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
Like a cosmic chess game, critical moves have been made and forces set in
motion. Saturn is as close to the sun as it's come since reaching its perihelion
in January 1974 and September 1944. Thirty years from now, we'll look back
and realize how things have changed. Or will they? This week the bright Leo
sun illuminates more of the illusions Neptune is so adept at slipping past us.
Their opposition takes place on Monday. Mercury gets into the act Wednesday
when it opposes militant Mars, currently retrograde in Pisces, the sign ruled
by Neptune. The week ends on a misguided, yet utterly romantic, impulse to sacrifice
something precious - on a Venus-Neptune opposition beloved by musicians
Playtime, big time. Over the next few weeks, while the optimistic Leo sun,
lucky Jupiter and romantic Venus are passing through your house of fun and games,
feel free to frolic to your heart's content. With so much positive planetary
energy reinforcing your innate sense of adventure, you'd be a freak of
nature if you turned down a chance to have big fun. Or to win big money. Or,
for that matter, to spread it around. Besides, while your Mars ruler is retrograde,
reflecting on past behavior, you won't see much forward progress.
Entertaining on a grand scale, dressing to the nines, doing a star turn for
an ever-widening audience - these are a few of the perks being offered
while your Venus ruler travels through luxurious Leo. Although you usually have
a blast during the goddess's annual summer tour, this year the Bull gets
extra benefits from having jolly, generous Jupiter in Leo as well. Not for another
12 years will you be encouraged to make such sweeping plays, hog as much of
the spotlight or show how imperious and magnanimous you can be.
Gemini's chances of making serious money right now are excellent; so are
the odds you'll spend it to satisfy your partner or outfox the competition.
Your Mercury ruler's passage through earthy Virgo should bolster the Twins'
practical, rational side; instead, it might make you hell-bent on proving your
point. Meanwhile, Mercury's forward march may also increase your antsiness:
the itch to be somewhere else, drive something else or change your ZIP code
entirely. Patience wears thin, harsh words are exchanged. Watch it.
While other signs can relax this summer, go on vacation or take long weekends
out of town, cosmic forces are urging Crabs to come up with dramatic and entertaining
ways to upgrade their lifestyle. It can't be helped. Because both Jupiter
and Venus, the planets that bring "good fortune," as well the creative
sun, are in your Leo money house, easy opportunities to rake it in can suddenly
surround you. This window won't stay open much longer - Venus moves
into shy, retiring Virgo on the 22nd, Jupiter follows on the 27th.
Lions know how to put on a spectacular show, the kind of party that leaves
a lasting impression. Since grandiose Jupiter is about to exit your sign (and
won't return for another 12 years), and lovable Venus won't even be
in Leo for your next birthday, make this year's celebration as memorable
as you possibly can. It'll be worth the extra expense if the good will
you generate now becomes an insurance policy for the dark and stormy days that
might come three years from now, when Jupiter starts testing you.
Just a few more weeks of waiting, before you can welcome generous Jupiter into
your sign for a full year's worth of opportunity, prosperity and sheer
luck. Until then, pay attention to the small stuff, the i's you may have
to dot now that your Mercury ruler is in Virgo. As fate would have it, on the
27th, the day after Jupiter arrives, Mercury will turn retrograde. You know
the drill: Get the car and electronic equipment repaired ASAP; make contingency
plans in case of delays or cancellations; back up your files; cover your ass.
Weirdness around the house, a whiff of scandal about a relative, an unexplained
oil leak in the driveway; when lit by the rays of the Leo sun, amorphous Neptune
can take many shapes. Why a strange turn of events becomes a source of artistic
inspiration is your secret to share. But that can happen when your romantic
Venus ruler comes face to face with that imaginative Neptunian vibe. A subtle
spiritual connection could become a steamy affair next week when passionate
Pluto horns in. Summer fun and games.
Keep your eye on the glitter and the glitz. Behind the glamour and the showmanship,
the exaggerations and the promises, lies the real thing, the pure gold. Maybe
not a huge pile, but enough to enrich your coffers. Add an active social life,
and you'll easily see how having expansive Jupiter in your Leo midheaven
has dramatized/traumatized your life. Jupiter will soon enter Virgo, where it
should protect you from any more slings, arrows and painful opportunities to
Affirmation of the changes you've been going through, the rehabilitation
taking place on a cellular level - Pilates exercises, human-growth-hormone
shots, antidepressants - arrives as the proud Leo sun and affectionate
Venus support Pluto, ruler of regeneration, in your sign. Rewards for a successful
metamorphosis are rare, and seen more often in theatrical productions than in
everyday life. But they do occur, even for Centaurs who no longer run with the
wind. Look for a friendly Lion bearing gifts.
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