Mars' Energy Bodes Well 

For the week of October 20-26, 2010.

Conflict and confrontation could ruin an otherwise perfectly aligned week, so choose your battles wisely, especially when those arguments involve authority figures. (Okay, maybe "perfectly" is a slight exaggeration, but the planets are forming positive patterns, and after so many months of reporting the bad news, I'm taking poetic liberties in describing what's good.) Huge reservoirs of energy are the main component of the current astral tableau, and that energy can be spent bickering and quarreling or it can be harnessed to the determination and discipline to accomplish certain tasks. Avoiding angry drama sounds like a no-brainer, doesn't it? But it won't be all that easy to steer clear of discord, particularly if you or your opponent is programmed to blow off steam through a "good" fight. I'm not saying that a good fight isn't sometimes necessary to clear the air. But this week, the underlying motivation to duke it out might have more to do with excess energy than a meaningful dispute over serious matters. Pay close attention to your intentions, and, when possible, apply the vitality of the week to positive progress toward your desired goal — even if that goal is sitting quietly in front of your television watching reruns of Lost (yes ... I am in mourning for the island; I even miss Ben) or any other series that allows your imagination to run free.

Mars is this week's energy source, both negative and positive. Currently in Scorpio, its former Home Sign (Pluto, the non-planet, replaced it as the ruler of Scorpio.), Mars is forming a trine to the ongoing Jupiter/Uranus conjunction, in Pisces. (We've been in this trine since the weekend.) Mars symbolizes energy, particularly the energy of the body. Jupiter represents expansion and excess. Uranus also signifies energy, specifically forces that catalyze change. As Mars trines the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction, it activates a desire for freedom, as well as the will power to "make it so." Use this powerful alliance to tackle big plans and projects. Envision what you want to achieve and then get busy doing whatever is necessary to meet that goal. Mars is also in a square to Neptune, a configuration that normally indicates a state of paralysis. But given the power of the trine to the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction, the inability to move shouldn't be much of a problem.

Sometimes Mars likes to blow off steam as a way of flexing its muscle, which is why you might be tempted to spend some of this week's prodigious energy in battle. Although anger is sometimes an appropriate response, anger for its own sake tends to have lasting negative consequences. Rather than rant, find healthy ways of spending your excess energy. Don't punish someone you love just because you don't know what else to do. No one enjoys being the brunt of resentment. And just about everyone responds well to kindness and concern.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

ARIES The challenge is keeping a cool head without denying the intensity of your feelings. That may sound like an impossible task, but if you can be clear about the reality of your situation, you won't need to blame others for the current state of your affairs.

TAURUS Step into the leadership role by making "cooperation" your personal mantra. This spirit of collaboration will not only keep you on track, but also will inspire others to stay positive about their individual choices and contributions.

GEMINI Devote yourself to your career and make the most of this moment of opportunity. Whether it's planning, networking, refining, or a complete change of profession, what you put in motion will eventually yield positive results.

CANCER There's no need to let petty squabbles about minor differences interrupt your determination to make long-term plans. Trust your intuition, explore your options, and know that you will make the right decisions for the best outcome — for everyone.

LEO You're integrating, digesting, and metabolizing a wide range of experiences. Despite the waves of energy and the need to physically move, try not to hurry this process. Take your time, and you'll notice leaps of progress.

VIRGO Allow stimulating conversations with significant others to catalyze a new perspective on how to handle relationship habits that persistently elude transformation. This isn't about surrender; it's about growth.

LIBRA There are brilliant opportunities to improve your finances, but only if you are willing to put aside petty grievances. This sounds like a no-brainer, and it will be if you can keep your heart open and your attitude positive.

SCORPIO Give your creativity complete permission to flow — paint, write, dance, make music — and do whatever it is that excites your spirit. And remember, creativity is not limited to an art or a craft; it's an attitude.

SAGITTARIUS If you spend your excess energy gallivanting around town, you may be disappointed. Instead of feeding the need to move, feed your need to nest and rest — it will be a much more satisfying experience.

CAPRICORN While it won't be easy sitting still, if you can take the time to listen carefully to the opinions and needs of others, you'll find yourself better prepared to make positive lasting changes.

AQUARIUS You don't have to do much to make the situation work to your advantage. You just have to show up, speak your truth, and stay unattached to the outcome. It's a simple but powerful solution.

PISCES Rather than spend a moment regretting or resenting, apply all of your available energy to gratitude. I mean, really, did you ever imagine that all of what's taking place could have happened with such speed and precision?

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