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.
Taurus/Taurus Rising* (Apr 20-May 21): You don't mind a little loudness, if the person has brains to match his or her volume. You are certainly a believer in silence as a reason to be thought smarter than one may actually be. Your increased awareness of all things metaphysical has brought you a more meaningful life. It's odd and quirky, but you have a way of making sense out of the nonsensical (or ignoring it altogether), and a Water Dragon is anything but rational. Use your joy to act as the dimmer switch that moves between having all the illumination to being in darkness. Huh? Psychological dark Pluto spreads his profound spirit through compatibly earthy Capricorn, giving you an ability to see beyond the physical plane you're so fond of. Combined with the Chinese Year of the Water Dragon, you possess the future right in your hands. You must spend your time and AOE on getting beyond only what you can see or prove through your five senses. The AOE increases the month before and after your birthday from 6.5 to 8.5. It will be difficult to realize how your values are transforming without your knowing why. The intangible planes of existence do not operate from logic only.
Gemini/Gemini Rising* (May 21-Jun 20): Adaptable signs (Virgo, Sag and the fish are the others) move between extremes of the element they have. The air element, at its logical ends, gives us the paranoid and antisocial to the morbidly quiet and superficial. This Water Dragon Year of 2012 has the makings of creating a collective spirit of combining your scintillating intellect to your incredible imaginative feelings. Your AOE contracts in late winter in order to help you focus on your future with your friends and colleagues. You do not want to move through the world alone; you need siblings, cousins and neighbors with whom to connect. When you isolate yourself (even while hanging out and showing the expected or appropriate face), we all lose and your AOE hovers between a 7 and 8.5. When you use your powers of observation and then communicate precisely what you desire and expect, your AOE drops to a cool-as-a-cucumber 6.
Cancer/Cancer Rising* (Jun 21-July 21): As we move from the end of a Metal Rabbit Year to a Water Dragon year through Chinese astrology, you mutate into an eccentric and composite animal spirit. In 2011, you suffered from too much Moon, that is, being overly feeling and drawn to your past. You have an exceptional affinity to this year in Chinese astrology. When you are balanced and poised beyond Republican Southern strategy and/or your family's prejudices, you become this planetary citizen, seeing all humans as your extended family. You obtain the blessings and good fortune of all who sense your real sense of goodwill. Aquarius time of year takes your Hansel and Gretel self into your own psychological underworld. That's where the dragon gives you some amazing resistance to the coefficient drag (symbolically speaking, your airplane can fly anywhere you have the will and the plane has the fuel). Your AOE treads some Caribbean waters at a 7. Too low a number, you get complacent, similar to not enough regulation to our nation's polluters.
Leo/Leo Rising* (July 22-Aug 22): Return to my message to you last week, as this is a continuance. Oh, go on, be the loyal spirit to me that I know you are. No fronting. Now, where you can appear less than fully authentic is through counting your blessings. There is no need to wear your spiritual heart on your sleeve, unless it is your heart that burned off the nasty dross like junk off gold. Think, fellow Leo Denver quarterback Tim Tebow, the son of Christian missionaries, are you on bowed (tee-bowed, oh, hell) knee? Dragon years tend to be easy for you. Openhearted, sincere and joyously extending your spirit, you can use the inventiveness of this year to connect the professionally friendly dots. In essence, spending your inspirational focus upon using any defensive projections leaves us all earthbound. Please realize that dragons must fall to Earth if they become tone-deaf to our shared humanity. Please use your AOE (flaming in at a solid 6) to inspire us to become more responsible for making our world a better place. Imagine Marvin Gaye singing "Mercy, Mercy" or "What's Going On?" What do the lyrics suggest you do?
Virgo/Virgo Rising* (Aug 22-Sept 22): The devil is in the details, it has been said. You can be obsessed with the particular, the odd and the quirky. During a Water Dragon year, your laserlike focus will come in handy. You will find some who will be proselytizing, attempting to convince you of their way of life. Act like an Aquarian and put on a "live and let live" demeanor. As you pretend to be tolerant, you can become accepting, less judgmental and picky. Understand that the dragon takes you into head spaces (thought patterns) that you are unaccustomed to, especially when you are thinking you're bored or, worse, boring. Your AOE stands in direct proportion to your self-assertiveness. When in doubt (and I could make a strong argument, when aren't you in doubt), it is the bold projection that wins the day, the heart and releases you from seeing only yourself as quirky or odd. At winter's end (beware of the Ides of March), your first major AOE test occurs. Operate at a healthy 7 consistently, and reliable output to bolster your self-worth is advised, no matter how little others exert. Do not let anyone else's bad behavior be an excuse for you to alter your own.
