Be Prepared for Irritation and Resentment

For the week of August 26-September 1, 2009.

Saturn/Uranus Opposition, Part 1:

Anxious, Agitated, and Belligerent, another trio of Disney dwarfs
previously held in captivity in order to ensure a PG rating, break free
this week, and as they indulge their appetites for drama, daily life is
likely to be punctuated by temper tantrums, power plays, and a
disturbing sense of entitlement. Don’t be surprised if emotional
confrontations, yours or others’, override regular routines, which
means you also have to be prepared to be irritated with resentment,
especially if you’re one of those people who is always trying to help.
We are rapidly approaching the third exact opposition of Saturn and
Uranus on September 15, and as the tension generated by that contact
intensifies with each day, holding onto a calm, relaxed attitude is
going to require a concentrated effort. It might be best to take life
one day at a time until things cool down.

Just to recap: We are at the midpoint of a series of five
Saturn/Uranus oppositions. This configuration happens approximately
every 45 years, which makes it a fairly rare occurrence. Saturn
represents the status quo, Uranus, the principal of change, and when
they oppose one another, whatever existing structures, personal or
collective, are suffering from stagnation start to disassemble. The
last time a series of Saturn/Uranus oppositions occurred was 1965 to
1967, a period of time noted for the upset of civil unrest as well as
profound personal and collective transformation.

The first exact contact in the current series was on November 4,
2008, the day President Obama was elected. The second exact opposition
occurred on February 5, 2009, just after his inauguration. His election
was certainly a challenge to the status quo: it broke the long-standing
historical prerogative of white men holding the highest office in the
land. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the “status quo” is resistant
to this shift in the power paradigm. Witness, for example, the hearings
on Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor and the accusation that she would be
an activist, and the implied racism in that accusation. As if the
Supreme Court hadn’t already diminished its standing by its political
activism in the appointment of Bush as president.

But what’s disturbing about the current civil unrest is its
vitriolic nature, a condition that could be exacerbated this week as
Mars continues its opposition with Pluto, a combination that encourages
the use of brute force as a way of guaranteeing a position. I can’t
help but wonder if part of what fuels the present venom is still a
reaction to the changes of the Sixties. In February of 1966, there was
a Saturn/Uranus opposition at exactly the same degrees of Pisces and
Virgo as the first opposition in 2008; only the planets were in
reversed Signs. Perhaps we’re simply picking up where we left off.

As these weeks unfold, it would be wise to remember the power of
civil disobedience. And despite the potential for mean-spirited
interactions, as always practice non-violence at every opportunity.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon sign, read that,

ARIES You don’t have to bark to be heard. You just have to
figure out how to express your wants in a less militant manner. Try a
lighter touch and you might be surprised at how easy it is to get those
needs met.

TAURUS If a situation starts to upset your equilibrium, find
a way to back out of the intensity. I’m not suggesting capitulation. I
am advising you to take care of yourself, first.

GEMINI Fortunately, communication is the key to successfully
navigating the week, and communication is something you do well. Rely
on your innate charm and you will soothe ruffled feathers — your
own and others’.

CANCER You are the leader, which means as you assume command,
others will be following your every word and gesture. Be the best you
can be and your example will inspire others to do the same.

LEO Refuse to let negativity lodge in your brain and become a
brain worm. Instead, be joyous about all there is to celebrate and
allow your happiness to soothe your spirit and nurture your soul.

VIRGO There’s no need to let difficulties with associates
turn into more than a small blip on the screen. Take responsibility for
your reactions and you’ll hold fast to a positive position.

LIBRA You can harness the intensity and let it work for you,
but you will have to resist the temptation to feel misunderstood. Be
ambitious without getting trapped by a misplaced need for recognition
and you will like the results.

SCORPIO Listen closely to your intuition, and you’ll hear the
sound of clear solutions to what seem like insurmountable problems.
Just don’t be fooled by wishful thinking. Rely on your innate realism
to guide you.

SAGITTARIUS It looks, feels, and smells like a money issue,
and it just might be. But if you look closer, you’ll discover it’s also
a matter of creative resilience, and spending it wisely.

CAPRICORN Just say “no” to any negative interactions with
significant others of any kind, personal or professional. Sure you
disagree on key points, but that’s no reason to turn daily life into a

AQUARIUS Instead of worrying over situations you can’t
control, let go, and surrender your need to secure a specific outcome.
Allow the situation to unfold, and you’ll have a better sense of its

PISCES Yes, it will be a challenge staying confident about
your ability to hold certain relationships together, but that’s okay.
Sometimes it takes difficulties to hone our skills and clarify our

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