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
2003 brings big changes. Independent Uranus leaves Aquarius in March for compassionate Pisces, a sign it hasn't been in since that relatively peaceful period between 1919 and 1927. Restrictive Saturn leaves Gemini in June for Cancer; in October it'll be smack on the USA's sun (and W's, too). Everybody: Read the Crab's forecast. Jupiter switches modes from high-spirited Leo to health-conscious Virgo in late August, a good time to stay in bed. Fiery Mars travels from Scorpio to Pisces by mid-June, then spends the next six months in the sign of the Fish, blowing off steam, I hope, instead of waging war over oil and sea lanes. See Gemini for Mercury's retrograde periods.
Rams rule! It might take a few months to realize your elevated position, but that won't get in the way of your appointment with destiny. Your Mars ruler leaves clandestine Scorpio for spirited Sagittarius in mid-January. Valentine's Day weekend should be devilishly red-hot. Your role as CEO begins in early March when Mars enters pragmatic Capricorn, the sign in which it is exalted (works exceptionally well). Come Earth Day, Mars will be in Aquarius, offering advice. Then, on Bloomsday, Mars (and you) launches a six-month voyage through artistic, inspirational Pisces.
Your current romance might begin to unravel today as your Venus ruler leaves Scorpio and sexy Mars behind. Venus in Sagittarius tends to spread the love around, variety being the spice of life. Venus in Capricorn, her star-fucking, social-climbing incarnation, kicks in on February 4, in time for the award shows. March is basically humanitarian, sociable Venus in Aquarius time; the goddess is exalted in sympathetic Pisces through Easter. Venus doesn't get to Taurus, her best (for you) position, until May 16, right after the Taurus-Scorpio full-moon eclipse you can watch live!
Your Mercury ruler is retrograde until January 22, so don't sweat the retro reluctance to bring new action for the new year. Other retrograde periods are April 26-May 20, August 28-September 20, and December 17-January 6, 2004. Schedule vacations and visits to old friends for those dates. The good news is that Saturn leaves your sign in June, freeing you from the restrictions and obligations it's imposed during the last two years. August could be sizzling for Twins born in May; career changes, maybe a move or a major remodel.
2003 will be memorable. Not only does Saturn enter your sign in June, it comes as close to the sun (perihelion) as its 29-year orbit takes it. There'll be challenges to the nation and the presidency: The last time Saturn was on the USA sun, Nixon resigned. In 1944, in the midst of WWII, FDR died. Whether scandal or illness gets him, Bush (7/3) is at risk. But you, dear Crab, could rise to executive status or become an authentic adult during Saturn's visit. In March, innovative Uranus moves into watery Pisces; suddenly, opportunities in art, aeronautics and aquaculture appear.
Unfortunately, protective Jupiter leaves Leo at the end of August; fortunately, it moves into your Virgo money house for the next 13 months. You do the math. Quirky Uranus exits your Aquarius marriage house in March, sexy Mars passes through from late April to mid-June, but idealistic, sometimes delusional Neptune stays put, so relationships continue to be confusing. Valentine's Day could be very exciting, explosive too. Don't get mad, get even. Best time for sweet romance and favors: July 28-August 22, when lovable Venus is in Leo.
The Virgo new moon on August 27 also marks the beginning of benevolent Jupiter's yearlong odyssey through your sign. Adding a note of unpredictability to partnerships, inventive, erotic Uranus will be in your Pisces marriage house for the next seven years. What's a Virgin to do? Check the Gemini forecast for dates when your Mercury ruler is retrograde, and don't schedule a wedding or other major doings for those periods. The summer-solstice weekend in June also doesn't look so good; way too much is happening in the heavens.
Where's the next Bill Clinton, an ambitious politico with Libra rising? That's the person who'll rise to the top, like cream, while Saturn is in your Cancer midheaven. But if you're not the executive type and don't want to shoulder more responsibility, find another forefront you can come to. Say the CIA (Culinary Institute of America), a fine fit for a career with a nurturing Cancerian slant. Or real estate. A relationship heats up while passionate Mars spends June through November in your house of romance, risk and recreation.
Some things change, some stay the same, in 2003. Erratic Uranus stops upsetting your domestic scene after it moves out of fixed Aquarius into Pisces, a compatible water sign. Jupiter no longer presses your buttons once it switches from extravagant Leo to discriminating Virgo; however, it'll still provide opportunities to advance your career and reputation. Less glitz, more practicality. You're at your most potent, at your sexy-beast best, over the February 14 weekend, when both rulers, Mars and Pluto, merge. Plan accordingly.
Archers dealing with the constraints of having stern Saturn in your sign of partners get a break when the old man moves on to Cancer in June. While Saturn might not vacate your marriage house right away, adaptable Archers can more easily adjust. Your Jupiter ruler leaves fiery but friendly Leo for perfectionist Virgo in late August, a tempestuous time for everybody. Expansive Jupiter in your Virgo midheaven will provide opportunities to grow, to excel, perhaps to bite off more than you can chew and fall flat on your face.