The Aquarium Age: Jan. 16-22

The sky sings a slightly different song this week, but not all of its melodies are harmonious, and the discord strains already stressed nervous systems. So don’t be surprised if you or someone close to you calls “time out” more than once, over more than one issue. Especially by the weekend, when obstinate attitudes collide with powerful feelings, creating a perfect emotional storm that’s sure to make many of us dig into already entrenched positions – if only for a sense of stability in what feels like a free-floating universe that’s a little too free for comfort. The good news is no overtly pernicious winds fuel the unrest. Yet to the sensitive among us, there seems to be a mounting tension that underlies activities and interactions.

The major source of disharmony is Mars. Currently in Aquarius (not the source of trouble), Mars is on its own, disconnected to any other planet except the Moon; its lunar liaisons occur on Friday as a sextile, and Sunday, as a square; both of these interactions contribute to the emotional signature of the week. And while many might not think of a lack of Martian interaction as a source of tension, Mars needs to be engaged in order to satisfy its need for movement and action. When that need isn’t met, Mars easily becomes restless, a tendency that might manifest as an inability to concentrate or settle into a regular, productive routine. Children of all ages (including adults who haven’t quite “matured”) are likely to be particularly susceptible to this current, so please be patient and tolerant if their “normal” darting around intensifies.

Another source of discord is the separating Venus/Pluto conjunction. This passionate union stirs compulsive behavior and fanatic love, and as its influence starts to wane, attractions based on infatuation begin to diminish in intensity. Even as the flame dies down, remember to be kind and compassionate toward the once irresistible object of your affection.

The harmony of the week can be found, first, in Saturn’s sextile to the waning Venus/Pluto conjunction. This sextile supports the self-discipline to remedy obsessive fixations. Use Saturn to extricate yourself from unhealthy relationships or to help someone else disengage from a negative interaction. Harmony can also be found in a Mercury/Sun conjunction, and while this partnership tends toward opinions based on personal preference rather than fact-based information, it’s still a stimulating presence, and a light that shines until January 24, when Mercury finally pulls away and they stop traveling in tandem.

There’s an uncertainty to the week that isn’t easy to characterize, especially as the subjective perspective of the Mercury/Sun conjunction coalesces with the Martian “attachment disorder.” YesŠ Saturn can provide a modicum of terra firma, but it won’t deliver the entire story and that could be a problem, specifically for those of us who make up stories in order to satisfy a need for control. Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves are accurate representations of the various psychological and spiritual forces at play. Other times, they are simply projections of our internal process – negative or positive. So as the week unfolds, pay attention to the stories you tell yourself and others – those narratives are certain to deliver valuable information about your deepest concerns.

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

Aries March 21-April 19
When Mars is unhappy, you tend toward frustration, but rather than indulge your irritation, work through it. Of course, the setbacks are disturbing, but the logjam will eventually move.

Taurus April 20-May 20
Saturn is in your Solar House of relationships, rearranging the structure of what you believe about relationships. And while this could dampen your enthusiasm, it could also provide a deeper level of stability.

Gemini May 21-June 21
In some ways it is a crisis of faith, especially if you’re expecting a miracle cure. However, if you are willing to surrender the need to control the outcome, you may find that practical, positive solutions are within reach.

Cancer June 22-July 22
Surprising developments in your career could exacerbate an already aggravated situation. So before you act out, take a deep breath, and examine every angle before you take your next step.

Leo July 23-August 22
Mars might provide a sense of disconnection, but Saturn has the potential to keep you grounded and centered, inside and out. Use this tether wisely, and you’ll stay steady and stable.

Virgo August 23-September 22
Honest, forthright conversation is the best way to dispel misplaced anxiety, yours or others’. And while I’m not suggesting you use candor as a weapon, I am advising you to tell your truth.

Libra September 23-October 22
The relationship static isn’t likely to end anytime soon, but that’s no excuse to withdraw. It’s always a matter of balance, and finding the appropriate equilibrium between your needs and the needs of others.

Scorpio October 23-November 21
The unilateral decisions of others challenge your ability to maintain meaningful connections. Be patient with their sudden need for independence by realizing it is a reflection of your own.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Trust your intuition by honoring your hunches, and if you run into criticism from others, consider their advice, but don’t let it corrupt what you already know to be true.

Capricorn December 22-January 19
An unsettled feeling may motivate you to make impulsive decisions you might later regret. So take a deep breath, and give yourself time to consider the long-term consequences of your choices.

Aquarius January 20-February 18
Close encounters with Martian tendencies are likely this week, so choose your disagreements with care. Even if your anger feels justified, avoid a self-righteous attitude.

Pisces February 19-March 20
While it may not be easy, hold fast to your commitment to walk your talk, and allow that determination to align your thoughts and deeds, even if it means surrendering control.

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