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I am making a total life and career change from accounting in the car business to a Reverend of New Thought Philosophy.

After three years of study, I will take a two-day exam on May 5 and 6, 2000, for a master’s degree in divinity. If I succeed with this written test, I could candidate for ministerial positions as soon as I pass the oral panels the second week of August, 2000. Since fall, school has been very stressful. I am completing two degrees concurrently. Will I make it through successfully? Is there anything to guard against or watch out for? My health has been challenged during this period. I was born May 24, 1947 at 5:55 am PST in San Pedro, California.

Worried in California

Dear Worried,

Congratulations for having the courage to make such a dramatic life change. While your professional transformation might appear startling to some, from an astrological perspective, it's not surprising in the least. There's every reason to feel confident about your decision and every reason to anticipate success.

In March of 1996, Uranus began transiting, or moving into, your Ninth House. The Ninth House rules, or is linked to, philosophy, spiritual beliefs and religion, and is home to higher education. It's where we quest for truth, quench our thirst for knowledge and envision the biggest possible picture.

Uranus is an innovator. Sparking invention and reform, Uranus catalyzes change. It's eclectic and eccentric. When Uranus journeys through the Ninth House, it draws us toward unusual ideologies and beliefs. Abhorring dogma (unless, of course, it's a doctrine of revolution), Uranus often takes a radical point of view simply for the sake of controversy.

Leaving behind a life of accounting in order to follow a spiritual calling seems an appropriate manifestation of Uranus transiting the Ninth House.

There's no need to be anxious about your written exams. On May 5 and 6, 2000, transiting Uranus, still in your Ninth House, will trine your natal  Uranus and your Ascendant. This trine provides positive support. Consider it astro-aid. What's more, this Uranus trine is the peak of a cycle that started when Uranus entered your Ninth House and you answered an authentic spiritual calling. There's no reason to feel you'll fail.

But you do need to stay calm. Uranus often creates nervous excitement. And on May 5, the Moon and Mars conjunct your Sun, making you restless and anxious. At the same time, Pluto is opposing your Mercury. This opposition  could make you obsess over every answer and amplify your nervousness. Again, there's nothing to be afraid of and no need to second-guess your answers. Trust your intuition. Stay centered. Let all that hard work pay off.

But that's not all. You're also under another profound influence at the time of your exams—Saturn conjunct Jupiter. These two planets are not often found next to one another. In fact, the last time they formed a conjunction was 20 years ago. And they haven't been conjunct in Taurus  since 1940.

This unique configuration bodes well for your success. Jupiter, among its many other domains, rules religion. Saturn is the expert and seeks recognition for its wisdom and purpose. Classically, a Saturn-Jupiter conjunction signifies the clergy!

And it just so happens this Saturn-Jupiter conjunction opposes your natal Jupiter in your Sixth House. The Sixth House is all about service. Unfortunately, most of us confuse service with sacrifice. But true service isn't about denying the self. It's about finding what makes your heart sing with caring. When we're happy with what we do, that joy spreads to others and inspires similar aspirations. Let the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction deepen your desire to serve.

What's more, Uranus simultaneously squares that very same Jupiter. Again, Uranus is interested in innovation and can't help but instigate surprise. Expect expanded possibilities and a reaffirmation of your choice to follow a spiritual path.

In August, when you take your oral panels, you'll be under the influence of Neptune as it squares your Venus and opposes your Saturn. Try not to answer too many questions at once. Stick to what you know. Neptune easily encourages embellishment. But because Neptune rules mystical urges and the concept of unity, this very same transit could work on your behalf, allowing the devotional part of your ministry to express itself.

I'm not a medical astrologer, so I can't offer any sound advice as to why your health has been challenged. But common sense suggests stress. It's hard to make big changes and carry a heavy academic load. Increasing your meditation will alleviate tension. And a good exercise routine will help manage the intensity.

Again, there's every reason to count on success. So stop worrying. The end is in sight. Enjoy each step as you cross the finish line.




Ralfee Finn is the creator of The Aquarium Age, a weekly and monthly astrology column published nationwide and featured at Committed to compassion, knowledge and growth, Ralfee brings the gifts of clarity and common sense to the often confusing waters of metaphysics and new age philosophy.

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