The Georgia Straight - - Horoscope - By Rose Mar­cus

As of Fri­day, Venus ret­ro­grade in Scorpio gains a cre­ative boost. At her in­fe­rior con­junc­tion with the sun, Venus now sur­passes the mid­point of her ret­ro­grade cy­cle. The karmic pheromones planet also be­gins a new nine-month phase within an 18-month man­i­fest­ing cy­cle. As stated in previous col­umns, Venus ret­ro­grade sets fate into play in a more ob­vi­ous way. Tar­get­ing re­la­tion­ships and sur­vival at all lev­els, it is a crit­i­cal re­assess­ment tran­sit.

A sub­tle or not-so-sub­tle shift to a new ori­en­ta­tion, Fri­day’s Venus/ sun con­junc­tion marks the switch from re­vis­it­ing the is­sue to re­work­ing it via the in­cor­po­ra­tion of new el­e­ments (ex­pe­ri­ence, a more in­formed con­scious­ness, evolv­ing needs and de­sires). This plan­e­tary pair­ing is laden with prospect. What is it worth? Venus/sun puts a new price tag on it. To know it, to feel, to con­nect, to cre­ate, to get more out of it—the day’s des­tiny is out of the gate in high gear.

Satur­day through Tues­day, the stars are in fine form for putting it into play, for mak­ing the most of the time you share and the time you spend. Mon­day’s Mercury/jupiter is re­source­ful, mo­bi­liz­ing, trend­set­ting, deal-mak­ing, event-pro­duc­ing, in­form­ing, ex­pos­ing, news-gen­er­at­ing, and fu­ture-bound. It’s a big day for a big re­veal, an about-face or ma­jor turn­around, talk­ing, buy­ing and sell­ing, scout­ing mis­sions, merg­ers, power plays, and get­ting the mes­sage across and mov­ing on.

Venus ret­ro­grade re­vis­its Libra on Hal­lowe’en. Through Novem­ber, Venus in Libra puts even more weight on the bal­anc­ing act re­gard­ing re­la­tion­ships at all lev­els: per­sonal, so­cial, and po­lit­i­cal.


March 20–April 19

Tak­ing you much deeper into the heart of it, sun/venus ret­ro­grade taps into a wealth of emo­tions and re­sponses. A deeper urge and/or pas­sion stirs in­side you. Want to build it bet­ter, reach the goal, cre­ate an im­pact, or net a sig­nif­i­cant re­sult? Noth­ing less than “all in” will do. Sun/venus (Fri­day) and Mercury/jupiter (Mon­day) in­fuse you, it, and them with fresh juice.


April 20–May 20

Both Mercury and Venus ret­ro­grade in Scorpio turn up the in­ten­sity re­gard­ing mat­ters of trust, jeal­ousy, sex, money, loy­alty, hid­den agen­das, ad­dic­tion, and/or own­er­ship. More than one re­la­tion­ship may be chal­leng­ing you to show up for your­self in a more com­mit­ted, more well-de­fined way. All in or all out? It’s time to stop beat­ing around the bush. Mon­day’s Mercury/jupiter sets big wheels in mo­tion.


May 21–June 21 Thurs­day/fri­day, you’ll gain a fresh en­ergy boost. In­stincts serve you well. Now through Mon­day is best used for un­cov­er­ing it, work­ing it out, and get­ting more out of it. It’s a sig­nif­i­cant few days for work, health, ne­go­ti­a­tions, and prob­lem­solv­ing. As of mid–next week, Mercury and Venus ret­ro­grade put the plan, project, money mat­ter, or re­la­tion­ship into a fuller swing.


June 21–July 22

No doubt the re­cent full moon has pro­duced some­thing of sig­nif­i­cant im­pact. You can ex­pect it to hold great sway over head, heart, and the shape of things to come. Over the com­ing week, each day gives you some­thing more to go on, to process, ex­plore, re­view, or dis­cuss. Sun­day through Tues­day, you’ll pick up bet­ter speed and/or gain on your­self.


