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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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