Rockie Horoscope

April 4 - 10, 2008
"Do the research" Mercury makes sure there'll be more revelations, as well as endless commentary, when it challenges "sweep it under the rug" Pluto on Thursday. Thankfully, the independent Aries new moon on Saturday could clear the stale air and offer a new topic for discussion, perhaps a new crusade to adopt as well. Venus drops the martyr's hair shirt she wore while transiting Pisces and dons Aries' shiny armor that night. She's so fighting mad, the first thing the goddess does Sunday is launch an attack on Pluto and its nasty bits. FYI: Pluto is retrograde from 4/2 to 9/8.


Not only will the annual new moon in your sign draw attention to you personally, but sociable Venus' entrance into Aries Saturday night will increase your popularity. Your first order of business: Get rid of the skeletons and souvenirs lurking in your closet to make room for something new. Next, prepare an acceptance speech of sorts; you're about to be recognized by knowledgeable and prosperous people, thanks to Jupiter in your career zone. Although it may cost a pretty penny now, the ambitious Ram will kick itself later if it turns this opportunity down.


The weeks before solar Taurus begins may seem hazy and lack a sense of purpose. Before you berate your productive self for not accomplishing what you intended, take a moment to appreciate what the solar 12th house is for. It's the place where you connect to the cosmos by letting the ties to your daily consciousness dissolve, where you're offered refreshment and restoration of mind and soul. Body, not so much. The process starts this weekend with the Aries new moon and your Venus ruler's foray into that spiritually curious fire sign.


The whole truth and nothing but the truth, please. Now that your Mercury ruler is emboldening you while it transits courageous Aries, why not ask a significant other about the Plutonic secret that's being kept? Must you wait until September, when Pluto in your marriage house is direct again, to find out? It's possible that the Aries new moon can set a new course for you to follow, but more likely it'll be a ballsy colleague who'll press for a response and, expensive though it may turn out to be, succeed in getting it.


Put the petty worries of the world behind you. A brand-new cycle begins Saturday with the Aries new moon in your midheaven, the area where your career and reputation are made. For an untutored Moon Child, nothing has a stronger impact, astrologically speaking, than the realization that lunar cycles exert a powerful effect and that you're usually better off when you accept the natural order of things. Feel free to resist the knowledge; however, if you track the events that follow this particular lunation, you'll see for yourself.


The Aries new moon this weekend highlights your ninth house of foreign cultures and higher education, so don't be surprised if you spend time checking out the travel section of the Sunday paper. Whether it's an unusual deal or an unusual destination, you're likely to pounce with leonine enthusiasm, especially if food is featured. The square aspect between your sun ruler in athletic Aries and Jupiter in Capricorn can intensify other interests, e.g., a desire to climb a mountain or to attend the Olympics, but chances are exotic meals will be a key attraction.


A fresh idea doesn't often arrive in time to resolve a moldy money matter. But this weekend, the high-spirited Aries new moon might do just that, especially if it involves taxes or investments. While you might not feel grateful just yet, having fortunate and farsighted Jupiter in your house of risk could eventually save the day. Also, having a bold financial adviser wouldn't hurt. If all this derring-do is a bit much for a circumspect Virgin, don't fret. Only one more week of hijinks before your Mercury ruler lands you safely in down-to-earth Taurus.


Let bygones be bygones. A lot can change over the weekend as the Aries new moon introduces a new element to a partnership arrangement. Because your Venus ruler is abandoning its "pity me" Pisces position, you may become fascinated by a significant other and more willing to partake in his or her adventure. Actually, the "other" doesn't have to be that significant, but the adventure had better be appealing. Also consider holding a neighborhood yard sale and getting rid of stuff you've absolutely, positively, without a doubt outgrown. The time is ripe.


A little birdie may whisper its suspicions in your ear, but you might not listen until its message is confirmed with one of those semiscandalous pictures worth a thousand words. How many dollars' worth is yet to be determined. Who plays the payer whom the payee depends on, how blatantly Venus comes on to your Pluto co-ruler this weekend and how loudly your Mars co-ruler squawks. Since Pluto will be retrograde from April 2 to September 8, you don't have to take threats to your financial well-being to heart, unless they also affect the neighbors.


This week's fiery Arian activity -- the sun-and-moon merger, plus the Mercury and Venus transits -- is practically guaranteed to spark interest in two important areas of your life: romance and recreation. And while action in one doesn't preclude action in the other, chances are you'll make more of an effort if making out is part of the game plan. Venus' transit through your house of pure, unadulterated (doesn't mean nonadulterous) love ends when the month ends, so don't waste time playing hard to get.


Less involvement with the neighbors, more with the family. The further into solar Aries we progress, the stronger your ties to the relatives. Mutual dependency? A greater sense of entitlement? Once the Aries new moon inaugurates the next chapter in "A Family Affair," your ongoing saga, it should become obvious what you'll need from each other. Just remember that enthusiastic Jupiter is in your sign this year and that it's your turn to be the cheerleader for the team. You also have the foresight to see what may be waiting at the end of the road trip generous Jupiter sent you on.


Some Aquarians are waiting for a sign from Saturday's Aries new moon before they deal with a muddled money matter. But those born in January could be ready to search for new information on their own. It's their third house of education, communication and transportation that's being activated during this lunation. Should a sibling sneak into the picture, so be it; that's the area they spring from too. All this upbeat Aries activity can be a boon, since it offers opportunities without the attendant anxieties.


If you're into recycling, then Pluto turning retrograde at the top of your solar chart, where your reputation is either made or ruined, could affect what you do and when you do it. The planet of rehab and reconstruction will be in reverse until September 8, back in Sagittarius as of Father's Day weekend. So don't be surprised if you experience some of what was happening during December and January again. One step forward, two steps back; progress is slow and unsteady. For the others, a bold approach regarding assets and acquisitions.

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