By Besha Rodell
By Patrick Range McDonald
By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
Seems like old times? Only if you're nostalgic for what was happening at
the end of September, the first time your Mars ruler crossed from mobile Gemini
to maternal Cancer. Or perhaps you're longing for another New Year's
Eve experience, which is when retrograde Mars backtracked across that contradictory
cusp. The third and final (for another two years) transition occurs on the 4th;
however, you might not be in a welcoming mood until Mars blazes a brand-new path
for you a month from now. How about clearing some space for what's coming
There are times when the Bull poses as the poster child for practicality, and then there are a few times in the course of a year when your artistic nature oozes all over the place. This is the time to go for the glamour shot, get the head-to-toe makeover and perform the spectacular musical number you've been rehearsing in your head. While your romantic, magnetic Venus ruler merges with imaginative Neptune in tech-savvy Aquarius, you won't need to audition. An online appearance can show the world how talented, how desirable you really are.
It's mainly the Twins born in mid-June who've been jerked around during Mars' biannual trip through your sign. After the red planet left Gemini in September, the urge to take immediate action and change the course you were on may have waned. But after Mr. Macho went into reverse and re-entered your sign at New Year's, the desire to do something drastic returned. Good news: Mars is no longer attacking and/or refining the image of yourself that you'd like to present. It leaves Gemini on March 4 not to return until July 2009.
It's not going to last forever, so make the most of Mars' transit through your sign from March 4 to May 9. Schedule dental surgery, a tummy tuck, Botox shots, or whatever physical flaw can be fixed with a needle, knife and acid peel. Once Mars moves on to Leo, that window of opportunity shuts down for another two years. If your outward appearance is okay, but your mental state needs tweaking, the Pisces new moon on the 7th would be an excellent time for a Moon Child to travel to a place you've never been, to open your mind.
There's more to the Leo-Pisces connection than the feline's compunction to catch, toy with and devour fish. Lions get another shot at figuring out what that attraction is once the Pisces sun/moon conjunction on the 7th provides an opportunity to explore the places Fish are currently hanging out, e.g., the bank or the bedroom. Just be prepared to be stunned when your sun ruler runs into erratic, often erotic Uranus that weekend. Theirs is the kind of encounter that has been known to make the "earth move." Pray it's not the "Big One."
Sooner than expected, the unexpected. Whenever there's significant planetary activity in your Pisces house of partners, the diligent Virgin should remember that it's high time to seek shelter from the approaching storm. That's because unpredictable Uranus, moored for the past four years in that emotional water sign, blows hot and cold, but either way, blow it will. Try to walk softly until the collision scheduled for the 8th occurs, and carry a big stick so you can ward off the flak heading your way during the eruption. A survival kit couldn't hurt.
It's a matter of focus. Will you choose to concentrate on the fantasy you envision happening while your agreeable Venus ruler embraces idealistic Neptune in your Aquarius house of romance and recreation? Say, a picture-perfect ski weekend? Or will you rise to the challenge a co-worker is laying on your desktop and come up with a brilliant, inventive solution? My money is on the fun-and-games alternative; however, at the moment, Libra is full of surprises, a major one being your reluctance to maintain a balance between work and play.
It's not the first time you'll confront your ambivalence, but it could well be the last, at least for the next two years. The third challenging opposition in the past six months between your co-ruling planets takes place this week. Only this time, Pluto is in constructive Capricorn, not pontificating Sagittarius, and Mars is in family-centered Cancer, not in flighty Gemini. You're apt to overreact when you realize you're at cross-purposes again, but with a bit more patience, the situation will work out satisfactorily.
Keep those sensors tuned for an early warning sign. Whether it'll come at you like a bolt from the blue or you sense it building ever so slowly, step by constructive step, Centaurs are in for something that could be construed as a gift from the gods. It all depends on what your growth-oriented Jupiter ruler points you toward when it favors independent Uranus next week. If you put out the word that you're looking to make a significant change, your message may come across as a plea for financial aid. Try to be clear; think before you text.