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For the week of October 15-21, 2008.

Saturn/Uranus Opposition, Part Four:

The Saturn/Uranus opposition continues to tighten its grip, and daily life continues to feel surreal — and for good reason. We're in one of those life-changing phases of human history where individual reality, as well as collective reality, is busy being born. And while many of us feel powerless before the constant shifts and ceaseless tumult, we actually aren't without the tools to handle this crisis. Yet using those tools wisely means first being clear about what's dying and then surrendering the need to resurrect the past. Clinging to life as it once was won't work. Neither will unrealistic expectations about the future, which are, if you're willing to look closely, mostly another way of holding on to the past. Times like these, times potent with power of change, require staying grounded in the now. One of the best ways to do that is to be a Spiritual Warrior, an approach that assumes consciousness, courage, common sense, compassion, and honesty as guiding lights of behavior at all times, not just in times of crisis.

Each of us is experiencing this opposition somewhere in our individual charts. For some, this event is happening on a personal point. Saturn, at 18 degrees Virgo, or Uranus, at 18 degrees Pisces, may be exactly conjunct someone's Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or other planet. Many of us are encountering the opposition as part of a generational shift. For example, those born in September/October 1920, or April-July 1921, November/December 1949, January/February 1950, August 1950, or September/October 1979 are all having this opposition as part of a Saturn Return. Saturn Returns signify a time of taking stock, which means those people currently in the midst of a Saturn Return are going to take that inventory as part of an already intense process of evaluation.

The generation born during the 1965-1967 Saturn/Uranus opposition series will feel the current opposition quite keenly given that many of those people have a Saturn/Uranus opposition in their birth charts. Be aware, during the last Saturn/Uranus opposition series, their positions were reversed; Saturn was in Pisces and Uranus was in Virgo, conjunct Pluto, also in Virgo, which from an astrological perspective was another reason why the world turned upside down. Not everyone born during that period had the Saturn/Uranus opposition at 18 degrees Virgo or Pisces, only those born at the end of February or the beginning of March 1966. But even though the other previous oppositions didn't occur at the same degree as the first opposition of the current series, a deep resonance will be triggered in all those birth charts.

What's more, people born between October-December 1965, January-March 1966, and August/September 1966 are experiencing the current Saturn/Uranus opposition as part of their astro-midlife crisis, a time when transiting Uranus opposes its natal position, triggering realizations about the passage of time — no longer young and not yet old — that tend to inspire dramatic changes.

While there's more generational information, there's no room in this column to cover it all. So we will pick it up next week. Until then, be thankful Mercury is Direct, and most importantly, be as kind to your fellow travelers as possible. Lots of us are in great need of a kindness.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

Despite the erratic economic environment, your finances are stabilizing. Whether that's from discipline or determination, it doesn't matter. What does matter is that you are prospering.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

It's crucial for you to believe in yourself, so rather than devolving into doubt, trust your decisions. And don't worry about mistakes — if you're wrong, correct the situation, and move on.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

You're stretched beyond your capabilities and adding anything else to the list will simply overload your system and cause a meltdown. Take a break, give yourself some much-needed rest, and you'll restore your reserves.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Positive, uplifting interactions with friends offer relief from an otherwise packed work schedule, so don't put off having fun for later. All those responsibilities will be right where you left them.

LEO July 23-August 22

The pace of daily life increases exponentially, so don't put off until tomorrow what you should have done yesterday. But also don't worry — simply find a comfortable pace and maintain your stride.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Keep your head, as well as your cool, and you'll have an easier time handling most situations. Remember, in times of trouble, a gentle touch and kind attitude will facilitate a much better response than harsh words.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Allow your inner composure to inform your words and deeds, as well as your thoughts, and you'll engender cooperation. Creating a positive environment will generate positive, long-term results.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Try not to let intense interactions with partners, personal or professional, throw you off course. The brouhaha will pass with time and clear communication will be restored.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Staying optimistic in the midst of so much turmoil takes special effort even when optimism is your strong suit. Rather than despair, rely on your innately positive attitude, and you'll emerge victorious.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Take advantage of every opportunity to extend a helping hand to those in need, and you'll not only put positive energy in motion, you'll also have a dramatic impact on your immediate surroundings.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Avoid disputes over petty details, and instead concentrate on prioritizing your time and energy. There is more to do than you can possibly imagine, and you'll need all your energy to handle the load.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Positive interactions with friends, family, and partners (personal and professional) bolster your spirit. So rather than brood about the future, keep yourself firmly planted in the present.


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