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For the week of October 29-November 4, 2008.

Saturn/Uranus Opposition, Part Six:

No one will really breathe before November 5, so don't be surprised if you find yourself gasping for air during the next seven days or feeling as if you are moving through molasses at the speed of light. We are in a hugely liminal state that for some is overwhelmingly intense. No matter who wins (and it's impossible to predict the outcome despite Obama's many point lead), the next seven days are going to be among the most passionate and purposeful days you have ever experienced. Just about everyone recognizes or has a sense of how significant the consequences of this election will be. It carries a multidimensional time signature that merges past, present, and future, for as individual choices coalesce into collective intention through the fulcrum of the voting booth, we not only choose the next president, we also set the course for Planet Earth.

Yes, I know I sound dramatic — I mean to. Because November 4, in addition to being Election Day in the United States, is also the first of five Saturn/Uranus oppositions over the coming two years — five contacts that will change the world. Saturn represents existing cultural structures, Uranus signifies the principle of revolution, oppositions symbolize tension, and the ensuing confrontation between these forces results in the failure of the status quo. A failure because, as necessary and stabilizing as Saturn may be, change is inexorable. It is the nature of things. And no matter how well-prepared for it we think we are, the one thing about this particular shift-signature is that it will surprise and challenge even the most fluid and flexible among us. Maybe not all of us on the same day, but sometime in the coming two years, most if not all of us will be humbled by waves of unstoppable transformation. Of course, we don't need astrology to tell us something's got to give. But astrology is a succinct way of talking about the complex forces at work in our culture, as well as our psyche, personal and collective.

For the last several weeks, this column has looked at the historical implications of Saturn/Uranus and also tried to point out groups of individuals who may be experiencing this first opposition quite keenly. For those of us who didn't feel the immediate shock or have yet to feel the aftershocks of the financial tumult or who aren't having this opposition triggering other volatile personal circumstances, the opposition will still have a dynamic impact. Whatever the particulars — a new friendship, a new romance, a divorce, or a decision to change your career — what will be at work in all our lives is an unstoppable creative urge to break free from any situation that enslaves, confines, or restricts. Use this power wisely. And when possible, respect the needs of others to be as absolutely free as thee.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

The solution to your current dilemma is to find a way to synthesize a tremendous need for personal independence with an equally strong desire to be responsible. Focus on how to reconcile these seeming opposites, and you'll surprise yourself with clarity and insight.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Friends who share a common history have the potential to offer the guidance you are searching for. I'm not suggesting you follow another's advice. I'm simply advising you to listen closely to those who know you and love you.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Even though it looks like an either/or situation, it isn't really. You do have to make decisions, but it is possible to resolve the tension with a win/win compromise without sacrificing your peace of mind.

CANCER June 22-July 22

A creative attitude toward all aspects of your life will not only help to alleviate stress, but will also help you to think of positive solutions to several pressing situations. So instead of resisting change, embrace it.

LEO July 23-August 22

You are in a financial predicament, but that doesn't mean you're hopelessly adrift on a sea of negative outcomes. Quite the opposite — but to take advantage of the available opportunities, you have to be in a positive frame of mind.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

If you stick to what's true and speak from the heart, your words will have a transformative effect on everyone, including you. Resist the temptation to mask your inadequacies behind a rant, and instead make love instead of war.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Make every effort to create an internal comfort zone and you'll feel as if you have the necessary support to create an external environment that feels equally secure. Remember, safety isn't only about money; it's also about attitude.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

It won't do any good to hide away, so rather than withdraw, step into the spotlight and share your ideas. Not every insight will be brilliant, but you might be surprised at how well your wisdom is received.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Rather than question your motivation and risk getting snagged by over-thinking, allow the momentum of your imagination to carry you away. Yes, it will be scary, but it will also yield positive results.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Disturbing conversations with friends could challenge your confidence, and while self-reflection is always a good idea, it isn't necessary to devolve into harsh self-criticism. Kindness toward oneself is allowed.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Let a positive, optimistic attitude be your bridge over troubled waters. Yes, your financial situation is uneven, but that doesn't mean that it can't or it won't improve.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Despite tension about appropriate boundaries with partners, personal and professional, you are still feeling strong and capable of taking on just about any task. Wear your power well — it suits you.


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