.Aquarium Age

For the week of December 3-9, 2008.

Unsettled and unsettling astral patterns make regular routines hard
to hold on to this week, and as the possibility of restraint slips
away, attitudes, young as well as old, turn rebellious and
rambunctious. Anticipate noise pollution, both internal and external,
as discussion and discourse morph into declarations and demands. We
are, to put it mildly, adjusting to a new frequency. And because major
planetary transitions always challenge nervous systems, many of us are
likely to feel anxious. Add that astro-anxiety to the already fretful
environment, and surprisingly strong and unanticipated resistance is
likely to arise, yours or others. The best way through this vibrational
jangle is to avoid getting entangled in dramatic confrontations. So
whilst it might be impossible, follow the advice of the Taoist Sages
and take no unnecessary action.

Several sources contribute to this week’s erratic pulse. First, now
until December 28, a Sun/Mars conjunction supplies a steady current of
pure physical power. The Sun is the principle of life, Mars, the
principle of energy, and when they travel together, the air turns
vital. But it’s a vitality that easily translates into a hot-blooded,
prickly, too-quick-to-react attitude. So be careful not to aim this
energy randomly or at others and instead, put it to good use by aiming
it at specific goals. And if you find yourself a target of someone’s
blown-off steam, deflect it as best you can and refuse the temptation
to blow that hot air right back.

Second, by Friday, this bent-for-a-brawl team moves into a T-Square
with the ongoing Saturn/Uranus opposition, intensifying the already too
intense atmosphere. Prepare for a series of standoffs as just about
everyone feels the need to stake out personal territory on how to
define “freedom” and “personal boundaries.” The good news is this
T-Square occurs in Mutable Signs, which feeds the hope — albeit
slim — of compromise. The solution to this difficult interaction
is communication. That’s right — finding a way to talk about
what’s bothering you will actually lessen the intensity. So find a
group, a therapist, or a patient and attentive canine or feline
listener and start talking. Articulating your feelings will relieve the
need to act out in ways you might later regret.

The biggest news this week — and for the coming many weeks
— is Pluto’s move into Capricorn. It entered the Goatish Sign on
November 26 and it will stay in Capricorn until 2023. Along with
Uranus, Pluto is a primary astral agent of change. With what we
experience as an unrelenting insistence on authenticity, Pluto probes
the depths of behavior and intention, conscious and unconscious, often
to reveal the shadows of what drives values, personal and collective.
It powers what Joseph Campbell termed the “hero’s journey,” a journey
that includes a descent, a dismemberment or deconstruction of the ego,
and then, a rememberment and reemergence into the world, refined and
transformed by the process. As Pluto probes Capricorn, we will be
descending into issues of structure and authority, as those themes play
out through class distinctions, government, and corporations, to name
but a few areas.

Given the patterns this week, lots of us are going to be questioning
authority, which makes it a great time to start thinking about what
authentic power looks like.

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

ARIES March 21-April l9

If you’re willing to work hard, you can harness the energy of the
week and use it beneficially to accomplish several goals. Just don’t
push yourself so hard you forget to enjoy the process.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

You’re right; it is a money issue, and the best way to sort it out
is to be completely honest about what you can afford. I’m not
suggesting parsimony, but I am advising mindfulness.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

The primary objective is to be yourself — all you, all the
time. So rather than edit what you’re feeling, own it. Not everyone
will agree with you, but your authenticity will be respected.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Listen to your intuition, carefully, for while some impressions are
based on your anxiety, others are prescient. And learning to know the
difference is what’s most important.

LEO July 23-August 22

Take a stand for what you believe is true, but be careful about
indulging in that famous Leonian self-righteousness. Remember, just
because something is true for you, doesn’t make it truth for
everyone.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

You could find yourself replaying certain conversations, looking for
hidden meaning, and while that process would be engrossing, it may not
be healthy or satisfying. Learning to let go would be a wiser
choice.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Try to be aware of just how much your need to feel safe insinuates
itself into your interactions with others. This isn’t about being
“wrong”; it’s about becoming conscious of deeper patterns.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

You know only too well that trying to please others often ends in
resentment. So be true to yourself, but also try to respect
differences, especially with those closest to your heart.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December
21

You can isolate or you can participate — it’s up to you. And
while isolating sounds easier, in the long run, figuring out how to
join the team will provide greater satisfaction.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Rather than devolving into frustration, put that pent-up energy to
good use being of service to others. Volunteer, mentor, or donate your
time and you will transform the situation almost immediately.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

If the needs of others are overwhelming, rather than dismiss them
completely, find a creative way to lighten the load. Be kind, but also
be aware, you don’t always have to say “yes.”

PISCES February 19-March 20

While you’re longing to get some rest, interruptions big and small
interfere with your plans. Rather than seize in frustration, relax and
be good-natured about lending a helping hand.

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