Spring Awakening 

For the week of March 16-22, 2011.

This week, attitude is everything. Everything. So don't be careless, cavalier, or reckless about what you think, say, or do. We are at the beginning of two new planetary cycles — the astral equivalent of the planning and planting stage of a garden — and how you approach the details of daily life during this phase will determine what and how your garden grows.If your current situation is dreadful, find a way to frame it as an opportunity to grow and transform; if your situation is brilliant, make a conscious choice to be grateful for your good fortune. Most important, be aware of how your conscious choices co-create your future. And then do your best to plant the seeds of positive change, personal as well as collective.

Aries is the starting point for both new cycles. The Sun enters Aries on March 20, the vernal equinox and the start of spring in the northern hemisphere. For those of us who made it through the harsh and dark winter of 2011, the scent of spring and the promise of longer and warmer days is a much-welcome relief. Seasonally, the coming weeks are the time to prepare the garden for planting.

The same phase can also apply to inner landscapes. Use this time to envision what it is you want to plant and bring to fruition during the rest of this year.

As the Sun enters Aries, it forms a conjunction with Uranus, which moved into Aries on March 11, where it will stay until May 2018. Uranus takes 84 years to orbit the Sun and journey through all twelve (not thirteen) Signs of the zodiac. The last time it transited Aries was 1927-1934/35, historically a time of tremendous economic and political upheaval. And over the course of the coming months, this column will examine the patterns of that last journey in an effort to better understand the current one.

But for this week as well as the next several weeks, it's best to stay in the present moment. The only problem is that the creative power of a Sun/Uranus conjunction makes it hard to get grounded and stay that way. Nerves jangle and hearts pound under the sway of this influence, and because it has the power to transform certain situations in the blink of an eye, you could find yourself catapulted into the future — of an entirely different dimension. Even mundane routines are likely to produce a nervous buzz. As you move through the intensity, try to remember that thoughts, words, and deeds are all seeds that put intention into motion. And, as always, keep in mind that your fellow travelers are under the same sway and that many of them may not be as skilled or experienced as you in handling the intensity.

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

ARIES It's an unavoidable but valuable shift out of an old persona and into a more authentic identity. Don't worry if you can't envision the outcome; there's plenty of time to make adjustments as the process unfolds.

TAURUS Expect your dreams to reveal important information, and don't be dismayed if some of the data is delivered through surreal symbolism. Avoid taking every message literally; they are meant to promote a new mindset.

GEMINI It's a cliché to say, "Expect the unexpected," but when it comes to connecting with friends and associates old or new, you're likely to be startled by certain behavior. Stay open when appropriate — some of the developments could yield positive results.

CANCER Continue to explore unanticipated career opportunities. Not every opening will play out, but the ones that are viable could turn into tangible opportunities to make solid gains.

LEO Be it alternate points of view or alternative states of consciousness, one thing is certain: You have an opportunity to widen, deepen, and heighten your perspective on just about everything, including your personal psychology.

Any questions?

VIRGO The openings are there, but you have to be able to distinguish between pie-in-the-sky delusions and actual situations that will take root and grow. Remember the rule: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

LIBRA Understanding the intricacies of a relationship is difficult for most of us. But for you, those particulars are both fascinating and mind-bending, especially this week, as a holographic perspective deepens your understanding.

SCORPIO You are being swept away by a whirlwind of work, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Make the most of this expansive and exciting energy by being willing to simply say "yes."

SAGITTARIUS Whatever you choose to do, be prepared to feel as if you are falling in love. This is not just infatuation with another, but rather a deep awakening of your capacity to open your heart to life.

CAPRICORN Little earthquakes are likely to challenge your rock-solid foundation, but don't let those tremors scare you. You're strong and resilient enough to handle whatever the situation demands.

AQUARIUS You won't be able to hold back your opinions, so rather than waste time pretending to be someone you're not, share your ideas. Not every one will be a gem, but one or two will pack plenty of power.

PISCES While transformation isn't as easy as blinking your eyes or twitching your nose, right now, magic is possible. Focus your attention on what you want to create and then "make it so."

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