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Best for anxious lovers: a harmonious, supportive Venus-Mars trine in reality-based, touchy-feelie earth signs. Best for astrophysicists and talk-show hosts: a Mercury-sun conjunction in electro-magnetic, eclectic Aquarius, the sign where new (and people-pleasing) ideas are generated. Enjoy every good thing about this week because on the 27th, when the creative sun opposes karmic Saturn the same time that the off-the-charts, ephemeral Jupiter-Neptune square is exact, mere days before the Lunar Year of the Dog begins, there'll be some changes made.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Both beautiful people and brainy ones make themselves available this week as romantic Venus rewards your Mars ruler while Mercury and the inventive Aquarius sun beam fresh ideas your way. Although you may recently have been in a similarly advantageous position, it probably came with restrictions or distractions, e.g., the holidays that had to be dealt with, before you could set your agenda for the New Year in motion. But if Venus' many attractions don't get in the way of work, you could see progress before the month ends.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
It's not an automatic slam dunk, but while your sensual Venus ruler and passionate Mars in your sign are locked in a no-nonsense earth trine, there could be a lot more loving to your love life. Meanwhile, the magnetic appeal of this relationship might get stiff competition from the conflict between spiritual Neptune and expansive Jupiter. A partner or a parent may be facing a crisis of faith or, more likely, feel they're being martyred. Even if you want to come to the rescue, there isn't much you can do. That moment has passed.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Not all Twins spend January contemplating their financial future, but for those who do, good news. You're likely to gather more information than even your inquiring mind demands when your Mercury ruler and the Aquarius sun merge on the 26th. While Gemini is known for being curious, versatile and well-read, Aquarius is the air sign most attuned to what's coming next. Water-Bearer energy will help you envision what needs to be done to prepare for that eureka moment. So during Mercury's transit, try a few more experiments.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Until the new moon on the 29th introduces a new cycle that the Moon Child will ride for the next four weeks, you'll do well to continue on the path that opened up as 2006 began. Just keep in mind that this week partners and peers could come on strong, both to you and each other, because willing Venus and horny Mars are on exceptionally friendly terms. The sexual attraction might not last very long; however, it's likely to reappear at the end of March when Venus and Mars again form a rewarding trine. Oh, the ethics of it all!
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Every winter, while your sun ruler visits Aquarius and opposes your natal Leo planets, you could be subjected to a crisis of confidence or a fit of depression aggravated by a lack of sunlight. But now that Saturn, the sternest of taskmasters, lends its stamina to your sign, you needn't sacrifice any of the pussy cat's nine lives. This week you may even be willing to learn the karmic lesson Saturn needs to teach and get it over with. Allies and antagonists carry more weight while the sun and vocal Mercury congregate in your house of significant others.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Your interests, eclectic as they may be, could settle on novelties, pioneers and eccentrics while your Mercury ruler transits independent Aquarius until February 8. Plus, when Mercury meets the sun in your house of creativity on the 26th, you may get the one truly brilliant idea that'll change your life for good. However, an opposition from pragmatic, productive Saturn the next day should keep future plans within the realm of reality. A bit of a downer, maybe, but an effective antidote to the intellectual spin you're be in.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
The current state of your household, along with childhood memories, can account for the feelings that erupt, the realizations that emerge this week. Eventually they'll have positive results, but you shouldn't dwell on them while your amiable Venus ruler and adventurous Mars are in a compatible and rewarding trine relationship. No matter who calls the truce, make sure you use this interval to achieve the results you desire. Be it a new rug for the living room or a languorous and luxurious love-making session.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
Two separate but equally seductive currents may suck you in (and take you further out than you expected). First there's the chance to take part in an intense romantic encounter. The supportive relationship between your sexy Mars co-ruler and magnetic Venus is always tempting and somewhat familiar; you've been there before. However the first of three challenging squares between growth-oriented Jupiter in your sign and visionary Neptune in Aquarius may finally present the life-changing occasion you've been dying (so to speak) to rise to.1
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