Aries: Mar. 20 – Apr. 19The recent shift of the personal planets, especially Mars’ flip into retrograde, can impact on what you perceive to be “progress.” Venus in fiery Sagittarius may be a blessing in disguise, since the goddess is gearing up to bestow a blessing of some kind on you—if not an impressive gift than perhaps someone worth cherishing. Nosy Mercury in Scorpio as of the 8th is busily searching for valuable information about a financial matter that should be revealed when the Messenger opposes your Mars ruler around the 22nd.
Taurus: Apr. 20 – May 20
The struggle you’ve been quietly going through, as exemplified by your Venus ruler’s opposition to militant Mars, is over. Today Venus moves out of Scorpio, the sign of your more significant significant others, and prances through foot-loose, fancy-free, philosophical Sagittarius until Guy Fawkes Day. Evidence that your feelings have changed could show up when sparks between Venus and rebellious Uranus are ignited next weekend. But you don’t have to burn down Parliament to convince the world that you’re committed to your ideals.
Gemini: May 21 – Jun. 20
So much for the “fair and balanced’ Libra attitude. Once your Mercury ruler enters Scorpio on Saturday, you’re likely to become much more intense about how you are feeling and what you are thinking. That Mercury is treading the fine line between appreciation and application, between your fifth house of pleasure and sixth house of service, can complicate matters and make decisions that much harder to reach. But once you do, the stubborn Scorpionic attitude could keep you from changing your mind, even when the facts suggest otherwise.
Cancer: Jun. 21 – Jul. 22
Moon Children born in June might surprise themselves with their acute observations and innovative ideas. That’s because mercurial Mercury in watery Scorpio tends to uncover hidden information while electrical Uranus in watery Pisces creates random flashes of brilliance. Since Mercury, like time, is fleeting, these thoughts may be gone before you have a chance to act on them, let alone write them down. The Aries full moon eclipse on the 17th occurs in every Crab’s career zone; if you sense a change coming, now would be the time to update your resume.
Leo: Jul. 23 – Aug. 22
Leos are such romantics, such pure-hearted folks that you may misinterpret the message being conveyed when nebulous Neptune in your marriage house favors your sun ruler this weekend. Before you go any further, be sure to clarify what you understand to be true. If you need to feel more sure of yourself, bide your time until loving Venus in Sagittarius supports Saturn in your sign on the 16th. That’s also a good time to invest in a high-end product that can provide years of pleasure and satisfaction. See, Saturn isn’t all bad.
Virgo: Aug. 23 – Sep. 22
You might be in for one surprise after another as first your curious Mercury ruler and then amenable Venus reach out to erratic, erotic Uranus in your Pisces house of partners. No matter what you learn or how you react, try to keep the lines of communication open and your position fairly flexible. This could be easier said than done while Mercury transits Scorpio, a firmly fixed sign, for the rest of the month. The lunar eclipse across your money axis on the 17th should confirm the sneaky suspicion you had at the solar eclipse on the 3rd.
Libra: Sep. 23 – Oct. 22
Things could lighten up considerably now that your Venus ruler is in bright and bushy-tailed Sagittarius where she can party like a (well-bred) animal. Although the Libra sun might receive mixed messages this weekend from dreamy Neptune in your house of romance and other entertainments, the ensuing ambiguity could inspire a wave of creativity and self-expression. If a change of heart follows shortly thereafter, chalk it up to Venus and your relationship with a bona fide eccentric who has found a place in your heart.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Your annual infusion of common sense and critical acuity arrives with the entrance of Mercury into Scorpio on the 8th. Be glad that Mercury’s talent for discerning the difference between fabulous and fatuous will be very much with you while you create your Halloween costume and make plans for this year’s celebration. However, on the big night itself, Mercury will have moved on, no doubt taking your better judgment with it. Happily, protective, prosperous Jupiter enters your sign on the 25th for 13 months of supreme good fortune.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Sociable Venus establishing residence in your sign means that the party season has begun. One of the gifts the goddess offers while she’s around is an ability to turn you, like Cinderella, into a more attractive, more popular character. Better get a fashionable new look ASAP, because, like the stroke of midnight, Nov. 5 will arrive sooner than you think and Venus will be gone. But not until she shakes things up at your house by provoking disruptive Uranus just before the full moon eclipse on the 17th.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 – Jan. 20Untouched by human hands. Well, not until the 16th when affectionate Venus gives your Saturn ruler a heartfelt hug a few hours before the lunar eclipse Monday morning. That weekend is also when you might want to check out a livelier social scene, or when you’re liable to look more kindly on a restrictive partnership arrangement. And while no one is acting contrite, both parties could be searching for a more creative solution to the problem, e.g., asking for a mediator’s suggestion, a mutual friend’s contribution.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 – Feb. 18
Finally the mystical, magical Water Bearer rises, like the Lady of the Lake, from the depths of wherever Neptune has been hiding you. Thank the literate Libra sun for shining light and levity on vaporous Neptune in your sign. Whether you want the spotlight on you is another matter altogether; nonetheless, it’s there for the taking. How much aggravation will it cause your employer, embarrass your parents or annoy the authorities? It depends on how well you word your message and the extent of your popularity.
Pisces: Feb. 19 – Mar. 19
Check out the Aquarius forecast since it’s your Neptune ruler that’s attracting so much attention. However, when it comes to your personal life and the changes you’re going through, innovative Uranus in your sign is to blame. Or, if you’re enjoying breaking new ground and winging it, to thank. While ideas and conversations will flow freely once Mercury is in watery Scorpio, a romantic relationship or a friendship might encounter interference when Venus squares Uranus and tests the new criteria, or lack thereof.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 4, 2005