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How you feel about another Friday the 13th can set the tone for the rest of your weekend. However, astrologically it's a quiet time, best suited for finishing what began at the solar eclipse in March because Tuesday morning the Aries new moon initiates a new lunar cycle. Thursday, the 19th is officially the day that Saturn in Leo comes out of retrograde where it's been headed since early December. Exactly when did your current round of troubles begin? What about the 100-day flu? To aid in the healing, the Aries sun trines Pluto at the tail end of Sagittarius that morning.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
The Aries new moon provides a good excuse to have another birthday celebration, especially if yours took place way back in March. Acknowledging that you're at the beginning of a brand-new cycle will help clear your plate of the detritus and debris that fell on the real date; e.g., the otherwise occupied friends, your reluctance to accept being another year older. Now you'll be free to concentrate on your Taurus money house and relatively easy ways to transform good intentions into solid assets. For now: no pain, much gain.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Sometimes love is hard to get, and other times it's as easy as falling off the roof. So while your Venus ruler transits airy Gemini and your head is in the clouds, try to keep your feet on the ground. Entertaining romantic thoughts about a client or a prominent person in your field may seem like a good idea, but for now the potential harm outweighs the benefits. Besides, it could be quite costly. Better to wait until the month ends before letting your prey know that you're on the same wavelength as he or she appears to be.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
There's a window of opportunity opening for Twins who are considering alternative career objectives. Although more money is always at the back of your mind, right now choosing the proper partner could be a more important factor. Also, and this is not negligible, that you'll have greater freedom of expression. Fortunately, while your Mercury ruler in fiery Aries forms rewarding aspects with Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in Leo, both objectives are possible. Having magnetic Venus in your sign is another plus.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
A new moon usually presents an opportunity to drop what you're doing and start fresh. Since the Aries lunation this week occurs in your career house that might not be such a hot idea. Nevertheless, you could take a different approach and focus on your own goals instead of what the boss/executive board/government official wants from you. Wretched excess is about to invade your workplace, and unless you're a bona fide extrovert (rare for a self-contained Crab), you're liable to feel like a fish out of water.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
There is lots of good news, not the least of which is Saturn's coming out of retrograde in your sign on the 19th. Soon you'll sense that steely grip relax enough for you to lose the feeling that you're bogged down in details and drudgery. Meanwhile frisky Jupiter in your Sag house of romance and recreation is chomping at the bit, ready to take you on an adventure you were not expecting. Other surprisesconsider them opportunities to expand a close, potentially profitable relationshipbefore the end of April.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
It looks like you're going on the prowl for other people's money and whatever other resources they're willing to share. A double-whammy of the trail-blazing new moon and your resourceful Mercury ruler in independent Aries at the same time could lead to bold, atypical behavior for a reticent Virgin. And because you'll probably receive a measure of support from your extended family, as well as a big shot working behind the scenes, you're liable to be more successful than you imagine. Just don't rely on your partner.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Mixed messages from the fired-up Aries new moon in your marriage house: consider taking a bold leap into the unknown without tossing a precious resource into the pyre. Feeling adventurous about a partnership matter, yet cautious about a romantic encounter seems like a contradiction. However, it's your Venus ruler that's stoking the fire and, in doing so, nudging you too close to the flames for comfort. Although the situation is sexy, better to let it percolate until loving Venus and idealistic Neptune trine on the 30th.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
You might be glad to learn that duty-bound Saturn turns direct on the 19th, after being in retrograde in your Leo midheaven since early December. And while your career may not have suffered in the intervening months, it probably didn't advance by leaps and bounds, either. Now will it? Probably around August when Saturn forms a rewarding trine with your powerful Pluto co-ruler; perhaps as early as mid-June when your Mars co-ruler and Saturn trine. For now, focus on a pleasurable, compatible partnership instead of a hit-or-miss affair.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Before the sun leaves Aries for the garden of earthly delights that is Taurus, consider using the enthusiastic fire energy of the Aries new moon to initiate a creative or recreational project. Sign up for a softball team or a series of concerts, anything that'll distract you from the unexpected upsets that may occur on your home turf. That's the place where destructive Mars joins unpredictable Uranus on the 28th, a day to be out of the house, but not out of water or cash. An earthquake or are the neighbors remodeling?
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
After four-plus months (since early December) in retrograde, your Saturn ruler finally turns direct on the 19th. Never again (well, not for another 30 years) will it backtrack through your Leo house of shared feelings and shared resources (along with sex magick and death). Whew! While the total leonine experience doesn't end until August, you could catch sight of a clearing in the jungle that has circumscribed your life since Saturn entered Leo in August 2005. The sun's shift into down-to-earth, scratch my back Taurus is also good.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
Be forewarned that the course of a true romance might not run smoothly until the end of the month. In the meantime, you can use the friction, i.e. heat, generated by flirtatious Venus dancing through the Gemini duality to bring in some bucks. And if the source of that income stream seems unusual, rack it up to having your unpredictable Uranus ruler in your Pisces money house. While other influences are circling around you, it's the promise of a sexier social life that'll turn you on.
Pisces: Feb. 19 - Mar. 19
Seduction, aggravation or a bit of both? Having macho Mars in your sign sharpens your edge so that you'll tend to be more direct and possibly more dangerous. Keep in mind that when the Warrior meets with unruly Uranus as the month ends, you could easily explode. At the same time, eager-to-please Venus will be rewarding your Neptune ruler with the artistic goodies they both treasure. The goddess is also drawing benefits from a generous donor or employer, thereby enabling you to help the folks at home. Interesting enough?