Aquarium Age 

For the week of April 1-7, 2009.

Don't be surprised if you find yourself channeling the ghost of Howard Beale this week. More than a few of us are already mad as hell, and as the week unfolds, last week's restive wind turns fractious and agitates the already irritated air. Expect certain interactions to turn sour, especially if expectations about what those contacts should yield are unrealistic. Also anticipate disappointment to turn moods bitter and attitudes acrimonious. Part of the problem of facing our problems is that the illusions we've been clinging to are dissolving. As so often happens when illusions are destroyed, those of us who identified with the facade have no idea how to handle reality. Even if you're willing to admit that what we are experiencing is the inevitable consequence of an ideological system gone bad, finding a new solution unsullied by the toxicity of the old one is going to take time. And because our culture is based on an "I want it all and I want it now" state of mind, personal and collective frustration is likely to spill over. Pick your confrontations wisely and do your best to be considerate of your adversary. Remember, the greatest illusion of all is that we are separate.

The celestial source of irritation is a Mars/Saturn opposition that is exact and separating on April 4. Mars is the principle of movement and likes to push forward. Saturn represents stillness and the need to carefully consider the consequences of action. Oppositions signify tension, which means this opposition is sure to manifest as tests of strength over whose interests should be put first, yours or your opponents'. Be aware this opposition could also symbolize a test of will — the will of the people versus the will of the government or the will of the individual versus the will of the ruling class. It will be not easy to soothe this volatile interaction or to hold on to the idealistic idea of inclusion, because as Mars pulls away from Saturn, it's only a matter of cosmic moments — next week, to be precise — that Mars moves into a conjunction with Uranus and the need to be absolutely free overrides cautious consideration.

Interestingly, while everyone is busy taking his or her stand, Jupiter draws closer to a conjunction with Neptune. Technically, this conjunction does not begin until next week (April 9) but because Jupiter is expansive and Neptune always has boundary issues, it's likely this influence will kick in a little early. Which is good, because Jupiter is the planet of harmony, Neptune symbolizes empathy, and when they share the same degree of the astrological circle, we experience more than a fair degree of altruistic inclinations. Just be aware, Neptune is also the destroyer of illusions, which means as it combines with Jupiter, we will be challenged to discard lip service about compassion and move into a genuine concern for others that shows itself through action.

Use Jupiter/Neptune to be a peacemaker. Mediate, arbitrate, negotiate, and then do whatever you can to soothe and calm the agitated air of daily life.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

Yes, it is a lot of work, and yes, again, you have to do most of it yourself. But that's okay, because along with the workload are plenty of opportunities to be recognized and appreciated for your contribution.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

I'm not suggesting you relax completely, but it wouldn't hurt to take minute to congratulate yourself on what you have accomplished. But just a moment or two, because there is plenty more work to be done.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

A new attitude toward associates generates a need for networking. Share information, and also be aware that connecting with others through convivial interactions also nourishes the soul.

CANCER June 22-July 22

The situation doesn't have to degenerate into a standoff. Even if hurtful words were said, let them fall away, and instead of anger and resentment, do whatever you can to quiet your heart.

LEO July 23-August 22

Yes, money is keepin' it real, but it's not a big enough issue to impede your creativity. Channel pent-up emotions into creative activities, and you'll maintain your equilibrium.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Try not to let tension with significant others turn into full-fledged battles. While you may have authentic differences, that doesn't mean you can't find the solid ground of compromise where everyone wins.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

The tension is real, but so is the remedy. All that's required is a change of mind. I know that sounds simplistic, but a small amount of concentrated effort is all that is needed to turn the situation around.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

If all you want to do is hunker down at home, I second that emotion. Honor your intuition about how your time will be best spent, and you'll be pleased with how good you feel.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Rather than stew in your juices, commiserate about your situation with friends. You'll not only find comfort in company, you'll also likely to find laughter.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Life plays out on a dual screen: One screen tells the tale of disturbing conversations with friends, while the other reveals a story of love. The secret is figuring out how to handle the contrast and maintain your equilibrium.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Read your counterpoint, Leo, above and add this: A truly magnanimous heart knows no limitation. Be generous and that bighearted energy will return to you in a variety of ways.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Real, tangible, personal possibilities for prosperity could soften the edges on tense interactions with friends and family. Focus your attention on making the most of these opportunities and the overall tension will lighten.

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