Aquarium Age 

For the week of March 18-24, 2009.

Venus, currently retrograde, in Aries, has empowered me to speak boldly: I'm tired of all the bad news. I'm fed up with the media's blaring 24/7 pronouncements about the recession. I'm particularly done with political bickering. And I've had it with pundits, preachers, and prognosticators — even astrological ones — who swear that economic Armageddon is at hand. I refuse to be bombarded any longer by a negative story line. Yes, the situation is bad. But what I want to know is what are we doing about it? When Aries (and we all have Aries somewhere in our personal chart) gets irritated and impatient it barks with frustration, which turns its natural candor brazenly blunt. I don't know about you, but I'm done with the drama. I want a story that tells the truth without the toxicity of fear.

Venus is Retrograde in Aries until April 17, and except for a brief touchdown in Pisces mid-April, Venus spends most of her time in tempestuous, adventurous, and outspoken Sign of warrior — not the worrier. So don't be surprised if you find yourself taking a strong stand, made stronger by a direct declaration of your opinion, which, of course, you will not only feel entitled to but will also feel is completely correct. Don't expect agreement, and don't expect disagreement to alter your point of view, which means there's no need to send me an e-mail offering a counter point of view. Aries clings quite adamantly to its perspective.

And here's mine: The media keeps referring to this recession as if we've been in a halcyon period of milk and honey abundance for the last several decades. Hel-lo? Did I miss something? Most of us didn't strike it rich in the high, fast, free, and easy financial world. Most of us have been in a constant struggle to survive, especially as the spending habits of a small minority jacked up prices on necessities, especially rent and food, not to mention oil and health care. Since Reaganomics, normal life (whatever that is) has become increasingly expensive, as our system, bloated on its own greed, continued to devolve. Those of us who weren't in the small echelon of the rich attempted to maintain a personal status quo through plastic, which on one side of the coin was a godsend, but on the other was a ring of hell Dante could never have imagined. But if you listen to the media, none of that struggle existed. From the infomercial point of view, we've gone from an Ozzie and Harriet to Road Warrior overnight, and at any moment there will be rioting in the streets.

Yes, we are at a crucial period in our collective history, symbolized by the Saturn/Uranus opposition and the coming Uranus/Pluto square. But I refuse to make the worst possible scenario my picture of reality. From an astrological or a purely terrestrial point of view, our current crisis is cyclical. We've been through this before. From a spiritual perspective, these are the times that grow the soul. And that's a story worth telling.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

You, too, are likely to be feeling a fair share of frustration, which means you, too, need healthy ways of spending your excess energy. Go on a rant, if necessary, but avoid being a thoughtless or reckless target.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Refuse to dwell on past mistakes and chew on the details of what went wrong. Extrapolate the vital information of those lessons, and then focus on integrating that wisdom into your current situation.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Be prepared for a sudden surge of ambition to motivate a strong professional stand. This isn't necessarily about frustration; it's about greater clarity regarding your career goals.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Conflicts with or between co-workers or significant others over differing agendas will require your best diplomatic efforts. So stay focused on the facts and refuse to engage in any tangential arguments.

LEO July 23-August 22

Your financial situation continues to be the main event, but that doesn't mean progress can't be made. Make every effort to reinvigorate your attitude, and then continue to work diligently toward your goals.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Be specific rather than global in your assessment of what needs to change. If you can avoid broad generalizations born of frustration, you'll be able to maintain a positive attitude that will yield beneficial results.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

It would be wise to keep your expectations of others realistic. I know you long for the perfect reciprocal relationship, but the "ideal" interaction may not leave room for human participation.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

The workload continues to strain your reserves. So whether it's personal obligations or professional responsibilities, create and maintain a healthy, balanced approach that allows for a good mix of work and fun.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Pay attention to those rumblings: It's not just your stomach. It's your soul. But to hear it clearly, you need to listen. Pay keen attention to what really matters most to you, and then honor that clarity through action.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

While words of love are the most powerful words of all, they are seldom spoken as often as they are needed. This week, say the word "love" as often as possible and you'll be a catalyst for change.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Believe in yourself and let nothing negative infect your confidence. If others offer criticism, listen politely, say "thank you," and then just carry on. Trust yourself, Grasshopper.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Be prepared to take a strong stand for what matters most to you, and expect to hold fast to your position. There's nothing wrong with passionate beliefs — they're evidence of a strong character. 

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