Aquarium Age

For the week of April 1-7, 2009.

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself channeling the ghost of
Howard Beale this week. More than a few of us are already mad as hell,
and as the week unfolds, last week’s restive wind turns fractious and
agitates the already irritated air. Expect certain interactions to turn
sour, especially if expectations about what those contacts should yield
are unrealistic. Also anticipate disappointment to turn moods bitter
and attitudes acrimonious. Part of the problem of facing our problems
is that the illusions we’ve been clinging to are dissolving. As so
often happens when illusions are destroyed, those of us who identified
with the facade have no idea how to handle reality. Even if you’re
willing to admit that what we are experiencing is the inevitable
consequence of an ideological system gone bad, finding a new solution
unsullied by the toxicity of the old one is going to take time. And
because our culture is based on an “I want it all and I want it now”
state of mind, personal and collective frustration is likely to spill
over. Pick your confrontations wisely and do your best to be
considerate of your adversary. Remember, the greatest illusion of all
is that we are separate.

The celestial source of irritation is a Mars/Saturn opposition that
is exact and separating on April 4. Mars is the principle of movement
and likes to push forward. Saturn represents stillness and the need to
carefully consider the consequences of action. Oppositions signify
tension, which means this opposition is sure to manifest as tests of
strength over whose interests should be put first, yours or your
opponents’. Be aware this opposition could also symbolize a test of
will — the will of the people versus the will of the government
or the will of the individual versus the will of the ruling class. It
will be not easy to soothe this volatile interaction or to hold on to
the idealistic idea of inclusion, because as Mars pulls away from
Saturn, it’s only a matter of cosmic moments — next week, to be
precise — that Mars moves into a conjunction with Uranus and the
need to be absolutely free overrides cautious consideration.

Interestingly, while everyone is busy taking his or her stand,
Jupiter draws closer to a conjunction with Neptune. Technically, this
conjunction does not begin until next week (April 9) but because
Jupiter is expansive and Neptune always has boundary issues, it’s
likely this influence will kick in a little early. Which is good,
because Jupiter is the planet of harmony, Neptune symbolizes empathy,
and when they share the same degree of the astrological circle, we
experience more than a fair degree of altruistic inclinations. Just be
aware, Neptune is also the destroyer of illusions, which means as it
combines with Jupiter, we will be challenged to discard lip service
about compassion and move into a genuine concern for others that shows
itself through action.

Use Jupiter/Neptune to be a peacemaker. Mediate, arbitrate,
negotiate, and then do whatever you can to soothe and calm the agitated
air of daily life.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

Yes, it is a lot of work, and yes, again, you have to do most of it
yourself. But that’s okay, because along with the workload are plenty
of opportunities to be recognized and appreciated for your
contribution.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

I’m not suggesting you relax completely, but it wouldn’t hurt to
take minute to congratulate yourself on what you have accomplished. But
just a moment or two, because there is plenty more work to be done.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

A new attitude toward associates generates a need for networking.
Share information, and also be aware that connecting with others
through convivial interactions also nourishes the soul.

CANCER June 22-July 22

The situation doesn’t have to degenerate into a standoff. Even if
hurtful words were said, let them fall away, and instead of anger and
resentment, do whatever you can to quiet your heart.

LEO July 23-August 22

Yes, money is keepin’ it real, but it’s not a big enough issue to
impede your creativity. Channel pent-up emotions into creative
activities, and you’ll maintain your equilibrium.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

Try not to let tension with significant others turn into
full-fledged battles. While you may have authentic differences, that
doesn’t mean you can’t find the solid ground of compromise where
everyone wins.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

The tension is real, but so is the remedy. All that’s required is a
change of mind. I know that sounds simplistic, but a small amount of
concentrated effort is all that is needed to turn the situation
around.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

If all you want to do is hunker down at home, I second that emotion.
Honor your intuition about how your time will be best spent, and you’ll
be pleased with how good you feel.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December
21

Rather than stew in your juices, commiserate about your situation
with friends. You’ll not only find comfort in company, you’ll also
likely to find laughter.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Life plays out on a dual screen: One screen tells the tale of
disturbing conversations with friends, while the other reveals a story
of love. The secret is figuring out how to handle the contrast and
maintain your equilibrium.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

Read your counterpoint, Leo, above and add this: A truly magnanimous
heart knows no limitation. Be generous and that bighearted energy will
return to you in a variety of ways.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Real, tangible, personal possibilities for prosperity could soften
the edges on tense interactions with friends and family. Focus your
attention on making the most of these opportunities and the overall
tension will lighten.

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