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June 13 - 19, 2008

General Forecast

If you know your ascendant, read it too.

Recover from the surprise sprung when Venus and the Gemini sun test whatever unpredictable Uranus has up his sleeve now and you can segue smoothly into the hyper-romantic trine between Venus and mystical Neptune on Friday. You might not even hear the surreptitious rustlings of Pluto as it returns to Sagittarius until mid-November. The favorable hookup between imaginative Neptune and the informative Gemini sun could make this Father’s Day celebration more interesting than they usually are. Venus enters mushy Cancer early Wednesday, softening you up for the crisis perpetrated by the Sagittarius full moon. And on Thursday, Mercury turns direct! Help!


Aries

Mar. 20 - Apr. 19

The Finger of God aspect, a.k.a. the “yod” is pointing directly at you. Expansive Jupiter in your Capricorn career house and unconventional Uranus in Pisces comprise the two arms of the “Y”. However it’s your Mars ruler that’s the focus of this relativity rare alignment of planetary forces. Add the incentive you get from adventurous Mars in your Leo house of romance, recreation and risk, and it should be fairly obvious that now is the time to attempt something you haven’t done before. Jupiter will protect your reputation and your gig.


Taurus

Apr. 20 - May 20

(April 20-May 20) Before Mercury comes out of retrograde, it wouldn’t hurt to ask for money you’re owed. Especially if it’s payment for work you’ve already performed. Try to deliver your plea with a “pretty, please” attitude, because, while your Venus ruler is in your house of personal finances, you can handle that area with uncommon tact and graciousness. The advantage won’t last long; once Venus moves into Cancer, you might come across as “needy” and “emotional.” This is the weekend to give your romantic nature full rein: from sudden attraction to self-sacrifice to jealous rage, let it rip.


Gemini

May 21 - Jun. 20

Make the most of Venus’ annual visit to your sign; the planet dispensing beauty, artistry and love leaves on the 18th, not to return until July 2009. However, next year the goddess won’t have the Gemini sun and Mercury to augment her charms. So, in the next few days, do your best to express your affection for friends, romantic partners past and present, even for the argumentative relatives. Remind yourself that as your retro Mercury ruler prepares to change direction on the 19th, things tend to get a bit strange. No decisions, no major purchases, no nuttin.’


Cancer

Jun. 21 - Jul. 22

For a Moon Child, every full moon, be it eclipsed or not, can mark a significant event. Knowing that the Sagittarius full moon on the 18th takes place at 28 degrees of that far-seeing sign, at the galactic center of the Milky Way where retrograde Pluto is also headed, might give the conscious Crab cause to shiver and ask: What else can you show me? The fire next time? Since kind and gentle Venus enters your sign that day, perhaps your outlook will soften before the goddess confronts pernicious Pluto, before the summer solstice celebration.


Leo

Jul. 23 - Aug. 22

Read for Aries. Along with the approaching opposition between courageous Mars in your sign and wishy-washy Neptune in your Aquarius partnership zone, the red planet figures in the fateful “Finger of God” aspect with innovative Uranus and protective Jupiter. The “yod” or Y shape emphasizes Martian daring and how it is urging you to break through barriers you’ve set for yourself. Also to take the risk cheerfully and with an open heart. Maybe your life won’t change as dramatically as you wish, but at least you’re being given an opportunity to find out.


Virgo

Aug. 23 - Sep. 22

With so much going on, before you react instinctively, take a long, comprehensive look and then leap out of the way. There are bound to be disturbances when the Gemini sun and Venus provoke unpredictable Uranus in your Pisces house of relationships. Unless there’s an earthquake, you’ll be better off waiting to see what sort of damage Venus does this weekend. Will you simply change your mind about an impulsive purchase and return it or will you break someone’s heart? Remember: Your Mercury ruler’s change of direction can also put you on shaky ground.


Libra

Sep. 23 - Oct. 22

Air signs are currently enjoying more than their fair share of attention from the solar system. Therefore be sure you make hay while the versatile Gemini sun still shines, and well before your sociable Venus ruler dives into emotionally deep Cancerian waters. You might be subjected to fits and starts as the weekend begins, but when idealistic Neptune unleashes its uplifting Aquarian vibe on Saturday, your spirits can soar. Dad will appreciate your vision of how his day should be celebrated even if you can’t show up.


Scorpio

Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

Make a valiant attempt to shift your attention from your Pluto co-ruler’s step back into Sagittarius and the memories that move may revive. Concentrate instead on how your ambitious Mars co-ruler has taken control of your Leo career zone and how your work is being affected. While you might sense that a confrontation between the red planet and amorphous Neptune concerning an “iffy” situation at home will soon take place, until that happens, you can put Jupiter’s optimism and Uranus’ independent spirit to good use.


Sagittarius

Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

Last week’s forecast should have given you fair warning of what might happen when the planets in your Gemini marriage house run wild. The unexpected is scheduled for Thursday, but whatever the surprise, it can be sprung a day before or a day later. The forgiveness and mea culpa conversations take place Friday and Saturday. Midweek is for the stalwart: Venus challenges Pluto, back in your sign revisiting what was happening at Christmas, while the annual Sag full moon exposes your vulnerability. More mix-ups just before Mercury flips.


Capricorn

Dec. 22 - Jan. 20

A big to-do about money is waiting in the wings; so rather than expend effort on anything else, get ready for Mars’ attack on an ambiguous financial matter. Having idealistic Neptune clouding your Aquarius money house ever since the last century may have made you fairly casual about what you earn and what you spend. However, with prosperous Jupiter in Capricorn for the first time in 12 years, there is ample reason to be more protective as well as more productive. Although Mercury goes direct on the 19th, wait at least another week before signing.


Aquarius

Jan. 21 - Feb. 18

You may be stuck in an awkward position this weekend while your Uranus ruler figures out how to best handle the challenges raised by Venus and the sun as they transit your Gemini house of pleasurable pursuits. Showing enough love to a loved one? But because affectionate Venus quickly reaches out to forgiving Neptune in your sign, you might not have to pay as high a price as you anticipated. By the time the sun perfects its rewarding trine to Neptune on Saturday, the wrinkles in the relationship could be smoothed out.


Pisces

Feb. 19 - Mar. 19

Doing work for hire or providing a service from the goodness of your heart? It’s not yet a dilemma, however, there seems to be a question about what a well-meaning people expect from you and what you’re willing to do on your own terms. While exercising your free will may have been an important issue for all of your life, having iconoclastic Uranus in your sign since March 2003 emphasizes, sometimes quite dramatically, how far you’ve come from what is currently considered appropriate behavior. Not all Fish swim in schools.


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