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For a holiday weekend, there's a lot going on, starting with the first Friday the 13th of 2006. (The second is in October, perfect for promoting Halloween horror movie viewing.) Also on Friday, a potentially romantic liaison between the sun and sociable (and social-climbing) Venus retrograde in Capricorn that should set the tone for the shenanigans, celebrations and commemorations to come. A full moon in Cancer, the water sign ruled by the moon, is exact early Saturday morning, but the emotional tides and tears will ebb and flow all weekend long. Sunday could be special in more ways than a playoff team might imagine. Mars in Taurus, representing the athletes, and Jupiter in Scorpio, the owners and gamblers, perfect their challenging opposition early in the day. But any expansion (Jupiter) of militancy (Mars) can be newsworthy. Monday and its kingly Leo moon is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. But it's not until Wednesday, during their square aspect, that Neptunian ideals are tested by Martian priorities. Aquarius begins Thursday night.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
The full moon this weekend could make it crystal clear that you're at a crossroads, and that what you currently have your heart set on might not produce the results you expect. Because your headstrong Mars ruler in your Taurus money house is testing Jupiter's promise of prosperity, you may allow a third element, personified by glamorous Neptune, determine your course of action. However, if you can put off any either/or decisions for another week, you could come out of this tricky situation with both pride and profit margin intact.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
This Friday the 13th might go down as your very own red-letter day because the constructive Capricorn sun and your appreciative Venus ruler join forces to accomplish whatever YOU want done. After reevaluating (Venus is retrograde until Feb. 3) what'll work and what won't, state your case. Writers and visual artists are especially favored midweek while expressive Mercury and Venus are on the same wavelength. However, try not to let hot-headed Mars in your sign call (or fire) the shots this weekend. Passion, yes; police, no.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Two times a year your finances come under intense scrutiny; i.e., when the Cancer and Capricorn full moons illuminate your money zones. Since this week your Mercury ruler is favored by planets (and people) in the pragmatic, down-to-earth signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Capricorn, you're likely to follow their advice. However, the coupling of Mercury and affectionate Venus in your house of sex and other people's money (hardly an annual event!) suggests that although safety may be a consideration, it shouldn't get in the way of romance.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Ready or not, Crabs get to sidle into the spotlight this weekend. Count on the first full moon of the New Year in Cancer to present an occasion where a Moon Child can be viewed in your natural, adorable state. But not to worry; affectionate Venus, eloquent Mercury and the authoritarian sun have banded together in your Capricorn house of allies to cheer you on. It's time to come out of your shell and step up to the plate so that past, present and future partners can see how you'll fit into their plans for 2006.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
While your sun ruler transits tradition-bound Capricorn you could be surrounded by even more pomp and circumstance than the Lion king is used to. But while Sol spends the holiday weekend in Venus' magnetic field, will Leos gladly abdicate their exalted position for a shot at romance, even if it's with a co-worker or underling? This pleasurable a union with the goddess of love and beauty is not that common an event, so make the most of a special occasion, and try to sidestep any conflict between a career obligation and the promise of domestic bliss.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
It might not come as a surprise to anyone who has been tracking your progress, but when your Mercury ruler and seductive Venus finally hook up in your house of fun and romance over the long weekend, the flirting stage of courtship could reach its natural conclusion. Feel free to blame the empathetic, emotional Cancer full moon for providing a tempting backdrop and to thank at least one acquaintance for running interference. Or you could focus on making exceptionally clever remarks while Jupiter tosses pearls of wisdom your way.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
As long as your Venus ruler remains retrograde, you could replay events and emotions that first surfaced in December. Because the Cancer full moon this weekend highlights your love life as well as your reputation, try to keep a reasonably low profile. However, while artistic Venus and the creative, take-care-of-business Capricorn sun merge, there's precious little you can't accomplish, especially around the house. Since generous Jupiter in your money house is being tested, be prepared to spend whatever it takes to get exactly what you want.1
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