It's definitely a hold-on-to-your-hat-and-be-ready-to-fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants sort of week, as the planets continue to align in patterns of concentrated power. And while continuing to expect the unexpected remains a useful stance, this week, there's a slight slow down to the pace of those startling plot twists, as Mars prepares for a nearly three-month retrograde phase that begins on November 15 and lasts until January 30, 2008. This Martian preparation won't cause the mechanics of daily life to come to a complete halt, and some of this week's changes will continue to occur at the speed of light. But these swift shifts are more likely to be based on the razzle-dazzle of spin — personal and collective — and it's questionable whether they will last once the retrograde gains momentum. There is no best way to prepare for Mars Retrograde other than continuing to move through daily life with as much consciousness and kindness as possible.
A Grand Trine in Water between the Sun, in Scorpio, Mars, in Cancer, and Uranus, in Pisces, forms the core of immediate intensity. This powerful, positive configuration stirs deep emotions, as it simultaneously catalyzes a "live free or die" attitude unwilling to tolerate stagnation of any kind. Be prepared for spontaneous eruptions of long-repressed feelings as bodies, minds, and hearts struggle to break free from whatever enslaves — real or imagined.
Unfortunately, while this emotional revolution promises a new sense of personal liberation, there's a delivery problem. All week long, Mars pulls against the tides of liberty, as it prepares for its retrograde review. Anticipate resistance over the coming weeks as certain patterns rooted in past behavior become increasingly difficult to discard. Some of these old modes are survival mechanisms that have long served as protective devices. Most of us won't surrender our armor until we are completely sure we're safe, and because safety depends on so many factors, we tend to cling to resistive structures. We know they work. What we aren't aware of is how some survival mechanisms, often unconscious and based on fear, inhibit growth and progress. Mars is retrograde in the Sign of Cancer, which is well known for its inclination to fret over issues of safety. So as we move through the coming weeks, themes of security are sure to dominate the minds and hearts of many, a concentration of emotion that's certain to permeate the atmosphere with anxiety.
But Mars is a warrior not a worrier, and it would rather take its stand than cower in fear. Yes, its feisty, aggressive energy could generate more than a few battles, but its courage could just as easily provide the daring to face danger, particularly the peril of uncertainty. We live in unstable times, and one facet of healing the external collective volatility is to create greater equanimity within.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Mars triggers a deep internal process aimed at establishing a greater sense of security, so don't be surprised if you feel a strong desire to hunker down at home and take stock. Whether your concerns are material or spiritual, this time is best spent realigning your center.
Taurus April 20-May 20
If you want to make peace, speak words of love. And yes, it is that simple, especially if you can recognize that even the most confident and successful among us long to be recognized and appreciated.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Whether your concerns are financial or focused on your professional standing, Mars delivers several beneficial career opportunities. Stay open to the unforeseen possibilities and you'll make tangible progress.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Mars invites you to reinvent yourself, inside and out. Be willing to make changes in your appearance — hair, clothes or weight — but also be willing to make internal shifts that will improve your self-esteem.
Leo July 23-August 22
You're creating an internal mandala designed help you achieve a greater sense of internal balance. While part of the process is uncomfortable, if you commit to authenticity and continue to be willing to face your shadow, the results will be amazing.
Virgo August 23-September 22
The emphasis is still on listening, only now, it's all about paying attention to what significant others have to say. Don't dismiss these conversations as trivial — much of what's said comes from the heart.
Libra September 23-October 22
Although you will have to repeat yourself, it's important to remember you're not stuck in an endless loop of Groundhog Day. So assume a good attitude, refuse to be resentful, and continue to let the process refine you.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
You're in a potent creative cycle that's capable of delivering inspiration, as well as the muscle to concretize those visions. Use this time wisely and it will deliver powerful results.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Don't let external drama disrupt your flow. Yes, there are interruptions, but some of these "obstacles" could reveal themselves to be Divine Intervention. Rather than struggle, accept, and you'll maintain your equilibrium.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Mars activates your social calendar, and while the stress of so many "obligations" could be burdensome, it can just as easily be a whole lot of fun. There will be plenty of time to hibernate later, so for now, just say "yes."
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Despite the fluctuations of uncertain fortune, financial gain is probable. So is increased respect and recognition for your efforts. Stay focused on your goals, and you'll avoid getting waylaid by the external brouhaha.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Yes, your life is unsettled, but that doesn't mean the disruptions are negative — you just have to grow into them. Think about how certain changes, while difficult, could also have long-lasting beneficial results.
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