Aquarium Age 

For the week of April 8-14, 2009.

This week, even Gandhi could be cranky. We're at the midpoint of a volatile planetary pattern that is at once pernicious as well as necessary. Pernicious, because it's no longer possible to contain frustration, personal or collective, about the recession, and as that anger spills over into daily life, brutal confrontations, personal or collective, are probable. Necessary, because you can't heal what you can't feel, and as the anger and frustration release, it will be easier to identify the core emotions driving that personal and collective aggression. Pay attention to reactions, yours or others, and do your best to avoid acting out.

The source of the volatility is twofold. First, we're still in the release of the Mars/Saturn opposition, a tense interaction that tends toward a harsh heart. Be aware, as this opposition separates, it gets harder and harder to hold the line of patience. Second, as the steam releases from the Mars/Saturn pressure cooker, Mars moves into a conjunction with Uranus. There's no good picture to paint about this interaction. Mars is the planet of physical energy. Uranus is the planet of the nervous system, and when they share the same space, Geiger counters rattle as erratic and often explosive outbursts disrupt and interfere with the routines of daily life. Before you jump in headfirst, take the pulse of your situation. Listen to the heartbeats of children and animals; they are often the best early warning system about a situation that is about to go out of control.

I'm sorry to offer up such a dreary forecast. I'm still staunchly on the side of positive progress and optimism, and I continue to view the shift we're in as highly creative and transformational. But making the most of this opportunity for change means keeping it real about what the causal level of corruption is and how we all participate in it, consciously or unconsciously. The current brouhaha over bailout bonuses is just a symptom of a much larger issue. It's easy to be outraged by the "fat cats," especially when that outrage is fed by a voracious 24-hour news cycle composed of bottom-feeders who wittingly or unwittingly antagonize a mob mentality. And while I don't think the bailout bonuses are fair, I never felt the salaries were either, and I can't help but wonder why nobody was outraged about those salaries ages ago. Did everyone think it was fair that 1 percent of the population was prospering while the rest were getting poor? Why are we against unions and not against the drug cartels, legal and illegal, who run our lives? And why aren't we as infuriated by child abuse, the sex-trade industry, sweatshops, and every other actual violation of our humanity as we are by Madoff, AIG, or a war that continues to drain our coffers, not just of money, but also of life?

This week, rather than act out, ask questions that go the heart of your personal ire. Probe the deep, and you'll expand your understanding about what needs to change in you. Which is where lasting change always begins.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

Think of the coming week as mindfulness mediation, and you'll have a much easier time keeping your internal agitation from derailing your external progress. Like all things, this, too, shall pass.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

There's no need to let surprising interactions with friends upset your determination to proceed. Yes, you may have to work out a different schedule, but that's no reason to scrap the whole project.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Try not to let work-related volatility disturb your equilibrium. Do whatever it is you do to stay focused and calm, and then allow the situation to unfold before taking any definitive action.

CANCER June 22-July 22

You're going to have to take a stand, but that's no excuse to cling to an unreasonable position. Figure out how to find the solid ground of compromise that will allow a beneficial solution for everyone.

LEO July 23-August 22

New ideas about your career motivate a new approach, especially if you turn your angst into positive action. Be yourself, and your innate creativity will solve the problem.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

The tension continues, but it's not without possibilities for resolution, especially if you listen carefully to what significant others, personal or professional, say they need. Pay attention and you'll make progress.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

You're right, your workload is overwhelming, but the only way through it is to do it. So roll up your sleeves, put on a good attitude, and just get to work.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Try not to let difficulties with friends turn into a standoff. Of course you disagree — that's the beauty of shared opinions. And while agreement feels good, that doesn't necessarily mean it's in your best interests.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Disruptions, internal or external, make you uncomfortable, especially if you're already feeling vulnerable. Make every effort to find and maintain your center, and then let that strength fortify you.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

"Tough love" is not a synonym for harsh words, so be careful about indulging in critical conversation. I'm not suggesting you lie. I'm merely advising you to accentuate the positive.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Is it a money issue or is it an erratic financial flow that's got you in dither? Maybe it's both, or maybe it's neither. Maybe it's a lesson about your anxiety over how to create what you most desire.

PISCES February 19-March 20

You might want to wear a warning sign: I'm telling the truth, even if it's not what you want to hear. You might also want to explain that it's just not possible for you to hold back any longer.

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