Aquarium Age 

For the week of November 26-December 2, 2008.

Thanksgiving 2008 looks more like a mad tea party from Alice in Wonderland than a page from the Pilgrim Story. So don't be surprised if your trip to Grandma's house is interrupted by space aliens, visitors from Middle Earth, or a couple of Native American ghosts from Thanksgiving's past. (It is, after all, a politically incorrect holiday.) Also don't be dismayed if the conversation around the tofutti turkey swings the grassy knoll to Obama's birth certificate to bar codes as the "sign of the beast" to the Illuminati of the New World Order to Area 51. (I'm already exhausted, and I love these stories.) No matter how or what you slice, this Thanksgiving will be like no other.

The source of eccentricity is Uranus, that Mother of Invention, who goes Direct Thursday morning. Uranus represents sudden bolts from the blue, and whenever it alters its course, nervous systems quicken from the shift in celestial perspective. The end of its retrograde phase does include the ongoing opposition to Saturn, but we are so used to this tension, I'm not even going to talk about it. Instead, the focus is on a Uranus sextile to the Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Capricorn. Positive Venus/Jupiter configurations signify the principle of joyous love. And when you add Uranus to the mix, that joy is expressed without reservation. Saturn trines that Venus/Jupiter conjunction, stabilizing the "look at me, I'm free" exuberance just enough to keep most of us from volunteering to return to the Shire with Sam, Merry, and Pippin. (Okay ... Lothlorian or Rivendell ... maybe.) What's more, Saturn's sober presence could prevent a plethora of mashed potato mountains during dinner. (Devil's Rock, anyone?)

But that's not all. A Sun/Mercury/Mars/Moon conjunction in Sagittarius also turns the entire day (actually the whole week) into a talkfest. Sagittarians are a loquacious lot who tend to be versed in any number of arcane subjects. Add Mercury, the symbol for language, as well as Mars, the principle of energy, and the entire bundle turns into a non-stop marathon discussion, capable of moving from discourse to debate to quick repartee in a matter of moments. Of course, the Moon adds an emotional touch, but no one is likely to mind, especially because everyone will be talking at once.

Pluto sings a somber solo note, the night before Thanksgiving, as it moves into Capricorn (where it will stay for the next fifteen years) and doesn't engage directly with any of its planetary cohorts until the Moon moves into Capricorn on Saturday, a conjunction some of us may feel more keenly than others.

It probably won't be easy settling down long enough to say a prayer of gratitude, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be wise to make an effort. Thanksgiving is a day set aside for feeling grateful. It may be hard this year for many of us to find a true place of thanks — so many lives have been disrupted by storms, physical and financial, and so much uncertainty about the future permeates the physical and psychic environment. So be sure to include those less fortunate in your heart.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

Before you embark on that new venture, gather the appropriate information. Read, research, and examine the available data, and then focus on synthesis and integration.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

It's a question of control, and not just being in control, but also if control is truly possible. Rather than insisting on a specific outcome, let go, and allow the situation to unfold on its own.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Be open to relationships, but also be comforted by old friends. A shared sensibility about what matters most can renew and revitalize the soul.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Allow uncertainty about the future to skew your view toward a negative reality, and you're likely to experience a peculiar kind of paralysis. Refuse to be indoctrinated by anxiety, and you'll stay creative about your options.

LEO July 23-August 22

Flexibility is the key to your success, especially if you're willing to learn from your mistakes. So put pride aside, acknowledge what you don't know, and keep experimenting until you find the best solution.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Rise to the occasion and simply do the "right" thing even if what you have to do isn't what you want to do. Remember, leaders who inspire unswerving loyalty are those who inspire by example.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

You're on the threshold of a significant shift but hesitant to move forward, which is completely understandable, given how much will change when you do. Take your time — you can't hurry growth.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

You may not be able to handle all that needs doing, so rather than procrastinate, enlist the help of friends. Yes, I know you want to present a self-sufficient image, but reality is more important than the façade.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Try not to let the Trickster bamboozle you into thinking there's more money in your account than the total on your bank statement. Be realistic about finances, and your situation will eventually turn around.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Expressing yourself will help you to articulate your internal process. And while not everyone will agree with your ideas, just sharing your opinion will shift your awareness.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Try not to work too hard to convince friends and associates to see "it" your way. Instead, figure out what adjustments you can make that will make the benefits of your perspective obvious to everyone.

PISCES February 19-March 20

In order to navigate the situation, you'll have to reach deep within and tap your innate reserves of empathy and compassion. And while you may not want to take this high road, it is actually the best choice for all.

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