Aquarium Age 

For the week of April 30-May 6, 2008.

This week and the next several weeks, the planets array themselves in simple patterns, and while it wouldn't be exactly accurate to call these designs "astro-lite," it also wouldn't be completely correct to continue to focus on the heavier side of the heavens. What can be said with certainty is that these weeks offer opportunities to take a break from what has felt like an oppressive non-stop ever-present current of anxiety. And it's a break most of us could use. Be aware, the intensity doesn't disappear or evaporate. But the load does feel lighter, and that makes daily life, with all its complex interactions, a much easier ride.

Venus joins the ongoing Saturn/Pluto trine, this week, creating a Grand Trine in Earth — Saturn is in Virgo, Pluto is in Capricorn, and Venus is in Taurus. We love this positive ménage à trois because it is a perfect astral union. Taurus is Venus' Home Sign, and her passage through Taurus enhances her felinity. Not that she needs the help — Venus is the goddess of love and beauty. Add in a favorable aspect to Pluto, and her already exceptional sensuality becomes extraordinary. Expect everyone — even the normally prudish — to go willingly astray.

Lusty displays aside, for the less love inclined or the more material minded, this Grand Trine in Earth is still worthy of worship because Venus, in Taurus, also puts the emphasis on money. Add in a favorable aspect to Saturn, as well as Pluto, and profitable and permanent financial opportunities abound. Tangible gains can be made under this influence, but as you place your bets, keep in mind, Earth Signs don't really like to gamble. They are much more comfortable with practical, pragmatic investments capable of yielding consistent, reliable, and predictable returns.

But practical isn't likely to be anyone's first choice this week or the next several weeks. The ongoing Jupiter/Uranus sextile continues to support eccentric choices, and it seems no one is immune to this tendency. Be prepared for you or someone you love to behave in strange or peculiar ways.

The sextile between Jupiter and Uranus also stimulates shifts guaranteed to unsettle even the best-made plans. We've been under this influence since February, which is plenty of time to adjust to its erratic frequency, but the sheer volume of changes has overloaded nervous systems, personal and collective. Yet even though the changes keep coming, there is still a sense of positive value, no matter how uncomfortable the actual process.

As the coming weeks unfold, do your best to attune to the rhythm of the Earth. This is the lusty month of May, when the Earth reveals the potential of her fertility. Stick your hands and feet into the ground and feel the presence of that primal source of life, and then let the power of that creativity inform your thoughts, words, and deeds.

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

Aries March 21-April l9

Be determined to establish and maintain a positive attitude. Then, do your best to avoid getting entangled in any petty hassles that would interrupt or interfere with your ability to enjoy life as it unfolds.

Taurus April 20-May 20

It is actually all about you, so don't hold back or worry about appearing narcissistic. Not every thought, word, or deed will be perfect or brilliant, but that doesn't matter. Just enjoy being you.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Rely on your innate ability to see the many sides of any question, and you'll be prepared for each situation as it unfolds. There's nothing to worry about — you're simply required to be facile and flexible.

Cancer June 22-July 22

The focus is on your career, and you're inspired to create a strategy for greater success. Whether it's additional training, education, or taking on new responsibilities, if you're open to expansion, you'll reap tangible rewards.

Leo July 23-August 22

It's time for you to acknowledge yourself for a job well done. Yes, I realize you appreciate external validation — and you deserve it. But what's important is for you to take in the magnitude of your accomplishment.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Who would you rather be? A demanding authoritarian or benevolent despot? Be clear about how you want to be seen before you start dispensing advice, and you'll have an easier time convincing others to appreciate your wisdom.

Libra September 23-October 22

A profound sense of well-being helps you to manage any unforeseen events. So do whatever it is you do to maintain your center, and your reservoirs of energy and strength will serve you in almost any situation.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

It looks like you have to choose between honoring your altruistic inclinations or going for the m-o-n-e-y. But they are not mutually exclusive. Concentrate on creating a synthesis and you'll reconcile these opposites.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

You're trying to identify persistent or resistant relationship patterns, past and present. Keep in mind, the consistent threat throughout all your interactions is your relationship with yourself.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Certain information only surfaces when the time is "right." And it seems now is the time for previously withheld data to be revealed. No matter how shocking, listen with an open heart, and you'll hear what's necessary.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

How do you measure your self-worth? Is it through money? Talent? Beauty? Or brains? Identify what you value most about yourself, and then allow those values to guide you through your current situation.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Humor is one of the heart's greatest allies. It allows us to laugh at life's ironies, and through that laughter to transform a bitter perspective into a better one. Make it your constant companion and you'll move with greater skill. 

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