Rockie Horoscope 134

May 3-9, 2002

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GENERAL FORECAST: Forewarned and forearmed by last week's forecast, gentle reader won't be taken unawares by whatever nastiness occurs when Mars and Saturn, the two "malefics" dreaded by the ancients, meet Friday night. Remember that Martian action often comes early, Saturn runs late; therefore the entire gamut of Cinco de Mayo festivities might be in jeopardy. Stuck in the middle of this macho posturing is an exquisite, ethereal trine between vivacious Venus in Gemini and visionary Neptune in Aquarius. Their connection epitomizes the dizzying heights of alcohol or drug-induced ecstasy and romantic love, both of which can come to an abrupt end Tuesday as Venus mergers with prudent, practical Saturn. And if that doesn't bring you down, what do you think about Wednesday's confrontation between militant Mars and Pluto, lord of the damned and the dead? Me? I'm terrified!

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

By now you should be able to identify who or what is standing in your way, and whether you're going to attack the problem or try to circumvent it? No matter which approach you take, and whether or not you succeed, know that the worst will be over by Mother's Day. By then, your Mars ruler will have finished both its conjunction with censoring Saturn and its opposition to power-seeking Pluto. The tug-of-war will be over, and you'll be in the clear, ready to start the next phase, whatever that may be.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

It's altogether possible to ignore the nastier aspects in effect and instead, focus on the art and love you can make, or acquire, while your Venus ruler is rewarded by imaginative Neptune. This supportive trine has spiritual as well as musical overtones, so the weekend may reap results you didn't expect. Because Venus also mergers with sensible Saturn in Gemini, the sign of the salesman, real money could be involved. But best of all, Venus joins Mars in wedded bliss next Friday. A happy Happy Birthday.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Whether May turns out to be a memorable "time of her time" or something you'd rather forget depends on how you react to the injection of motivation and muscle you get when Mars joins tradition-bound Saturn. Perhaps you'll take the kid-glove approach and follow where the gentle, artistic and much more profitable Venus-Saturn conjunction points to? Or will you opt for sweet romance and a powerful sexual attraction offered by the somewhat rare, incredibly exciting marriage of Mars and Venus in your sign?

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Moon children haven't taken to their beds yet, but that's where you seem to be headed. So much planetary activity in Gemini can be exhausting and way too cerebral for Crabs who trust gut reactions more than endless conversations. Since casual acquaintances and colleagues need someone to hear about the good or the bad stuff they're going through, you've been elected. Until the new moon on Mother's Day introduces a new course of action and another role for you to play, try to maintain a self-preserving distance.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

A certain amount of fur is going to fly this week, but it doesn't have to come off the Lion's share. There's gain without pain if you only deal with challenges that you normally handle, and stay clear of the chaos surrounding co-workers, cohorts and clients. By concentrating on your own thing, you can make it to Mother's Day, which is when the Taurus new moon in your midheaven initiates another aspect of your career. Otherwise, you're in for a lot of discussion and precious little progress.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Busy, busy, busy. Some of the action generated by planets in your Gemini midheaven will be great for your career, especially if your boss or the general public learns to love you. Some activity, mainly related to rules and restrictions, can be a definite downer. However, what you should be alert to are the troubling oppositions from sexy Mars and Venus to secretive Pluto in your Sagittarius home base. They indicate that something nasty, e.g., an abusive family situation, is about to consume you.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Laughs, love and a serious commitment! It's been forever (30 years) since Librans have been in such an excellent position. Having your Venus ruler merge with sexy Mars in compatible Gemini, while tradition-bound Saturn adds stability to the relationship, is a first for most of you. Also thank Neptune, the romantic idealist, for perfecting the grand air trine that's currently lifting you to heights you haven't frequented in a while. Not even the awful neighbor will bring you down.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Because Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets, are on opposite ends of your financial axis, whatever goes down this week will cost you. Once you accept that, you're free to seek out what, among the multiple choices you're being presented with, has value greater than mere money. Look for the long-range goal, not necessarily the most attainable. Love, or alternately, a knockout of a physical attraction, appears as sexy Mars and magnetic Venus hook up just before next weekend.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

It's not about you, it's about the company you keep and, perhaps, your legal representation. Four planets traveling through your partnership house is a hell of a lot of input from others, be they significant or mainly marginal. While you could feel frustrated or discouraged as sweet, sociable Venus comes under the control of "do it by the book" Saturn, the merger next Friday of Venus and sexy Mars in your marriage house is as romantic and hot as it gets. Be patient and aware of everybody's agenda, but stick to your guns.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

The bitter is followed by the sweet, the difficult by the easy. There's no getting around the infusion of passion or steaming anger you may feel when aggressive Mars meets your cautious Saturn ruler early Thursday. Some of you will direct this energy toward an assignment at work, some might address a matter of health and well-being head-on. The trick is to leave time for the pleasures amorous Venus adds to the situation when she merges with Saturn on Sunday/Monday. Every kid knows that kissing the boo-boo makes it better.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

While this week might not be the one that inspires your finest hour, it'll come pretty close. Brave, bold and beautiful barely covers the range of attributes that you're projecting. There's also sane and sexy. Why is this time period so special? Because loving Venus, passionate Mars and persistent Saturn are illuminating your Gemini house of romance and risk. This combination of planets (a spectacular stellium) hasn't been seen for 30 years. Be sure you make the most of the memorable moments that arise.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Fish are liable to be on edge this week, stressed out by the contrary energies of a Mars-Saturn conjunction in your Gemini home base. Mars pushes for immediate action, Saturn wants certainty and safety, and they both square (challenge) your natal Pisces planets. A career matter might also be under attack, so don't make any rash decisions; however, if your office is in flames, run like hell. Meanwhile Venus offers loving arms and tender moments that'll ease the tension and strengthen family ties.

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