Updated: October 6, 2012 8:42PM
Predictions for the week of October 7
All Signs: Fiery Mars now moves into Sagittarius, which will give everyone the travel bug. Mars shows when we feel spontaneously restless and impulsive. In astrology, Mars rules our muscles, our sex drive, our style of aggression and how we express our ego. As it travels through the 12 signs every two years, it “lights up” different areas of our lives and boosts them with energy and activity. When it lines up with our Venus, we seek physical, lusty love. When it lines up with our Mercury, our mental energy is sharpened. Mars also signifies where we will have conflicts. Hey, don’t yell. If you want to get someone’s attention, whisper. (Especially if you’re starting to talk to your parents and your kids in the same voice.)
Aries (March 21-April 19)
You’re totally stoked to expand your world. Naturally, hopping a plane to someplace exciting or taking a road trip to watch those telephone poles go by will delight you. However, you will be just as thrilled to learn something new by exploring courses, philosophy, religion and other people’s beliefs. Basically, you want to open up new dimensions of reality. Unfortunately, because Mars is so feisty and competitive, this can also indicate involvement with the law or the court system in the next two months. In the meantime, can you sing Home on the Range in beef flat?
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Mars rules the military and aggressive confrontation. For the first time since November 2010, Mars is travelling through the part of your chart involving shared property, jointly held possessions, inheritances, taxes and debt. It follows, therefore, that you might have disputes in these same areas. (Bummer.) The next two months are a poor time to go for a loan or a mortgage. But there is an upside. The energy of Mars is very sexual and now it will be traveling through your House of Sex. (!) Connect the dots. Your sex drive will be strongly stimulated! You will seek intense relationships that transport you to a heady transcendent realm. (Sounds like a pretty tall order.)
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Not since November 2010 has Mars opposed your sign. Now it’s back stirring up trouble between you and others. This definitely indicates conflicts in the next two months with a partner, spouse, fellow worker or friend. From your point of view, others are being assertive, a real pain in the neck. In response, you find it hard to compromise or give in. (“Like hell!”) The upside, however, is that we all have relationships where neither party expresses their grievances and instead just smoulders in resentment. With Mars opposite your sign, it is far easier to put your cards on the table and express your feelings. And hey, that’s one definition of intimacy: The person whom you will really tell the truth.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This shift of Mars is good for Cancer because it will make you work hard and be productive. In the next few months, you’ll throw your energy into whatever you’re doing with great gusto and then you will take considerable pride in whatever you achieve. Make the most of this opportunity because you have the energy, so why not use it? The only tricky thing is you’ll want credit for your accomplishments because you identify very strongly with whatever you do now. So if someone tries to steal your limelight, you won’t like it! This is also a good time to maintain a program of rigorous physical activity to boost your health. Follow Miss Piggy’s advice: Never eat more than you can lift.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Good news for Leos! For the next seven weeks, Mars will be in your fellow Fire Sign, which will really invigorate you! It will also increase your self-confidence and make you feel extra strong. It’s a good kind of strength, however; you will feel no need to struggle with others. It’s also the perfect kind of energy for you to initiate new programs and begin new projects. You’ll be unusually decisive and proactive. (This includes being hot in bed.) Get away on a vacation if you can because you want amusing diversions. Romance, physical lovemaking, sports events, parties and playful times with children will be tops on your menu. You intend to do your own thing! “I yam what I yam.”
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Things are going to be busy on the home front. For many reasons, you will have increased activity and chaos where you live for the next few months. (And this heightened energy could also reverberate into your family relationships.) One reason could be home renovations or making changes to where you live — possibly residential moves. (Classic for your sign right now.) Or you might have visiting guests or other situations that upset your home routine. Naturally, whatever upsets your home routine can also upset your relationships with family members. (Grrr.) Try to be aware of what you say and do to guard against fighting “over nothing.”
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Without question, the pace of your days is going to accelerate in the next few months. Suddenly, you’ve got things to do, people to see and places to go. Many of you will take short trips and be busy running errands. Some of you will also communicate much more through reading, writing, studying or writing letters. Because you so strongly identify with your beliefs now, these communications will have an enthusiastic sense of urgency as if something is really at stake. But is there? Don’t get your belly in a rash. (It’s tough to keep your shirt on when you want to get something off your chest.)
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
“Show me the money!” Among other things, Mars represents your ego. In the next few months, Mars will travel through your House of Earnings, which means you will probably identify much more than usual with whatever you own. You might even feel that you are what you have. Naturally, this is not true. You aren’t your bank account, your wardrobe, or your possessions, etc. (It could be argued that you are your car and your shoes.) This is why you might get into disputes about possessions. This is also why you might start spending cash like it’s going out of style, which, ironically, apparently it is.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Holy wild horses! For the next six weeks, fiery Mars will be in your sign. This will hugely energize you and rev your engines. It’s also an indication that there’s a lot of activity in your life in the next few months and that you’re going to do everything you can to further your own best interests. “Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!” Naturally, because Mars rules the military, you will be much more of a fighter for your rights than usual. Your physical energy will be high and you won’t back down from a challenge. I recommend getting increased physical exercise so you can burn off any built-up steam you may feel. “More whiskey and fresh horses for my men!”
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Because fiery Mars will move through a hidden part of your chart for the next few months, quite literally you might find yourself dealing with secret enemies. Since they are secret, you won’t really know, will you? The truth of the matter is more like you will be dealing with hidden forces that are working against your best interests. Therefore, if you are dealing with someone and you sense that something fishy is going on — it is! I don’t want you to be distrustful of others, but don’t be naïve. It might also be hard to get the credit for the work you do. The main thing to keep in mind is when you feel like confronting others, very likely you are better off confronting yourself. Actually, this is a great opportunity for you to identify your own self-defeating behavior.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’ll get a big kick out of being physically active with groups (especially in sports, gym classes or martial arts) in the next two months. It’s as if you have energy to burn! Plus you feel highly competitive. Well, this is the most brash expression of this influence. Mars will also help you to work very well with groups in the next few months because you have lots of physical energy to lend to the team. In fact, you’ll get lots of personal gratification by lending your energy to any kind of group effort. Plus you’ll be a leader! Therefore, rally your troops and focus them in the direction you want to go because you can move mountains and build bridges.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Not since November/December 2010 have you felt this ambitious. You’re all systems go! That’s why you’ll work hard at something in the next few months, especially if you can do it independently, using your own individual initiative and effort. Preferably, you will be your own boss. If not, conflict with co-workers could arise because you’re going to do things your own way (plus you do feel competitive with others). You also want credit for what you do and you don’t want to share the praise. The best way to handle this influence is to look for a win-win situation with others. Then everyone is happy. (He who hesitates is miles from the next exit.)