Aquarium Age 

For the Week of April 23-29, 2008

The planets crystallize into precise patterns this week, and as heavenly positions solidify, human storylines clarify. The ambiguous becomes definite, the obscure becomes apparent, and the potential becomes possible. Yet while the arc of the week is essentially positive, an underlying anxiety pings through the days and nights making it hard for nervous systems to settle down. The contradiction between clarity and anxiety is likely to play out as friction between definite decisions and an "I just can't put my finger on it" concern about any potential consequences waiting in the wings of an unforeseen future. These are, after all, uncertain times — that's what we are being told and that's what many of us feel to be true. Uncertainty always longs for resolution, which is why the clarity of the week feels like relief. But it would be wise to remember that we are in a prolonged period of profound transformation and the outcome is not written. Put simply: enjoy the clarity, but don't let it turn into magical thinking. During times of great change, humility is often a more valuable asset than certainty.

The source of clarity is a Grand Trine in Earth between the Sun, Saturn, and Pluto. We love this positive, powerful configuration because it generates a realistic, practical approach to almost any situation. It also supplies vitality, strength, and the determination to see a plan through to its fruition.

The source of nervous anxiety — beyond the normal levels of existential angst — is the ongoing sextile between Jupiter and Uranus. As mentioned in previous columns, this is an essentially positive alliance, but because Jupiter symbolizes expansion and Uranus signifies nervous systems, their combined influence amplifies networks of reactions — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. And is often the case with complex systems, when one system overloads, the entire systems feels the pressure.

It's also important to acknowledge Pluto's move into Capricorn as another contributor to the astral zeitgeist. Pluto is currently retrograding back through the first degrees of Capricorn, preparing for a final foray into Sagittarius on June 14, where it will stay for approximately five months. Pluto's retrospective is sure to fray a few already-ragged neuroreceptors, so don't be dismayed if you suddenly feel as if you've made no "progress" at all. And don't give in to critical self-recrimination because some of what you've been working on needs to be reconsidered, reconfigured, or refined.

Transformation is an experiential process and it often defies intellectual delineation, not only because the shifts are felt, but also because they aren't necessarily logical or linear. This week, as you move between a clear view of what's possible and anxiety about the future, give yourself permission not to know. It may be an uncomfortable position to hold, but simply trying will keep you open to the power of every moment.

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

Aries March 21-April l9

You're right — it is about money, and this is a week of fiscal opportunities. Just be aware, all that is gold does not glitter, and instead of jumping at whatever comes along first, take your time and wait for the appropriate moment.

Taurus April 20-May 20

There are no obvious obstacles to your success other than a tendency to overextend. So rather than spread yourself too thin, establish healthy boundaries that will allow you to enjoy this continued moment in the spotlight.

Gemini May 21-June 21

It is possible to calm down certain situations, but in order to effectuate the change you're after, it's necessary to consider the practical application of your ideas. Don't give until you find the solution that works for everyone involved.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Insightful conversations have the power to penetrate previously overlooked emotional issues. Embrace this opportunity and you'll simultaneously create the possibility of transforming your relationships.

Leo July 23-August 22

There is no need to push the river and absolutely no reason to be anxious. Your only adversary is your own inability to let the situation unfold at its own pace. So rather than worry, relax.

Virgo August 23-September 22

You are being asked to step into your authority and to acknowledge what you already know to be true. While assuming responsibility for your actions may not be easy, it will feel a whole lot better than denial.

Libra September 23-October 22

Your ability to assess your own situation is quite keen, but that doesn't necessarily translate into clarity about everything. Stay within the limits of your expertise and you'll avoid the pitfall of ego-inflation.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Heartfelt conversations with significant others, personal or professional, could clarify several stagnant situations. Share your opinions and listen carefully as others share theirs. The combination of ideas will work well.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Emotions run high when it comes to shared financial obligations. And while I'm not suggesting you give up or allow an unfair situation to persist, if you think before you react, you'll have a better chance of success.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

You continue to be in a potent creative process, stimulated by all you encounter, as well as stimulating to those who encounter you. Continue to take advantage of this time by enjoying it. That's right — just have fun.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Seize the moment and savor it. It's been a long time coming, and when it's over, it's sure to feel as if it went by in the blink of an eye.

Pisces February 19-March 20

A pattern of potent conversations continues to dominate, and whether or not those exchanges are comforting, they are packed with vital information. Listen closely and you will learn a lot.

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