Aquarium Age 

For the week of February 20-26, 2008

You'll need to keep your wits about you this week — we are in a retrograde-free zone, where so much moves so quickly it will be all too easy to lose track of even the simplest task. Even if you're task-free, without one whit of responsibility or obligation, staying present will still require concentration. Anticipate excitement, as forward celestial motion stirs earthly ambition and enterprise. But also expect confusion — the planets provide so many choices it will be hard to identify where your time and energy will be best spent. The good news is we are finally moving forward. The not-so-good news is it may take a couple of days to adjust to the new pace.

This week's astro stimulation stems from two sources. First, a Jupiter/Uranus sextile stirs a sense of destiny — it's the right place, at the right time, and no matter what the current crisis may be, this sextile underscores faith in positive solutions to difficult situations. Jupiter and Uranus stay in this optimistic formation for the next several months, making it possible to adjust attitudes toward hope. Yes, those adjustments may include radical, surprising shifts. After all, Uranus is the planet of spontaneity, as well as revolution, and Jupiter is the planet of over-the-top-I-have-a-barn-let's-put-on-a-show-enthusiasm. As this sextile catalyzes change, remember, the first rule of magic is intention — creativity emerges out of what your imagination believes is possible.

We are fortunate to have such a powerful planetary presence holding the potential for positive change, because even as the Jupiter/Uranus sextile holds the ground of hope, an opposition between Mars and Pluto inclines both the trained and untrained heart toward a brutal, pugnacious, and aggressive posture. Mars needs to move, Pluto needs to be in control, and when their individual agendas clash, neither planet is kind or considerate.

Be prepared for very strong opinions, yours or others, and don't expect anyone to back down easily, especially because several other interactions color that opposition complex: Mars trines the Sun, as Saturn sextiles Mars, but Saturn also opposes the Sun, as the Sun sextiles Pluto. It is as multifaceted as it sounds and there is no need to go into a detailed explanation other than to offer a warning about being too staunch or militant. Often a hard stand is necessary, particularly when you need to get a difficult point across in a chaotic situation. But just as often, a consistent commitment to kindness will get the job done and in the process, engender residual goodwill.

As the air quickens with change, lots of adjustments, personal and collective, will be necessary. And while I always counsel a compassionate approach, during the coming weeks, kindness toward your fellow travelers as well as yourself will yield exponential positive results.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

It's a predicament, but it is a familiar one, with one exception: you are more keenly aware of the effect of your participation in the process. So rather than assume the same old position, contemplate a new solution based on a positive change of heart.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

You can adjust to the new pace quite easily, especially if you refuse to participate in negativity of any kind. The good news is that won't be hard — you are positively supported in just about every endeavor you undertake.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

You face an "interesting" challenge. On one hand, a clash of values aggravates an already irritated situation, but on the other hand, you have both the strength and stamina to achieve success.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Surprising and even a little startling information about significant others could throw you into a tizzy, especially if you need to be in charge. But if you don't need to control the outcome, some of these changes could actually improve your situation.

LEO July 23-August 22

Try to avoid using money to alter your mood. Dwelling on a lack will only increase a deficiency, and external extravagance could be a way of masking a sense of internal poverty. Focus on finding a way to measure your true value without the use of financial aid.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

The hard work continues, only this week the emphasis is balancing ambition with reality. If you work too hard you'll be too tired to take advantage of several important opportunities.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Rather than brood, focus your energy on creative self-expression. Don't worry about being self-indulgent — this is about channeling your intensity into positive activities, which will create opportunities to transform your perspective.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Surprising conversations with friends could trigger an urge to tackle something you previously thought was completely out of reach. Allow your aspirations to be bold and you'll simultaneously create the possibility of success.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Holding forth will not be as helpful as holding back. So before you say something you might later regret, breathe deeply, as many times as necessary to keep calm and maintain your cool.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

It's a choice: devolve into sniping conversation or consider the truth of critics. It's a no-brainer, really, especially if you're committed to creating a win/win compromise for all participants.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Allow a variety of ideas to flow freely, and you'll create the perfect remedy to resistance and opposition. Despite conflicting agendas and opinions, the potential for healing is potent.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Try not to let petty details spoil the party — there are just too many positive opportunities, some of which could evolve in something real. Be optimistic and your good attitude will affirm your success.

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