Aquarium Age 

For the week of March 25-31, 2009.

Very little is quiet this week. Bodies, minds, hearts, and souls are stirred by restive astral winds that unsettle the already nervous air. We're in the midst of several transitions. Obviously, the major shift is seasonal, and like most seasonal transitions, it's unstable — warm one minute and cold the next. The rest of the shifts are just like the weather — all over the place, as moods and attitudes also vacillate between hot and cold. Expect interactions, internal or external, to be uneven, disconcerting, contradictory, and by the end of the week, more than a tad testy — especially as resistance, yours or others', wells up to defend against the tides of transformation. Be aware, this resistance won't be logical. While most of us say we want change, it's true, not a lot of us are comfortable with the interim uncertainty between what was and what will be.

Mercury moves into Aries today, and as it does, it forms a conjunction with the Sun and a square to Pluto. Mercury represents all intellectual activities, and when it is in Aries, it seeks adventure and turns minds eager to engage in quick-witted repartee. When Mercury is conjunct the Sun, objectivity takes a backseat to personal opinion. When that subjective conjunction squares Pluto, minds tend to dream big, especially about how to establish and solidify long-term personal goals. In other words, this entire configuration could easily serve a selfish urge to create a personal power base. So use this Sun/Mercury/Pluto bundle to ratchet up your personal planning power, but try not to assume that everyone will want to create your personal vision.

By Monday an edge invade attitudes as Mars, in Pisces, begins an opposition to Saturn, in Virgo. This opposition, exact and separating on April 4, lingers through April 11, which means we're in for a couple of weeks of difficult dealings. Mars is the principle of movement — it wants to go where it wants and do what it wants when it wants. And Mars isn't at all interested in discussing options, which is why it isn't very happy in Pisces, a highly sensitive Sign that's interested in making empathetic choices based on mutual sympathy and kindness. Mars is a fiery, dynamic force that seldom considers the ramifications of its actions. But its frustration in Pisces is nothing compared to the misery of an opposition to Saturn. Saturn signifies limitation and discipline and its powerful presence inhibits the Martian freedom to move.

As Mars and Saturn oppose one another, we're likely to assume a similar stance with any person, place, or thing trying to control our activities. Be aware, Mars/Saturn interactions have the potential to provide endurance, but they also manifest as tests of strength, and in some instances, sheer brute force. Don't push so hard that your determination to succeed ultimately turns destructive to yourself or others.

As you make your way through the week try to keep in mind that all of us are under the same sky, all of us are under the same astral influences, and all of us could use a kind and considerate word.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

Instead of succumbing to internal grumblings, assume an attitude of gratitude. If you're thankful for all you have, you'll be able to make tangible progress with partners and associates.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Be clear about what you want to share with others and what you want to keep private. I'm not suggesting you are in danger of any kind. I'm simply advising you to be discriminate and discerning.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Patience will be your greatest ally, especially if you're willing to witness and observe rather than act and react. Don't worry; you won't miss your opportunity. All you're doing is waiting for the exact right time.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Friction with significant others, personal or professional, continues to irritate you. But it doesn't have to. Remember, you can choose: Devolve into petty squabbles or just ignore the entire brouhaha.

LEO July 23-August 22

It's only a crisis of faith if you continue to feel unsupported. So before you spend too much time on the pity pot, try to make an objective analysis of what's going right. Stay happy by being happy.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

You cannot control the situation, so rather than wasting time and energy attempting the impossible, learn to let go. If you relax your grip, you'll create the potential for change.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

You don't have to indulge the temptation for extreme behavior. Make "moderation" your mantra and you'll find the strength to maintain your equilibrium, inside and out.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Skillful communication will help you navigate the waters of frustration. Don't be afraid to say what you want, but also be committed to choosing your words carefully.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

It's a clash of values, but it doesn't have to be a power struggle. So before you go in blazing with intensity, consider the other sides of the question. Find the positive ground of compromise, and everyone will win.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Don't be surprised if you feel a little "off" and also don't be dismayed if it takes a while to get back on track. Simply be kind to yourself by taking care of yourself, and your vitality will restore itself quickly.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

You're right, it is a money issue, but that may not be obvious to everyone else. Spend some time contemplating exactly what's involved and you'll eventually find a way to make it clear to others.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Continue to hold that strong stand, but also avoid becoming strident. I'm not suggesting you back down. I am suggesting that containing the intensity will only make you stronger.

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