Maintaining Your Equilibrium Is Essential 

For the week of September 2-8, 2009.

Saturn/Uranus Opposition, Part 2:

The ongoing Saturn/Uranus opposition continues to polarize and divide what is already split and separate, and the gravitational pull along this axis of disconnection continues to exacerbate reactive states. Be prepared for even more surprising and deep gulfs of perception as the same set of facts are read from not just different sides of the political universe, but also from different sides of the consciousness galaxy. As always, when polarization is the theme, synthesis becomes a necessary and vital tool for finding and holding onto a middle path. Just don't confuse a strong center with passivity. Finding a balance and keeping it, doesn't mean striking a midpoint. There is no halfway between war and peace. The middle way that's needed to maintain a strong center requires the stamina, confidence, and the willingness to live daily life with a resilient determination to find creative solutions that aren't about capitulation or insincere compromise, but rather creative solutions grounded in the power of imagination.

Uranus is the good news in the creativity equation. Uranus symbolizes the ingenious, inventive creativity that won't settle for stuck, stagnant systems. This is Oraunus, the Sky God of ancient Greece, whose vast terrain symbolizes the infinite potential of the unknown. But there is a slight problem with Uranus because it is also explosive and utterly unpredictable, which in human parlance translates into uncontrollable. Uranus tosses thunderbolts capable of lighting up the night sky with a sudden and terrifying fury. The task of consciousness is to figure out how to allow these Uranian illuminations to inspire new ideas about facilitating transformation without causing additional harm.

Saturn's job is to delineate reality — it's "the buck stops here" planet — and one of its roles is defining responsibility. And while many of us think of Saturn as the Lord of Karma, it is actually the principle that supports structure, and we need its systems to organize daily life. The problem is we can get caught and comfortable in a Saturnian structure even if it no longer serves. And when that happens, Saturn's presence can ossify into stubborn, haughty resistance.

For the next several weeks, as Saturn, the principle of change, opposes Uranus, the principle of stability, finding and maintaining your equilibrium, inside and out, is essential.

Fortunately, we're also under the influence of Mercury Retrograde from September 7 through September 29. And I say "fortunately" because retrogrades slow the pace of daily life, affording opportunities to review, reflect, and reconsider. I know Mercury Retrograde is generally dreaded, but in a psychic climate where so much is happening so quickly, a lessening of the pace might be helpful. What's more, Mercury represents the facile component of the intellect that can move between heaven and hell in the blink of the mind's eye. And that ability to move between polarities with skill is definitely a welcome addition that will enhance the potential for creative, imaginative breakthroughs.

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

Aries Rather than squander your passion, respect it. Find a consistent stride that allows you to handle the many demands made on your time and energy, but also include enough rest to replenish your reserves.

Taurus Make flexibility your constant companion, and you'll navigate difficult situations with skill. You don't have to abandon your opinion, but you must respect and acknowledge the opinions of others.

Gemini It looks and feels like a crisis between personal and professional obligations because it is. Be willing to let go of what you can't handle in either arena, and you'll find the stamina to take care of the rest.

Cancer There is no denying your strong, leadership position. Make the most of it by inspiring others to have faith in the possibility of creating a peaceful and prosperous environment for everyone.

Leo It looks, smells, and acts like money, and in some cases it is, but the tension isn't only financial. You are in a process of learning that ultimate worth cannot be measured by material standards.

Virgo You're in a relationship intensive, and you don't have to be partnered to feel the intensity. So rather than pretend or hold back what you're feeling, express yourself and trust in the power of authenticity.

Libra It isn't possible to control the power of the unconscious, which is one of the reasons dreams and visions are so powerful and often life changing. Pay attention. The power to deliver important messages of the soul is at an all-time high.

Scorpio Figure out how to share your gifts without expectation or disappointment. Yes, this sounds like a koan because it is, and like a true Zen puzzle, contemplating the riddle will free you from the shackles of your mind.

Sagittarius Share your opinions with your usual flare — no modulating your passion. Just be aware, the secret of your success lies in your ability to listen with equal enthusiasm to what others have to say.

Capricorn Daily life is all about having faith in yourself and allowing that faith to inspire the courage of your convictions. I'm not suggesting blind authority. I'm simply advising you to integrate principles into action.

Aquarius First rule of magic: The universe rearranges itself to accommodate your picture of reality. So open with gratitude to all that is, and you'll stimulate a wide field of abundance and prosperity.

Pisces You're trying to reconcile the strong demands of partners with an equally strong internal demand for personal freedom. Rather than polarize, synthesize. Sounds simple, but the process requires letting go of comfortable behavior that no longer serves.


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