Aquarium Age 

For the week of May 7-13, 2008

The planets play with paradox this week. Stability clashes with upheaval, clarity collides with confusion, and as these contrasting patterns unfold, we mere mortals might find it increasingly difficult to hold the tension of opposites. The interplay of energy isn't quite as simple as one hand versus another, and that complexity is sure to strain already stressed-out nervous systems. The good news is that no pernicious celestial interactions interfere with the mechanics of daily life. The best news is that even in the midst of contradiction a sense of well-being manages to inform a variety of situations and interactions.

A Sun/Jupiter trine is at the heart of this week's positive potential. Jupiter signifies humor, the Sun represents spirit, and when these bright lights work together, the capacity for laughter becomes present even in the most serious situations. We love this, especially given how serious life is at this particular moment in time and space. Life is hard and it seems to be getting harder every day, which is why I'm thankful for any opportunity to allow laughter to lighten the load. Humor almost always provides the perfect antidote for overloaded hearts and minds.

Uranus also makes a contribution to the contrasting signatures of the week. First, its ongoing sextile with Jupiter continues to provide a positive but unsettled atmosphere, and that instability is at the core of this week's inconsistent pattern. Uranus also sextiles the Sun, and while that relationship is essential positive, it's sure to provide several additional startling disclosures.

But that's not all. A Sun/Neptune square provides a heightened state of hypersensitivity and susceptibility, making it all too easy to be influenced by people who appear to be secure in quick-fix solutions, which might do more harm than good. Be careful who you listen to and always remember to rely on common sense as well as intuition.

It's never easy to handle the contradictions of daily life. Here, in New York, where a broad spectrum of polarized personal realities play out on the public screen — rich and poor, male and female, old and young, kind and mean, white and, not just black, but every color of the rainbow — it's almost impossible to find a way through the maze of conflicting ideologies and agendas. Of course, simply trying can become a path of its own and millions of us make that effort every day — and not just in New York. But making that effort doesn't necessarily diminish the stress of living under the pressure of that kind of intensity. So as you move through the paradoxical signature of the week, keep in mind, holding the tension of opposites doesn't always lead to the relief of resolution. What it can deliver is an increased capacity to stay balanced in the midst of turmoil — a skill worth developing and refining, especially if it's seasoned with a compassionate heart that's capable of laughing at life's ironies.

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

Aries March 21-April l9

If you feel a need to listen rather than speak, don't be concerned about this sudden role reversal. You're simply gathering information, and when the time is right, you will share your observations.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Acknowledge your desire to stay at home and give yourself permission to hunker down and rest. Yes, the air is humming with activity, but your best pursuit just might be replenishing your reserves.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Try not to let strange conversations at work or about work disturb your equilibrium. It's always easy for people to speculate on what will transpire, but that doesn't mean they are actually in the know.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Friends and significant others offer valuable advice on a variety of issues, especially how to develop greater self-esteem. So rather than resist, stay open and listen closely. You are sure to benefit from the input.

Leo July 23-August 22

You are on the threshold of a new phase of self-assertion and self-actualization. If you continue to work hard and stay focused on accomplishing your goals, you'll be pleased with the results.

Virgo August 23-September 22

The emphasis is on partnerships, personal and professional, including your relationship with yourself. Stay focused on what matters most to you, and let those values guide your decisions.

Libra September 23-October 22

You are surprisingly calm, given the ongoing unsettled environment. Continue to rely on your internal center to provide stability, and you will continue to handle the external world with skill.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Interactions with friends and family will supply the support you desire and need to move forward into the next phase. Don't hesitate to share your thoughts and feelings, and expect an empathetic response.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

There are opportunities to improve your financial situation, but you have to seize the moment to take full advantage of them. So rather than allow yourself to be distracted by petty interruptions, stay focused.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Conversations with friends over differences in values stimulate a wide range of emotions, yours and theirs. But before you react, give yourself time to digest the information. If you do, you'll recognize the appropriate response.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Try not to let conflicts about finances with partners, personal and professional, devolve into extreme disputes. I'm not suggesting for you to compromise your principles, but I am advising you to seek a win-win solution.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Humor continues to be your greatest ally, especially in sticky situations that have no logical or reasonable resolution. So continue to allow laugher to ease the tension and then rely on your innate sympathetic and empathetic nature to make the peace and keep it. 

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