Hello everyone.

Did you know that right now seven out of our ten planets (including Sun and Moon) are in the last two signs of the zodiac?  Yes, Mercury, Neptune, the Sun, Venus, Jupiter, the Moon and Uranus are all in Aquarius and Pisces.  The only planets standing outside are Mars in Leo, Saturn in Libra, and Pluto in Capricorn.

What’s wrong with this picture?

This can be a good thing.  It mirrors our current networked society, the way technology has made it possible to form links with others throughout the world.  Both Aquarius and Pisces interact constantly with others; Aquarius wants to insure equality and share knowledge freely; Pisces wants to foster unity among us all.  This is all good, right?

Sleeping Beauty, by Edward Burne-Jones.

Sleeping Beauty, by Edward Burne-Jones.

When so many planets are in the same signs, it can foster particularly strong ties between people and a lot of cohesion in the group, maybe too much.  You can be lulled as people focus on the same things, talk about consistent themes, and recognize the same patterns.  The difficulty arises when something out of the ordinary occurs, a crisis of some kind.  And crises come with Mars, Saturn, and Pluto, the three not invited to the party, in difficult aspect as they are these days. 

It reminds me of Sleeping Beauty.  Remember the fairy who was not invited to the party?  With all the celebrating going on, no one recognized the impending disaster. 

Are you in the loop?

There is another issue with all of these planets in “collective” signs that is critical to you as the leader.  Aquarius and Pisces foster group communication, team interaction, and intuitive understanding across borders.  They favor a flat hierarchical structure, consensus management, and cohesion around projects rather than positions.  This atmosphere fosters beautiful, cross-borders information loops.  But something could be missing from those loops.  You!

In this hyper-social atmosphere, your employees are linked to many sources of information, both within your company and in the broader world.  They may pick up information critical to your business and that information may never reach you.  In a traditional hierarchical structure, information rolled up to you through your management structure.  With today’s flatter structure and many more avenues of information, you may have lost your place as the information hub. 

So what should you do? 

  1. First of all, with the Sun currently in Aquarius, and moving into Pisces later this week, it should be easier to insert yourself into groups, team meetings, and social media chats.  Take the time to join the conversation; become one of the players.  Immerse yourself in what your employees are talking about, both online and off.
  2. Second, make sure you design communication channels that bring information to you in this new environment.  You can’t use the old methods for gathering intelligence, especially if you have new hires or a younger workforce.  I spoke to a business owner in her early thirties who feels lost when it comes to the culture of communication used by her twenty-something employees.  So catch up and keep up with each emerging technology your employees are enjoying.
  3. And third, be sure someone in your organization is looking outside:  reading the news, keeping up with the trends, watching legislation in your industry and local area.  The current economic environment will be with us for a long time; you need to monitor how it can impact your business.   

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Businesses still need leadership.  Even in this flattened, networked environment, you hold the vision for where the organization is going.  The modes and nodes of interaction have changed; basic leadership has not.  Your company’s success depends on you, and in order to be effective, you’ve got to know what’s going on.  So insert yourself and make sure the network links back to you.  And keep an eye out for that angry fairy godmother!

Don’t forget. If you have an astrology-related business question (or a business-related astrology question) send it to me at ellen@astro4business.com. I’ll answer it in these posts, anonymously of course, and we can all learn from each other’s experiences. I look forward to it! Have a question now? Email it and let’s get started!