Aquarium Age 

For the week of August 20-27, 2008.

The avant-garde contrasts the status quo this week, and as the unconventional highlights the norm, it's not only possible to see what needs to change, but also to recognize what needs to remain the same. For those of us struggling to simply maintain daily stamina — inside and out; physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual — the stars provide help. But the primary source of relief isn't outside assistance. It is a renewed sense of self-reliance, as well as the determination to complete the process, no matter how arduous. The good news is that this week's planetary pattern has the power to replenish reserves, again on several levels simultaneously, a restoration that is essential in preparing for what lies ahead. I'm not trying to be dramatic, but as the coming weeks and months unfold, the struggle between the "new" and the "old" will dominate most sectors of life, individual and collective. Which means each of us will need clarity about what no longer serves — belief systems, attitudes, or politicians — and what continues to be beneficial. So use this time to fill bellies, minds, hearts, and souls with an appreciation for necessary change, as well as an awareness of the value of stability.

An opposition between Uranus and a Mercury/Venus conjunction supplies this week's eccentric signature. When Mercury and Venus share the same position, they engender a deep desire for grace and beauty. Add Uranus to the mix, and that artistic aesthetic is skewed toward a revolutionary palette. This is a freethinking, unfettered sensibility capable of demanding change for its own sake. Be prepared for several unexpected plot twists and don't be surprised if you encounter rebellion everywhere. Keep in mind, this is not a pernicious influence; it's an inspiring one.

The stability of the week is brought to you by a Jupiter/Saturn trine. Trines are always good news, but this one is especially appealing because Jupiter is in Capricorn and Saturn is in Virgo, both Earth Signs, which translates into grounded, practical, firm support. Jupiter is the planet of expansion. And while Saturn is often thought of as the "Great Inhibitor," it is also a planet of growth — Saturn symbolizes the process of refining experience into wisdom. When Jupiter and Saturn work together, that union offers opportunities to gather knowledge and a broad perspective.

And a wide-lens view is always a good idea, especially now as we start to move into the fall, which promises to be a time of profound transformation. In approximately six weeks, we will begin a series of Saturn/Uranus oppositions that will challenge the structures of the status quo. Ultimately, that challenge will distill down to questions of value. This week, as Uranus catalyzes aesthetics, personal and collective, we have a small preview of what lies ahead. Use this intensity to contemplate what matters to you and why. I'm not preaching doom and gloom. I'm simply suggesting that awareness will be a great asset during the coming season of change.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

Acknowledge creative inspiration, but also make a commitment to discipline, not your favorite word, but an extraordinarily valuable skill. But if you stay focused, you will be satisfied and pleased with the results.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Positive, practical support is available for you to turn your creative ideas into tangible goals. It's simply a matter of prioritizing your time and energy and sticking to your plan — and, by the way, having a good time.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Positive interactions with significant others sparks renewed enthusiasm for personal transformation, especially when it comes to issues of personal need. Be honest with yourself about what needs to change and you'll move through this process gracefully.

CANCER June 22-July 22

The willingness to explore new territory, inside and out, with an open heart as well as an open mind will catalyze your creative process. What's more, that shift will also facilitate the resolution of a stagnant persistent situation.

LEO July 23-August 22

Opportunities to improve your financial situation continue, so continue to seize the moment. Just realize this also applies to plans and projects conceived of and put into motion. So don't worry if you don't see immediate results — you will eventually enjoy a bountiful harvest.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Yes, it is a relationship crisis, but your most important partnership is with yourself. Pay attention to what you're truly feeling, and then allow emotional authenticity to guide your choices.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

There are obstacles, but direct confrontation might not be the best solution to the problem. Try not to push too intensely, and instead, allow your innate graciousness to guide your words and deeds.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Friends continue to provide positive support, particularly when it comes to valuable insight about relationships, personal or professional. So rather than go it alone, continue to rely on those you trust.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

There are actual opportunities for you to better organize your career efforts and improve your finances. So spend your time and energy getting organized, and then focus your efforts on tangible, practical steps toward your goals.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

There is probably too much going on for you to feel comfortable taking a break, but that shouldn't be an excuse for working yourself into exhaustion. Make your mantra "moderation" and you'll strike a balance.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

You may already have a solid value system, but sometimes a fresh look will reveal previously overlooked information. Make the time to sort through and identify what really matters most to you.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Important interactions with significant others, personal or professional, offer several opportunities to create positive communication about any number of issues. Seize the moment and you'll move yourself into a new beneficial pattern.

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