Aquarium Age

Aquarium Age

Part of astrology's power and perhaps the reason it seems to survive the tides of cultural change is its ability to contextualize life events. Astrology delineates cycles and that can be a comfort, especially if we are in a bad patch and desperately in need of reassurance that patch will not last forever. But more importantly, astrology speaks to the soul—it tells the personal story as part of a much larger universal story, and that expanded vision has the power to both soothe and inspire. Telling an individual story through a larger archetypal or mythological framework offers the possibility of connection, direction, and purpose.

The Aquarium Age: Jan. 21-28

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

It's Mercury Retrograde—first one of 2015—from today until February 11. And it's a doozy, if only because it's more emotionally charged than a retrograde is supposed to be, and those strong feelings tip the normal frustration of a retrograde to extremes. For those new to astrology, let me explain: Three times a year (and sometimes four), Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sky relative to its orbit and our orbit around the Sun. Within the astrological system, Mercury symbolizes all things related to communication and language, as well as commerce and travel. So according to astrological wisdom, when Mercury seemingly retraces its path (as it does during a retrograde), all things contained within its vast domain tend to go a little strange.

The Aquarium Age: Jan. 14-20

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

Despite the possibility—no, make that probability—for strong emotions this week, the planets continue to offer the potential for inspiration and insight. They also align in an unusual configuration that provides the capacity for profound empathy, as it simultaneously opens wide the door for harsh criticism. This is what I find most interesting about astrology: All the symbols in this system play out along a spectrum from negative to positive, a spectrum that not only reflects the duality of life on Earth, but also a system that presents the wide range of free will choices, all the while defying the ossification of a one-view-and-one-view-only perspective.

The Aquarium Age: Jan. 7-13

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

The planetary patterns of the week offer opportunities to create a fresh start to a new year. And even though the sky isn't presenting a completely clean slate, this week's astral activity does provide the potential to shift certain situations. Embrace this possibility for improvement and allow it to infuse your outlook with a fresh, positive perspective. Of course there is still work to be done, and yes, we need sweeping reform in many areas of life, but many of those solutions will be found in the mundane tasks of daily life. So use this week to reaffirm your commitment to making "energetic progress in the good." (I-Ching, Hexagram 43.)

The Aquarium Age: Dec. 31 - Jan. 6

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

Whether it's ignorance, violence, greed, fear, or despair—yours or others'—you'll need a strong internal center that is vitally connected to a broader perspective that can contextualize local and global upheaval as part of a much larger process. I know I am preaching to the choir, but sometimes even the choir needs to review its parts, especially if it's trying to sing in the midst of so much shift.

The Aquarium Age: Dec. 24-30

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

Trying to condense this last week of an extraordinarily difficult and disturbing year into a pithy paragraph isn't possible—the skyscape is at odds with the seasonal landscape, and daily life reflects the tension. Currently, the planets are engaged in serious, often fractious interactions, and their intensity has the power to nullify traditional seasonal sentiments. Holding onto goodwill and glad-tidings toward all sentient beings requires a strong intention for peace coupled with an equally strong capacity to actualize a generous heart.

The Aquarium Age: Dec. 17-23

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

Try not to let the days and nights of this week evaporate in a rush of 10,000 details. We're still in the midst of significant passages that mark endings and beginnings, and it wouldn't do to hurry across these thresholds. The most important turning point is the winter solstice on Sunday, December 21, at 6:03 EST. In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice delineates the return of the light. "Solstice" means the Sun's standstill, and if you were to mark the position of the Sun as it rises in the east and sets in the west, as our ancient ancestors did for as many years as it took to observe a pattern, you would notice that for approximately four days in a row, the Sun's position on the horizon is the same. The solstice point marks the moment it comes to a "halt" before it retraces its path for another year.

