The Aquarium Age 

For the week of October 1-7, 2008.

Saturn/Uranus Opposition, Part Two:

This week, and the next several weeks, a clear mind will be your greatest tool. The Wheel of Life is moving quickly, and most of us can barely keep up let alone figure out where we stand on the great mobile mandala. Be aware, this is not a Ferris wheel ride at a carnival or county fair. The decisions we make and the stands we take are pivotal for Earth and all her dwellers. No matter how insignificant you may think your day-to-day choices are, those choices contribute to collective destiny. So best to practice Karma Yoga — the yoga of action — where everything done is done in the service of others, with a deep devotion to universal love and without attachment to reward.

Minor news first: Mercury Retrograde is in effect and continues until October 15. While most of you know the drill, for those that don't here's the skinny: Mercury Retrograde is a great time to review what's already in motion; it's not a good time to initiate anything new.

But really the only subject to talk about this week and for the next several weeks is the Saturn/Uranus opposition. We are already feeling its impact, and the first exact conjunction even doesn't occur until November 4. Saturn signifies the status quo. Uranus symbolizes rebellion. And when they challenge each other, boundaries are breached in the name of revolution, and walls come tumbling down.

Every opposition cycle begins with a conjunction, when two or more planets share the same degree of the Zodiac. The conjunction related to the current opposition began in 1988 with a series of three conjunctions in the last three degrees of Sagittarius. The same degrees Pluto's been revisiting since its retrograde back into Sagittarius in June. (Pluto goes back into Capricorn on November 26.) In 1988 Gorbachev introduced sweeping reform in the Soviet Union by allowing privately owned business, greater freedom of speech, and freedom for political prisoners and dissidents. Less than a year later in November 1989, the Berlin Wall, the structure of the Cold War as well as the emblem of the Soviets, crumbled. And the message of the 1988 Saturn/Uranus conjunction was clear: communism doesn't work.

In 1999, during the first Saturn/Uranus square related to that 1988 conjunction, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act repealed the Glass-Steagall Act, which was enacted in 1933 as a response to the stock market crashes of 1929 and 1930-32; Glass-Steagall separated commercial and investment banks. Now, as the current opposition moves into place, Wall Street, the structure of the world economy, as well as the emblem of the free market, is trembling from its free reign. The message of the Saturn/Uranus opposition 2008 seems clear: capitalism ain't working either.

While hindsight is mostly 20/20, current affairs can be myopic, especially when issues of survival dominate the airwaves. So don't be dismayed if it's hard to discern at first exactly what status quo is being challenged: The greed that underlies the entire system? Or the blind acceptance of rapacious appetites? From my perspective, it looks like we need a new system, one that incorporates the needs of the individual as well as the needs of the collective. After all, we are all in this together, even more than we may have realized in the past.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

Attitude is everything, especially as tension about an uncertain future intensifies with each day. So remember, the universe rearranges itself to accommodate your picture of reality.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Interactions with others feel like a jigsaw puzzle of conflicting emotions. Keep your eye on the big picture, and you'll put the pieces together perfectly.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Consider your situation a "growth opportunity" and you will move out of paralysis and into action. Of course, growing might not be easy, but it will yield positive results.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Significant others will, if asked, offer practical relief from a pressing situation. So rather than acting like the Lone Ranger, allow those who love you to contribute and participate in your life.

LEO July 23-August 22

Yes, you're in a financial crisis, but there are opportunities to make money if you are wiling to work hard. Make an extra effort and the positive returns will be exponential.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

While I'm not suggesting you become a dictator, I am advising you to own your authority. Be a leader, and don't worry about a lack of skill — experience will smooth the rough edges.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

You have been known to brood on certain issues, but brooding doesn't necessarily create the desired outcome. So rather than waste your energy, let go, and allow the situation to unfold on its own.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Don't be afraid to take a risk, but also don't indulge in foolhardy behavior that won't deliver the goods. Persevere until you find a balance between the two extremes that you can maintain.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Be optimistic about stepping into your power and you'll be confident about meeting all sorts of unexpected challenges. Embrace life with all its uncertainties, and you'll renew your jovial nature.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Spontaneous conversations inspire new, unusual approaches to old problems. So even though some of what's said is strange, listen closely and you'll discover hidden treasure.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

If you're clear about what matters most to you, you'll inspire those you love to work toward the same clarity. Remember, the best way to lead is by example.

PISCES February 19-March 20

While it feels like you're singing the same old relationship song, the present situation isn't an exact replication of the past. Be open to what's changed and you'll feel uplifted by the differences.


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