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Martial law or another revolution? This weekend, for the first time in the USAs 230-year history, progressed Mars will turn retrograde. ("A day for a year is how secondary progressions work, e.g., 230 days after our July 4, 1776 birthday Mars stopped moving forward and flipped into reverse.) The direction it'll be heading for the next 80 years. That this astrological event takes place at 18 Libra which is Bush's natal Jupiter (What, me worry?) adds another dimension to what is already a scary scenario. Lets hope that the favorable trine progressed Mars in Libra makes to its original spot in the USA chart at 21 Gemini (in our seventh house of allies and adversaries) will soften whatever blow were in for. As luck would have it, a very lucky Venus-Jupiter trine occurs this week as well.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
So much for the fun and games portion of the summer. On Saturday your Mars ruler moves out of entertainment-oriented Leo and enters detail-driven Virgo for seven weeks of crossing T's and dotting I's. However, because Mercury is retrograde until the 28th, take your time checking facts and figures. Don't sign off until you absolutely must. Solar Leo also begins on Saturday, followed by the Leo new moon Monday night. For many Rams, such friendly fire sign energy could offer an opportunity to infuse warmth and humor into a relationship with a relative.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Pay attention. Your Venus ruler in early Cancer is probably still transiting your area of assets and income. The favorable trine it forms with prosperous, generous Jupiter in Scorpio, the sign of your significant others is a one-shot deal. Jupiter moves on to Sagittarius in late November but Venus can move out of your money house any day now. So be sure to take advantage of the benefits you're afforded when Venus, the "lesser" and Jupiter, the "greater" benefic align on the 26thgive or take a few days before or after.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Since the cheery Leo new moon occurs early enough in that heartfelt sign (2 degrees), there's a good chance that the blessed event takes place in your second house, your money house. So spend a moment Monday night contemplating all the good you could do if, like Midas, you perfected your golden touch. Meanwhile, as Mercury's retrogression winds down, it wouldn't hurt to consider what you'll rectify once your ruling planet turns direct on the 28th. Just remember that the days just before and after Mercury's flip are when you're most likely to feel distracted and disoriented.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Even after the sun moves on to Leo, magnetic Venus in your sign will ensure that you still receive more than your fair share of attention, perhaps adoration as well. Plus Mercury in the last third of Cancer will continue to tell you things you may or may not need to know. Although retrograde Mercury turns direct on the 28th, it stays in your sign until August 10, which is two days before Venus leaves Cancer. So you're covered for a few more weeks, and possibly blessed while loving Venus and protective Jupiter trine on the 26th. Ask for the moon.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Happy Birthday to the frisky felines celebrating this week. Not only do you receive a valuable giftyour life-sustaining sun ruler shining on your very own signbut you and the rest of the pride get rid of macho, sometimes malevolent, Mars. Since the God of Discord doesn't enter Virgo until Saturday, try to be extra nice until then. However, there is an up-side to having Mars in your Virgo money house. If you need a stronger killer instinct to attain a financial objective, from now until Labor Day would be the time.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
The Lion's loss could be the Virgin's gain. Only once every two years do you become infused with the abundance of physical energy and ambition that Mars brings to your sign. You might have to wait until your Mercury ruler turns direct on the 28th before taking action, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't use the week intervening to make plans. Or appointments. Mars rules all sorts of surgical procedures, from dental implants to tummy tucks. Incidentally, Virgos born in mid-September could benefit from a supportive woman or a good-natured artist in your field.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
The Leo new moon on Monday can refuel a career matter that may have stalled when Mercury went retrograde at the end of June. Look for similarities, such as a call from someone you were in touch with then. Because your amiable Venus ruler is about to magnify the benefits you've been receiving from having lucky Jupiter in your Scorpio money house, feel free to assume that a financial bonanza is on the way. Even if the funds don't arrive until November, you won't be disappointed. Something just as fortuitous could happen now instead.1
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