Aquarium Age: December 5-11, 2018

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Aquarium Age: December 5-11, 2018

I’m not sure it’s possible to isolate the exact moment that knowing the difference between right and wrong stopped being a valued indicator of good character. I know it was well before Mr. Trump and his Gang of Hungry Ghosts seized the ring of power. I also know that these mendacious players are perfect examples of what happens when a person has no character. For these gangsters, it’s not how you play the game—winning is all that matters. My best guess is that slide into our amoral society accelerated during the ’80s, when spin took over as a platform for success, Reagan’s Hollywood persona became more important than his policies, and looking marvelous became more important than being marvelous. Somewhere in the age of coke and shoulder pads, Gordon Gecko replaced George Bailey as a hero. The good guys became the suckers. That was the decade Mr. Trump hit his stride.

The astrological patterns of the ’80s shed a little light on how contemporary culture began its more blatant tilt toward spin. In 1980 and 1981, a Jupiter/Saturn conjunction occurred in Libra. These conjunctions happen every twenty years and they always indicate a cultural shift as well as a regime shift. In 1982, a Saturn/Pluto conjunction also occurred in Libra. Saturn/Pluto conjunctions signify the struggle between contractive forces that want to maintain their grip on the status quo and revolutionary forces that strain for change. Both new cycles took place in Libra, the Sign of relating, which translated into new attitudes toward relationships. And both new cycles also swung those Libra scales of justice and fairness toward a more conservative direction. Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981and William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, and Anthony Kennedy in 1986/87.

But that’s not all. In November 1983, Pluto moved into Scorpio, where it stayed until 1995. Pluto rules sex, death, finances, and the process of transformation, both individual and collective. During its journey through Scorpio, we experienced the AIDS epidemic, the surge of the recovery movement, the breakdown of the Soviet Union and its brand of communism. From an astrological perspective, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is attributable to a Saturn/Uranus conjunction that occurred three times in 1988.

For those of us who lived through the ’80s, that decade was one year of upheaval after another. The world changed: sex became deadly, money became everything, and greed was nothing to be ashamed of. It was the decade of “the one with the most toys wins.”

At the present moment, as we continue to be bombarded by the list of all those who have lied and continue to lie in service of the god of greed, I can’t help but wonder not only how we got here, but most importantly, how we’re going to emerge from this culture of deceit. How do we transform the idea that truth doesn’t matter? Of course, many people still value truth and don’t lie as a way of life, but given the current culture of dishonesty, it would be wise to consider where many of us have normalized deceit in our personal lives. Often we lie to ourselves as a way of bolstering spirit. Some lie to children to protect them from information that might be disturbing, but others ask children to lie as a way of covering up awful behavior—the behavior of adults or family.

This week’s focus on deceit is brought to you by a Mars/Neptune conjunction. Mars signifies the process of individuation and the intensity of character that allows us to form a self that knows itself as separate and distinct from others. Neptune symbolizes the vastness of imagination and is seen as the urge to merge and the ability to stand in someone else’s shoes. Neptune is empathetic, and at the extreme end of that spectrum, it signifies a susceptibility to suggestion. It can be argued that we believe what we want to believe and no amount of fact or fiction is going to change opinion. But if that were always true, no one would ever grow and nothing would ever transform. We grow, but slowly, and sometimes not quickly enough to make difference.

We know that Mr. Trump isn’t the first president or elected official to lie—he’s simply taken lying to a grotesque level—his actions have laid bare the agenda of those who seek to maintain positions of privilege at any cost and revealed their total disdain for the rule of law. Unfortunately, it’s a level we need to pay attention to because Mr. Trump teaches others—especially young people—daily by example that lying is just fine, especially if it gets you what you want. Lying, as many of us learned quite early in life from Pinocchio, isn’t just fine. And even though telling the truth can be uncomfortable, it is liberating. Let’s be determined to live our lives with greater integrity in all the small things that we do, so that the bigger picture can reflect our commitment to truth.

To be completely honest about this astrological week…Mercury Direct begins tomorrow, at 5:22 PM EST. And so the retro-madness of 2018 comes to a close. Just be aware, its best to wait until the beginning of next week to set plans and projects in motion.

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

Aries March 21-April 19
You can react to Mercury Direct and stay mired in your fears of the future or you can have the emotional courage to confront your anxiety and make a positive plan to counteract all the things that might go wrong. It’s a no-brainer, but it does require mental fortitude.

Taurus April 20-May 20
Rather than struggle over what you are not, use Mercury Direct to help you get clear about who you are and what you can and cannot handle. If you are realistic about your limitations as well as your gifts, you’re likely to discover the right balance—a balance that could manifest as excellence.

Gemini May 21-June 21
Allow Mercury Direct to help you identify the power of your emotions and don’t hold back sharing your feelings with partners. This isn’t about indulging a negative mindset by being judgmental. Giving voice to your emotions can create greater intimacy by being truthful with those you love.

Cancer June 22-July 22
Mercury Direct stimulates strong urges to be useful to others, especially those in need of comfort and care. I’m not suggesting you sacrifice your personal happiness, but I am advising you to think about how you can help others to experience a greater sense of interconnectedness with all sentient beings.

Leo July 23-August 22
The challenge for the week is managing your need to take flight and catch that Mercury Direct lift and the need to wait for others to catch up. There’s no need to stifle what you’re feeling. Mercury Direct encourages you to express yourself authentically even if very few are ready to hear what you have to say.

Virgo August 23-September 22
Mercury Direct stirs a very deep desire to feel grounded inside and out. But here’s the catch: it won’t be easy to stay steady when the air is swirling around you. Be honest about what you want and also be clear with others about your desires—good boundaries are the best way to stay the course.

Libra September 23-October 22
Stimulating conversations with friends and family provoke a new attitude that affords you a new perspective on several old patterns. And because Mercury is direct, you are willing to act on these insights without your normal deliberation. Trust yourself and let that confidence support new attitudes and decisive action.

Scorpio October 23-November 21
Mercury Direct puts a period at the end of a long phase of delays and detours, so before you move forward with passion, take a moment to consider where you’ve come from and what you’ve been through. Sometimes perspective can help us to appreciate our current situation—and this is one of those times.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Mercury Direct continues to put you in a leadership position, and taking the lead continues to manifest as many words—necessary words—articulating how to move your team forward. Don’t be shy about sharing your ideas. Not everyone will agree, but everyone is likely to listen to a new and passionate point of view.

Capricorn December 22-January 19
Your dreams are sending messages—pay attention. It’s not that often we get to have close contact with our unconscious. Mercury Direct is opening a portal that has the capacity to key you into your dreams and to a new and vibrant level of awareness. Even if the messages aren’t clear now, they will be soon enough.

Aquarius January 20-February 18
It’s all about working with others and Mercury Direct is going to help you make contact with a lot of people you might not otherwise know. Some of these meetings will be frivolous, but others will be key to your next steps. Notice where the conversations go and then use that information to engage.

Pisces February 19-March 20
Mercury Direct has the impetus to transform a sluggish pattern into a fleet-footed attitude that bypasses feelings of defeat and instead embraces confidence. Seize this moment and make the best of it by organizing your plans and projects and delineating what needs to happen next.

 
 
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