Aries: Mar. 20 – Apr. 19Look on the bright side. While it shines on your Mars ruler, the Scorpio sun is increasing your determination and creative spirit. The dark side: increased pressure to come to a decision you may not be ready to reach until retrograde Mars stops retracing its steps. Meanwhile Mercury’s reversal can delay access to other people’s resources, insurance payoffs or an inheritance. Give financial matters time to sort themselves out while you chase after a romantic objective. As the moon grows full, loving Venus beckons.
Taurus: Apr. 20 – May 20
It’s possible that while your magnetic Venus ruler travels through earthy Capricorn you’ll be more interested in reaping material gains than in pursuing high-spirited adventures. Seriously, romantic fun and games might not have as much appeal as climbing the ladder to a professed career goal. And since it’s only available for three more months, why not use Mars’ power to provide energy and ambition? Around Valentine’s Day, fiery Mars will move out of Taurus and won’t be back for another two years. Strike while the iron is hot.
Gemini: May 21 – Jun. 20
People get ready, there’s a train wreck coming. Your Mercury ruler turns retrograde on the 13th for three plus weeks of transportation and communication snafus. Is this why you felt that Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t a reason to travel? While the Messenger backpedals through your house of work, health or partnership arrangements, all sorts of adjustments will have to be made. Mercury turns direct two days after the Sagittarius new moon on Dec. 1; until the middle of next month, when it returns to where it is now, take care and be conscious.
Cancer: Jun. 21 – Jul. 22
Venus in your Capricorn complement should bring well-placed, accomplished women or artists into your life. Plus they’ll stay around longer than “hello, goodbye” because the goddess of good fortune and lovely manners turns retrograde on Christmas Eve. You’ll have lots of opportunities to enjoy her blessings (and challenges) until March, so don’t be cavalier and blow off whatever goodies she does lay on you. Romantic complications around the full moon on the 15th can upset travel arrangements. Have an alternative plan on hand.
Leo: Jul. 23 – Aug. 22
A conflict between a long-standing situation at home and a potential career opportunity could leave you feeling like another weight has been placed on your shoulders. Maybe it’s responsible Saturn in Leo and maybe, because day by day your sun ruler will move on, it’s temporary. So don’t rush to judgment; better yet, don’t take up the banner of a cause you’re not completely committed to. Mercury turning retrograde on the 13th suggests that what happens in the days preceding will be revised before long, especially if it concerns real estate.
Virgo: Aug. 23 – Sep. 22
Your Mercury ruler’s tri-annual flip into retrograde tends to affect every sign the same way: missed messages, fender-benders and items lost in the mail. However, Virgos might find themselves looking for another place to live because Mercury in mobile Sagittarius can disrupt a stable home life. If nothing major happens, assume that a hotel stay, perhaps over Thanksgiving, is in the offing. A sibling or neighbor could also figure into the mix since the uber intense Scorpio-Taurus full moon highlights the houses they live in.
Libra: Sep. 23 – Oct. 22
The urge to party ’til you drop may stop as soon as your Venus ruler enters Capricorn, the pragmatic earth sign concerned with your good name and stature in the community. Because Venus travels back and forth across this area until March, what happens now will stick with you for months on end. Pay attention and proceed with caution. A money matter might take center stage during the Scorpio-Taurus full moon period; since Mercury will have just turned retrograde, remember to keep the relevant papers in order and readily available.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Happy Birthday? Things might seem more than a little confusing while the Scorpio sun illuminates nebulous Neptune and a state of denial at home. Confusion can escalate into outright conflict when hot-tempered Mars in your Taurus house of significant others, i.e., both allies and enemies, opposes the sun. Add the emotional intensity of a sun-moon polarity, especially since this full moon is exalted in Taurus, i.e., more receptive to what the general public is feeling, and you’ll welcome any reason to get away.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Mercury turns retrograde in Sagittarius on the 13th, so take care of any paperwork related to your personal well-being ASAP. Otherwise the issue can pop up again during your birthday week. Refocusing on other aspects of your current scene should be easier now that pleasure-seeking Venus is no longer in your sign. Since the goddess will sashay back and forth through your Capricorn zone of assets and values until March, hunting down bargains and gathering treasures could take up a good deal of your time. Unexpected changes at home, the rest.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 – Jan. 20Welcome affectionate Venus with open arms because she’s going to be in Capricorn far longer than the usual four-week transit. How artfully will she transform your appearance? What will her gentle ways do to your brusque demeanor? And how much love and attention will you be able to embrace let alone maintain? It’s shaping up to be a very interesting winter, especially since expansive Jupiter is still in your career midheaven, still offering opportunities to grow. This Mercury retrograde messes with group interaction more than your one-on-one relationships.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 – Feb. 18
Steel yourself against a sneak attack you could happily live without while the Scorpio sun exposes something hidden around your house or neighborhood. Since militant Mars is patrolling the area, anyone who is armed with a list of grievances could be dangerous. The Taurus full moon will elevate the emotional reaction of everyone involved, but because Mars specifically targets Neptune in Aquarius, you may be the one who catches most of the flak. Also the one who conveys excuses so that peace can be achieved in due time, say the 17th.
Pisces: Feb. 19 – Mar. 19
Stay away from a wide-eyed zealot who intends to convert someone real soon. While bossy Mars zeros in on your impressionable Neptune ruler, you could be the lamb being led to psychological/political/religious slaughter. Succumbing or resisting is up to you. Although it is not slated to occur until the 13th, rebellious Uranus in your sign is coming out of a five-month retrograde session, thereby encouraging you to assert your independence. If need be, under the circumstances, you’re allowed to act like a crazy person.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 1, 2005