Rockie Gardiner

Rockie Horoscope 140

June 14-20, 2002

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: Flag Day 2002 has a decidedly martial attitude, mainly because militant Mars is transiting both the USA's and the Chief Executive's Cancer sun. Draw your own conclusions, but, please, leave your firearms at home. Ironically, peaceable Venus leaves Cancer for Leo that day. On Wednesday the Gemini sun trines futuristic Uranus, thereby rewarding Trekkies, revolutionaries and humanists alike. A genial, literate Mercury-Venus sextile on Thursday brings spring to a close. The summer solstice arrives on Friday morning.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Which role suits you best?Patriot or provocateur? Since your risk-taking Mars ruler is on the USA Cancer sun, this year Flag Day can mean a lot more than it has in the past. Friday is also the day lovable Venus enters Leo, a fire sign that responds well to the heat generated by the randy Ram. The next four weeks might be more sociable, more creative and a lot more romantic than you anticipate. A surprise around the 19th from friends who pull something you would never expect.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Friendly neighbors or a sociable sibling extend warm invitations and veiled threats. Come play or else! Can you afford to turn down what'll wind up to be an expensive exercise in reciprocity? Small potatoes? No way. What happens while your Venus ruler transits lavish Leo is less about money than it is about heart and how big yours is. For an influx of income, look to the weird, wonderful world of science, technology and TV when the sun in your Gemini money house is rewarded by Uranus.



Divine inspiration comes in many guises; this week the one to pay attention to is your intuitive sense of what'll fly and what won't. Intelligent air signs such as yours have a natural affinity to entities ruled by Aquarius; that encompasses all of humankind as well as the odd bird. While the Gemini sun is favored by forward-looking Uranus, what you truly aspire to become and the boundaries you hope to surmount seem attainable. Now that Mercury is finally moving on, maybe you should book a flight out of here.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Moon children born around Independence Day, e.g., George W., should find a way to channel the extra energy, and bigger set of balls, they'll get from having aggressive Mars on their natal sun. Fighting mad pretty much describes what'll happen if you can't find an appropriate outlet for your passion. Since you don't often have this ability to launch new projects with such ease or to leap tall buildings in a single bound, be sure to maximize the opportunities that do appear.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

One month you're feeling challenged; the next, you're reaping rewards you may not deserve. So goes the yo-yo effect. This week Leos can discover they're being supported in unusual ways by people they don't know very well. Acquaintances of associates and other tenuous ties are the ones that might bind you to a brand-new experience. While your sun ruler in Gemini favors eclectic Uranus, a few of your hopes and wishes -- 11th house stuff -- may materialize. But don't expect material gains right away.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Now that your Mercury ruler is moving forward and picking up speed, the travel bug could bite real hard and become a bona fide pest. Should you go or stay put, drive or fly? The same can be said about your inquisitive mind. Enroll in school or study independently? While patience is not a typically Virgoan virtue, what ensues from the decision you finally reach could pay off after Mercury conjuncts Saturn in your career midheaven on July 2. Until then, court your co-workers and serve your fellow-man.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

If a woman has been pressuring you to be all that you can be and then some, relax. On Friday your Venus ruler leaves the sign of the Crab with its emphasis on family values for the luxury-loving, warm-hearted sign of the pussycat. Four weeks of party-going for business and pleasure follows, and all you have to do is tame your mane and look your best. You'll be particularly attractive and well-spoken (well-reviewed, too) on the 19th and 20th when Mercury and Venus form a mutually supportive sextile.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Joint money matters, insurance and real estate are the areas that are currently lit. Since you are an enigma, the occult and other mysteries can be crucial, too. Matters relating to the eighth house, i.e., sex, death and other people's money, which are traditionally ruled by Scorpio, become more crucial during Gemini, the sign on the cusp of Scorpio's eighth house. Don't be surprised if a housing issue is resolved while the Gemini sun favors unpredictable Uranus in your Aquarius home base.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Archers born in November are the first to feel a warm glow from loving Venus after she crosses into Leo, another compatible fire sign. Since the goddess is transiting your house of sex, regeneration and other people's money, chances are you'll enjoy some, if not all of the above. At least until Venus moves on to ninth house interests, e.g., trips to foreign lands and forays into metaphysics. Saturn, however, continues to make a close relationship frustrating or basically boring. Win some, lose some.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Capricorns, more than most, really appreciate the income generated when they do more than one job and make consistently intelligent choices. This is especially true while the Gemini sun in your house of the daily grind favors eclectic Uranus in your Aquarius money house. Reward yourself with an unusual item or the latest in high-tech gadgetry. Relations with business partners and spouses could deteriorate while argumentative Mars claws its way through the sign of the Crab for another four weeks.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

The Water-Bearer plays a major role in this week's scenario. Because your free-wheeling Uranus ruler is being graced by the Gemini sun, you're the sign who gets the most out of a good time. Whether you're dancing or romancing, activities related to recreation and creation, including reproduction, figure prominently. Enjoy yourself. Once the summer is officially here, you're apt to become more responsible and duty-bound, more the life-guard than the hoop star.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Fish born in February are susceptible to the allure that eccentricity and other unusual features of family life are currently emitting. They should check their wiring and cable connections before bringing more stuff into the house. Oddball relatives, particularly parents, might pleasantly surprise you, but don't expect anything that smacks of consistent behavior. Fish born in March should blow off the old folks and concentrate instead on entertaining and educating the small fry. Take them out to the ball game.

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Rockie Horoscope 139

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: It's going to take a while to recover from the challenges set in motion during the sun's opposition to Pluto on the 6th. Redemption, reprieve, maybe even remorse. On Saturday at 8:12 a.m. PDT Mercury finishes its retro tour in Gemini and turns direct. The sun and Saturn meet early Sunday morning, further emphasizing what has emerged from the last Saturn-Pluto polarity, e.g., Russia and NATO! Monday's new moon/annular eclipse of the sun at 20 Gemini is, weather permitting, visible. Since eclipses run in 19-year cycles, think back to June, 1983 when Russia was part of Reagan's "Evil Empire." Like then, this eclipse is too close to the USA's natal Mars at 21 Gemini for my comfort. However, it is right on George W.'s conjunction of erratic, aerodynamic Uranus and his lunar north node (a.k.a. his destiny in this lifetime.) Save us!

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Summer school, summer camp or summer tour? Unless you're weeding in the community garden, right about now frisky Rams may want to consider an alternative to vegging in the cozy confines of the neighborhood. While your Mars ruler is in homey Cancer, you're apt to feel uncommonly comfortable instead of inspired and adventurous. The proper motivation arrives around Independence Day, when you're offered an opportunity to become, if not independently wealthy, at least headed in that direction.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

It's that time of year when money matters matter more than they usually do. Although you might want to expand your culinary skills (your Venus ruler is in yummy-tummy Cancer), do you have to go to Hong Kong to master dim sum? There's a strong temptation to let your fantasy life run away with you, preferably to someplace romantic. While you're allocating funds, be aware that, as the summer progresses, you'll want to entertain (and be entertained) quite lavishly.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Shaking off the constraints Saturn in Gemini has imposed could become your major goal. And while the Twins don't usually shirk responsibility, sometimes enough IS enough. Unless you took off while Mercury was retrograde, you're probably in need of a vacation. A few days spent restoring your equilibrium and indulging your senses will put your head in the right place for Mercury's return trip to the events your ruling planet set it motion before it flipped on May 15.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Macho Mars in your sign provides an aura of assertiveness and a more adventurous attitude than you've had since Mars was in Cancer two years ago. Do what you will with the infusion of physical energy -- e.g., train for a marathon or a swim meet. Just keep in mind that this is a good time to strut your stuff, to act as if you really were the cock of the walk. It might take a few days before the pattern emerges; nevertheless, the new moon eclipse on the 10th suggests that the Moon Child might be ready for a spiritual revival.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Saturnian structure is available for Lion cubs that need it, Uranian independence for those who want a significant change. That's because your sun ruler is in contact with both planets this week. The new moon/solar eclipse on the 10th underscores the influence a group-mindset can exert during this lunar cycle. No brain-washing, just identifying with folks who think the way you do about something that affects everybody. Best of all, as of the 14th, lovable Venus will be in Leo for four fabulous weeks.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Don't expect Mercury to pick up exactly where it left off. You need to be patient while your ruling planet shifts from neutral to first and eventually into second gear. Climbing back to where you were in mid-May might take a certain amount of effort or a more flexible way of dealing with a matter that was put on hold when Mercury went into reverse. A new twist on the same-old, same-old career matter should appear shortly after the Gemini new moon/solar eclipse on the 10th.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Now that Mercury is about to move forward and a bunch of planets are transiting your house of foreign travel and spiritual quests, it's time to make a move, be it move on, move out or move up. Feel free to make reservations, pinpoint schedules and deal with a myriad of details next week. But don't lose sight of the fact that your Venus ruler is poised on the cusp of homey Cancer and glamorous Leo. Get out the family jewels, because you're about to become a social lion, dressed to the nines and adored by an armload of admirers.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Something unexpected, not necessarily an earthquake, might shake the foundation of your domestic scene. Nevertheless, it wouldn't hurt to have plenty of water and batteries in the house and also to back up your files. Electronic Uranus in your Aquarius home base is so unpredictable, almost anything can set it off. Otherwise, look to joint resources -- money and talent -- to keep you sufficiently occupied for the next month. Also look for a Lady Bountiful who'll take an interest in your career.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Could it be that the Gemini new moon will actually introduce a new partnership experience into your life? Or because the moon eclipses the sun, will that prospect die on the vine? No matter. As long as Saturn is in your marriage house, who needs a relationship based on work and worry? Although you can't/won't/dare not shirk the responsibilities you've already incurred, think twice before you take on any more. As for fun, it'll arrive once pleasure-loving Venus enters lively Leo, another spirited fire sign, on the 14th.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

The merger this weekend of the Gemini sun and your Saturn ruler can dramatically increase your will power and, if you really want to take command of a situation, your will to power as well. The once-a-year conjunction is all you need to remind yourself that you are the person responsible for taking care of yourself (and your pets). This is a good time to deal with your DDS and HMO, the SPCA and other organizations that provide services. Now that Mercury is finally turning direct, bring on the paperwork!

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

The new moon in your Gemini house of fun and games introduces a recreational activity that can engross you for at least another month. It could also trigger a creative response from you and, if you're a parent, a more meaningful role in your kid's favorite pastime. Will you be the hero who comes up with tickets to a playoff game? I'm not kidding about the hero business. In the not too distant future, what you do now could buff up the shine on your good name.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Another variation on a theme that runs through your family, not unlike a rumor everyone can relish. Just one more week of aggravated assaults on your patience and you'll be finished with this particularly testy period. If you can't ignore what's happening at home, then simply concentrate on having a good time -- eating, drinking and making merry while Venus and Jupiter, the planets of love and luck, are transiting your Cancer house of risk and romance. Soon enough, this too shall pass. Enjoy yourself now.

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Rockie Horoscope 137

May 24-30, 2002

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GENERAL FORECAST: More is going on than meets the eye. The last of the three oppositions between Saturn, representing the establishment, and subversive Pluto takes place Saturday night. The first occurred in August, the second in November of 2001. Sunday's lunar eclipse is exact at 4:51 a.m. PDT, marking the third of the spring full moon celebrations, the Gemini Festival of Humanity. Later that morning, militant Mars and unpredictable Uranus form an air trine. Although the trine is a rewarding aspect, these two planets are often associated with violent, earth-shattering events. Memorial Day begins as the Gemini sun conjuncts retrograde Mercury, in case you need help remembering. On Tuesday militant Mars moves into patriotic Cancer, the USA's birth sign, for the first time in two years. More to come next week.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Being brilliant, especially when you're online or videotaping, is one of the advantages offered by your Mars ruler's rewarding trine to electromagnetic Uranus. You can also benefit from ties you've already made to scientific and/or political organizations. Despite the eclipses (lunar on the 26th, solar on June 10) across your financial axis, you'll do okay if your money comes from photography, dance, chemicals, plastic, oil or fish -- Neptune's domain. And don't forget music.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Another one of those super lucky periods is fast approaching. Rather than spreading yourself thin now -- doing a little here, a little there -- concentrate on making your main move, e.g., buying and selling, on June 3. That's when your Venus ruler merges with prosperous, protective Jupiter in Cancer. Can you be overly optimistic and extravagant, will you feel blessed? You bet. Could you win the lottery? Not if you don't play. Until then, take stock of how lucky you already are. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Time is on your side. All you have to do is stay on this plane (and away from airplanes) until the Gemini new moon eclipse on June 10th has come and gone. But first get through the full moon eclipse (5 degrees of Sag-Gemini) on the 26th without exhibiting undue skittishness, discover what the sun and your Mercury ruler (retrograde though it may be) have to teach when they meet on the 27th and somehow bypass the power games people (well, one in particular) play on June 6 when the Gemini sun and manipulative Pluto confront each other.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Time is on your side. All you have to do is stay on this plane (and away from airplanes) until the Gemini new moon eclipse on June 10th has come and gone. But first get through the full moon eclipse (5 degrees of Sag-Gemini) on the 26th without exhibiting undue skittishness, discover what the sun and your Mercury ruler (retrograde though it may be) have to teach when they meet on the 27th and somehow bypass the power games people (well, one in particular) play on June 6 when the Gemini sun and manipulative Pluto confront each other.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

After Sunday's lunar eclipse, whatever emerges from the dark side should link up with the last of the Saturn-Pluto oppositions. Is there something about the government (Saturn) and the terrorists (Pluto) of 9/11 we still don't know? How this eclipse affects the Moon Child depends on the transformation you've been undergoing since the first opposition in August 2001. But now you'll have more physical energy and a stronger sense of purpose because, for the first time in two years, Mars will be in your sign.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Ideas that pop into your head from out of the blue are the ones to consider seriously. During the six times a year when Mercury and your sun ruler meet, you tend to hear directly (via dreams) from your spirit guides, no intermediaries necessary. Since the conjunction on the 27th takes place in your career midheaven, questions like, "When will my work scene become clear?" should be answered in the next two weeks, as soon as the sun contacts reputable Saturn and regenerative Pluto.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

So much for cautionary tales. You'll either triumph over the challenges strewn in your path by planets in your airy Gemini midheaven or you won't. But if you don't, you'll still have constructive ideas gleaned from the conjunction between your Mercury ruler and the sun on the 27th to comfort you. If a career or a family matter is making you anxious, tell yourself that nothing succeeds like duress, and that responsible Saturn at the top of your natal chart will put you, not the other guy, in the executive suite.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Remind yourself that while other signs are bitching about the fickle finger of fate screwing them, you're being rewarded by the same Gemini planets that are giving them grief. Finding financial, emotional and spiritual support where you least expect is among the gifts being bestowed by the easy-flowing trine in air signs. Another is the opportunity to create a more artistic environment at home. Then there's the chance of having a thrilling adventure or a spur-of-the-moment romantic tryst.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Money is currently making your world go round, but until your Mars co-ruler escapes the Gemini duality and nestles under Jupiter's protective wing, you're apt to feel on edge, reluctant to take that leap into the great entrepreneurial beyond. Your attitude will change by the July Fourth weekend when the two planets that expand business and education meet in nourishing Cancer. Prepare for the inevitable upsurge of spirits, but don't become overly confident, another by-product of this optimistic, enthusiastic conjunction.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Read for Scorpio and Gemini. Trust that you'll find your place somewhere between the pressures of the present and the prospects of the imminent future. Between Memorial Day and Independence Day, you'll have to make or, more likely, avoid making a do-or-die decision. Rather than planning ahead, try to adjust to changing circumstances as they occur, because, with so many planets in Gemini opposing your natal planets, you can't be sure which way the wind is blowing until your allergies actually act up.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

"Someone to watch over me" is what you'll get when Venus merges with protective Jupiter in your Cancer complement next week. Their union also suggests that your guardian angel is well-endowed and willing to bring good taste and extreme good fortune to the relationship. Until then, all you can do is experience the last of Pluto's assaults on your Saturn ruler, enduring or, if you're fast enough on your feet, evading whatever slings and arrows of outrageous fortune are being flung your way.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Let it go. Impetuous Mars may shock you when it makes contact with your individualistic Uranus ruler over the holiday weekend, but no matter what unexpected (and uncalled for) event occurs, put it in the past, fast. Otherwise, after Uranus goes retrograde from June 2 until November 3, you could wind up recreating that scene and its repercussions over and over again in your head. What a waste of time and heightened powers of perception! Instead, focus on other ways to get high, particularly through art, music and your spiritual practice.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Like Scorpio, another emotional water sign, you'll benefit from an easy flow of compassion coming from simpatico Cancerian planets and people. February Fish feel it now, the rest as June progresses. Use the genuine concern to assuage some of the hardships or hard feelings emanating from planets in Gemini and Sag to your natal Pisces positions. This is a difficult time for the mutable signs, and, pride aside, you should take comfort where you find it. A little romance couldn't hurt, either.

Curious about the future? Order a personalized Transit Forecast (30 to 40+ pages) detailing the major themes and issues that will arise over the next 12 months. Send name, date, time and place of birth, plus a check or money order for $42.50 per report, to ROCKIE GARDINER, 6701 Colbath Ave., Valley Glen, CA 91405. http://www.rockiehoroscope.com

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Rockie Horoscope 138

May 31-June 6

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GENERAL FORECAST: Deciphering the message of last weekend's lunar eclipse as well as the cryptic sun-Mercury conjunction could keep you busy for the rest of Gemini. Remember that mental as well as physical gymnastics are among the Twins' favorite activities. Imagery and ideals may sweep you away on Saturday when the sun and imaginative Neptune trine. Sunday could feel disjointed as Uranus, ruler of the ankles, turns retrograde for its usual five month sojourn. On Monday Venus, the lesser, and Jupiter, the greater of the ancient "benefics," meet in Cancer. Moon children are particularly lucky, but so are folks born under Taurus, Libra and Sagittarius. So much for the niceties, because on Thursday, the Gemini sun opposes degenerative Pluto and underscores what happened when Saturn opposed last weekend. Mercury is preparing to go direct on Friday. On your mark, get set...

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Rams who are vested in film, music and deep-sea diving might enjoy a measure of success when the sun in your money house trines Neptune in your career midheaven. One of your dreams is about to pay off. Home and hearth are guaranteed sources of satisfaction, although it's fairly certain you're going to spend more than you intend. When generous Venus and Jupiter get together, there are no limits to the good times and the live-and-let-live attitude that accompanies them. Open house at your place.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Bulls born in April who share the Rams' good fortune should also read for Aries. Those born in May might feel happy for no other reason than their Venus ruler is meeting with expansive, enthusiastic Jupiter. Where the sign of Cancer falls in your natal chart is where you'll grow emotionally and prosper financially for the next 15 months. For folks with Taurus rising, the annual merger occurs either in your house of assets and values or communication, neighbors and siblings.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Gemini might not be sure why the future looks so rosy. Is there a fairy godparent who's looking out for you? Confidence (as well as con artists) abound while the sun finds favor with illusionary Neptune this weekend. Twins born near the Cancer cusp may feel uprooted by Uranus' change of direction. If so, take time to regain your footing and don't proceed until well after your Mercury ruler turns direct on the 8th. Celebrating a birthday this week? Get rid of the baggage slowing you down.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Moon Children born close to the Gemini cusp could be rockin' and reelin' from macho Mars' entrance into your sign. That's because on Tuesday the fiery planet activated 0 Cancer, the degree of the powerful total solar eclipse last June. Crabs born around July 8 are being blessed by the annual marriage of loving Venus and lucky Jupiter. Make the most of this extremely fortunate conjunction; next year you won't be as fabulously wonderful and beloved as you are now. Just wealthier.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Pretty fantasies and ugly reality carry equal weight this week. As your sun ruler supports visionary Neptune, what you wish for in a relationship or what you picture yourself working at can take shape before your very eyes. Concurrently, while the sun opposes Pluto in your house of pleasure and entertainment, you could nail what or who is dragging you down and let go of that negative influence. The opposition replicates a full moon; it brings an unpleasant matter to a head and, like a pimple, obsesses you until it's popped.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Unpredictable Uranus flipping in the area governing job descriptions and working out might make a difference in your daily routine, but chances are the five-month retrogression will affect your generation more than it'll impact on your personal life. What could have a major effect on your career and domestic scene is the annual opposition between the Gemini sun in your midheaven and powerful Pluto pushing for a major improvement at the house or within the family circle. Plumbing problems?

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Could too much of a good thing motivate you as much as having too little? You'll get a chance to check this out while your magnetic Venus ruler and generous Jupiter merge in your Cancer midheaven. The annual conjunction by itself is a stroke of good luck, no matter what sign it falls in. But when these planets of good fortune meet at the top of your chart, your career could take off and the family name can glitter like gold. Will you be able to live up to all this good press? How hard should lovable (and lazy) Libra try?

