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Rockie Weekly Horoscope February 23-March 1

General Forecast

There's plenty of retrograde Mercury activity affecting us, so be extra careful while driving (don't space out), using electrical appliances or writing anything, especially checks. Adding to the confusion the Messenger spreads when it's in reverse, is the second opposition between nebulous Neptune in Aquarius (where the Internet comes from) and crystalline Saturn in Leo (where the gold comes from). In the endless debate between faith and facts, both viewpoints are open to interpretation. Unfortunately, this week Mercury makes a lousy interpreter.

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Aries
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19

So much for being the functioning adult in the crowd! That stellar role ends Sunday when your Mars ruler crosses from patriarchal Capricorn, the sign of Mars' exaltation and excellence, into populist Aquarius. However, while magnetic Venus is in your sign, the folks who are fascinated by you might not notice that anything is different. Only you know your desire for control is fading and that you're willing to share the responsibilities you've assumed. This way if things don't work out as planned, the blame won't land on your shoulders alone.

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Taurus
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20

The artistic Bull could receive, better yet, retrieve, the information needed when the creative Pisces sun meets Mercury retrograde. Finding what you're looking for, e.g., the missing piece of the puzzle, is one of the rare pleasures of retrogression. Since their meeting takes place in your career zone, chances are you'll hear something positive about your reputation. Another plus: Mars starts to stir up action when it enters Aquarius, a fixed sign like your own, and whets your appetite for adventure.

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Gemini
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20

Subtle connections that tie one reference to another could appear while your retrograde Mercury ruler retraces the steps it took a few weeks ago. Keep alert for further developments because, as Mercury accumulates revised information, it can change your approach to the problems you're dealing with. The final clue might come from an ex, either in business or romance, when Pluto in Sagittarius at the Galactic Core, the center of our Milky Way, and Mercury renew their acquaintance around the 28th. Nothing blatant or brazen, clandestine Pluto doesn't operate that way.

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Cancer
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22

If too much attention is being paid to a joint financial matter while retrograde Mercury and the sun hold another of their interminable conferences, ditch the discussions and focus instead on the woman or artist who has entered your Aries career zone. No doubt you'll be intrigued by the presence of Venus, but will you be sufficiently challenged by what the goddess has to offer? Temptation comes in many guises, so be sure you're aware of what it is you're avoiding: the second Saturn-Neptune opposition, an event that affects entire generations.

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Leo
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22

It only happens every two years, so while macho Mars invades—some would call it "enlivens,"—your Aquarius house of allies and antagonists, rest assured that your close relationships will get a lot more interesting. There's an inherent sexiness to Martian energy, even when it's centered on familiar co-workers and sweaty folks working out. If this is not distraction enough, you may have to face another dilemma when realistic Saturn in your sign opposes faith-based Neptune in Aquarius for the second time. Their third and final confrontation: the summer solstice.

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Virgo
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22  

Listen to your best mate. Word from a significant sidekick will help you steer through the choppy waters of Pisces, the sign that governs your life and business partnerships. While the sun and retrograde Mercury ruler come together, a problem that seemed to be solved a few weeks ago when your ruling planet was direct, could raise its scary head once again. A few words from a relative who's been keeping a secret might help. Do-overs may be tedious business, but while you're navigating the chaotic Pisces mindset, a Virgin can't be too careful.

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Libra
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22

The creative game-playing sector of your life might not be much fun while impressionable, artistically inclined Neptune is straight-jacketed (for the second time) by stern Saturn in your house of colleagues wielding clout. Despite all the pissing and moaning, the problem manages to resolve itself in good time. However, if you prefer to ignore it (ala Scarlett O'Hara), you can concentrate instead (as she would) on the beautiful people your vivacious Venus ruler is luring into your house of marriage prospects? Now, that sounds like fun!

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Scorpio
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

That problematic polarity between delusional Neptune and dour Saturn that is affecting a lot of signs could be a real drag for Scorpios who have a reputation to maintain. Retrograde Saturn sitting in your Leo midheaven is not merely restrictive, it can erode the good will you've built up. On the other hand, Neptune in your Aquarius house of family roots and real estate is busy creating imaginative solutions that won't hold water. What can work on your behalf is Mars' unflinching presence in Aquarius until Good Friday.

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Sagittarius
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

Probably the last thing you need during this Mercury retrograde is the Messenger's merger with the sun in your house of commuting and communication. While their meeting may give you greater power to mess things up, you could also get a clue about something that has eluded you. Rather than focus on the minutiae of text-messaging and voice mail gone awry, why not turn your eye toward the improvements you can undertake while decorative and acquisitive Venus checks out your digs? How about an altar for the Fire Pig?

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Capricorn
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20

It's primarily the folks with Capricorn rising who are being pressured to decide whether to back up your Neptunian belief system with your own funds or to rely on your experienced, reality-based Saturn ruler and, for the time being, refrain from contributing to any cause. The tug of war between these two forces can affect the individual as well as an entire culture and, since neither planet is moving fast, the dilemma will resurface. Their third and final opposition coincides with the summer solstice, a major occasion for the winter-born.

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Aquarius
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18

Water Bearers born at the very beginning and the tail end of their sun sign are about to be zapped; the former by muscular Mars crossing over from Capricorn, the latter by retrograde Mercury inching its inquisitive way back from Pisces. Aquarians in the middle are either groping their way through a fog or are being pressed to confront a reality they'd rather avoid. By opposing Neptune, Saturn in your Leo marriage house is insisting (for the second time?) that both partners lay their cards on the table.

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Pisces
 

Outrageous fortune (erratic Uranus in Pisces) doesn't fling slings and arrows at you this week. However your amorphous Neptune ruler may have—inadvertently, of course—put you on another firing line. How to explain to "according to Hoyle" Saturn in royal Leo, no less, that you didn't know what game you were supposed to be playing, let alone its rules? Since the polarity between these planets involves your twelfth house of karma and cosmic consciousness, perhaps your present-day predicament is a holdover from a past life?


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