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Rockie Horoscope

The major change we as a nation are about to face - the switch the USA's progressed sun makes from airy Aquarius, where it's been for the past 30 years, into watery Pisces - is in question. Did the magic moment occur during Samhain, when the door between the living and the dead cracked open? Or did it happen on Election/All Souls' Day? Perhaps the 7th is the actual date, in which case we could still be on the cusp, waiting for the results. You're already aware that the challenging square between the manipulative Scorpio sun and deluded, fanatical Neptune is in effect. Also that the tremendously beneficial, but often overconfident, meeting of Venus and Jupiter is taking place right now. Then there's the surprising news due when Mercury squares unpredictable Uranus on Saturday, about the same time that the two main malefics, militant Mars and limited Saturn, perfect their problematic square. Saturn at the tail end of Cancer turns retrograde on Sunday for four months; Uranus goes direct next Thursday for the next seven. Also this week we have the exquisite hookup between affectionate, artistic Venus and spiritual Neptune, a connection die-hard romantics would die for. One more thing: Militant Mars will transit secretive Scorpio from Wednesday, the 10th, until Christmas Day.

Aries

The aftermath of the election can have a stronger effect on Rams than on the other passionate fire signs. How you handle the challenge posed by Saturn's square to your Mars ruler this weekend could determine what happens at your house, with your family, while Saturn is retrograde for the next four months. Let the matter lie or attack the problem head-on? Maintaining a fair and balanced stance could morph into your best avenging-angel attitude after Mars enters Scorpio on the 10th, a mindset that might prevail until Christmas.

Taurus

Trust your artistic Venus ruler to once again soften the blow of outrageous fortune when the goddess supports idealistic Neptune over the post-election weekend. Could this be a reward for a career matter you handled with grace in mid-September or is it thanks for deftly massaging a relative's ego? Enjoy the benefits while Venus travels through sociable, relationship-centered Libra. Come Thanksgiving, the atmosphere may change dramatically as resentments build to the next showdown. That wake-up call is scheduled for December 1.

Gemini

You might be exceptionally brilliant, a reaction we expect from such a clever, well-informed air sign, when your Mercury ruler is challenged by innovative Uranus this weekend. Thinking outside the box either comes in quite handy or gets you in trouble; it all depends on how flexible you are. Also a bit on how adaptable and amenable your partner is. What you should watch out for is a stagnant money matter, a result of conservative Saturn turning retrograde in your Cancer house of assets and values for the next four months.

Cancer

Even if you're not a typical hermit Crab, the tendency to close ranks whenever cautious Saturn in your sign changes direction is understandable. But before Saturn goes retrograde Sunday night - and while it's being tested by aggressive Mars - you may need to handle an unpleasant household matter or a doozy of a family dispute. Find relief in a recreational activity or a simple romantic gesture, something easily done while the sun is in simpatico, subterranean Scorpio. No need to discuss your feelings in detail.

Leo

There can be tension - no doubt about it - while your sun ruler is tested by Neptune's willingness to believe or be deluded. Call it a retreat into romanticism or the quintessential spin, but the difficult square aspect can challenge your powers of imagination as well as the strength of your faith. A partner might also play a significant role in this drama, especially if he or she is hell-bent on maintaining the fantasy despite the facts. If you write sci-fi, well and good; if not, good luck.

Virgo

Like the Twins, you might be considered certifiably brilliant or simply too off-the-wall to be taken seriously. While your Mercury ruler gets bombarded with eclectic, erratic Uranian vibes, novel ideas rain down like bolts from the blue. Sometimes all that intellectual activity can exhaust you; sometimes it helps break new ground. A lot depends on a partner who hopefully is a trendsetter and/or a humanitarian. Nonetheless, the urge, as well as a bona fide reason to change your address, may also come out of that wild blue yonder.

Libra

Anticipate a certain amount of angst this weekend while ballsy Mars in your sign provokes a response from restrictive Saturn in your career midheaven. Do you really have nothing to fear but fear itself, or are those elected officials scaring you silly? Think of the square as Mars gunning the gas pedal while Saturn slams on the brakes, and there's your dilemma. You could also pretend you're not conflicted by focusing on the fantasy created during Neptune's trine to your romantic Venus ruler and ignoring everything else.

Scorpio

Look forward to a happier, healthier and wealthier birthday next year, when generous Jupiter will be in your sign. Until then, feel free to rely on friends and colleagues to bestow the rewards you think you deserve. However, over the next few months, those expectations may change, even yo-yo from one extreme to another. Thank or blame your Pluto co-ruler in your Sagittarius house of values for constantly re-examining your current needs and assets. More energy and determination once co-ruler Mars enters Scorpio on the 10th.

Sagittarius

Mercurial Mercury in your sign probably has you running off at the mouth, spouting well-worn words of wisdom or thinking about hitting the road. The electricity generated by its contact with independent, idiosyncratic Uranus this weekend can spark a brilliant idea or wind up being another reason to change your address. And while it may be unsettling to live with an erratic Uranian vibe at your house, after it flips forward on the 11th, you might get out of the comfortable rut you've created for yourself.

Capricorn

You know better than anyone else what could happen when your Saturn ruler turns retrograde in your Cancer marriage house, like it did last autumn. The state of your primary relationship is bound to change while Saturn operates at a much lower volume. Perhaps the partnership will even play second fiddle to other interests, at least until Saturn flips again come spring. Meanwhile, try to keep an eagle eye on Uranus and its tendency to surprise you when you least expect it. Shopping sprees galore!

Aquarius

The more things change, the more they stay the same? Two major planets changing direction this week can be more than a little confusing, especially when the two are your old-school, traditional Saturn ruler and Uranus, your modern, New Age ruler. Saturn turns retrograde for four months; Uranus moves ahead for the next seven. It may take a few weeks until you get into the swing of things, so be patient or pleasantly distracted while impressionable Neptune in your sign becomes the focus of Venus' artistic and romantic interests.

Pisces

An interesting week as you adjust to Saturn in your house of romance and entertainment looking back over the recent past. Its retrograde trip lasts until spring. But by next Thursday, when Uranus in Pisces comes out of its retrogression, you'll probably be ready for seven months of meaningful change. Saturn doesn't like to break with tradition; Uranus has no use for it at all. But if you can swing it, let yourself become totally sidetracked by the glorious connection between your idealistic Neptune ruler and amorous Venus this weekend.