Keep in mind that while many of these efforts to clear the air are sincere, they are also likely to be filtered through pent-up, predominantly negative emotions that need to see the light of day before any true transformation can occur. Rather than reacting to these toxic discharges, try to see beyond the sludge of bitterness, anger, or despair. To be sure, the victim's lament can try the tolerance and patience of others, but there are real casualties in this world, and those stories need to be heard and seen through the ears and eyes of compassion - not blame - for the conduct and its consequences to truly heal.
The source of astral agitation is the ongoing Uranus/Pluto square, which will be exact to the degree and minute on June 24. For the last couple of weeks, this dynamic interaction has been within close enough range to be considered exact - only thirty or so astronomical minutes separate Uranus and Pluto. As they tighten their hold, the intensity of daily life has tightened its grip, squeezing crucial issues to the surface of consciousness. The effect of a hard aspect is usually seen when the planets start to move apart, but the nearly exact contact of this square persists through the entire summer until the second of the seven exact squares on September 19. It isn't until mid-October that the tension releases and the effect starts to clarify - just in time for the elections in the United States in early November.
When Tip O'Neill coined the phrase "All politics is local" he was referring to the notion that voters tend to focus on local concerns rather than national issues. Given the current state of the world, it can be argued that local, national, and global concerns are no longer separated by distance, climate, or culture; global is the new local. But there are other ways to interpret his political wisdom. Local begins at the beginning, at home with all of our relations: family, friends, neighbors, pets, and even plants. We learn our values early and young, which is why changing attitudes and fighting prejudice is such hard work. Acquiring a more expansive worldview requires leaving behind the bias we learned as children. And that maturation often involves a change of heart.
Focus the creative power of the Uranus/Pluto square on local transformation. You can't preach peace and kick the dog. And while it's true the world is drastically out of balance and in desperate need of creative solutions at every level, the place to start any lasting revolution is always at home. The world only changes one heart at a time.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
The warning about using your words wisely still holds, especially in situations where it's easy to let your guard down. I'm not advising you to clam up; I'm simply suggesting you continue to think before you speak.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Call it a crisis of faith or see it as an opportunity to confront persistent doubts that undermine your confidence - it's your choice. Remember: In a creative universe, nothing stays the same.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Allow your devotion to knowledge to inform your choices, and even if you disagree with the data, at least consider the possibility of an alternate view. This isn't about changing your mind; it's about being flexible.
Cancer June 22-July 22
The emphasis is on all your relationships, personal and professional, as well as your relationship with yourself. Be willing to explore your intentions, and you'll discover motivations in need of renovation.
Leo July 23-August 22
It's actually a question of discipline: Can you stay focused on your goals and still maintain your innate generosity of spirit? Don't accept an easy answer. Instead, let the question stimulate greater self-awareness.
Virgo August 23-September 22
A spiritual bypass won't work, but an applied spiritual practice will help you to figure out how to maintain and establish your balance in the midst of so much change and uncertainty.
Libra September 23-October 22
Consider your current challenge to be a vision quest for what will help you to feel safe and secure as you experience the flux of intimate and often disturbing interactions with significant others.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
It's not a question of resistance; it's a matter of personal rhythm. Yours is a unique and sensitive filtration system that processes new information at a different pace from what others might desire.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Creating the fertile ground of positive compromise is something you do effortlessly, which is why this gift with others will have exponential benefits. Don't worry - you won't get lost in the process.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Change continues to create ripples across your personal pond. Allow these shifts to occur and you'll continue to gather increased personal strength and stamina.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Your internal journey has the potential to be so rich and rewarding, that you might forget to share your insights with others. Rather than pulling away, make an effort to move closer to those you love.
Pisces February 19-March 20
It's a question of ultimate value, and what matters most to you may not be what matters most to those you love. Take a moment to assess and reassess what you hold dear, and allow significant others the same freedom.