Aquarium Age 

For the week of January 9-15, 2008

For the next several weeks, we're caught in a complex process of creating closure, as we simultaneously focus on hope for the future. It's kinda like straddling parallel universes (something some of us have grown used to over the years), but the problem with managing this particular reality gap is that these two universes are moving in opposite directions — with equal velocity. The safest place to manage any sense of dislocation between the past and the future is to stay in the now, where past, present, and future meet. So rather than spending emotional or psychic energy trying to construct a bridge, take the middle path of present time. Give your mind and heart a rest from regret and anxiety, and concentrate on taking life one day at a time. It sounds simple, but staying focused in current reality requires the hard work of patient and diligent mindfulness.

The momentum behind the need for closure is generated by Pluto's final moments through Sagittarius. On January 25, Pluto moves into Capricorn, but until Pluto makes that move, its energy is still firmly focused in the Fire of Sagittarian idealism. This week, that Fire is specifically focused on shared destiny. On the personal plane, that translates into increased local community activity motivated by common needs. From a collective perspective, the emphasis is on global goals that are driven by joint necessity. Notice who and what you support, and most importantly, what inspires your allegiance.

The power behind hope for the future is an intensified sense of expectation. For many of us, that anticipation is coupled with a sense of dread or a belief that our prospects as a planet are bleak, a view that also exacerbates personal despair about individual situations. Yet while the dire state of collective ecological, political, and economic conditions is obvious, the outcome isn't decided. And Pluto's journey through Capricorn will rouse even the most complacent to become vigorously involved in creating the future; not the vision of things to come — the reality. Capricorn is a practical Sign and it initiates action, which means lots of us are going to feel the urge to take a stand for revolution, as well as evolution.

But I'm not really following my own advice and staying in the present time, yet given the current highly intuitive climate, there are two other planetary shifts contributing to the intensity of daily life that still need a word or two. (1) Immediately following Pluto's move into Capricorn on January 25, Mercury goes Retrograde on January 28. And (2) on January 30, Mars goes Direct. Be prepared to handle a bundle of disparate rhythms.

Again, the best way through the complexity is one day at a time. So, as always, try to make each day as joyous, creative, and compassionate as possible.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

Aries March 21-April 19

Spend your time and energy pursuing practical plans for your career — revise your resume, hire a career coach, or clean up your desktop. Put your professional house in order now, and you'll reap the rewards later.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Try not to spread yourself too thin by taking on additional professional responsibilities. Whether you are an executive or an intern, prioritize your goals. If you delegate with care, you won't have to sweat the truly small stuff.

Gemini May 21-June 21

A realistic financial arrangement is possible, but implementing a new strategy means realizing how others may be influencing your spending. I'm not suggesting parsimony as a solution, but I am advising better boundaries around money.

Cancer June 22-July 22

A new attitude about several old relationship issues could help resolve certain situations, especially if you're willing to talk about the problem without assigning blame. While there's no quick fix, there is always the possibility of healing.

Leo July 23-August 22

Significant others — family or friends — either make demands or offer distractions. And although you're tempted to participate, if you stay focused on building a solid financial structure, you'll make the most of this time and emerge victorious.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Disagreements with partners, personal or professional, could lead to a serious change of heart. Rather than polarize, try to find the solid ground of compromise that will create a win/win for everyone.

Libra September 23-October 22

If you run your hunches through a filter of common sense, you'll be able to separate the truly intuitive from the wishful thinking. That process will keep you both realistic and safe from the pitfalls of projection.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

The focus is still on listening with open ears and an open heart — even if what's being said isn't exactly what you want to hear. Rather than reject unsolicited advice, pay attention. It may reveal valuable information.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Financial gain is probable, but only if you're willing to do the necessary work, some of which requires a fresh approach to an old situation. Be ambitious, as well as determined to succeed, and you will.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

The point is to believe in yourself without succumbing to false humility or hubris. Hmmm ... not an easy balance to maintain, but completely possible if you're willing to be unstintingly honest about your gifts and challenges.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

You're riding a powerful charismatic current that's making it impossible for you to hold back. Don't be self-conscious or worried about the opinions of others — just hold on and hold forth.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Several contacts could develop into solid career prospects, so stay open to the potential for surprising or unsolicited opportunities. You don't have to say "yes" to everything — be discriminate and wait for the appropriate choice.

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