Mercury inaugurates a weekend filled with powerful planetary forces when it merges with affectionate Venus in Leo. The secret that you’re dying to hear could be revealed when the Messenger and passionate Pluto trine on Friday. Could it be about the joyous occasion created when the sun and Venus marry that evening? Or does Mercury have more serious news to impart when it conjuncts Saturn on Saturday? Early Sunday morning the little guy moves on to Virgo; however at 11:11 a.m., no less, the sun perfects its rewarding trine to Pluto at the Galactic Center of the Milky Way. Payoff on a huge scale. On Tuesday, Sol and Saturn get together to legitimize something that’s been building over the past two-plus years. On Thursday, as solar Virgo begins, energetic Mars in mutable Gemini and Jupiter in mutable Sag perfect their polarity. Restless leg syndrome for all!
Aries: Mar. 20 – Apr. 19Rams born in mid-April are the ones who’ll be most affected by all those planets congregated at the tail end of Leo. Firstly, you should listen for hints you’ll get from Mercury; when it tells you to contact the object of your desire, do it. Then when the Messenger suggests that you hold back, revise your body language. By following the advice offered by an assortment of loved ones, ranging from the child (Mercury) the ex- (Venus retrograde) and a parent (Saturn) you should be able to build an enduring romantic relationship. If that’s what you want.
Taurus: Apr. 20 – May 20In the midst of foreclosures and mortgage company failures, it may seem ridiculous to suggest that now would be a good time to resurrect a financial arrangement about a real estate matter. Perhaps instead of refinancing your property, you’ll get the feeling that you’d better buy a more extensive insurance policy. There’s a very powerful incentive being beamed from the four planets (including your Venus ruler) emerging from your Leo house of family and furnishings. It’s making you feel responsible, adult and eminently sane.
Gemini: May 21 – Jun. 20An infusion of raw ambition can take you far. With militant, motivated Mars in your sign for the first time in two years, there isn’t much to keep you from attaining whatever you set your sights on. Believe it or not, one of the Twins might adopt a “tough as nails” attitude. Add the enthusiastic support you’re getting from an ally as Mars and expansive Jupiter perfect their polarity midweek. Meanwhile your well-connected Mercury ruler is steering you toward generous, creative people — some you’ll meet with in person, others online.
Cancer: Jun. 21 – Jul. 22All that hard work is about to pay off. That’s because Pluto in your house of co-workers is gathering good press from Mercury, the diligent communicator. Along with its reputation as the planet governing rehab and renovation, Pluto promotes consistency and commitment. Any area related to improving your health — be it treatment, exercise, food or supplements — gets the spotlight treatment this week. More so after the sun leaves optimistic, but somewhat self-indulgent Leo, for the attention to detail that critical Virgo provides.
Leo: Jul. 23 – Aug. 22“This is Your Life, Leo.” Mercury in your sign insures that we’ll be talking about you. Magnetic Venus, retrograde in Leo, puts you in the middle of a group hug with people from the past and the present. Saturn at the tail end of Leo acknowledges our respect for what you’ve accomplished over the past two and a half years. However it’s your sun ruler’s merger with those other planets that’ll shove you into the spotlight. Perhaps with Scorpio and Sagittarius assuming supporting roles. Lovers? Teammates? Offspring?
Virgo: Aug. 23 – Sep. 22Until the sun enters your sign next Thursday, you’ll have to rely on your Mercury ruler telling you what you need to know. Or, at least, pointing the way to your next revelation. An accumulation of wisdom born of experience?
Once Mercury enters Virgo a minute after midnight on Sunday, you can rely on your customary thought patterns again. They
should help you discern whether you’re being overly optimistic about a teaching, publishing or sports venture, and if there’s more being offered than another piece of “pie in the sky.”
Libra: Sep. 23 – Oct. 22How are the people in your book club treating you? Literature and sociability go hand in hand when Mercury and your Venus ruler get together. Should a reason to write arise, this coupling also makes for a good by-line. But the Leo sun’s marriage to Venus might create too appealing a reason to celebrate. Why spend time by yourself when you can share the happy event with friends, siblings and neighbors? Even your stiff-lipped colleagues could express their satisfaction and for some, their appreciation, for what you’ve managed to finesse.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 – Nov. 21Rock and roll is here to stay. So is any other branch of the entertainment industry you may be involved with. Thank the four planets in your Leo career house for emitting such powerful energy waves; also thank your Pluto co-ruler in your Sagittarius money house for catching those waves. At the same time, your Mars co-ruler is devising a plan, with the help of growth-oriented Jupiter, to further expand your income. Because Jupiter is in your house of partnership, you’ll probably need an ally, e.g., an agent or attorney, for this one.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 – Dec. 21It’s the two planets in your sign that, like players on the periphery, are getting the clear shot. Most of the team, i.e., the four planets currently in Leo, is focused on powerful Pluto at the far end of your sign. Meanwhile, gigantic Jupiter as the inside man, is open for whatever Mars in ambidextrous Gemini is sending him. Sorry, but the sports analogy tends to come up whenever athletic Mars and wealthy, witty Jupiter, the planet ruling club owners, sports commentators and media outlets form any kind of aspect; in the case midweek, a challenging opposition.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 – Jan. 20Caps will begin to get a sense of how things are going to change — more like, what a relief it’ll be — when your Saturn ruler enters Virgo, a supportive earth sign like your own. On Sunday, after whispering good news in your ear, Mercury makes the switch out of Leo. The sun follows suit on Tuesday, embracing Saturn (and your creative efforts) before entering Virgo on Thursday. After that, you’ve got 10 days to clear away the glittery leonine elements before Saturn starts its two-and-a-half year visit with the discriminating Virgin.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 – Feb. 18Assume it’s being done in the name of love. While Venus retraces steps it took between the end of June and the July Fourth weekend, you could again become the main focus of a partner’s elaborate plans. Do you have a say in the matter? Only if you clarify your position, which might not be as easily done as said. After the retrograde period ends on Sept. 8, loving Venus will head back this way. Then, as autumn begins, you could encounter another detour, hear another explanation and, we hope, manage to work out another solution.
Pisces: Feb. 19 – Mar. 19
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 14, 2007
Money may not be forthcoming just yet, however the call to action announced by Mars in Gemini can bring in the bucks before the year is out. Or before expansive Jupiter leaves your Sagittarius career house in mid-December. It is the polarity between these two planets, the infusion of planetary energy that can foster the sense of entrepreneurship that’ll inspire you to get a move on and put your better ideas out there. Once again you’re being urged to use Jupiter’s position at the top of your chart while you still have its blessing.