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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World 

Wednesday, Sep 25 1996
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Aries (March 21-April 19): Here comes the most exacting astrological shakedown of the year. On Sept. 26, in a spectacle that happens just two or three times a century, Saturn will brush up against a total eclipse of the moon. It's practically guaranteed to give you the fluttery shivers and the quivery shudders.

If you live in North America, you'll be able to ogle it in the evening sky. The shimmering gem near the smoky lunar disc will be the ringed planet. Perhaps you'll be moved to exclaim "Hallelujah!" or "Holy mother of god!" as you watch, which would be apt. I regard this cosmic passion play to be a symbolic invitation for you to tinker with the structures that hold your life together. Let me explain.

Think of the moon as the mother of mindless habit. She represents the numbing patterns and frameworks we've accidentally latched onto along the way. Picture Saturn, on the other hand, as the mother of deep and holy structure. She offers us graceful matrixes that would allow us -- if we're receptive to her gifts -- to more perfectly translate our wild potential into vivid practical expression. Wouldn't you prefer to have the latter archetype dominate the way your world is organized?

When the full moon goes dark on Sept. 26, allowing Saturn to throb brighter, take it as an omen that you're close to glimpsing the gorgeous architecture that would order your destiny with just the right mix of freedom and responsibility.

(Every sign will feel the excruciating and exquisite goad of this turning point, Aries, but for you it'll afford the most nerve-racking risk and ripest possibility of all.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20): Before you go any further, please read the Aries message, where I've splashed some hints about a cosmic extravaganza I regard as a tremulous moment of truth. Now take everything I say there and use it to revolutionize your relationship with the past. For best results, ask yourself the following questions: 1) What dead-end dreams, hopeless fixations, and ghostly parasites am I ready to renounce forever? 2) How can I ensure that sweet acceptance and alert flexibility will rule my dealings with the old ways from now on?

Gemini (May 21-June 20): The planet Venus, ruler of intimate liaisons, was in your sign for an eternity this year. From April 4 to Aug. 7, as you toiled in your relationship laboratory, it flooded your main erogenous zone (your imagination) with millions of sweet, tender, lascivious vibrations. This week another heavenly rumble is arriving to climax the love experiments you conducted back then. If you read the Aries message above, you'll find out all you need to ensure that the finished product has more in common with a genie than a Frankenstein.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): The heavens have prepared a juicy, scary, fun-as-hell challenge for all of us this week. To get the lowdown on it, please read the Aries horoscope. Let the revelations you find there roll around your brain for an hour or two, and then decide how you're going to employ them to realign your career strategies. Your dream job, which may have been a million miles away as late as yesterday, may suddenly be no farther than a stone's throw.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): The moon is a place where nothing ever happens. There are no seasons, no atmosphere, no wind, no water. From one perspective, then, it represents those parts of your life that are immune to change. So what does it mean when this symbol of inertia is eclipsed? You'll find answers to that question in this week's Aries horoscope. Read it, and then meditate on how you might jump-start your stalled projects and resurrect your stagnant dreams.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Please read the Aries message to glean the first part of your horoscope, then return here for the conclusion. You should take everything I say up there and use it to invigorate and recondition your approach to collaboration. You're on the verge of discovering synergistic laws of success that have always been hidden from you. They could transform your most important relationships from mere songs into rich symphonies.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): We never see the dark side of the moon. Because its rotational period equals the time it takes to revolve around the Earth, it always shows us the same damn face. I invite you to think of those parts of your own life that are like that: forever hiding half their true natures. I predict you'll soon be offered the chance to explore -- and even colonize -- that mysterious territory. For more info on how to proceed, read this week's Aries message.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Before bed tonight, I'd like you to think about the part of your life that most resembles a moonscape: ashen gray deserts, pockmarked craters, shadows as sharp as daggers. Then pray to the god or goddess of your choice that you will dream the following dream: As you watch with wonder, a brilliant team of scientists and architects terraforms your barren wasteland, using futuristic technology to turn it into a world of lush vegetation and alabaster cities. (To build up your confidence that this is a very feasible fantasy, please read this week's Aries horoscope.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Centuries ago, Taranto, Italy, was the home of a bacchanalian cult whose members believed the bite of the wolf spider could alone propel them into binges of ecstatic dancing. There is a portentous cosmic pageant this week that might, if you respond to it righteously, jolt you into a less painful but equally thunderous new approach to rounding up your fair share of blissful fun. To find out more, read this week's Aries message.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There's a total eclipse of the moon this week. Do you think it'll bring bad luck or good luck? Hah! That's a trick question. I threw it in to see if you've been following my efforts to redeem astrology in the public mind, upgrading it from a superstitious pseudo-science to a sacred language that can invigorate your imagination and reveal hidden patterns at work. In other words, the Zen answer is that a lunar eclipse is neither good nor bad luck. It is, however, a time when you're more likely to be able to: 1) tame the destructive aspects of your animal nature; 2) graduate from habits that have their roots in your childhood; 3) learn how to mother yourself better. (For more info, read the Aries horoscope.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The bad news about this week's lunar eclipse is that it will render all your communication problems flagrantly visible. Ready or not, you'll have to examine every flaw in how you express yourself, how you reach out to other people, and how you make the connections you need. The good news is that the eclipse will provide a window of opportunity for a miraculous fix. To find the inspiration you'll need to dive into this work, read the Aries horoscope above.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): I know and you know that your ability to get high without getting wasted has vastly improved, as has your talent for feeling deeply without falling apart. But it seems there are still some folks out there who call you "Captain Moonshine" or "St. Moonbeam" behind your back. Are you ready to reprogram their stale views of you? And inspire just about everyone to see you more clearly? With the upcoming lunar eclipse, you have a fabulous opportunity to do just that. For more help on this matter, read this week's Aries horoscope.

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