Aquarium Age 

For the week of February 4-10, 2009.

This week, and the next several weeks, the planets promote a joyful desire to be of service. I won't go so far out on a prediction limb to declare this the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, but Jupiter does align with Mars — and several other planets — in the altruistic Sign of Aquarius. Anticipate a much-needed, mid-winter change of astral air that attunes internal and external soundtracks to a hopeful, positive spirit capable of responding to life's vicissitudes with harmony and understanding.

On February 4, Mars joins Jupiter, the Sun, and Neptune in Aquarius (Chiron and the North Node are there, too), the Sign best known for its egalitarian approach to life, as well as the Sign symbolizing humanitarian concerns, social justice, and philanthropy. But the riddle for those born under Aquarius is how to balance those idealistic leanings with the very human desire to be special. Keep in mind, we all have Aquarius somewhere in our birth chart, which means most of us wrestle with the need to be unique somewhere in our individual lives. And that might just be what impels Aquarius toward invention and innovation. It may also be what inspires its reputation for being zany, wacky, and more than a little eccentric. Of course, not every Aquarius marches to the beat of a different drum or lives an I-gotta-be-me-I-gotta-be-free iconoclastic life. But almost all are adamant about everyone's right to personal freedom and happiness. And as the planets concentrate in Aquarius, most of us are likely support that conviction.

On February 5, the second opposition between Saturn and Uranus is exact and separating. This configuration signifies the dissolution of the status quo. The first opposition was on November 4, 2008, and certainly that day dissolved a long-standing Western cultural paradigm, as it simultaneously celebrated a new model. Saturn represents social structures — government, corporations, and the like. Uranus always catalyzes what's stagnant — even if a dormant state is comfortable. Oppositions denote the tension inherent in the push as well as the pull of polarization. Be aware, there are three more oppositions: September 15, 2009, April 26, 2010, and July 26, 2010.

From a transformational perspective, a deep creative river runs through the current series of Saturn/Uranus oppositions. Its current is mighty, and that translates into the potential to seek inspired solutions to the disintegration of structures that no longer serve. We have opportunities, personal and collective, to reach past normal, standard responses. Social Band-Aids based on expediency won't work. And there's nothing left for hedge funds to hedge their bets on. Our societal and cultural structures require new vision if we are to remedy our deep personal and collective dilemma.

Over the course of this week and the next several weeks, allow yourself to be moved beyond the contraction of uncertainty and anxiety into the fresh air of invention and imagination. And when possible, allow love to steer your stars.

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

Aries March 21-April 19

Even though you're longing for seclusion, the planets are promoting socializing. Dust of your dance card, and be prepared for invigorating and inspiring encounters.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Ambition motivates a wide range of professional interactions, especially as you increase the scope of your career goals. Seize the moment and you will infuse your opportunities with optimism.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Old attitudes toward moldering situations seem to fade in the background, as you continue to build your faith in your ability to forge new alliances. Not all negativity will evaporate, but a positive outlook is possible.

Cancer June 22-July 22

As Obi-Wan whispers, "The force is with you," you feel capable of working your way through a multitude of changes with grace, ease, and skill. Take a moment to acknowledge your capacity to grow.

Leo July 23-August 22

The "sun shines in" on your relationships — all of them, including your relationship with yourself — and it's illuminating where you need to shift your attention away from the future. Stay present and you'll stay strong and optimistic.

Virgo August 23-September 22

There's no need to work yourself into a frenzy about work. Use the current planetary concentration of energy to help you to prioritize your goals and organize your time and energy into a reservoir of strength.

Libra September 23-October 22

You're right — it is all about love — which should be a dream come true. But only if you're able to experience love in its many different varieties, not just the risky business of romance.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Your internal terrain could resemble a geyser at Yosemite waiting to blow. So find a way to channel the intensity into constructive home improvements — inside or out.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

All those planets in Aquarius are in your Solar House of talking, which means you don't need an iota of encouragement to be your naturally loquacious self. Enjoy the talkfest, but also remember to listen.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Try brainstorming on a variety of ways to not just alleviate fiscal stress, but also on how to repair and restore your self-confidence and self-esteem. The universe rearranges itself to accommodate our picture of reality.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

You couldn't hold back even if you wanted to, so don't squander a drop of this precious energy on a diminutive role. Be all of you, and your example will inspire others to do the same.

Pisces February 19-March 20

You're in Dreamtime — waking and sleeping — and your imagination is rich and fertile with ideas and visions, past, present, and future. Take notes — you'll want them later.

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