The Aquarium Age 

For the week of May 28-June 3, 2008.

This week, and the next several weeks, you're going to need brain food — and lots of it. Mercury, symbol of all intellectual processes, as well as all things related to transportation and travel, rules the days and nights and matching its quicksilver pace is going to be a challenge. Of course, some of us will thrive on the busy, brainy climate, while others will be hard put to keep up. Those who do manage to sustain the pace but aren't enjoying the buzz are at risk for exhaustion. And that could turn quite a few moods cranky and crabby. The best way through this mental maze is to find a comfortable personal pace that allows for flexibility on every level — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

This week, the mind games begin with Mercury Retrograde. For those of you new to Mercury Retrograde, here's the skinny: Three times a year Mercury appears to be moving behind instead of ahead (relative to Earth's position), and when Mercury moves backward, all things related to its vast domain tend to move backward as well. Phones won't work. Voice mail and e-mail get lost in a void — the same place socks go when they disappear in the dryer. Schedules liquefy. And travel delays become the norm. Put simply, it's a mess. Which is why Mercury Retrograde is not a good time to initiate new plans or projects.

But this Mercury Retrograde is tricky for several reasons. (1) Mercury turned around in a trine to Neptune as Neptune also began a retrograde. Neptune represents intuition and imagination, and when it works with Mercury, it amplifies sensitivities of all kinds. Be prepared to be sympathetic and empathic to other people's lives. Also anticipate an ability to feel into situations that defy logical explanation and can only be understood intuitively. (2) But because a Mercury/Uranus square turns some of those insights brutally honest, you're likely to be disturbed by what you are finally able to understand. Instead of rushing to judgment and abandoning compassion, give yourself a little time to get used to such penetrating clarity.

Continuing on a Mercurial note, this week, the Sun and Venus are conjunct in Gemini, one of Mercury's Home Signs. This beneficent combination is likely to manifest as a convivial desire to think and talk about everything. Even strong silent types, male or female, are going to be inclined to delve in detail. Yes, Saturn squares both Venus and the Sun, but its sobering influence only adds depth to the conversation.

As Mercury Retrograde unfolds, several planetary nuances tweak it in unusual directions. So do whatever you do to stay agile in body, mind, and spirit. Most importantly, be kind to your fellow travelers.

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

Aries March 21-April l9

Mercury places the emphasis on communication, inviting you to be clear, precise, and direct. And while this sounds like an invitation to indulge that famous Aries tendency to be blunt, it isn't. It's an opportunity to be skillful.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Mercury is focused on m-o-n-e-y and so are you. But there is no reason to brood over your finances, unless you want to. There is every reason to use this Mercury presence to contemplate how to create greater financial stability.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Mercury delivers disturbing data, and that information intensifies several ongoing conversations. Before you react, give yourself time to process, digest, and integrate the facts. Then, move into action.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Mercury challenges you not to brood over harsh words said in the heat of the moment. Holding on to the pain will only exacerbate your suffering. So allow Mercury to help you let go.

Leo July 23-August 22

Mercury concentrates its presence on friends, past and present, and as it does, you're revisiting old circumstances, but not only through memories. Some of those old acquaintances could show up for either renewal or closure.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Mercury stimulates career activity, and while some of what takes place is redundant, some of what occurs could open up opportunities. Think about what you would like to change, and then, stay open to the possibility of reinventing your professional persona.

Libra September 23-October 22

Mercury kindles your curiosity, so don't be surprised if you suddenly find yourself interested in a wide variety of subjects. Don't worry about spreading yourself too thin; just give yourself permission to be thirsty for knowledge.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Mercury inspires a transformational attitude that allows you to view a difficult situation in a new light. As you review the details, make an effort to understand the opposite perspective. Then, let that new view inspire a capacity to compromise.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Mercury spotlights relationship issues, especially persistent patterns. While I'm not suggesting therapy, it might be a good idea, especially if you're feeling caught in a familiar loop of action and reaction.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Mercury keeps you busy with a gazillion details, none of which will be easy to track unless you keep good records. So while I know you are always organized, this would be a good time to get extra-organized.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Mercury Retrograde could provoke a creative crisis — but don't worry, this crisis isn't about a disaster. It's about coming to terms with whether you are squandering your talent or spending it wisely.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Mercury stirs the bottom of your psychic pond, raising issues of safety and security. Use this time to gain greater clarity into what you need and want, but try to wait until the end of the retrograde to implement your plan.


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