Aquarium Age

For the week of March 25-31, 2009.

Very little is quiet this week. Bodies, minds, hearts, and souls are
stirred by restive astral winds that unsettle the already nervous air.
We’re in the midst of several transitions. Obviously, the major shift
is seasonal, and like most seasonal transitions, it’s unstable —
warm one minute and cold the next. The rest of the shifts are just like
the weather — all over the place, as moods and attitudes also
vacillate between hot and cold. Expect interactions, internal or
external, to be uneven, disconcerting, contradictory, and by the end of
the week, more than a tad testy — especially as resistance, yours
or others’, wells up to defend against the tides of transformation. Be
aware, this resistance won’t be logical. While most of us say we want
change, it’s true, not a lot of us are comfortable with the interim
uncertainty between what was and what will be.

Mercury moves into Aries today, and as it does, it forms a
conjunction with the Sun and a square to Pluto. Mercury represents all
intellectual activities, and when it is in Aries, it seeks adventure
and turns minds eager to engage in quick-witted repartee. When Mercury
is conjunct the Sun, objectivity takes a backseat to personal opinion.
When that subjective conjunction squares Pluto, minds tend to dream
big, especially about how to establish and solidify long-term personal
goals. In other words, this entire configuration could easily serve a
selfish urge to create a personal power base. So use this
Sun/Mercury/Pluto bundle to ratchet up your personal planning power,
but try not to assume that everyone will want to create your
personal vision.

By Monday an edge invade attitudes as Mars, in Pisces, begins an
opposition to Saturn, in Virgo. This opposition, exact and separating
on April 4, lingers through April 11, which means we’re in for a couple
of weeks of difficult dealings. Mars is the principle of movement
— it wants to go where it wants and do what it wants when it
wants. And Mars isn’t at all interested in discussing options, which is
why it isn’t very happy in Pisces, a highly sensitive Sign that’s
interested in making empathetic choices based on mutual sympathy and
kindness. Mars is a fiery, dynamic force that seldom considers the
ramifications of its actions. But its frustration in Pisces is nothing
compared to the misery of an opposition to Saturn. Saturn signifies
limitation and discipline and its powerful presence inhibits the
Martian freedom to move.

As Mars and Saturn oppose one another, we’re likely to assume a
similar stance with any person, place, or thing trying to control our
activities. Be aware, Mars/Saturn interactions have the potential to
provide endurance, but they also manifest as tests of strength, and in
some instances, sheer brute force. Don’t push so hard that your
determination to succeed ultimately turns destructive to yourself or
others.

As you make your way through the week try to keep in mind that all
of us are under the same sky, all of us are under the same astral
influences, and all of us could use a kind and considerate word.

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

ARIES March 21-April 19

Instead of succumbing to internal grumblings, assume an attitude of
gratitude. If you’re thankful for all you have, you’ll be able to make
tangible progress with partners and associates.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

Be clear about what you want to share with others and what you want
to keep private. I’m not suggesting you are in danger of any kind. I’m
simply advising you to be discriminate and discerning.

GEMINI May 21-June 21

Patience will be your greatest ally, especially if you’re willing to
witness and observe rather than act and react. Don’t worry; you won’t
miss your opportunity. All you’re doing is waiting for the exact right
time.

CANCER June 22-July 22

Friction with significant others, personal or professional,
continues to irritate you. But it doesn’t have to. Remember, you can
choose: Devolve into petty squabbles or just ignore the entire
brouhaha.

LEO July 23-August 22

It’s only a crisis of faith if you continue to feel unsupported. So
before you spend too much time on the pity pot, try to make an
objective analysis of what’s going right. Stay happy by being
happy.

VIRGO August 23-September 22

You cannot control the situation, so rather than wasting time and
energy attempting the impossible, learn to let go. If you relax your
grip, you’ll create the potential for change.

LIBRA September 23-October 22

You don’t have to indulge the temptation for extreme behavior. Make
“moderation” your mantra and you’ll find the strength to maintain your
equilibrium, inside and out.

SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Skillful communication will help you navigate the waters of
frustration. Don’t be afraid to say what you want, but also be
committed to choosing your words carefully.

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December
21

It’s a clash of values, but it doesn’t have to be a power struggle.
So before you go in blazing with intensity, consider the other sides of
the question. Find the positive ground of compromise, and everyone will
win.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Don’t be surprised if you feel a little “off” and also don’t be
dismayed if it takes a while to get back on track. Simply be kind to
yourself by taking care of yourself, and your vitality will restore
itself quickly.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

You’re right, it is a money issue, but that may not be obvious to
everyone else. Spend some time contemplating exactly what’s involved
and you’ll eventually find a way to make it clear to others.

PISCES February 19-March 20

Continue to hold that strong stand, but also avoid becoming
strident. I’m not suggesting you back down. I am suggesting that
containing the intensity will only make you stronger.

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