Aquarium Age 

For the week of June 4-10, 2008.

The planets are definitely playing mind games this week, and while druid dudes aren't likely to be lifting veils of consciousness, that doesn't mean the week won't have a retro component. We are in the middle of Mercury Retrograde after all, where the past is more than a little present and a compulsive devotion to the details of the moment is a must. For those of you bored by Mercury Retrograde (or still living in dread of repetition) the current phase is anything but normal, for while it is gnarly with delays and detours, this retrograde also crackles with creativity. And that's a nice change from the tedium of communication snags and snafus.

Mercury Retrograde began on May 26 and continues June 19. The normal retrograde wisdom is to suspend initiating anything new and instead concentrate on what's already in motion. But the current retrograde is far too active to follow the regular rules, so don't be surprised if you find yourself unable to comply with conventional wisdom.

Here's the breakdown: Mars sextiles Mercury, Venus, and the Sun, which are all conjunct in Gemini, Mercury's Home Sign. Gemini thrives on collecting and distributing information, which means from the ordinary to the extraordinary, we're likely to be inundated with material from many sources. Mars need to move and when it positively supports three planets in Gemini, the Sign of Communication, tongues move, too. Anticipate conversation — lots of it — and don't expect the talking stick to move quickly. Some conversations will sound like confessions and some will sing with poetry.

And it isn't likely anyone will be bored because Uranus, planet of surprises, squares Mercury and that translates into eclectic choices. All Mercury/Uranus interactions are akin to the universal symbol for invention, and this week, those light bulbs of insight are sure to illuminate previously darkened places of the mind or heart. This square is also about reaching for new ways of thinking about old problems. Use it to investigate stagnation. Be brave, and try on a new point of view. Better yet, try on the point of view you've been resisting the most.

One more bit: Mercury Retrograde can also clear up old misunderstandings: For the longest time, actually all of my adult life until ... well ... just today, whenever I listened to "Mind Games" I thought John Lennon was singing about the "mind gorilla," an enlightened ape in search of peace, holding flowers, and saying "yes." But while writing this column, I checked the lyrics, and now I know, the gorilla is wearing Che's beret. So as this week, as the mind games unfold, when possible, get into your gorilla suit, put your soul power to the karmic wheel, and make love the answer.

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

Aries March 21-April l9

You're redefining what it means to multitask, especially when it comes to keeping track of ongoing conversations. Don't be shy about making a list of promises and commitments — you're gonna need a scorecard to track the action.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Surprising connections from new as well as old acquaintances, personal or professional, could also offer the promise of much deserved recognition. Embrace this opportunity to be seen and you'll increase your self-esteem.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Surrender your desire to control the outcome and allow the situation to unfold. You don't have to give up or give in. You just have to let the dialogue continue, even if it is uncomfortable, until the truth finally emerges.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Clarity is possible but only if you clean out the flotsam and jetsam of your mind —and that's not necessarily easy. First, you have to discard negativity, and then you have to stay in the moment with a positive attitude.

Leo July 23-August 22

Read Aries above and add this: Despite the retrograde, you are planting seeds for the future, so be authentic and put your heart into every word and gesture.

Virgo August 23-September 22

It's simply a lot of work and you will need to be clear, direct, and patient, especially when people aren't listening with full attention. The details do matter and it's your job to make sure they get taken care of.

Libra September 23-October 22

Interactions with friends stimulate a desire to explore the spiritual dimension of life at a deeper level. Delving into philosophical realms is almost always a good idea, especially when there is the possibility of readjusting or refining your picture of reality.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

There are several chances for you to make tangible career gains, so don't be afraid to break the retrograde rule about "nothing new." Seize the moment and take advantage of these opportunities, now.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Your life is still all about relationships, but this week, it is about believing in yourself enough to take a stand and establish healthy boundaries. So be strong and have faith in your ability to make clear decisions.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Try not to ignore the details and instead pay attention to every little bit of related financial information. Even if you're already to busy, it would be wise to put in the extra hours needed to stay ahead of the curve.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Partners, personal and professional, challenge your authority. The best way through this confrontation is to see it as an opportunity to redistribute certain areas of power. Be fair, and others will follow your example.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Yes, you are facing a lot of work, but it's almost always a worthy endeavor to stretch your capacity. So rather than stew about the increase, embrace it as an opportunity to refine your skill.

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