Aquarium Age 

For the week of September 3-9, 2008.

This week and the coming weeks unfold with deceptively simple celestial signatures. But don't let that simplicity fool you into thinking life will be a breeze. While the patterns of the sky appear uncomplicated, life on planet Earth continues to be complex. Of course, we don't need astrology to remind us of life's delicate balance. All that's needed is the nightly news. But what astrology can do is provide a broad perspective capable of facilitating an expansive attitude. And right now that's just what's needed to make sense of what's goin' on.

The source of solid ground continues to be a trine between Jupiter, in Capricorn, and a Sun/Saturn conjunction, in Virgo. This configuration combines three interactions, with two timetables, into one big beneficent bundle that radiates with practical common sense. The Sun/Saturn conjunction lasts until September 11. Traditionally interpreted as a serious, sober alignment with a hypercritical eye, this conjunction is softened by the presence of Jupiter, who transforms the flaw-finding tendency into a firm decisive intelligence.

The trine between Jupiter and Saturn is with us all month long. This is a patient, peace-loving interaction that fosters the realistic pursuit of happiness. I love this trine so much I'm considering celebrating Thanksgiving two and a half months early on September 8, when the Jupiter/Saturn trine is exact. Use this constructive combination to support all your endeavors — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Venus and Mercury continue to travel in tandem, and now as they both move into Libra, they catch up with Mars to form a triple conjunction. We've been basking in this creative light since mid-August. Now, as Mars joins the team, its presence strengthens this conjunction with physical vitality and passion — lots and lots of passion. Spend this energy well by devoting your attention to areas of your life you want to see flourish and grow.

On September 7 Jupiter goes direct, and on September 8, Pluto also goes direct, beginning the end of its brief retrograde back into Sagittarius. We don't tend to experience obvious or dramatic events when Pluto or Jupiter turn around, but given the overall quiet of the week we might have a chance to notice sky rhythms with greater clarity.

It's been a long time since we've had a prolonged period of simplicity, so take advantage of the astral quiet by continuing to rebuild and replenish your reserves. And as always, remember to be kind to your fellow travelers.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

Whistle while you work, and you'll make actual strides toward your goals. You'll also attract positive, passionate partners, who will not only appreciate what you do, but who will also want to make a significant contribution.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Yes, it is risky being yourself — all of you and not one bit less than 100 percent of you — but sometimes it's a necessary gamble for all sorts of reasons we can't quite name. So embrace your potential and give yourself permission to live to full capacity.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

The focus is on getting grounded — inside and out — and staying that way. So do whatever it is you do to invigorate your connection with spirit and then anchor that connection into your thoughts, words, and deeds.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Words of love still matter — maybe even more than before — but also realize there are many ways to communicate affection. Use music, art, poetry, and kind acts of thoughtful consideration, and you'll experience greater joy and greater sense of self.

LEO July 23-August 22

What most people don't know about you, dear Leo, is that you are willing to work day and night toward your desired goal if your heart and soul are committed. So don't spend any time on what doesn't matter to you, and spend all your time on what does.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

It's not always easy being the leader of the pack, but you couldn't back off now even if you wanted to. So rather than resist or resent the increased responsibility, embrace it. You're actually the best person for the job and your contribution is greatly appreciated.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Your inner resolve remains steady, and that stability is truly valuable to you and those you love. Continue to do whatever it is you do to stay focused, and you'll derive great benefit from what transpires as a result of your calm, easy approach.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Potent, thoughtful exchanges with friends and associates continue to spark your creative process, and that catalyzes a rich phase of realization. Stay with the themes as they emerge, and you'll make great strides in personal growth.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

There are actual, serious opportunities for you to improve your career and your finances, but you have to be willing to say "yes" to any number of opportunities. While some of what's offered requires increased effort, that's okay, because the money will increase proportionately.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

You're in a thoughtful phase, gathering, digesting, and assimilating a wide range of information about what you believe in. Don't hesitate to ask questions, especially the tough ones that require you and others to think about the answers as well as the consequences.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

You're in the midst of a profound personal process. The good news is that you're committed to making the necessary changes. The best news is that there is plenty of support to help you identify the significant and necessary next steps.

PISCES February 19-March 20

You're still in the throes of a relationship intensive and this particular phase is about moving out into the world and forging new alliances. Embrace this time and make the most of it by being curious about friendship as well as romance.

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