We're operating on innovative Aquarius new-moon energy, tempered by aspects
from Venus and Mercury to stabilizing Saturn. A combination of the new and the
old is an appropriate way to begin the Chinese New Year of the Monkey. Those
of you who will turn 24, 36, 48 or 60 in 2004 are said to be highly competitive,
extremely curious, particularly shrewd and never at a loss for words. They can't
all be Geminis, can they?
You won't have to buckle down and do a whole lot of work to pull off a
career coup this week. With quick-thinking Mercury in your midheaven, you could
easily come up with a clever solution to a problem puzzling everyone else. Technical
know-how can be another way to go, so keep in touch with colleagues who can
pass for state-of-the-art artists. Coming soon, if you would only be a bit more
patient, a well-deserved period of popularity as magnetic Venus approaches the
border of Pisces and Aries.
Every now and then, stop what you're doing and remind yourself that while
your Venus ruler transits compassionate Pisces, you could all too easily slip
into martyr mode. Making a string of sacrifices is basically non-toxic and,
if you're emulating Mother Teresa, appropriate behavior. However, if all
you intend is to be a good friend, you're probably giving too much of yourself.
How soon before you regret such generosity of spirit? Maybe when the illusion
is shattered next weekend. Maybe sooner.
A joint financial arrangement, e.g., child custody, taxes, a 401(k), could
become the center of your world this week. Go ahead and make the necessary adjustments
before you get caught up in a vision of how fabulously successful your foray
into the future will turn out. Typical Gemini duality: On one hand, you can
be incredibly perceptive and practical about a truly imaginative project; on
the other, you might easily go ape over a distorted picture projected by the
delusional sun-Neptune conjunction.
One circle reaches completion this weekend as Mercury in your Capricorn marriage
house returns to the point at which it went retrograde in mid-December. Mercury
can symbolize a youthful mindset, a younger partner, travel, trade and the exchange
of information, etc., but no matter how the planet's energy manifests,
know that its effect on your development has been considerable. Look at the
changes that have taken place over the last six weeks! If you get a feeling
that events you're currently involved with will lead to a trip when Mercury
flips in April, you're probably right.
While nothing of major significance is scheduled for this weekend, cosmic forces
are building toward a dramatic display of extravagance midweek. Ebullient Jupiter
conspiring with affable Venus can fill you with a sudden desire to stun everyone
on your gift list, to graciously provide what they didn't get for Christmas.
You can play at being the best Santa ever or you can use a modicum of intelligence
and zero in on what those loved ones really need to fulfill their potential.
Either way, they'll be elated.
Is there no way to convince you that having Jupiter in your sign for the next
nine months is something to be excited about? Will that ingrained Virgo skepticism
prevent you from checking out the best opportunity for long-term growth in ages?
Take your time deciding what to do; lucky Jupiter beams blessings to your Mercury
ruler at the same time the giant planet is being seduced by loving Venus. One
of the appealing alternatives is a romantic, expensive but cyclical fling; the
other rewards intelligence and foresight.
If you haven't been distracted, and are still on course, then you should
look forward to an extremely enjoyable weekend with an assortment of witty,
well-heeled, well-educated friends and, perhaps, an adoring admirer. Try not
to take advantage of folks who will go to extremes to keep your attention focused
on them. And, as appealing as it may sound at first, it's not the best
idea to let an artistic relative talk you into redoing your home. Although the
Aquarius aesthetic is hip and imaginative, it quickly goes out of fashion.
What about those siblings and neighbors? One of them is being pressed, or is
putting pressure on you, to resolve a difficult situation. Since your Pluto
co-ruler is in your Sagittarius house of assets and acquisitions, a significant
amount of money may be involved. Be realistic; there might not be a settlement
until the Pisces sun activates Pluto in mid-March. Until then, don't be
too proud to accept the favors generous friends, sympathetic loved ones, maybe
even your landlord, offer up on your behalf.
It may seem like you're merely taking baby steps, but making a crucial
adjustment in your game plan, or giving yourself more leeway on a New Year's
resolution, could be a more effective tactic than you suspect. And result in
a more successful outcome. Although you're hardly lacking self-confidence,
this week you may have a harder time marshaling the support you've come
to rely on. Some of your allies can be cranky, some may have overstepped their
limits, and some might not be the good guys you think they are.
This is the week that many Capricorns get their lives back on track. If yours
went awry in mid-December when Mercury turned retrograde, you'll be relieved
to learn that the little devil has finally returned to where it was then. Now
you can proceed with all due speed and make significant inroads into your future.
But try to accomplish that without investing a whole lot of money; wait until
you see which of your fantasies materializes when the sun and idealistic Neptune
meet next week and which go up in smoke.
The sweetly sad, not the silly, love songs that you can't get out of your
head are the music underscoring this week's scenario. While Venus supports
your romantic inclinations, the more attached you feel to a loved one, the better
you could feel about yourself. Invent reasons to celebrate the Chinese New Year;
each festive event can become a fond memory in your shared history. This is
also the time when cherished ideals and spiritual longings will have a powerful
influence on your everyday life; it's when the Aquarius sun and mystical
After the latest disturbance, the recent surprise, feel free to settle down,
make yourself beautiful and wait for lucky Jupiter to arrive. When the "Greater"
benefic lines up with Venus, the Lesser, in your sign, all sorts of goodies
- stuff, compliments, educational opportunities, even money - will
pop up. Some of the gifts or the donors might stress you out, some may seem
excessive, but because generous Jupiter won't be in Virgo forever, make
sure you follow up on every offer that a partner, past or present, presents.
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