The Aquarium Age 

For the week of September 17, 2008

Expect lively discussion, heated conversation, and idealistic fervor to turn the days and nights of life on planet earth into a non-stop barrage of opinion. As lots of us feel the need to share ideas, passion amplifies an already intense atmosphere. But that's not all. Beneath the discourse lies an inescapable sense of urgency, and over the coming weeks, as that urgency intensifies, the strain on nervous systems, personal, collective, and planetary will steadily increase. The best way through is to keep breathing, deeply, until you feel grounded. As always, remember to listen respectfully to your fellow travelers. You may not agree, but you can still respect your common humanity.

The source of lively discussion is a trine between a Mars/Mercury/Venus conjunction and Neptune. When Mars, Mercury, and Venus share the same space minds move into overdrive. Neptune represents imagination, and its positive presence makes the power of mind primary. And while we're on the subject: Mercury goes retrograde from September 24-October 15, so start to prepare now. Back up everything before the September 20.

The mounting tension riding the surface of daily interactions is attributable to the building Saturn/Uranus opposition that is exact on November 4. This opposition is a rare occurrence. It hasn't happened since the 60s, when it took place five times between 1965 and 1967. This current series of oppositions also occurs five times from November 2008 through July 2010. The prior cycle, 1965-1967, were years of tumultuous non-stop upheaval. The coming cycle, 2008-2010, is too.

The keywords of this opposition are "challenge to the status quo." But doesn't necessarily translate into "power to the people." The status quo has become so skilled at spin that the people keep getting fooled again and again and again.

I promised last week I would write about the Saturn/Uranus opposition during the next several weeks — and I will. But before launching that series, I need to explain why I'm taking such a strong political stand. While I am committed to a path of compassion, compassion doesn't necessarily translate into neutrality. Compassion often demands a stand. And during what I consider to be this crucial period in our history, I am willing to take mine. From my perspective, this election isn't about Democrats or Republicans per se; it is about who will be the wisest choice for all the sentient beings who inhabit this planet, especially those who do not have a voice. And I'm not just talking about the millions of species for whom hope hangs by a thread. I'm also talking about all the children who may not have a chance to experience the beauty of Earth because so much of its splendor will be lost as a result of climate change. I fear that any candidate who does not believe that humans shoulder the brunt of responsibility for the condition of Planet Earth will not have the skill or the heart to guide the planet to safety in these critical times.

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

Aries March 21-April l9

Creative endeavors could provide relief from prolonged mental strain. So rather than blobbing for relaxation, think about what would give your mind a rest without turning it off completely. Music, art, or gardening — any activity that engages will work just fine.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Certain associations may start to feel restrictive, especially if you're expectations are unrealistic. Stay practical and pragmatic about real capabilities and you won't be disappointed.

Gemini May 21-June 21

As tension between responsibilities at home and work continue to mount, you're stretched to your limits. Rather than trying to solve the entire puzzle at once, break it down and work on it one piece at a time.

Cancer June 22-July 22

You've been experiencing a prolonged phase of existential angst, and why it may not be obvious to anyone else, you been wrestling with feelings of belonging. While this process is uncomfortable, it will eventually yield positive results.

Leo July 23-August 22

Don't despair...you will eventually find a way to resolve your financial situation. So rather than let it wear you down, continue to be positive about the possible outcome.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Don't be surprised if you're feeling overwhelmed — you're in the midst of a major transition, and the intensity can be more than a little draining. Give yourself permission to take a break and you'll renew your reserves.

Libra September 23-October 22

Do your best to maintain a positive, optimistic attitude and you'll diffuse the temptation to devolve into negative self-criticism. Remember, what we focus our attention on becomes our reality.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Don't be surprised if old friends and old habits challenge new friends and new ideas. While it won't be easy to sort through the various patterns, if you're determined you'll achieve greater clarity.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

It's a question of recognition: On one hand you want to be paid what you're worth and on the other, you want to be acknowledged for your contribution. It may take some time, but eventually you'll align both.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

The conundrum is how to stay in your authority without nullifying the voice of others. Here's some help: If you listen closely to what's said, you could realize that your viewpoints aren't as different as you thought.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Yes, it is a question of your values versus the values of others, and there isn't a simple solution, unless, of course, both sides are willing to seek the solid ground of compromise.

Pisces February 19-March 20

While it may feel as if the situation can't be resolved, don't despair. Continue to contemplate how it is possible to desire a deep connection with a significant other and at the same time long for independence.

Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-888-937-9264, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail Ralfee@AquariumAge.com. Copyright © 2008 by Ralfee Finn

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