Happy Chinese Year of the Water Dragon, which begins January 23, 2012! This week's Amount of Energy (AOE) represents time it will take to integrate your sun sign and the Dragon of Chinese lore. It's East meets West, baby! The communal versus individual. The lower the number, the faster your integration of culture and diversity, hence the less AOE it takes to get the necessities done and have time to enjoy your life.
Aquarius/Aquarius Rising*(Jan 20-Feb 19): The contradictions you sense inside of you will either be resolved or your life gets plunged into one conflict after another. Making peace for your cherished ideals usually works when you keep to your word (inside and outside of home). Dragon years pick up the intensity of taking risks, the need to walk that fine line between bravery and foolishness. Angels fearing to tread may be the way to go. Although you are almost all head, your gut will be the one with the true knowledge. That's no excuse to read or reflect. It is only that when June 24 rolls around and Uranus and Pluto finally meet to have their first round of rebellion, revolution and reformation, just who will win? Your not-so-impossible mission is to frame the prevailing issues in the moment without attaching an immediate negative outcome to your report of what you see as facts. The more you demand that we think like you, that is, my will becoming an out will, the higher AOE you'll have to expend. The bigger you cultivate your heart, the more that loving "live and let live" emanate from you. Tolerance breeds curiosity and, in the long run, acceptance of other folks' liberties. From these traits, your AOE is 3.5. Expressing a need to be right over being heard, your AOE easily doubles to a 7.
Pisces/Pisces Rising (Feb 18-Mar 20): Does the dog not hunt or is he not in the fight? You love your peace and quiet. You can prefer to keep your own company and counsel for longer than most of us. Fortunately, 2012 is the year of the Water Dragon, so this composite and mythical animal is more tame than say a Fire Dragon (1916, 1976). Allowing yourself to detach from the rigors of producing money or wealth would be advised. You can lose resources in direct proportion to your overattachment to them. After all, you can only wear one pair of shoes at a time. Consumption of advertised products will erratically ebb and flow for most of this year. Get to the last quarter to correct your excesses, must like the leaves fall and lighten the tree branches for snow. In other words, credit comes due later in the year. Your AOE hovers around 4.5 as long as you tend to your spirit, body, mind and soul consciously. To ignore one part for another for too long and each turn of season will be a stark reminder of how exactly your AOE can be spent in putting out dramatic fires that could have been avoided with a little preparation.
Aries/Aries Rising* (Mar 21-Apr 19): Your AOE doesn't mean as much, simply because you've been given the gift of energy. You tend to spin wheels and initiate conflict when you have no definite direction. Even the rules you've broken, you're set to decondition yourself even more. The more you move within and check your own intentions, the less energy you'll choose to use convincing us of right action. You'll end up becoming the embodiment of integrity. One warning, though: Superiors have a psychic cord located in your solar plexus area. Act as if you do not want to work or challenge authority simply because you want attention and it will feel as if you've been sucker punched. In the extreme, you could get fired. Understand oh, martial one, everyone does not want their bottom lines shown (ask Mitt Romney). Behave more like your Scorpio sibling instead of your fiery ones of Leo and Sagittarius. Know what your mind is really thinking without needing to communicate all of it, and in this manner your AOE can fluctuate between a moderate 5 to 7 instead of being stuck at 8.5 or higher because of your overtly expressed headstrong nature.