Aries: Mar. 20 – Apr. 19For the past year, about as long as lucky Jupiter has been in Libra, Rams have been told to expect something from a partnership arrangement that’ll make a significant improvement. If up to now you haven’t been impressed by the size of the contribution or the growth of the relationship, be aware that the big payoff might arrive this weekend when beneficial Venus merges with even more beneficial Jupiter. But if nothing to write home about comes your way this month, another window could fly open when the Libra sun conjuncts Jupiter on October 21.
Taurus: Apr. 20 – May 20Try to maintain an even keel over the long holiday weekend. Too much of a good thing—too much glorious food, too much socializing, even too much righteous indignation—can blow everything else out of proportion. While your all-embracing Venus ruler meets with expansive, enthusiastic Jupiter, bigger is not necessarily better. Over-the-top is more like it. The Virgo new moon on Saturday can introduce a new element into your love life, a person or a practice that is relatively down-to-earth without being prosaic.
Gemini: May 21 – Jun. 20As luck would have it, this may be the best weekend of the year for you to go on holiday. Venus and Jupiter, the planets that bestow popularity, pleasure and good fortune, are in your Libra house of recreation and romance. More importantly, they are both rewarding all things Gemini. Aquarius is also doing okay so, if you can hook-up with one of those individualists, you could have an even better time. Meanwhile, your Mercury ruler lingers on the cusp of warm-hearted Leo, preparing to enter Virgo, the other intelligent sign it rules, on Sunday.
Cancer: Jun. 21 – Jul. 22The trick for a Moon Child is to adopt, for the time being, the qualities of the sign the new moon takes place in. For example, on Saturday Luna and Sol meet in Virgo and initiate a cycle that emphasizes the need for sufficient, accurate information. That Virgo also rules your third house of short trips, sales, education and communication underscores how important that area of your life will be over the next four weeks. Happily, practical Virgo plays well with sensitive Cancer, behaving a bit like a Boy Scout: helpful, trustworthy, eager to serve and score points along the way.
Leo: Jul. 23 – Aug. 22Pluto turning direct Friday in your Sagittarius house of fun and games suggests that romance, plus risky and recreational activities are about to awaken from their long spring-summer nap. And what to your wondrous eyes will appear? A generous gift from the happy-go-lucky Venus-Jupiter hook-up in Libra. That Venus is also glad to see Pluto in a new light could lead to a more passionate encounter than you anticipated. The Virgo new moon in your money house introduces a new financial matter replete with details that need to be carefully worked out.
Virgo: Aug. 23 – Sep. 22Why shouldn’t you be feted this Labor Day weekend? Be glad that the elegant, enthusiastic coupling of Venus and Jupiter takes place in your Libra house of income and expenditures. Since both planets, each in their own way, offer boons and benefits, you could wind up amassing a sizeable stash. But if instead of the gold watch, what you get is a sense of accomplishment and warm-hearted pats on the back, those emotions just might suffice. The Virgo new moon suggests that for the next four weeks, you’re the go-to guy or gal.
Libra: Sep. 23 – Oct. 22It can’t be said too often. This weekend is the last time your beneficial Venus ruler merges with even more beneficial Jupiter in your very own sign. Not for another 12 years will this indicator of personal growth and good fortune take place. Sure, Venus and Jupiter get together every year, and the goodies they come up with can be welcome additions, unless they’re meeting in challenging cardinal signs. But that only occurs every three or four years. As for this time around, be sure the coveted brass ring doesn’t slip out of your grasp.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 – Nov. 21If things, particularly financial matters, aren’t progressing fast enough to suit you, your Pluto co-ruler’s change of direction this weekend could speed them up. Five months in retrograde is long enough to frustrate the most patient person, someone you never claimed to be. Meanwhile the Virgo new moon is poised to introduce a fresh attitude about one element of your career. Nothing too ambitious or glitzy; more likely, small improvements that’ll result in greater efficiency. A seasonal tune-up.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 – Dec. 21The changes taking place over the holiday weekend can be both subtle and substantial. Pluto coming out of a deep sleep in Sagittarius might not have an immediate effect, but if you suddenly see room for improvement, particularly in the way you look, that’s a sign of Pluto rising. I won’t exaggerate the benefits inherent in the Venus-Jupiter meeting in sociable Libra; a really good time is par for the course. However, the sun-moon conjunction in virtuous Virgo, in your career midheaven, could herald the start of an assignment that suits you to a T.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 – Jan. 20There’s an excellent chance that you’ll be pleasantly surprised when Venus and Jupiter join forces in your Libra midheaven this weekend. A well-meaning woman, perhaps Lady Luck herself, may present an opportunity to score major bucks or achieve an impressive social success. “Magnificent” and “munificent” are adjectives associated with gigantic Jupiter, whereas vivacious Venus consorts with values and valuables. Together they make for a good marriage; however, it might take years before the benefits derived from their combined assets shows up in your resume.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 – Feb. 18Mercury entering Virgo on Sunday officially ends the Lion’s influence on your daily comings and goings. But because Leo rules your marriage house, partners may continue to call more than their fair share of the shots affecting both parties. Things could change after the discerning Virgo new moon lends a more finely-tuned ear to the nuances of your interactions. Nevertheless, for the next two years while restrictive Saturn transits Leo, a close relationship might not be as care-free or as easy to maintain as it once was.
Pisces: Feb. 19 – Mar. 19Sometimes it’s barely noticeable, sometimes anything related to Pluto, such as its change of direction this weekend, is about as subtle as a fist in your face. Or, in polite company, a twist of the arm. The power failures and power grabs that do occur could affect your career. However, you’re more likely to concentrate on the changes the new moon has up its sleeve because that event takes place in your Virgo house of partners. Expect a lot of back and forth action with allies and antagonists alike.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 30, 2005