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

You'll have a fair idea of what to expect from the sun's opposition to your Pluto co-ruler next Thursday. The action will follow or confirm what happened when Saturn opposed Pluto last weekend. It'll probably be a money matter or the end of a trend that started this time last year. Balance the intensity of your feelings by appreciating the benefits, e.g., protection and better prospects, you're getting from the fortunate marriage of Venus and Jupiter in Cancer, a simpatico water sign.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Once more into the breach. It can feel like you're engaged in a battle of wills, with occasional tests of courage and patience thrown in. Get through the challenging face-off between the Gemini sun and regenerative Pluto in your sign next Thursday without relinquishing too much personal power and you'll be in good shape to withstand what the solar eclipse on the 10th brings. Meanwhile don't let the happy marriage of loving Venus and your Jupiter ruler on Monday slip by unnoticed. Celebrate something precious to you.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

A fairly unusual financial matter or your latest electronic device could become, if not a problem, then a bigger deal than anyone expected. Quirky Uranus in your money house changes direction on Sunday. Luckily you'll have access to other people's resources as well as their generous spirit, thanks to the Venus-Jupiter merger in your Cancerian marriage house. If you're buying lottery tickets, take a partner. You don't want to go it alone when the Force is obviously not with you.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

We assume you would be aware of your ruling planet's change of motion on Sunday. But even an attentive Aquarius could be oblivious since your focus is rarely turned that far inward, which is what retrograde periods are basically about -- review, reassess, remember. So while the next five months pass blithely by, all you really have to do is make sure you get tickets for the shows you simply must attend. This way you can bond with fellow members of your generation and whoever else shares this communal, intrinsically Aquarian experience.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly and Crabs gotta scurry off to their home sweet homes. You might feel the same way once you realize that the goodies being offered by the gracious and generous Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Cancer can make you feel quite content. After darting this way and that to avoid further repercussions from the onslaught of Gemini planetary aspects -- the questioning is almost over -- Fish deserve to rest in peace and relish their pleasure.

Curious about the future? Order a personalized Transit Forecast (30 to 40+ pages) detailing the major themes and issues that will arise over the next 12 months. Send name, date, time and place of birth, plus a check or money order for $42.50 per report, to ROCKIE GARDINER, 6701 Colbath Ave., Valley Glen, CA 91405. http://www.rockiehoroscope.com

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Rockie Horoscope 133

GENERAL FORECAST: Ten years ago -- when rebellious Uranus was conjunct gullible Neptune in Capricorn -- injustice (or the dream deferred) begat violence and LA responded with riots. How are we going to react when militant, well-armed Mars smacks into law-and-order Saturn next weekend? Can we absorb Friday's Taurus-Scorpio full moon energy, the peaceful Buddha festival moon? Will we be freaked by weird communications in cyberspace as Mercury signals offbeat Uranus? Religious fanatics and sports nuts dominate the news on the 29th as Mars and faith-based Neptune trine. But the bullshit bubble can explode on May Day while the pragmatic Taurus sun tests that Neptunian idealism. By next Friday, as Mars and Saturn meet, the shit could really hit the fan. Happy anniversary.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Dream on. Whether you're envisioning a dramatic victory for your team, fantasizing about playing the Palladium or praying for peace, idealistic Neptune is currently a major influence in both your real and imaginary worlds. Because your truth-seeking Mars ruler is favorably aligned with Neptune, you might avoid being duped on May Day when the sun tests the spiritual vibe Neptune emits. Just be aware of the limits Saturn can impose when it joins forces with Mars on the 3rd. Be careful.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

It's not simply a matter of deciding what you value most. With so many planets, beside your Venus ruler, in your Gemini house of assets and liabilities, choosing one abstraction or one piece of merchandise over another is bound to be difficult. Art, beauty and purity of motive may appear to be the winners, but when passion and obsession takes hold, there is little you can do but succumb to their power. You'll eventually extricate yourself from their clutches, but not before Mother's Day. Happy Birthday.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Sprinkle yourself with fairy dust before you leap over the sacred bonfires of Beltane, dance around the Maypole and pay homage to the goddess Flora. Do everything you can to keep from crashing and burning while pistol-packin' Mars meets authoritative Saturn in your sign. Twins born the first week in June are the most affected; e.g., if you're in the military, you could become a hero; in government or business, a department head. Opposition looms large around Mother's Day.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

It's the friends of friends, nodding acquaintances and colleagues in your field who are influencing the direction your life is presently taking. May Day could be a big "I hit paydirt!" day as the sun favors expansive Jupiter in your sign. This is the most supportive planetary aspect you get all month, so maximize whatever opportunity arises. Because Mercury will be in retrograde from May 15-June 8, plan on making initial contact and follow-up calls well before then.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

While you personally come out okay on May Day (Jupiter protects you and your sun ruler) your partner or the relationship itself can face a test of faith when the sun squares idealistic Neptune in Aquarius. The challenge might not involve a religious or spiritual matter, but instead, turn into a crisis of confidence about one's artistic vision. Meanwhile a casual friend becomes quite appealing, what with those come-hither glances and clever innuendos. Mmmmm.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Once your Mercury ruler joins Venus, Mars and Saturn in Gemini on the 30th, career concerns might well be the only matters you'll have time for. Because anything that springs from the sign of the Twins -- attractions, actions and reactions -- begs to be examined from both sides now, be prepared for lots of discussions and revisions. Even more so after Mercury turns retrograde on the 15th. Should you want some R and R, better to take off on a flight of fancy than a plane.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

This is one of those times when all you really need is love and compassion; instead, you might opt for the uncomplicated pursuit of pleasure. If you do, know up front that there are risks involved. While your heart is not about to get broken -- your loving Venus ruler and sexy Mars are preparing to unite -- if you defy the law, particularly the law of gravity, you could wind up with broken bones. When Saturn tries to limit impulsive Mars, it creates a wide margin of error, one you can easily fall into.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Put politely, you're at cross purposes with yourself. Although your Mars co-ruler doesn't face off against Pluto, your other co-ruler, until May 8, Mars has to squeak by restrictive Saturn on the 3rd. Although there's a slim chance something constructive can come out of that meeting, it's not likely. Militant Mars is hell-bent on provocation, Saturn needs to maintain the status quo while passionate Pluto is determined to usurp that power by any means. High drama with strong sexual overtones; how Scorpionic!

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Keep it fun, fanciful and financially feasible. While the sensual Taurus sun lights up your house of romance and recreation, try to focus on that aspect of your life. Let the tough choices acerbated by the nasty Mars-Saturn conjunction in your Gemini house of partners work themselves out. There's not much you can do except get out of way and let the chips fall where they may. Damage control, repair and reconstruction will follow, but all in good time. Patience and self-preservation, please.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Annoyed and acerbic is the least of it. When pugnacious Mars finally catches up with your Saturn ruler on May 3, you could be fighting mad. You might also be more motivated than you've been since the last time Mars and Saturn merged in April 2000 and kicked off the ride you've been on since. Their new meeting in Gemini indicates that you'll take a more multi-faceted approach to work, embrace alternatives to your present health and fitness routines, or even sign up for flying lessons.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Your bluff may be called on May Day when idealistic Neptune in your sign is challenged by the Taurus sun. Don't attempt to push your vision of what should be down anybody else's throat. (Taurus rules the throat.) Fortunately for your love life, the utterly romantic Venus-Neptune trine follows immediately afterward. Despite your bluntness, you'll come across as gentle and sensitive, instead of awkward and distant. But above all, as a fan of the first order.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Again, Fish are tied to Aquarians because it's your Neptune ruler in their sign that's a major focal point this week. Subtle suggestions from friends can be somewhat expensive, especially if you have to question your priorities. However, art and spirituality will prevail. So will your enthusiasm for a group venture, your love for your team. The trick is to dodge any sticks and stones tossed by the troublesome Mars-Saturn coalition in Gemini, while reminding yourself that names will never hurt you.

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for the week of April 19-25, 2002

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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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Rockie Gardiner's astrological forecast for the week of April 5-11, 2002.

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GENERAL FORECAST: This is the weekend we spring forward. Don't worry, you'll be compensated for the time lost to Daylight Saving as soon as the adventurous Aries sun and Mercury bombard you with barrier-breaking ideas. Also on Sunday, this dynamic duo turns the tables on some of the sneaky, secretive stuff Pluto recently revealed. Is redemption in the cards? A favorite fantasy grows more imaginative, more impossible to fulfill when Venus and Neptune, the hearts-and-flowers romantics, test your willingness to believe the gooey glop being pitched. However, bullshit can easily segue into bullets by Wednesday while militant Mars challenges explosive Uranus, currently sitting on the USA's moon in revolutionary Aquarius. Be prepared for shockwaves, if not an earthquake.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

The annual birthday rebirthing process can affect you more deeply this year than usual. Somehow you tie into an unspoken, and probably unspeakable, desire, perhaps an inexplicable curiosity about exotic people and arcane practices. As Mercury and the sun meet in your sign, you might become a more clever and well-spoken Ram. This is an asset because, when your assertive Mars ruler tests unpredictable Uranus midweek, and you do something weird, you'll be able to talk your way out of a difficult situation.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The Bull is fortunate when it comes to finances this week, but when dealing with artistic or romantic matters, you could lose your sense of what's possible and what isn't. While you're making magic, music or movies, the inspiration generated by Neptune's square to your Venus ruler produces fantastic results. But when you apply such faith in the power of illusion to your love life, you're courting, if not disaster, then disappointment. Could anybody be as perfect as the person you're idealizing?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

A group effort, such as a charity event, is the arena that benefits the most from the illuminating ideas coming to you, like lightning bolts while your Mercury ruler and the daring Aries sun join forces. Friends probably know more than they're willing to reveal about a partnership matter, but if you're persistent and swear to secrecy, you'll find out what you want to know. This is a good time to take steps to repair a relationship that's showing some wear and tear, but is nowhere near unraveling.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Are you up for an award? If not a blue-ribbon or statue you can clutch, perhaps a smashing review will be what materializes from the media-driven merger of Mercury and the Aries sun in your career midheaven. Don't be surprised if the family's good name shows up in the press, especially since work and service is the other area of your chart being highlighted. What you want to avoid is any combination of money and friends; this week a joint investment can destroy the friendship.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Lions, particularly those born around August 10, can be extremely fortunate this weekend. Your brilliant sun ruler and Mercury in fiery Aries provide a soaring spirit, brilliant idea and, despite prior pain, a willingness to fall in love again. This is no harmless flirtation, but something deep and, for a change, not headed for imminent disaster. That scary situation can be sidestepped if you stay clear of airports and an erratic partner, parent or employer who is about to blow a fuse.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Things may get a little too parental or family-centric for comfort. Virgins are experiencing another of those six-times-a-year meetings between your Mercury ruler and the sun. This weekend the ideas transmitted by the powers that be concerns a joint financial matter, the occult or a legacy in the making. Let's hope the inheritance is memorabilia stored in the attic for lo, these many years and not a dirty little secret a relative decides it's time to reveal.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Smartass, smart mouth. This weekend the clever folks across the table might also be full of piss and vinegar. When the sun and Mercury meet in often acidic, always courageous Aries, people like to get straight to the point, sometimes by taking a shot at the heart. But because you -- well, your Venus ruler -- is protected by lucky Jupiter, the slings and arrows should slide right off. No one appreciates wit, wisdom and the written word more than Librans, especially if you're acquiring the info you need.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Another opportunity for collecting the big bucks can show up when Mercury and the Aries sun favor your Pluto co-ruler. Making a lot of money might not be that rare an event, but because the dough flows easily from the work you're doing or the service you're providing, it's foolhardy to take the rewarding trine aspect for granted. And don't aggravate an unstable family matter by poking and prodding away at it. Your Mars co-ruler is teetering on the edge, you could be there as well.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

A lot of creative energy gets unleashed this weekend, so be sure to avail yourself of whatever pleasures you can uncover by hanging around your Aries house of romance, risk and recreation. Whether playing sports or playing around, you're likely to do something you normally don't do in any season except spring. Incidentally, children might suddenly become objects of desire (non-sexual) as well as instructors in the art of living and loving. The heart chakra opens. Will a toddler toddle in?

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Insights into house and garden plus your family tree come easily this week, but in no particular order. While thoughtful Mercury and the aggressive Aries sun join forces, you might feel that you're under the gun. Don't like it? Then don't insist on digging deeper into questions that arise or tapping into your relatives' sketchy memories. While you don't have to spend a ton on impulse buying, a provocative square midweek to high-tech Uranus in your money house could provide a valid reason.



AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Natives born at the end of January are super-susceptible to anything that reeks of romance right now. The artsy-fartsy vibe is also strong, so find something to do that'll protect you from the excesses of an over-active imagination. Mid-February birth dates could be the target of an angry Aries, Scorpio, Gemini or Virgo bent on wreaking havoc. Or, at the least, disrupting a stable situation at home. Does April 2000 set off an alarm? That was the last time Mars in Taurus squared your Uranus ruler.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Like some Water-Bearers, Fish are in for one helluva' fanciful weekend. But since Pisces is a more emotional sign than idea-driven Aquarius, you'll probably adore hearing violins play in the background of, what you imagine is, a true romance. Artists fare better than lovers do, because they have a chance to make real money, also to get closer to a casual friend who could become a patron. Nonetheless, faux, faking it and fraud are very much in evidence. Examine the bait before you bite.

Curious about the future? Order a personalized Transit Forecast (30 to 40+ pages) detailing the major themes and issues that will arise over the next 12 months. Send name, date, time and place of birth, plus a check or money order for $42.50 per report, to ROCKIE GARDINER, 6701 Colbath Ave., Valley Glen, CA 91405. http://www.rockiehoroscope.com

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March 1-7, 2002

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GENERAL FORECAST: Shifts in the movements of three personal planets herald changes in your personal life. After four months retrograde, since November 2, Jupiter, the greater fortune, turns direct on March 1 in Cancer. Crabs, Scorpions and Fish will benefit from this newly-released expansive energy. Venus, the lesser fortune, moves out of her Piscean martyr-mode on the 7th, to brighten romantic prospects and the social lives of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, the fire signs, until Easter Sunday. Also on the 1st, action-oriented Mars leaves his Aries home base for the fertile fields of Taurus where he'll dig in until April 13.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Rest assured you won't run out of steam and collapse like a soufflé once your Mars ruler comes out of fiery Aries. However, until Mars finishes its transit of earthy Taurus, a good deal of your energy might be spent on getting your financial garden to grow. Nurture the seeds you recently planted and press forward with the most promising while Mars and opportunistic Jupiter align over the weekend. Venus in your sign from the 7th until Easter makes you the flavor of the month. Yum.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You get a major infusion of physical energy and gumption while Mars treks through Taurus until mid-April. It's been two years since you've had this much Martian assertiveness pushing you to achieve your latest goals. Make the most of its short stay: Beef up your exercise routine, schedule plastic surgery, take a swing at the opposition. Because Mars can make you more of a daredevil, be extra careful around machinery, knives, fire and firearms; accidents do happen.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Finally, you're out from under the shadow of your Mercury ruler's last retrograde session. Feel free to move forward and explore entirely new stuff, to no longer spend precious hours revising an idea you've had for a while, to wait for the other shoe to drop. You might even demonstrate flashes of certifiable brilliance when Mercury and inventive Uranus merge around the 8th. This is also the time when a partner has to decide what to do about a career choice or an important family matter.



CANCER (June 21-July 22)

The thought of exploring distant lands can stir up feelings of discontent with what is close at hand. Keep this in mind should the sympatico Pisces new moon steer you out of the country. Although the Moon Child is often described as being homegrown, home-bound stock, you seem to travel as much as Gemini and Sagittarius. No matter if you're pursuing art, a good time or the coin of the realm or are cherchez-ing la femme, magnetic Venus in adventurous Aries is the irresistible force leading you on. Don't fight it.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Get past the changes you could undergo when your sun ruler is tested by Pluto's dark side on the 8th, and you'll be home free. That doesn't mean comfy, cozy domestic bliss as much as relief at not succumbing to the pitfalls of Pluto, planet of terrorism and transformation. Pluto is currently in your house of creativity and romance; the sun is passing through the sector where sex, death and other people's money come from. If this reminds you of Orpheus descending, well it should.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Have the one original idea related to work or a co-worker when your Mercury ruler and brilliant Uranus meet on the 8th and you'll have fulfilled your obligation to always come up with a solution. Then you can concentrate on what your partner is into or how together you can redo the residence or dig in the garden. Reexamining your roots, with or without a therapist, is another productive, albeit painful, way to use the rehabilitating power of Pluto to rewrite family history.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Your current wave of popularity should carry you through Easter. While your Venus ruler transits Aries, sign of your soulmates and spouses, there'll be plenty of pretty people around, plus an artist or two who could include you in their projects. March is a good time to follow up on unusual offers, spread your wings and take a flyer. You'll also find it easy to come on fairly aggressively (for a well-mannered Libra) to a charmer who tickles your fancy.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Events that have a bearing on a partnership can move pretty quickly now that your Mars co-ruler is in Taurus, the sign of your cosmic companions. Until mid-April when Mars enters Gemini, whatever significant others desire may carry as much, if not more, weight than what you have in mind. It's not that you're deferring to him or her out of affection. Militant Mars in the marriage house is giving your partner bigger balls and a much bigger mouth. Do you need a daily confrontation?

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

"Sink or swim" is the challenge Centaurs often hear this time of year. While the sun makes its way through the murky waters of Pisces, a family or a real estate matter could test your willingness to adjust to changing circumstances. With Venus in warm and friendly Aries after the 7th, look to a woman or an artist with style, humor and a big heart to help you deal with the deeper, darker emotions that may surface during the sun's square to Pluto in your sign.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

You might not feel the full impact for another week, but rest assured, you can count on getting strong support from ambitious, energetic Mars. While the planet of action and adventure is in Taurus, a sensual earth sign that rarely gets your goat, there's precious little you won't be able to undertake. First, a family member offers to help, probably with something concerning the house; then a playmate introduces you to a new form of entertainment, satisfaction guaranteed.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

If you sense you're being prodded by a neighbor or an irritable sibling to have things done according to Hoyle and by yesterday, it's because militant Mars in Taurus is forming annoying squares to your Aquarius planets. This is reason enough to break whatever rules were agreed upon, but chances are you'll come up with a more intelligent alternative when Mercury and your Uranus ruler meet next weekend. A financial matter involving a colleague or a group you're allied with can somehow turn nasty. Check those checks.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Happy birthday, wishing you could switch careers? Fish who are about to celebrate may also be on the verge of ditching previous notions of what constitutes "success." While the Pisces sun tests regenerative Pluto at the top of your chart, the desire to turn society's values upside down and to rise, like the phoenix, from the ashes of your latest meltdown is the most powerful force currently in effect. An opportunity to make more money can cushion the change, but do you really want to make it?

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GENERAL FORECAST: Further fallout from the second Saturn-Pluto opposition on the 1st coincides with a subtle shift in diplomacy and dollars as generous Jupiter turns retrograde for the next four months. Fullblown fanaticism on the 5th when Mars and Neptune combine can result in mass pre-election hysteria or the biggest box office weekend of the year. Be on the watch for spontaneous acts of imagination and faith, also trick plays during the Oakland-Denver Monday Night game. You already know that Mercury occupies the same degree in Libra this Election Day as it did last year, and something somewhat similar, but not nearly as confusing, might result. Mercury moves on to Scorpio on Wednesday, Venus follows on Thursday; they're still strolling arm in arm, making us more literate and better able to express ourselves.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Too much religious fervor? You can turn into the most devout of devotees this week when your Mars ruler merges with Neptune's limitless capacity to believe. This allegiance typically is bestowed on rock bands and football teams, but if you're a photographer, actor or pharmacologist you may become an idol/icon yourself. During these confusing days, along with the ability to preach to the choir, Rams have a knack for pulling the wool over the most cynical of eyes. Pick a fantasy and live it to the hilt.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Suddenly "moving on" takes on another meaning. After your Venus ruler moves into Scorpio, the sign of your cosmic complement, a relationship that was primarily work-related develops a more pronounced "one-on-one" flavor. And, because Scorpio is Scorpio, a more palpable sexual attraction. You'll continue to enjoy the easy ability to speak your heart and mind, but don't forget that underscoring the Scorpionic mood is a strong streak of secrecy and suspicion. Are you willing to go there?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The prospect of seeing a profit is always appealing, so while generous Jupiter in your money house receives support from the Scorpio sun, you could discover that, yes, you're on the right track. Going where, I'm not sure, but the next money-making opportunity may pop up while you're checking out the results of the election. Timing, it's been said, is everything. Once your Mercury ruler enters sexy Scorpio on the 7th, you're apt to be more secretive about your affairs and more eager to become embroiled in one.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Prosperity, opportunity and smarts are some of the benefits of having magnanimous Jupiter transit your sign. The down-side? Overconfidence, laziness and too great a reliance on sheer luck. No matter in which direction you're headed, when the sun trines jolly Jupiter on the 7th, you're bound to appreciated the humor of your situation. You're also liable to stumble into a romance or a creative pastime you could learn to love. Failing that, there's always the prospect of winning the lottery, the office pool or otherwise cashing in on your good fortune.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Home security -- both the emotional and the gates, locks and alarm kind -- becomes more of a concern while the Scorpio sun illuminates the real estate section of your chart. The issue raised may not be that big a deal, e.g., an ordinary plumbing problem, but it can bring up memories of tense times past. Your parents may also claim more than their usual share of your attention. However, what a wary Lion should be looking out for is a sudden move a partner is about to pull on you.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Performers, e.g., the teachers, actors and athletes among you, possess a tremendous amount of charisma right now. Be extra conscious of its drop-dead effect on others, because you won't have much control over the use or abuse of this quasi-magical power until Veteran's Day. That's when your perceptive Mercury ruler gets a handle on Neptune's ability to cloud men's minds and you discover a way to cash in on the confusion, hoopla or glamour. It's also around the time the Harry Potter movie opens.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Libra is luckier than most signs, and you know it. So while the sun in your Scorpio money house is favored by Jupiter, the greater fortune, in your career midheaven, don't gloat. Simply take the goodie, such as a promotion, a raise or praise, that is graciously bestowed on you and run. Someone who held out the promise of something you wanted and then didn't deliver, could come back on your scene with a similar offer. Reversals of fortune, or "sweet get even" is what happens when Jupiter turns retrograde for its annual four-month retrogression.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Lady Luck doesn't smile on you very often, so when she does, like while benevolent Jupiter trines the Scorpio sun on the 7th, you definitely should take advantage of whatever opportunity comes up at the time. And if that turns out to be a chance to travel in the lap of luxury (Jupiter is in your ninth house of foreign affairs), then jump on it. It'll be another 12 years before you are in a similar position, before Jupiter returns to empathetic Cancer. Who knows whether the opportunity to extend your influence will mean as much to you then as it does now.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

While you and Scorpio might not be on the same page, you could be reading the same script. When the Scorpio sun trines your Jupiter ruler just after Election Day, a stroke of good fortune can come your way, perhaps even sneak up on you and catch you off guard. For the next four months, while protective Jupiter is retrograde and working in more subtle ways, nothing may turn out to be what you expected. This is why you should trust your intuition when it comes to joint financial matters. Sexual encounters, too.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Goats are usually eager to be named leader of the pack, but this week, it's your partner who gets the nod. While the Scorpio sun, in your house of group action, favors lucky Jupiter in your Cancer marriage house, good fortune comes to the person you're closest with. Maybe the group's attention will center on something trivial, like a dinner invite, maybe their approval will have significant political consequences? Whatever the scope of the supportive trine aspect turns out to be, make sure your partner can count on your support.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Avatar or rock star? How will you react to the relatively rare merger of messianic Mars and musical, mystical Neptune in Aquarius that is exact on the 5th, Guy Fawkes' Day? Maybe you'll settle for "true believer" or #1 fan? However the conjunction affects you, know that the cosmic energy unleashed when these planets team up is, in the original sense of the word, "awesome." And awe is what you can inspire if you let the astrophysicist-poet-philosopher in you loose. Or maybe the combination of violent Mars and delusional Neptune will be your undoing? Critical times, eh?

