Aquarium Age 

For the week of April 16-22, 2008

This week, another wave of unusual astral weather continues to excite the ethers, and as these fronts blow by, daily life continues to reverberate with shift. Not that change is bad. Most of the time change is good. But an unrelenting storm of change can often cause a deluge of reactions, and the resulting intensity exhausts bodies, minds, hearts, and even souls. The good news is that while it seems as if the shifts won't stop, this week, the ground doesn't seem to quake quite as easily, and that stability makes it possible to walk through the tumult with a fair degree of confidence and strength. So even if you feel as if you can't take one more moment of intensity, take heart. While the stars don't promise a complete break, they are offering moments of respite, and those moments can be used to replenish internal reservoirs as well as external resources.

The source of strength is the ongoing trine between Saturn, in Virgo, and Pluto, in Capricorn. This week, the Sun and Mercury, both currently in Aries and traveling in tandem, join Saturn and Pluto to form a Grand Trine. On Friday, Mercury moves into Taurus, and by Saturday afternoon, so does the Sun, which means by Sunday, the entire bundle turns into a Grand Trine in Earth. This is a positive, settling, and industrious combination that is sure to stabilize daily routines for the next week or so.

And we certainly could use a little stabilizing, especially as Mars moves into a trine with Uranus and an opposition with Jupiter. Mars/Jupiter oppositions tend to feel like a seesaw, with the ups and downs determined by personal as well as collective intensity. Add Uranus to the mix, and you've got a pattern of volatile fluctuations that could manifest in any number of areas, again, personal or collective.

Frankly, it's hard to isolate any one particular area because part of what's driving the intensity is a sense of just how fluid reality seems to be. From the macro to the micro, everywhere you look, it seems as if the world is coming apart at the seams. Whether it is dying oceans, scarcity of food, diminishing oil supplies, the stock market, the housing market, the venal videos on YouTube, or the countless egregious ways we harm each other and violate life through denial, fear, or ignorance daily, we are bombarded by the symptoms of collapse. And while it can be argued that the world needs to fall apart before it can heal itself, that doesn't mean it's useless to try to make the world a better place to live for all of its inhabitants.

As the week unfolds, rather than worrying about what shift will happen next, focus on creating the world you want. And don't forget, true change happens one person at a time, one heart at a time.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

Career opportunities abound and they pack the potential to deliver tangible gains — and that means m-o-n-e-y. Be clear about what you want and then pursue your goals with determination and passion.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

It's not often that anyone has a chance to experience the pure delight of just being, but this week, you have that opportunity. Focus on being all you, all the time, and you'll know what it feels like to be enough.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Do your best to establish a sense of well-being based on the belief that you are exactly where you need to be. Appreciate the present moment and the future will take care of itself.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Dramatic relationship swings could adversely affect your mood. So instead of depending on the moods of others, keep your own counsel and stay as neutral as possible. These vacillations will eventually cease.

LEO July 23-August 22

Read Aries above and add this: The secret of your success is focus. Yes, the possibilities are exciting, but don't let those potential thrills distract you.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Doing what's right when it matters most isn't always easy. But if you listen to your conscience, you'll have no trouble discerning right from wrong, and then acting in accordance with that awareness.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

You're in the midst of a major transformation, and there's no telling who you will be when you eventually emerge from this process. Don't hesitate to take your time; personal growth isn't facilitated by deadlines.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Friends will help you to create the balance you're craving — you just have to give them a chance to participate. So stay open to offers of assistance, and when possible simply ask for help.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Just like Aries and Leo, you have plenty of opportunities to make strides in your career. But to seize the moment and make the most of it, you must be clear about your motivation.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Rather than keeping creative ideas in your head, get them out and onto whatever surface will serve you best. Even if you simply keep a journal or diary, don't let these precious moments of inspiration slip away.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Although you've been contemplating several changes, you've also been waiting for the best time. The current moment feels more than perfect, but it would still be wise to consider the long-term consequences before you leap.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Heartfelt conversations with significant others, friends, and family could provide much-needed clarity. Not every word will be golden, but enough will be said to satisfy. 


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