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A new beginning to the old ending. On Friday, the Capricorn sun and moon merger initiates a new lunar cycle, the last one of the Year of the Cock. Good riddance! On Saturday Mercury joins Pluto to either reinforce secretive, subversive behavior or reveal it. What can you get away with on New Year's Eve? On Sunday Venus backs out of Aquarius, into Capricorn where she'll stay until March 5 reviewing and reevaluating whatever relationship you've enjoyed since Thanksgiving. January 1 also marks the first beneficial trine that energetic Mars in Taurus and the constructive Capricorn sun have formed in many years. Maybe Mother Earth gets a break in 2006.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Rams should use Friday's new moon energy to reinforce the influence Capricorn exerts on your professional well being. Because what occurs in the next two weeks can indicate the direction your reputation will take in 2006, try to project an image that correlates with what you want to happen. Don't undermine yourself. Coincidentally, to help achieve your current goal, there's a supportive trine on the 1st between your ambitious Mars ruler and the constructive Capricorn sun that may be financially rewarding as well. Wouldn't that be nice?
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
The put-up or shut-up attitude generated by hot-headed Mars in your sign finds favor with the pragmatic, productive Capricorn sun this week. Whether the support manifests as money or a mentor depends in part on what would serve you best. Few astrological aspects hit home as precisely as a favorable trine between the life-sustaining sun and Martian desire. While it's probably safe to assume that even though your retrograde Venus ruler is hung up in the past, the future looks bright, particularly since you have protective Jupiter in your house of allies.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
First things first. Take a minute on Friday to connect to the down-to-earth Capricorn new moon energy; then if your plans for seeing in the New Year become unwieldy or, more likely, too tentative, you won't be at loose ends. You might also need a hefty dose of common sense on Saturday if your Mercury ruler ropes you into an unpleasant situation when it gets together with extremist Pluto in your Sagittarius marriage house. But after Mercury shifts into Capricorn on Tuesday, things should settle down and, hopefully, make more sense than they do now.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
A Moon Child tends to embrace the cosmic energy that a new moon offers sooner and with more dramatic results than the rest of us. So don't be surprised if Friday's lunation in your Capricorn marriage house, instead of reinforcing your feelings about an on-going relationship, sends you someplace you haven't been before. By getting out of your no doubt comfortable rut and meeting with new people, you could make an immediate emotional connection. The intellectual, ideological connection follows once Mercury enters Capricorn on Tuesday.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Just when you were getting into the rhythm of the holiday week with its parties and perks, your sun ruler, in duty-bound Capricorn, perfects its biennial trine to ambitious Mars in your productive Taurus midheaven. You could try to direct this steady flow of constructive energy to an area your life other than your career and reputation, but nothing shouts carpe diem like this planetary hook up. Leo athletes, in particular, have an edge this week, but even certified couch potatoes may benefit from the rewards being bestowed.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Virgins get an opportunity to welcome the New Year with a brand-new approach to romance and perhaps someone new to try it out on. The earthy Capricorn new moon occurring in your house of recreational game playing and other entertainments brings a fresh breath of creativity, the stuff that's worth milking 'til the bitter end. In another month, you're liable to be busy promoting what captures your fancy this week, so don't waste time hedging your bets. Not while passionate, prolific Mars in Taurus, another fertile earth sign, is egging you on.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
As if you needed any more emphasis placed on where you currently live, where you'd prefer to live and who should be living with you! However, that's the area of your chart that the Capricorn new moon is highlighting, so you may want to focus on ways of introducing a new element to the current situation. For example, while your tasteful, value-conscious Venus ruler is revisiting Capricorn (January 1-March 5), you might decide to redecorate. Once the planets move on to airy Aquarius, you'll probably opt for the freedom to pursue romantic fun and games of chance.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
If last week was tough, then this week should be a breeze. That's because your Mars co-ruler is supported by the cautious, conscientious Capricorn sun. For some Scorps, there'll be a substantial financial reward; for others, a commanding presence in your immediate environment or a popular profile in the media. New Year's Eve might be more interesting than you expect; Mercury joining forces with your resourceful Pluto co-ruler could reveal hush-hush information you've been eager to discover. Beyond mere curiosity.1
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