Rockie Horoscope 132

for the week of April 19-25, 2002

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: Taurus arrives late Friday night but this year, the placid, pleasure-loving sign is far from being friction-free. Rumors run rampant over the weekend as Mercury and illusionary Neptune test assorted attempts to spin the news and invent excuses. Midweek, we can pretend to be "Shocked! I am shocked!" when Venus, ruler of love, beauty and Israel, a Taurus nation by birth, is challenged by explosive Uranus. And if not shocked, then disappointed should Secretary's Day turn out to be a dud. Break your boss' cold, cold heart; walk out.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Highly visible and in-your-face Rams are better off this week if they talk softly and carry a big shtick. Instead of striking out at people who irritate you, strike a pose! Relationships with colleagues are closely tied into earnings, and both are dependent on photography, music, drugs, oil and plastic by-products. Nothing particularly dramatic is scheduled until early May, which is when your Mars ruler runs into Saturn, the great naysayer. Figure out a game plan ahead of time, both an offense and a defense.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Flying off the handle for no apparent reason, feeling like lightning is about to strike or, more likely, falling head over heels for yet another inappropriate love interest? These are a few of the things that could have happened to you over the past six springs, whenever Venus in Taurus was challenged by erratic Uranus in Aquarius. Sad to say, -- maybe not too sad -- this is the last week that planetary configuration will occur in your lifetime. Make the most of whatever wildness and weirdness you can get into.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The Twins and the Rams are on similar paths, heading for a confrontation with stark reality early next month. I'm not sure whether you'll go up against each other or if the conflict is an internal one, a choice you'll have to make for yourself, by yourself. Be careful. Having single-minded Mars in your sign can make you more careless and impulsive than you normally would be. Come the 25th, vivacious Venus will be in Gemini adding oomph to your appeal, and that, too, can be dangerous.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Your interest in politics may be more intense than usual because a preponderance of planets is in the section of your chart that deals with the world at large. However, today and Friday, while the moon is in Cancer, you can connect with your innermost personal feelings. It's not an especially schizy situation if you know where you stand and which side you're on. The upcoming full moon, the Buddha festival moon, sheds even more light on your allegiance to the people who represent your point of view.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Women are trouble. Not all the time and not specifically for Leos; however, a partner could stumble into an awkward situation when Venus challenges Uranus in your house of allies and other significant others. If it's a matter of personal taste or a social gaffe, the problem gets resolved in time and you don't have to be involved. But if a stable relationship is threatened, then the Lion will jump in and the fur will fly. Maybe not this week, but, unless she backs off, soon enough.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Taurus is a favorable time for Virgins, especially those who need to feel more grounded. Compatible earth signs lend each other more than moral support. As the personal planets pass through the other sign, your focus switches to what you're doing instead of what you should be doing. Self-recrimination is replaced by pride of achievement, and, for a critical Virgo, this is a good thing. So at least through the end of April, you can concentrate on what satisfies you physically and intellectually.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

What are the chances you'll flip out and have a dramatic change of heart while disruptive Uranus and your romantic Venus ruler throw daggers at each other? Wait, might those missiles be Cupid's arrows? Love, in its various disguises, is Libra's leitmotif of the week. Whether there is an instantaneous, inexplicable attraction or a nostalgic tie that binds, nothing else in your life will be as compelling or as confusing. How long does the fever last? Until horny Mars stops waltzing through Gemini Memorial Day weekend.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Young, relatively speaking, people try for easier access and a chance to influence you. Listen to what they have to say, especially about work and health matters. While they may not have your depth of experience, they seem to have your best interests at heart. Tension between you and a Gemini busybody or a smartass versed in rules and regulations is not yet at the breaking point. Deflect it by learning as much as you can about the issue in question. Knowledge is power.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Petty differences can cause deep rifts. While the Sage rarely buys into other people's dramas, this week you could find yourself playing a role in a non-stop soap opera. Who did what to whom and why should you get involved? Because you don't want to deal with the tension that's mounting as aggressive Mars prepares to meet restrictive Saturn in Gemini, your sign of partnerships past and present. You probably can avoid confrontation for another week, but steel yourself for the onslaught.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Earthy, sensual Taurus is the time of year when the Goat's house of romance, risk and recreation is highlighted. Although all play and no work are rarely on your agenda, you can combine the two by working in the garden or working out in the gym. One never knows whose buns one will be attracted to or how big a risk one is willing to take. Since rough-and-ready Mars is advancing on your Saturn ruler -- impact is scheduled for the first weekend in May -- be sure you have an out if you feel put upon.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

The only planetary aspect that has an impact this week is the one that impacts primarily on you. Will your heart go flip-flop or will the house suddenly need an upgrade when your Uranus ruler is tested (squared) by Venus, ruler of love, beauty and money spent in the pursuit of both. Go for it; do something startling. This time next year Uranus will have moved on to Pisces and Aquarius will no longer be an easy target for the on-again, off-again goddess and her woman's right to change her mind.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble is looming large as Mars and Saturn, the two "malefics" feared by the ancients, get ready to meet. How their merger in Gemini will affect you depends, in large part, on your ability to deal with a messy situation at your house, with a member of your clan or the nation. Enter the Macbeths or any Machiavellian pair that represents the dualistic nature of the Twins. Mom and Dad? Landlord and tenant? By some miracle (e.g., a trine to your Neptune ruler) Fish manage to escape pain-free.

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