Aquarium Age 

For the week of February 27-March 4, 2008

A restive wind blows through hearts as well as souls this week, stirring a peculiar kind of impatience. It's almost as if the mantra for the week should be "Just hurry up and get on with it." Which is odd if you think about it, since leap year provides an entire extra day this week. But because most of us are in such a hurry to do whatever needs to be done next, many of us will likely be oblivious to the reality of surplus time. It's a little like the Mad Hatter shouting he's late when he's early. But this pattern is no joke. It agitates already overstimulated nervous systems, a condition that translates in edgy attitudes, creating a climate of hypersensitivity where reactions, yours or others, could be disproportionate to the situation. And while overreacting isn't always negative, this week, what gets set in motion could have lasting consequences. The best way through the intensity is the high road — kindness, understanding, and a desire to make a positive difference in your immediate environment.

The primary source of tension is a Mars/Pluto opposition that is in effect for the next several weeks. Mars symbolizes physical energy, Pluto signifies power, oppositions tend toward tension, and when these two planets face off, even the air has a brutal, confrontational edge. Don't be surprised if you find yourself irritated by any and every little thing. And anticipate you or someone you love seething with indignation or outrage over what would normally be a minor incident, not even worthy of an arched eyebrow. Try not to swipe, snipe, or gripe just to let off steam. Remember, pointing a blaming finger may provide instant gratification, but it's not likely to change the situation. It could actually make matters worse.

Fortunately, the ongoing Jupiter/Uranus sextile continues to provide at least a modicum of relief from the stress. This positive alliance offers the potential for creative solutions, not the run-of-the-mill, standard, or quick fixes meant to put a band-aid on a serious situation. Jupiter is philosophical, and one of its best qualities is its propensity for a broad perspective. Uranus is always interested in change, and when Jupiter and Uranus work together, we experience the ability to embrace a new take on an old pattern.

The very best news is that a Sun/Jupiter sextile provides the potential for joy even in the midst of madness. This sextile is funny. Just be careful to avoid the sort of cruel sarcasm that could easily give vent to the brutality of the Mars/Pluto opposition. Laughter at the expense of another will only exacerbate the tension. But silly will heal, and good-natured humor almost always soothes a restless heart or weary soul.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

As you move through the week, try not to fall into thoughtless judgment about the failings of others. Having a charge on someone else's behavior is often a projection of your own intolerance of that same behavior in yourself. Put simply: You spot it? You got it.

Taurus April 20-May 20

You can see your dilemma as a personal confrontation to your integrity, and react with self-righteous resentment. Or, you can assess the situation from a broad perspective, take notes on what needs to shift, and when the air is easier, make the necessary and appropriate modifications.

Gemini May 21-June 21

There's no reason to diminish others in an effort to bolster your confidence. Strive for your own excellence through discipline, focus, and the courage to stretch into uncharted territory, and you'll do just fine.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Trying to hold back will be almost impossible, so rather than waste your time and energy, turn your attention to modifying and refining your intensity. Be strong, but also be considerate of the feelings of others.

Leo July 23-August 22

Clashes with friends over whose contribution is more important could trigger trouble. While I'm not supporting co-dependence, it would be wise to consider how your "whole" truth may not be the entire truth.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Money issues could catalyze difficulties with significant others, personal or professional. There's no need to be defensive about your position — just stick to the facts and stay focused on creating a positive solution.

Libra September 23-October 22

Tension between personal and professional obligations could stimulate a reckless urge to break free from all responsibilities. But revolution might not be the wisest choice. When the situation cools off, your choices will clarify.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Words are potent, and when used as weapons they can cause as much damage as a bomb. Choose your words carefully, and you'll avoid triggering a battle you might later regret.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

It looks, smells, and feels like a "money thing," but actually it is a crisis of value. You don't have to abandon yourself to resolve the problem — you just have to be willing to consider the values of others.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

It feels like a relationship issue because it is, and figuring out how to make peace without losing yourself won't be easy. Before you completely capitulate, be clear about what you want and let that clarity guide your decisions.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

You think it's a challenge of giving — how much and how long. But if you consider, if only for a moment, that you're confronting your capacity to receive, your attitude will completely shift.

Pisces February 19-March 20

While it is important to agree on the facts, it would also be important to avoid letting disagreements with friends over money spoil your friendship. Be forthright, but also consider the long-range consequences.

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