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Dear Ralfee:

Astrology Horoscope: IanI need help. I've been studying astrology for a little while and I just can't seem to put it to any good use in my life. I know that astrology works because my natal cart interpretation is more than just coincidentally accurate in its description of me. Where do I go now?

I feel like I am a star that doesn't have much power and I need to focus my light on one particular aspect of my life, i.e., follow one path. I was born on January 21, 1970, at 6:56 am in Toronto, Ontario. I need to know what purpose I am here for and once that is established, I can get behind it. Can you please help me? What should I focus my talents on? In fact, what are they?

Thank you much.


Dear Ian:

I wish I could look at your birth chart and tell you the purpose of your life, but I can't. Discovering the purpose of life takes a lifetime of living. And while it's true some of us enter this world with what appears to be a clear vision of who we are, most of us don't have a clue. The majority of us muddle through life making it up as we go along, hoping eventually to stumble upon what feels like the ultimate "Eureka" moment.

Even the people we admire most for their achievements don't get born with that clear vision. Einstein, Ghandi, Margaret Sanger and the Beatles all became great by living life deeply committed to being all they could be. Unfortunately, we translate their accomplishments as a commitment to being all they were "supposed" to be, forgetting or ignoring the complexity and contradictions of their individual journeys.

In these uncertain times, the need for meaning in day-to-day life makes us increasingly hungry for purpose. A just-tell-me-what-to-do-and-I'll-do-it-attitude is an attempt to clear the static and make life easier. The new age movement, especially, speaks the language of soul-mission, often implying there is some computer printout in the etheric realms, specifically designating what each of us—and here's that word, again—is supposed to do.

Yet the absence of a definitive description of who or what we should be is liberating. When we give up the notion of a set plan, we're free to dive into life, discovering who we are through living every day. And this is where astrology becomes a very useful tool for actualizing our potential. Working with our birth chart allows us to deepen our self-awareness, providing us with valuable information about our challenges and our gifts.

What's most surprising to me about your question, Ian, is that you feel like a "star that doesn't have much power." Your birth chart suggests just the opposite—tremendous personal power. Accessing that innate dynamic force is complicated by several difficult planetary configurations, but these obstacles are not impossible to overcome.

It's likely the challenges in your chart are the reason you're feeling frustrated with the way your life is unfolding. So let's explore the difficulties first.

Your birth chart contains a Pluto-Mars opposition. Pluto is the planet of power. Mars is the planet of self-assertion. When they oppose each other, personal ambition feels thwarted. Often, as a remedy for that frustration, a Pluto-Mars opposition plays out as the tendency to apply sheer brute force as a way of attaining your goals. Yet this opposition can also manifest as the collapse of the self, particularly in the face of some greater power.

Your Pluto-Mars opposition also speaks to a difficult relationship with your father. Early in life, you would have recognized his need to be in control. Your Mars is in the highly sensitive sign of Pisces, making it easier for you to capitulate to his will in order to survive. What's more, if your father was mean or cruel, you may have developed a negative belief system about what it means to be powerful. Thus the fear of imitating his behavior may be what's keeping you from opening up full throttle on your own power.

You have a difficult t-square that signals themes of self-esteem. Saturn opposes Jupiter as it simultaneously squares your Sun-Venus conjunction in Aquarius. An Aquarius Sun needs tremendous personal freedom. The close conjunction of Venus, who among her many domains, signifies values, amplifies this need to be your own person.

Unfortunately, Saturn squelches that free-spirited energy. Saturn sits in your Third House of communication, inhibiting the easy expression of your opinions. A Saturn-Sun square often indicates a critical or stern father. What's more, Saturn opposes your Jupiter in the Ninth House. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, and when it's in the Ninth House it wants to explore as many varying belief systems as possible. Your father's heavy hand may have made you self-conscious about your appetite for information.

Fortunately, your birth chart contains tremendous creativity, sensitivity, abundant energy and a talent for transformation.

Your natal Pluto in Virgo trines your Sun-Venus conjunction in Aquarius. A Pluto-Sun trine bestows the gifts of physical strength and stamina. It also indicates the qualities of leadership. If you're worried about abusing your power, you'll stay stagnant in frustration. If you're open to learning how to use your power wisely, this trine provides the energy to accomplish anything you set your mind to.

More importantly, this Pluto-Sun trine signals a potential for transformational living, opening up a capacity for change. When we embrace change, we move out of stuck situations with greater ease. This talent for transformation is heightened by a Uranus-Sun trine. Uranus is the planet of innovation, and when it supports the Sun it feeds a revolutionary spirit, interested in reforming whatever needs to shift. This trine allows you to make sudden turns toward personal freedom.

But that's not all. Pluto also trines Venus. Venus is a highly creative force interested in expressing her talents through artistic endeavors. If you haven't already discovered a form of self-expression that brings you joy, please keep searching for an art or a craft capable of making your heart sing. I'm not saying you'll become the next Picasso. That's not the point. When we work our creative muscles, we discover who we are and in the process learn a great deal about life and living.

One more bit: Your Moon in Cancer trines your Mars making you highly empathetic. Learning to handle psychic sensitivity isn't an easy process. It takes time and experience. Yet this gift is worth exploring. You don't have to become a psychic to utilize this talent. Sensitivity shows its value in many ways and is a particularly handy tool for an artist.

Focus your quest for purpose on greater self-discovery, Ian, and your search will branch out to embrace a variety of possibilities. Delve creatively. Face your power issues. Be courageous about being yourself. Dare to dream, even if no one else shares your vision. When we believe in ourselves, our spirit thrives. And the light of our personal passion illuminates the path ahead.

Your StarIQ Advisor,

Ralfee Finn

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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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