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Read for Aquarius. It's your impressionable Neptune ruler that's being jolted by militant Mars, and while their meeting is taking place behind the scenes, its effect on you will be hard to hide. Another reason for this burst of blatant enthusiasm: a rewarding trine in water signs between the powerful Scorpio sun and expansive Jupiter in Cancer that reflects particularly well on Fish born on or about March 6. You could have a truly enlightening experience, you might merely enjoy a jolly good time -- either way, you'll feel lucky that you're you.

Curious about the future? Order a personalized Transit Forecast (30 to 40+ pages) detailing the major themes and issues that will arise over the next 12 months. Send name, date, time and place of birth, plus a check or money order for $42.50 per report to ROCKIE GARDINER, 6701 Colbath Ave., Valley Glen, CA 91405. http://www.rockiehoroscope.com

Rockie Horoscope 106

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GENERAL FORECAST: I don't want to get into any "self-fulfilling prophesy" mumbo-jumbo, but I would be lax if I didn't mention that on Sunday, the 21st, retrograde Mercury in Libra trines Saturn at 14 Gemini, the same degrees they were at on 9/11. Also that, after Mercury turns direct on Monday, the 22nd, the trine to Saturn is exact again on Tuesday night. Scorpio begins on Tuesday at 1:26 a.m. PDT. Wednesday the 24th is UN Day, as if New York needs another gathering of bigwigs, or, for that matter, another crippling traffic jam. Lots of loving Venus activity next weekend. A prelude to a Happy Halloween?

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Will he, won't she? Mercurial Mercury, wavering back and forth in your Libra house of partners, turns direct after three weeks retrograde, so nothing that's left hanging is settled yet. Did a significantly younger significant other contact you recently? Is your desk, frig, medicine chest the epitome of neat and clean? Are you anticipating some sort of career modification before things get spooky at Halloween? You should, because your daring Mars ruler leaves by-the-book Capricorn and enters idiosyncratic, rebellious Aquarius on the 27th for six weeks.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Love with an important or an imported stranger, perhaps a strong attraction to a work of art from abroad. While your Venus ruler glides through airy Libra, you'll value what is lovely and lovable, even if it's costly or hard to come by. However, words and ideas come easily as Mercury travels hand in hand with Venus for the next few weeks. Writers should take advantage of the grace and charm this literary conjunction provides because the atmosphere will darken when Venus descends into secretive, sexy Scorpio just after Election Day.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The next few weeks would be a good time to spruce up the house and entertain genial folks, including the family members who are on their best behavior. A relatively rare conjunction of your Mercury ruler and harmonious Venus in your home base makes you a more affectionate and gracious person to be around, your guests, too. How about hosting a Halloween party while you're of a mind to spend some bucks? Once magnanimous Jupiter in your Cancer money house goes retrograde on November 2, the urge to splurge gets submerged for the next four months.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

That magical phrase, those magical days -- now and then when the moon is blue -- are just around the corner. The Moon Child's reaction to the second full moon this month depends on what life lessons you've learned while benevolent Jupiter has been in your sign. Do you see not only the forest and the trees, but what lies beyond? Another opportunity to have faith in your innate wisdom and expand your self-confidence comes as Jupiter prepares to turn retrograde on November 2 for four months quietly reinforcing those lessons.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

While Libra is ostensibly light and airy, Scorpio is often depicted in the dark, reaching for hidden answers to life's little mysteries. Right now the Lion is caught between the two energies, searching for a secure spot while enjoying the niceties coming from having Venus and Mercury in the Libra section of your money house. What good taste you have! How well you articulate your sense of values! However, a crisis may arise at Halloween when the Taurus-Scorpio full moon spooks a partner who can't make up his/her mind. You, too.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Your Mercury ruler pretty much calls the shots for the next two weeks, at least until it leaves Libra, where it's been since August 31. That means that on this Election Day Mercury will be at the same degree, 30 Libra, it was at on Election Day 2000. The same cast of scary characters could be in the news again; however, because Mercury by then will be direct, there shouldn't be as humongous a controversy. Since the Scorpio-Taurus full moon crosses your money axis, watch out that you aren't robbed blind by an expensive trick on Halloween.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

The next two weeks can be an especially expressive period for Librans who are attached to the written word. Mercury, the great communicator, travels in consort with your Venus ruler through the second half of your sign. Together they reevaluate all that has happened since 9/11 when Mercury was at 14 Libra, the degree at which it turns direct on the 22nd. Although this may sound complicated or too much work, count on having remarkable clarity and perspective, along with grace and style, as you wend your way through the highs and lows you've experienced in the interim.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

You won't necessarily come into your own or take center stage when the sun gets to Scorpio, but when Mercury and Venus arrive in time to analyze the election results, you could be experiencing your finest hour of the year, so far. Until then, try to balance the demands of socially-conscious friends with your own strictly private needs. Mastering this trick becomes even more important at Halloween, when the Scorpio-Taurus full moon tests the give-and-take of a significant relationship. Be flexible, don't get thrown for a loop.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Traversing a steady stream of ups and downs, minor as they may seem, is still taking a toll on your nerves. Perhaps after your watchdog Jupiter ruler turns retrograde at the beginning of November, you'll be able to relax for a while. Halloween this year could be unusally enlightening, what with a rare blue moon illuminating your house of romance and risk. Fooling around with friends and lovers can have surprising results, especially if you conveniently forget to remember just how fertile and creative that sensual Taurus moon makes you feel.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Maximize whatever extra energy you can still milk from Mars as it transits the last degrees of Capricorn. On the 27th Mars moves on to Aquarius and you lose the sharp edge honed while the planet that rules tools was in your sign.

Mercury, turning direct in your career midheaven, makes it easier to communicate with your boss or a parent who won't pay attention while Mercury is retrograde. The addition of affable Venus transforms a pedestrian work situation into a pleasant social one and brings out the diplomat, wordsmith, even the bullshit artist in you.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

The Goat's loss is your gain. Macho Mars enters your sign on the 27th for six weeks of heightened physical energy and increased mental curiosity. Where will this lead? Try to read the guideposts you see, blurry as they may be, when the sun squares Neptune in your sign the weekend before Halloween. Foggy Neptune sends mixed signals, but you can count on it to bring you to a more exalted state. Then as Mars joins Neptune next month, you'll have the ammunition and determination to proceed. Until then, enjoy the favors loving Venus is sending your way.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

While the sun sits squarely in your house of sex, death and other people's money, you could pick one of the three, e.g., an insurance policy, to focus on. After Mercury turns direct on the 22nd, you might reinvestigate or reinvest in mutual funds. However, chances are since affectionate Venus is making nice to your romantic Neptune ruler, you'll probably spend whatever spare time you have making love. Or, failing the proper partner, making art for Halloween and Day of the Dead festivities.

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Rockie Horoscope 101

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: If, all of a sudden, you can't stand something or someone you were fond of a few days ago, chalk up your change of heart to the fickle finger of fate flipping you off. Or to the erratic Venus-Uranus opposition responsible for the phenomenon known as "love at first sight." This mixture of attraction/repulsion mainly affects Leos, Aquarians, Librans and Taureans who are currently involved in romantic relationships, outrageous artistic pursuits or serious shopping expeditions. But if you're not about to jump in to or out of an affair, you could always use the Virgo new moon energy to launch something else entirely. The sun and moon meet on Monday at 3:27 a.m. PDT. By that evening, as Mercury and Uranus trine in air signs, communication rises to a higher level and intuition becomes especially keen. Venus leaves demonstrative Leo next Thursday for (relatively) shy and retiring Virgo. So much for fun in the sign of the sun.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Only Rams born in mid-April will be pulled in opposite directions this weekend, torn between romance and friendship or creativity and accountability. However, the horns of this dilemma are not particulary sharp, so no matter which alternative you choose, (or let happen) you won't inflict or receive enough pain to speak of. The Virgo new moon in your house of health and service can introduce a new ingredient to all Arian routines, from what you eat, to how you file, down to the shoes you run in.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Peaceable Bulls can get pretty wild and wacky while their Venus ruler faces rebellious Uranus this weekend. You might be prodded by an upredictable force field, such as your employer running hot and cold or waving a red flag at you, perhaps by a growing interest in the future of mankind in cyberspace. If this translates into downloading porn, so be it. Venus doesn't make contact with Uranus on a regular basis; when it does, it's a special occasion. The Virgo new moon focuses on creativity and recreation, stuff that makes you happy.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Admit it. There are times when you are not especially perceptive, when your "latest, greatest" idea falls on deaf ears, but this is not one of them. In fact, you could be at the top of your mental game right now simply because your Mercury ruler is being rewarded by Uranus, the gateway to higher intelligence, ingenuity and intuition. Add an infusion of energy and an eye for detail supplied by the Virgo new moon and you could well be on your way to creating something brand-new and immensely pleasurable.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Expect to change your mind about a money matter or anything else that matters. This weekend, while Venus and Uranus face off, consistency has precious little value, neither does conformity. So enjoy the twists and turns as they come up, because, once the discriminating Virgo new moon starts on Monday, you'll veer toward a much straighter and narrower path. Perhaps you'll find yourself heading back to school. The prospect of traveling for business during the new lunar cycle may also arise. Upgrade the tools that keep you in touch.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

The Virgo new moon on Monday is your personal money moon. Now is the best time to focus on earning bigger bucks and doing it efficiently as befits a Virgo mindset. But until that happens, enjoy the odd assortment of stuff, people too, that you'll find so fascinating this weekend. While affectionate, artistic Venus in Leo opposes eclectic Uranus, there's no telling how far off the beaten path you'll let yourself go. You might even fall into an unconventional partnership arrangement or shake up the one you're currently in.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

You've got something cooking on two burners, maybe even three this week. Monday is major; start off the Virgo new moon cycle on the right foot by trusting implicitly in your intuition, but don't discount the data you receive. While your Mercury ruler trines Uranus that evening, you could reap a reward for an idea you had or something you said a month ago when Mercury was opposing Uranus. This isn't the end of the matter; Mercury and you are supported by cyber-friendly Uranus two more times before the messenger moves into Scorpio on November 1.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

You're one of the select few who can really get a kick out of the dramatic events unfolding this weekend. Will you be inexplicably drawn to a type of person who usually turns you off, someone who, in a different set of circumstances, you wouldn't touch with the famous ten-foot pole? Could this magnetic attraction break up a friendship? How far out of bounds will you go before someone calls it quits? These are the sort of situations created by the cosmic tension between your Venus ruler and iconyclastic Uranus. Interesting, yes; enjoyable, maybe.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Participation in a group activity, identification with a socio-political cause or concern for a friend's welfare might be the main thing on your mind after the Virgo new moon inaugurates a new cycle on Monday. Not very sexy, but there'll be enough of that this weekend as pleasure-loving Venus comes face-to-face with Uranus' kinky vibe. Scorps born around Veteran's Day are particularly susceptible to the seductive power of this opposition, but anyone with a taste for the unusual can succumb to the varieties of "love" the goddess is offering.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Virgo madness, the urge to straighten up and fly right, may be coming to an end mext weekend, but not before it touches upon your reputation and adds juice to your desire to be all that you can be. Those thoughts should hit right after the Virgo new moon in your career midheaven takes place early Monday. This new moon also activates your innate healing powers as it squares Chiron, the Centaur in the Sag logo, who passed on his knowlegde of music, warfare and herbs to the ancient gods and heroes who sat at his feet, excuse me, hoofs. You, too can be a sage to someone.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

You and your Cancerian complement have more interests in common this week than you usually do, so read what's in store for the Moon Child, too. Although a new moon isn't always a major starting off point for Goats, the one that takes place Monday morning in earthy Virgo supports the constructive and positive qualities we've come to love about your sign: patience, prudence and practicality. Because one-third of the zodiac might flip out this weekend, your safe and sane approach will be greatly appreciated. Take charge.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Like the Lions you prefer to hang with, this weekend Aquarians are also subject to radical shifts in the way you feel. Not everyone will go through the acceptance/rejection routine that Venus can instigate when she opposes your Uranus ruler, mainly those of you born close enough to Valentine's Day to feel a special affinity with that little red heart. The others should use the analytical Virgo new moon in your house of other people's money to research joint financial matters, e.g., insurance policies, interest rates and index funds.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

If your attention is not totally centered on your partner, it will be once Monday's Virgo new moon stirs up more action in your marriage house. Which aspects of a primary relationship will be stressed (or stressed out) in the next four weeks? What turn will this alliance take after affectionate Venus enters Virgo next Thursday? More of that loving, peaceful feeling between you or an attraction to someone who personifies your idea of perfection? Before the month ends, you'll have the answers.

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Rockie Horoscope 93

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: The second Cancer new moon of the year gives you another chance to set your priorities straight, get off on the right foot or simply chase after something you let slide when energetic Mars went retrograde ten weeks ago. Mars flipping forward on the 19th, coupled with the new moon on the 20th, mark a turning point and a new beginning. Except for the arrival of solar Leo on Sunday, our week is fairly tame. Long moon-void periods on Tuesday and Thursday make those days good for nothin' but lazin' around. Late Thursday, affectionate Venus links up with Uranus, the wild one, to break the boredom. Under a sexy Scorpio moon, next weekend could be very interesting.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Another new moon might ease the queasy feeling left by the recent eclipses on your Cancer-Capricorn, Mommy-Daddy, private-public axis. Gut reactions to cosmic events are not the exclusive property of the Crab; even the mighty Ram is more sensitive than he lets on. However, with your Mars ruler finally moving forward in fiery Sagittarius, you can expect action from now until September 8 (when Mars enters Capricorn) on whatever you were doing before the ten-week retrograde period slowed you down.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You might be feeling feisty, willing to take on all comers simply because your Venus ruler by opposing macho Mars has borrowed some of that aggressive vibe. There's something quite sexy going on, a result of the friction generated between you and whomever you're arguing with. Try not to focus your disagreement on money when you could be comparing philosophies or whatever. On a less strident but equally interesting note, Venus trining experimental Uranus on the 26th opens the door to varieties of experiences, religious and otherwise.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The new moon in your Cancer money house can introduce a new source of income to your balance sheet or whet your appetite for acquiring stuff to make you more secure. Since there are no eclipses this time to disrupt the soli-lunar energy, you won't feel short-changed. But will you feel adventurous enough to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity Venus presents when the goddess of love favors wild and occasionally weird Uranus next Thursday? Whatever romantic attachment you make next weekend can be very healing.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

If your birthday wish hasn't come true yet, you'll get another chance to speed it along. Simply make new moon magic on Friday the 20th as the Cancer sun and moon set. Any ritual that suits a Moon Child and the nature of your wish will do. Light a candle, steam a crab, soak in the tub or have a drink; then wait for the universe to deliver. A few days later, as you first glimpse the crescent moon, hold up your money to the moonlight and turn it around. At the next full moon on August 3, you could have what you wished for, plus more cash on hand.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Another level of summertime fun and games is scheduled to start at the new moon on Friday, a few days before sunny Leo actually begins. But if you feel like hiding out or making a solo trip to the beach to assess the past year and consider what you want in the next, relax; that's par for a pre-birthday course of events. Every native of every sign, even the King of the social jungle, needs precious moments alone. Also, since Venus in your house of friends is facing strong opposition, your loyal subjects might not be able to come out and play until next weekend.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Friday's new moon takes place in your Cancer house of friends, hopes and wishes, so make a wish that'll benefit them as well as yourself. While you're at it, hope you can extricate yourself from the conflict between what a family member is telling you and what your mentor suggests. You know that an adjustment will have to be made, the only question is when. How about over the weekend as your Mercury ruler in comfy Cancer deals with pushy Pluto and energetic Mars in "go for broke" Sagittarius? Come August 5, you'll reap the first reward.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

While your Venus ruler is in Gemini, you can handle two things at once. This gift for duality (do I mean duplicity?) is good because Venus is now being opposed by macho Sagittarian enthusiasm, and facing that kind of relentless energy can be exhausting. However, Friday's Cancer new moon focuses your attention on the family legacy and your next career success. Envisioning what you want to happen during the upcoming lunar cycle frees you to go hogwild when Venus (and you) are favored by inventive, erotic Uranus next Thursday.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Winning the war, but losing the battle? It could feel that way simply because diplomatic Venus is opposing both your ruling planets, Pluto and Mars. Since that tricky situation won't last much longer, don't pay too much attention to the popularity contest taking place. Instead, give a moment's thought to what the comforting Cancer new moon can do for you emotionally and how this new lunar cycle can bring a new perspective on family history or the care and feeding of folks from another culture. Get ready to grow.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Feeling rambunctious? Mars turning direct in your sign on the 19th may have you behaving more like a randy Ram than a sagacious Sagittarius. Take the lead, walk alone if you must, but know that your partner is not pleased, not amused, either. While Venus in your Gemini marriage house opposes the Sag planets, you may wonder where your allies went and why there is more friction than usual. Also, getting used to having your cosmopolitan Jupiter ruler in family-centric Cancer takes a little doing. Patience, please.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Another Cancer new moon, this one at the end of the sign, gives Capricorns born after mid-January another shot at making your marriage or a partnership of any kind more to your liking. Visualize what you want to see happen during the next four weeks and send it out there disguised as new moon magic. A pleasant surprise next Thursday when inventive Uranus in your money house receives blessings and beauty-oriented vibes from Venus in your house of work and health. What could it be?

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

You can pretty much skim over the weekend events and head straight to the fun and fabulousness coming your way next Thursday when Venus favors your Uranus ruler. Adding to the attractiveness of the situation, Venus is in your house of romance, art-making, risk-taking and other creative pursuits. You'll be this fortunate again next May, but who wants to delay gratification when you can skirt family responsibilities this easily and guiltlessly? If you must take care of business on some level, use the Cancer new moon to start swimming on a regular basis.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

It's the heart of summer, celebrate. A second Cancer new moon on Friday and the start of Leo Sunday are reasons enough to get happy about spending another season in the sun. But to be more specific, in the chart of the Fish, the sun is currently in your fifth house of love, creativity, fun and games. I don't have to tell you that the situation is not permanent, so get out there and have a good time. You're good to go until the 30th, when the Leo sun will oppose your Neptune ruler and give you something real to deal with.

