Aquarium Age 

For the week of September 10-16, 2008.

Deceptively simple celestial signatures continue to contrast complex terrestrial themes, and the disjunction between the realities of heaven and earth are as deeply disturbing this week as they were last week. From the straightforward tone of the Democrats to the disingenuous choice of the Republicans, it's as if we've fallen down Alice's rabbit hole, and nothing is familiar. It's a reality test, but it's not so much a matter of "Do you see what I see?" It's more like "I can't believe what I'm seeing. Can you?" And the shock of disbelief isn't just about politics and politicians. Have you ever seen so much traffic on the Hurricane Highway? Gustav, Hanna, Ike, Josephine, and probably by the time you read this even more. Again, the stars are pretty quiet — there are interactions, but none that would produce such intense turmoil. Well ... maybe one, but I'll get to that in a minute.

It's always a bit disturbing to some astrologers and astrology lovers when what's "above" doesn't really match what's "below." To be sure, there are astrologers who can correlate what's currently taking place through a series of esoteric calculations. Not me. It's simply not what I do well. But that won't stop me from offering my opinion on why the gap between heaven and earth seems so wide: The stars are in simulcast, but we are in "futurecast," experiencing the first bands of a brewing astrological storm that we can feel bearing down on us, even though it won't arrive for a couple of weeks. It's an opposition between Saturn and Uranus, an opposition that hasn't happened in forty some-odd years. And just like the residents of New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, Florida, or the Carolinas, we're anxious about how hard it will hit and what the aftermath will be.

Saturn symbolizes the status quo, Uranus signifies revolution, and when they face off, existing structures are challenged. Saturn doesn't surrender easily and Uranus doesn't back down. The last time Saturn and Uranus opposed each other was in the 1960s, a time infamous for upheaval. The current opposition arrives at the beginning of October and is exact and separating on November 4 — that's right ... Election Day. But that doesn't necessarily mean Obama is going to win. McCain or Obama, either way, the status quo will not hold. It didn't in the '60s. It won't now.

Lots of us can already feel the brewing intensity symbolized by the Saturn/Uranus opposition. This week, a Sun/Uranus opposition will rile the rebel spirit, and on Thursday, the Sun will occupy the same position Saturn will occupy on Election Day. Which means what transpires on Thursday could be a preview as to how the opposition will unfold. Forewarned means better prepared, and over the course of the coming weeks, this column will be devoted to exploring the Saturn/Uranus opposition.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

Use the coming opposition as a mirror, and allow it to reflect where you are still holding on to systems that no longer serve. The more you're willing to let go, the easier it will be to handle the tension.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

The challenge tests how skillfully you share your gifts with the world. Consider the following questions: Do you recognize your talents? Do you appreciate them? How can you work to expand your capacity?

GEMINI May 21-June 21

You shouldn't have to choose between personal and professional matters, but you might have to. So rather than resist, allow. Develop an inclusive approach that permits synthesis and integration.

CANCER June 22-July 22

The opposition spotlights what you believe in and why. Don't shy away from this process, for while it may challenge relationships with significant others, it could also deliver a deeper faith.

Leo July 23-August 22

One way of framing the coming opposition is as a financial opportunity to change your relationship to money. You can also see it as a nonstop opportunity to build your self-esteem. Either way, you benefit.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Yes, the coming storm is in your Sign, and yes, again, it will be intense. But you don't need me to tell you that — you already feel it. Be aware, the eye of this storm is focused on your relationships, personal or profession, and including your partnership with yourself.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

The opposition confronts how you handle your internal structures — emotional, as well as psychological — and invites you to transform existing behavior that doesn't work into behavior that does. Accept this challenge and you will grow.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

What's challenged is your ability to move out into the world on the basis of your inherent gifts and talents. So do whatever it is you do to cope with the potential difficulty of exposure, and jump into social activity.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

The opposition challenges the boundaries between your worlds of work and home, and invites you to seek the solution of healthy integration and balance. You'll realize neither world has to be excluded or completely merged.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

While your core beliefs are challenged, you're determined to meet the situation with an open heart and open mind. Listen carefully, watch what transpires, and allow compassion to synthesize the parts into the whole.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

The opposition challenges your internal reliance on money. Just remember, money is never a measure of ultimate worth. It's a necessary tool in the material world, but it's never been something that journeys with us to the next.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Read Virgo above and add this: This opposition will present a rare opportunity for you to witness deep, previously unconscious psychological patterns at work in your daily life. Use this time wisely, and you'll make great strides in personal growth.

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