Aquarium Age 

For the week of January 16-22, 2008

The story lines of daily life play out on several screens simultaneously this week, and because most of us are too busy to sit still and allow the plot to unfold and because these stories intersect in ways only a physicist would understand, some of us could feel trapped in a multiplex of potential realities without any way of determining which story will have the happy ending. The source of this future-stress is the continuing kaleidoscope of planetary motion, and there's still no telling what the landscape will look like when the rotation finally ends. For some of us, the uncertainty is thrilling; it's the equivalent of boundless creative potential. For others, the vastness equals instability, and nervous systems are challenged to cope with the yet-to-be-determined outcome. For most of us, the shifting planetary patterns are puzzling and a bit confusing because we can feel the change in the air, but not only do we have no idea what it means, we also don't have the time to sit around and think about it — there's simply too much to do now.

Pluto is one source of planetary pressure — it moves from Sagittarius into Capricorn on January 25, and as many readers are already aware, Pluto, despite its demotion to a planetoid, is the most powerful transformative force within the astrological system. Some of us feel its presence immediately in the form of dramatic events, and others experience Pluto over time in small, even unconscious incremental attitude shifts. For the next ten days, Pluto is finishing up the details of its cycle through Sagittarius, a phase that began in January of 1995. Even if you have already paid plenty of attention to what's transpired in your life during this Pluto cycle, pay attention to who or what emerges in your life from now until January 25, and notice what, if anything, feels as if it needs one last bit of care before we move into an entirely new episode.

Fortunately, a Jupiter/Capricorn trine provides a practical, grounded approach to just about every situation, even the turmoil and tumult of major change. This positive alliance promotes a straightforward approach that can be used to solve problems, persevere under pressure, or sustain a diplomacy in a stressful environment.

In physics, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle states that you can't precisely determine position and momentum at the same time — so true in life when we are in the midst of transformation. Time becomes elastic and often elongated when we are revisiting old patterns in the hope of breaking free, and the breakthrough feels instantaneous when it occurs, despite how long it's taken to arrive at that moment. As the next week unfolds, try not to worry about what the future holds or whether the ending will be happy — the future is always uncertain because we are always creating it through our thoughts, words, and deeds.

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

Aries March 21-April 19

The challenge is creating balance, particularly the balance between intention and action. Contemplate how you can strengthen your internal and external alignment, and you'll craft greater congruency in your life.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Do whatever you do to maintain your focus and concentration, and you'll become impervious to niggling and often petty distractions. You still have to pay attention to the details, but you don't have to get bogged down by them.

Gemini May 21-June 21

The ground you're standing on is far more solid and stable than it appears to be at first glance, so rather than worrying about what's wrong, focus on what's right. Remember, attitude is the most important secret of anyone's success.

Cancer June 22-July 22

You're frustrated with your progress, but that's no excuse for devolving into a bad mood and acting out. You'll ease the tension, inside and out, if you make patience your constant companion and assume a kinder attitude.

Leo July 23-August 22

Staying flexible would be the best way to manage your personal uncertainty principle. Don't worry — this isn't about a radical readjustment of your plans. It is about refining what's in motion.

Virgo August 23-September 22

The tension between personal and professional responsibilities could cause a meltdown, especially if you're thinking it is an either/or situation. Rather than polarize, synthesize, and make every effort to find the solid ground of compromise.

Libra September 23-October 22

While I'm not suggesting you make a lasting decision, I am advising you to continue to rely on your intuition to guide you through uncertain times. This isn't about luck — it's about combining common sense with your sixth sense.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Rely on partners, personal and professional, as well as friends and family to provide helpful advice. You may not agree with all that's said, but you'll have enough information to make an informed choice.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

The challenge is to avoid a showdown, even when you know you're right. And while I realize that advice may sound confusing, a confrontation will only engender long-lasting, hard-to-heal consequences.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

It won't be easy trusting in a positive outcome, especially when you have no control over how it will play out. But that might be the greatest and most valuable piece of the entire experience.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Uncertainty, while exciting, can also wreak havoc on nervous systems, especially yours, which is inherently delicate. So no matter how difficult it might be, make sure you find enough quiet time to soothe your anxiety.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Allow the company of friends to bolster your optimism about the future and you'll have a much easier time handling the uncertainty. Remember, whatever we focus our attention on becomes our reality.


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