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Rockie Horoscope 91

GENERAL FORECAST: This Fourth of July marks the USA's 225th birthday, which may be made even more memorable by the Cancer sun quincunxing (150 degrees of separation) degenerative or regenerative (depending on your degree of optimism) Pluto at 13 Sagittarius. A major adjustment in the essence of Americanism (whatever that is) is about to be made. Adding to the importance of the occasion is a partial lunar eclipse on the 5th at 14 Cancer-Capricorn that hits George W. Bush's and the 14th Dalai Lama's natal Cancer suns. Cancer represents maternal roots, the culture and food that define a people; Capricorn, the corporate culture, paternalismm the old boy network and creaky joints. Also on the 5th, Venus leaves earthy Taurus for a four week sojourn through Gemini.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

If "Beware the Ides of March" had an impact on your own historical drama four months ago, I'm warning you to expect something along those lines again. While your retrograde Mars ruler and Pluto in fiery Sagittarius draw closer together, as they were then, your passion for a person, a project or an ethic that may have ebbed, grows stronger. Sounds like the makings of a torrid summer romance! However, you shouldn't neglect your career, especially since the full moon eclipse on the 5th can skew the direction of its arc a bit off course.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

It was fun while it lasted, but right after Independence Day, your ever-lovin' Venus ruler moves out of Taurus and into Gemini where it'll hold court for four weeks. And while you might not be quite as sought after or as pleasant to be with, you can compensate by becoming more articulate and somewhat less bull-headed. Try to see it my way. You may also get into the owl and pussycat bag, and fantasize about sailing away for a year and a day when amiable Venus and aquatic Neptune trine around the 12th. Bon voyage.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Magnetic Venus makes a grand entrance into your sign on the 5th along with a month's worth of friendly relationships, a more pronounced sense of style and "Gee, you're looking good" compliments. The same day, the Cancer-Capricorn full moon eclipse gives a financial matter more importance than it normally would have; pay attention to the price you wind up paying for getting what you want when you want it. Venus knows value, but when transiting Gemini, she can be fickle or insist on having her cake and eating it, too. You, too.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

To further accentuate both the positive and negative aspects of being a Moon Child, you get to experience a partial lunar eclipse on July 5th, which won't be seen in the States, merely felt by all concerned. Barring heavy cloud cover, the Capricorn moon should look pretty full on the Fourth, as the rockets' red glare and cherry bombs bursting in air accompany Luna's rise and fall across starry skies. Things change considerably on the 12th when Mercury, for a little more than two weeks, and lucky Jupiter, for a full 12 months, move into Cancer.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Although Mercury flipped forward on the 28th, you shouldn't count on making significant progress just yet. The planet the Messenger is cozying up to this week is unpredictable Uranus in your Aquarius house of partners and pacts. While the news Mercury gets may be good, it can also disrupt plans that were already made. Keep things fairly tentative for a while, at least until the lunar eclipse on the 5th has restored some of the power loss you may have experienced when your sun ruler was totally eclipsed during the summer solstice.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Once your Mercury ruler reconnects to the planets it was allied with when it was retrograde, you'll see how fast your career can take off, even in the midst of someone's summer vacation. Since Mercury doesn't come out from under its shadow -- the point at which it turned retrograde in early June -- until July 12, try to postpone important decisions or moves until then. That's also the date when Mercury shifts out of mutable Gemini, with its endless list of alternatives, into cardinal Cancer and its more mellow, family-friendly frame of mind.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Ah yes, the ever-present fickle finger of fate is currently pointing to your pleasure-loving Venus ruler in your house of sexual experiences as it connects to spur-of-the-moment Uranus in the area of romance and other risks you occasionally take. What sort of Independence Day holiday did you have in mind, and from whom are you distancing yourself? As long as you're not taken completely unawares, you should be able to gracefully handle a sudden change of heart if and when it occurs. The folks most susceptible to the effects of the partial lunar eclipse: your neighbors and siblings.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Read for Aries because it's Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets, that'll determine how ardently you'll feel this summer about something you value. Also, the Cancer forecast delivers good news for water signs like yours: Starting July 12, Jupiter, planet of plenty, begins rewarding your natal Scorpio planets fairly consistently for the next 12 months. You haven't been scheduled for this long a run of good luck since 1998. And while the lunar eclipse might affect communications, sales and traveling, unless your moon is in mid-Capricorn, it's not that big a deal.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

You'll also benefit from a cursory reading of the Aries and Scorpio forecasts, but the major astrological event for Archers is your Jupiter ruler moving out of Gemini in the middle of the month. Instead of confrontating past, present and future partners headon, for the next 12 months you'll try to adjust to whatever shakes their trees as those occasions arise. While Jupiter is passing through maternal Cancer, there'll be a lot more nurturing of the body and the spirit. Practice asking, "What do you need?"

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

This year the Cancer-Capricorn polarity could have a greater effect than usual, because the solar and lunar eclipses take place at critical degrees. They are 0 (the solar eclipse on the first day of Cancer,) 13 (the partial lunar eclipse in Capricorn on the 5th) and 26 degrees of the above-mentioned signs plus Aries and Libra, the other cardinal signs. Too much information? Not if you're preparing to put your best foot forward or are worried that something is missing. Ask someone with an eye for style to take a closer look.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Reward yourself, take off for parts unknown. Since you've managed to glide through Mercury retrograde without stumbling, now that the planet of hotel reservations and e-tickets is moving forward again, you will, too. But first expect to encounter a little hissy-fit while Venus, no longer masquerading as the amiable parent or roommate, challenges your Uranus ruler. When someone in the household or the extended family has a change of heart, you'll be the one to smoothe ruffled feathers or negotiate a peace treaty. Then you can leave.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Good news for water signs such as yours: Prosperity-conscious Jupiter enters friendly Cancer mid-July for 12 months. This means you'll have much better luck with family matters and real estate ventures, and won't get as tense or overwrought as Jupiter in antsy Gemini may have made you. Imagine, an internal chill pill with a year-long shelf life, not to mention its half-life! So now that you're about to be calm, cool and collected, consider ways of maximizing your potential for growth without drifting away from your roots.

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Rockie Horoscope 90

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

GENERAL FORECAST: The big solar eclipse on the summer solstice activates whereever 0 degrees of Cancer falls on your natal chart. For example, if it lands in your third house of communication and education, you might decide to go back to school in about three months, the time it usually takes to notice the effects of an eclipse. Another major astrological phenomenon occurs on Monday, the 25th: Saturn in Gemini trines Neptune at 8 Aquarius, rewarding the challenge issued when Saturn was in Taurus squaring Neptune in early Aquarius, the sign of cyberspace -- July '98-April '99. The early days of Napster? Now Saturn, the patient, pragmatic paternal figure is supporting (or incorporating, as in corporation?) Neptune's idealism and artistry. And on Tuesday, drum roll please, Mercury flips into forward gear at 10:49 p.m. PT. Remember, the days just before and after are the ones to watch out for. Drive safe.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Whatever happened while your Mars ruler opposed Jupiter and the sun at 22 Gemini the week of the 11th is not yet history. Mars, currently retrograde, returns to that place in mid-August, when it is once again moving forward. You shouldn't assume that that piece of business is over and done with, especially if you factor in the fact that the total solar eclipse occured close to that point. Also, bits and pieces of information regarding the aforementioned event or state of mind will continue to dribble in after Mercury turns direct at 22 Gemini next Tuesday/Wednesday.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Since gentle, affectionate Venus is moving through Taurus at a pleasant pace, you're being shielded from the more discordant vibes generated by the fact-finding, truth-seeking Gemini-Sagittarius dichotomies. You also might be more popular than ever. Enjoy the stroll because in two weeks, when your Venus ruling enters Gemini, you, too may get blown away by one question too many or too much information. Mercury turning direct in your Gemini money house should clarify whatever confusing financial matter you've encountered since it went retrograde on June 4.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

You, more than most, know what can happpen when your Mercury ruler changes direction, which it does late Tuesday. Try to keep on an even keel, paying attention to the obvious and the subtle, to an event and its ramifications, to the road and the less-conscious drivers sharing it with you. Because Mercury turns around in your sign, what does occur could affect your physical body or alter your attitude about something near and dear. On the plus side, Saturn in Gemini trining Neptune lends substance and respectability to one of your more abstract ideals.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Not all Moon Children will go through a major life change thanks to the total solar eclipse on the solstice, only the ones born close to the Gemini cusp, the kids who are celebrating birthdays yesterday, today and tomorrow. What a memorable, long-lasting present that'll be! The rest will have to be content with using the Cancer new moon energy to propel themselves and their agendas forward. But promise yourself now that, although a partial lunar eclipse on July 5th during the Cancer-Capricorn full moon can put a glitch in your plans, you'll try hard to stay the course.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Mercury turns direct in your Gemini house of colleagues and casual social acquaintances, so, if you haven't heard from someone from your past during the weeks that Mercury has been retrograde, you could still reconnect when Mercury flips forward. Have no fear, the purpose is likely to be purely pleasurable, something to rekindle your passion or warm your sentimental heart. Meanwhile, Venus in your Taurus midheaven is giving a woman or an artist a greater say in your next career move. Say, thank you.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Another week of walking softly and carrying a big shtick. Humor is gonna hafta see you through whatever pressures the establishment, history or your parents, as personified by Saturn in your midheaven, are applying. Since the combination of rock-solid Saturn in airy Gemini is somewhat of a paradox, the danger of falling flat on your face might be looming large. Where is that golden parachute if you should need it? Meanwhile your Mercury ruler's imminent turnaround, also in Gemini, can be disorienting; however, you won't have to hide out anymore.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Natives born in September are about to receive some odd favors as Saturn, the not-so-stern in your case taskmaster, rewards your Libran essence (your natal sun) while simultaneously supporting the indefinable, elusive qualities Neptune is exuding all over the living room. Somehow this triangle of Saturnian solidity, Neptunian amorphousness and your innate sense of balance is working. Congratulations. Those not in this loop should consider traveling or buying new wheels before the next Mercury retrograde: October 1-22. Happy Birthday?

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

The weird neighbor or the spaced sibling might pop up this week, but someone much sterner than you will handle the matter efficiently and with precious little discussion. Thereby leaving you free to enjoy having lovable, sensuous Venus in your Taurus house of partnerships while the visit lasts. Although truth might not be such a big deal this week, beauty is. Since Mercury is turning direct in your Gemini house of other people's money, you probably can collect some of what is owed so you can spend it on something or someone you find particularly appealing.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

The invasion of the Gemini influence continues despite the sun moving on to Cancer. While some of the energy is directed positively to work, health and co-workers, Mercury's turnaround midweek lands squarely in your partnership house. Does this mean that now you can take a meeting? Yes! But continue to postpone signing any agreements until Mercury has picked up speed. Say, after the July Fourth holiday. November Archers may feel that Saturn in early Gemini is holding them back, but this stabilizing force can improve an iffy financial matter.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

It's possible that your Saturn ruler's favorable trine to Neptune, ruler of faith and fantasy, will mark a significant step in your spiritual development. It could also put an artistic ideal solidly on track. Parents who nurse high hopes for their children might receive confirmation of those aspirations, e.g., Little Dora has a talent for music, math, whatever turns you on! Goats born in December may receive a financial benefit from the rewarding trine. No matter when you were born or where you're coming from, this week can be very special.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Still more goodies coming at 'ya, although because Saturn is trining ephemeral, ineffable Neptune in your sign, the benefits won't be that obvious. You may have to ask someone else to confirm that your aura is looking much better because you're handling the responsibilities Saturn in your house of womb to tomb has imposed. And while Saturn can be heavy and depressing, when it is in a compatible air sign like Gemini, the weight doesn't drag you down. Meanwhile Mercury turning direct in your house of fun and games suggests that the good times will be back soon enough.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

You might as well read the entire column for info about your Neptune ruler's favorable trine to strict Saturn and pick out the parts that you identify with. Saturn demands adherence to the rules that Neptune prefers to skirt. Somehow the supportive trine reconciles the two tendencies, leaving you stronger, more respected and somewhat more pragmatic. Susceptible Fish might consider formalizing their relationship to the substance they prefer to abuse, the faith that speaks to them, the artform they love the most.

Rockie Horoscope 89

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GENERAL FORECAST: On Flag Day, the Gemini sun merges with benevolent Jupiter and begins a year-long lucky streak for folks who have 22-26 degrees of any sign prominent in their chart. How you deal with the opportunities is up to you. Friday, the sun trines aerodynamic Uranus to send you over the moon. Saturday, the sun and retrograde Mercury conjunct to transmit another major message from the gods. On Father's Day, Mercury, the lower mind, trines Uranus, the higher mind, and blows your mind. Monday, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter to promote your latest, greatest idea. Tuesday, Jupiter in air-borne Gemini trines Uranus in Aquarius for the first time since 1918 (draw your own conclusions), and on the summer solstice, a total eclipse of the sun at 0 Cancer ends one 19-year cycle, kicks off another. Yippee!

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

One 19-year eclipse cycle ends on the summer solstice, another begins that day. Where were you on June 21, 1982, and what has been nourishing your soul since then? In the years to come, what will you eat, and who gets to be Mom? More food for thought: Jupiter trining Uranus on the 19th rewards a challenge you faced last May during their square aspect, probably something to do with an associate rather than a close friend, money and your brave new world. Look beyond your personal agenda, the times they are a-changin.'

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

When it comes to finances, the Bull doesn't fool around. So even if an amazingly profitable money matter falls in your lap, which it is liable to do as the week begins, you need to consider your good fortune from every angle, discuss it with all concerned and seek out advice from knowledgeable bystanders. Once prudent Saturn in your Gemini house of assets is satisfied, and the ethical ramifications have been addressed, then, and only then, will you embrace what is basically your reward for surviving the years Saturn was in Taurus. Congratulations.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

In spite of the soul-searching that springs from the solar eclipse on the solstice, this can be a very mercurial period. The merger of your Mercury ruler and the Gemini sun over the Father's Day weekend provides insights into your early childhood as well as the immediate future. Pay attention. The distant future benefits from a "Eureka!" moment as Mercury trines Uranus on Sunday. Mercury's conjunction to lucky Jupiter on the 18th is the stuff best-sellers are made of. Time to reinvent yourself, again.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Assuming that you're older than 19, you may remember what was going on with your life, in your head the last time (June 21, 1982) there was a solar eclipse on the Gemini-Cancer cusp. Something that started then is ending now and a new variation, another 19-year cycle is beginning. The summer solstice point is a sacred moment when, having been exposed to as much light as we in the northern hemisphere can absorb, we turn inward to prepare for the more soulful aspects of being alive, the wintery dark side. Catch all the rays you can while you can.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

A total solar eclipse is always awesome for Lions ruled by the sun, but the one scheduled for the summer solstice can have a significant effect on you now, and again in three months. That's usually how long it takes to see what develops from the initial impact. Because the eclipse occurs in your house of hopes and humanity, you may take on a new social and political agenda and fall in with a new group of folks who share a common interest. Until then, an old friend, once again, turns out to be your lucky charm.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Check out the major comings and goings of your Mercury ruler in the Gemini forecast. But because Gemini governs your midheaven, the good stuff and brilliant flashes as well as possible delays and reversals will have more of an effect on your career or your relationship with your boss than on your personal life and the way your mind is working. Now is the time to gather a wealth of information, the kind that'll pay off when Mercury passes through your Libra money house in September, (can end here for space or continue with) when the (Patriots) are playing and the (Sox) are in contention. (ed: Fill in teams of choice.)

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Much of the interaction between the planets in Gemini is purely cerebral or, if jolly Jupiter is lined up with your natal planets and tickling your funny bone, pretty comical. However, Librans born in mid-October can rise to astronomical heights right about now because altruistic Uranus is also part of the grand trine in air signs that has been lifting you higher. People tend to win the lottery when Jupiter and Uranus are supportive; add your Libra sun to the mix and you become the focus of their expansive, liberating energies.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

No surprise! Sex and money are the matters most affected by the solar eclipse on the 21st, and not simply because you're a Scorpio to whom these matters matter more than most. Folks with Scorpio rising (which is just about everyone you've ever met in a bar) feel the effect of this powerful eclipse taking place on the Gemini-Cancer cusp in their eighth house, which is traditionally ruled by Scorpio. So, one way or another, your position regarding sex, death, the occult and other people's money (e.g., investments, inheritances and insurance) is about to change.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Where have all the partners gone? The inexplicably lucky, ever-protective, supremely intelligent convergence of your benevolent Jupiter ruler, the Gemini sun and Mercury, with an assist from Uranus, the Awakener, in Aquarius should land Mr. or Ms. Righteous right on your doorstep. So, where is the person who is going to liberate you, extend your range of influence, and if you're not careful, publish your memoirs? Maybe this marvel will show up once the super-duper solar eclipse in your marriage house kicks off a new 19-year cycle? Maybe three months later.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Flying high and gliding by are hardly traits attributed to well-organized, cautious Capricorns, but right now, if you make a slight adjustment in your m.o. to accomodate a Gemini jack-of-all-trades attitude, you'll be considered quite a success at "growing prosperity." You could also chuck the financial loop-de-loops of that growth process and, instead, work on grounding your artistic aspirations in a firm, sound base under the guidance of a practical-minded guru. Or you could concentrate on beautifying the house and garden one baby step at a time.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

No matter what else is going on, you are in a fabulous position, being rewarded by magnanimous Jupiter and the mentally stimulating Mercury-sun combination in airy Gemini. Plus all this good stuff stems from your house of romance, children and other creative endeavors. If ever you were going to expand into your Spock persona and prosper like a true Vulcan, now is it. You're also about to enjoy the rewards of a honorable, if sometimes taxing, family life and the spiritual high you, and they, get from it. Also known as: Saturn trine Neptune in Aquarius.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Is it time to move again? So much planetary activity in your Gemini home base suggests that you're about to adjust to a new set of circumstances, perhaps another cast of characters. If you can remember what big change occured 19 years ago, prompted by a solar eclipse at the tail end of Gemini, you may be able to see into the future and predict how your home life or relationship with a parent will change. Because Jupiter is involved in this eclipse, abundance, protection, justice and devotion are givens.

Rockie Horoscope 88

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GENERAL FORECAST: Is this the calm before the storm? Two full days and nights of moon-void implies that nothing significant is accomplished on Thursday and Friday. Maybe this is the weekend to sneak away for an impromptu holiday? It's a good idea to stock up on rest and relaxation so that you can cope with the macho forces marshalled by Mars when it opposes the Gemini sun and Jupiter mid-week. Expect even more Gemini press about NATO, SDI, the ABM treaty and other military matters. Jupiter tends to exaggerate, pontificate and overspend whenever it runs into opposition; try to avoid doing the same. On the other hand, the sun-Jupiter conjunction could make next Thursday the luckiest day of the year, so far. Plus, a romantic alignment between loving Venus and idealistic Neptune that night sets just the right tone for a fabulous Father's Day weekend.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

This could easily be the week that everything you've been working towards comes to a head. An enormous amount of positive energy is being directed to your Mars ruler from a combination of the creative sun and expansive Jupiter in Gemini. Even if you encounter some opposition, in the form of constructive criticism or suggestions for a viable alternative, none of it is meant to thwart you or undermine your cause. In fact, midweek would be an excellent time to promote a project, publish your manifesto and sell your stuff.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Is this really the week you intend to ask for a raise? Because the vocal opposition between aggressive Mars and the "I see both sides of the argument" Gemini planets takes place across your financial axis, you probably should wait until the more bombastic elements of this confrontation blow over. Also, while your Venus ruler is under Neptune's spell next Thursday, your interpretation of reality is colored by faith and fantasy. Unless your relationship with your boss is based on romance or religion, you're kidding yourself. Or scamming somebody?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

A memorable birthday for Twins who are celebrating theirs this week. Not only is the Gemini sun, by merging with benevolent Jupiter for the first time in 12 years, dispensing wisdom and wealth in great measure, but passionate Mars in your marriage house is making your heart beat faster and your hormones surge. Rollicking enthusiasm and optimism over a change in attitude or life path you're about to undergo can be infectious. However, should your partner dare think otherwise, a major battle may ensue. Be smart, don't be a smart-aleck.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Your fairy godparent/confessor/shrink might have retreated from plain sight, nonetheless, you are still under his or her protective wing. While expansive Jupiter and the Gemini sun conjunct in your reclusive twelfth house, good opportunities are gestating, waiting to be born when Jupiter enters Cancer next month. However, this week you could run into a snag at work or difficulties if you're working out. Try to keep cool when other people are losing their tempers or coming on too strong. You don't have to play their game.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Big doings -- the annual merger of your sun ruler and magnanimous Jupiter -- in your Gemini house of hopes, wishes and the friends who help them materialize, e.g., your social and political allies. Their meeting on Flag Day is the luckiest planetary aspect of them all. Because Gemini complements Leo so well, the air fueling the fire, there shouldn't be a problem. Unless you're competing with a Mars-ruled Scorpio or an Aries who isn't particularly friendly with your friends. Then emotions could reach a feverish pitch.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

This week you just might need a weather vane to know which way the wind blows. From where you sit, it may seem that your best bet is to opt for the goodies promised when the sun and generous Jupiter meet in your airy Gemini midheaven. That would be greater prestige, promotions and an opportunity to spread your influence. Or you could watch your boss or a parent succeed in their professions. However, you might just as easily be seduced by a passionate plea from home in a cause that touches your heart and sets your mind ablaze. Oh, be careful around fire.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

You can avoid engaging in the mental gymnastics that your Gemini and Sagittarius friends are going through, and still benefit from the results of their competition. As long as you don't travel or hang in cyberspace with either sign for any length of time, you'll be fine. Whatever happens, it's between them. The only danger comes on Flag Day when your Venus ruler lets you succumb to a pretty melody, a wonderful wine and an overactive imagination. Or to the gas fumes escaping from the stove.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

The last thing you want to hear is news of an impending confrontation, and moreover, that there's a part in the upcoming drama for you to play. Rather than "protagonist", how about settling for "line judge?" This way you can temper emotional involvement with a philosophical attitude and foresight, characteristics that come from having both of your ruling planets in Sagittarius, the sign of the Sage. The dispute, and its resolution, comes to a head when the sun and Jupiter oppose your Mars co-ruler on the 12th and 13th.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Archers born in mid-December are simulataneously cursed and blessed as your Jupiter ruler and the sun face off against provocative Mars in your sign, not to mention they are also opposing your natal sun. Be very careful with sharp implements, machinery and fire; you don't want to hurt yourself or wind up cursing the gods. But if you need a boost of energy, these dynamic oppositions could be the ticket. The upside of this planetary picture is bountiful Jupiter embracing the Gemini sun, a marriage made in corporate/academic/athletics heaven.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Work, the dues you actually pay to work out, co-workers and health professionals, such as your pet's vet, all fall into your sixth house of service. That's where the powerful combination of the Gemini sun and lucky Jupiter lands on your solar chart. "Bigger and better" is this duo's motto, so whether you're shelling out bucks or raking them in, expect to go beyond the usual limits you've set for yourself. Also expect more than what you usually get from others, e.g., genuine enthusiasm and a philosophical discourse.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Mid-February Aquarians are being set up to receive yet more good stuff, but not for another week. So if you're dazzled by all the attention you're getting or the excellence you're exhibiting, especially on the playing field, you ain't seen nothing yet. You will, however, have a clue once the sun and Jupiter meet in your Gemini house of fun and games, risk and romance on the 14th. From that point on, the stakes get bigger, the rewards more impressive. Until then, make a wish or two that dreams really do come true.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Read for Virgo. Your dilemma could be similar, although the specifics may vary. The goodies being promised will probably come from the family or be related to home and real estate, while the flames that ignite a passion may stem from some aspect of your work or be inspired by a client or your boss. However, gossip can be as dangerous to you as fire is to a Virgo. But because your Neptune ruler is the focus of Venus' devotion, you'll have a lots of beauty and romance in your life. Naturally, people are bound to talk.

