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Rockie Horoscope

Mercury in Leo picks up speed and revisits a slew of situations it set up before turning retrograde in July. Matters that have been on the back burner for most of the summer are about to generate heat again. Venus in sociable Libra is also no slouch, fawning over idealistic Neptune while merging with prosperous Jupiter. The earthy Virgo sun opposing Uranus in watery Pisces on the 31st evokes images of earthquakes and tsunamis, while Pluto, lord of the netherworld, comes out of hiding on the 2nd. Then there's the Virgo new moon on the 3rd plus the rest of the Labor Day weekend. Leave early, keep safe, stay late.

Aries

Selling a fantasy, your vision of what the public, especially your peers, will buy, won't be as tricky as it was before. That's because imaginative Neptune and your energetic Mars ruler are convincing you that you can play the game to win. Problems that arise, particularly those stemming from confusion and disinformation, can be overcome fairly easily. You'll also have the good will and generous support of a Libra-like ally - for some, a sophisticated, fair-minded partner; for others, the lawyer of your dreams.

Taurus

Mad as hell and not going to take it anymore? Assertive Mars in your bucolic sign is fueling your inner fires, providing the chutzpah and determination to take aim at the duplicitous powers that be. Note: These are not limited to bullies, bosses and bureaucrats; a deluded parent or misguided mentor could also qualify. However, your sex life could flower profusely during Mars' residency, particularly while the red planet forms the rare Finger of God aspect - a three-pronged yodh - to passionate Pluto and affectionate Venus.

Gemini

Sudden changes may have disrupted plans for your last two Labor Day holidays, but railing against the gods won't make a difference. Acknowledge that there is no way to control the tricky situations caused by the opposition between the organized Virgo sun and chaotic Uranus in Pisces; then adjust as quickly, as smoothly as possible. The Virgo new moon will point you in a new direction, but as usual Twins have to make a choice, this time between the house with the comfort it brings and the open road. Right now, you're lucky at both love and cards.

Cancer

The surprising thing about this holiday weekend is how much pleasure you'll get by simply staying home or, if you must leave, by hanging out with an ??ber-generous family member. There could be moments of discomfort, more like shock, when you realize that this person would go to any length to please you, but once you sign on to his or her program, you can relax. This is also a good time to buy something purely decorative that may cost more than you normally would spend. Or you could host a poker game.

Leo

Perfect order might not be restored until Mercury returns to the degree in Leo at which it turned retrograde in July. So until August is over, don't waste time and effort trying to advance a project that's been languishing all summer. It makes more sense to wait until Labor Day is over and the world is facing the future with a fresh, pristine (the Virgo new moon) point of view. You might also want to see the extent of the havoc you could be subjected to while your sun ruler confronts destructive Uranus around the 31st. Messy business.

Virgo

You're the star around which the Labor Day weekend revolves, but only if you choose to be. Shy Virgins might put up a false front and attempt to play the "Who me?" naif, but that performance won't ring entirely true. With so much attention focused on your Mercury ruler, plus the sun-moon conjunction in your sign, it'll be hard to keep from sounding off or from investigating a nagging suspicion. Try to cushion yourself against the shock of a partner's sudden reversal of position; Uranus in your marriage house is full of surprises.

Libra

"Carpe diem" and hang on for as long as the good luck lasts. Your appreciative Venus ruler is not going to meet up with advantageous Jupiter in Libra again - well, not for 12 more years - so take whatever opportunities present themselves this week as far as you can. Since this pleasure-loving conjunction may lead to bouts of wretched excess, try to limit your extravagant behavior and a fondness for sweet, gooey things. While Venus is also on good terms with glamorous Neptune, your imagination could run away with you.

Scorpio

It's a mystery why secretive Scorpio and data-driven Virgo get along so well, but while that sensible, earthbound vibe predominates, you'll be motivated to clean up your act and make necessary improvements. Besides, while the Virgin reigns, partnership arrangements are supported, as is your link to group activity. Even your fondest hopes and wishes could be nourished, if not exactly fulfilled. After Labor Day, after you do a bit more research and clarify your aims, then you'll decide on the extent of your commitment.

Sagittarius

Archers are blessed by the merger on the 1st between your magnanimous Jupiter ruler and magnetic, amenable Venus in Libra. Luckier than this fortuitous meeting, it doesn't get. Since Libra governs your 11th house of friends and social groups, hopes and wishes, pay attention to matters dealing with that area of your life. That's where happiness, love and goodness lie. The next time the two "benefics" meet, in 11/06, Jupiter will be hiding out in Scorpio and these gods-given gifts won't be so apparent.

Capricorn

Capricorns tend to get smarter, more knowledgeable about the world at large, when the sun and, over the holiday weekend, Mercury are in discerning Virgo. While favoring a practical, realistic approach, their transit through your Virgo ninth house fosters heady discussions about philosophy, cultures and faith. Maybe you'll take a class, maybe you'll take a trip? Meanwhile, tidings of comfort and joy are scheduled to arrive around 9/1, when affable, artistic Venus and enthusiastic Jupiter come together.

Aquarius

Fond memories of the spicier chapters in your recent history linger on; however, while sweet Venus favors oily Neptune in Aquarius, you may find the combination truly revolting. If so, there's no harm, no foul, if you rebel. At month's end, the discriminating Virgo sun opposes your independent Uranus ruler and gives permission from the planets to strike out in a new direction. Plus, the Venus-Jupiter "double happiness" signature in Libra is spreading good fortune among all the air signs, even yours. Don't blow off a golden opportunity.

Pisces

Join the revolution. The urge to rise up, speak out and cut through the red tape is to be expected when the pragmatic Virgo sun is opposed by iconoclastic Uranus in your sign. And while you may have been content to enjoy the perks you earned by being artistically inclined, they might not be making enough of an impact right now. Perhaps you've grown accustomed to the smiley face and the bland sentiments that yet another Venus-Neptune trine evokes? Another change as Pluto turns direct in your career midheaven.


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