Aquarium Age 

For the week of April 9-15, 2008

The Wheel of Life continues to spin at a ridiculously rapid rate this week, making it next to impossible to take an individual or a collective pulse, let alone slow down and reflect on what's goin' on. I'm loath to repeat myself, but life certainly isn't boring. Confusing, maybe, but definitely not dull. The problem is that so much is happening so quickly, and much of what's occurring is so extreme, that differentiating a moderately intense situation from a dire emergency requires skill. Simple tasks have a sense of urgency, and regular routines are punctuated by crisis. And if all that isn't enough, these calamities also seem to be occurring with peculiar time signatures, distortions that make me wonder if I'm writing about last week, next week, or this week. But that's not all. Even though some of the disruption seems excessive, in certain instances, the intensity seems fated, as if the mirror is meant to break because it's time for a new reflection. There is no simple, calming solution or remedy for the current unraveling. It's simply a matter of making it through, moment-by-moment, guided by a desire to do no harm.

The sense of urgency stems from two sources. The first has to do with two Mars combinations: a Sun/Mars square that continues until Sunday and a Mercury/Mars square that persists until Tuesday. Both of these fractious interactions occur between the Cardinal Signs of Aries and Cancer, both of which tend to thrive in dire straits. So don't be surprised if your normally lethargic neighbor springs into action and stays in overdrive. Just be aware, while certain responses may seem extreme to you, those response may be completely appropriate to the person experiencing the event.

The second source of urgency is likely emanating from the Jupiter/Uranus sextile, and even though this sextile is a positive interaction, this particular combination is unstable and unpredictable. The good news is it is also a signature of divine intervention. So while getting fired isn't necessarily a "good thing," it could be the perfect liberating bolt from the blue that sets you free from a negative situation.

And there is more good news. In the midst of all this volatility, the ongoing Saturn/Pluto trine continues to hold steady, offering opportunities to feel internally grounded. Use it to find a reliable inner pole star capable of helping you to hold true to yourself. And then, as the week unfolds, do your best to stay on course.

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

Aries March 21-April l9

You're straddling parallel universes, tying up the loose ends of what needs to be completed, as you simultaneously prepare to leap enthusiastically into the next phase. Don't worry about spreading yourself too thin. Just concentrate on the tasks at hand.

Taurus April 20-May 20

It's not necessary to worry over every detail. And besides, you're not in control of the outcome. Surrender your anxiety to the ancient goddess No-Freti, and allow her to carry the burden of your uncertainty.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Expect to feel emotionally overwhelmed in any number of different situations, but don't worry about losing your natural detachment. You're simply overloaded and overextended. The solution? Make sure you get some much-needed rest.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Spend some time contemplating what would make you truly, madly, and deeply happy. And then, spend an equal amount of time strategizing how you can actualize your happiness.

Leo July 23-August 22

Continue to focus your intention on creating prosperity and maintaining a positive attitude about your inevitable success. Don't worry about succumbing to magical thinking — sometimes magical thinking is necessary to effectuate the first phase of change.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Advising you to expect the unexpected would sound too much like a fortune cookie. But unscripted developments continue to generate upset and upheaval, making expect the unexpected the best advice I can offer. Just add this: be positive and expect the best.

Libra September 23-October 22

Harsh words may offer momentary satisfaction, but often they come back to haunt you with equally aggressive consequences. So avoid aggressive interactions and instead make every effort to settle your dispute in a kind and peaceful manner.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

It's hard to walk your talk when the ground is shaking with shift. But it is not impossible, especially if you're willing to reaffirm your commitment to staying in your integrity. Be true to yourself and you'll emerge from the intensity intact — and maybe even improved.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

There are surprising opportunities to make strong financial gains, but they are accompanied by equal opportunities to work too hard and overextend. The trick will be figuring out how to make the most of this phase without exhausting yourself.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Humor will help you to handle the vacillations of the week. So do your best to look for the lighter side and, most importantly, try not to take anything, including yourself, so seriously that you forget to laugh.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

You're not sure whose mood to fight — yours or your partner's. Here's a hint: If you work on yourself first, you'll replenish internal reservoirs, and that will generate enough resilience and exuberance to inspire others.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Spontaneous encounters with friends could stimulate deep emotional reactions. And while much of what surfaces is unprocessed, that doesn't diminish the value of finally being able to identify these unconscious currents.

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