Rockie Horoscope 86

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GENERAL FORECAST: Old-style holiday traditions dominate this Memorial Day holiday. However, they may come with new style promotional techniques because this is the first time in 30 years that the sun meets Saturn, Lord of the establishment, in Gemini. Egads, could this be the reason behind the resurgence of Jordache jeans? Contributing to a lack of innovation is Uranus turning retrograde on Tuesday and joining Neptune, Pluto and Mars on their retro trip. Perhaps you'll be inspired to make art when the sun trines Neptune that evening, perhaps you'll simply dream about it. More music, please.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Get out of town before it's too late. While mobile Mercury and your retrograde Mars ruler are in opposition this weekend, don't take departure times, confirmed reservations or the assumption that you'll have an accident-free trip for granted. It seems that Mercury, working through a multitude of Gemini variables, is out to get you, sucka. Since the Messenger is about to turn retrograde, you may be plagued by hassles for a while. But those might be miniscule compared to the reality check you face when the sun and strict Saturn meet early Friday.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Bulls born in April might be willing to take on greater responsibilities than the ones they've been shouldering, lately. Since Saturn has moved out of Taurus and on to Gemini, the restrictions the planet imposes can affect your disposable income and product wish-list, rather than mess with your self-confidence and reputation. This new position enables you to do more with less, to consolidate resources and concentrate on achieving a long-term financial goal. Meanwhile all Taureans are in for a particularly pleasurable holiday weekend. Enjoy.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Take some advice from the Aries forecast, a bit from Taurus and you'll be set for Memorial Day and beyond. Mainly Twins need to know that your Mercury ruler will be retrograde from June 3-27. So now is the time to have repairs done, to purchase appliances and office supplies, and to make the initial effort to reach people you'll have to deal with next month. It's fortuitious that the actors already started discussing their new contract; by the time the Gemini sun favorably aligns with Neptune, ruler of make-believe, on May 28th, an accord might be struck.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

A cozy Cancer moon keeps you safe and snug Friday and Saturday, but Sunday's and Monday's Leo moon can put you in the mood to celebrate Memorial Day in grand style. But don't be disappointed if casual friends or a group you're associated with doesn't live up to your expectations or deliver on a promise. Dour Saturn's meeting with the sun can throw a damper on the most festive occasion and make everyone concerned feel more responsible and restricted than they really are. Another guilt trip? Who needs it?

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Been carrying that weight a long time? Boy, you'd better lighten up and look around for something to do that isn't as difficult, tedious or depressing as what you're stuck in now. Saturn in your family and career midheaven can cast a gloomy shadow, but it also brings honors and respect, not unlike the P.R. hype for "Pearl Harbor." But if you're not duty-bound to your parents or behaving like the general in charge, then you'll appreciate the artistic support, spirituality and boost of idealism you get when your sun ruler and Neptune trine on the 28th.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Wouldn't you know it? The first major holiday of the season comes with a big, fat warning sign for Virgos: travel at your own risk. Not that the other signs won't be affected, but because it is your Mercury ruler that is facing problems, like fires and flats, from a pissed-off Mars, you're liable to catch flak first. Also, Saturn's merger with the sun can put obstacles in your way that'll make your trip, even a purely intellectual one, more difficult. Are you aware that in about a week (6/3) Mercury flips for most of the month?

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

You're due for more fun and more luxury goods courtesy of your Venus ruler in your house of partners. They might not be overwhelmingly significant experiences, but hey, they'll certainly be enjoyable, possibly even lucrative. Next week, when Venus moves on to Taurus, after spending four months in adventurous Aries, you might not be singing the same cheery tune or, for that matter, be receiving all this flattering attention. While other signs struggle this weekend with responsibilities, Libra will thrive on them, plus gain a lot of respect.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Scorpio will probably have a better time this weekend if you don't explore new turf, but instead stick to who you know and where you're known. Adjustments will have to be made, no matter what happens, but you don't want to seek out people who seem destined to give you a hard time simply because the sun and Saturn are consolidating their formidable energies. You're particularly smart right now, so figure out a strategy you can adopt once Mercury goes retrograde next week and there's no one available to return your calls.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Both the low and the high ends of the sign, Archers born in November and mid-December, may feel stymied by forces beyond their control. Be patient if you're missing signals and misinterpreting what is actually being said. Also take time to do things thoroughly; this time, a casual, helter-skelter approach won't cover all your bases. That's because being opposed by four planets in bi-geminal Gemini can feel like you're up against eight planets in any other sign. Plus, each one is eliciting a response only you can give.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

This is a wonderful weekend for entertaining the troops and receiving yummy just desserts for doing so. Public recognition of the kid's accomplishments also reflects well on the good job you've done and the structure you've provided for self-expression. By following in the footsteps of honored traditions along with establishing new ones that speak to a younger generation, you can tap into a vein of creativity that runs deeper than you suspect. Now is the time to speak out.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Knowing when to expand, when to contract, when to give and when to hold back seems to be the lesson that the four planets in Gemini, two in Aquarius are teaching you. All that air energy has lifted you far above the petty concerns of this mortal coil. Since there are no planets in earth signs, there may not be any petty concerns to bring you down. Instead, what you might want to look out for is flying too high with some guy in the sky because three planets in fire signs generate a lot of heat that can turn you into toast. But not this weekend.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Seriously consider going to summer school and taking classes that will provide a framework you can build on. Whether the subject is stained glass or computer graphics makes little difference; what you need to do is direct the power of the Gemini sun-Saturn conjunction in your house of education to a constructive end. Since Saturn is the planet that represents age and achievement, you could start a course of study now that will reward you in years to come for years to come. For a more immediate reward, look to the sun's trine to your Neptune ruler on the 28th.

ROCKIE HOROSCOPE 85

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GENERAL FORECAST: Hot and heavy. A "no problemo" trine between affectionate Venus and sexy Pluto late Friday night can last all weekend long. Add an adventurous Aries moon, and you'll have plenty to talk about after the sun enters Gemini Sunday at 4:44 p.m. PT. The Gemini new moon doesn't kick in until Tuesday at 7:46 p.m., so don't start anything new at work until Wednesday. Ideas come easily then because Mercury is particularly receptive to flashes of brilliance while it trines inventive Uranus. Get ready for your "Eureka!" moment.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Are your assests scattered all over the place? Not for much longer. A new era of financial responsibility begins as the week ends, when, for the first time in almost 30 years, prudent Saturn and the Gemini sun merge in your money house. That meeting can throw an entirely different light on how you'll deal with personal income and possessions. And, for another year or so, whenever the sun magnifies Saturn's power to consolidate, those quarterly reports will underscore a conservative streak you didn't know you had.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

A matter pertaining to art or the heart, and this includes a friendship, returns to the position in your affections it held in early March. That's when your Venus ruler first went retrograde and sent you on a trip down memory lane with -- or without -- a person from your past. Now that you've seen the many layers of how you feel about the matter, or the person, get a move on and move on. Because you've come out of Venus' "shadow," you can make real progress real fast. Apply the new moon energy on the 22nd to get started.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Literally, figuratively and any other way you look at it, you're sitting in the driver's seat. Gemini energy is so prevalent right now, the Twins are so central to what is going on with the other signs, it's a wonder you found time to read the forecast. While some of this activity may weigh heavily on your shoulders (one of the body parts ruled by Gemini), the lessons you learn from having Saturn in your sign will turn you into a full-fledged grown-up by the time the planet of control leaves Gemini in June 2003. Eventually, I hear you saying, "This is a good thing."

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Power to the people, because they're the ones who'll empower you. For the next few weeks, socio-political issues and your social life feed off each other, all the while feeding you. They also provide structure and stability to your current scene, and that can do wonders for your reputation. But if being an upstanding member of the community doesn't hold much appeal, you could just as successfully play "make-believe" with some pals and create something that is imaginative, artistic and ahead of its time. Good fun.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Your alliance with the odd ducks of the world, the professed professionals who value their individuality and autonomy above all else, could come to an end shortly. About the time your sun ruler joins tradition-bound Saturn on the 25th -- the first time that they'll merge in the sign of the Twins -- an opportunity to embrace what is tried-and-true can look awfully appealing. However, you may have to give up something -- Saturn often indicates loss -- before this new cycle of recognition and rewards kicks in. Until then, don't worry, be happy.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Restrictions usually don't bother Virgins who like to operate within a framework they're familiar with, rather than wing it out there in the great unknown. If you hear a resounding "no" in the next few days, you'll figure out a way around the obstruction, and still stay within the letter, if not the spirit, of the law. This version of an established game comes to you courtesty of Saturn, whose move into mobile Gemini should keep you on your toes for the next two years, rising to numerous occasions and dodging ye olde ball-and-chain.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

"Conservative and cautious" are hardly words that describe Librans, but this week you might be surprisingly so, particularly when dealing with sex, an inheritance and other ways of obtaining other people's money. What gives? Could it be that the sun's merger with Saturn in Gemini is about to reward you for shit that happened when Saturn was in Aries, opposing your sign, in '97 and '98? Guess so. While the planet of respect and responsibility travels through air-sign friendly Gemini, you'll be protected if you play it relatively safe and pay your dues.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Find someone older or more experienced on whom you can rely, even if you have to do a song-and-dance. While Scorpio usually handles matters on your own, right now you may need input from people who are even more practical, more prudent than you. If they can input funds, that would be a bonus, but again, you'll probably have to go down on your knees or make some other adjustment to get what you want. Since both of your ruling planets, Mars and Pluto, are retrograde, this is not the time to yell, "full speed ahead."

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Archers born around Thanksgiving better be careful whom they point their arrows at. You might encounter formidable resistance from your target, especially if it's an older person, simply because stone-faced Saturn is in your Gemini house of allies and enemies, gathering strenghth from its meeting with the all-powerful sun. The rest of the herd can continue to frolic with impunity while your jolly Jupiter ruling planet is also in Gemini, encouraging you to spend money, dispense wisdom and play jokes with (or on) your partner of choice. But not for long.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

You'll get a true sense of what's in store for you over the next two years when your Saturn ruler and the Gemini sun meet in your house of romance, risk and other games you play so well. Expect to become more flexible, more verbal and sensitive to both sides of a situation -- gifts that come naturally while Saturn visits the sign of the Twins. Unless you were old enough to vote for JFK, a classic Gemini, you have no idea what it's like to function as an adult in the wonderful world of "I'll have my cake and eat it, too."

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Like your Libra brethern, you'll benefit enormously from having Saturn -- your former ruling planet in the days before Uranus was discovered -- in an air sign that rewards its own kind. But first you might have to handle a fairly heavy-duty family obligation or a real estate matter as Saturn and the open-minded Gemini sun meet on the 25th. However the situation resolves itself, you can be pretty sure (with Gemini there are always alternatives) that your interests will be protected as long as you pay attention. Lip service, too.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

R,e,s,p,e,c,t! Get it, give it, good! You are fast approaching that marvelous moment when Saturn, representing the establishment, will reward your artistic, idealistic Neptune ruler and, we assume, you, too. Although their supportive trine is not exact until the end of June, you could already be receiving kudos from peers, neighbors, even a recalcitrant sibling. Now is also the time to touch base with teachers, gurus and assorted father/mother figures who have contributed to your development. Enjoy the glory, the grit and grief come later.

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GENERAL FORECAST: On Saturday, celebrate Cinco de Mayo as well as Mercury's entrance into Gemini, a sign it so nobly rules. Call everyone on speed dial to see how the Jupiter-Pluto opposition is affecting them philosophically; we have a pretty good idea what it's doing economically. Although the Taurus-Scorpio full moon isn't exact until Monday at 6:53 a.m., feel free to celebrate the Buddha festival all weekend long. The rest of the week can seem strange because Neptune is turning retrograde on Thursday, likewise Mars on Friday. Get the "What were you thinking?" gift and the fight with your sibling out of the way before Mother's Day.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Your career and/or reputation is about to veer off its current path, on to a more ambiguous, somewhat more artistic bend in the road. Having faith in yourself, your vision and your ability to manifest that vision is the test idealistic Neptune will put you through after it turns retrograde on the 10th. Mars, your ruling planet, flips the next day. Retrogression isn't necessarily regression. By taking advantage of opportunities to refine your vision, you can make noticeable progress. But will you be ready for your closeup when Neptune changes focus again in October?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Does the Birthday Bull want to know what lies ahead? How thrilled are you to learn that generous Jupiter, planet of expansion and enthusiasm, goes back and forth in your money house for most of the rest of the year? However, so does restrictive, anxiety-ridden Saturn. If you plan on enjoying a spending spree, do it soon and avoid that guilty feeling. Once Jupiter gets to Cancer in July, traveling won't be as broadening, but the care and feeding of loved ones can be as fulfilling, maybe even more rewarding. Consider catering.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

One of your closer relationships might suddenly change focus after Mars in your Sagittarius marriage house turns retrograde. If there's been friction between you, you'll be motivated to explore its source and, before Mars goes direct in July, do something, besides talk, about it. Martian action is far from subtle, so you're apt to undergo experiences that'll either strengthen your bond or tear it to shreds. Right now, transiting Mercury in Gemini increases the insights that'll come under review next month when your ruler goes retrograde.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

The beatific Buddha full moon festival on the 7th lays its message of serenity and infinite understanding on the Moon Child with a pretty heavy hand. You've beem selected to hold significant others together if their work scene changes, debts pile up or an illness crops up when Mars flips. But don't assume you must make more sacrifices or stay in martyr mode much longer. With so much air sign energy blowing fresh ideas every which way, you're free to bail without severing the ties that bind.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Lions have become quite adept at releasing what you sense is already slipping away and not holding on, like you once did, until the bitter end. Therefore, when nebulous Neptune in Aquarius, your cosmic complement, changes direction on the 10th, it won't be that difficult to let go of a vision you share with a partner or co-worker. Something more energetic, more physically beneficial will pick up the slack until your birthday comes around. For some it can be a sport; for others, another pastime just as thrilling.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Taurus time usually soothes the savage beast that lurks in the Virgin's breast. However, this year, there's a lot of pressure bearing down from your Gemini midheaven -- where is the career going? -- and the Sagittarius nadir -- where will this personal transformation take you? While the earth-bound, pleasure-loving Taurus sun rewards some of the practical choices you've made, five planets in the other two signs are asking questions and making you nervous. Over the next two weeks your Mercury ruler should come up with a few answers.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

No effort necessary. You might have to adjust your attitude a bit when dealing with other people's resources, especially the Taurus', but other than that, nothing stands in the way of Librans who want to feel up, rise above petty concerns, get away from the madding crowd and generally enjoy a swell time. This lack of blood, sweat and tears comes courtesy of a sky filled with planets in air and fire signs, the elements that best support the Libran ethic: Make it, take it easy. Once Gemini starts, you'll soar even higher.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

You may not be able to put your finger on it, but after Neptune turns retrograde, you could notice a strange odor, sense a noxious presence in the neighborhood or suspect that something close to home isn't quite kosher. As your Mars co-ruler is also flipping, consider reviewing the financial records of the past few months, taking a slightly jaundiced look at what you've put out and what or whom you've brought into the house. This is the time to recoup losses, and like Aries, refine your vision. Cleaning the windows couldn't hurt.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

The big, wide, wonderful world out there might hold very little appeal since all the planets are currently below the line. Not that your costs are. However what is generating any interest is probably confined to yourself, both the physical and metaphysical aspects; your values and assets; home and family; play, work and the people you do them with. Throw the occasional massage therapist into the pot, and there you have it, the first six houses of your solar chart. Mars going retrograde in your sign calls for repeating acts of courage, not reckless behavior.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

You won't entirely lose interest in the progress you've made artistically or in your spiritual development, but once Neptune stops moving forward on the 10th, you might choose to take the rest of spring and all summer off. To see what sort of fun you can have now that your Saturn ruler is in the playful sign of Gemini? But if you insist on toeing the line, keeping your nose to the grindstone -- seen "Blow" yet? -- don't take a vacation from therapy. You can still do excellent work along those lines.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Neptune turns around at 9 degrees of Aquarius on the 10th, and while some say that outer planets don't have much of an effect when they are retrograde, you, especially if you were born on or about January 28, are in a position to report otherwise. Will you become more of a spiritual being, more psychically attuned? Will the music you play get any worse, better or will you find something else, like sailing, to take its place? How about your drug and alcohol intake? Are you becoming obsessed with the Hobbit and Harry Potter movies? Let us know.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

You may as well read for all the signs since it's your Neptune ruler that's turning around and taking practically everybody else with it. Since Neptune flips each year around this time, you might not notice anything different -- spring is spring; summer, summer; the friends are spaced-out, but oh, so talented. Some pals may become more so, and try to lead you down their road. Careful, it's your affiliation with groups that's suspect, i.e., under Neptune's delusional influence, not what's in your head and heart.

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GENERAL FORECAST: Wishful-thinking, fantasy-fulfillment, maybe a movie marathon, lots of music and memorable dreams. Add a substance that further diffuses the hard edge of your reality, and there's your weekend in a capsule. Just remember that whenever Neptune applies pressure to the psyche, you wind up with the hangover, the DUI, etc.. Poets and pastors, drag queens and other divas are inspired to rise to the challenges of an imaginative sun-Neptune square; the rest of us can barely stay awake. If only May Day fell on a weekend, instead of on Tuesday, we might react in an artistic, idyllic Neptunian fashion -- dancing around the May Pole, leaping over fires in the fields, celebrating Beltane like we did in the old days. Instead we vaguely recall Soviet tanks rolling through Red Square.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Rams who are remotely connected to film, fishing and pharmaceuticals -- Neptune's domain -- may come to the realization that they have achieved a measure of success they were previously oblivious to. While foggy Neptune reigns supreme this weekend, not only can't you see the forest for the trees, you can barely make out the trees. However, what you envision now, no matter how far off the mark it seems to others, could be the stuff your next monetary reward is made of. Dream on.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

A heightened sense of spirituality for your birthday? What kind of presents/presence are you seeking? If achieving one of your loftier aspsirations isn't high on your list, let the watery Neptunian vibe take you on a cruise or even on a binge; too much champagne or a marathon of escapist movies, it's all the same. Bulls born in mid-May have the luxury of changing their minds often and in unpredictable, even weird ways. Blame an iconyclastic, ideosyncratic Uranian vibe that's leading them into the unknown, beyond the borders of safe and sane.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

It's that time of year again, the weeks before your birthday when you turn into a bit of a recluse, when you look back and review where you've been, what you've done and what's been done to you since the last birthday. For some inexplicable reason -- could it be because your Mercury ruler is under the influence of rebellious Uranus? -- you may wander off the beaten path, seek your own counsel, take a stand against the powers that be as well as the fickle finger of fate. Write on.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Why rely on the picture your partner, agent or mate is currently painting? While they can't help seeing what they want to see, they're also trying their damnedest to pass that vision on to you. Although there might not be anything intrinsically dangerous about the transaction, delusional Neptune in your marriage house is coloring their perception. Simply by having this relationship, you're open to their fabrications and misinterpretations. If you're co-creating a musical show, this interdependence works. Anything else is suspect.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Fairy dust, magic potions and other-mind altering substances can present a problem this weekend simply because your sun ruler is being tested by nebulous, often noxious, Neptunian energy. However, you could become inspired by a beautiful vision, e.g., an ideal work scene, complete with employees who remain faithful no matter what lies they're led to believe. It's going to be a weird week, when things seem a little more iffy than usual. By the way, a challenging sun-Neptune square is not the time for surgery, save the anaesthetics for another day.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Other people's money can come with so many strings attached, you could wind up passing on the proposal altogether. Remind yourself that confusion and duplicity is the norm whenever the willful sun and illusionary Neptune form a dubious alliance. While gaining access to plentiful resources wouldn't hurt your long-range prospects, the current project may already be tainted beyond redemption. When your Mercury ruler bumps into unpredictable Uranus next Thursday, be cool. Keep those outrageous thoughts to yourself.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Once again, things can get a little strange around your house. Nothing particularly nefarious, maybe a bit mysterious or slightly mystical, but if you do smell gas, get up and see if the pilot light is out. Don't assume it's your vivid imagination playing tricks on you simply because fanciful Neptune is being roused out of its lethargy. It's also possible that a moment of divine inspiration could have you painting clouds on the ceiling, planting grapes in the garden or installing a webcam for your home page.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Try as you might, you won't be able to concentrate fully on yourself and what you need. Because the Taurus sun in your house of partnership is radiating such a powerful vibe, you are practically compelled to focus on whatever the significant other wants. Hopefully it'll be nothing more complicated than a fabulous massage, a divine dinner or tickets to a special event, not your devotion to some cockamamie notion he or she is entertaining. There's also a whiff of revolution in the air, enough to upset the family dynamic.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

This weekend is all about giving and getting pleasure, although "why" and "how" may bear no relation to your present-day reality. Since you're not going to have a clear-cut idea of what's going on, you might as well let a "what if?" mindset call the shots. How Sagittarian! Except when it comes to buying and selling. Having vague Neptune in your money house is confusing enough. If you're trying to be practical about financial matters, how will you justify spending big bucks on a moment of make-believe?

