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The third and final provocative square on Wednesday between expansive Jupiter in Scorpio and restrictive Saturn in Leo, two "my way or the highway" fixed signs is still in effect, although we might not see the historical or financial ramifications right away. Could it be because romantic Venus merging with the passionate Scorpio sun on Friday is making us hot and bothered? Or are we worried about Mercury going retrograde Saturday afternoon and disrupting our lines of communication? Maybe the fog generated by nebulous Neptune turning direct early Sunday is clouding our perceptions? Or is it the uproar generated by the media and its moguls when Mercury and Jupiter convene on Monday? Can it be our fascination with All Hallows' Eve and the Day of the Dead? All or none of the above?
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Make it last. While your Mars ruler travels through secretive Scorpio during the next six weeks, there's a good chance you'll be drawn into a fascinating, but somewhat conspiratorial scenario. It's been two years since this particular transit occurred, so think back to Christmas 2004 for a clue to what might transpire again both romantically and financially. Because few things about the Scorpio experience are obvious, be sure to dig deep if you want to uncover the truth of what is being revealed. Mercury retrograde plus a willingness to be patient will help.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Reality checks may be necessary this week because Mercury turns retrograde Saturday in your Scorpio house of significant others, i.e., both your allies and the competition. For some Bulls an empowering experience; for others, a problem concerning the house that could slow you down for the next three weeks. Also this weekend, artistic Neptune turns direct (it's been retrograde since May) in your Aquarius career house, an event that could activate your imagination and attract new clients. Excellent romantic prospects for all; the more unexpected, the better.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
It might make for an awkward moment, but the compelling combination of magnetic Venus, horny Mars and the clandestine Scorpio sun this weekend could spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e. If you're already attached, plan on coming up with a good reason to slip away from your partner's watchful eye. But if you're not, and you're eager to party during this Halloween season like never before, why not devise a costume that expresses your secret desires? Since your Mercury ruler is in flip mode, you needn't be consistent about anything.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
The triumph of the triumvirate! Rarely do Mars, Venus and the Scorpio sun march as one entity, but this weekend, they're wending their way through the hallowed halls of your home and family arm in arm in arm. That the trio is also spraying your domain with lustful thoughts suggests that you'd better know which tasty relative is hiding behind which Halloween mask. No matter what happens, the Crab will benefit from any crazy plot the Scorpio planets invent for your amusement. Just be careful, Mercury flipping can send the wrong message.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
It doesn't have to be an elaborate affair, but it makes sense (astrology-wise) if you host a Halloween party. So many (five) planets embedded in Scorpio will provide an assortment of reasons to do so; from reciprocating a dinner invitation to evening another kind of score. Don't expect preparations to flow smoothly, but whatever challenges arise along the way can be met with an admirable display of grace and charm. This multi-layered opportunity to stand out won't appear again for years; why not go for it?
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Steel yourself for a trip through communication and commuting hell for no other reason than your Mercury ruler will be retrograde in your Scorpio house of travel, sales and education for the next three weeks. To make things more annoying, for some of that time Mercury will be in close contact with Jupiter, the giant planet with a tendency to magnify all situations and emotions, including hope. However, dedicated researchers and mystery writers may eventually do quite well, but they'll probably need to rewrite in the interim.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
By now you should be aware of how much sex appeal you're exuding (plus, there's more to come). But did you also know that you're in a prime position to make a killing by buying or selling something of value? Find any first editions in the attic? While Mercury goes back and forth in your second house of personal finances is a good time to focus on increasing your assets. But there's no big rush. Although Mercury reverses direction on the 28th and faces forward again on November 17th, not until early December does its influence diminish.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
Five planets in your sign provide a considerable amount of star power as well as will power. If you decide to lord it over the rest of us, remember that Mercury going through its contortions in your sign means that you should think twice about the messages you convey. Otherwise your words could come back to bite you, you know where. Mercury retrogresses this weekend at 25 Scorpio, turns direct November 17th at 9 degrees and returns to 25 on December 4. During those five weeks, three of the five planets will move on, taking their muscle with them.1
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