Aquarium Age 

For the week of June 11-17, 2008.

Visitations in a variety of forms punctuate the days and nights of this week and the next several weeks. And while it's not the season of the ghost of Christmas past, 'tis the season of review, personal and collective, which means it's almost certain some specter or spirit from long ago will show up to guide a review of previous triumphs or transgressions. Be prepared to revisit circumstances or situations — physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual — still in need of resolution, including those you thought were done. Also expect you or someone you know to be resistant to this process. But as the Borg would say, "Resistance is futile." Not because what arises is necessarily stronger, but because what rises to the surface of daily life during this period has long and strong tendrils rooted deeply in the body, mind, and soul.

The source of this review is twofold. (1) Mercury Retrograde continues to hold us in its thrall, insisting on a compulsive attention to the details of what is already set in motion. As mentioned last week, the current Mercury Retrograde is unusual because it's filtered through Uranian activity, and Uranus just doesn't have the patience for the slow-mo rewind pace of Mercury Retrograde. Uranus is a rebel. It doesn't follow any rules, even if that rebelliousness culminates in countless redos. This week, while Uranus doesn't form a direct connection to Mercury (which means attention to detail could get more than a little tiresome), Uranus does square the Sun/Venus conjunction in Gemini (which is not the least bit boring). Gemini is a convivial charming Sign that adores conversation, and when the Sun and Venus share the same space in Gemini, hardly anybody can stop talking, a signature that persists after the Mercury Retrograde ends on June 19.

The second source of review is slightly heavier and more intense than Mercury Retrograde — even with the added Uranian flavor. (2) Pluto retrogrades back into Sagittarius on June 14, where it will stay until November 26. This retrograde begins on a tense note: from the 14th to the 28th, a Sun/Pluto opposition has the potential to turn the air tense with power struggles, so refuse to be a despot, benevolent or otherwise.

As Pluto retraces its path through the final degrees of Sagittarius, we are given one last chance to reexamine the meaning of its thirteen-year cycle through the Sign that symbolizes religion, philosophy, and belief systems. Remember, the shadow of Sagittarius is ignorance that tends to manifest as fundamentalism and an inability to embrace diversity. The antidote to the bigotry of narrow-minded prejudice is the capacity to include all variety of beliefs without losing the capacity to discern what's right. This is not a facile antidote, but rather a remedy that requires tremendous depth, especially if we are to find solutions to the poison of polarization.

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

Aries March 21-April l9

You still need a scorecard to track the players and the promises, yours and theirs, but you also need a time-travel device to track appearances from the past. Don't worry — these visitations are meant to reinforce your confidence.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Yes, you are facing a financial issue, but that doesn't mean the situation is necessarily negative. I'm not suggesting you channel Pollyanna; I'm advising you to stay positive and confident about your ability to co-create a beneficial outcome.

Gemini May 21-June 21

The focus is on relationship, but not with a significant other. You're invited to examine your relationship with yourself. Pay attention: Learn to treat yourself with respect and others will do the same.

Cancer June 22-July 22

This may not be the appropriate time to share every little thought with the one you love, especially if all you want to do is criticize. So instead of sharing, withhold, and eventually you will find a kind way to express your opinion.

Leo July 23-August 22

Rather than engage in petty disputes solely meant to defend your pride, let go, and concentrate your time and energy on creative endeavors. You won't have the last say, but it's likely you'll be too happy to care.

Virgo August 23-September 22

At the moment, you're experiencing a super-strong longing to belong that could propel you into decisions you might later regret. Acknowledge your need, but don't let it push you to act precipitously.

Libra September 23-October 22

Even if you feel vulnerable, don't be afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve. If you're honest about your sensitivities, others will be mindful of their behavior. Remember, you gotta feel to heal.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Trust your intuition and value your ability to assess the situation with clarity. And even if your opinion differs from the prevailing consensus, have the courage to stand up for your convictions.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Try not to let a sense of obligation determine your decisions, and instead, spend some time focusing on the choices that would make you happy. Remember, a joyous heart creates health on every level.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

While I wouldn't call Pluto Retrograde a "sigh of relief," I would call it a bit of a break from the recent nonstop stress and tension. So breathe deeply, and allow yourself to rest, renew, and recuperate.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Partnerships are still a challenge, but that doesn't mean the confrontations are valuable. I'm not suggesting every disagreement is made of gold, but some of them could yield transformative results.

Pisces February 19-March 20

You're right — it's a lot of work handling all the nuances and possible interpretations of each conversation. So stop trying to make it all make sense, and instead, allow yourself to intuit the meaning. 

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