Information Overload 

For the week of September 30-October 6, 2009.

This week, and the next several weeks, the sky bustles with planetary activity, and as it does here on earth, overcrowded calendars burst with too much to do in too little time and nervous systems stretch beyond any reasonable capacity to cope with multidimensional interactions in a linear world. It's busy, but it doesn't have to be insane. The best way through is to prioritize your goals, and then, to keep an even keel — emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. The problem is staying calm in the midst of such a hectic environment won't be easy. So incorporate doing more of whatever it is you do to stay centered, focused, and present, even if that seems impossible.

In case you weren't sure what that swoosh was that blew by on Tuesday, it was Mercury Direct, powered by an assortment of astral cohorts. Mercury "turned around" in a conjunction with Saturn, an opposition to Uranus, and a sextile to Mars. Fortunately, Mercury is adept at multitasking. Unfortunately, we mere mortals aren't as skilled, which means it will take extra effort and concentration to handle the plethora of all that needs to be done. Mercury symbolizes intellectual activity, as well as all things related to commerce and travel. So keep in mind, minds will be very, very busy. Try not to over-think. When Mercury shares the same space as Saturn (which it does until October 12), Saturn's need for rules and regulations can turn Mercury's meanderings sour and dour. But Mercury's opposition to Uranus, as well as the sextile to Mars, ought to liven things up given that Mars represents physical energy and Uranus, the principle of sudden change. Be prepared for quick shifts in perspective and policy, as well as rapid repartee that could reveal more than surface opinion or concern.

But Mercury Direct isn't the only force driving the days and nights to a fevered pitch. Mars is also busy forming its own relationships. (1) A Mars/Uranus trine excites the air with irrepressible urges for personal freedom and the physical determination to act on those urges. There is no stopping this positive combination; for those of you inclined to impetuous behavior, better take those "think again pills," and for those of you given to "slugdom," get ready to relinquish the couch or the recliner and move into hyperactivity. Normally I would add a warning not to act precipitously — with Uranus (and sometimes with Mars) there is always the danger of losing interest, changing your mind midstream, or creating an accident-prone environment because you're in a hurry. But Saturn's presence — opposing Uranus and sextiling Mars — will add a somber note. Saturn won't dampen the extraordinary vitality of this Mars/Uranus combo; it will just temper it a bit.

This week, rather than rush, find a comfortable, manageable pace. There's no need to burn out at the beginning. And if it happens that you have energy to spare, think about spending some of it helping others who aren't as skilled or capable of moving into positive action as you.

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

ARIES You're likely to feel Mercury's forward motion in the workplace, as an increase in daily responsibilities eats away at was once "down" time. Don't despair; your efforts will eventually yield positive returns.

TAURUS Mercury stimulates creative surges, especially a desire to write or chronicle recent experiences. As you journal, be prepared for deep feelings to emerge and transform your perspective.

GEMINI Don't be surprised if you're cleaning every closet, shelf, and corner. You're preparing for the next phase and as part of that preparation you'll feel an irresistible desire to cleanse and replace stagnant storage areas both internal and external.

CANCER While I'm not suggesting motivational speaking as your next career, I think it will be next to impossible for you hold back anything that's on your mind. So as you hold forth, please remember to listen with equal intensity.

LEO Mercury has you thinking deeply and creatively about how to improve your finances. Pay attention to your intuition, let it merge with your imagination, and you'll experience a deep current of practical ideas.

VIRGO Don't hesitate to find the ground of compassionate compromise. Kind words, spoken from the heart, will always soothe a volatile situation. They are especially potent at reconciling opposing points of view.

LIBRA You're thinking too hard about a certain situation and you'll never reach an answer through such a tight grasp. Relax, let go of the need to have everything make sense, and then trust in your intuition to deliver the goods.

SCORPIO Stimulating conversations with friends on a variety of topics trigger your creative process. Pay attention not just to what others are saying, but also to what you are sharing.

SAGITTARIUS Mercury focuses on career issues and as it does, so do you. If you're employed, your workload intensifies. If you're looking for work, now is the time to renew your search.

CAPRICORN Call it a "crisis of faith," or see your thought process as a search for a deeper truth. Either way, you are chewing on certain information in the hope of better understanding your current dilemma.

AQUARIUS There's no clear-cut solution because the problem is complex. Take your time trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together and you'll find yourself able to identify the relevant material with greater ease.

PISCES Mercury makes it a littler easier to talk about what you're feeling, as well as to listen to what others are feeling. Staying open to this experience will catalyze valuable realizations.

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