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

It'll take a while to get used to living with equally attractive alternatives, seeing both sides of an issue and other manifestations of a Gemini mindset. Now that your Saturn ruler is in the sign of the Twins for the next two years, you'll find yourself adapting more easily to situations that, not long ago, would have chased you out of the room. And because Saturn is still in your house of romance and risk, consider the possibility of having two loves in your life, two affairs going on at once. Interesting?

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Let the artist in you loose. This is an excellent time to show how an Aquarian aesthetic differs from the rest of the pack. We want to know what you consider beautiful, what is worthy of your (and our) attention. It's not that often that idealistic Neptune puts you in a sufficiently challenging position, one where your beliefs and vision can be publicized and promoted so skillfully. If you get the opportunity (with the sun squaring Neptune in your sign, you probably will) to make your name known, go for it.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

While every other sign is figuring out how to react to the ambiguities generated by the mystical sun-Neptune square, Fish can dive right into the miasma, and, more likely than not, cash in. You are already adept at embracing what can't be seen, so the current thick fog spreading through the zodiac won't pose more problems than usual. Professional peers are ripe for the taking, especially if group action is called for. You don't have to deceive them, simply present them with a noble vision that is open to interpretation.

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GENERAL FORECAST: Here's the lineup: Taurus begins on Thursday, the 19th, four hours (5:36 p.m. PT) before Venus comes out of retrograde at 1 degree of Aries. Saturn enters Gemini on the 20th where it'll stabilize the Twins for the next two-and-a-half years. Mercury gets to Taurus on the 21st for a very fast two-week transit. The Messenger mergers with the sun on Monday, the 23rd, a few hours before the Taurus new moon starts a new lunar cycle. (5:26 a.m. ET/8:26 a.m. PT). April 23 is the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, Wm. Shakespeare and my sister-in-law; draw your own conclusions. Who is playing a cosmic joke by scheduling Secretary's Day so that it'll coincide with the ditzy, foggy, "I have no idea where those files disappeared to!" Mercury-Neptune square on the 25th?

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

If you focus on what you really need, not what you currently desire, you could acquire the items on your list in a relatively short time. Visualize what's missing, then direct the Taurus new moon energy to fill in the blanks. Why now? Firstly, because earthy Taurus governs your money house; secondly, because Venus, the planet that rules your finances and feelings, is in Aries. Plus, your Mars ruler is in friendly, fiery Sagittarius at the top of your chart, where it's rewarding the qualities that make the Ram the leader of the (zodiacal) pack.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Happy Birthday. Bulls born in April are blessed with brains -- you all have balls! May birthdates tend to be more artistic and business-oriented. This week Mercury -- the lower mind, mind you -- meets the Taurus sun and becomes even more of a dominant force in your day-to-day life. You'll have telling insights and an ease of expression, plus when Mercury and fantasy-friendly Neptune align this weekend, you could write your first screenplay or produce a poem you'd be willing to read aloud. Performance anxiety be damned, this is the time to shine.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

People get ready, there's a trainwreck coming. Your normally fast-moving Mercury ruler (it whips through Taurus in 14 days) won't enter your sign until Cinco de Mayo. However, it'll remain in Gemini from May 5 until July 12, in retrograde from June 4-28. This schedule should give you enough time to incorporate the information and insights you receive when the down-to-earth Taurus sun and Mercury meet on Monday into your plans for the summer. Or, in keeping with the flexible Gemini credo, you might choose, literally and figuratively, to take it one day at a time.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

The Taurus new moon on the 23rd heralds the start of a supportive lunar cycle, both career- and family-wise, for the Moon Child. And, as a mother, may I say, it's about time! Earthy, sensual Taurus offers tender-hearted Cancerians relief from the challenges imposed on them by blood-and-guts Aries. Only Venus is still in fiery Aries, continuing to devise situations that test your attachment to a woman or an artist and the goodies they offer. And only until May 6. Hang in there, kid!

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Taurus, your season of striving, has just begun. Don't be surprised if you're offered more challenging opportunities than you've seen in many moons. Planetary activity in your career mid-heaven triggers reactions from co-workers and partners that reflect on and include you. Something glamorous, somewhat nebulous, maybe music or movie-related could pop up when your sun ruler and visionary Neptune square on the 28th. Remember: a challenging square aspect is often a good thing; without them, nothing happens. The trine aspect rewards what you did during the square.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Check out the Gemini forecast for the dates when your Mercury ruler will next be retrograde, when you can expect delays and hassles if you're traveling and more than the usual miscommunication with clients, your boss or Dad. This way you'll have a rough idea when to schedule a summer vacation, when to avoid a family reunion. But for now, feel free to let your imagination loose. Put your vision into words and pictures while Mercury is being inspired by Neptunian idealism. Next week, a healthy infusion of Saturnian practicality.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Patience, please. Although your Venus ruler starts moving forward on the 19th, it'll take a while before it picks up enough speed to impress upon you that the changes you're experiencing are permanent. While this could be a scary thought, remember that Venus doesn't turn retrograde every year -- certainly not in Aries, the sign of your cosmic "other." Nor does it usually provide such valid reasons to reevaluate your relationship or whatever else has come under review since February 2nd, which is when Venus first entered Aries. Is the picture getting any clearer?

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Once again you're on the verge, but of what, only you know. Within a week or so, your Pluto co-ruler will have another growth spurt when it opposes expansive Jupiter. This polarity was in effect last autumn, so think back to what barrier you broke, what change was made, because something similar is coming up. If you have Scorpio rising, chances are the matter concerns money or other assets you share with someone who has been quite significant. Until then, keep an eye on the artists and alcoholics in the family because Neptune's net is trawling close to home.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

What really matters? Difficult questions, such as this one, receive complicated, multi-layered answers while regenerative Pluto in Sagittarius is opposed by your Jupiter ruler. Read Scorpio for the timing, but also be aware that after these planets face-off on May 6, you will have learned the lesson and come up with a solution that works. This is especially true if you were born around December 6. Jupiter, the planet of prosperity, keeps you enthusiastic about partnership matters until it leaves Gemini in July. Then you're done.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Like your Cancerian brethren, Caps should be breathing easier now that earthy, sensuous Taurean energy has replaced Aries' fire and brimstone. Well, there still could be a pushy broad (or an artist) who is challenging your sense of fair play and aesthetic preferences. As long as Venus remains in Aries, until June 6, you'll have reasons to deal with matters and people ruled by the goddess. This includes your family, where you live and attractive people who join you for dinner.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Now is a good time to make your presence known in the neighborhood, with local shopkeepers and on bulletin boards where you can advertise your wares. Apropos of Earth Day, this is also when the environment has more of an impact than at other times. However, while you may be willing to suspend disbelief (impressionable Neptune in your sign is under attack), you shouldn't let people play you for a spaced-out, idealistic fool. A die-hard romantic, an inspired visionary, is something else altogether.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Once again, Pisces and Aquarius are on parallel tracks, reacting to challenges issued to your Neptune ruler by planets (and people) who are bullish, the Taureans in the crowd. Plus, Fish might have associates who are harboring delusions of grandeur and including you in "the big picture." What their actions will cost you is yet to be determined, however, by the weekend, you should know what they envision, where you fit in, and, if you are so inclined, at what point you can make your escape.

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GENERAL FORECAST: Good Friday the 13th opens on an off-beat, tradition-shattering, trend-setting sun-Uranus sextile. Accidents and oddities tend to pile up when eccentric Uranus is active, so keep this in mind while you're hunting for Easter eggs and digging for dirt. A revealing Mercury-Pluto trine on Saturday is the stuff promises, e.g., "I will reform!" are made of. You'll also have the desire, energy and will-power to follow through thanks to the ardent, heroic Aris sun-Mars trine. If there's a crusade you'd like to launch, Easter Sunday would be a fine time. Big doings on Thursday, the 19th as the sun enters Taurus at 5:36 p.m. PDT, and Venus, ruler of Taurus, turns direct at 1 degree of Aries. Venus' six-week retrograde period officially ends at 9:34 p.m., but folks who have been going back and forth on a relationship matter may become aware of the change of direction days before then.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Every Ram in the spectrum, from late March birthdays to those celebrating theirs at the tail end of the sign, is in line to receive a valuable gift this week. For some, it'll be affirmation of the way you've been feeling; for others, information you've been trying to uncover. However, all are blessed by the power to achieve one of your life goals plus the glory of succeeding on your own terms; in other words, the rewards of a sun-Mars trine. And you thought you'd be happy with champagne and chocolate.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

A heightened sense of adventure during the Easter holiday can put you in places that have nothing to do with sunrise services and baskets of eggs. If there's a family ritual you're supposed to partake of, then you could have a problem. But if you're footloose and fancy free, there's a memorable experience waiting for you, one that will lift your spirits, perhaps even help you break one of your all-time records. Athletes do especially well when the sun and Mars favorably align on Saturday. Tennis, anyone?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Check out the holiday sales. This weekend is excellent for acquiring the latest electronic wonder, the fastest computer chip, the hippest new toy on the block. It's also a good time to cater to your sports fantasies, e.g., beating your golf buddies or getting courtside seats for the game. It's rare that air signs such as yours encounter such a run of static-free days. Even if you unearth information your partner might not want you to know about or you present your spouse with an ultimatum, you won't catch the usual flak. Amazing.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Dressing up as the Easter Bunny? This is one of your more productive weeks at work, a time when your career takes off, when the job that you actually do and your reputation for doing it well are in synch. And while the gig might not be that much of a challenge, the rewards are well worth the effort. The sun in your Aries midheaven rarely trines Mars in your Sag house of work, health and service. The next time this will happen is in 2016, so take advantage of what the favorable aspect brings and be appreciative, damn it!

LEO (July 23-August 22)

You're at the top of your game right now, in the rare position of receiving the fire that Prometheus stole from the gods. And how did you manage this? Simply by being the fire sign that completes the Grand Trine between your ruling planet, the sun, exalted in the sign of Aries, and passionate Mars, the ruler of Aries, in Sagittarius, the third fire sign, in your house of romance and other pleasures. This particular setup isn't happening again for many, many years, so gather ye rosebuds while ye may before this milestone slips away.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

You may think because your Mercury ruler moves so swiftly and changes modes of expression so often, that there is no permanence in your life. Instead of feeling rooted like the other earth-signs, Virgos are constantly considering alternatives as if they were Geminis. Not that you don't feel rooted to your past, but how attached are you to the present and what do you desire for the future? I bring this up now because Mercury helps you make a life-changing decision when it trines regenerative Pluto, plus it provides the courage to act while it trines Mars.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Knowing that your Venus ruler is changing direction on the 19th can make a difference in the way you deal with co-workers and health professionals. You're about to go through another version of the past six weeks, only this time you'll be crossing the t's and dotting the i's in those relationships. Partners have a lot of input now because the sun and vocal Mercury in your Aries marriage house has them turning over new leafs and getting fired up about your immediate environment. This includes the neighbors.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

This week should put the frosting on the cake, the cream in the coffee. Cholesterol be damned, the Aries sun in your house of health and work rewards your ability to reinvent yourself, revive a project that was dead and make some money in the process. Your Mars co-ruler in your Sagittarius house of assets and values is favorably aligned with the powerful sun and literate Mercury. Do what you will and then give it whatever spin you want. Rarely does this particular planetary line-up occur so, carpe diem, dahling.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

This year is being touted as one of the best for Archers in a while. Here's why: the current activity in high-spirited Aries in your house of "toujour l'amour" favors your natal Sag planets as well as Pluto, Mars and Chiron who are currently passing through. You'd be on top of the world, if that's where you were headed. However, there's little planetary action above the line, so the goodies you're getting are the below-the-line, personal kind. You have the impetus now to act and the words (Mercury) to chronicle the experience.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

How convenient! The transiting Aries planets are concentrated in your house of house hunting and family dining, so you can go all out for Easter and not feel you've being excessive about anything. Check out new locations or lock yourself in your kitchen; either way, you'll have the physical energy and mental will to accomplish whatever you choose. It makes sense -- to me, anyway -- to make major decisions before your Saturn ruler enters versatile Gemini on the 20th, before the desire for variety becomes a way of life.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

All systems are go, so why not take off while the sun favors your inquisitive Uranus ruler? You could also launch a promotional campaign selling yourself or your product while this opportunistic planetary pairing is propelling you forward. Friendship and your identification with a group figure into the mix, as well. So before Taurus begins and tests of your will power begin to pile up, before you have to defend the stand you take, spread your wings a little wider and encompass a bit more of the world.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

If all goes according to plan, you should be receiving a whole bunch of money or other valuable benefits, because you created a stir on the job. Either that or you played hardball with a parent or employer and won. Militant Mars in your midheaven and the sun in your Aries money house are providing you with ammunition while they dispense rewards. This combination of desire, purity of spirit and physical stamina won't come your way again for a long time, so warrior women and fearless artists should leap at whatever opportunities do pop up.

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GENERAL FORECAST: These are high times for the faithful, no matter what religion they hold holy. So if you're being subjected to a lot more preaching and pontificating than usual, try to be tolerant. Since the Jupiter-Neptune air trine won't be with us much longer, the question of federally funded church programs could be taken off the table, not to resurface until Jupiter opposes Neptune two years from now. The first of three Spring full moon festivals is this weekend; the Aries sun opposes the Libra moon Saturday night at 8:22 PDT, about the time Elijah would show up, if he could, at your Seder table. I just saw a picture on the news of what Jesus would have looked like, and, surprise!, he bears a remarkable resemblance to Saddam Hussein. Also on Saturday, Chiron turns retrograde at 29 Sagittarius, the same degree as the Mars turnaround in May. Pay attention to what happens; someone up there wants you to test your philosophical and religious beliefs.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Grab a friend for support, take that leap of faith into your future and don't let fear (of Friday the 13th?) hold you back. Right now you have more energy, determination and a sharper focus than you've had in years; you could achieve your objectives by the sheer force of your concentration and charm. You also have a way with words now, a "here today, gone tomorrow" gift that you can't count on after Mercury leaves your sign. Clarity of thought plus an Arian sense of adventure -- who could resist?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Congratulations are in order. You've survived the trials and tribulations of having restrictive Saturn in your sign for two and a half years. You've assumed responsibilities that have slowly, step-by-step, pushed you into the arms of adulthood and Home Depot. So, once Taurus begins and Saturn switches its load on to Gemini's shoulders, what are you going to do for structure and stability? How about going wild when barrier-breaking Uranus in your career midheaven tests your newfound conservatism?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Do you remember what happened and how you felt when stern Saturn was in Gemini in early autumn last year, or did you block out the experience entirely? Either way, after the planet ruling contraction and solidification lumbers into your sign mid-month, you'll slow your pace, face responsibilities head-on and, for a Gemini, show a tremendous amount of patience until Saturn's lesson plan is fully incorporated into your future. If you're currently flying high, look for a safe spot to land in case Saturn shoots you down when you're past the point of no return.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

One of the joys of Spring is the attention paid by transiting planets to the arc of your career. You only get this kind of direct action during Aries and Taurus, which is probably when you'd rather be in the garden sowing the seeds for summer celebrations. Sorry, but now is the time to rise to whatever occasion presents itself, no matter how weird, challenging or boring the job. Why you, why now? Because in mid-July magnanimous Jupiter showers a year's worth of good luck and happy times on all Moon children whether they deserve it or not.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

A gutsy, glorious adventure lies in wait. Your sun ruler, in energetic Aries, is providing more daring and physical stamina than a mighty Lion needs, unless you're the kitty who's been sleepwalking through the past year. If so, wake up, stretch out, and watch the sparks fly. A rare Grand Fire Trine, from Aries to Mars in Sagittarius and, by reflection, to your natal Leo planets, ignites your curiosity and feeds your lust for life. Spirits soar, passions ignite, and, once again, you feel like your old self.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Another opportunity to be witty and wise, to dig for dirt and come up with gold. This is the time to charm the pants off your audience. Mercurial verbal skills and brainwaves are in excellent shape; all systems are go and, for a change, nothing weird or obstructive is in the way. But until Taurus begins, there's little holding you to earthly concerns such as gross or disposable income. I assume you had the foresight to do your taxes ages ago when money matters mattered more than they do now. And you had more of it.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Like a Virgin, you currently have the wit and smarts to pull off whatever acts of verbal derring-do you please, without forfeiting any of your characteristic style and grace. The public is so receptive to your every word that there's little chance they'll take offense, no matter how abrasive or dead-on accurate you are. Forget about nuance, innuendo and other subtleties of the Libran stock in trade. While crusading Aries rules, getting to the heart of the matter and extracting the truth is more important than making friends and influencing people.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

This time of year your innermost thoughts turn to affairs of the heart, not to affairs of state. It's your personal life and the pursuit of pleasure that takes precedence over world events and the important people involved. You're not hiding your head in the sand, you're simply responding to the path of the planets, and right now, they're concentrated in subjective subjects, the intimate areas of your life you keep to yourself. Once Taurean energy kicks in, you'll spread out and show those significant others that you really do care.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

You're even more into yourself and what you've got vested than Scorpio, and we all know how close to the vest they play their cards. Secretive stuff is hardly your bag, but even with the fiery Aries planets stoking Mars in your sign, you still may not be ready to expose your hand. Archers know that they've got the impetus and the energy behind them now; all they need is the right confluence of forces to propel them onto the next level of -- what do you want to call it? -- adventure?

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Nothing moves fast enough to change the temper, tenor, tempo of the times. For the cautious Goat, locked into family or real estate matters, and still trying to chose the best course of action, these are the days of whine and supposes. Trying to wrestle yourself free of so much domesticity is an honorable goal, but not the one that will increase your stature in the community. To succeed on your own terms, you need to face each of these niggling problems and file them away until you figure out what in the long run works to your advantage.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

We hate to bring up financial matters to an Aquarian whose spirit usually soars much higher than the bottom line, but, hey! sometimes, like when there's this much planetary action in your money house, it is a necessary evil. We're not convinced that you should put your faith or funds into whatever your buddies are promoting. Still, if you were going to surprise your immediate circle, the brothers and sisters you love so much, now would be the time. Once Aries is over and the Mercury-Venus connection is broken, the opportunity to wax this poetic will pass.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

A fascinating combination of instinct and intelligence is at work right now. How you decide whether to concentrate on your personal life, which is what the Aries planets would insist on, or to focus on world issues, which is what the Aquarian new age energy would prefer, is pretty much up to you. No matter which way you go, you can count on having a silver tongue and enough insights to carry you across whatever miniscule obstacles you may encounter. The point of the next few weeks is: easy come, easy go.

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GENERAL FORECAST: Good times, good friends, good taste courtesy of the goddess of love and lovely stuff. Venus, favored by the adventurous Aries sun, imaginative Neptune and benevolent Jupiter this week, provides easy opportunities to be pleased with yourself, what you're doing and with whom you're doing it. But first, you have to get past the problem unleashed when caustic Mars tests Mercury's language skills on Saturday. Bitch, bitch, bitch. Will you be the poor fool who forgets that Daylight Saving Time starts on April 1 this year? Making up instead of breaking up is one way to work the rehabilitative sun-Pluto trine; the other is to bury the past and move on. What lies ahead are rewards coming down from the last of the high and holy Jupiter-Neptune trines. The first occured in the summer when the religious right pretended to disappear from the Republican party. Smoke and mirrors! April Fool! They're back.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Concentrate on yourself; how good you can look, how to feel better than you do and how to have more fun with a miniumum of effort and expense. This week, everything comes easily. You might gain access to resources that, so far, have eluded you and, if you're as lucky as Venus in Aries indicates, you'll collect on an outstanding debt. With so much supportive air energy (Gemini and Aquarius) fueling artistic independence and fiery ambition, this could be your best birthday in years.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Now is the time for all good men (and Bulls) to throw a party. Whether you need to connect with people who share your interest in a specific subject or just want to fill the house with happy sounds and friendly faces, do it while the force is with you. This is also the weekend when you're a quite a bit luckier than other hopefuls and more artistically attuned to what's going on. Take advantage, such a congenial atmosphere won't last foever, plus the social benefits won't always be this available.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Do you have your priorities, like ducks, lined up in a row? Are you reaching for a spiritual high, an artistic goal or did you decide to expand your knowledge and, while you're at it, your income? The favorable trine between lucky Jupiter in Gemini and ethereal Neptune in Aquarius is exact on the 4th. The seed that was planted last summer is now ripe enough for plucking. But if you can't choose which way to go, if you're stuck with the classic Gemini dilemma -- do I, don't I, what do you think? -- don't despair. While Jupiter is in your sign, you'll be protected.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Let us assume it's a woman who is projecting powerful veneral (as in the goddess Venus) energy; you don't wamt to have one of those infamous Venusians dictating your next career assignment, or are you that huge a sci-fi fan? Maybe you're being motivated by a strong female force in the family. No matter, it's artistry and affability that has captured your attention, and, for now, this is a good thing. Too much razzle-dazzle and heat for a cozy, cuddly water sign? Hide out during the Cancer moon this weekend and replenish your soulfulness.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Lions are particularly persuasive this week, and you don't have to use strong-arm techniques or emotional black mail to get what you want. Innate charm and a sunny disposition works just as well. Could it be your near and dear are more receptive because they're about to slip into a heightened state of awareness? While idealistic Neptune in your Aquarius marriage house is under Jupiter's expansive influence, what your partners see is spiritual growth, prosperity and artistic success. Squint, maybe you'll get the picture, too.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

That detail-driven Virgo mind could go on vacation while your Mercury ruler travels through the last degrees of Pisces. Cosmic consciousness, the music of the spheres and other heavenly delights can have far greater appeal than usual. Factor in the artistic, religious and ethical matters made prominent by the idealistic Jupiter-Neptune trine, and it's possible that you could lose interest (temporarily) in the practical, statistical, nuts-and-bolts stuff you so love to bombard us with. Enjoy this breather, we will.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

The vibe you're sending out is so positive and pleasing, so kind and content, you'd better not be playing an April Fool joke on us. This week, we are all true believers, although Gemini, Aquarius, Pisces and Sag may be more willing to buy into a fantasy of yours, perhaps the one you came up with last summer, the first time imaginative Neptune and prosperous Jupiter trined. Need I remind you that George W., Bill C. and Monica L. have Libra rising? An iffy family matter benefits from an infusion of good news and cash. Happy now?

