Aries: Mar. 20 – Apr. 19You could try to stay out of it, but if friction develops between friends, especially one you are tied into monetarily, you may soon find yourself in the hot seat. This flare-up will pass quickly enough, however your financial entanglement could become trickier the closer we get to Halloween, which is also when an unspoken sexual attraction might be revealed. Meanwhile, the lunar eclipse in your sign on the 17th can lead to an uncharacteristic display of conflicting emotions, a duel between the “me” and the “we” of you.
Taurus: Apr. 20 – May 20
You well might be one of the friends your Aries neighbor is running interference for. This weekend, as unpredictable Uranus provokes your Venus ruler, you won’t know what to expect. Look to heroic Mars, slowly retracing its steps through Taurus, to adjust the game plan so that, natural disasters aside, nobody gets hurt. To help you withstand the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, stable, fatherly Saturn could cushion the blow when he favors Venus on the 16th. If you want to play it safe, take his offer.
Gemini: May 21 – Jun. 20
Another see-saw sort of weekend as your Mercury ruler first comes under the spell of mystical, spiritual Neptune before shaking it off and adopting a harder-nosed Saturnian approach. Reality can really bite, especially when it comes to a harsh money matter, so it’ll probably pay a dreamer like you to opt for the practical rather than the poetic. Besides, while Venus is in your Sagittarius house of partners, you’re likely to gain the approval of a popular, endearing creature with the wherewithal to help you out.
Cancer: Jun. 21 – Jul. 22
Your thinking could be out of synch with your feelings this weekend; therefore try to delay taking any meaningful action until the Aries full moon Monday morning has come and gone. Better safe and indecisive than sorry. However, if wavering from pillar to post doesn’t bother you; if you remember that the moody Moon Child is allowed to change his or her mind, especially during a lunar eclipse, and that eventually all will be forgiven, you’ll be cool. That is, assuming you can count on getting the customary response from a compassionate parent and/or an understanding lover.
Leo: Jul. 23 – Aug. 22
A lunar eclipse doesn’t pack quite the punch that a solar eclipse, like the one on the 3rd, does. So when Sol, your ruling orb, opposes Luna on Monday the effect might not be as dramatic as you anticipate. Because this is an Aries full moon, all the fire signs could sense that whether or not it suits present purposes or future plans, something that has been fairly significant until now is about to end. However, since Venus supports steadfast Saturn in your sign this weekend, Leos should feel more secure than the others.
Virgo: Aug. 23 – Sep. 22
Ah, the mystery of it all! Enjoy the trip through the unknown you’ve been known to take whenever your Mercury ruler ventures into secretive Scorpio. The transit doesn’t always occur during October, but because this year it does, the weeks before Halloween can be more engaging, more intense than usual. Isn’t there a neighborhood project dying for your participation? Since Mercury is aligned with imaginative Neptune this weekend, now would be the time to envision how you’re going to look and what you’re going to do.
Libra: Sep. 23 – Oct. 22
What struck a nerve around the Libra solar eclipse on the 3rd could come close to being resolved during the Aries lunar eclipse on the 17th. However it might take a lot longer to deal with the issue that was unleashed. Eclipses bring both relatively short (three to six months) and long term (19 years) results. Until enough time has passed, you can’t be sure which track you’re on, what is purely personal and what is generational. P.S. Librans celebrating birthdays this weekend should look for signs of change among your allies and antagonists.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
You’re well-equipped this week to deal with a career concern that’s taking too long to come to a satisfactory conclusion. Patience may be the key to heaven, but a few well-chosen words to someone on St. Peter’s staff could move you closer to the front of the line. And because clever Mercury is in your sign, what you decide to say should provoke some sort of reaction. You might also get a boost from the opportunistic sextile between the sun and your Pluto co-ruler embedded in your house of money earned and values you uphold.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
A group of like-minded folks—more socially than politically oriented—might do something that’ll alleviate one of your private bugaboos when the Libra sun sheds light on your dark side, i.e., Pluto in your sign. At the same time, the lunar eclipse in your Aries house of romance and other risky pursuits could be a signal that things in that area are not proceeding according to plan. If you’re athletically inclined, make a point of being extra careful. Given the choice, don’t take the double-dare.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 – Jan. 20The lunar eclipse on the 17th underscores the conflict between a career objective and a family concern. Although you might not be the chief protagonist, what happens at home or to another family member can have a fairly dramatic affect on you personally. Blame the old cardinal sign cross you’re being hoisted upon, plus the two eclipses this month for intensifying your reaction. What to do? Wait and see what else flows from the sun’s opposition to the moon. And keeping reminding yourself, you are not alone.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 – Feb. 18
You might not make a clean getaway, but Monday’s lunar eclipse shouldn’t leave much debris behind, unless you’re dealing with a tricky scholastic or legal matter. Even so, there are positive indications that the Libra sun and the Aries full moon, despite delays you can blame on the eclipses, still favor your position. What you should watch out for, however, is an inadvertent slip of the tongue, deliberate misinformation or a leak from someone in charge while Mercury is testing both you and your partner.
Pisces: Feb. 19 – Mar. 19
Nobody wants to hear that the two eclipses this month are not short-lived events, especially when they occur in the area of your solar chart that govern the Fish’s finances. It could take many months before the effects of these phenomena manifest in ways that are obvious for all to see. So look carefully at the long-term possibilities of whatever money matters you are currently transacting. The creative, life-giving sun is about to merge with protective Jupiter in your Libra house of the resources you share with significant others and/or the mortgage company.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 11, 2005