AUG. 31-SEPT. 6, 2007
Starting on Sunday, Saturn begins a two-year-plus transit through
Virgo. All the earth signs should benefit from the stronger backbone Saturn provides.
However, Virgins who have not experienced their own Saturn return, i.e., anyone
under 30, may feel overwhelmed by the amount of work laid on their shoulders and
the limits placed on their resources. Saturn sets up roadblocks, but it also rewards
efforts at overcoming adversity with status and stature. Meanwhile, the rebels
among us can have a field day on Labor Day while militant Mars provokes a response
from unpredictable Uranus. This configuration is one of my earthquake indicators,
but that doesn't mean it'll happen. Also that day, the sun in Virgo
squares generous Jupiter in Sagittarius, a challenge that could empty your coffers.
On Wednesday, Mercury leaves critical Virgo for a civilized sojourn through harmony-seeking


Protesting one injustice or another would be an ideal way to spend Labor Day.
While your excitable Mars ruler provokes (and is provoked in return) by unruly
Uranus, you're in an excellent position to raise a helluva lot of hell.
Be aware that the square relationship between these planets can be dangerous.
It's often associated with a violent disturbance, such as yet another earthquake
or, because Mars is in airy Gemini, a plane crash. Should you feel yourself teetering
on the edge, stay at home, play nice and play it safe. No sharp tools while you're
this accident-prone.


The tough times will seem less so once Saturn, the stern taskmaster, moves into
Virgo, an earth sign that'll be gentler with the Bull than the imperial
Lion has been. While the “ordeal by fire” the ringed planet put you
through the past two years may have made you stronger and more resilient, enough
is enough. The Virgin is discerning, but it also takes pleasure in earthly delights,
and, not incidentally, it is the sign governing your house of creativity, romance
and risk. So maybe you won't be the consummate libertine.


You're fast approaching a period of heightened creativity based on your
ability to envision an ideal and come pretty close to attaining it. (Sorry, nobody
is perfect.) While adventurous Mars in your sign urges you to accept the challenge
an erratic employer issues, the exchange may also generate more friction than
you want to handle. If you know this going into the gig, you could avoid a meltdown.
Also this holiday weekend: the urge to splurge, to spend as much money as your
mate desires, all in the name of “domestic bliss.”


Money matters will continue to vie for your attention, but they won't be
so demanding as to crowd out the trivial pursuits you enjoy so much. Or used to
before Saturn turned you into a responsible, upstanding citizen. Saturn's
move out of Leo into Virgo this weekend allows for more elbow room, and retrograde
Venus' change of direction next weekend could affect how you feel about
your recent financial history. It may take a little while before your house of
values and valuables is totally free and clear, but “Oh, what a relief it'll
be!” when that day comes.


Is the Lion about to trade places with the Crab? Finally, Saturn, the planet that
places limits, makes a dramatic exit from your sign this weekend. While the move
might be a blessing, the sooner you face the fact that it's going to be
stuck in your Virgo money house for the next 25 months, the better. Although this
switch doesn't necessarily mean your income will be restricted, it does
suggest that you're likely to be more conservative about your spending habits.
For stylish young Lions attracted to glam and glitter, this could be a serious
stumbling block.


A big weekend for Virgins who are in the mood to celebrate! The joyful sun in
your sign is making you eager to reach out to folks with a modicum of intelligence
and humor (gossip counts) to impart. It's also willing to pay handsomely
for the opportunity to share whatever goodies (good will included) you've
managed to accumulate while generous Jupiter has been expanding your domain. Spread
the wealth fairly soon, before restrictive Saturn becomes embedded in Virgo and
turns you into a straight-laced, stiff-upper-lipped disciplinarian.


How you benefit from the creativity let loose when bold-faced Mars in Gemini tweaks
imaginative Neptune in Aquarius next week is a puzzle that air signs, like yours,
will figure out on your own. I foresee veiled romantic overtures being made, but
that's because the planets involved are playing on your desire to be in
love. Playing, on the stage or on the field, is yet another element in this imagined
scenario, which, after your Venus ruler comes out of retrograde on the 8th, could
turn into the real deal.


The dual nature of the Scorpio native (the Eagle and the Dove) might make everyone
who comes in contact with you this weekend confused and infuriated. That's
because both your ruling planets are being challenged. Secretive Pluto is confronted
by a nosy Mercury masquerading as a business associate or fellow club member,
while your Mars co-ruler is warding off a surprise attack from Uranus, the planet
responsible for sudden shifts in everything from tectonic plates to satellite
reception. Try to be cool – no rabble-rousing – this Labor Day.


Cockeyed optimists and wild horses often need to be reined in by Saturn, the planet
that provides form and function. For the past two years, while respectable Saturn
was in fire sign-friendly Leo, it supported, even rewarded, your productivity.
However, now that Saturn is in your Virgo midheaven, those efforts may be thwarted.
Something crucial to your continuing success will have to be overcome. Let's
hope you're running for office, because history has shown that the candidate
with transiting Saturn on the upswing is the one who usually wins. Big enough
war chest?


Finally! After two-plus years in glamorous Leo, where it's all about the
show, your Saturn ruler makes its long-awaited entrance into Virgo, where it's
more about the nuts and bolts of whatever biz you're in. While in this compatible
earth sign, pragmatic Saturn ensures that you develop your “chops”
and good name. Your particular expertise could get acknowledged even if you're
still in the process of acquiring it. Don't expect clear sailing every day;
however, the fog surrounding some money matters won't be as dense.


You may already sense that you're headed for an artistic breakthrough or,
if sports is your field, toward some kind of record. Thank energetic Mars in your
Gemini house of recreation and creative risk taking for sending supportive vibes
to inspirational, impressionable Neptune in your sign. During this particular
trine aspect, the first in two years, you might discover that envisioning your
goal can really help you achieve it. I'm not suggesting you daydream the
hours away, simply that you work out the steps that'll take you where you
want to be.


If you can remember, or refer back to, what happened in March 2006, the last time
Mars in Gemini provoked erratic Uranus in Pisces, you'll have an idea of
what might occur during the next 10 days. Rough-and-tumble Mars in your family
and real estate zone tends to make a mess, and when it tests your Pisces planets,
the result can be infuriating, harmful or both. Meanwhile, partnership arrangements
could soon generate significant amounts of prestige by offering the sort of success
that goes far beyond the profit motive. What's up?

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