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 long Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is fueled by a favorable trine between
adventurous Mars in fiery Aries and powerful Pluto in equally fiery, but less
reckless, Sagittarius. Solar Aquarius begins on Tuesday, the Aquarius new moon
is exact Wednesday afternoon at 1:05, and the Chinese Year of the Monkey begins
on Thursday the 22nd. Is this the New Year celebration we've been waiting
Pushing your weight around? The powerful connection between your single-minded
Mars ruler - in your sign, but only until Groundhog Day - and passionate
Pluto can make you quite irresistible, but somewhat overwhelming. If that's
the case, try a gentler, less insistent approach. Since it follows that "To
the victor belong the spoils," who wants those spoils to be spoilsports?
Use the new-moon energy on the 21st to inaugurate another phase of your long-range
career plan; then you can net more money next month.
Get serious. It's not every day, week or month that your pleasure-loving
Venus ruler forms a constructive relationship with realistic Saturn. Because
the Year of the Monkey begins on such a practical, productive note, you can
significantly improve your financial situation and career opportunities before
the Rooster crows next year. Your first test comes as the month ends, when Venus
confronts generous Jupiter in your house of romance, risk and recreation. Will
you spend wisely or go for broke? Either way, play the lottery.
Shop around for the most useful object you think you need, because you won't
be this practical again for many moons. Once the airy Aquarius new moon introduces
a fresh approach to traditional ways of doing things, you're likely to
become enamored with a novel idea that you can see to its conclusion. Meanwhile,
the urge to spend lots more money on the house or a family matter won't
abate until acquisitive Venus and expensive Jupiter quit egging each other on.
You might become entangled in this contest until the Super Bowl is history.
Another new moon, another reason for the Moon Child to start something new.
But first, try making some whoopee! While affectionate Venus and restrictive
Saturn form a favorable trine, you may actually feel good about the limitations
the gods have imposed on your sex life. Venus in water-sign-friendly Pisces
can come up with other pleasurable opportunities, particularly mutually profitable
ones. So before you get swept away by the innovative Aquarius lunar vibe, take
another look at your current relationships and their positive effects.
Read for Aries. You, the preferred object of desire, might have to withstand
a horny Ram's prolonged attack. But after the new moon kicks in, Leos born
in July could feel obliged to re-connect and confess to their partners. August
birthdays may discover something unusually interesting or artistic about their
current gig and be inspired to work as hard as they play. While your sun ruler
is in Aquarius, the sign of your cosmic complement, every interaction with a
significant other can be much more meaningful than you think.
Remind yourself that Valentine's Day falls during Aquarius, and that the
dawning of the Aquarius new moon in your house of romance can lead to something/someone
special. Keep an eye out for prospects for true love, especially after Luna
enters Pisces on the 23rd. A Virgo sun and a Pisces moon is a match made in
heaven. Another chance at happiness pops up when enthusiastic Jupiter in Virgo
and loving Venus align on the 29th. Mark the date: That's also when your
Mercury ruler receives Jupiter's blessing.
More stuff may be going on than you can handle. There's that aggressive
partner Mars in your Aries marriage house, aligning with a nosy neighbor. There's
your Venus ruler advocating that you head for a semblance of stability, but
quite a lot more responsibility, with someone who is overseas or in academia.
Plus there's the Aquarius new moon promising that something new, and infinitely
more interesting, is about to sprout from under the family tree. Before the
month is out, a jealous fit and a reason to spend like a sailor.
You'll be your persuasive and sexy-beast best while your co-ruling planets,
Mars and Pluto, perfect their supportive trine this week. Besides the goodies
you'll get without half-trying, this pairing can bring a lot more money
from the work you usually do, also from something you do purely on your own.
The more adventurous or innovative, the better. The future-oriented Aquarius
new moon is bound to bring a household or family matter to the fore, or, if
you were born in November, an issue the entire neighborhood can relate to.
A pastime you can be passionate about, a passionate love affair, a romantic
adventure - any one or all three can follow from the positive energy flowing
from courageous Mars to regenerative Pluto in your sign. If ever there was a
fortuitous time to make a change, now would be it. Although you may get a glimpse
of an either/or predicament facing you when affectionate Venus opposes your
all-encompassing Jupiter ruler next week, push won't come to shove until
the Pisces sun confronts Jupiter in early March.
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