Calm Before the Storm 

For the week of October 27-November 2, 2010.

A peculiar celestial quiet underlies the drama of daily life this week. It's almost as if the planets are holding their breath, waiting to see what will happen next. The planets aren't paused in their orbits; they're just not as busy as they usually are — and oddly, that absence of activity has its own presence. Most of us here on Earth will probably be too busy to notice this silence, especially in America, where the constant blare of political ads and the resultant psychic fatigue from the barrage of negativity is sure to obliterate every iota of subtle awareness. Of course, the Moon will continue to stir emotional bodies as it cycles into contact with its cohorts, which means strong feelings and reactions will still punctuate personal and professional interactions. But two prime planetary movers — Mars (even with its entry into Sagittarius on October 28) and Saturn — are pretty much on the bench, an anomalous position for them to occupy during such an important political moment. Mars makes things move. Saturn organizes that movement. And their inactive presence could manifest as a lack of cohesion. Try not to let this strange signature make you apathetic. Every vote is a voice, and we will be living with the consequences of our combined voices, no matter how discordant, for a long time.

The current US election occurs exactly two years since the first exact Saturn/Uranus opposition on Election Day in November 2008. While the last two years of Saturn/Uranus oppositions (there were four more exact contacts during those two years) signified the dissolution of the status quo, that initial contact, characterized by the election of the first black president of the United States, set in motion a tsunami of change. One way to see the results of this year's mid-term election — whatever those results might be — is to understand it not only as a reaction to the last two years of turmoil, but also as a reaction to a deeper, inexorable current of change, a current that became undeniable with the election of President Obama. The effect of this Saturn/Uranus opposition is a shift in the paradigm of authority, and we are not returning to the old model no matter how many conservatives win in local campaigns. Just as the last Saturn/Uranus cycle in the Sixties changed the world for good, so has the current cycle.

Yet one of the very real dangers we face now, as we did then, is not understanding just how deeply individuals have to change in order to integrate the new power paradigm. Serious soul work is required to shift away from the hierarchy and polarization of unbridled capitalism toward an egalitarian system of inclusion that encompasses the needs of the one as well as the needs of the many. This work must recognize, accept, and act on the knowledge that we are all interconnected and interdependent. No one, no matter how far off the grid, lives in isolation any longer.

Apathy poses another danger to progress, although indifference won't forestall transformation. Resistance is futile, as the new paradigm is already in motion. All apathy will do is lessen the pace of change. This week, don't hold your breath and wait to see what happens. Participate. Make your voice heard — vote.

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

ARIES Diminished enthusiasm is the main reason you're feeling disoriented. Find healthy ways to renew your joy, then devote yourself to those activities.

TAURUS It's easy to forget that relationship patterns originate in family of origin dynamics, especially and most importantly the pattern of self-care. Treat yourself with care and all your relations will benefit.

GEMINI Even if you aren't receiving the responses you desire, that doesn't necessarily mean you're doing something wrong. Give the situation time to unfold.

CANCER You can succumb to drama or you can breathe your way through conflict and negotiate a peace treaty. Sounds simple, and it is, but only if you're committed to a positive outcome.

LEO Rather than say something you might later regret, keep your opinions to yourself. And if you must contribute, rely on your innate generosity of spirit to inspire your words.

VIRGO Acknowledge your need to nest and devote yourself to home improvement, inside or out. Don't worry about being social. Right now, being home is all the stimulation you need.

LIBRA It won't be possible to repress your need to share your opinions, so don't be surprised if you find yourself talking to anyone who will listen. As you hold forth, remember to listen to yourself — you'll learn a lot.

SCORPIO Ignore the impulse to get swept away by your emotions, and instead stay focused on organizing your finances. This is the perfect time to create the financial order and clarity you've been craving.

SAGITTARIUS Mars moves into your Sign, opening the floodgates of energy and providing a tremendous reservoir of stamina and strength. Use this current wisely, and you'll be amazed at how good you feel.

CAPRICORN The challenge, should you accept it, is to avoid brooding about what you can't control. While it is important to look for positive solutions, it's not your responsibility to find the answer.

AQUARIUS Stay focused on your career, specifically how to improve your clarity about what it is you want to accomplish. Remember, you can't create what you can't envision.

PISCES Be ambitious, but don't worry if you're off to a slow start. There are certain obstacles you need to work through before you find the appropriate pace for your eventual success.

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