By Besha Rodell
By Patrick Range McDonald
By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
The 2002 holiday season officially begins on Friday with the onset of solar Sagittarius. While militant Mars and aerodynamic Uranus form a supportive trine in air signs this weekend, consider getting away while the getting is good. Venus'recent turnaround in sexy Scorpio will eventually bring your love life back up to speed, but in the meantime, try to trace the track of these tears: Venus, ruler of romance as well as the New York Stock Exchange, went retrograde on October 10, did a forward flip yesterday and should regain the ground it lost by December 21, the winter solstice. Mmmm, interesting?
Before sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner, you'll know if your recent "play fair" approach when dealing with relatives, neighbors and friends is working out. Regardless of whether you're the one responsible for their care and feeding, this week you're scheduled to be a big success with them. But if the anticipated kudos don't come, simply wait for December to set in. That's when your take-charge Mars ruler leaves tactful Libra and starts pulling Scorpionic strings, manipulating people and situations to suit your own ends.
Let matters you're supposed to be handling and relationships that don't pertain to love fend for themselves. Now until Christmas is the best time to focus on exploring the depths (or the heights) of your romantic feelings. That's because your affectionate Venus ruler is finally moving forward at the same time that passionate Mars is preparing to join her in Scorpio, the sign ruling your cosmic mate. You couldn't ask for a sexier atmosphere for the entire holiday season than this happy coupling of planets.
Solar Sagittarius is more than another frantic party season for the Twins. It's the four weeks when you're encouraged to integrate your wide range of intellectual interests with a schizophrenic social life, when you can reveal at least two sides of your personality to more than two people at a time. In other words: showtime. Opening night starts this weekend with a rewarding trine that embraces steadfast Saturn in your sign, ardent Mars in your house of romance, and Uranus springing surprises on you and your audience. Rave reviews.
Congratulations for successfully skirting a problem dramatized by the recent lunar eclipse; also for not getting dragged into someone else's emotional abyss. Your reward is to gain psychic strength so you can dominate from now until the solar eclipse next week wipes the slate clean. For some Crabs, this new moon will focus on children, recreation or a new romance; for others, on providing what the neediest truly need for the holidays. Hard workers get to cook their little claws off, catering affairs and having one, too.
Once the holiday season begins, the temptation to get something going with a neighbor or to come on to a distant cousin might loom large. It's a matter of timing, and since Venus and Mars, the girl and the guy planets, hook up around Thanksgiving, the timing seems right as rain. You could try sublimating a mutual attraction by aiming for domestic bliss or a tarted-up version of same: decking the halls, painting the walls, gilding the lily. Just tiptoe gently on December 4 while your sun ruler is totally eclipsed by the moon.
It's subtle but substantial: Family pressures mount during Sagittarius. Blame it on the Thanksgiving reunion, Hanukkah gelt coupled with Jewish guilt, or pre-Christmas planning. Whatever and whoever pushes your buttons presses hard and long. Thankfully, this year there are ways to blow off steam before you reach the boiling point. Making lots of lists, checking them twice, buying stuff that's naughty and nice - these tactics might seem trite, but they work. Also, avoid dredging up the past and pointing fingers.
It'll probably be the same old song at this year's Thanksgiving table: See no, hear no, speak no evil. While nebulous Neptune rules the family roost, glossing over whatever is passing for reality among your cast of characters is the way to go. This year, you'll tend to march down that road at a quicker pace, thanks to energetic Mars in your sign. However, instead of performing one ritual after another, consider doing something totally untraditional for the holidays. No matter where you go, romance will still be in the air.
A rare and wonderful phenomenon is about to occur. Sweet, adorable Venus and your sexy Mars co-ruler join up in your sign and remain together well past Christmas. If you don't maximize a zillion opportunities to be dearly beloved or a pure object of desire, you're not the ever-alert-to-the-main-chance Scorpio the rest of us admire. Because Sagittarius governs your house of values and valuables, you're poised to see more action in that area, too. Just be aware that the new-moon eclipse on the 4th may affect a big money matter.
Undercurrents of lust and intrigue may throw you into the arms of a total stranger. Chances are the limbs will belong to a friend of a friend who's also attending one of the holiday festivities you're at. Maybe this person is your surprise birthday present! Although you might not be strongly attracted physically, as long as Mercury is in your sign, you'll be turned on intellectually. Plus, high-spirited fire signs generate lots of excitement when the fiery sun is in their sign, as it is now, providing all of us with yet more reasons to celebrate.
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