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Thursday's new moon at the tail end of Capricorn launches the first complete lunar cycle of 2007. If your hopes for the new year seem unrealistically high, thank or blame the exquisite coupling of Venus, goddess of love and beauty, with idealistic Neptune in Aquarius, the intelligent air sign that is focused on all of humanity. Early Saturday the sun enters Aquarius to fortify those hopes. Then along comes Monday with its chilly opposition between Venus and restrictive Saturn in Leo. Also the first of three tests that enthusiastic Jupiter in far-seeing Sagittarius and rebellious Uranus in faith-based Pisces spring on us during the year. In no uncertain terms, the future is now.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Keep reminding yourself that until your Mars ruler leaves Capricorn at the end of February, you're likely to receive accolades for excellence. The red planet's exaltation in constructive, productive Capricorn enables you to take a more organized approach to your career and your everyday life. No shooting from the hip while the Warrior assumes the role of the Capricorn general. However if you devise a better game plan, now would be the time to set it in motion. Otherwise, you might have to wait until Mars comes around again in two years.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Sociable, sensuous Venus could give you a chill while your planetary ruler faces restrictions laid down during her opposition to Saturn. Although you might prefer to "make nice" with the humanitarian Aquarius elite before Venus begins her swim through emotional, self-sacrificial Pisces on the 27th, Saturn in Leo has a "to-do" list waiting at home. Artists and musicians should find legitimate escape routes because now is when Venus and idealistic Neptune are getting together for one of their soul-searching sessions.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
The first of three challenging squares between expansive Jupiter in your partnership house and unpredictable Uranus in your career midheaven can set off shockwaves in those areas. You're liable to experience an attack of nerves or unwarranted enthusiasm, but did you ever think you'd want to join the Geek Squad? Uranus rules the high-tech world; Jupiter loves to teach and preach. They'll do their dance in religious, philosophical, judicial and scientific circles until October. Publishing, too. Some times you join in, other times you get to watch.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Try to stay grounded. Romantic Venus merging with impressionable Neptune in your Aquarius house of sex magick and joint checking accounts can transport you to dizzying heights. And then dump you. You might actually be thankful that cautious, constrictive Saturn in your Leo house of personal assets could cushion that fall by citing "lack of funds." No matter how the opposition affects you, know that your imagination can be held in check through the summer. Not such a bad thing if you don't want to go over budget.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Since it is earth-bound Saturn in your sign that is currently holding the fort, people might turn to you when they need a reality check. Be prepared to play the voice of experience to the young and foolish, to lend a helping hand to a questioning co-worker, to step in where angels fear to tread. After all, while your sun ruler is in your Aquarius house of allies and cosmic soul mates, the light tends to shine brightly on the other guy or guys. Right now Mercury, Neptune and Venus are also bouncing around airy Aquarius.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Like your mutable Gemini colleagues, Virgo tends to react instantly to whatever surprise is sprung when erratic Uranus in your Pisces house of significant others is challenged by Jupiter to be more truthful, more generous and more of a risk-taker. You could also be enticed to hop a flight or launch a site both with and without a partner. Mercury, your erstwhile ruling planet, helps you clarify your thoughts, especially about health-related matters, while it passes through Aquarius, the sign that thinks outside the box.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
As it deplaned from aeronautic Aquarius, your Venus ruler made strong connections to ethereal Neptune, earthbound Saturn and other-worldly Pluto. Look for representatives of these cosmic energies to show up in the next few days. One will inspire you, another can teach you how the real world works and the third might turn you into a closet case sexaholic. You'll probably feel like doing penance while Venus passes through the sign of the forgiving Fish from Jan. 27th until Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras, however, should be a blast!
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
You could sit up and take notice when "bigger is better" Jupiter in your Sagittarius money house gets zapped by trend-setting Uranus. This is the first of three challenging squares formed during 2007 by the planets interested in the wave of the future. Any idea that strikes you as fortuitous shouldn't be shelved. You might not get official confirmation until the second square at the end of October, but while Jupiter is retrograde for the summer, you'll be developing and refining your brilliant concept.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Read for Scorpio for a time line. Since your Jupiter ruler is planted in your own sun sign this year, its benefits are not limited to finances and assets. Any number of growth-experiences in various areas of your life can take you to another level of personal development. Therefore, it's important that you recognize whatever eureka moment innovative Uranus presents during the first of their challenging squares this week. Whether you embrace it and make it your very own, only time, and the next two squares, will tell.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
Conflicted over a money matter? Be it a small or a large potato, whenever tasteful, tactful Venus opposes your Saturn ruler, you need to step back and assess your latest desire. Will you be advocating peace and harmony or has a romantic fantasy already displaced common sense? Friends with money may figure into your latest communication, education or transportation project, but if you're acquiring expensive equipment, you'd better know exactly what you're doing. Their enthusiasm won't mean much if you're left to your own devices.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
Even a shy, retiring Aquarius could be shoved into the spotlight while the creative sun, clear-thinking Mercury, idealistic Neptune and, before the goddess dives into Pisces on the 27th, magnetic Venus transit your sign. Make art, make sense, make love. This week, your nontraditional Uranus ruler and protective Jupiter complete the first of their three provocative squares. Be alert to opportunities to expand your universe and your reputation courtesy of colleagues with money. You'll probably have to invest as well.
Divine inspiration as your Neptune ruler is contacted first by art maven Venus, then by discerning Mercury in Aquarius. The first meeting could be ethereal, possibly ecstatic; the second provides the words that best express your experience. Artists and poets should be thrilled. Dyed-in-the-wool romantics (the Pisces population in general) can begin their annual flirtation-fest as soon as magnetic Venus enters your sign on the 27th. For more info related to Uranus in Pisces, read for Aquarius, Sagittarius, Scorpio and Gemini.