Aquarium Age 

For the week of October 22-28, 2008.

Saturn/Uranus Opposition, Part Five:

This week, yet another chapter in the Saturn/Uranus saga unfolds, and it's likely to be even more surprising than previous episodes. So while you may have relaxed a tad, thinking you've finally caught its erratic beat, don't be too sure. Uranus is always about displacing what's irrelevant, and what's irrelevant isn't always easy to discern. Unlike previous installments, the next two — this week and next week — also carry a combative signature that easily engenders an argumentative atmosphere, where words morph into action in the blink of an eye. Be careful — extraordinary quantities of excess energy are available for all kinds of purposes, which makes it important to avoid getting so caught up the excitement of the moment that you "wake up" entangled in a brawl. Let go where necessary, and remember, often what we cling to is what we most need to examine.

The added source of intensity this week and next is the presence of Mars. Mars is in Scorpio, one of its favorite Signs, and from now until November 8, Mars forms two positive, powerful interactions with Saturn and Uranus. The first, a trine to Uranus, provides a seemingly unending source of energy that supports unusual efforts and exceptional accomplishments. From a personal perspective, you can aim this energy at your goals and access the potential to make great gains. Just be careful not to push too hard or too fast. This configuration tends toward haste, and not only does haste make waste, haste can also lead to carelessness and that can lead to accidents. From a collective perspective, a Mars/Uranus trine is all about the courage to take a stand for freedom. Expect lots of people to throw off their chains, whether those chains are ideological, economic, or political, and declare a need for independence.

The second positive Martian interaction is a Mars/Saturn sextile. While Mars/Saturn contacts are often difficult, the sextile is inherently positive, and has the potential to provide endurance, stamina, and fortitude. Again, from a personal perspective, this sextile supports concentrated effort and the ability to overcome even the greatest obstacles. From a collective perspective, this interaction points toward tests of strength — can our culture make the necessary and perhaps painful shifts to insure our safety and well-being? And when you add Uranus to the mix, the entire bundle heats up with resistance, provocation, rebellion, and an inclination to literally slug it out. But interestingly, this very same aggregation of astral forces also has the power to evoke the intervention of a higher understanding, capable of clarifying the immense imponderables of our collective situation.

As the intensity of daily life increases over the next two weeks, emotional bodies are sure to quiver with every new twist and turn. While that level of reaction may be stimulating, it could also be exhausting. So be sure to find healthy ways of coping with the stress.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

While it might be hard to resist some good Aries head butting, it might be wiser to resist the temptation to fight. Instead, channel your intensity into areas that need concentrated effort and you'll make progress toward your goals.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Positive interactions with partners, personal and professional, are possible, but only if you're willing to find the solid ground of compromise. You don't have to surrender your leadership position; you just need to honor the opinion of others.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Great career strides are possible, especially if you're willing to enlist the aid of allies. Don't worry about appearing vulnerable if you ask for help — your request will not be misinterpreted as a weakness.

CANCER June 22-July 22

It's important to look at your current situation from as many perspectives as possible, if only to gather the necessary information to make the best decision. So gather your data, give yourself time to digest it, and then, move forward.

LEO July 23-August 22

You're tempted to act, if only as a means of alleviating the pressure, and while I can't tell you action won't work, I'm advising you to be patient. Acting precipitously may only complicate the situation.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

I'm tempted to repeat last week's missive and advise you to keep your head, but I'm not sure you will listen. There are too many words you're just dying to say. Speak your truth, but also remember to listen to the truth of others.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Focus your awareness on gratitude and you'll access the potential to shift yourself out of despair and into hope. It's not purely a matter of positive thinking. It's about acknowledging what's already good in your life.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

You're in a powerful phase of self-assertion, so choose your interactions wisely. And while suffering fools won't be easy, if you must put up with foolishness at all, suffer it gladly.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

The key to your success is allowing your mind to wander without getting lost in negativity. For while some of your thoughts are agitated, many more of them are ripe with creativity.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Rather than resent your devotion to responsibility, be thankful for it. Taking care of business is a positive characteristic and deserves to be appreciated.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

It's all work all the time, and your efforts are appreciated and rewarded, especially financially. So stay focused, be determined, and whatever the undertaking might be, get the job done.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Expect to feel confident, strong, and ready to take on whatever task is necessary. And rather than worry about overextension, spend time establishing strong healthy boundaries that honor your need for rest.

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