Unstable planetary motion sends waves of uncertainty through the ethers this week, and daily routines turn into balls of confusion. The reliable turns dicey. The rock-solid becomes fluid. Tummies ache from anxiety. And minds melt from the stress. Okay, not every moment of everyday will be that dramatic. But that doesn’t mean startling plot twists won’t send lots of us into tailspins. Just be aware, even if some of those spirals seem appropriate, indulging distress could have lasting consequences. So be careful what you attach to and mind how you tell your story. You can recount a myth of defeat, but you can just as easily describe a journey of transformation.
The first unsettling astral wrinkle is Martian. Mars goes retrograde on November 15 and stays retrograde until January 30, 2008. Yes, that is a long time, but not unusually long. As Mars “turns around” it trines Uranus, and as the week unfolds, Mercury joins the pack, forming a Grand Trine. This entire bundle is an intense, imaginative aggregation that supports mental agility. But it also overstimulates nervous systems. So don’t be surprised if you can’t sleep a wink or all you want to do is hide under the covers and zone out. What’s more, if you or someone you love is expecting an immediate, specific response to an exceptionally intense situation, you could be disappointed. When the planet of action moves behind instead of ahead, progress is compromised.
In truth, Uranus always outmaneuvers, outweighs, and outranks Mars, which means normally you could use Uranus to barrel ass down the boulevard to success. But for the next ten days, Uranus is preparing for its own turnaround; It goes direct on November 24. And as the course corrections between Uranus and Mars collide, daily life could take on the surreal quality of a 1950s sci-fi movie. Uranian turnarounds have an almost immediate effect, so don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re wandering between The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Day of the Triffids. Most importantly, this is not a good time to make major decisions — even if you’re finally clear about what you need to do. Instead of acting impulsively to relieve the tension, keep breathing. There will be plenty of time to do what needs to be done once the atmosphere quiets down.
If you’re in the helping profession, anticipate increased demands on your time and energy. If you’re a volunteer, expect to be busy. If you have children, be prepared for more than a few meltdowns — kids tend to channel this type of intensity without inhibition. No matter what your position, try to stay flexible. For all of us, the tricky part of the coming weeks is figuring out how to remain centered in the midst of change.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
The Taoist sages often advise taking no unnecessary action, and this would be an appropriate time to use their wisdom. Don’t worry — you’re not in danger. But when the wheel of life is turning, it’s best not to push too hard in any one direction.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Mars stimulates intense dialogue with friends and associates. There’s no need to be afraid of intense tête-à-têtes. While some of these exchanges may be uncomfortable, much of what is shared will help to improve your partnerships.
Gemini May 21-June 21
This cycle is about refining your confidence and building greater self-esteem. Pay attention to where you falter, and let that hesitation show you where to begin the healing process.
Cancer June 22-July 22
While no one promised this Martian identity crisis would be easy, it also doesn’t have to be a complete struggle. Be open to behavior modification and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to lose the rough edges.
Leo July 23-August 22
Stay attuned to your intuition and trust your inner guidance. Not every hunch may be accurate, but several penetrating insights will help you to handle startling developments with grace and skill.
Virgo August 23-September 22
It’s not a reversal of fortune as much as it is a review of the past interactions, some recent and some from long ago. Don’t be afraid to probe your prior history — there’s still a lot to learn.
Libra September 23-October 22
You’re able to handle many unanticipated demands, but you still need to be careful and pay attention to the details. Multitasking is great, but it can also lead to overwhelm and overextension. Pace yourself and you’ll survive the intensity.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Yes, there is a lot to take care of, and your questions about how certain situations are going to function are timely. But in order to get satisfying answers, you must be specific about your concerns.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
If you feel as if too much is happening too quickly, you’re right, and there is no way to stop the flow or control the outcome. So rather than resist or insist, simply let the situation unfold.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Read Aries above, and add this: While your partnerships — personal or professional — may seem as if they are in turmoil, they are simply rearranging themselves into a more workable pattern.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Lend assistance to those in need, but be careful you don’t get attached or identified with the results. Mars is inspiring altruism, but that doesn’t mean everyone will be open to a helping hand.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Call your current emotional state a crisis of faith, or view it as an opportunity to investigate what has authentic spiritual value for you. Take your time with this process, and you’ll emerge with a strong foundation.