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Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Let go of the notion that you're in control and let the life-giving sun take the lead, at least for the first phase of the Leo new moon cycle. If you don't insist on doing things your way, you could learn a lot more than you expect, plus have a good time following the advice you get. The generous Leo sun can also increase the odds of a partner succeeding and spreading the wealth. There's fun and romance in the offing, a creative project that'll reward your participation and talented folks to inspire you.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Home and family, the cornerstone of your reputation, is the area of your life that'll be active during this lunar cycle. Since you've probably dealt with the regulations Saturn tossed in your path last week, spend some quality time comforting those who aren't as resourceful, the women and children who need to be protected. Get used to it. While Mars camps out in Taurus for the next six months, the role of Hero/Heroine will be played by none other than you. The salacious sex scenes are scheduled for midweek.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
This week the she-devil (Venus in picky Virgo) tests the bounce-back ability of a significant relationship when she squares Pluto in your Sagittarius house of partners. While the heat generated by their friction may set a new record, so might the extent of the damage inflicted by both parties. Since you've been down this road before (Pluto has been in Sag for ages), you're familiar with the drill: Assess the importance of the issue and its impact on your current circumstances, decide if you can live with it, then make the necessary adjustments.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
A reminder: Don't dismiss what you learn in the next day or two. Rarely does the promise inherent in yesterday's new moon coincide with the information being beamed during Friday's sun-Mercury conjunction. Since the moon-sun-Mercury lineup takes place in your Leo house of assets, the stellium could mark the beginning of a major financial matter. Or increase the importance of a quality you already value. Come Monday, when the sun shines directly on idealistic Neptune, the line separating the possible from the impossible is revealed.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
It's not a matter of ego gratification, self-involvement or that leonine sense of entitlement. This week your sun ruler is the planet making things happen, but not exclusively for you. The Leo new moon can affect every sign, however Lions could leap at what they discover when the sun and Mercury conjunct the next day. But then so might Gemini and Virgo. The sun-Jupiter sextile this weekend is good for felines, but it can benefit the Scales and the Seers as well. As for Monday's sun-Neptune opposition - a futile fantasy.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Much of what happens this week is not only beyond your control, but probably beyond your understanding. That's because your Mercury ruler merges with the Leo sun in your twelfth house of secret enemies, hidden motivation and cosmic (not ordinary) consciousness. Unless you are painfully aware of past life-times, what you learn during this conjunction can elude you. But that doesn't mean it won't exert an influence on your dream life or your karma. For a clue, take note of the images evoked on Sunday and Monday nights.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Whether you decide to sidestep or deal directly with the nasty stuff cropping up whenever your Venus ruler encounters more of the crap that Pluto likes to wallow in, you'll be able to claim, Vengeance is mine!, at least for the time being. Eventually the benefits of this odd fertilization process will become evident, however, probably not until you're carving pumpkins for Halloween. A casual acquaintance could come bearing gifts this weekend when the generous Leo sun favors lucky Jupiter in your sign.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
For some it's vacation time, but for many Scorpions this is Career Week. The Leo new moon in your midheaven may introduce you to an employer or client you didn't suspect was interested or to work you weren't sure you could do. Pay attention to conversations you overhear, to ideas that cross your mind, especially the flamboyant, outrageous ones. No sign is as adept at showing off as Leo or as comfortable around entertainers and extravagant behavior. As for wretched excess, this weekend it won't feel wretched after all.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
While not the most terrific of opportunities, the one directed your way when the Leo sun beams at your Jupiter ruler this weekend is definitely worth considering. Experience should have shown that whenever the creative sun supports optimistic Jupiter, the Sage's spirits soar. Enthusiasm for a concept, project or person is renewed and you feel you're back on track. Unless you get caught in the machinations of a master manipulator, which is what can happen when social-climbing Venus and Pluto in your sign lock horns.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
The Leo new moon marks the beginning of another chapter in a joint money-making matter or, if nothing is on your plate, it can introduce a brand-new venture. Odd bits of information that previously eluded you could resurface while Mercury is retrograde, so be on the lookout and prick up your ears. The purpose of retrograde is to allow enough time to absorb a revised set of circumstances and reconsider your position. If an adjustment seems necessary, the good-natured Leo sun can help you avoid the more awkward moments.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
The Aquarius-Leo axis is so magnetic, so pervasive it's hard to separate what happens with one sign from the other. Who is more popular, more beloved? During solar Leo, it's the sun-ruled Lions who draw most of the attention, but that's because Leos relish a celebration of any kind, not just their birthday. Nevertheless, the Water-Bearers are usually the ones pouring the drinks, giving the toasts, presenting the gifts and making sure that the group gathering for the occasion is compatible. However, this week your expectations can clash with reality.
Pisces: Feb. 19 - Mar. 19
No matter how absorbed you might be in one activity, each new moon kicks off a fresh cycle of events that'll engage your interest. Luckily for some Fish, the Leo new moon takes place in your house of recreation and romance, so summer fun will continue to be uppermost on your agenda until Labor Day. The others could find themselves drawn to a gig that promises more creative freedom than you already have. And with independent Uranus in your sign, that's saying something. Expect some opposition (friendly advice?) when the sun confronts your Neptune ruler on Monday.