Humor, Optimism, and Sexual Urges 

For the week of October 7-13, 2009.

The planets display their multifaceted talents this week, and successfully navigating this holographic kaleidoscope of astral interactions will require nothing less than a multidimensional mindset. And while some of us are always aware that nothing occurs in isolation, as the week unfolds, lots of us are going to be hyperaware of our interconnectedness. Be prepared to be surprised about who knows who and who knows what — you'll probably encounter no more than two degrees of separation. Also expect to feel exceptionally vital as you move through what is sure to feel like an excessive to-do list, most of which is necessary. And — this is the best part — anticipate an optimistic attitude, supported by a strong creative current. I know by now you're wondering if I'm describing life on another planet; this couldn't possibly be the forecast for Earth. But it is, and despite the growing list of serious and pressing problems, which have not gone away, this week offers a different perspective.

Venus, Mars, and Uranus are at the core of this week's patterns. Venus is moving into a conjunction with Mercury and Saturn, a position that deepens the desire to be thorough in all endeavors. But Venus is also in an opposition to Uranus, an interaction that is likely to reject sobriety in favor of excitement. A Venus/Uranus opposition is known for strong and impetuous creative, as well as sexual, urges. Translation: Don't be surprised if you find yourself momentarily infatuated with someone or something that's never before caught your eye. Just remember, under any Venus/Uranus contact, the rule of thumb is "Marry in haste, repent at leisure." The problem is the presence of Mars makes it impossible to deny those urges. Not only does Mars sextile Venus, a passionate coupling that's sure to fuel romantic and artistic fire, but Mars also trines Uranus, an alliance that feeds the need to act on impulse. You'll need skill to handle the intensity of this entire bundle, especially if you're drawn to someone who isn't as interested in a relationship as you may be. Yet, given the combined aesthetic sensibility of Venus, Mars, and Uranus, its intensity can be put to good use moving creative mountains. Allow yourself to be inspired and allow yourself to try different approaches that may require unusual choices.

And saving the best for last: A Sun/Jupiter trine, exact on October 10, promotes optimism. But more importantly, it also encourages humor, which means you can expect to be laughing. I'm not suggesting everything will be funny, but this trine will provide the sort of psychic resilience to allow irony rather than despair.

As you move through the week, make the most of its vitality by embracing its intensity. And should you have energy to spare, which most of us will, spend some of that excess helping others.

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

ARIES Awaken to your true nature, move into action, and throw your thunderbolts with precise intention — no throwing just 'cause it feels good to move. If you do, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

TAURUS Don't be surprised if you feel as if you are returning to your truest self, and appreciate your ability to balance your material and spiritual world. The best thing about self-confidence is that it grows exponentially.

GEMINI Be direct with yourself and others about where your energy is best spent. If you're clear about your priorities, you'll enjoy the fast pace without a moment of time wasted on what isn't of interest.

CANCER Resist the temptation to dwell on "should have," "could have," or "if only." Regretting the past will keep you from appreciating the present. Learn from your mistakes, integrate those lessons, and move on.

LEO Harness the power of the week and use it to identify what's working to your benefit and the benefit of those you love. This is not about hacking away at your life. It's about eliminating what's superfluous and concentrating on what's authentic.

VIRGO Avoid shortcuts, especially if those time-saving efforts have the potential to compromise your integrity. You have enough energy to get through each day. You just need to be clear about where your time is best spent.

LIBRA You are in the process of completing one intense phase and moving into another. As you move through this transition, assume a "beginner's mind" that will allow a genuine humility to guide your through this process with skill.

SCORPIO Make "moderation and modesty" your mantra, especially as you step into the leadership position. I'm not suggesting you feign a lack of ambition or interest. I'm simply advising you to remember that others will be learning from your example.

SAGITTARIUS As is often the case, synthesis is the key to your success. So rather than choosing one way or another, try contextualizing your situation as a challenge to reconcile opposites, with the hope of creating several solutions.

CAPRICORN Consider your circumstances a spiritual initiation and you'll have an easier time dismantling an aspect of yourself that no longer serves. Face yourself, honestly, and you'll grow into greater wisdom.

AQUARIUS Sometimes the present tastes sweeter when we take the time to appreciate the past. No matter how busy you are — and you're plenty busy — recognize just how much you've accomplished thus far.

PISCES While it feels like a tangle of emotional threads, if can see your situation as an opportunity to integrate recent relationship lessons, you'll find it much easier to sort through what you've learned and what still needs work.

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