Aquarium Age 

For the week of August 27-September 2, 2008.

The stars support a positive, patient approach to life this week, and their expansive perspective is a welcome remedy to our unsettled air. We're in the season of transition, and as almost always, the shift from one season to another tends to be awkward and uncomfortable, especially the change from summer to fall. Blame it on that back-to-school-end-of-fun-see-you-in-September conditioning that defies the modern, quarterly semester system and keeps most of us, even those who don't remember Sandra Dee or Troy Donahue, thinking that Labor Day is the day we go back to serious life. Blame it on the weather — it is hurricane season, after all, and given the climate crisis, no one feels confident about either the end of storm cycle or guesstimates about potential heating bills. Or, blame it on that instinctual end-of-summer need to squirrel away nuts and berries for the coming winter (at least here, in the Northern Hemisphere), a need this year that seems driven by an increasing sense of economic and political urgency. Certainly no one is sweetly singing Que sera, sera. But no matter how disconcerting the coming days may be, that doesn't mean this year's seasonal shift needs to be tortuous. It is possible to live comfortably in a state of uncertainty, particularly if you're clear about what you cannot control.

The source of this week's potential for clarity is a trine between a Saturn/Sun conjunction in Virgo, and Jupiter in Capricorn. We love this trine because it's stable, staunch, and straightforward, qualities that translate into common sense, honesty, and the ability to assess most situations, even emotional entanglements, with clear insight, as well as far-sight. Use this profound configuration to look at your goals and desires, as well as what motivates those aspirations.

This week's potential for transformation stems from a square between the ongoing Mercury/Venus conjunction and Pluto. While squares are fractious, this particular interaction doesn't carry a pernicious signature. It does indicate a clash of values, but it simultaneously supports transforming the sparks of conflict into creative fire, especially if you can find the strength to witness rather than react. Assume an objective stance, and the power of this square can help to sort through previously impenetrable or confusing issues. Listen closely and you'll hear all sorts of relevant information. Remember, people always tend to say what they mean, even when they aren't telling the "truth." We're just not trained to listen to the energy riding the waves of words. Take the time to listen at a deeper level, a level unencumbered by desire, and the capacity to hear what's really being said expands exponentially.

This week, do your best to listen closely to all the hearts around you, including your own heart, even if it is fluttering from anxiety about what will be. Remember, we co-create the future, every moment of every day through our thoughts, words, and deeds. And while that creativity doesn't translate into control, it does have the power to transform the paralysis of fear into positive, life-affirming action.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

Rather than allowing yourself to be swept away by impulse, be determined to maintain your focus. Continue to concentrate on what's important and you'll be more than pleased with the results.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Allow yourself to flow with the transition, and you'll not only find it an easier ride, you'll also find it less of an energy drain. While you may not agree with every decision, there will be plenty of time for revisions later.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Your positive alliances may be stronger and more beneficial than you realize, so before you go on the defensive, take a moment to scan the situation carefully. You could be surprised by the support.

CANCER June 22-July 22

There's no reason to question your desire to hunker down at home and relax, so just do it. As you well know, sometimes the quiet times provide the best stimulation and inspiration for body, mind, and spirit.

LEO July 23-August 22

It is a juggling act, but you are up to the challenge of several spinning plates, as well as a couple of flying oranges. The secret of your success is staying focused, flexible, and joyous.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

The most important piece of this week's puzzle is figuring out how to pull together enough personal time to replenish your inner reserves. So even if it means getting up a little earlier, find the time to take care of yourself.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Remember the old adage, "You can catch more ... with honey ..." and then apply that wisdom to all your interactions. A kind disposition coupled with a good attitude will work wonders.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

It's a choice: Dwell on what's difficult or transform recent criticism into positive growth. Sounds simple, but it will take honesty, effort, and a commitment to change.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

It's time to nourish your natural optimism, so no matter how dismal you might think "it" is, spend every extra moment in gratitude. Remember, the universe rearranges itself to accommodate your picture of reality.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

No matter how much there is to do, for you, it's simply time for rest. The danger of exhausting yourself persists, so take the time to replenish and restore your reserves.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

You can worry about money, but there really isn't any reason to be anxious. Continue to be circumspect, but don't move into poverty consciousness just yet. Remember, abundance begets abundance.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Resist the temptation to get caught up in petty details and instead reach for the broadest possible perspective. A wide-angle lens will help you maintain and sustain your excellent reputation.

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