Aquarium Age

For the week of March 11-17, 2009.

This week, the air turns feverish with all sorts of fancies, which
spark a variety of love affairs that ignite imaginations, yours or
others, young or old. Not only are we on the threshold of spring, when
bodies, minds, hearts, and souls start to surge with seasonal urges,
but Venus, goddess of love and beauty, also dominates the astral action
and stirs a desire for love — all kinds of love from the
passionate to the Platonic to the pubescent. It’s actually a nice break
from what has felt like a nonstop,
there-isn’t-anything-else-to-talk-about financial migraine that’s been
hanging on since the Saturn/Uranus opposition started in late
September. And while this week isn’t a complete break from the madness
— Venus is after all also the goddess of m-o-n-e-y — it is
definitely a change of air. So breathe, deeply, and make the most of
this phase by pampering and indulging your desires.

Venus is retrograde in Aries, the Sign of physical adventure, as
well as the Sign of individuation. She began her seemingly backward
journey on March 6 and won’t go direct until April 17. Aries is a Fire
Sign that symbolizes action, ambition, competition, and impetuous
behavior motivated by impulse and instinct rather than reason or logic.
It is the Sign of spring when (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) the
days get longer, the sun warmer, germination begins, and so does the
strong need to get physical. Aries is best known as the explorer who
needs to physically climb the mountain or sail the sea to discover new
territory. Aries is not the Sign that will cultivate that new

When Venus is in Aries, love at first sight is a probability.
Understand, these infatuations aren’t necessarily destined to burn as
embers; they can flare up and die down quite quickly. Aries likes
romance and often loses interest, especially if a relationship gets
bogged down by mechanics. As Venus retraces her steps during this
retrograde, you may find yourself revisiting old affairs or old affairs
may be visiting you. What’s more, because she is in Aries, some of
those encounters could be Dangerous Liaisons. So pay attention and
don’t get yourself embroiled in a situation you can’t escape.

Venus is also the goddess of creativity and her fire easily
translates into a creative intensity that is sure to keep you
concentrated and focused on projects already in motion or help you to
give birth to new ideas and concepts.

Venus began her retrograde journey in a sextile to Jupiter, in
Aquarius. We love this because positive Venus/Jupiter contacts foster
grace and harmony, as well as the desire to be happy. And happiness is
something we could really use right now. Use this warm-hearted
interaction to be cheerful and kind to yourself, as well as your fellow
travelers. You won’t be betraying anyone by allowing yourself or
encouraging others to be happy. Remember, whatever we focus our
attention on becomes our reality. And right now, an optimistic,
positive outlook would be a welcome perspective.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

The emphasis is still on love, but this week it expands into
interactions with others. Expect lots of love affairs with friends,
family members, and in certain cases that — dare I write this
— special someone.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Venus continues to stir altered states of consciousness, and while
some of what you experience may not seem that unusual, other
experiences are. And those extraordinary experiences have the power to
ignite a powerful phase of personal growth.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Friends play an important role in helping you to decide the next
course of action, so spend time listening to their opinions. Even if
you don’t agree with what’s said, the information will catalyze your

CANCER June 22-July 22

Venus is focused on work and so are you, especially how to
creatively revitalize your career. Use this time to review your current
strategy, and then see how you can make the necessary improvements or

LEO July 23-August 22

Conversations with significant others, personal and professional,
provide a much-needed stimulus package that motivates you into action.
Be positive about your opportunities, and they will yield positive

VIRGO August 23-September 22

There is money to be made, especially if you can implement certain
innovations. Use this time to review what’s working and what isn’t, and
you’ll be able to integrate your ideas into action.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

Venus is still arousing strong romantic feelings, so don’t be
surprised if you’re obsessed with love. If you don’t have a significant
other, remember, there are all kinds of love and all sorts of things to
be passionate about.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Yes, you are very busy, but you can still make time for self-care. A
massage, manicure, weekend getaway, mental health day — all
really good ideas that would work wonders for your heart.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December

Small talk will feel like an aphrodisiac, especially if you allow
yourself to be explicit and expansive. So put that loquacious nature to
work dreaming up the exotic and erotic persona of a poet.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

You’re tempted to spend more money than you want to. And while I’m
not promoting excess, sometimes extravagance is what’s needed. Consider
not holding back, especially when it comes to love.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Venus has you holding forth on a wide range of topics in a variety
of settings. Rather than resist her presence, give yourself permission
to share your opinions, freely and with joy.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Make Venus happy, and indulge your desire to go on a spending spree.
Just remember to make yourself happy as well, by only buying lots of
little things that you can easily afford.

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