The planets continue to tighten formation this week. As they do, daily life continues to surge from one extreme to the next. At first glance, the ebb and flow of intensity appears to be focused on finance, politics, and the environment, but a deeper look reveals that these extreme surges are also about moods and attitudes. Translation: It won't be easy finding and maintaining your equilibrium. One minute, a tough stance seems like the best possible solution; a moment later, that rigid position dissolves uncertainty. Expect meltdowns, yours or others, as new waves of intensity exacerbate already overloaded systems — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The good news — and there is always good news — is that powerful times catalyze creativity and encourage transformation, which means there are many opportunities for growth.
Jupiter is the source of the increased intensity. Known as the planet of expansion, Jupiter's presence amplifies, magnifies, and intensifies. Currently, Jupiter is moving into an opposition with Saturn, which will be exact on May 23. A Jupiter/Saturn opposition tends toward dissatisfaction. Jupiter longs for something better, but Saturn pessimism interferes with an optimistic outlook. However, Saturn's negative pull can be countered with a concerted effort to see the glass as half-full — a positive position that will help you stay balanced.
The Jupiter/Saturn opposition is the midpoint of a cycle that began in May 2000, with a Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Taurus. Jupiter/Saturn cycles always signal a shift from an old regime to a new one. Although they diverge in style, Jupiter and Saturn encourage growth. Jupiter is enthusiastic and expansive; Saturn is sober and circumspect. When the two work together, they provide the potential to turn far-reaching visions into reality. If you started any plans or projects in 2000, this would be a good time to take stock of what you have accomplished over the last ten years. It's also a good time to contemplate how you want to move forward.
Jupiter, currently in Pisces, is also moving into a conjunction with Uranus that will be exact on June 8. But not in Pisces. Instead, they will be conjunct in Aries, as Jupiter and Uranus change Signs during the next several weeks. Uranus moves into Aries on May 27. Jupiter moves into Aries on June 6. But I'm getting ahead of myself. For the next two weeks, Uranus is in the last degree of Pisces, ending a seven-year cycle that began on March 10, 2003. The final degree of any Sign concentrates the essence of the entire Sign. The soul of Pisces is the undifferentiated oneness of being. In Pisces we recognize our essential unity. And as Jupiter joins Uranus at the end of this cycle, our awareness of that interconnectedness is certain to be keen. Whether it is the shared discomfort of stranded passengers or the shared despair over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we can no longer escape how small our world really is.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon sign, read that, too.
ARIES Of course you're emotional and confused about what you're feeling. You're ending a deeply internal phase and about to begin a bold, external cycle. Before you leap into the future, tidy up the red threads of the past.
TAURUS It's okay to wear your heart on your sleeve, and don't worry ... you won't be eternally exposed. Instead of worrying how to defend yourself, get comfortable with simply being yourself.
GEMINI It's been a long career cycle filled with more surprises than you care to remember. Total recall is not necessary, but it would be wise to review all that's transpired with an eye toward just how much you've learned.
CANCER The next phase is about moving out into the world with a resolute determination to succeed. Don't hesitate to set extraordinary goals. Just be willing to follow through with the necessary hard work.
LEO The best position to assume is the beginner's mind. Let go and be willing to learn from an entirely new perspective. If you make humility your constant companion, you'll manage the next phase with ease.
VIRGO Take heart — the seemingly endless relationship intensive is almost over. But that doesn't mean it's okay to get careless in the home stretch. Recognize how much has changed, especially in how you relate to yourself.
LIBRA The good news is you're ending an erratic work cycle. The better news (although it depends on your perspective) is that you are entering a seven-year phase focused on relationship — your favorite theme.
SCORPIO You're winding down an intense creative cycle and moving into a phase of recognizing how the various ecosystems in your life work together. In time you'll know how you want to direct this energy.
SAGITTARIUS For the last seven years you've been sequestered away, trying to create security. Now you're ready to emerge from your cocoon. But you don't have to rush the process, as there's plenty of time to get used to your wings.
CAPRICORN Don't be alarmed if you suddenly find yourself blurting out what you once withheld out of courtesy or common sense. You only have to tell your truth. Just remember to be polite when others share theirs.
AQUARIUS The last seven years have been focused on realizing your true value. As this cycle comes to an end, reflect on what you've discovered about yourself and what you recognize to be your greatest asset.
PISCES Expect a few more bolts from the blue before Uranus and Jupiter leave your Sign. And don't expect the worst — you're likely to be amused and pleasantly surprised by what unfolds.