Be Prepared for Irritation and Resentment 

For the week of August 26-September 1, 2009.

Saturn/Uranus Opposition, Part 1:

Anxious, Agitated, and Belligerent, another trio of Disney dwarfs previously held in captivity in order to ensure a PG rating, break free this week, and as they indulge their appetites for drama, daily life is likely to be punctuated by temper tantrums, power plays, and a disturbing sense of entitlement. Don't be surprised if emotional confrontations, yours or others', override regular routines, which means you also have to be prepared to be irritated with resentment, especially if you're one of those people who is always trying to help. We are rapidly approaching the third exact opposition of Saturn and Uranus on September 15, and as the tension generated by that contact intensifies with each day, holding onto a calm, relaxed attitude is going to require a concentrated effort. It might be best to take life one day at a time until things cool down.

Just to recap: We are at the midpoint of a series of five Saturn/Uranus oppositions. This configuration happens approximately every 45 years, which makes it a fairly rare occurrence. Saturn represents the status quo, Uranus, the principal of change, and when they oppose one another, whatever existing structures, personal or collective, are suffering from stagnation start to disassemble. The last time a series of Saturn/Uranus oppositions occurred was 1965 to 1967, a period of time noted for the upset of civil unrest as well as profound personal and collective transformation.

The first exact contact in the current series was on November 4, 2008, the day President Obama was elected. The second exact opposition occurred on February 5, 2009, just after his inauguration. His election was certainly a challenge to the status quo: it broke the long-standing historical prerogative of white men holding the highest office in the land. So it shouldn't be a surprise that the "status quo" is resistant to this shift in the power paradigm. Witness, for example, the hearings on Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor and the accusation that she would be an activist, and the implied racism in that accusation. As if the Supreme Court hadn't already diminished its standing by its political activism in the appointment of Bush as president.

But what's disturbing about the current civil unrest is its vitriolic nature, a condition that could be exacerbated this week as Mars continues its opposition with Pluto, a combination that encourages the use of brute force as a way of guaranteeing a position. I can't help but wonder if part of what fuels the present venom is still a reaction to the changes of the Sixties. In February of 1966, there was a Saturn/Uranus opposition at exactly the same degrees of Pisces and Virgo as the first opposition in 2008; only the planets were in reversed Signs. Perhaps we're simply picking up where we left off.

As these weeks unfold, it would be wise to remember the power of civil disobedience. And despite the potential for mean-spirited interactions, as always practice non-violence at every opportunity.

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

ARIES You don't have to bark to be heard. You just have to figure out how to express your wants in a less militant manner. Try a lighter touch and you might be surprised at how easy it is to get those needs met.

TAURUS If a situation starts to upset your equilibrium, find a way to back out of the intensity. I'm not suggesting capitulation. I am advising you to take care of yourself, first.

GEMINI Fortunately, communication is the key to successfully navigating the week, and communication is something you do well. Rely on your innate charm and you will soothe ruffled feathers — your own and others'.

CANCER You are the leader, which means as you assume command, others will be following your every word and gesture. Be the best you can be and your example will inspire others to do the same.

LEO Refuse to let negativity lodge in your brain and become a brain worm. Instead, be joyous about all there is to celebrate and allow your happiness to soothe your spirit and nurture your soul.

VIRGO There's no need to let difficulties with associates turn into more than a small blip on the screen. Take responsibility for your reactions and you'll hold fast to a positive position.

LIBRA You can harness the intensity and let it work for you, but you will have to resist the temptation to feel misunderstood. Be ambitious without getting trapped by a misplaced need for recognition and you will like the results.

SCORPIO Listen closely to your intuition, and you'll hear the sound of clear solutions to what seem like insurmountable problems. Just don't be fooled by wishful thinking. Rely on your innate realism to guide you.

SAGITTARIUS It looks, feels, and smells like a money issue, and it just might be. But if you look closer, you'll discover it's also a matter of creative resilience, and spending it wisely.

CAPRICORN Just say "no" to any negative interactions with significant others of any kind, personal or professional. Sure you disagree on key points, but that's no reason to turn daily life into a battlefield.

AQUARIUS Instead of worrying over situations you can't control, let go, and surrender your need to secure a specific outcome. Allow the situation to unfold, and you'll have a better sense of its complexity.

PISCES Yes, it will be a challenge staying confident about your ability to hold certain relationships together, but that's okay. Sometimes it takes difficulties to hone our skills and clarify our intentions. 

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