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Some experts associate the Chinese Year of the Dog with the element of metal, however the lunar year that begins with the Aquarius new moon on Sunday is being called the Year of the Red, Fire or Hot Dog, and energetic fire is its element. Although astrologers suggest that in the days preceding a new moon you do little more than clean your plate, major forces are at work this weekend. The opposition between the rebellious Aquarius sun and restrictive Saturn in Leo brings something that started this summer to a head. And the first of three challenging square aspects between expansive Jupiter in secretive Scorpio and idealistic Neptune in Aquarius might also raise a ruckus.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Aries is the one fire sign that's not in the line of fire this week. But you should know that for the rest of the Chinese Year of the Fire Dog you'll have a significant boost in energy and more action than you've experienced over the last two years.The Aquarius new moon also emphasizes the air element that'll fuel those fires. If you have a touch of the poet in you, then the lyrical Mercury-Neptune conjunction midweek would be an excellent time to set pencil to paper, mouth to microphone and reveal what's in your heart and head.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Bulls who consider themselves artistsand, no matter what your specialty, aren't you all?may welcome the challenge to not only do more, but to do it to the best of your ability while enthusiastic Jupiter and imaginative Neptune apply extra pressure. Also this week, another reason to deal with a real estate or family matter that's been keeping you from moving on. Do you break the ties that bind so that you can progress personally and professionally? Or do you wait until your Venus ruler faces forward next weekend before you decide?
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
The Twins could be off and running once the new moon in Aquarius, a compatible air sign, boosts your energy level and heightens your sense of purpose. A situation that may have made you anxious or wary the last few months may be resolved with little effort on your partblown away by a fresh burst of rational Aquarian thinking and a growing appreciation of what one individual brings to the communal table. You could also become more interested in a subject, e.g., a foreign culture, that up until now you know nothing about.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Crabs may be able to sidestep one of the issues that arise this week by coming up with a creative answer to a question of aesthetics. However, to avoid a direct confrontation over finances, you'd be wise to read the warning signs that safety-first Saturn in your Leo money house posts. But even if you do, you should know that you'll still feel saddled by rules and regulations for at least another year. If you're in debt, the discipline that Saturn imposes could be just what you need. If not, the savings you rack up couldn't hurt.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
The Aquarius new moon can introduce a fresh approach to an assortment of relationships, be they with present and former partners, co-workers or your HMO. One may become more stressful over time, another might insist that you deal directly with what's been bothering you and be done with it. Happily for lusty Lions, it's predicted that you're likely to see an improvement in your love life as well as your health during the Year of the Fire Dog. But first you'll have to face up to pain aggravated by the opposition between your sun ruler and Saturn in your sign.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
The Virgin may have it a lot easier this year thanks to the rise of the fire element that the Chinese associate with the Year of the Red Dog. For the past two years, the metal element favored the water signs; for the next two, fire will provide energy and opportunity to the fire signs, of course, but also to earth signs like yours. On that encouraging note, be aware that your fantasy life could get in the way of reality while your receptive Mercury ruler merges with illusion-filled Neptune on the 1st. Okay for artists and poets, not for the typical C.P.A.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Your prospects for fashioning an even finer romance improve when the airy Aquarius new moon breathes new life into an existing relationship. Just try to keep your expectations within the realm of reality; imaginations tend to run rampant this weekend. After your Venus ruler comes out of retrograde on the 3rd and faces the future, you should have a clearer understanding of what changed around Christmas and why you've held your affections in check. If you intend to make amends, go slow. Take as long as it takes to reach rapprochement.1
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