Aquarium Age 

For the week of November 12-18, 2008.

Waves of release continue to ripple through daily life this week, intensifying the already emotionally charged atmosphere. Some of the discharge is absolutely necessary — we've been in a seemingly endless tunnel of anticipatory tension, and now that the election is over that tension is dissipating. But frustration over just how long it's going to take to implement change and heal the damage done agitates the collective mood. Patience is no one's favorite word, especially in the midst of a crisis. But this week, patience is a necessary mantra for overwrought nervous systems.

Fortunately, the planets provide a pattern of patience in the form of a Jupiter/Saturn trine, a positive, determined configuration that supports strength and endurance. Jupiter is in Capricorn and Saturn is in Virgo, both Earth Signs that signify a practical, grounded approach to any situation. And as the week unfolds, the fortitude of this solid partnership is amplified by a sextile to both Jupiter and Saturn from Mercury, in Scorpio, a patient Water Sign. Expect to feel inspired by a renewed determination to pursue your goals. Also anticipate feeling confident about your ability to integrate this positive astrological signature into a multitude of endeavors.

Much will be written about how last week's election perfectly symbolized the Saturn/Uranus opposition. And in fact it did. Change challenged the status quo and change won. But putting change into practice takes time.

We didn't arrive at this place in our economy overnight. It happened relatively quickly if you measure time on a cosmic scale. But if you're looking at it through a human lens, it took a while for the system to melt down, even though there were big, billboard-size signs along the way signaling the inevitable outcome. Most of us just weren't paying attention or didn't want to. The good news is that we finally have a leader who believes it's possible to work through and transform our collective situation. And his hope has catalyzed our own. But we will be required to work as hard as he to actualize that hope and make it a reality. Which is why it would be wise to remember there are four more Jupiter/Saturn oppositions during this two-year astrological cycle. The next opposition occurs on February 5. So knowing that foresight means "better prepared," don't let the victory of hope turn into complacency. Saturn/Uranus invites all of us to grow past the limitation of our personal status quo. We must be willing to embrace an uncertain future, as we simultaneously summon the courage and stamina to actualize our dreams. We finally have a leader who exemplifies that process. And while we all want him to live up to our expectations, the world will only change if each of us lives up to those expectations.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

The keyword is "authenticity," in every area of life, but especially when it comes to career aspirations. Take a moment to contemplate what will genuinely provide satisfaction, and then figure out how to actualize that goal.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Try not to underestimate your talent and your positive contribution to any situation you are involved in. For while you may feel it's a struggle to find the ground of compromise, co-workers and partners find your presence invaluable.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

I know you may not believe it, but you could feel life lighten up just a little this week. Okay, it's not a miracle cure, but the undertow of the last several years is loosening its grip, leaving room for greater joy and a brighter smile.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Focus on family, immediate as well as ancestral, and you'll discover previously unrecognized shared positive qualities. As you identify your roots, contemplate how you can integrate those inherited talents into your current circumstances.

LEO July 23-August 22

It's a three-step program: (1) Rely on your innate creativity to continue to provide positive solutions. (2) Be thankful for your life no matter how complicated or complex it may be. (3) Invite joy to be your constant companion.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

There is a lot of "home" work to be done, inside and out. Lots of changes have dismantled previously reliable systems, and now it's time to start organizing and implementing what you've learned from this process.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Stay strong, even if you feel you're being bombarded by several people about a number of issues. I'm not suggesting you'll be able to solve every problem. I'm simply advising you to stay hopeful about the outcome.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Behavior is more important than success this week, so don't compromise your principles. Stay clear about what's ultimately important and be in your integrity. Say "no" as often as necessary.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Try not to let the surface brouhaha dissuade you from continuing in your efforts to create greater stability. This moment of emotional tumult will pass, and when it does, you will find yourself standing on much firmer ground, inside and out.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

It's time to open new lines of communication, especially with friends or family members you may have previously shared harsh words with. If you're willing to show up with a positive attitude, they will meet you with similar enthusiasm.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Rather than try to live up to the expectations of others, give yourself permission to be true to you. If you're willing to be real, you will not only build greater confidence, but you will also inspire others to do the same.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Go ahead and channel your wisdom into every area of your life. Give yourself permission to rely on your intuition, and to allow that inner strength to enhance your external world.

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