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Rockie Horoscope

Art and music flourish as Venus makes the transition on Sunday from allegedly fair-and-balanced Libra to passionate Scorpio, where she'll intensify our reactions to whom and what we love until October 7. Midweek, the Virgo sun plays around with desire and frustration when it favors ambitious Mars one day and tests powerful Pluto the next. Mercury follows suit, nitpicking and arguing all the while as it prepares for its meeting with the sun on the 17th under the Virgo-Pisces full moon, the Harvest Moon.

Aries

It's taken long enough, but this week you may actually receive the reward you so richly deserve: an honest day's pay for an honest day's work. The best of intentions and a consistent effort to deliver the goods are qualities the service-oriented Virgo sun acknowledges when it finally favors your Mars ruler. Although the not overly self-centered Rams (yes, there are some) might devalue their contribution to a successful outcome, co-workers and caregivers won't. Don't play hard to get; let them give out your number.

Taurus

You could be entering one of the more productive periods you've had in the last two years. While energetic Mars in your sign is whipping up interest in you personally and providing more activities for you to get into, your alluring Venus ruler in your Scorpio house of partners is attracting pretty (as well as pretty powerful) people. Not only can these allies offer opportunities to refine career goals or participate in a deserving cause, they could also have an impact on your relationship to a sibling or a neighbor.

Gemini

No sooner said than done. An opportunity to be your efficient self, smart as a whip or, just as likely, a real smart-ass, occurs when your Mercury ruler merges with the Virgo sun. That this meeting takes place while mental Mercury is moving forward instead of being in retrograde suggests that, no matter how much insight, information or discussion is called for, speed is of the essence. Pressure? You bet. The full moon in watery Pisces might add a chaotic emotional element you'd prefer to do without.

Cancer

Wet and wild. Security-conscious Crabs may be eager to shed their shells while joyful Venus frolics in your Scorpio house of romance, risk and other sexy recreational activities until October 7. And when the love goddess favors eccentric Uranus in Pisces next week and the Pisces moon is big and bright, all three water signs could dive in head first. The ensuing thrills and chills should be pleasurable, entertaining and not particularly dangerous, although if madcap Uranus becomes truly manic, forget about that happy ending.

Leo

It's usually during solar Virgo that you Lions take a step back to assess your assets and liabilities. This year Mercury adds a stricter attention to details to your sun ruler's general overview, so the picture you'll see, especially during the full moon, could be a lot more revealing than you expected. Clarity about your financial future should counteract the hazy or wishful thinking taking place when affectionate Venus is subjected to the confusing or impossibly idealistic vibes Neptune in your partnership house is emitting.

Virgo

To boldly go where you've never gone before and to clear out the closet before you leave - that is the Virgo mission. This year you have the benefit of your well-informed Mercury ruler helping chart your course as it merges with the creative power of the sun. If ever there was an appropriate time to reinvent yourself, now is it. But if the Virgin is too timid to venture out alone, wait and see who comes aboard when the full moon in your Pisces house of partners becomes exact on the 17th. Bon voyage; happy trails; write when you get work.

Libra

We know that you don't always present the famous all-embracing, fair-and-balanced Libran fa??ade. A strong current of the critic runs through you, and no time is it more powerful than when discerning Mercury and the Virgo sun convene in the realm of your subconscious. Maybe your opinions won't be expressed out loud, but they're bound to affect your reaction to events and the people surrounding them. Growing suspicious? Feeling vengeful? Blame your Venus ruler for abandoning Libra's level playing field for Scorpio's slippery slope.

Scorpio

Anticipate mixed messages and contradictory conclusions as the analytical Virgo sun supports your Mars co-ruler one day and vexes your Pluto co-parent the next. A former ally, an ex-partner or your present-day significant other could align with an organized group, such as a trade union, to allay your concern over a financial matter. Colleagues and casual friends may also influence what happens. Meanwhile, on your own, you'll attract an odd assortment of people as seductive Venus in Scorpio flirts with both conservative Saturn and experimental Uranus.

Sagittarius

This week the prissiness of the Virgin's vibe can make even the most carefree, footloose Archer quite tense. So when Mercury (purveyor of the small print) and the practical Virgo sun join forces in your career house, you're liable to look for comic relief anyplace you can find it. Not at work and not at home, either. The empathetic Pisces full moon may offer a shoulder to cry on, but dipping into the vastness of those emotional waters can be just as nerve-wracking as concentrating on the minute details of a contract.

Capricorn

Earth to earth is not "dust to dust." Right now both the sun and Mercury in Virgo (an earth sign) favor sexy Mars in your Taurus (another earth sign) house of romance and joy. The message doesn't get more direct or obvious than this: Capricorns (the ultimate earth sign) should enjoy themselves, especially since it doesn't seem to be later than you think. Consider taking a trip out of town, preferably to the shore, during the Virgo-Pisces full moon on the 17th, when ideas and emotions, facts and faith have an excellent chance of carrying equal weight.

Aquarius

A woman you work with or who is well known in the community could become the driving force behind your next major accomplishment. While magnetic Venus settles into your Scorpio career house for the next few weeks, she'll pull strings, foment interest and, if necessary, make goo-goo eyes so that opportunities can fall in your lap. All you have to do is be true to the Aquarius code: "I don't give a shit!" However, it would help matters if you managed to come up with an interesting idea or did a good job.

Pisces

Your influence grows as the waxing moon gathers strength to face the Virgo sun head-on during the Pisces full moon. However, not until the 17th will your seemingly limitless emotional reserves be tested. In the meantime, as eagle-eyed Mercury in your Virgo house of partners picks at every flaw in a close relationship, don't be surprised if it's you who has a sudden change of heart that weekend. Rebellious Uranus in your sign welcomes overtures from Venus busily riding wave after orgasmic wave while surfing through sexy Scorpio.


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