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Parents, teachers and coaches will be delighted by the genuinely affectionate response they evoke from their young(er) charges. Entertainers get pure, unadulterated adoration from their audience, although a little adultery couldn't hurt the Scorpio image as a magnet for all things sexual. Faith, hope or charity comes from neighbors, siblings and Jehovah Witnesses at the front door. Their spiritual pitch could get out of hand when Neptune and Jupiter reward folks striving for the highest high. Photographers and bartenders also do very well.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21) It's a love fest out there, and you get your share by being the best philosopher-poet, teacher-traveler you can be. Instead of making macho moves, reflect the gentle, gracious Venusian vibrations currently being beamed your way. Good luck surrounds you, especially on April 1st, when, for a change, you don't play the fool. Even if someone is taking advantage of your generous nature, you won't care. While ethereal Neptune favors your Jupiter ruler, ideals, ethics and education matter more than anything else.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Home improvements. Whether it's the place itself or the people in it, Venus wants you to have more beauty and harmony when you come home. There are other forces at work, but nothing is quite as insistent as the goddess whispering in your ear, "Wouldn't it be nice if?" There's also a strong religious vibe in the air, a little early for Easter week, but not for promoting attitudes and icons that reflect the idea of "rebirth." Western astrologers chalk that up to Pluto's trine to the crusading Aries sun, exact on the 4th; the sugar industry prefers Easter eggs and bunnies.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

This week all your dreams can come true, especially if you've been relatively angelic since this summer when they first entered your head. I'm talking about those halcyon days filled with promise when idealistic Neptune in your sign got the initial boost from ever-expansive Jupiter. around the time of the nominating conventions. Maybe I'm only talking to Dick Cheney, the official Aquarian of this administration. Anyway, if you are on a similar high trajectory, enjoy. The last of these rewarding trines takes place on the 4th.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Read for Aquarius, since it's your Neptune ruler's subtle power that's being magnified by magnanimous Jupiter. Simply substitute Sen. Lieberman, a Pisces, for Dick Cheney. Because Neptune is in your house of hopes and wishes for humanity, you could be more politically involved than you usually are, or, on another level, more connected to friends and associates. Jupiter in your house of education and communication suggests you get on the horn and promote some of those high ideals. But, please, don't come knocking on my front door, petition in hand.

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GENERAL FORECAST: The vernal equinox is over, the sun is already in Aries, but it'll take a few days until the Aries new moon (at 5:21 p.m. PST on Saturday) confirms the fact that a new cycle has begun. Maybe we'll see evidence of that independent, impulsive Arien energy during the Oscars; but we'll have to wait until the sun supports protective Jupiter on Tuesday and glamorous Neptune on Wednesday to understand just how fortunate the winners are and how wealthy they will become. But it's not until Thursday, when the sun and Venus join forces, that anyone, you included, gets a inkling of how it feels to win a popularity contest. We like you; we really, really like you. So where's the snake in the grass? Mercury squaring Pluto in the middle of the work week is hellbent on ruining someone's reputation.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Now is a good time to put your best foot forward, take credit where credit is due and make an effort to win the admiration of the crowd. Although magnetic Venus is retrograde in your sign, it won't allow you to hide your light under the proverbial bushel basket. You'll continue to be the center of attention, the winner of popularity contests, especially while the Aries sun and Venus meet on the 29th (give or take a few days). So, what award are you up for, whose approval are you seeking?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Bulls can be just as irresistible as Rams right now, because it is your Venus ruler's merger with the Aries sun that is intensifying your appeal. Casual friends and colleagues are especially vulnerable to your charms; they'll bend over backwards to please you, so word your requests -- as opposed to demands -- carefully. You don't want to abuse your position of privilege, or do you? Venus continues to enchant the groups you're allied with for another two months; after that, you're on your own.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

How badly did you/will you behave? What tales will they tell? A challenging square between your Mercury ruler and dig-up-more-dirt Pluto can unearth gossip about your partner, boss, spaced-out parent or a prominent Pisces who, by making waves, is making you nervous. Although it would be nice to know that it'll work out okay, until there is a confrontation and harsh words are actually exchanged at the end of the month, it won't. But since you're getting luckier day-by-day, what someone else does might not make much of a difference.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Once spring has sprung, Crabs skeedaddle out of their cozy hideouts and take a fresh look at what the world is offering them this season. Art, beauty and a rekindled friendship are high on the list, as well as a way you can incorporate them into your present gig. You'll be inspired, and the pretty people will be pleased that you're paying attention to them. Now is also a good time to check out where you're going next, how you're getting there and who's coming with you.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

You can accomplish quite a lot now simply by looking far and wide instead of restricting yourself to familiar turf. You don't have to travel to a particular place as long as you're willing to expand your horizon, let your imagination loose and show faith in a co-worker or partner. Pleasurable things happen, not to Lions lying in wait, but to adventurous souls with an eye for beauty and a desire to acquire more of it. Take that route and you'll be passionate about someone or something before the next full moon.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Relying on the other guy? Right now, the ins and outs of partnership matters hold a peculiar fascination, but think twice if you want help finding out what's up and who's who. While your Mercury ruler winds its way through imaginative Pisces, you tend to be more impressionable and idealistic than usual, especially where young folks are concerned. When dealing with domestic issues, try not to become incensed by any little thing that goes wrong at home. Nobody's fault, just a another version of March madness.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

If you were reliving your love life, this would be the time to get together with your ex. What weird configuration in the sky could account for such madness? The merger of the sun and your retrograde Venus ruler in, of all places, your Aries marriage house! How your history is being replayed while the goddess of love and beauty takes a trip down memory lane is different for each person. However, every Libran will spend time with or think about someone from your past with whom you shared some terrific moments. Enjoy.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

If your thoughts last week were equally divided between love (or sex) and money, this week love can matter more than money. However, getting enough of either shouldn't be too much of a problem, especially when affectionate Venus mergers with the sun in your Aries house of romance and risk. What you should avoid is contact with a family member who is dying to dig up dirt, if not on you specifically, then on someone near or dear to you. Needless to say, a furious round of family feud follows.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

As long as you're enjoying this extraordinary infusion of "get out there and do something" energy from militant Mars in your sign, you'd better follow orders. Otherwise there'll be hell to pay when Mars turns around to see what you've done with the motivation and courage he's provided so far. Although it may not be absolutely necessary yet, consider surgery while the planet ruling cuts and burns is in Sag through Labor Day. Otherwise, it'll be 2003 before he's back. Incidentally, you should steer clear of a prying relative's eyes, too.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Remember that old friend or lover who came for a short visit and stayed for a while. Everyone has one lodged in their past. Well, memories of yours can affect your present quest for domestic bliss, or perhaps that person will check in in person. Another result of the impulsive Aries sun-retrograde Venus marriage could involve an extended adventure in redecorating or resuscitating a relationship. Although, at first, you won't want to be bothered, the time and effort will eventually be worth your while.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Instead of the usual, "Money in unusual ways," the forecast for Aquarians reads, "Money in straightforward, probably sudden ways." Don't knock it. You'll be quite thrilled with what turns up, you may even reevaluate some of the possessions you already have. Things that cost you something, either fiscally or emotionally, are likely to bring you pleasure again simply because artistic, appreciative Venus is revisting your money house. Her trip is a rare treat, a prelude to the inspiration and lofty aspirations that are coming.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Career concerns may push you into acting prematurely. Don't. While impulsive Mars is at the top of your chart (all spring and summer) it'll be hard to keep your cool when a client, your boss or parent is behaving badly. If you attempt blackmail, by doing research or outright spying, you'd best be prepared to see the tables turn. Instead, why not work on making yourself more charming and a bit more accessible? Venus retrograde is providing a second chance to attain a more harmonious relatonship while still asserting your independence. Not a bad deal.

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GENERAL FORECAST: The gathering storm might blow over for now, but what occurs during the destructive Mars-Pluto conjunction this weekend will affect us through the summer. Follow the numbers: On Saturday powerful Pluto turns retrograde at 15 Sagittarius, it flips forward in August at 13; in May fiery Mars heads backwards at 29 Sag and goes direct in mid-July at 15, the same degree the two planets are in now. A quick glance at major political figures' charts shows only John McCain with anything -- in his case, protective Jupiter -- at 15 Sag. Dick Cheney's Mars is at 17, L.A.'s Saturn is at 13 in our money house. (In case you hadn't noticed we've been on an economic downturn for months and the strikes haven't even begun!) There is a sunny side to this gloomy forecast, and that breaks through as loving Venus trines horny Mars and passionate Pluto in the last days of Pisces. Spring arrives Tuesday, the 20th at 5:31 a.m. PST. Celebrate, watch a fresh egg stand tall.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Any adventure, romantic or otherwise, will provide a lot of pleasure this weekend. Rarely are you in such a sweet spot (astrologically speaking) or pointed in such a rewarding direction. If you feel about to be swept away by a powerful wave of emotion, go with the flow. Also give yourself permission to follow the path your mind is taking, because the desire for more meaningful life experiences and intellecutal growth is at an all-time (if you were born after 1969) high. If born before, remember when?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Sex, secret information and what to do with other people's money are among the subjects that'll make this weekend so special. While your Venus ruler in courageous Aries is being rewarded by adventurous Mars and regenerative Pluto, also in a spirited fire sign, you can aspire to the heights or descend into the depths of assorted life experiences. It all depends on the company you're keeping and your current philosophical outlook. What's good, what's bad is up for reevaluation as long as Venus remains retrograde.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Your Mercury ruler finally gets back to Pisces, the sign it was in when it turned retrograde at the beginning of February. While some Twins might consider the last six weeks a total bust, with no forward progress to speak of, others have learned a lot during the retrogression. Some may simply be thankful that they didn't have to perform with customary Gemini agility and speed, that other people's expectations were lowered. However, now that you're all on the same page, let the competitive games begin again.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Finally, the job you may be aiming for and the career path you hope to get on are in synch. No more marking time, working at cross purposes or watching challenging opportunities go up in smoke. Not that the rewards will come easily, but no matter how many adjustments in your daily routine are called for, you'll make them with a fair amount of enthusiasm, for a Crab, that is. Will you also allow a friendly, attractive person smoothe your transition or will pride get in the way?

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Lions are in line for good fun and/or great loving this weekend. Simply by being here, you may receive enormous amounts of affection, even adoration from Aries, Libra and Taurus natives and more than the usual passionate comeon from an intense Scorpio or a devoted Sagittarian. You don't have to expend much effort, make promises or pick up the tab. However, you might have to get dressed and leave the house, but even that can be circumvented if you invite willing players over for a "game night" to remember.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Read for Gemini. Not that you have a Twin to compete with, but the movement of your Mercury ruler certainly affected you, whether you tried to accomplish things or laid back during its recent retrograde and let things fall apart on their own. Now that Venus is moving backward and Pluto is about to flip, will you encounter more delays? Not in your comings and goings by mail, phone, fax, land, sea or air; but your love life and home life could suffer some setbacks. However, not this weekend when so many people -- Virgins, too? -- are so hot and horny.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Don't blame me if you're not as sought after or as deeply in lust this weekend as I envision. Sometimes I let my imagination get the better of my judgment and predict things that only happen in R-rated movies and romance novels. But the tell-tale signs are open for your interpretation, too. Your Venus ruler, goddess of love, beauty and the feminine principle, forms a rewarding trine to macho Mars, ruler of all things hunky, as well as to passionate Pluto, ruler of the secret stuff you tell nobody, except your hypnotherapist, about. So, what do you see?

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

"Single-minded" is hardly strong enough to describe the way you can feel during the once-every-two-year convergence of Mars and Pluto, your two co-ruling planets. As if Scorpios weren't determined enough, you can now get what you want in record time thanks to a rewarding trine from loving Venus, and experience near total satisfaction. Venus' warm heart, gentle manner and love of beauty insures that you don't act like an overbearing despot, consumed by various passions and your will to power.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Read for Scorpio. Once again you guys are on the same track heading in the same direction. The only difference is that enthusiastic Archers can get so fired up by the Mars-Pluto conjunction in your sign, that you may burn out too quickly. The favorable trine from Venus in your Aries house of risk and romance gives you an edge, because, even if you don't get your heart's desire before you burn out, you'll continue to be the flavor of choice for months to come or until Labor Day weekend and the first NFL game of the season.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

While other signs favor high drama and sweeping statements, you only have to do what you feel is necessary to achieve your goal. Because the sun sextiles your Saturn ruler this weekend, you can reap a reward from a decision you made at your birthday. One nice thing about cycles is that they always come around, but segments of them do come to an end. Sorry, but these are the last goodies you'll get from Saturn's transit through friendly Taurus. By Earth Day, Saturn will have moved on to airy Gemini and an abundance of choices.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

This weekend Mercury exits your sign, leaving behind the confusion its trip forward, backward and forward again may have caused. Hopefully, you learned a lot so that next January, when Mercury goes retrograde in Aquarius, you'll be prepared. Right now, clear and present pleasures lie ahead, all you have to do is show up. While the fire signs are engaged in a torrid lovefest, air signs like yours benefit simply by being the necessary element that keeps the flames going, the heat rising as casual friends and neighbors connect.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

The last of the birthday good wishes are coming to an end, but don't feel we've abandoned you, yet. Once Mercury reenters your sign Friday night, Geminis and Virgos, who are ruled by Mercury, will find your conversation fascinating, your poetry inspiring, and your latest ideas utterly incomprehensible to their way of thinking. Have fun explaining. Money and career concerns can procede nicely if you don't interfere with the creative process. How you deal with a bully of a boss is up to you.

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GENERAL FORECAST: Beware the Ides of March! No kidding. This year the Ides arrive as powerful Pluto stops in its off-beat orbit before turning retrograde at the same time that fiery Mars meets up with the planet of death and rebirth. Quite the combustible situation. FYI: it was on a Pluto station that Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, on a Mars-Pluto square that the World Trade Center was bombed. Lava tends to rise up from the bowels of the earth when Pluto is under pressure, so expect all sorts of disruptions in your daily routine. But first you have to get through the hypercritical Virgo full moon exact Friday the 9th at 9:23 a.m. PST. Because affectionate Venus flipped into retrograde the day before, you're liable to feel unwanted and undervalued. This time, dear Brutus, the fault lies in the stars.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Don't you love having magnetic Venus in your sign? How does it feel to be the toast of the town or, now that Venus has turned retrograde, are you only attracting ex- and wannabe lovers? Fire, desire and the ability to acquire are the gifts on loan from the goddess through June. You'll really give thanks on the 19th when she favors your passionate Mars ruler who is on the verge of exploding anyway. Just avoid taking part in a violent outburst around St. Patrick's Day and stay clear of an impressive world-traveler who is dedicated to the violent overthrow of whatever...

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Friendship is the key to getting through the unexpected ups and downs at work with a smile. No matter how disoriented you might feel, you probably can navigate the "what ifs" by soliciting an intuitve colleague's take on the situation. Collaborating with a talented peer on a creative project is a good idea now, too. One of those "star-crossed" encounters you read about and see on TV is gathering momentum, becoming more of a possibility the closer you get to St. Patrick's Day. Talk about the luck of the Irish!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

There's a distinct possiblity that a person you currently think of as a partner (soon to become an enemy?) is about to implode. Like a Vegas hotel that has outlived its popularity, this relationship is slated for destruction or, at the very least, a major rehaul. If your mate seems destined for rehab one of these days, that day may be closer than either one of you think, say before the month is out. Meanwhile, you get a helping hand from an attractive acquaintance you're not that tight with... yet.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Since the Pisces sun is visiting your house of travel and higher education, now is a good time to explore foreign cultures and native dishes or to sign up for a course that will advance your career. This is just in case you need something to keep your mind occupied while all hell breaks loose at work. A project that develops major problems, a co-worker who dominates the others, a scandal that can linger through the summer -- potential hassles the Crab should try to stay clear of. Then there's that growing fascination with (please fill in the baseball mega-millionaire of choice.)

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Pay more attention to the people who manage your money, at least until you receive a tax refund, a dividend check, some sort of return on your investment. However, if patience is the key to heaven, start polishing your halo while you wait for the market to rebound. But angelic behavior is definitely not the way to go when it comes to romance. Spectacular sex is about to rear its naughty rear end as loving Venus in Aries attracts horny Mars and passionate Pluto in Sag, and together they trine lucky Lions born around August 6. A grand fire trine is devilishy hot stuff.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Once you've recovered from the Virgo full moon and gone another round, wondering "What was that about?", try to move on with all due speed. Right now, understanding why people do what they do is not your strong suit, and asking for answers may widen the gulf between you. A sibling, fellow student or neighbor can be teetering close to the edge, and a straight-forward manner or rational line of questioning will do nothing to calm that savage beast. Turn to a psychic Pisces if you want to help.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Everybody loves lovable Libra anyway, but while your Venus ruler is retrograde in your marriage house -- it goes direct on April 19 -- folks from your past could come rushing out of the closet. Especially when Venus connects to the macho "Master of the Universe" Mars-Pluto conjunction in Sag around St. Paddy's Day. Yes, money will pass hands, but you can also ask for your heart's desire. Whether you'll still want it after you've had the experience is what desire and gratification is all about, isn't it?

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Finally, after two years of horsing around (9/99 was their last conjunction) your Mars co-ruler joins your Pluto co-ruler in freedom-loving Sagittarius. What ties that bind are going to be cut this time? Happily for all concerned, support from lovable Venus can make the experience quite pleasant, possibly even a thing of beauty. I don't know about a joy forever. Be aware that there's a strong undercurrent of passion that may blow up in your face simply because Mars is going retrograde in May. When it turns direct in July, it'll be back where it is now. You, too?

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Read for Scorpio. The connection between the two signs isn't limited to Archers born in November. Sooner or later every Sag will get a taste of what it's like to deal big-time with issues of power and control. Although that's hardly your area of interest, let alone expertise, while Pluto in Sag (another seven years) and Mars (another seven months) are generating heat, pushing buttons and cutting dead wood, you will become fucking passionate about something. And, in the next few weeks, someone.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Goats are notorious hermits, almost as bad as Crabs are about making an appearance only when and if it suits them. So you know how annoying and frustrating it can be for those of us who are trying to reach you and, while we're at it, reach out to you, too. However, having delicious Venus hunkering down in your home base, making everything there so much more appealing than it is out here, is as good an excuse as any. Wait a few days and you can also claim that you're playing it safe by avoiding a hot-head who's making threatening noises.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Buy it. While the Pisces sun cruises through your money house you might as well fulfill a fantasy and get what you want. Deep down you know that Piscean pleasures, except for the drugs and booze, won't hurt you. How much damage can music, art and snorkeling do? Once you figure out that one, let gracious, sociable Venus improve your communication skills so that you can build a bridge to whomever is no longer speaking to you. Diplomatic Venus can also help you deal with a volatile client, an overbearing boss or a parent at a crossroads. Where's the love? Try a neighbor.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

The pressure to accomplish something memorable (let's hope it's meaningful as well) before your birthday next year is building. So is your energy and determination to pull it off. Whether you're pushing yourself or are being egged on by the powers that be doesn't make a whole lot of difference. As long as courageous, truth-seeking Mars in your Sagittarius midheaven paces back and forth, you'll be on some sort of crusade, slashing and burning, but also healing and rehabilitating, as you go. By the time Mars gets to Pisces for Christmas, it'll be a fait accompli.

