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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