JANUARY 21 27, 2005 If you know your ascendant, read it too. GENERAL FORECAST: Divine excess followed by rules, regulations and restraints. Expansive, enthusiastic Jupiter dominates the weekend as Mars, Mercury and Venus, the personal planets, cavort with the jolly giant. Tuesday the Leo full moon reluctantly halts the festivity by bringing staid Saturn to center stage. First Mercury, then Venus opposes His Great Grumpiness midweek, only to be rebuffed. Baby, it sure is cold outside. But not cold enough to cool down the passionate emotions in play while hot-blooded Mars and degenerative (or is that regenerative?) Pluto merge forces on the 28th. Because their conjunction is in Sagittarius, the cumulative effect could be worldwide. ARIES (March 20 April 19) Don't push it. If you're not getting the response you want, if you feel a significant someone is taking advantage of you (all legitimate complaints this week), step back and rethink your position. Because you're capable of packing such a powerful punch right now, your actions might have a much stronger effect than you originally intend. While your impetuous Mars ruler meets up with Pluto's intense determination, you could be considered dangerous: sexy, yes, but scary, too. How about leading a rescue mission instead? TAURUS (April 20 May 20) Truly talented Bulls, not wannabe American Idols, are more likely to be affected by the Leo full moon and the creative alternatives it offers. If there is a hue and cry from the public, so be it; this sort of attention is supposed to come your way twice a year. However, too much of a good thing, while an appealing prospect at first, may lead to a glut of promises and a shortage of actual rewards. Try to contain your expectations, consumption and spending while your Venus ruler succumbs to generous Jupiter's many charms. Lady Luck is fickle. GEMINI (May 21 June 20) Back off. Try not to aggravate your mate or insist on making your point when talking to allies as well as adversaries. While you're liable to encounter resistance no matter whom or what you're dealing with your Mercury ruler is currently opposed by restrictive Saturn the planetary energies in your Sagittarius partnership house are on the verge of spontaneously combusting. Whenever fiery Mars and passionate Pluto meet, it's wise to be on guard against a sneak attack; in your case, from a significant other determined to undermine you. Forewarned, forearmed. CANCER (June 21 July 22) The Leo full moon highlights your personal space, calling attention to your appearance, personality and sense of self-worth. Right now there's a glow about the Moon Child that could attract an enlightened partner, someone who is looking to the future instead of dwelling in the past. Crabs with intense work or workout schedules need to ease up because that area of your life is apt to go up in flames, making you vulnerable to infection or inflammation. Generous Jupiter turns retrograde on February 1; time to cut back on household expenses. LEO (July 23 August 22) It hardly matters which person has a greater impact in your workplace, household or even the gym than you do. Despite a full moon in your sign, it's other people who are positioned to call the shots. The best thing you can do right now is react appropriately for example, don't get caught up in someone else's fantasy no matter how artistic or altruistic it may sound. However, athletes and lovers could channel the tremendous infusion of physical energy and psychological determination at their disposal toward achieving their personal best. VIRGO (August 23 September 22) If there's anything not working well at home, now is the time to fix it. Repairs and wholehearted attempts at rehab could become guaranteed successes while courageous Mars and resourceful Pluto conjoin in your house of family history and real estate. (The energy is similar to what occurred during their conjunction two years ago when the whole world marched for peace.) The pursuit of romance or regenerative recreation ah, the spa! can also be successful, especially if you shell out for a good time without complaining. LIBRA (September 23 October 22) Anticipate receiving, possibly even enjoying, a certain amount of celebrity during the days following the Leo full moon. You don't have to do anything particularly noteworthy; it could be someone else's glory rubbing off on you. Family obligations lighten up as your Venus ruler moves from conscientious Capricorn into progressive, experimental Aquarius on Groundhog Day. That's also when expansive Jupiter in your sign settles down for a long winter nap, an opportune time to go on a diet and rein in the expenses. SCORPIO (October 23 November 21) Feel free to lord it over the rest of us. Scorpions haven't been this effective since February '03, the last time Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets, joined forces. Either begin a project worthy of putting your heart and soul into or vow to fix whatever mess is left from your most recent crusade. Especially if it involves finances. However, the temptation to escape your reality could also be powerful right now. If a favorite fantasy or a bad habit is dominating your thoughts, try to redirect that energy elsewhere. Get help. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 December 21) While the Centaur usually acts as an ambassador or mentor, this week you've got enough power to carry on like a typical tyrant, not just a benevolent despot. If you don't concentrate the combined energy of assertive Mars and coercive Pluto in your sign on doing good, the destruction these forces are capable of might turn against you. Keep this in mind when you're issuing orders to whomever is loyal enough to hang around. Also be aware that your protective Jupiter ruler goes on vacation, that is, is retrograde from February to June. CAPRICORN (December 22 January 20) Is it worth waiting for? Ask yourself this question when you feel thwarted or devalued simply because affectionate Venus in your sign is facing stiff opposition from your cautious Saturn ruler. If you're shopping around for something that is supposed to last a long time, like a “happily ever after” relationship, now might not be the best time to proceed. Also, since prosperous Jupiter in your career house is turning retrograde, you might not make as much progress over the next four months as you anticipate. AQUARIUS (January 21 February 18) The full moon in Leo could expose the pluses and minuses of what is currently passing for a close relationship, be it with your mate, co-worker or chiropractor. Only because idealistic, imaginative Neptune is so prominently placed in your sign is fantasy fulfillment such a decisive factor in your daily life. So, for the next few weeks, while perceptive Mercury and artistic, affectionate Venus visit Aquarius, be aware that, like it or not, your hidden talents, your secret desires are receiving more attention than usual. PISCES (February 19 March 19) Watch out for a tyrant of a boss, a Medea of a mother figure! Having the abusive Mars-Pluto conjunction take place in your Sagittarius midheaven suggests that an authority figure, not you, will be the idiot responsible for whatever troubles result from this collision. However, there could be an upside to this powerful punch if you aim it toward healing what hurts, repairing the damage done. The moment will pass as the month ends; after that, you'll drift back to the world of your imagination, intuition and creative visualization. Curious about the future? 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