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Decompressing from Valentines Day and the high energy generated by the sun-Mars trine could take all holiday weekend long. Luckily, therell be a comfy, cozy Cancer moon on Saturday and Sunday to snuggle up with. Venus shifts her modus operandi from social-climbing Capricorn to egalitarian Aquarius Sunday morning, but that doesnt mean youll be able to connect with the masses. Mercury doesnt come out of retrograde until Monday night; however, if you must travel on Presidents Day, be extra careful and extra patient. Solar Pisces begins ten minutes before 11 p.m. PST Monday/2 a.m. EST Tuesday. Barring bad weather, a total eclipse of the Virgo full moon Wednesday night should be visible throughout North America.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Rams are usually in a rush to move on to the next thing, the bigger, the more exciting the better. Instead, consider holding the reins in check, waiting to see whatll happen after retro Mercury turns direct in forward-thinking Aquarius. With amenable Venus entrance on the 17th into this compatible air sign, the tone at work, your boss demeanor could become much friendlier. Not so on the playing field or cruising the clubs. The full moon eclipse on the 20th may accentuate the pall Saturn has thrown over recreation and romance.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
You may be privy to information that other people in your circle arent. Whether the news pleases or makes you antsy depends on how willing -- forget about eager -- you are to incorporate a sudden change into your current plans. Your amenable Venus ruler leaves the tried-and-true pecking order governed by earthy Capricorn for the lofty, egalitarian principles of Aquarius. Whether in the guise of a woman in your field or a popular online project, Venus transit through your career house may present one challenge after another.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Turn on the printer, charge the phone, press record and prepare to get back into the communications game. After your Mercury ruler turns direct in electromagnetic, satellite-friendly Aquarius on Presidents Day, the gizmos that shut down should begin to work again. Still, give yourself some time to watch the effects of the lunar eclipse, particularly if your birthday falls in May. These are the Twins whove been trying hard to adjust to Saturns restrictions so that everyone at home can feel comfortable.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
How big a perfectionist are you, are the family jewels safe and must you make a major purchase right now? A lunar eclipse, especially the one on the 20th in your Virgo house of values and valuables, can augur a difficult time for the Moon Child. Biding your time to see what evolves should alter your approach to an important financial matter. How long? Until militant Mars reenters Cancer on March 4 and reinforces your role as a concerned caretaker or until data-gathering Mercury visits your house of other peoples money.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Granted, your sun rulers transit through emotional Pisces might soften the Lions regal stance and make you more of a pussy. Nonetheless, the suns supportive sextile this week to passionate, persuasive Pluto in your house of romance is not about hearts and flowers as much as strength and endurance. Add the ego boost you get while the Virgo full moon is eclipsed and youll be ready to stare down whatever problem Saturn puts in your path when it opposes the sun the weekend of the 23rd. Meanwhile, the partnership still works like a charm.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
The lunar eclipse in your sign on the 20th primarily affects Virgins born close to the Leo cusp, e.g., Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee. They might lose something while the Virgo full moon is dark or become discombobulated by the chaotic Pisces sun. The September-born can relax and enjoy the sociability extended while your Mercury ruler, turning direct on Presidents Day, escorts affable, attractive Venus through popular, politically active Aquarius from now through mid-March. After that, who knows what this marriage will bring?
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
The general tenor of the times could lighten up once your Venus ruler leaves earthbound Capricorn for sociable Aquarius, a fellow air sign. After Venus catches up with informative Mercury, facing forward as of the 18th, your communication skills will improve dramatically. Playwrights and sales personnel take note. For the next six weeks, these two very personal planets will forge a friendship youll enjoy at work and play. Out of a field of Bulls, Twins, Virgins and Fish, you can pick your next partner.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
In water there is strength. This week, the sun in your Pisces house of creativity, children and fun forms an opportunistic sextile to your Pluto co-ruler. From this positive connection a renewed sense of purpose and productivity can evolve. Then, when your take-action Mars co-ruler returns to nurturing Cancer, you be able to deal with a long-standing concern about other peoples money with a fresh perspective. Although it may seem like nothing much is happening, Scorpios are in the middle of a regeneration.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Must be the season of the witch, again. Not every year, but often enough, i.e., when solar Pisces kicks in, Centaurs tend to get flak from the family. For the next few weeks, the tension generated by a close relationship could become downright testy because of acerbic Mars in your Gemini partnership zone. The lunar eclipse in Virgo might not help matters since the effects of this phenomenon can take three months to manifest. On the upside, the witch gets maternal again after Mars returns to comforting Cancer on March 4..
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
Goats are in good shape, particularly if you were born close to Christmas. Around the 19th, the artistic Pisces sun forms an opportunistic sextile to Pluto at the beginning of your sign. This is the first of the positive aspects slow-moving Pluto will receive over the next 15 years so pay particular attention to the kind of power you attract. Then on the 24th, the sun, by opposing your Saturn ruler in earth-sign friendly Virgo might bring a matter involving other peoples money to a head, but not to a resolution until May.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
The willful, life-affirming sun will leave your sign but thats a small price to pay for having magnetic, affectionate Venus come stay for a month. Not a bad trade-off. The addition of Venus to your sign can help you look more attractive, plus present your kinder, gentler side. People will respond well to what youre saying because Mercury, no longer retrograde as of Presidents Day, hooks up with the goddess for the duration. Even if youre not a lot smarter, at least youll get the facts straight.
Pisces: Feb. 19 - Mar. 19
Cuspy Pisces, of which there are many, should be lining up to receive the full impact of the lunar eclipse on the 20th. For the next few days you may be encouraged to exert your will over a co-worker or your partner. But after the sun confronts strict, play-by-the-rules Saturn in your Virgo marriage house on the 24th, who knows whatll follow? Fish tend to circumvent situations that limit alternatives; however, until Venus and Mercury get to your sign in March, it wont be easy to charm your way through this roadblock.