Updated: April 25, 2013 11:53PM
Predictions for the week of January 27
All Signs: People who know a little about astrology are often afraid of the energy of Mars. Yes, it is aggressive but, essentially, Mars is just energy. Mars is like a hammer that can be used to hurt someone or build a house, just energy. Think of how much work a person can do when Mars is along on the job. This week Mars moves into Pisces for the first time since March 2011. (Almost two years.) This means that for the next six weeks, we will all feel a supercharged energy in different parts of our lives. Read on to find out where you will get your smack of high-voltage. As Charles Schultz once said, “Life is like a 10-speed bicycle — most of us have gears we never use.”
Aries (March 21-April 19)
It’s a popular time hanging out with creative types, as well as younger people. And during this time, fiery Mars is “hiding” in your chart. Verrrry interesting. Mars is your ruler and Mars is aggressive, even militant. If Mars is hiding in your chart, it’s stirring up something within you that is subconscious. Whatever you do now might be undermined by strange behavior patterns that come out of nowhere. (“Whaaaat?”) Actually, this is an opportunity to observe those little self-defeating acts that plague us all. You don’t have to confront others; you have to confront yourself. “On guard! Who goes there?î (“It is I, your subconscious, the trickster!”)
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Although youíre high viz., fiery Mars now compels you to define your goals and decide how to go after them. It’s forward thinking, i.e. what do you do today for the dream you want to achieve tomorrow? It urges you to embrace teamwork, but this will be tricky. Why? Mars is strongly associated with your ego, which means you want the credit for everything you do. But this is not always easy when you lend your efforts to a group. Teamwork is about getting things done together and not analyzing how much each person is helping. Physical activities with others, especially competitive, will be personally gratifying. In the next six weeks, you will best achieve your goals by working with others.
Gemini (May 2-June 20)
It’s been two years since Mars was at the top of your chart. Feels good, doesn’t it? Mars likes to ride high because Mars is an ambitious planet, which is why it arouses your ambition. You will easily take the initiative and work independently to achieve what you want. If you are coming on strong with parents, bosses and authority figures, they’ll feel threatened. (This could also create conflict with co-workers.) Just do your own thing unless something important is at stake. One of the things you want to do is travel and explore opportunities in publishing, the media, medicine, the law and higher education because you want to expand your world.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
In the next six weeks, fiery Mars will stimulate your desire for creative, intellectual work. You’ll love discussing profound subjects. You might meet a teacher who influences you or you might embrace a new way of looking at life. You might also defend your beliefs. (Be careful about coercing others into agreeing with you.) A fun expression of this Mars energy will be increased travel and a chance to learn something new and different. You might also pursue opportunities in publishing, the media, medicine and the law. If you have a chance to study a language or ethnic cooking or learn about a foreign country, you’ll love it.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Mars is in a relatively hidden part of your chart (not completely hidden) where it will stir up your sexual energy and make you feel very passionate about everything (including sex). It will also make you much more assertive about claiming your rights, especially regarding shared property, inheritances and anything you own jointly with others. When you consider that this energy hasn’t been available to you for about two years, you might get a better idea of how strong it’s going to be. This is also why conflicts with others about shared property are likely. It’s also why you might be considerably friendlier with your main squeeze. (“Tonight I’ll be the maid.”)
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
When Mars moves through the 12 signs, it can be easy or tough. I’m not going to sugarcoat it: This placement of Mars is challenging because it’s opposite your sign. So what happens when a fiery warrior confronts you head-on? Exactly. Your guard is up. You are distrustful and wary. Hey, you’re not exactly laid back with smiles and open arms. So yes, you can expect confrontations with friends and partners but know this — in large measure, you are generating the friction because you feel impatient with others. So if you can rein in your value judgments, and act kindly to others, and be patient and tolerant, this is not such a big deal. (Forewarned is forearmed.)
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This particular visit of Mars for the next six weeks will help you because it revs up your energy to work. Suddenly, you’re gung ho to get organized at work and at home. You’ll want everything in its place and you’ll love developing organizational systems — catalogues, cupboards, or reorganizing your kitchen or your computer. You will definitely take pride in your work. And Lord knows you’ve got the energy! The only downside is you won’t be a team player. Mars always wants credit for what it does because Mars is associated with one’s ego. Best to work alone if you can. Focus on vigorous physical exercise. (Perfect time for this.) It will help you vent any pent-up energy. “Hut-two-three-four!”
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
In the next six weeks, things couldn’t be better if you play hockey. Fiery Mars will rev your sense of competition to make you want to win, win, win! If you don’t have skates in your closet, fear not because Mars will also make you want to have fun, fun, fun! The next six weeks are not about self-denial. Oh no. Theyíre about romance, vacations, fun social diversions, sports events, playful times with children, the arts, the theater and amusing pleasure. The only downside is it could promote conflict with children. Try to be lighter when dealing with your kids because after all, you’re having all this fun anyway. Right?
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The fiery energy of Mars will virtually (and perhaps literally) sweep your home with increased activity and chaos. The likelihood of renovations and redecorating projects will be high because you’re on a mission. You want to transform your digs into something exciting, fresh and original. Some of this whirlwind activity could be because of visiting guests. Therefore, stock the fridge with good food and drink for the next two months. Regretfully, some of this energy could translate into conflict with family members. Well, you can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. What’s it going to be?
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
In the next few months, all your communications with others will be unusually assertive, direct and persuasive. You will mean what you say and say what you mean. (And others will have no doubt about it.) Naturally, this bodes well if you need to be an aggressive communicator. If you act, teach, market, sell or perhaps train animals, this is wonderful! But do keep in mind that you might be coming on a bit strong with everyday contacts and friends because you easily identify with your beliefs now. (Which makes it easy to go off half-cocked.) To put it mildly, you have no trouble defending your ideas. Just be gentle with the little people.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Mars rules aggression, assertiveness and your muscles. It is also strongly linked with your ego. In the next two months, it will be highlighting and juicing everything to do with finances for your sign. We’re talking how you earn your money, how you spend your money and the activity of your cash flow in general. Certainly, you will work very hard to earn money, and you will work equally as hard to spend it. You will also identify strongly with whatever you own and will talk up the advantages of your particular possessions, convincing others that they should own something similar. Or if someone wants to borrow what you own, you won’t want to part with it. Get the picture?
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Well, it’s all about you, dear Pisces, because Mars is now in your sign for the first time since March 2011, super-energizing you for the next two months. (Of course, you can use this infusion of energy.) To begin with, it’s an indicator there will be more activity in your life. As you work harder and make more contacts around you it generates an accelerated pace with everything. Because your physical level of energy is high, not only will you accomplish more than usual, you will assert yourself with others. Oops. Yes, if you’re insensitive, problems will ensue. But who could be more sensitive than a Pisces? That’s why there is probably no cause for concern. Consider the next few months a chance to show the world what you can really do.