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GENERAL FORECAST: Flip, flop. Mercury is tenuously facing forward after three weeks in retrograde, when it aligns with Venus, about to turn retrograde on the 8th for a six-week stint. Here we are, finally getting Mercury-related communication matters back on track, while Venus, ruler of hugs, kisses and pretty objects, is ready to make us reexamine the way we feel about people, the way we look at things -- all that we hold dear. Venus hasn't done a backward flip since the summer of '99, so we're probably due for a readjustment in our value systems. But first we have to survive the challenging sun-Pluto square exact Monday morning. Someone, something is eliminated or, if you dig "The Mole," executed.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Decline the last-minute invitation, take to your bed, turn off the phone. The weeks before Aries begins is the proper time to withdraw from the world of petty concerns, replenish your sense of self and figure out what you want for your birthday this year. Too many prior commitments and obligations? Not to worry; once magnetic Venus in your sign turns retrograde next Thursday, feel free to pare your dance card down to the people you really want to see. But leave room for the arrival of a person from your past who -- surprise! -- still turns you on.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Read for Aries. Although you may not be poised for a fast getaway to a favorite hideway, you can be in a reclusive mood while your Venus ruler visits your 12th house of confinement and the karmic past. But this respite won't last; once Venus flips on the 8th, your recent romantic history will catch up with you. Venus hasn't been retrograde since the summer of '99; was that the last time you yearned for what you didn't have? On the first day of Taurus Venus turns direct; that gives you plenty of time to decide what to wish for on your birthday.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Pressure from the boss to pull off a resounding career success is mounting. Acquiescing to the demands of a family member might mean you have to abandon a deep-seated desire of your own. Not a pretty dilemma, but one you've faced before and will continue to deal with as long as powerful Pluto dominates your Sagittarius house of partnerships. Who finds the middle ground? Well, unless everyone concerned is an adaptable mutable sign, i.e., Virgo, Pisces, Sag or another Twin, it'll be you, of course.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Mercury has barely had time to pick up momentum and move far enough forward to have an appreciable impact on your financial situation. Meanwhile Venus, in your career midheaven, is slowing down before turning retrograde on the 8th. No doubt, the money story will improve once Mercury in your house of joint resources is up to speed, but Venus' turnaround suggests a reversal of fortune or direction. However, this could be a good thing, especially if Venus brings a former employer or an attractive client back on the scene.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Whenever your sun ruler squares manipulative Pluto, as it does this weekend, push, literally, comes to shove. Domineering people with something up their sleeve -- who more often than not turn out to be Scorpions -- gravitate to you. A difference of opinion ensues and, before long, one of you draws the proverbial line in the sand. The issues that incite you probably will revolve around sex, real estate and other people's money, but sports can draw blood too, since Pluto's influence extends to your house of fun and games.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Just as you're beginning to get the work thing going again, and, now that your Mercury ruler is no longer retrograde, your ability to express yourself has returned, Venus prepares to do an about-face. Make the most of the supportive energy the goddess gracefully provides. Once Venus flips on the 8th, her charms and civility will no longer soothe your savage breast or smoothe your awkward sentence structure. Also, beware the person determined to rescue something in the house you're ready to off.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

It's primarily Librans and Taureans who will be most affected by Venus' trip through the recent past. Beginning next Thursday, your ruling planet will present a fairly extensive retrospective, complete with examples and explanations, of why you've been feeling the way you do. There is always a point to Venus' stroll down memory lane, whether you take it alone or accompanied by those you love. Sometime in the next six weeks, your current value system may be restructured and, what you find so appealing now can, by mid-April, seem superfluous, silly or self-indulgent.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21) It may seem like it, but the whole world isn't ganging up on you. However, when the sun (in the guise of a Leo, perhaps a Pisces) squares your ruling planets, like it does this weekend with Pluto, you won't back off, no matter what kind of challenge this person presents. Especially if there is a fair amount of money (to earn, to spend) involved. But once you pass the latest test of wills, you don't encounter another like it until June. Meanwhile, you'll find a diversion to amuse you, one that draws on your creative impulses and romantic proclivities.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Get set for a power struggle this weekend as Pluto in Sag is confronted by the imaginative Pisces sun. Suddenly someone in the family starts painting a seductive picture of what might be, if only you would follow his or her peculiar line of reasoning. Ever alert to the B.S. factor, you lash out in defense of your own take on what is real, what is possible. This philosophical dispute goes nowhere; however, it can throw you off-stride and make you skittish when you should be strong in case a former love interest shows up while Venus is retrograde.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

A woman in search of adventure could land on your porch and sit for a spell when Venus does a turnaround in your house of domestic bliss. While the planet of social relationships and down sofas is retrograde, use this time to redecorate, also to make amends within the family circle. Harmony, balance and beauty is what you or whomever has landed is aiming for, and even if the attempts do not go smoothly, something beneficial will come of it. It's only the Mayans who linked Venus with war and bloody sacrifice.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Charm, popularity and an ability to speak your mind without offending anyone, for a change, are some of the benefits you receive when Mercury in your sign aligns with gracious Venus this weekend. Writers and sales people find the words that best express their ideas, lovers write letters worth saving. So you probably won't be prepared for a colleague's outright manipulation of a money matter you're both involved in. You can put up an argument and refuse to be coerced, or you could step back and see what happens after Venus turns retrograde.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Happy Birthday. I'm not sure it's a suitable gift, but you might reap nice goodies once Venus, in your Aries money house, goes retrograde. Money owed you would show up under these circumstances; things you thought you once wanted may no longer be such hot objects of desire. Your appreciation of valuable stuff could grow immeasurably, aided by a new appraisal from an auction house or dealer. And your feelings can also undergo a reevaluation; a tepid affection for someone could turn into adoration or a rift between friends may be healed.

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GENERAL FORECAST: Get out of the way. Push comes to shove when the Pisces sun challenges militant Mars in Sagittarius. More fire, higher aspirations and possibly life-altering sexual experiences over the Mardi Gras weekend. Whoopee! Use the Pisces new moon energy early Friday to prepare for the changes about to take place. The most apparent is Mercury's change of direction, out of retrograde on Sunday at 7:41 a.m. PST. As it faces forward, somewhat in shock, the planet of prose and the prosaic, (probably Prozac, too) connects with loving Venus. Write a charming note, send a belated Valentine's Day card, apologize profusely for whatever went wrong while Mercury was retrograde. Then, roulez le bon temps.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Right now, you can do no wrong. While artistic, affectionate Venus is traveling through Aries (it heads backward from March 8-April 19), utilize every opportunity to show off your talent, to be the belle of this ball. During retrograde you'll find the time to perfect your work and smoothe out kinks in old and new relationships. No matter how promising he or she makes it sound, avoid getting sucked into a friend's scheme this weekend. Because your pal will probably bail, you could spend all of spring and summer extricating yourself from risky business.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Although Mercury is turning direct on Sunday, after three weeks of piddling problems and postponements, it shouldn't interrupt the easy flow of affection, not to mention the heat, that is about to be generated between you and a loved one or, for that matter, a casual friend. Did I hit a nerve? For the next ten days, Mercury will be on hand to help you express yourself, so take to your keyboard and pour on the sentiment. Where was all this grace, wit and fire on Valentine's Day when you needed a translator? Never mind, Mardi Gras is just as good a time to pull out the lingerie and come on like gangbusters.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Since the Twins usually feel the effects of Mercury's change of direction a few days before it happens, those petty annoyances may no longer be getting to you. Instead, you might be ticked off because the sun is aggravating competitive Mars in your Sag house of co-workers and partners. What is making your mate so angry and why are you in the line of fire? Someone has to give up something that no longer works, maybe even give up the gig entirely. Be patient, there's no quick resolution; Mars is in Sagittarius through Labor Day.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

It's still about money. One would have thought by now that the emphasis had shifted to some other area of interest, but no, interest rates, joint income and other fluctuations in your finances continue to dominate your waking thoughts. Athletes, who haven't received huge signing bonuses, could be angry because money and recreation are inexorably tied together by an aggressive, even reckless sun-Mars square. A similar affliction applies to Crabby enthusiasts in general. Consider giving up something special for Lent, e.g. the thrills and chills of March Madness?

LEO (July 23-August 22)

It takes a few days for things to get back on an even keel after Mercury, in your Aquarius house of partnerships, flips. Give significant people plenty of time to return your calls, come to a decision and remember where they were and what they were doing before retrograde started. It's not as if life came to a screeching halt in February, but, truthfully, how much progress have you made? Clearing your desk, reorganizing drawers and shelves is pure retro action, not a bold leap forward. That'll come soon enough.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

The company you keep figures largely in what happens both at work and at home. Be careful when you combine the separate casts of characters. A feisty neighbor might be eager, even obnoxious about prying into the details of your job; a talented co-worker could offer to fix something in the house that obviously needs repair, anything from a kitchen cabinet to a relationship. Because your Mercury ruler has recently changed direction, take things slowly until you sense you're back on track, and don't try to make up for the time you feel you lost while Mercury was retrograde.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

You're especially literate right now thanks to the attention communicative Mercury is paying to your Venus ruler; writers should take advantage and press for publication. The fact that Venus is in impulsive, courageous Aries makes it easier to approach people who can really help put words in print. But if your medium of self-expression lies in another field, by all means talk up your talent to folks who can be counted on to spread good gossip and drop your name. Entertaining them, before Venus turns retrograde on March 8th, wouldn't hurt, either.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Drastic change, the kind that is done when you're under the knife, might seem like an expedient alternative to gradual improvement simply because the Pisces sun is challenging both your Mars and Pluto co-ruling planets for the next ten days. Don't do anything rash. When it is subject to this much stress, Mars can become caustic and turn into a source of irritation. Regenerative Pluto tends to throw the baby out with the bathwater anyway, so you can't be sure it has your best long-term interest at heart; still, you can wait and see.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Read for Scorpio. Because Mars and Pluto are currently in Sagittarius, the pressure the Pisces sun is exerting on them might urge you to act on impulse and with more bravado than usual. Who is making you see red? A neighbor, sibling or the landlord? Or is that a secret passion you're harboring for the girl/guy next door? Fiery emotions and a Plutonic sense of "do or die" is fine for spectator sports, but don't let them send you spinning out of control. As soon as impressionable Pisces is over, the motivation will disappear and the vendetta will seem pointless.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Find a Moon Child to commiserate with. Both of you are tightly wrapped up in money matters right now, one of which might be contingent on a friend's involvement, another on politics and social issues. Where's the party? Seriously, because Mars is stirring up action behind the scenes -- and will continue to do so for months on end -- you can provide services or do favors for people you seldom see, but with whom you identify. Charitable impulses, perhaps, but once compassionate Pisces is over, so will these feelings pass. Meanwhile, the social structure you've supported lives on.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Stop, start, stop. Awkward and abrupt as Aquarians may sometimes be, nothing disturbs your internal rhythm quite as much as having mobile Mercury flipping in your sign as it will on the 25th. It takes days for Mercury to build up steam and move forward, so be patient with yourself, your twisted tongue and general goofiness. If you can skirt a troublesome issue at work or dance around an irate boss, do it. If not, plead, "I wasn't thinking," or "Retrograde Mercury, it's out of my hands!" Be thankful that your imagination hasn't suffered.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

The Fish would rather not make waves; nonetheless, try to redirect the tension generated by the Pisces sun as it squares macho Mars and manipulative Pluto in Sagittarius. Which Archer is taking aim at you and what aggressive, somewhat dangerous course of action is he or she encouraging? Birthdays are stressful enough, you don't need to let your thoughts run wild, looking for adventure and whatever comes your way. However, now is an excellent time to check out (relatively) safe spiritual sites you've never been to before.

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GENERAL FORECAST: First you have to recover from Valentine's Day, digest the surprising news you hear when Mercury, retrograde this time, again joins unpredictable Uranus as it did on the Monday after Inauguration Day, and then you can get into or stay clear of the President's Day holiday mindset. Cherry pie? No thanks. The guy who could not tell a lie would have a hard time explaining the difference between ethical, yet excessive Jupiterian behavior and truth-seeking, albeit militant Martian demeanor. How you handle their opposition -- Jupiter in Gemini facing off against Mars in Sagittarius -- this weekend, as well as the even more challenging T-square from the Pisces sun midweek is the test we'll all be trying to pass. Good luck.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Exciting, borderline thrilling and probably more than you bargained for. While enthusiastic, expansive Jupiter opposes your ambitious Mars ruler this weekend, you could find yourself in the throes of an event that's spinning out of control. If money is involved, those numbers pile up very quickly. The opposition aspect also raises blood pressure and speeds up your emotional reaction, so try your best to stay calm, cool and collected. Friends or a group you belong to can make the situation even more of a challenge and, ultimately, more rewarding.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

A surprising development regarding work or the family can alter your plans for the long weekend holiday. Blame retrograde Mercury for bumping into unpredictable Uranus once again and bringing up something you thought was signed, sealed and delivered a few days before the Chinese New Year began. Don't remember? Check your diary. It probably isn't that big of a deal, but the matter might not be resolved until the third conjunction at the next full moon, March 9. By then, your Venus ruler will be retrograde and an ex- may be sniffing around.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Reactions to surprises sprung on Valentine's Day reverberate throughout the long holiday weekend. What were they/you thinking? But it's mainly Twins born near the Taurus cusp who are poised to go over the top, promising more than they can deliver, but, also, more willing to take a risk than they have been in, say, 12 years. That's because effusive Jupiter in early Gemini is being stretched to its limits by ballsy Mars in Sag, and both are being squared (tested) by the Pisces sun. Look around for a cushy spot to land.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

News about a financial matter resurfaces this weekend and provides plenty of food for thought. Mull your ideas over slowly; the matter won't be considered finished business for another three weeks. Meanwhile friends or a like-minded group get behind a daring escapade and push you to the limit of your physical ability. The excitement is exhilarating, the entrepreneurial possibilities thrilling, although the cost can be huge. Consider a somewhat safer endeavor, one that doesn't damage a body part too badly. Sore is better than sprained.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Once Pisces begins on Sunday, you can feel the tension mounting. What to do until it culminates Tuesday when the democratic Aquarius sun in your house of partners challenges Jupiter in your house of benevolent despots? No place to run to, no place to hide because come Thursday your sun ruler and aggressive Mars only acerbate the friction. Do you really want to fight for the right to be wrong? The truth becomes an issue when expediency and enthusiasm go by the boards, yet somewhere in this conflict you manage to see your way clear.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

This Mercury retrograde period could be driving you to distraction simply because it's occuring in your Aquarius house of work and health practices. That's an area of life you know something about, so if your expertise isn't paying off, if progress on the job is held in thrall by some "alleged" astrological phenomenon, feel free to rant and rave. If ranting releases some of the tension generated by a challenging mutable T-square -- Pisces sun, Mars in Sag, Jupiter in Gemini -- lash out. Some of us will ignore you; the equally testy mutable signs will lash back.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

More fun and games, the kind that makes you look and sound even cleverer than you are. Enjoy the rush, the attention others are paying, because it's going to cost you something, too. Probably midweek, when the friendly Aquarius sun in your house of romance, risk and recreation squares both Mars and Jupiter in your two money houses -- your personal stash and the resources you share with others, e.g., Charles Schwab. This challenging square may also launch an entrepreneurial venture, perhaps an exciting adventure with the kids and/or your lover. Either way, enjoy the ride.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Mercury retrograde in Aquarius, testing your Scorpio planets, could be turning your happy home into a hellhole. If there are problems regarding the house, the neighborhood or real estate in general, simply stop tearing your hair out and wait until the planet of particulars goes direct next weekend. Meanwhile, try to avoid getting caught up in a partner's grandiose scheme to update your look, the wiring or electronic devices. Retrograde is not the time to buy contemporary merchandise; even retro is a maybe.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

More energy than you know what to do with? Planning to expand your personal space? While Mars is in Sag (from Valentine's Day until September 8!) activating your natal planets, you, one of the lazier signs in the zodiac, could turn into a dynamo. Desire and passion, courage and conviction, initiative and independence -- whatever you need is there for the taking. A more assertive attitude? A stronger, more sculpted body? You'll have a clearer idea of what lies ahead after the sun provokes Mars and your Jupiter ruler in Gemini midweek. Giddy-yap.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20) Chances are you'll get carried away during this mid-winter holiday. Fearless friends might encourage you to overextend financially, to reach beyond your grasp of a tricky social situation, your state-of-the-art athletic equipment or your audience. However, comedians -- most of whom are Goats -- under this relatively rare planetary pressure can make a lot of money making the rest of us laugh. If the opportunity to entertain presents itself, grab the mike and show us what a wicked sense of humor you have.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Basking in the spotlight? Even after the sun leaves your sign on Sunday, you'll still be attracting attention and generating conversation. What sort of odd behavior are you promoting and why should we go along? Because you're so appealing or because your ideas are so intriguing? Somehow you'll manage to strike a balance between condoning excessive enthusiasm at home, perhaps on the part of a parent, and assuming control of the reins at work. Right now, your mood is more expansive than restrictive, the faltering economy notwithstanding.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

You accrue memorable moments this week as soon as you get off whatever fence you've been straddling and leap one way or the other. Happy birthday. Pisces begins Sunday morning, but you won't become acutely aware how crucial it is to make a choice until the sun tests protective Jupiter on Tuesday and passionate Mars early Thursday. Do you simply want to be more "comfortable" or does a two-fisted crusade sound more like your cup of tea? And where will you drink that tea? As an arm-chair traveler or a bold adventurer visiting places you've never been before?

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GENERAL FORECAST: That luscious moon up there might look full, but it hit its peak Wednesday night/Thursday morning, leaving us to deal with its aftermath sometime before the weekend ends. But maybe heavy-duty emotional involvement will make us oblivious to the disruption inherent in the sun-Uranus conjunction in Aquarius Friday morning. The last major Uranus aspect was the challenging square from Mars that "coincided" with the devasting earthquake in western India. Also on Friday retrograde Mercury squares Mars, so the dialog could get nasty. By Monday, when Mercury squares rigid Saturn, it could be downright depressing. Thank the gods that Mercury conjuncts the sun (a brilliant idea) about an hour before the sun-Saturn square Monday afternoon. So much negativity does not bode well for a happy St. Valentine's Day celebration, but since the moon is in sexy Scorpio on the 14th, why not give it the old college try?

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

A bona fide adventure, perhaps the first in two years, begins as soon as your courageous Mars ruler enters high-spirited Sagittarius on Valentine's Day. Suddenly there'll be new places to go and people to see, forays into subjects that'll entice and excite you, plus a chance to make a lot of cabbage without expending much effort in the garden. An entrepreneurial opportunity based on comings, goings and the well-written word could pop up mid-month; give it serious thought. Meanwhile Venus in your sign, like the Venus fly-trap, is attracting life forms that'll nurture you through Spring.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Odd or unexpected occurences shouldn't be summarily dismissed, especially if they happen to cross your career path instead of that long and winding road that leads back home. At this juncture in your life, you can use as many signs to back up intuitive hits as your guardian angel will send. Although Mercury is retrograde, it certainly isn't silent; listen for clues coming through the mouths and memos of colleagues and members of a group you're allied with. This Valentine's Day is primarily about a significant other, not about you. This is a good thing?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Play to your strength. Even though your Mercury ruler is currently moving backwards, you don't have to abandon a goal you've recently set for yourself. No matter how tricky it might be finessing a co-worker or dealing with powers behind the throne, continue with your game plan, also try to show up where and when you're expected. Because they don't have your flexibility, the competition can get stuck in a strategy that no longer works. Retrograde is a good time to gather information about your next trip, but don't finalize plans until after the 25th.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Remember, 'tis the season to get your finances in order. Because Mercury is retrograde in your house of 1099's, stock certificates and pawnbroker receipts, this is an excellent time to organize the paperwork and prepare to file your tax return. But don't put the forms (or the check) in the mail until Mercury moves forward again on the 25th, and then, be sure to send in your return when the moon is void-of-course, i.e., not aspecting any of the planets. This Valentine's Day is not particularly romantic; be sweet to a co-worker or a good-natured client instead.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Fight the urge to shock the rest of us while your sun ruler is picking up electrifying Uranian energy; this is where "a bolt from the blue" comes from. However, the words you've been waiting to hear won't come down from above until the sun and Mercury, retrograde in your Aquarius house of partners, meet just before Valentine's Day. Even if you think you've learned the "truth," it would be safer not to act on it until Mercury has run its retro course and you've had a chance to experience "harsh reality" this weekend followed next weekend by "joy."

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Glean a bit of practical advice by reading the other signs' forecasts because the main thread is what's happening to each of them while your Mercury ruler is retrograde for (almost) the rest of the month. This way you'll have a better idea of the sort of adjustments that need to be made, the kind of attention that should be paid. How does this impact on your love life? Not until Pisces begins will there be enough action to make a noticeable difference. Nonetheless, you'll probably get a big, fat juicy clue just in time for Valentine's Day.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

By June you may claim, "Enough is enough!" but for now, your Venus ruler transiting ardent Aries, your cosmic other, should bring pure pleasure. How much more can you dote on the person sitting across the table? How much more attractive, charming and talented will he or she turn out to be? These next few months are key for developing a relationship according to the criteria you've always said you wanted. (And for finding the attorney of your dreams.) While the goddess of love travels back and forth (retrograde is coming!) in your marriage house, you'll have your fill of whatever it is you currently desire.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

It'll be a cinch to cut yourself off from the world at large, retreat into your bit of heaven on earth and spend a month or two concentrating on you, your values, your family, maybe some form of recreation or an entertaining romance. That's it. If you do encounter resistance from your mate or a business partner, it won't last past President's Day. Because Mercury is retrograde in your fourth house of "womb and tomb," this would be a good time to check out genealogy sites on the Web, search for treasures in the attic or clean out the garage.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Every now and then the outside world may beckon, but basically you're locked into a subjective mindset until your Jupiter ruler starts demanding you pay attention to Gemini partnership matters, sometime around April or May. What is it about your appearance, your holdings, your educational interests, your residence, your hobbies and your health that needs your complete attention? Now, while Mars and Pluto, the planets of action and redemption, are in your sign, is the time to devote yourself to the self.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Money and values, and the way they fluctuate, could demand a lot of your attention while Mercury is retrograde. But even after the planet that rules the small print turns direct, you'll still have to keep an eye on the red and the black columns in your ledger for another couple of weeks. How Dickensian! But unlike his heroes, the pressure placed on your shoulders comes primarily from fun stuff, high-priced toys you're deadly serious about. Parents might incur unexpected expenses simply to keep their young on track.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

You're still the one, the star of the dynamic Aquarian one-man show, the performer with a high Q-rating and dazzling smile. The past two years have been very good for Water-Bearers, so don't bitch if this Valentine's Day experience isn't as lovey-dovey as you anticipate. It's your mind, not your heart, that receives special attention this week. Therefore, when you get one of your more brilliant ideas, be sure to follow through and, most importantly, trust your intuition if you sense something is amiss.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

Pisces is beginning earlier each year, so Fish born around the 18th might feel they have to do something noteworthy to mark the occasion. Don't bother, an appropriate event will find you, if not shortly after the 12th, then sometime during the long President's Day weekend when you're psyched about a proposal that's intelligent, daring and too good to last, or even to come to fruition. Lots of challenges, none of them geared toward romantic conquest and a Valentine's Day drama. Be grateful for the bird in the hand and a few good friends.

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