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September 28 through October 4, 2007

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General Forecast

Online readers may already be aware that Mercury and Mars are the featured players in the drama lit by the gorgeous Harvest full moon. Their supportive trine was exact just two short hours before the Aries moon opposed the Libra sun Wednesday afternoon, and a mere 24 hours before Mercury exits Libra for Scorpio on Thursday. Mars makes its move out of Gemini into Cancer on Friday, American Indian Day. Both planets will go retrograde in their new signs; for the gory details, see below.

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Aries

Aries: Mar. 20 – Apr. 19

After your Mars ruler enters nurturing Cancer on Friday, you might become a kinder, gentler battering Ram, taking even better care of the people you care about. Plus, you’ll be doing it far longer than anyone expects. That’s because Mars turns retrograde in mid-November, revisits Gemini at New Year’s and goes direct at the end of January. Mars will keep you on the road or at your keyboard (areas ruled by the Gemini Twins) before it reenters Cancer for March and April. The Crab-induced mood swings should end after the Warrior invades Leo in May.

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Taurus
Taurus: Apr. 20 – May 20

Time to let you know that Mercury will soon be turning retrograde (Oct. 11) in your Scorpio house of people you depend on. That’s the same sphere where contracts are hammered out and deals for smoother partnership relationships are made, the “your turn to curtsy, my turn to bow” zone. The Messenger will retrogress back into well-mannered Libra for a while, but it’s the transit through passionate Scorpio that’ll result in gut-wrenching experiences. By December, whatever did or didn’t take place will be a memory — good or bad, but not indifferent.

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Gemini
Gemini: May 21 – Jun. 20

Read for Taurus. It’s your Mercury ruler that’s about to flip into reverse, either in your sixth house of health, work and daily doings or, if you’re more a June bug than a May flower, in your house of romance and recreation. Folks celebrating Halloween in a big way should make those arrangements ASAP. Although it’s not crucial that you solidify travel plans for Thanksgiving, it’s not too early to find out who’ll be around. Retrograde runs from Oct. 11 to Nov. 1, a tricky time to be at the mercy of electro-magnetic gizmos and bad brakes. Fix them now.

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Cancer
Cancer: Jun. 21 – Jul. 22

Read for Aries. Macho Mars enters Cancer on Friday for what normally would be its biannual six-week visit. However, in mid-November Mars turns retrograde for the holiday season, revisits Gemini and, come March, returns to your sign. This should give you plenty of time to schedule a surgical procedure or do whatever it takes to get your body in shape. Mars’ infusion of physical energy and crusading spirit can be a tremendous asset, one that needs to be handled with kid gloves so that you don’t morph into a beautiful, buff bully.

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Leo

Leo: Jul. 23 – Aug. 22

The Lion has such a generous nature, replete with sweeping gestures (accompanying sweeping generalities), it doesn’t want to be bothered or get bogged down by the teeny-weeny details that Mercury should oversee. However, before the Messenger turns retrograde on 10/11 in your house of communication and commuting, and starts to mess with your smooth-running routine, take charge. Do whatever is necessary to prevent a meltdown later on, e.g., bring the car or computer in for repair, get in touch with people on your “to do” list.

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Virgo
Virgo: Aug. 23 – Sep. 22

Virgos can be especially sensitive about the information they glean while their Mercury ruler is in surreptitious Scorpio. You might also sense that an air of mystery bordering on danger is developing. After the Messenger turns retrograde on 10/11, those suspicions may hamper a thought process that you’ve occasionally allowed a ray of sunshine to peek through. However, on the day that retro Mercury returns to “fair and balanced” Libra, the sun crosses the Scorpio cusp and reinforces both real and imaginary fears. Boo, Happy Halloween!

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Libra
Libra: Sep. 23 – Oct. 22

You soon could have another opportunity to wrest more pleasure, more satisfaction from the last of three favorable trines your Venus ruler has established with passionate Pluto. Although these contacts may be messy, the impressions they leave can stay with you far longer than either party anticipates. Just be aware that because amiable, affectionate Venus is in your house of casual acquaintances while intensely secretive Pluto is lurking in your neighborhood or on the Net, you need to exercise a certain amount of caution.

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Scorpio
Scorpio: Oct. 23 – Nov. 21

Read for Libra. The Scorpion needn’t always play the heavy, it’s simply that the black hat becomes you and you wear it very well. However, when you tip the tables so that the focus lands on your Pluto co-ruler, the forecast becomes much more benign. Picture gracious, generous Venus in your Leo career house bestowing her gifts on Pluto in your Sagittarius house of the money you earn and the assets you possess. Take note, the supportive trine aspect needn’t be confined to finances; it could just as easily reward a quality you value.

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Sagittarius
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 – Dec. 21

Read for Scorpio. It’s Pluto in your sign that is being blessed by Venus in fire-friendly Leo, a sign just as high-spirited as you are. Because this is the last of three trine aspects between the goddess of love and beauty and the god of the underworld, by now you should have a pretty good idea where this supportive relationship has taken you, and how whatever you’ve been obsessing about since early July is being resolved. While Pluto is parked at the Galactic Center of the Milky Way, the matter could take on cosmic proportions.

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Capricorn

Capricorn: Dec. 22 – Jan. 20

You’ve just made a friend. Mercury’s transit through Scorpio can help you in ways that’ll become evident from now through November. Except for a few weeks when retrograde Mercury revisits Libra and speaks through the women who’ve been giving you grief for most of September. The dates you need to pay particular attention to what you learn are this Sunday, the 30th, Oct. 19th and Nov. 16th, which is when Mercury and Saturn perfect their sextile relationship. The opportunities might seem slight, but they’ll lead to bigger things.

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Aquarius
Aquarius: Jan. 21 – Feb. 18

You don’t appear to have a gun pointed at your head this week, so why not enjoy the bright social life the Libra sun offers you? Sharing ideas and resources this week with a Libra or a Leo can reboot your creativity when the sun supports imaginative Neptune in your sign on 10/12. Since Mercury turns retrograde the day before, it would be politic if you made an effort to get your ducks lined up and, in case you find you have a clear shot at something, notified them ahead of time. Do you remember, “What goes around comes around?”

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Pisces

Pisces: Feb. 19 – Mar. 19

Fish may need to show some patience before seeing how the planetary changes taking place this week affect you. It’s possible that Mercury and Mars moving into Scorpio and Cancer, the other two water signs, won’t mean anything until they form tight aspects to your natal Pisces planets. Those of you born in February are first in line; those in March might not feel or face anything different until the Halloween decorations come down. If health benefits or conditions at the workplace are on your mind, charm your way to an agreement on Wednesday.

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