Aquarium Age 

For the week of April 15-21, 2009.

Here's the good news: Even in the midst of the madness there are opportunities for strength and clarity. Here's the bad news: The tumult of recent weeks continues and, as it does, daily routines continue to beat to an erratic pulse. Expect disruptions, and anticipate feeling more than a little stretched as nervous systems strain to maintain. Also be prepared for those around you — loved ones as well as strangers — to also be overwhelmed by the intensity. But also be aware, the planets are providing plenty of potential to think through any crisis as it plays out, which translates into the ability to make grounded choices about how to handle the intensity.

The source of stress is the ongoing Mars/Uranus conjunction. It's exact April 15, and as it starts to separate, dynamic releases are probable. Mars symbolizes physical energy. Uranus represents kinetic energy, and when these two share the same space, their combined force creates an unstable atmosphere. That instability tends toward volatile excess that translates into meltdowns, personal and collective — something we've already seen too much of in the last several weeks. On a less violent level, this conjunction also signals a need to hurry through almost everything, big or small. As the excess energy produced by this conjunction spills over, the atmosphere turns antsy, so don't be surprised if you're feeling agitated for no "good" reason.

Fortunately, a Mercury/Saturn trine provides a thorough, thoughtful mindset, which supports a feet-on-the-ground attitude that encourages positive action. Mercury is in Taurus, Saturn is in Virgo — both, strong practical Earth Signs. As a result, we're likely to feel that actual accomplishments are possible. Keep in mind, this potential for success isn't only material. Yes, it's good for business, but this trine between the planet of intellect, Mercury, and the planet of structure, Saturn, engenders the solid ground of clarity in a variety of endeavors.

A Sun/Pluto trine provides deep wells of strength as well as determination. This is a positive union between the brightest planetary light, the Sun, and the deepest, Pluto, so don't waste this powerful combination. It is best spent when it is directed at specific goals. Again, these aims don't have to be professional or financial. They can just as easily be a desire for greater understanding or a greater capacity to integrate spiritual awareness into altruistic action.

As you move through another intense week, it might be handy to remember that we are in the grace period of the ongoing Saturn/Uranus opposition. The next exact opposition isn't until September 15, which means we won't start to experience the next full-throttle level of its intensity until mid-August. But just because the tension is lessening, that doesn't mean the lessons of this opposition are dissipating. This opposition is dissolving the status quo. We have no control over this disintegration, and the falling apart of certain structures, personal and collective, cannot be stopped. All we can do is respond with consciousness and the determination to learn, so that we can grow new structures, better suited to our needs.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

Continue to focus your attention on your career, and despite collective anxiety, you will continue to feel that your efforts will be rewarded. This is not about making leaps; it's about continuing to be consistent.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

You have uncanny opportunities to connect to your core, but to make the shift, you must be willing to speak your mind and stand your ground. Be honest about what you feel, and others will respond with equal integrity.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

The support you're looking for is internal, and it's already there — all you have to do is pay close attention to your intuition. And then combine it with equal parts of common sense.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Rather than lose faith or hope, talk to your partners about how the situation can be remedied. Don't let a sense of futility keep you from finding higher ground.

LEO July 23-August 22

Surprising work-related opportunities could ease financial tension, so rather than saying "no" because you don't think something will work, say "yes" and let the situation unfold.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Expect relationship volatility, as previously denied feelings, yours or others, can no longer be contained. Don't worry. These releases will help you to transform stagnant habits that no longer satisfy.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

It's a tricky career-related puzzle, and fitting all the pieces together won't be easy, especially if you are in a hurry. So take a deep breath, and then another, and give yourself time to assess the situation.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Yes, it is a lot of energy to handle, but you're used to intensity. What's more, clear, cogent community with partners, personal and professional, will help you to channel the intensity in a positive manner.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Don't worry about being misunderstood. Even if you say too much, your efforts to not only share your ideas, but also to listen to the ideas of others, will be recognized and appreciated.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

You still may be tempted to use strong words to hide your vulnerability. And while I'm not suggested you hold back, I'm still advising you to consider the long-term consequences of a diatribe.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Expect a shift in your attitude toward money. This is not about a windfall or a loss. It's about redefining what money means to you, and why. You'll be surprised by just how much your insights could shift your situation.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Be patient, and with time your need to blurt out every thought will find an appropriate proportion. In the meantime, continue to enjoy sharing your opinions, passionately and adamantly.


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