The Aquarium Age: Dec. 10-16

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

We're in liminal space for the next several weeks, as astral alignments form a series of thresholds, creating the in-between dimension necessary to move from one reality to another. And although regular routines still underpin the structure of daily life, those routines unfold through irregular rhythms, and the erratic pace could contribute to a loss of continuity. Managing this sense of dislocation requires a strong determination to stay present.

The Aquarium Age: Dec. 3-9

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

'Tis not the season to be jolly, although all festivities and celebrations with the power to lighten the psychic mood and lift a heavy heart are welcome. 'Tis the season to be conscious and thoughtful —very, very thoughtful—about these extraordinary times and the role each of us plays in the ongoing process of individual and collective transformation. We're less than two weeks away from the sixth Uranus/Pluto square that occurs just past midnight U.S. Eastern time on December 15.

The Aquarium Age: Nov. 26 - Dec. 2

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

Planetary congestion along the celestial superhighway could result in terrestrial gridlock over the coming weeks. It isn't really possible to avoid, dismiss, or deny these "traffic jams"—they are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—and they are certain to manifest in ordinary as well as extraordinary ways. Given that this time of year is already supercharged with a wide range of needs, expectations, and disappointments, handling this astral clog is going to take extreme patience. Of course, it would be wise to remember that this is the season of goodwill and good cheer, and with that knowledge, to practice, whenever possible, as much kindness as you can muster. Compassion is always a good antidote to overwhelm.

The Aquarium Age: Nov. 19-24

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

The planets align in a variety of patterns this week and the overall effect is an "all over the place" atmosphere that could cause many to wish that staying in bed under the covers was a viable solution—at least until life settles down. The atmosphere feels charged, and that frenetic quality has the potential to engender anxiety as well as enthusiasm. So don't be surprised if your moods or the moods of those close to you vacillate between frantic and electric. How you experience the charged air is completely dependent on perspective, sensitivity, and desire. One thing is sure: no matter where you find yourself along this intense spectrum, movement is a must.

The Aquarium Age: Nov. 12-18

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

Several astral signatures converge this week, and daily life here on Earth reflects the obvious as well as the subtle shifts in the sky. You'll need your super multitasking powers to manage the many diverse detours daily life is apt to take. Also be prepared for more than a few surprising developments to throw a monkey wrench into otherwise stable routines. But it's likely to be the time distortions that are hardest to handle. In one dimension—the one where surprises alter the course of activity—time moves quickly. Yet in a parallel dimension, time moves at a crawl.

The Aquarium Age: Nov. 5-11

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

It's a whirlwind week of contrast and contradiction, as certain areas of daily life move forward at a breakneck pace while others glide along interdimensionally, as if driven by invisible forces, causing some of us to wonder if anything is moving at all. Don't worry; everything is moving, even if progress can only be calibrated in the tiniest increments—so tiny that it's impossible to be clear about the big picture. Try not to let frustration with the diverse paces devolve into blaming or name-calling.

The Aquarium Age: Oct. 29 - Nov. 4

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

The final Mercury Retrograde phase of the year is over, the retrogrades of 2014 are finally behind us, and all the planets that drive the mechanics of daily life—Mercury, Venus, and Mars—are in fast-forward, quickening the pace of regular routines and, perhaps, making some of us wish that the wheels of life weren't moving quite so quickly. But not to worry: For those seeking a crawl, Neptune is retrograde until November 16, Jupiter goes retrograde on December 8, AND Uranus remains retrograde until December 15.

The Aquarium Age: Oct. 29 - Nov. 4

Written by Ralfee Finn
Published in Aquarium Age

The final Mercury Retrograde phase of the year is over, the retrogrades of 2014 are finally behind us, and all the planets that drive the mechanics of daily life—Mercury, Venus, and Mars—are in fast-forward, quickening the pace of regular routines and, perhaps, making some of us wish that the wheels of life weren't moving quite so quickly. But not to worry: For those seeking a crawl, Neptune is retrograde until November 16, Jupiter goes retrograde on December 8, AND Uranus remains retrograde until December 15.

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