Aquarium Age 

For the week of February 25-March 4, 2009.

A compassionate astral air continues to inspire altruism this week but finding a way to channel that idealism isn't likely to be easy. It's not easy staying positive amidst the constant blaring of bad news. But like the stars, I'm still holding fast to the idea that it's possible for us all to make it through these waves. Don't get me wrong. The current financial deterioration has caused and continues to cause real decompensation, personal and collective, as well as physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. As a consequence, hearts can't seem to unclench from the stress, and that tight grip translates into a no-spending-even-if-you-have-it attitude. Which only makes matters worse. Many of us — and not just people struggling to make ends meet — have slipped into a strange paralysis, afraid to make a move because no one knows what will happen next. But if we are going to transform the situation, we have to wake from the panic-trance. A negative mindset isn't going to take the risks required to come up with inventive solutions that will make a difference.

A Jupiter/Mercury/Mars conjunction in Aquarius, the Sign of philanthropic pursuits, continues to power the potential for a true generosity of spirit. This week, Mars and Mercury will conjunct Neptune, forming an aggregation that could exacerbate the current paralysis, especially if you are just waiting for the answer to present itself rather searching high and low for the right remedy. You have to give the universe something to work with. After all, Earth is not a passive planet.

The stimulus package will help, but frankly, I keep thinking we also need to be making local stone soup. For those of you not familiar with the story, Stone Soup is about three tired and hungry soldiers on their way home from war who wander into a town looking for something to eat. The townspeople, afraid they won't have enough for themselves or that the soldiers will eat all their food, lie to the soldiers and say they have to no food to share. So the soldiers decide to make stone soup. They put a kettle with water on a fire in the middle of town, and put stones in the kettle to cook. After a while, the soldiers talk about how the soup would be better with seasoning or possibly carrots, cabbage, or potatoes, and with each "if only we had ..." the townspeople, now fully engaged by the magic, start contributing all the necessary ingredients to make a perfect soup. Et voilà — a feast is created for everyone, and all the scared townspeople realize that once you know how to make soup from stones, you never have to worry about being hungry.

In the current climate of scarcity the disparity between the haves and the have-nots grows increasingly clear. Some of us can barely scrape together a kettle and stones, while others have the necessary ingredients to prepare a wholesome meal. So if you can afford it, don't hoard it. Practice local generosity, and allow the current of altruism to inspire good works. Real act of kindness have the power to move all of us into positive action.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

Expansive alliances, old and new, could inspire new ventures aimed at helping others. Just don't think this is only about nonprofit activities. Some of what you create could produce tangible financial rewards.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Despite all efforts to focus on fun, the emphasis is still on career. The best solution would be to make work more fun, so think about how you can revitalize your approach so that you can experience greater joy.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Friends offer positive advice on how to synthesize several pressing issues. You many not like what's said, but if you listen closely, you'll hear genuine concern, which should diminish your resistance to the information.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Rather than focusing on what's going "wrong," concentrate on what's working. Adjust your attitude, and you'll notice plenty of positive opportunities in lots of areas.

LEO July 23-August 22

It's still all about love, but this week, you could fall in love with yourself, especially if you continue to radiate with confidence. Allow your clarity and certainty to enhance your natural charisma.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Be clear about your priorities and organize your efforts. If you stay focused on what you want to accomplish, your efforts will yield tangible results

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Time spent with significant others will stimulate a need for creative expression. Use this energy to explore your feelings and you'll be pleased with the results.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

You may be longing for quiet times at home, but don't expect monastic silence. Create tranquility, but also be prepared for strong urges to contrast the desire for stasis.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

It's been a month-long chat-fest, but now it's time to refine that loquacious nature. Continue to participate, but refuse to gossip. Kind words are the key to everyone's success.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Yes, your concerns are financial, but money isn't the only currency. Spend some time contemplating your gifts, and how those talents can be used to generate solid, tangible prosperity and abundance.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Don't hold back — not one moment, not one bit. The Aquarius concentration continues to provide non-stop support for you to be seen as well as heard. Work behind the scenes, but make sure you get and take the credit for your contribution.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Don't be surprised if you're feeling vulnerable. You are wearing your heart on your sleeve, which amplifies your innate sensitivity. Here's the good news: You can trust your intuition to guide you through the intensity with skill.

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