra full moon on the 28th stimulates decisive action in four areas -- yourself, a partnership, your career and a family matter -- but also because the adventurous Aries sun is testing how far expansive Jupiter in your sign will take you. It could be out of the country for business or pleasure, into a for-profit or a charitable enterprise, off to school to learn more about another aspect of your job description or off to the ashram to see your guru.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

You might not know why your employer, client or a parent is becoming more demanding, but once you realize that militant Mars in your Taurus midheaven is responsible for the change of attitude, you'll handle the bravado and brusqueness more effectively. Because you know it won't last very long, you're more likely to stand up and fight back. Meanwhile, as the Libra-Aries full moon lights up your money houses, a financial matter, whether alone or in combination with others, may demand your attention.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

A younger person or a relative can be the source of information that affects whatever efforts at rehabilitation are taking place within your family circle or at your house. It could simply be a sample of tile for a kitchen makeover, maybe the name of a surgeon who can laser away scar tissue, perhaps news of an opening at Betty Ford. Doublecheck the facts because, whenever your Mercury ruler is tested by manipulative Pluto, someone usually is pulling a power play.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

The full moon in your sign on the 28th not only calls attention to how you feel about yourself, it also magnifies your dependence (or lack thereof) on a significant other. This could be the week when you decide how much more involved with this person you're willing to get or if you really do need more space. A sibling or neighbor might unwittingly undercut your autonomy, so keep an eye out for a sexy come-on or a provocative head-game he or she seems determined to play.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

This can be a very creative period for Scorpio, so don't take on too many tasks that have to be finished before Easter. Better to spend your time decorating holiday baskets and hand-painting eggs than spring cleaning and shopping. Besides, there's an aura of intimacy with co-workers and service personnel that you, of all people, wouldn't want to miss out on. Keep in mind that a partnership may get a little rough while your feisty Mars co-ruler passes through your marriage house.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

No matter what kind of test your Jupiter ruler is about to put you through, the Archer usually finds a way to grow, if not actually prosper, from an uncomfortable situation. So while the normally supportive Aries sun forms a challenging square to Jupiter, chances are you'll adjust to a glitch concerning a partnership or family matter without raising a fuss. Raising an eyebrow is something else. Is it a matter of having faith in cosmic justice, a sense of humor or is it hubris?

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Like Cancer, Aries and Libra, the other cardinal signs, Capricorn's world might be gently rocked at Passover by the influence the Libra moon has on you and the family. Try to anticipate the damage that could be done when the full moon, like the tide, disturbs the customary flow of feelings between you and your relatives, your mate, even your boss. But once you're alert to the possibilities, there's little to do but be your usual stalwart self and avoid antagonizing the parties involved.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

The pursuit of recreation and romance this week might cost much more than you budgeted for. Whether you buy tickets for a concert, go to a sporting event or host a memorable dinner at a deluxe restaurant, be prepared to pay whatever the tab comes to and be glad that you can. Around the Libra full moon, you may notice that a balance between money coming in and money going out has been struck through no effort on your part, but by your knowledge of what makes your loved ones happy.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Pisces seem destined to be the sign feeding the folks at Passover and Easter celebrations this year. Mainly because generous Jupiter in culinary-conscious Cancer is so friendly to the Fish, you'll assume the expense and extra work without carping about it. Add the emphasis that the Libra full moon places on close relationships, and the advantages of setting the mood, as well as an appealing table, becomes apparent. P.S. Don't contradict the guest of honor.

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