Power Play 

For the week of June 22-28, 2011.

The planets are arrayed in complex patterns, and here on Earth, nervous systems, already frayed from the ongoing intensity, are likely to unravel even more as interactions grow increasingly convoluted. For some, meltdowns are probable, especially for children (of all ages), as hypersensitivity interferes with the ability to listen objectively to a different, and perhaps antagonistic perspective. For others, old, familiar ways of coping with the stress of uncertainty — survival systems you thought were long-gone — are suddenly back and lookin' good, as only addictive behavior can. For most of us, daily life simply feels chaotic, and this seeming lack of order could produce or exacerbate a sense of anxiety or dread. (Unfortunately, some of us have been experiencing this state of mind since the earthquake in Japan.) The best way to stay calm is to stay mindful. Pay attention to wherever it is you find yourself along the spectrum of emotional intensity, and if you find yourself mired in a habitual response, take a breath and try to settle into your body and present time. Then, see if there is a way to transform your routine reaction into a consciousness response.

The Sun, in Cancer, is at the core of several key interactions.

1. A Sun/Pluto opposition highlights themes of power and control as it agitates despots of every denomination to do whatever it takes to solidify their position.

2. Uranus squares both the Sun and Pluto, forming a T-Square, which is a difficult interaction that tends toward action as the antidote to tension. Action isn't always the best course, but because Uranus is the rebel with or without a cause, action is likely to be first on your list of remedies. This Uranus/Pluto square (among many other interpretations) represents a fractious clash between the needs of the individual and societal demands. On a personal level, don't be surprised if you feel the need to break free from the shackles of oppression — physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. What's more, because Cancer is always concerned with issues of safety and security, the drama is sure to focus on financial and emotional stability. Another important component is a Mars/Uranus sextile, which provides prodigious amounts of physical energy that amps up the need to move. To avoid the lingering consequences of rash behavior, assuming the Taoist stance of no unnecessary action would be a wise choice.

3. A Sun/Neptune trine produces heightened sensitivity, a condition that encourages an active imagination as well as an inclination toward meditation, contemplation, and creative pursuits of all kinds. Mars also meddles here as it squares Neptune, a position that encourages addictive appetites as a way of coping with stress.

4. The best news of the week is a Sun/Jupiter sextile that supports enthusiasm and laughter. This benign interaction is about common sense as well as a sense of humor. Apply it liberally wherever you run into the hard edge of this week's Sun/Uranus/Pluto power plays.

A Jupiter/Pluto trine ups the ante on the week's power issues, and while this is essentially a positive interaction, when it combines with the need to lead at any cost, it can feed an unbridled hunger for control: all the more reason to make mindfulness your constant companion.

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

ARIES The solution is learning to rely on others, not in a co-dependent way that denies or modifies your feelings, but in an honest manner that allows you to receive.

TAURUS The key is service, and by that I mean understanding how to authentically help your fellow travelers without relinquishing your ambition, creativity, or joy.

GEMINI It won't be possible for you to deny your power, so rather than pretend, step into the spotlight and own your capacity to lead. Just remember, your example is your greatest asset.

CANCER The key to maintaining your health — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual — is finding enough quiet time to replenish your reserves. Make the time now, and you'll be thankful later.

LEO Words spoken in the heat of the moment often have lasting consequences, as do words of love. Acknowledge the power of communication and pay close attention to what you chose to express.

VIRGO It looks like a financial challenge, and while it may be on the surface, the deeper issue is related to ultimate value. Figure out what matters most to you, and the money piece will fall into place.

LIBRA The challenge is being your own person without denying the personhood of another. While this is something all of us must learn eventually, right now it is your primary endeavor.

SCORPIO While the power of positive thinking may be a cliché, clichés always hold a grain of truth. Focus your attention of what's good, and your stress will start to diminish almost at once.

SAGITTARIUS A sense of community will help to relieve your anxiety. Share your creative ideas with friends and associates, and allow those interactions to bolster your spirit.

CAPRICORN Surrender your need to control the outcome, and just let it be. I know this may sound naive, but sometimes letting go is the best solution.

AQUARIUS If you're willing to deconstruct several tried and true systems, you will find the weakest link, which will then enable you to strengthen your foundation and feel supported.

PISCES It may seem like a standoff, but if you're willing to consider the opposing perspective, you will access the win-win solution of synthesis. This may sound easy, but it requires a commitment to staying flexible.

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