Aquarium Age 

For the week of August 13-20, 2008.

The stellar winds shift this week, and while it will take a couple of days to feel the air clear, the new environment is decidedly less cranky. Just don't anticipate complete calm. We're still in an eclipse cycle and that means regular routines continue to be disturbed by unanticipated interruptions or interventions. The good news is that there is also an abundance of good sense that makes it possible to reason through this week's transition. Don't by shy about trading your sun hat for your thinking cap — a little brainy weather may be just what's needed.

The Lunar Eclipse occurs on August 16, at 5:10 EDT, with the Moon, in Aquarius, opposite the Sun, in Leo. During a Lunar Eclipse, the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon. From an astrological perspective that means ethereal concerns take a back seat to earthly matters — a cigar stays a cigar and dream work takes a back seat to concrete action. But that doesn't mean this particular eclipse event isn't esoteric. Neptune, also in Aquarius, is conjunct the Moon and opposite the Sun, and Neptune's presence has the potential to translate the event into a deeply mystical experience. Neptune symbolizes the cosmic urge to merge, as well as a wide range of altered states. It also represents the capacity to lose oneself in those alternative realities, which becomes problematic if you can't find your way back home. Leo is the Sign of self-expression, Aquarius is the Sign of the rebel, and as these various energies coalesce, the entire eclipse bundle could manifest as the revolutionary who sees his or her way as the only way. It could also reveal itself as an idealism that comes from the heart.

The Mars/Pluto square ends the day after the Lunar Eclipse. When hard aspects separate we tend to experience the brunt of the interaction, so be prepared for plenty of power struggles. A Pluto/Sun trine from August 14-27 continues to feed a need to lead, but because this is a positive interaction, it's not quite as ruthless as the square it replaces.

The good news/good sense current of the week, and a major contributor to the "change of air," comes from a trine between Jupiter, in Capricorn, and a Saturn/Mercury/Venus conjunction, in Virgo. Mercury and Venus are traveling in tandem, giving birth to a sense of beauty through an appreciation of art and love. We love this and wish it would last forever because when we calibrate our consciousness to what's beautiful, that attunement can become an antidote for all sorts of negativity. It's that old rule: whatever we focus our attention on becomes our reality.

Saturn's presence doesn't interfere with this beauty-fest at all; it provides a serious desire to concretize creative aspirations. But the best news is attributable to Jupiter and its trine to Saturn, Mercury, and Venus. We love this even more, because it's a positive, optimistic aggregation capable of shifting minds and hearts away from conflict and toward beneficial, valuable unions and alliances — an approach we all can use to joyously embrace the coming week.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

While you may be disappointed in the performances of friends or associates, that doesn't mean you need to brood about the situation. There are lots of tangible opportunities for success — take them.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

You're riding a creative wave that's guaranteed to lift your spirit and renew body and mind. Let nothing interfere with this process and you'll emerge reinvigorated.

Gemini May 21-June 21

You'll be amazed at how easy it is to feel at home, even if "home" is purely a state of mind rather than an actual place or a real place that isn't home. Wherever you are, allow yourself to belong to you.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Conversations continue to yield positive results, especially if you're willing to listen with an open heart and open mind. You don't have to reply; you just have to be willing to consider another perspective.

LEO July 23-August 22

Rather than being swayed by what others want you to do, honor your own needs. If you are true to yourself, you'll be able to take advantage of several opportunities to improve your finances.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Continue to maintain a peaceful approach and you'll be able to smooth out rough edges in several situations. But better yet, your attitude will inspire others to be equally gracious.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

There's no avoiding it — you feel good from the inside out. Let this inner sense of well-being infuse every area of your life with vitality, and you'll experience an outer shift as well.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Listen carefully to what friends have to say, as well as what you have to say to them, and you'll develop a new, healthy approach to several old dysfunctional patterns. Then, do what it takes to change those old habits.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

A serious attitude about work changes your mood. While there are bound to be glitches, especially the tendency to overextend, if you are determined to see each project through, you'll be pleased with the results.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Yes, you are working too hard, but if you use this time to hone your skills, you won't resent the overload. What's more, your efforts could yield permanent financial rewards.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Pay attention to your dreams, waking or sleeping. They have the power to deliver valuable, relevant information about how to resolve several current situations.

PISCES February 19-March 20

The intensity diminishes, especially if you are willing to put aside your pride and figure out a way to make peace. This isn't about capitulation; it's about compromise.

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