Aquarium Age 

For the week of January 28-February 3, 2009.

This week, three planetary patterns converge in an inharmonious alliance, and while any one of these could be disconcerting, the combination of all three is sure to make daily life more than a little confusing. Expect to be discombobulated, especially when it comes to "time," so don't be surprised if you're early one moment and late the next. We're between eclipses, celestial events that always create a time warp. We're also at the end of a retrograde, shifting from slow-mo rewind to fast forward. And we're in the countdown to the second exact Saturn/Uranus opposition, when history tends to repeat itself. Anticipate reactions to this week's time wrinkles to cover a wide range of emotions. One moment, attitudes are broad and expansive, but a moment later, they are nervous and thin. And all the while (and here's where it gets really slippery) subtle undercurrents exert powerful pressures that are sensed more than seen and felt more than ... well, I'm not sure what because the whole point is you can't quite put your finger on it.

There was a Solar Eclipse on January 26 and there will be a Lunar Eclipse on February 9. Eclipses send shadows across the sky, altering the "normal" patterns of day and night, so don't worry if you can't quite get your bearings. Also don't be dismayed if your enthusiasm drops down a notch or two from über idealism to nuts and bolts pragmatism. Lunar eclipses always turn consciousness toward practical concerns, and that grounded-ness will be needed in the days to come as we get to work attempting to solve problems, personal as well as collective.

The first Mercury Retrograde phase of the year ends on February 1, but don't expect communication efforts or travel plans to return to normal until Tuesday, at the earliest.

On February 5, the second Saturn/Uranus opposition will be exact and separating. All week long, as tension generated by this opposition mounts, we are likely to experience the same sort of fluctuations in the financial markets as we did during September/October 2008. What's more, the presence of the Moon, which squares both Saturn and Uranus during this second contact, exacerbates emotional stress, and that could translate into strong reactions fueled by the intensity of the moment. Try to be your best during these extreme moments. Remember, this opposition is about the dissolution of the status quo; it symbolizes a process that rattles stagnant structures and systems that no longer serve the collective good and will continue to do so until we find transformative solutions.

Fortunately, all week long a Mercury/Saturn trine turns minds logical, thorough, and direct, as it simultaneously provides opportunities for insight and understanding. So rather than worry, think deeply about how you can make a difference in the world. Collective strength is only as potent as the power of individuals to digest and metabolize awareness into action.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

Pay attention to how you handled recent participation in groups. Notice your reaction to those experiences, especially what you learned, because you are about to experience even greater exposure, and it would be best to be prepared.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

A plethora of excitement at work has you working double duty — and this is just the warm-up for things to come. So before you immerse yourself, take a moment to prioritize your goals so that you can set a comfortable, healthy pace.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

You could call what you're going through a "crisis of faith," and while doubt is often uncomfortable, it can also be a positive catalyst for growth. So as you sort through what you believe in and why, allow your misgivings to teach you valuable lessons.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Thoughtful conversations with significant others, family, and friends, help to clarify the next steps. So engage wholeheartedly in joint planning, and allow the comfort of that company to inspire a positive perspective.

LEO July 23-August 22

Yes, it is a lot of hard work — but you knew that going into the current situation. So embrace this moment, appreciate what it feels like to be thoroughly engaged, and then, be grateful for the opportunity.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Whenever we are most in need, meeting the needs of others can be a positive remedy. So rather than stew, consider volunteering to assist your fellow humans. You'll be amazed at the positive effect.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

The emphasis moves from external events to internal processes as you mull through information and consider how to proceed. While there is nothing to inhibit your progress, be sure to consider how your decisions will affect others.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

You may be surprised by how much more there is to say, so continue to engage in thoughtful conversations that allow for a free exchange of ideas. Listen closely to the opinions of others, and allow your awareness to grow.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Your mind is still on making the most of opportunities to improve your finances. Continue to concentrate on your vision of success and also take the practical, necessary steps to turn that dream into reality.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Yes, there are obstacles to overcome, but you're no slouch when it comes to hard work. Be willing to do whatever it takes (within legal limits) and you'll be pleased with the results.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

You're right — there isn't enough time to do everything. But if you can sort through what gives you the greatest joy, you'll discover how enthusiasm manipulates time.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Just because you've been wearing your heart on your sleeve for a long time doesn't necessarily mean you're any less vulnerable. So be kind to yourself by treating yourself gently and with care.


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