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Martial law or the second American Revolution? For the first time in the 230-year history of the United States, born on the 4th of July, 1776and according to the system of secondary progressions known as a year for a dayMars will go retrograde. On July 22, 2006 the planet representing war, uprisings and individuality reverses direction at 19 degrees of Libra, the sign of alliances, compromise and the justice system. This is no sudden reversal; progressed Mars has been practically stationary for years. But summer 2006 marks a turning point; what happens in the next 70+ years while Mars is retrograde is anybodys guess. On that note, heres the forecast for 2006, based on the transiting, not the progressed planets. For Mercury retrograde dates, read Gemini.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
If 2005 felt like a slow-poke of a year, with not enough happening to suit an adventurous, impatient Aries, youll be pleased to learn that in 2006 your transiting Mars ruler does NOT go retrograde nor does it remain in one fixed sign (value-conscious Taurus) for six long months. Come mid-February when Mars enters mutable, movable Gemini, this cooling-your-heels period is fini. During the rest of the year, Mars races through the next six signs, winding up in foot-loose Sagittarius, a hot-to-trot fire sign like your own. Best for romance: May through August.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
The fire down below that has provided motivation, physical energy and temper tantrums for the last six months goes out when aggressive Mars exits Taurus just after Valentines Day. Since youll remain protected by generous Jupiter in your partnership house, you neednt worry that youll be left on your own. Certainly not while your attractive Venus ruler visits Taurus in June or your Virgo house of romance and recreation in September. Schedule vacations accordingly. Best for financial finagling: May and June.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
There may be more to the rhythm of the Twins life than your Mercury rulers retrograde schedule, nonetheless here it is: From March 2 to 25 an issue concerning your career and/or a family situation could be stuck in limbo. A financial matter may be delayed while the Messenger back tracks through your Cancer money house from July 4-28. During the Halloween weekend, in the midst of major astrological events, Mercury turns retrograde in Scorpio until Nov. 17. Wheres the love? Starting at the summer solstice, peaking in October.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
The eclipses of 2006 can significantly impact the Moon Child, so make a note: A lunar eclipse on the Ides of March, a total solar eclipse on the 29th, a partial lunar eclipse on Sept. 7, another solar event just hours before the autumnal equinox. Restrictive Saturn in your Leo money house continues to teach the value of a dollar while lucky Jupiter in your Scorpio house of romance risk says take a chance. Spruce up and lay back in mid-July when both sociable Venus and Mercury retrograde are in your sign.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Check the Cancer forecast for eclipses, reminding yourself that the lunar ones increase your power while the solar ones diminish it. Saturn in your sign can be a bummer, but it could also strengthen your backbone (the Leo sore spot). Expansive Jupiter in your Scorpio home base preaches spend, spend, but be aware that the jolly giant tends to exaggerate. Neptune in your Aquarius marriage house continues to weave a magic spell, more so while artistic, affectionate Venus joins him during March. Money comes in fits and starts.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Read Gemini for your Mercury rulers retrograde timetable, adding a couple of weeks before and after for dotting is and making repairs. Activity in your career zone (for the first time in two years) while assertive Mars transits your Gemini midheaven from mid-February thru mid-April. However, Pluto opposing from home can put you in a tricky position, playing one determined force against another. Relationships continue to be erratic (except during April when loving Venus visits your Pisces house of partners). As for money, another balancing act.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Since your amenable Venus ruler visits every sign in 2006, youll have a shot at everyone, primarily, for the first two months, a respectable Capricorn. Romance and/or recreation with an Aquarius in March, partnering with an Aries in May, traveling with a congenial companion in June and bonding with your boss in the summer. Save October for your self; thats when Venus, passionate Mars and the creative sun get together in your sign. As for finances, not to worry; protective Jupiter has your money house covered.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
The best news is that prosperous Jupiter remains in Scorpio until Thanksgiving, although while it is retrograde from March through June you might not be quite as fortunate as you have been. However, Jupiter transiting your Sagittarius money house through 2007 will extend your run of good luck for another year. As long as unpredictable Uranus inhabits your Pisces house of risky ventures, nothing is a sure bet, but the odds improve while romantic Venus passes through in April. Opportunity knocks around your birthday; let it in.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
You don't need to see "Match Point" to be reminded that while it's good to be rich, it's really good to be lucky. So midweek, while your (and Woody Allen's) fortunate Jupiter ruler and the Capricorn sun form an opportunistic sextile, accept your favorite god's gift with open arms and a smile, not a smirk. You might also want to know that the Capricorn new moon on the 30th inaugurates a lunar cycle that, for many Sages, focuses on ways to amass or to spend that good fortune. For the rest, ways to make an acceptable, respectable first impression.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
The year starts off very well because fortunate Venus is in Capricorn until March; the next month in your Aquarius house of assets is also good, although you may wind up with more stuff than you bargained for. The goddess adds luster to romance while she transits sensuous Taurus in June. A partnership mindset may intensify in mid-summer, but because your Saturn ruler is stressed out then, keep a watchful eye on joint investments. Curry favor with receptive clients in October; reward yourself in December when Venus is back in your sign.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
It might not seem like a big deal, but having access to Chirons healing powers gives Aquarians born in January a gift from the gods. Heavenly blessings are available to all while affable Venus visits your sign in March. June and July may be difficult because idealistic Neptune is threatened by a double-dose of problems, i.e., Mars and Saturn in your Leo partnership house. Plus a turn of current events may exacerbate your dilemma. Finances continue to be governed by your Uranus ruler weathering Pisces fluctuations.
Pisces: Feb. 19 - Mar. 19
One way to deal with Mercury retrograde in Pisces during March is to celebrate your birthday someplace where time stands still. Since precious little progress will be made during the retrogression, feel free to escape. If you want progress, wait until energetic Mars transits your Cancer house of creativity and romance in May. In July Mercurys retrograde period could coincide with a visit from a former lover because Venus is also in Cancer. Mercurys third reversal occurs while transiting your Scorpio house of foreign travel in November.