Libra/Libra Rising* (Sep 23-Oct 22): As the dragon is a composite and mythical beast, you are the scales of justice. Both symbols are unique to the circle of animals. You can use your unusual qualities to attract as well as repel. The AOE (Amount of Energy) increases through February 7. While your guardian angel, Venus, moves through the ethereal and compassionate sign of Pisces, you are poised with noticing the little ways in which we fall in love. Married or partnered for more than a decade? No matter. Allow Venus wandering through her most powerful sign to relax your usual guards and intellectual gyrations. Become the embodiment of love. Even if it is not a physical love you seek, again, it does not matter. Venus in Pisces is precisely what your AOE needs to balance your mind's equivocating nature. To amp up your heart's volume, your very spirituality takes you into a more trusting place, and then off comes our emotional armor. Your AOE sits calmly at 6, just enough to tip the scales of unity (and equity) in your direction. Realize that there's nothing wrong with being more receptive, then you can let your AOE hover at a 4 or lower number.
Scorpio/Scorpio Rising* (Oct 23-Nov 21): You have the reputation of being a very sexual sign. I've been reading individuals full time for 16 years now, and sex is important to the other 11 signs, too. Yours is a deep-feeling sign (the deepest and most concentrated), and sex is a place to express these emotions (energy in motion). Use the affectionate and sensual Venus in compatible and fluid Pisces to accentuate the playful and joyous aspect of hooking up with your favorite lover or mate. Until February 7, you have some of the best planetary aspects to turn a friendship into a more erotic affair or shift a stagnant long-term relationship into a more intense coupling that you remember at the beginning. If you sense something's missing in your love affairs, it is up to you to provide it. The AOE sits solidly at 7 for you. When you need less control, you need less AOE. Is there anything wrong with letting someone you trust take the lead? Following another permits you to take a more relaxed stance, and again, less energy is expended.
Sagittarius/Sagittarius Rising* (Nov 22-Dec 19): You have learned that storing your energy gives you an advantage in all physical activities. When you temper your excesses and extremes, you take the long view of situations, and then you are difficult to beat or get over on. However, you can sometimes be led to have adventures, that is, traveling obscure paths searching for the freaky and unusual. In these instances, the AOE can shoot up to an 8 or 9. Then it becomes easier for your enthusiasms to burn out. With Venus (love/pleasure) in Pisces (your fourth house of home), it'd be better to stick close to what and whom you know. A healthy compromise with your gypsylike nature would at least seduce those in the privacy of your own home. If a potential hookup cannot come to you, she or he may not be worth the AOE. Your AOE vacillates (if others only knew how much you go up and down, they'd be surprised) between 5 and 9. Moderation is still an excellent guiding principle for your exquisite application.
Capricorn/Capricorn Rising* (Dec 21-Jan 19): Water Dragon years are associated with changes in what blessings mean to you. Like grace, you must feel worthy of receiving good fortune; otherwise you'll lose it. It's like a dragon going to the mountaintop to fly off (take a risk) to manifest your dreams. In the system I use, you are associated with the lucky tiger who is said to protect homes from ghosts, fire and theft. The more you dominate others this year, the more success you'll have. Imagine you've been given a mandate to take control. You have. But it has to done with taking the long view of how there is equity between all of the actors. Therefore, common sense and integrity must prevail. With revolutionary Uranus and soul-searching Pluto squaring off from now until 2015, you have to understand how you are to dominate from a motivation of transformation. Dragon years (1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) seek to combine elements once thought too distinct to blend. Use your gift for seeing everyone's skills and how to integrate them into practical action, your mind's main focus. Your AOE is a solid 5 when you merge your logical mind with your compassionate heart. Take a reactive rigid stance, and the AOE goes swiftly up to an 8 or more (especially from May to July).
*The Rising Sign a.k.a. Ascendant represents your approach to life and the mask you wear. Read that sign as well to get additional information on whats in store this week.
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