August 17-23, 2007

General Forecast

Mercury inaugurates a weekend filled with powerful planetary forces when it merges with affectionate Venus in Leo. The secret that you’re dying to hear could be revealed when the Messenger and passionate Pluto trine on Friday. Could it be about the joyous occasion created when the sun and Venus marry that evening? Or does Mercury have more serious news to impart when it conjuncts Saturn on Saturday? Early Sunday morning the little guy moves on to Virgo; however at 11:11 a.m., no less, the sun perfects its rewarding trine to Pluto at the Galactic Center of the Milky Way. Payoff on a huge scale. On Tuesday, Sol and Saturn get together to legitimize something that’s been building over the past two-plus years. On Thursday, as solar Virgo begins, energetic Mars in mutable Gemini and Jupiter in mutable Sag perfect their polarity. Restless leg syndrome for all!

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Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19

Rams born in mid-April are the ones who’ll be most affected by all those planets congregated at the tail end of Leo. Firstly, you should listen for hints you’ll get from Mercury; when it tells you to contact the object of your desire, do it. Then when the Messenger suggests that you hold back, revise your body language. By following the advice offered by an assortment of loved ones, ranging from the child (Mercury) the ex- (Venus retrograde) and a parent (Saturn) you should be able to build an enduring romantic relationship. If that’s what you want.

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Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20

In the midst of foreclosures and mortgage company failures, it may seem ridiculous to suggest that now would be a good time to resurrect a financial arrangement about a real estate matter. Perhaps instead of refinancing your property, you’ll get the feeling that you’d better buy a more extensive insurance policy. There’s a very powerful incentive being beamed from the four planets (including your Venus ruler) emerging from your Leo house of family and furnishings. It’s making you feel responsible, adult and eminently sane.

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Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20

An infusion of raw ambition can take you far. With militant, motivated Mars in your sign for the first time in two years, there isn’t much to keep you from attaining whatever you set your sights on. Believe it or not, one of the Twins might adopt a “tough as nails” attitude. Add the enthusiastic support you’re getting from an ally as Mars and expansive Jupiter perfect their polarity midweek. Meanwhile your well-connected Mercury ruler is steering you toward generous, creative people -- some you’ll meet with in person, others online.

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Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22

All that hard work is about to pay off. That’s because Pluto in your house of co-workers is gathering good press from Mercury, the diligent communicator. Along with its reputation as the planet governing rehab and renovation, Pluto promotes consistency and commitment. Any area related to improving your health -- be it treatment, exercise, food or supplements -- gets the spotlight treatment this week. More so after the sun leaves optimistic, but somewhat self-indulgent Leo, for the attention to detail that critical Virgo provides.

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Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22

“This is Your Life, Leo.” Mercury in your sign insures that we’ll be talking about you. Magnetic Venus, retrograde in Leo, puts you in the middle of a group hug with people from the past and the present. Saturn at the tail end of Leo acknowledges our respect for what you’ve accomplished over the past two and a half years. However it’s your sun ruler’s merger with those other planets that’ll shove you into the spotlight. Perhaps with Scorpio and Sagittarius assuming supporting roles. Lovers? Teammates? Offspring?

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Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22

Until the sun enters your sign next Thursday, you’ll have to rely on your Mercury ruler telling you what you need to know. Or, at least, pointing the way to your next revelation. An accumulation of wisdom born of experience? Once Mercury enters Virgo a minute after midnight on Sunday, you can rely on your customary thought patterns again. They should help you discern whether you’re being overly optimistic about a teaching, publishing or sports venture, and if there’s more being offered than another piece of “pie in the sky.”

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Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22

How are the people in your book club treating you? Literature and sociability go hand in hand when Mercury and your Venus ruler get together. Should a reason to write arise, this coupling also makes for a good by-line. But the Leo sun’s marriage to Venus might create too appealing a reason to celebrate. Why spend time by yourself when you can share the happy event with friends, siblings and neighbors? Even your stiff-lipped colleagues could express their satisfaction and for some, their appreciation, for what you’ve managed to finesse.

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