January 18 through 24, 2008

General Forecast

Politics aside, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday could turn out to be quite romantic. The sexual tension generated between females and males by the Venus-Mars opposition on Saturday is best resolved in bed, not, despite Mars’ retrograde visit to talkative Gemini, in debate. Until Venus’ conjunction with passionate Pluto on Wednesday has run its course, there might not be a good enough reason to move on. Does Mercury’s impending switch into retrograde on the 28th qualify? If there’s a lot to do beforehand, yes.

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Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19

“Clank.” You can almost hear the universe change gears as affable Venus and powerful Pluto shift out of free-wheeling Sagittarius into controlling Capricorn. Let’s hope you’re already in Mercury retrograde mode because the little imp turns around on the 28th for three weeks. Experience has taught us that the days preceding and following the official stations are often when equipment stops working and wheels stop turning. Of some help: your crusading Mars ruler goes direct on the 30th, just in time for Super Tuesday.

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Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20

The start of solar Aquarius, on the 20th this year, is usually a wake-up call to initiate your next career move, the one that’ll be a fait accompli by summer. However, Mercury is about to turn retrograde in your Aquarius midheaven, possibly delaying whatever plans you had in mind. You could try to press forward, but don’t take it personally if people don’t return your calls or emails. They might not get the message. Instead, focus on the drama created by your Venus ruler’s merger with passionate Pluto on the 23rd.

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Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20

Since it’s your Mercury ruler that’s turning retrograde, fouling up the works for everybody else, be grateful that you’ll have two opportunities to come up with excellent excuses. Mercury merges with imaginative Neptune in Aquarius on both the 22nd and on Groundhog Day. In between there may be intense interest generated by a partnership, both the romantic and the business kind. But because Mercury is in reverse until Feb. 18, you shouldn’t commit, i.e., sign a legally binding agreement, for three more weeks. Sorry about that.

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Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22

The MLK, Jr. holiday may turn into a bonanza for both you and an enthusiastic partner. You should thank lucky Jupiter in your Capricorn marriage house for rewarding stable Saturn for its arduous trek through your money house. Although the Leo moon isn’t totally full until early Tuesday morning, you may already feel that wonderful sense of satisfaction. If there’s a chance to do something special over the long weekend, take it before Mercury flips into reverse and messes around with your access to other people’s resources.

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Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22

For the next few weeks a great deal of the public’s interest will be centered on your Aquarius house of allies and antagonists. Along with your sun ruler’s transit, pesky Mercury will be flitting back and forth, making offers and withdrawing them. If you’re determined to reach an agreement, make sure you have an expert’s eyes reviewing the small print. Otherwise, try to postpone negotiations until February is finally fini. Just in time for serious Super Bowl wagering, lucky Venus will join up with even luckier Jupiter in your sports zone.

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Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22

Conveniently for the health conscious Virgo, the solar energy this month is centered on your Aquarius house of diet, exercise and maintaining your daily routine. Boring for the others? Maybe, but while your Mercury ruler is retracing it’s path through this zone, it makes perfect (a Virgo adjective) sense to figure out what works for you and what needs improvement. But that’s not the whole story: Romantic, artistic and eminently popular Venus may create the ideal Valentine’s Day, but primarily for the August born.

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Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22

Enjoying all the attention your Venus ruler is attracting? Good. Worried about too many PDAs aggravating a hothead who wields a lot of clout? Bad. Perhaps you’ll start to cool it a bit after Venus enters conservative Capricorn on the 24th. If so, don’t neglect to take advantage of the goodies directed your way when Venus meets up with extremely fortunate Jupiter at the mid-winter celebration of Imbolc on Feb. 1. You needn’t go overboard—no buying a house on impulse—but a few fabulous presents wouldn’t hurt.

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Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

How a Scorpio manages to profit financially from what is usually romantic, possibly passionate planetary alignments is your secret to know and ours to admire. Anyway, that’s what’s forecast for your immediate future. Affectionate, as well as lucky, Venus in your house of assets, acquisitions and attitudes is completing powerful aspects to both Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets, as well as commanding the attention of conservative, pragmatic Saturn and expansive, optimistic Jupiter. Amazing. FYI: Clinton’s sun is in Scorpio; Obama has Scorpio rising. 1

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