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Rockie Horoscope

The good vibes being spread by yesterday's very lucky Venus-Jupiter trine could span all the way to Saturday. Indulge, enjoy. Then the sun's problematic square to Saturn in early Leo, not exact until Monday evening, may begin to bring you down. As depressing or frustrating as Saturnian events can be, behind the grief there is a lesson being taught, one that we'd better learn, and quick. The new lunar cycle begins Thursday afternoon; since the moon is exalted in sensual Taurus, your gut reaction could carry more weight than your rational mind.

Aries

Since when does Aries need permission? Since you sensed that limits could be imposed while the sun in your Taurus money house squares rigid Saturn in your home base. Try to be agreeable and respectful to the family member who controls the purse strings or, for that matter, to whomever collects the rent. And if you don't see immediate results, don't be impatient and push for an answer. Cautious Saturn will take its own sweet time to deliberate, but because the planet is in fire sign???friendly Leo, the outcome should eventually work out in your favor.

Taurus

The beginning of a new lunar cycle can offer a fresh start to a Bull who is obsessed by yet another birthday or an issue that is dear to your heart. It's one thing to stand up for something you believe in, another to refuse to budge when the powers that be insist that you follow their instructions. A sun-square aspect is difficult enough, but the one between Sol in your sign and Saturn in Leo, the sign of the king, could be the toughest test you'll be given all year long. If frustration or fear is cramping your style, make an effort at the new moon to let go.

Gemini

If you feel that everyday matters are not progressing fast enough to suit you, remember that while the sun transits sensual Taurus, it is highlighting your 12th house, the zone you zone out in. Rather than focusing on life in the material world, this four-week period allows you to delve into the deep, dark recesses of your past, as well as your past lives. Too esoteric for the practical Twin? Then simply let things unfold according to their own timetable. Despite your lack of interest or involvement, one way or another, karma is getting cleansed.

Cancer

If they play their cards right, Moon Children can have a new lease on life every time there's a new moon. The trick is in letting the current lunar cycle complete itself before racing on to the new. Some months this is easier than others, and this is one of those times. Because impulsive, assertive Mars is presently in Cancer, there's a tendency to push too hard to get what you want when you want it. Better to wait until the 27th, when the pragmatic and productive Taurus new moon initiates a new phase of your career arc. Less frenetic, more supportive.

Leo

You may be nearing the end of a chapter that began last July, when your sun ruler met Saturn in your sign for the first time in 30 years. See if you can tie what occurs when the sun squares Saturn this week to what started back then. The actual conclusion is slated for their conjunction this summer, but the final challenge - i.e., the third act that starts around the waning square on the 24th - should give you an idea of how the outcome will play out. Use the Taurus new-moon energy to visualize the nature and extent of your success.

Virgo

One of the positive features of having a new moon take place in a fellow earth sign is how it manages to make current concerns disappear as if by new-moon magic. So try to be patient until the 27th, when the Taurus new-moon cycle puts you in touch with someone else's resources and/or the sensual pleasures you can share. Of the three practical earth signs, Taurus is the one that'll convince you to relax and enjoy. Also to let go of what you cannot control, e.g., a jealous partner's suspicions, the elusive repairman's workload.

Libra

You might be the jealous partner Virgo is worried about, since it is your romantic Venus ruler that seems to be succumbing to Pluto's schemes. Although a goodly amount of passion can be released during these semiannual square aspects, there's also a lot of recriminations and remorse. Remember, while Venus is in empathetic Pisces, you're more susceptible to the figments of your own imagination. Another week - May 3 - and Venus will cross over to independent Aries, the sign of your cosmic complement. A different mindset entirely.

Scorpio

It's a challenge; it's an opportunity; it's a square too slow, if not entirely stagnant, Saturn in your Leo career house from the sun in your Taurus house of partners. Carefully consider any deal you're offered during this tricky period. Even when it transits Leo, the sign ruling recreation, Saturn demands tremendous patience and hard work. Plus, the payoff could be a long time coming. Nevertheless, if you were running for office, Saturn in your midheaven would provide an aura of respectability and leadership no ambitious Scorpio should dismiss.

Sagittarius

Although it might not be particularly comfortable at first, the beauty-conscious Taurus new moon could introduce a health practice or cosmetic procedure you may want to incorporate into your daily routine. No biggie, but valuable just the same, especially since you'll become more adept the deeper into May we get. Changes in your domestic scene - some planned, some unexpected - continue to keep you wary of what's coming next. Unfortunately, no insurance policy will compensate for emotional upheavals and decorating disasters.

Capricorn

The challenge that crops up when the sun squares your Saturn ruler could affect a partner as much as it does you. Shared resources and sharing reactions are subjects that Saturn, the stern taskmaster, is currently teaching, a class you absolutely cannot cut. However, if you align your hopes for a satisfactory resolution with the fertile Taurus new-moon energy, chances are something beneficial will sprout before long. A rewarding earth-sign new moon occurs only three times a year, so don't blow this supportive, albeit subtle, opportunity.

Aquarius

Saturn, your old-school ruling planet, has been creating hassles for Leo, the sign it's been in since summer, and Capricorn, the sign it still governs. Aquarians who are in long-term relationships, be they in business or in domestic life, might also be facing some of the roadblocks Saturn tends to set up along your route. If you suspect you are among the chosen, roll up your sleeves and prepare to work on another problem. The challenging square aspect between Saturn and the Taurus sun may demand more than a couple of hours digging in the garden.

Pisces

You could still be reaping the benefits of Thursday's extremely fortunate trine between Venus in your sign and lucky Jupiter in Scorpio. Were you complimented on your resemblance to the young Elizabeth Taylor? Did a European collector buy a painting? Was your band booked to tour Asia this summer? Not yet? Well, keep your fingers crossed; when Mars in Cancer trines Jupiter as well as Uranus in your sign on May 7, a great and glorious surprise may come your way. Until then, think twice before you commit to a major purchase.


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