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Rockie Horoscope

Mars in sensual Taurus turning retrograde as it opposes Venus in sexy Scorpio this weekend does not bode well for male-female relationships, but Venus will move on to Sagittarius on the 7th, while Mars is in reverse until December 9. The Libra new moon Monday is also an annular solar eclipse, one we can't see in the States. For a better view, go to Europe or India. On Wednesday, Mercury and Jupiter, joint rulers of media mavens and moguls, combine forces in "fair and balanced" Libra for the last time. These two are also the gods that comedy writers pray to.

Aries

For love or money. What might have an obvious impact on you this weekend is the opposition between your fiery Mars ruler and affectionate Venus in your Scorpio house of sex, death and other people's money. Sometimes this passionate face-off makes the relationship sizzle, sometimes it fizzles, but no matter the outcome, anticipate an exchange of assets. You may threaten to change your will, or you could discuss terms for a different deal, while Mercury and Jupiter meet in your Libra partnership zone just days after the new moon.

Taurus

Except for the fiscal ramifications, your forecast this week reads a lot like Aries'. However, it is your artistic Venus ruler sitting in your Scorpio house of partners that is confronting Mars in Taurus. What to react to? Opposing points of view, male-female contentiousness or the knowledge that energetic Mars turns retrograde Saturday for 10 weeks of enforced idleness? If surgery is scheduled, will rehab take longer than usual or will the procedure have to be repeated after Mars goes direct? P.S. The new moon can introduce a new romantic interest.

Gemini

One of the more opportune days of the year appears right after the Libra new moon on Monday ushers in a civilized social agenda and a harmonious reunion within the family circle. When your expressive Mercury ruler joins forces with expansive Jupiter on the 5th, any number of offers to make an appearance and speak your mind could pour in. Writers and pundits will relish their good ideas, rappers and actors their growing audiences, athletes their pervasive media exposure. Grab your chance ASAP; by next weekend, Mercury will be in Scorpio.

Cancer

The judicious Libra new moon comes up with another way to handle a perplexing educational issue or a situation in the neighborhood. It may also offer a fresh approach to a family matter. And while airy Libra might not be the easiest element to adjust to, because the lunation is also a solar eclipse, a Moon Child could have a greater impact on the people concerned. This week would be a good time to rethink your reasons for making improvements at home. It's also a propitious time for buying if not another car, how about a bike?

Leo

Becoming conservative in your old age? Since sensible Saturn in your sign forms a supportive sextile with your sun ruler this weekend, chances are you won't be terribly affected by the events accompanying the always dramatic, often vitriolic opposition between Venus and Mars. But if you want more insurance, stay away from budding conflicts between the girls and the boys. Also, because the Libra new moon is a solar eclipse, you may not get as much satisfaction from a financial matter as anticipated.

Virgo

Travel plans might have to be put on hold while adventurous Mars in your Taurus house of lifelong ambitions goes retrograde for 10 weeks. The same holds true for courses and symposiums that would buff up your r??sum??. Since Monday's sun-moon conjunction is a solar eclipse, your financial picture is not as clear-cut as it normally would be this time of year. However, while your Mercury ruler merges with prosperous Jupiter in Libra on the 5th, there's an excellent chance that something spectacular or substantial will come your way.

Libra

The new moon in your sign holds the promise of a new attitude, perhaps a new look, for yourself. But don't expect instant gratification; because the sun is eclipsed, it could take longer than a month to achieve the result you want. An indication - maybe the actual announcement - that benefits are about to arrive could come when Mercury, the messenger, meets lucky Jupiter in your sign on the 5th. Their merger sets the stage for the supremely fortunate sun-Jupiter conjunction at the tail end of your sign that is scheduled for October 22.

Scorpio

It's not a sure thing, but there's a fair chance that a casual acquaintance will do something that'll add legitimacy or luster to your good name. No biggie, just a nudge in the right place at the right time. However, the primary focus this week is less on you than on a partner who, because your Mars co-ruler is turning retrograde in Taurus, could be at a crossroads that'll affect you both. Be as supportive as you honestly can, but also know that the decision could take a lot longer to reach than either of you expect.

Sagittarius

Despite the portents that classically accompany a solar eclipse, the Libra new moon might bring pleasant, even pretty, people onto your scene, who, whether you like it or not, may still be around three months later. Sometimes an infusion of new faces acts like a tonic, sometimes it's overwhelming; however, if some want to foster your career, then the time and attention they demand could be worth it. Few Centaurs are certifiable loners, but since archery is not exactly a team sport, having a bunch of boosters buzzing around can become a distraction.

Capricorn

A new moon in another cardinal sign usually introduces something into your personal life that's more meaningful and longer-lasting. Since the Libra new moon is also a solar eclipse, expect its effects to last at least three months or until the Capricorn new moon arrives on the eve of New Year's Eve. The Aries full moon is also an eclipse, so over the next two weeks you could be riding the seesaw, dividing your attention between Libran career concerns and Arian family matters, trying to maintain a balance between the two.

Aquarius

Sex, the occult, insurance policies and other people's money, the business of life and death, can have a stronger impact on you this year than a couple-centric Libra new moon usually does. Because it's also a solar eclipse, this lunation might not deliver on its original promise; therefore, try to pay attention to what is supposed to transpire and, just as importantly, what isn't. The differences can be dramatically revealed at the Aries full-moon eclipse on the 17th. Until then, abide by the Libra motto: one from column A and one from column B.

Pisces

Expecting a windfall? If it doesn't arrive when Mercury merges with magnanimous Jupiter on the 5th, you might have to wait until the 22nd, while the Libra sun and the planet of growth and generosity conjunct. But if financial gain isn't the object of your desire, then there's an excellent chance that you'll become much more knowledgeable about a subject that has piqued your interest. Nothing spells s-m-a-r-t as much as the confluence of perceptive Mercury and philosophical Jupiter. It also spells f-u-n-n-y.

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