Aquarium Age 

For the week of September 24-30, 2008.

Saturn/Uranus Opposition, Part One: This week is the first week of a three-week push/pull planetary pattern that could make even the calmest among us antsy with agitation. On one hand, Mercury Retrograde, from September 24 to October 15, demands a deliberate pace. It's a pace some are likely to call glacial, especially as Mercury slows daily routines to a crawl and insists on reading the fine print. On the other hand, the Saturn/Uranus opposition begins in earnest and as it does, an unmistakable sense of urgency intensifies the already agitated air, a condition that's sure to make lots of us balk against Mercury's devotion to detail. Nervous systems are already shot from the first tremors of this opposition — and we're only at the beginning.

The keyword for the Saturn/Uranus opposition is "a challenge to the status quo," but don't let that fool you into thinking this opposition only symbolizes a struggle between the powers that be and the powers that wanna be. This opposition operates on a personal as well as a collective level, and that translates into all kinds of shifts. Saturn represents authority. Uranus questions authority. And approximately every 45 years, as they oppose one another, we struggle with structures and foundations, individual and collective, in need of a serious overhaul. Notice what's stagnant in your life, and be prepared to transform your situation, even if that means being uncomfortable — very, very uncomfortable.

Within a Saturn/Uranus opposition cycle, there are five actual exact oppositions. This current cycle will occur from November 2008 to July 2010. The first direct contact is exact and separating on November 4, Election Day in the United States, but while this election can easily be seen as the perfect symbol for this opposition, it would be wise not to think in terms of a single event. Think of the coming two years as a period of rebellion against stagnant systems that no longer work but are resistant to change, individual and collective.

The two most recent cycles of this opposition occurred in 1918-1920 and 1965-1967. During the 1918-1920 cycle, Mussolini founded Fascism in Italy, women in America and Britain got the right to vote, the Communist Party was born in China, Gandhi became India's leader for independence, and Gertrude Stein coined the term "lost generation." During the cycle of 1965-1967, Betty Friedan founded NOW, Chairman Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, Martin Luther King Jr. led the march in Selma, Malcolm X was assassinated, 50,000 people marched on Washington to oppose the Vietnam War, Miranda rights became mandatory, Indira Gandhi became prime minister of India, and the counterculture revolutionized nearly every aspect of life.

Of course it can be argued — and rightly so — that upheaval is a constant part of our earthly situation. What astrology offers is the ability to identify patterns within that existential flux so we can better understand the forces at work in our personal and collective experience. Notice where you are determined to hold on to the status quo and why, and then see if you can open to the possibility of change. Remember, we co-create the outcome through out individual efforts.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

The focus shifts toward relationships, but not just romantic involvements, all sorts of partnerships, personal and professional. As you work your way through the variations, try to stay open to the possibilities.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

While you may be surprised at how easy it is to recall important details, you'll still have to pay attention. So rather than get carried away, keep your feet on the ground and continue to stay disciplined.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

As you watch events unfold, try to stay as objective as possible. For while it feels as if your personal history is repeating itself, it isn't. And you still have the power to create what you want.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Serious conversations with significant others will help to clarify the next step. Listen carefully to all that's said and take your time processing the information.

LEO July 23-August 22

You're doing a lot of talking and while some of what you say is repetitious, you're feeling too good to complain. And others won't mind because what you're saying is completely engaging.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

You've got money on your mind, and while money is important, it might be wise to think about why it matters so much to you. The more you understand its role in your life, the better you'll handle it.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Give yourself permission to speak your mind without hesitation or fear. I know that sounds like an "easier said than done," but if you stay in your integrity, you'll naturally come from the heart.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

You must choose: Compulsively chew on the same information in the hope of discovering a new bit. Or learn to quiet your mind so you can make sense of the existing data.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Old friends may make a repeat performance, and while you're tempted to dismiss the entire situation as coincidence, think again. There may be something valuable hidden in the randomness.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Increased responsibilities at work demand even more attention, so rather than resent the workload, make the most of it. In time, it will pay worthwhile dividends.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Your eye is on the big picture, and that's good, because even if you don't accomplish every goal, you're operating from an expanded awareness, and that will have long-term positive benefits.

PISCES February 19-March 20

It looks like it is about money, and while money may be a part of the picture, what you're really looking at is a process of transformation. So stay with it and remember, awareness is priceless.

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