Aquarium Age 

For the week of March 11-17, 2009.

This week, the air turns feverish with all sorts of fancies, which spark a variety of love affairs that ignite imaginations, yours or others, young or old. Not only are we on the threshold of spring, when bodies, minds, hearts, and souls start to surge with seasonal urges, but Venus, goddess of love and beauty, also dominates the astral action and stirs a desire for love — all kinds of love from the passionate to the Platonic to the pubescent. It's actually a nice break from what has felt like a nonstop, there-isn't-anything-else-to-talk-about financial migraine that's been hanging on since the Saturn/Uranus opposition started in late September. And while this week isn't a complete break from the madness — Venus is after all also the goddess of m-o-n-e-y — it is definitely a change of air. So breathe, deeply, and make the most of this phase by pampering and indulging your desires.

Venus is retrograde in Aries, the Sign of physical adventure, as well as the Sign of individuation. She began her seemingly backward journey on March 6 and won't go direct until April 17. Aries is a Fire Sign that symbolizes action, ambition, competition, and impetuous behavior motivated by impulse and instinct rather than reason or logic. It is the Sign of spring when (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) the days get longer, the sun warmer, germination begins, and so does the strong need to get physical. Aries is best known as the explorer who needs to physically climb the mountain or sail the sea to discover new territory. Aries is not the Sign that will cultivate that new territory.

When Venus is in Aries, love at first sight is a probability. Understand, these infatuations aren't necessarily destined to burn as embers; they can flare up and die down quite quickly. Aries likes romance and often loses interest, especially if a relationship gets bogged down by mechanics. As Venus retraces her steps during this retrograde, you may find yourself revisiting old affairs or old affairs may be visiting you. What's more, because she is in Aries, some of those encounters could be Dangerous Liaisons. So pay attention and don't get yourself embroiled in a situation you can't escape.

Venus is also the goddess of creativity and her fire easily translates into a creative intensity that is sure to keep you concentrated and focused on projects already in motion or help you to give birth to new ideas and concepts.

Venus began her retrograde journey in a sextile to Jupiter, in Aquarius. We love this because positive Venus/Jupiter contacts foster grace and harmony, as well as the desire to be happy. And happiness is something we could really use right now. Use this warm-hearted interaction to be cheerful and kind to yourself, as well as your fellow travelers. You won't be betraying anyone by allowing yourself or encouraging others to be happy. Remember, whatever we focus our attention on becomes our reality. And right now, an optimistic, positive outlook would be a welcome perspective.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

The emphasis is still on love, but this week it expands into interactions with others. Expect lots of love affairs with friends, family members, and in certain cases that — dare I write this — special someone.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Venus continues to stir altered states of consciousness, and while some of what you experience may not seem that unusual, other experiences are. And those extraordinary experiences have the power to ignite a powerful phase of personal growth.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Friends play an important role in helping you to decide the next course of action, so spend time listening to their opinions. Even if you don't agree with what's said, the information will catalyze your process.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Venus is focused on work and so are you, especially how to creatively revitalize your career. Use this time to review your current strategy, and then see how you can make the necessary improvements or adjustment.

LEO July 23-August 22

Conversations with significant others, personal and professional, provide a much-needed stimulus package that motivates you into action. Be positive about your opportunities, and they will yield positive results.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

There is money to be made, especially if you can implement certain innovations. Use this time to review what's working and what isn't, and you'll be able to integrate your ideas into action.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Venus is still arousing strong romantic feelings, so don't be surprised if you're obsessed with love. If you don't have a significant other, remember, there are all kinds of love and all sorts of things to be passionate about.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Yes, you are very busy, but you can still make time for self-care. A massage, manicure, weekend getaway, mental health day — all really good ideas that would work wonders for your heart.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Small talk will feel like an aphrodisiac, especially if you allow yourself to be explicit and expansive. So put that loquacious nature to work dreaming up the exotic and erotic persona of a poet.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

You're tempted to spend more money than you want to. And while I'm not promoting excess, sometimes extravagance is what's needed. Consider not holding back, especially when it comes to love.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Venus has you holding forth on a wide range of topics in a variety of settings. Rather than resist her presence, give yourself permission to share your opinions, freely and with joy.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Make Venus happy, and indulge your desire to go on a spending spree. Just remember to make yourself happy as well, by only buying lots of little things that you can easily afford.


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