Aquarium Age 

For the week of December 3-9, 2008.

Unsettled and unsettling astral patterns make regular routines hard to hold on to this week, and as the possibility of restraint slips away, attitudes, young as well as old, turn rebellious and rambunctious. Anticipate noise pollution, both internal and external, as discussion and discourse morph into declarations and demands. We are, to put it mildly, adjusting to a new frequency. And because major planetary transitions always challenge nervous systems, many of us are likely to feel anxious. Add that astro-anxiety to the already fretful environment, and surprisingly strong and unanticipated resistance is likely to arise, yours or others. The best way through this vibrational jangle is to avoid getting entangled in dramatic confrontations. So whilst it might be impossible, follow the advice of the Taoist Sages and take no unnecessary action.

Several sources contribute to this week's erratic pulse. First, now until December 28, a Sun/Mars conjunction supplies a steady current of pure physical power. The Sun is the principle of life, Mars, the principle of energy, and when they travel together, the air turns vital. But it's a vitality that easily translates into a hot-blooded, prickly, too-quick-to-react attitude. So be careful not to aim this energy randomly or at others and instead, put it to good use by aiming it at specific goals. And if you find yourself a target of someone's blown-off steam, deflect it as best you can and refuse the temptation to blow that hot air right back.

Second, by Friday, this bent-for-a-brawl team moves into a T-Square with the ongoing Saturn/Uranus opposition, intensifying the already too intense atmosphere. Prepare for a series of standoffs as just about everyone feels the need to stake out personal territory on how to define "freedom" and "personal boundaries." The good news is this T-Square occurs in Mutable Signs, which feeds the hope — albeit slim — of compromise. The solution to this difficult interaction is communication. That's right — finding a way to talk about what's bothering you will actually lessen the intensity. So find a group, a therapist, or a patient and attentive canine or feline listener and start talking. Articulating your feelings will relieve the need to act out in ways you might later regret.

The biggest news this week — and for the coming many weeks — is Pluto's move into Capricorn. It entered the Goatish Sign on November 26 and it will stay in Capricorn until 2023. Along with Uranus, Pluto is a primary astral agent of change. With what we experience as an unrelenting insistence on authenticity, Pluto probes the depths of behavior and intention, conscious and unconscious, often to reveal the shadows of what drives values, personal and collective. It powers what Joseph Campbell termed the "hero's journey," a journey that includes a descent, a dismemberment or deconstruction of the ego, and then, a rememberment and reemergence into the world, refined and transformed by the process. As Pluto probes Capricorn, we will be descending into issues of structure and authority, as those themes play out through class distinctions, government, and corporations, to name but a few areas.

Given the patterns this week, lots of us are going to be questioning authority, which makes it a great time to start thinking about what authentic power looks like.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

If you're willing to work hard, you can harness the energy of the week and use it beneficially to accomplish several goals. Just don't push yourself so hard you forget to enjoy the process.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

You're right; it is a money issue, and the best way to sort it out is to be completely honest about what you can afford. I'm not suggesting parsimony, but I am advising mindfulness.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

The primary objective is to be yourself — all you, all the time. So rather than edit what you're feeling, own it. Not everyone will agree with you, but your authenticity will be respected.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Listen to your intuition, carefully, for while some impressions are based on your anxiety, others are prescient. And learning to know the difference is what's most important.

LEO July 23-August 22

Take a stand for what you believe is true, but be careful about indulging in that famous Leonian self-righteousness. Remember, just because something is true for you, doesn't make it truth for everyone.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

You could find yourself replaying certain conversations, looking for hidden meaning, and while that process would be engrossing, it may not be healthy or satisfying. Learning to let go would be a wiser choice.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Try to be aware of just how much your need to feel safe insinuates itself into your interactions with others. This isn't about being "wrong"; it's about becoming conscious of deeper patterns.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

You know only too well that trying to please others often ends in resentment. So be true to yourself, but also try to respect differences, especially with those closest to your heart.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

You can isolate or you can participate — it's up to you. And while isolating sounds easier, in the long run, figuring out how to join the team will provide greater satisfaction.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Rather than devolving into frustration, put that pent-up energy to good use being of service to others. Volunteer, mentor, or donate your time and you will transform the situation almost immediately.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

If the needs of others are overwhelming, rather than dismiss them completely, find a creative way to lighten the load. Be kind, but also be aware, you don't always have to say "yes."

PISCES February 19-March 20

While you're longing to get some rest, interruptions big and small interfere with your plans. Rather than seize in frustration, relax and be good-natured about lending a helping hand.

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