Trauma and Tantrums 

For the week of September 9-15, 2009.

Don't be surprised if you feel frayed around the edges or need more than a "moment" to pull yourself together. Nervous systems, individual and collective, already strained from the planetary push/pull of the Saturn/Uranus opposition, are at maximum capacity this week. And to add insult to injury, Mercury Retrograde, an astral condition infamous for frustration, exacerbates existing tensions. But that's not all. Pluto also throws its weight around when it goes Direct on September 11. When the heavens bustle with activity, the daily hustle of life here on Earth is often overwhelming. Especially if you already have too much to do and everything takes longer than it should to get done. Emotional bodies tend to fry when the other systems — physical, mental, or spiritual — are overloaded, a condition that translates into trauma or tantrums. So as always, err on the side of compassion and be as kind as possible to yourself and others.

The third exact contact of the Saturn/Uranus opposition occurs on September 15. As most readers already know, this configuration symbolizes the dissolution of the status quo, and as part of that process, unrest and upset, personal or cultural. The September 15 opposition includes the Sun, as it conjuncts Saturn, in Virgo. The Sun's presence puts the emphasis on tests of strength, particularly feats of physical endurance. Suit up for the marathon, but don't push yourself too hard. Uranus has a peculiar relationship to the pulse, and when it's in an opposition to a Sun/Saturn conjunction, hearts can follow eccentric rhythms.

Some of the upheaval could have a brutal edge, born not only from the tension of Saturn/Uranus, but also because Pluto throws its hat into the ring when it goes Direct on September 11 — not a great day to feel the presence of the mythological king of the underworld. By the end of the week, on September 17, Pluto moves into a square with the Sun, stimulating a desire for power and a proclivity toward ruthless behavior as a way of consolidating influence. Resist temptation to exercise your inner or outer despot by making a commitment to stay in your spiritual integrity.

Mercury is retrograde until September 29. Most of you know the drill, but for those that don't, here's the skinny: Mercury Retrograde is all about reviewing the details of what's already in motion with a fine-toothed comb. It's not a good time to install new software or buy a printer or computer. Because Mercury Retrograde is also about travel delays and detours, give yourself plenty of time to get wherever you need to go. Mercury Retrograde is always about slowing down the pace of life and making time for what may have been overlooked.

This week, as this confluence of celestial activity stirs what is already roused, figure out healthy ways to self soothe. Even if it seems like an impossible task, try to make time for quiet contemplation. And when you can, attune to the spirit of cooperation and offer a calm word or peaceful gesture to your fellow travelers.

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

ARIES Even though some of what needs to be done is boring, most of what you have to take care of is necessary. So rather than resent your situation, roll up your sleeves and get to work.

TAURUS If you can "step away from the vehicle" you'll gain a better perspective about what needs to shift. And once you have that broader view, your innate creativity will find positive solutions.

GEMINI Rest and relaxation are the best cure for what ails, so give yourself permission to spend as much time as you need in the comfort of your home, replenishing your reserves.

CANCER While conversation is important and communicating your feelings is essential, sometimes actions speak louder than words. Being precise and deliberate will demonstrate your intentions.

LEO Just be true to yourself and allow your innate generosity of spirit to guide your actions. Sure, some will think you are naive, but making positive choices and believing the best about others is never a mistake.

VIRGO Rather than polarize with partners, figure out how you can find the fertile ground of compromise. I'm not suggesting you give up control. I'm simply advising you to find a win-win solution.

LIBRA You can call it indecision, or you can allow yourself enough time to examine the situation from as many angles as necessary. Sounds like a no-brainer, but your time frame may not satisfy the needs of others.

SCORPIO You may think life is about all work and no play, but that might not be completely accurate. Stay focused on career goals but also figure out how a playful attitude might enhance your success.

SAGITTARIUS Conversation — your favorite pastime — stimulates creative inspiration as well as the determination to turn those musings into action. Be bold as you move forward and you'll be pleased with the results.

CAPRICORN The only way to change your circumstances is to change your attitude. If you see failure, you'll create it, so why not envision success instead. Remember, you can't bring into being what you can't imagine.

AQUARIUS Yes, what you're dealing with demands a lot of hard work. But you are up to the challenge, especially if you can find a comfortable pace that allows you to push just enough, without pushing yourself to exhaustion.

PISCES While it may be easier to think negatively about oppositional forces, it doesn't really serve you to assume the victim position. Figure out how to step out of that role and your spirit will soar.

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