Aquarium Age

Aquarium Age: August 5 – 11, 2020

By Ralfee Finn

Mr. Trump never denied that his agenda was to dismantle democracy. Whether we understand that intention through his adoration of Mr. Putin and the consistent effort to do Putin’s bidding, or we see it through his choices for cabinet heads and their consistent efforts to dismantle the foundations of government, or we hear it through the words of Mr. Bannon (who said it often), it’s the same story: Mr. Trump is the great destroyer—a role he embodies every day through his unrelenting cruelty and disregard for life. Perhaps he will be remembered that way—not for the buildings that bear his name but for the lives lost to his callousness and the damage done to the foundations of democracy he attempted to destroy.

From an astrological perspective, we must remember that Mr. Trump is in the midst of several intense Pluto aspects, and as those of us who follow astrology know, Pluto symbolizes death and rebirth; Pluto almost always eliminates what is not authentic so that what is true can emerge. The ancient astrologers of Mesopotamia would also remind us that as the “king” of this land, what happens to Mr. Trump is representative of what happens to the entire nation and all of its people. He is the reflection of the worst of us. The good news is that the reflection of the worst has galvanized many of us to be the best that we can be.

Resistance to his destructive force has given birth to increased authentic self-expression everywhere—irrefutable truth stands in sharp contrast to his lies and stands strong against his dog-eat-dog values. And now the coronavirus has starkly revealed what many of us already knew—Mr. Trump lacks any concern for the lives of others. Each tweet reveals the depth of his cruelty and madness; every tweet, a nail in the coffin of his reign.

Watching the funeral of John Lewis and listening to President Obama delineate the harm being done to our country’s ideals and the effort we must make to undo that harm made me proud to be an American. But what struck me more than anything was the eulogy by Reverend James Lawson, who trained John Lewis and the other civil rights heroes in civil disobedience. Those trainees led the sit-ins and freedom rides. I remember a man who lived in our building when I was growing up who had been beaten badly during the freedom rides and whose face bore the scars of that violence; when I asked my parents about it, they explained what he had been through. I knew then that his bravery was amazing.

So listening to Reverend Lawson, a true satyagrahi and one of the founders of the nonviolence movement in this country, was truly inspiring. Gandhi called his non-violent movement satyagraha, which means (I am paraphrasing) holding firmly to truth. Which is, of course, what we all must do: hold firmly to the truth of our interconnectedness and the power of love and compassion. Many of us may not have the courage to plant our feet firmly on the ground of nonviolence, but there are other stands we can take.

That being said, when I watched a new ad by the Lincoln Project (whose ads are so good they make me want to be a reformed former Republican), I was struck by the conviction of the Wall of Moms standing against Trump’s goons and protecting the protestors in Portland. The ad shows those moms clad in yellow shirts and wearing bicycle helmets and warns that there will be moms in every city and that they won’t bend and they won’t break “and they won’t stop fighting to protect the rights of every American.” The ad reminded me of the nobility of the human heart when it takes a stand for truth. I was also reminded of the courage it takes to endure the hatred and violence of those who oppose truth. Here’s the link if you haven’t seen it:

And so our summer of Mars unfolds, rife with discontent. Most of us will be taking one stand or another, political or not, individual or collective, because this is the time when we have to choose what kind of world we want to live in.  Mars, as many readers know, is driving the action for the next many months. Mars, the warrior archetype, is teaching an intensive on what it means to fight for what you believe in and what matters most, and as it squares the aggregation of planets in Capricorn—Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto—an aggregation that has deconstructed our known world, the urge to fight for what’s “right” is going to dominate daily life. Do your best to make love not war. I know that’s easier said than done, but if you can harness the sheer physical force of Mars and figure out how to transform that power into a commitment to stand firm in your truth without causing harm to your fellow travelers, you will answer the deeper call of this cosmic moment.

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

Aries March 21-April 19
Like it or not, you’re still the leader, and while you may not be out in front or playing a direct and visible role, you are setting the tone for all those who look to you for guidance. Stay true to your guiding light and you will be a beacon for others to steer by.

Taurus April 20-May 20.
Mars is so deeply embedded in your Solar House of the unconscious—and will be for the next several months—that it’s truly necessary to stay tethered to an external reference point that can act as a guiding light. Identify what matters most and then take your stand based on those values.

Gemini May 21-June 21
It goes without saying (but I’m gonna say it anyway) that information and education are essential to your mental health. Take your stand for the facts, plain and simple, and then let your devotion to and enthusiasm for data grounded in reality rather than opinion inspire others to make a similar commitment.

Cancer June 22-July 22
Mars stirs your ambitions, whatever they may be, and moves you into decisive action. There are more than a few obstacles to overcome in order to move into any kind of sustained effort, but rather than despair about the hard work, use it to your advantage by seeing it as an opportunity to hone your skills.

Leo July 23-August 22
There’s no need to take a stand for anything unless you’re sure you want to put your fire and passion into that cause. As you gather information, remember to consider the consequences of your choices. Try to create a synthesis of intent and action—spontaneity can be exciting, but nothing beats thoughtful choices.

Virgo August 23-September 22
Contemplate what stand you would take for the benefit of others without sacrificing your well-being. I’m not suggesting you put on a helmet and camp out on the front lines, but I am advising you to consider where your contribution would make its mark and have the most beneficial effect.

Libra September 23-October 22
The downside of Mars in your Solar House of relationship: you may feel the need to bicker or fight with all your significant others, personal or professional. The upside of this transit: if you are determined to transform old habits that no longer serve, Mars can fortify your stand for a new relationship paradigm.

Scorpio October 23-November 21
I can’t help but think that you’re content with Mars transiting your Solar House of service—it most likely means you’re busy. And while I know there are exceptions, being engaged in positive action, especially action that help others, is a great way to take a stand andspend the currency of this intensity.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21
You’re in a creative process and while it may not feel as if you have the clarity you desire or that you are making the kind of progress that would be satisfying, you’re still immersed in a phase of discovering what you would like to express. Surrender to this process and you could be surprised by what you learn.

Capricorn December 22-January 19
I hope you are hunkered down at home, using the intensity of Mars to make home improvements. You could be surprised by how strongly you feel about certain things and how willing you are to take a stand for those concerns. Remember, these home improvements are internal as well as external.

Aquarius January 20-February 18
You’re taking a stand for candid conversation—that’s a good thing. It’s just important to remember that not everyone is willing to be as direct. Listen carefully to what’s being said and you’ll find a way to elevate that Martian intensity into a keen ear for what is needed.

Pisces February 19-March 20
Be prepared to take a stand for what matters most to you—Mars is in your Solar House of value, and while that does include money, it means everything that’s most important to you. Embrace this process and you’ll emerge with a keen appreciation of your most valuable assets—self-confidence and self-esteem.

This article was originally published on August 5, 2020.