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If its easy come, then while the celebratory Leo sun and generous Jupiter trine in fire signs, its sure to be easy go. Not as easy, probably after an extended struggle, Saturn and Pluto, the heavy-duty planets, form their long-awaited supportive trine this weekend. Jupiter comes out of retrograde at 10 Sag on Monday, but doesnt inch forward for another two weeks. Meanwhile Mercury, after almost 10 weeks in watery Cancer, begins two weeks in Leo drying off. Militant Mars advances into Gemini late Monday; retrograde Venus beats a hasty retreat out of Virgo on Wednesday.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Anticipate a change of tone and technique as your Mars ruler switches signs. Come Monday, the red planet exits from trustworthy Taurus and enters Gemini, the sign of the generalist. While slowly and steadily may have described how you approached matters during the past six weeks, in the sign of the Twins, youll tend to take a quick look at both sides of every issue, deliberating the pros and cons with everyone you know. Gathering information can be important, but you shouldnt let all that chattering get in the way of a romantic encounter midweek.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Relax. Shortly after the weekend is over, macho Mars leaves your sign, not to return for another two years. So much for the surge in productivity youve enjoyed, not to mention bossing other people around. Now you can go back to being the artist and gentle soul we know and love. But with Mars moving into your Gemini money house, you could assume a more active role in financial matters over the next seven weeks while your retrograde Venus ruler revisits your Leo house of domesticity, redecorating as she goes.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
You might need the boost of physical energy or increased motivation youll get after Mars enters Gemini late Monday, but some Twins are already antsy enough. They may have to curb the urge to undertake more than whats on their plate; otherwise slash-and-burn Mars could do them bodily harm. If youre known to be accident-prone, youll need to be even more aware of your surroundings and the tools youre using. On the other hand, sometime during Mars seven-week transit is a good time to have elective surgery, dental work, laser resurfacing, etc., done by someone else.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Get ready to reassess your assets. After Venus returns to your Leo house of values and valuables on the 8th, you could wind up spending the next two months focusing on what you have, what its worth and what you want to do about it. Acquire, divest or trade? It all depends on how you feel, which is what changes whenever Venus changes signs and direction. Just keep in mind that the planet of love and beauty will leave Leo in October, the same week the Libra new moon presents the Moon Child with a fresh family or housing concern.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
The weekend starts on a high note as your sun ruler and enthusiastic Jupiter perfect a rewarding trine in heartfelt fire signs. After you milk this joyous connection for all its worth, shift your attention to the power inherent in another supportive trine, this one between ambitious Saturn at the tail end of Leo and persuasive Pluto in Sagittarius. With these two potent forces at your beck and call, you literally can move mountains, e.g., the mountain of crap piling up in the basement. Midweek retrograde Venus revisits Leo to redo your current look.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Three of the personal planets change signs this week, and they all could affect you. On Saturday, your Mercury ruler leaves watery Cancer, where its been since Memorial Day, for a quick two weeks in cheery Leo before it reaches your sign. Late Monday, energetic and, when necessary, abrasive Mars enters Gemini, the sign governing your career. More work in the next few weeks, perhaps more aggravation as well. Next Wednesday, affable, albeit retrograde Venus exits Virgo, backtracks through Leo for another two months and doesnt return until Columbus Day.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
You get to be both the judge and the guinea pig. Take notes. Are you a more erotic creature when your Venus ruler teeters on the edge of Virgo? Or is the goddess proximity to Saturn in late Leo the cause? How hot and bothered were you during the July Fourth holiday when the two planets first merged? Might there be a repeat performance this month when Venus crosses the cusp between Virgo and Leo on the 8th and meets up again with Saturn on the 13th? Will you report back to us after Venus and data-driven Mercury conjunct on the 16th?
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21 1
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