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Rockie Horoscope

A Friday the 13th in October is a movie marketer's dream come true. How many horror films can one set of eyeballs digest in the next two weeks? Also, who among the purveyors of terror were prescient enough to know that they'll profit handsomely from having a highly romantic, highly impressionable Venus-Neptune trine occur the same night? Chills, thrills and sexual sublimation, all in one shot. The rest of the week is an interesting mix of diplomacy, common sense and determination as Saturn and Pluto, the entrenched force field, send out positive vibes, at least for now.

Aries

Look for an opportunity to align with powerful people this week as your Mars ruler in diplomatic Libra finds favor with Saturn and Pluto, the planets representing the government and the gangsters. Can't tell the players without a scorecard? A partner (in crime?) could help you judge who's who and what's what. If ever you were going to trust someone else's instincts and their information, now, while Mars is infused with the spirit of cooperation, would be the time. Come the 23rd, both the sun and the red planet will move on to Scorpio.

Taurus

Friday the 13th could turn into a red-letter night for hopelessly romantic Bulls. That's because your affectionate Venus ruler perfects a rewarding trine to Neptune, the planet of imagination and idealism. More susceptible to falling for an image, an aura, a vibe one cannot get and still claim to be human. As in "To err is human, to forgive divine." And if by another stroke of good fortune, you connect with a charitable landlord, realtor or mortgage broker later in the week, thank your lucky stars that Pluto is still a force in the astrological hierarchy.

Gemini

Take a good look around this weekend, get your bearings, and verify if a questionable situation is stable enough to withstand a surprise. If everything checks out, e.g., if the house has been retrofitted and the romantic relationship secured, then prepare to have your mind blown next weekend, when your Mercury ruler teams up with enthusiastic, expansive Jupiter. That this merger takes place in sexy, secretive Scorpio (the first time in 12 years) can transport you to a high you haven't experienced since way back when.

Cancer

The benefits might not be apparent right away, but once you realize that pragmatic Saturn in your Leo money house is encouraging a positive response to creative, constructive proposals, you might let loose with a little more cash. Your work environment also improves when it gets bathed in the light of the Libra sun midweek. And should a relationship with a co-worker need an infusion of harmony to make it more efficient, then Venus can fix that as well. You just need to be patient and let the favorable planetary aspects do their job.

Leo

There's a healthy balance this week between responsible Saturn in your sign and the sociable Libra sun, Leo's ruling "light." If you think it is necessary, now would be a good time to extend a friendly hand to a neighbor or reach out online to former schoolmates. You might even reconcile with a sibling. Chances are you won't go overboard or become obsessed with another project. But if you intend to acquire a new electronic device, better do it soon. Mercury, ruler of communication and travel, is set to turn retrograde at the end of the month.

Virgo

Virgos can be insightful commentators without half trying, but inasmuch as your Mercury ruler is approaching the first of its three meetings with wealthy and wise Jupiter in your Scorpio house of communication, for the next nine weeks you really can excel. Because it's been 12 years since the conjunction took place in this zone of your solar chart, try to remember what lucky break you enjoyed back then and how your life changed. Did you actually become smarter or did your audience grow larger? Perhaps you went back to school.

Libra

There's a whiff of contentment in the air that you can use to compensate for the anger or angst that aggressive Mars in your sign has provided since shortly after Labor Day. If you don't have the patience to wait until the Martian evacuation on the 23rd, by all means reach for the goodies, material and emotional, your Venus ruler is offering while it enjoys the support of disciplined Saturn and determined Pluto. These are heavy-duty forces that, for a brief moment in time, are displaying a lighter, brighter touch.

Scorpio

It's a feeling that you cannot take for granted, but when it does come, you should definitely take advantage. What is it? The fairly rare sextile between Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets. This favorable aspect, in effect, wraps up whatever began when your two rulers last joined forces, i.e., their conjunction in January 2005. They'll start something new when next they meet in January 2007. Since you're almost at the end of this biannual cycle, figure out what you need to provide "closure" and go for it.

Sagittarius

Pluto, that maligned chunk of ice with mysterious powers, is attracting a number of supporters this week. Since Pluto is rooted in your sign, there's a good chance that constructive sextiles from Mr. Mars, Ms. Venus and the harmonious Libra sun will improve your relationships overall, with club members and colleagues in particular. If political issues are also on your plate, then you'd best deal with them this week, while the gods are in a favorable mood. Come the traditional Halloween hijinks, all hell could break loose.

Capricorn

Although the tone of your work is rarely sweet and gentle, nor purely productive, while Mars, the Libra sun and Venus, in that order, favor your Saturn ruler this week, it can be a joy to perform. Make the most of their gifts, energy, diplomacy and charm, because somehow (Saturn in your Leo house of mutual monetary matters?) it'll pay off. Sure, you'll have another good month during solar Sagittarius, but between now and then, you'll probably have to deal with a bunch of provocative squares directed toward Saturn (and you) from the vindictive Scorpio planets.

Aquarius

Who is spreading rumors about you, and are they blatantly false? Separating the truth from "truthiness" could be the challenge presented by chatty Mercury (at the top of your chart, where your reputation is forged) to nebulous Neptune in your sign. The high point of this confusing square aspect occurs on Sunday; after that, feel free to coast along on the small favors currently offered to your partner, also to dip into his or her treasure chest of basic business sense. Those deep pockets can feed your desire to expand.

Pisces

Time for more hypnosis? No kidding: Now would be a good week to use the power of your oceanic unconscious to overcome a noxious habit or to uncover a hidden motive. While most of the other planets are participating in a short-lived balancing act, your Neptune ruler is warding off static emanating from curious Mercury. Confronting the question being asked and laying it to rest is one alternative; avoiding the matter or tabling it for a later date, perhaps to deal with while Mercury is retrograde, is another.


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