Aquarium Age 

For the week of March 12-18, 2008

Here's the good news: This week, the tension of recent weeks eases slightly. Here's the not-so-bad news: Don't confuse this lessening with a promise of quiet and calm. Yes, the planets are rearranging themselves to create a new picture of reality, but the new patterns continue to excite nervous systems. The big difference, and a mighty difference, is that while the air continues to buzz, the hum doesn't feel ominous. I'm not saying hostility, personal or collective, suddenly ceases and daily life turns into a lovely array of sunbeams and rainbows. But the stars are offering the potential to move out of the portentous gloom that's been infecting almost all of us with a bad attitude or a sense of being hopeless in the face of insurmountable obstacles. And that is a welcome relief. What's more, this week, breakthroughs are possible if you're willing to combine determination with inspiration.

Here's the breakdown: The Mars/Pluto opposition is receding, and as its influences diminish so does the need for violent, defensive reactions. Be aware, a few lingering tendrils of resentment may linger, making it wise to continue to move through the days with the wisdom of kindness.

Fortunately, Saturn supplies a levelheaded approach to the intensity, as it sextiles Mars and trines Pluto. The Saturn/Pluto trine operates for the next several months, which means we have a nice, long period of time to experience positive support for reasonable, rational, and responsible attitudes. All contacts between Saturn and Pluto are super-serious, but this trine is also about accessing and applying the sort of positive discipline that fosters spiritual insight and personal growth. For example, it's a terrific signature to coincide with Oprah's and Eckhart Tolle's online class for raising awareness. Even if you don't agree with their mass media approach to consciousness, right now every intention to grow goes a long way toward healing our planet. And the Saturn/Pluto trine amplifies the effect of positive intentions.

Also happening now and also continuing for the next several months, a Jupiter/Uranus sextile engenders enthusiasm for life and living. Jupiter represents expansion, Uranus signifies creation, and when these two work together they support an optimistic outlook about the future, as they simultaneously supply the ability to adjust to sudden and surprising shifts of fate.

For the first time in a long time the stars are aligned in positive patterns. Use this energy wisely by applying it liberally to any and all areas in need of restoration and relief.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

You have a lot of work to do and the energy to get it all done. So rather than squander this opportunity to make strong forward progress, use it wisely, and allow the fruits of your efforts to ripen and be appreciated.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Give yourself permission to contemplate not only how far you've come, but also just how far you still desire to go. And as you do, remember to dream big — as I often remind, we can only create what we can envision.

Gemini May 21-June 21

There are opportunities to make positive career progress, especially if you're willing to listen carefully to the suggestions of others. You don't have to agree with their position, you just have to be willing to respect their point of view — even if it's silly beyond belief.

Cancer June 22-July 22

At first glance, it feels like you're asking a lot, maybe even too much. And while I'm not suggesting you completely surrender your position, avoid pushing too hard. The situation is delicate and the outcome is dependent on how you express your sensitivity and sympathy.

Leo July 23-August 22

Unexpected encounters with close friends and significant others have the power to turn a difficult situation in a positive direction. Be aware, even if this turnaround seems strange at first, once you've had a chance to get used to it, you'll be pleased with the arrangement.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Spend time contemplating how you could take better care of yourself on every level — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. And then, when you figure out how to improve your self-care, do whatever it takes to put your plan in motion.

Libra September 23-October 22

You don't have to vanquish the competition — you simply have to do your best. So rather than spending your time worrying about what others are doing, focus your effort on refining your talent and skill.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Listen carefully to your conversations with friends and associates. Even if these exchanges appear to be casual, they could still contain valuable information. This isn't about searching for a hidden meaning; it's about listening with an open heart and mind.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Transitions can often feel frightening, especially if they require letting go of a tried but tired attitude. But just as often, if you're willing to consider an opposite point of view, you'll find a missing piece of your personal puzzle.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

While lots of attention gets paid to the causes of suffering, seldom is the same concentrated effort aimed at the causes of happiness. Shift your focus, and you'll change your capacity for joy.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

If you make an internal commitment to greater personal responsibility, your external actions will reflect your internal determination. Focus on strengthening your intention, and the rest will follow.

Pisces February 19-March 20

There's no need to shy away from relying on your friends for positive support. Not everyone may have the time or energy to assist your every need, but that won't stop the people who love you from doing what they can to help.

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