Aquarium Age

For the week of April 2-8, 2008

This week and the next several weeks, the planets skew the psychic ground of daily life even more toward the absurd, as the constant diet of unexpected plot twists continues to unsettle the already unsettled air. We’re changing, it’s true, but the reactions to those changes pack the power to spin the wheel of life in an entirely different direction. The good news is life isn’t boring. The better news is that while the terra firma of daily life shudders with shift, the planets simultaneously support the potential to stay steady. Yes, there are bolts from the blue, but those blows don’t necessarily signal disaster. They also present opportunities to drop the pretense of control, and instead show up for existential uncertainty with a good attitude. Yes, letting go can be messy, but there are times — special times — when releases feel guided by grace. And this is one of those exceptional times. We are under a providential astral signature for the next several weeks that can be used to transform painful circumstances into instances of profound healing through a sudden, yet true change of heart.

The source of this grace in the midst of upheaval is a Jupiter/Uranus sextile, which is exact almost all month long. This sextile is a powerful alliance that challenges the status quo, so don’t expect to tackle anything through a normal routine. Nothing is going to happen by rote, and some of the alternative choices, yours or others, could be a little strange. But what this sextile also provides is a sense of being in the right place at the right time, even if what makes it “right” is totally unexpected or weird. I’m not trying to be cryptic, but sometimes you can think you missed the prize until you realize the greater blessing was being out of harm’s way.

Fortunately, the ongoing Saturn/Pluto trine continues to provide the tenacity to persevere no matter how shaky the situation. Best known for its ability to inspire excellence through extreme self-discipline, this trine can also foster stern attitudes. Please remember to be kind as you deliver criticism; what may be firm to you could feel punishing to others. Also be aware, this trine supports the determination to win, which makes it the perfect configuration for competitors in a variety of fields. The tricky thing is figuring out how to avoid pushing yourself or others too hard. Keep your expectations realistic and you’ll maintain moderation.

As this week and the coming weeks unfold, open to a state of grace. Providence may not look like what you imagined, but that doesn’t mean it won’t feel exactly as you hoped it would.

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

Aries March 21-April l9

Spend your excess energy wisely, and avoid the trap of spewing just for the sake of it. I’m not advising you to wimp out, but I am suggesting you err on the side of diplomacy, a position that will allow you to take advantage of several unexpected opportunities.

Taurus April 20-May 20

It’s not necessary to share every anxiety; some things are better left unsaid, especially if they will only intensify an already over-the-top situation. Be patient, and allow the situation to unfold in its own time sequence.

Gemini May 21-June 21

You’re reconciling several opposing viewpoints, which is no small feat, even for someone who’s used to synthesizing several personal opinions. Be clear about what you value, and you’ll be able to mediate the conflict through an appropriate filter.

Cancer June 22-July 22

A rigid insistence on your way or no way won’t serve anyone, not even you. So rather than polarize, devote your efforts to creating a solid ground of genuine compromise where everyone is a winner.

Leo July 23-August 22

If you want to capitalize on several unanticipated, unique opportunities to form profitable alliances, you must assume as well as maintain a positive attitude. Not every encounter will be worth the expenditure of time, but some could catalyze new and beneficial projects.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Your partnerships, personal and professional, continue to go through changes. Rather than see these shifts as tests of strength, view them as exercises in flexibility. Be willing to compromise, and you’ll make the appropriate moves.

Libra September 23-October 22

You’ll need additional time to handle work-related obligations. Rather than resent these demands, consider this phase an opportunity to showcase your ability to take charge and get the job done.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Spontaneous conversations with friends and family stimulate new ideas. View these interactions as message meant to catalyze you into a keener awareness, and you’ll reap surprising — and unforeseen — benefits.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Don’t be surprised if you feel an urge to move and indulge every desire. Yes, life is unsettled and uncomfortable, but acting on every itch won’t solve the problem. You’ll know when it’s time to scratch.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

You can squabble with partners over petty differences or you can do what’s necessary to make peace. I’m not suggesting you abandon yourself, but if you try to control every detail, you’ll leak your power before you get to use it.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Channel your intensity into non-aggressive forms of communication and you’ll prepare a pathway for exciting new information about old, boring problems. The solution isn’t about who wins, it’s about creating joy for all participants.

Pisces February 19-March 20

A sudden turn of events could work out well for you, but only if you seize the moment, so be selfish and take care of yourself first. You won’t be disappointed — and you might just be happy.

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