July 22–Au­gust 22

The big stuff con­tin­ues to keep you well oc­cu­pied. All of it is im­pact­ful; per­haps some of it has hit

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you hard. Fri­day, sun/venus gives you a deeper feel. Mon­day, Mercury/ Jupiter amp up the mes­sage, in­ner di­a­logue, in­ner know­ing. Talk it out; do the math; sign the agree­ment; and/or put it into gear. Tues­day/ Wed­nes­day keeps you/it in high gear.


Au­gust 22–Septem­ber 22 What’s be­hind it or un­der­neath it? Your abil­ity to zero in on it gains ex­cel­lent trac­tion on Fri­day from Venus/sun and on Mon­day from Mercury/jupiter. Words carry im­pact. Ac­tion de­liv­ers the mes­sage too. Both tran­sits favour com­mu­ni­ca­tions, re­search, study, coun­selling, and work with your hands. There’s no letup through month’s end. De­spite the pileup, you’ll keep up and move along just fine.


Septem­ber 22–Oc­to­ber 23 The ef­fects of the full moon from ear­lier in the week are still on a play-out through Fri­day. You can un­cork feel­ings or mem­o­ries you didn’t know held so much power over you. You may feel chal­lenged, but stay the course, stand your ground; stay rooted in what you feel has value or is mean­ing­ful. Fri­day/ Satur­day could see you on a sig­nif­i­cant bounce-back. Sun­day through Tues­day, you’ll hit an up­swing.


Oc­to­ber 23–Novem­ber 21 Sun/venus (Fri­day) and Mercury/jupiter (Mon­day) are re­vi­tal­iz­ing for body, mind, and soul. They also stoke the fire re­gard­ing a key re­la­tion­ship, con­tract, project, ne­go­ti­a­tion, and health or money mat­ter. You can feel this po­tent cre­ative surge as des­tiny hit­ting go on a next phase in some non­nego­tiable way. Pre- or post­week­end de­liv­ers sig­nif­i­cant news, an an­nounce­ment, a big re­veal, or a de­ci­sive mo­ment.


Novem­ber 21–De­cem­ber 21 Can you feel it? Po­ten­tials are shap­ing up in a high-im­pact way. If it hasn’t showed up yet, it will soon enough. Tran­sit­ing from what was to what will be, both sun/venus (Fri­day) and Mercury/jupiter (Mon­day) can turn the sensed, felt, or hoped-for into a re­al­ity. Tak­ing flight late Tues­day, Mercury into Sagittarius sets you, it, or them into high gear.


De­cem­ber 21–Jan­uary 19 Fol­low­ing on the heels of this week’s full moon, sun/venus and Mercury/jupiter keep des­tiny on the front burner. The goal/the re­al­ity is evolv­ing in some un­de­ni­able way. You now stand poised at a ma­jor life­style, ca­reer, or fi­nan­cial over­haul. A re­la­tion­ship of great sig­nif­i­cance to you (ca­reer, close, in­ti­mate, le­gal) de­fines the shape of things to come.


Jan­uary 20–Fe­bru­ary 18 While the thresh­old you face has been long in the works, now through the end of the month puts the in­evitable/des­tined into play in some ma­jor way re­gard­ing ca­reer, fi­nances, pri­or­i­ties, goals, or a sig­nif­i­cant re­la­tion­ship. Deep and last­ing change be­gins now. A key some­one, event, an­nounce­ment, or piece of news launches you.


Fe­bru­ary 18–March 20

The fu­ture now stamps your pass­port in some big way. Venus/ sun (Fri­day) and Mercury/jupiter (Mon­day) set you up for a mo­men­tous cou­ple of days. Sun­day through Tues­day are op­ti­mal for putting your feel­ers out, mak­ing your­self bet­ter seen and heard, stak­ing your claim, and/or go­ing for it big-time. As of Tues­day/wed­nes­day, Mercury and Venus will see a ma­jor shift.

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