Aquarium Age

For the week of February 4-10, 2009.

This week, and the next several weeks, the planets promote a joyful
desire to be of service. I won’t go so far out on a prediction limb to
declare this the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, but Jupiter
does align with Mars — and several other planets —
in the altruistic Sign of Aquarius. Anticipate a much-needed,
mid-winter change of astral air that attunes internal and external
soundtracks to a hopeful, positive spirit capable of responding to
life’s vicissitudes with harmony and understanding.

On February 4, Mars joins Jupiter, the Sun, and Neptune in Aquarius
(Chiron and the North Node are there, too), the Sign best known for its
egalitarian approach to life, as well as the Sign symbolizing
humanitarian concerns, social justice, and philanthropy. But the riddle
for those born under Aquarius is how to balance those idealistic
leanings with the very human desire to be special. Keep in mind, we all
have Aquarius somewhere in our birth chart, which means most of us
wrestle with the need to be unique somewhere in our individual lives.
And that might just be what impels Aquarius toward invention and
innovation. It may also be what inspires its reputation for being zany,
wacky, and more than a little eccentric. Of course, not every Aquarius
marches to the beat of a different drum or lives an
I-gotta-be-me-I-gotta-be-free iconoclastic life. But almost all are
adamant about everyone’s right to personal freedom and happiness. And
as the planets concentrate in Aquarius, most of us are likely support
that conviction.

On February 5, the second opposition between Saturn and Uranus is
exact and separating. This configuration signifies the dissolution of
the status quo. The first opposition was on November 4, 2008, and
certainly that day dissolved a long-standing Western cultural paradigm,
as it simultaneously celebrated a new model. Saturn represents social
structures — government, corporations, and the like. Uranus
always catalyzes what’s stagnant — even if a dormant state is
comfortable. Oppositions denote the tension inherent in the push as
well as the pull of polarization. Be aware, there are three more
oppositions: September 15, 2009, April 26, 2010, and July 26, 2010.

From a transformational perspective, a deep creative river runs
through the current series of Saturn/Uranus oppositions. Its current is
mighty, and that translates into the potential to seek inspired
solutions to the disintegration of structures that no longer serve. We
have opportunities, personal and collective, to reach past normal,
standard responses. Social Band-Aids based on expediency won’t work.
And there’s nothing left for hedge funds to hedge their bets on. Our
societal and cultural structures require new vision if we are to remedy
our deep personal and collective dilemma.

Over the course of this week and the next several weeks, allow
yourself to be moved beyond the contraction of uncertainty and anxiety
into the fresh air of invention and imagination. And when possible,
allow love to steer your stars.

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

Aries March 21-April 19

Even though you’re longing for seclusion, the planets are promoting
socializing. Dust of your dance card, and be prepared for invigorating
and inspiring encounters.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Ambition motivates a wide range of professional interactions,
especially as you increase the scope of your career goals. Seize the
moment and you will infuse your opportunities with optimism.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Old attitudes toward moldering situations seem to fade in the
background, as you continue to build your faith in your ability to
forge new alliances. Not all negativity will evaporate, but a positive
outlook is possible.

Cancer June 22-July 22

As Obi-Wan whispers, “The force is with you,” you feel capable of
working your way through a multitude of changes with grace, ease, and
skill. Take a moment to acknowledge your capacity to grow.

Leo July 23-August 22

The “sun shines in” on your relationships — all of them,
including your relationship with yourself — and it’s illuminating
where you need to shift your attention away from the future. Stay
present and you’ll stay strong and optimistic.

Virgo August 23-September 22

There’s no need to work yourself into a frenzy about work. Use the
current planetary concentration of energy to help you to prioritize
your goals and organize your time and energy into a reservoir of

Libra September 23-October 22

You’re right — it is all about love — which should be a
dream come true. But only if you’re able to experience love in its many
different varieties, not just the risky business of romance.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Your internal terrain could resemble a geyser at Yosemite waiting to
blow. So find a way to channel the intensity into constructive home
improvements — inside or out.

Sagittarius November 22-December

All those planets in Aquarius are in your Solar House of talking,
which means you don’t need an iota of encouragement to be your
naturally loquacious self. Enjoy the talkfest, but also remember to

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Try brainstorming on a variety of ways to not just alleviate fiscal
stress, but also on how to repair and restore your self-confidence and
self-esteem. The universe rearranges itself to accommodate our picture
of reality.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

You couldn’t hold back even if you wanted to, so don’t squander a
drop of this precious energy on a diminutive role. Be all of you, and
your example will inspire others to do the same.

Pisces February 19-March 20

You’re in Dreamtime — waking and sleeping — and your
imagination is rich and fertile with ideas and visions, past, present,
and future. Take notes — you’ll want them later.

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