Aquarium Age 

For the week of February 18-24, 2009.

An altruistic air continues to drive astral activity this week, but the planetary theme song shifts away from the purely collective hymn of the "Age of Aquarius" to the slightly more personal mantra of "All You Need is Love." It's a subtle shift that's likely to deepen a personal commitment to being of service and actively working for change. It could also encourage les affaire de coeur. So don't be surprised if your impulses are driven by instinct rather than intellect. The good news is no matter where you focus your attention or spend your energy, positive, passionate enthusiasm is going to power your choices.

A concentration of planets in Aquarius continues to place the emphasis on how to make a positive contribution to community. The primary source of this motivation is a Mercury/Jupiter/Mars/North Node conjunction that sextiles Venus, in Aries. This entire bundle fuels musings on love and beauty, as well as creativity as an expression of the heart. From a collective perspective, this interaction manifests as many and varied artistic expressions of beauty, from poetry to cosmetics to music to lighthearted comedies delicately aimed at self-awareness. From a more personal perspective, it's still all about artistic expression, but it's also a strong sexual appetite and a desire for sensual pleasure.

There is also a Chiron/Neptune conjunction in Aquarius. This configuration is a little more difficult to delineate, in part because Neptune is always slippery and therefore hard to grasp, but also because Chiron, whose nickname is the Wounded Healer, is a heavenly body that leans heavily toward the esoteric — not that Neptune isn't just as mysterious. Neptune represents imagination, receptivity, sympathy, and empathy. Chiron, symbolized by the Centaur, represents the split between animal appetites and spiritual aspirations. As these two travel together in Aquarius, we are likely to experience strong longings to make a difference in the world, while we simultaneously struggle with how to live the truth of that idealism. It's never been easy to actualize the notion that the needs of the one are the needs of the many. Perhaps what this conjunction signifies is the critical mass that's needed to shift the existing paradigm, which seems to value individual success more than the well-being and health of the collective.

The Saturn/Uranus opposition also continues to emphasize change. Saturn is in Virgo, the Sign of Ecology, and Uranus is in Pisces, the Sign of consciousness. We're only a few days away from the second exact conjunction in the current series of five. The next one occurs on September 15, 2009. During the last series (1965-1967) the positions of Saturn and Uranus were reversed. Saturn was in Pisces and Uranus was in Virgo. That period in history was driven by social consciousness that culminated in a wide range of cultural revolutions. What we forget about that time is that it had to be lived.

The current period in history — the one we are living — is also driven by social consciousness, and it, too, will culminate in a wide range of cultural revolutions. But that result is hard to envision when you're struggling through the uncertainty of the moment. The future is never as clear as the past because it's busy being created by our response to the present.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

Go ahead and indulge your romantic fantasies — there's no harm in dreaming. And who knows, your dreams just might come true.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

I wish I could give you the same advice as Aries, above, but while I'm not ruling out true love, I'm not quite sure you'll have enough time to indulge anything but your strong determination to succeed.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

As the emphasis shifts toward the demands of your career, your confidence increases and your self-esteem gets a needed boost. Use this expansion to replenish your reserves.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Avoid aggravating situations seemingly designed to throw you off balance, and instead, do whatever is necessary to maintain your calm. Resist temptation and you'll emerge victorious.

LEO July 23-August 22

It might be easier to love your idea of someone than it is to actually love him or her. So before you pull away, consider your role. It may help you to understand why you are hurt or disappointed.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Stay open to the possibility of success. There is money to be made, but finding the opportunities and then mining the "gold" will take a creative approach that's unafraid of hard work.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Collaborative ventures could satisfy both your longing for connection and the need to channel creative intensity. Not every partnership will be the "one," but they all will still be exciting.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Take advantage of work-related opportunities that could potentially yield beneficial results. While home is important, it's also necessary to maintain your career.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

You still have a lot to say and people are still interested in listening, so don't hold back now. Just remember to pace yourself and, as always, listen intently to the ideas of others.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

The emphasis is still on money, but this week, you're interested in how to help others figure out how to improve their finances. Continue to be of service and you'll continue to feel gratified.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Convivial interactions with friends bring great joy, so don't curtail social activities. And as you connect, notice what grabs your attention; those are the subjects that will accelerate your creative process.

PISCES February 19-March 20

You're emerging from your cocoon and about to take flight. As you prepare to lift off, contemplate your intention, as well as your direction. Be clear about why, and the how will reveal itself.

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