The week ahead is distinguished by the station of Mars. While this happens far less frequently than the annoying Mercury retrograde, a Mars retrograde still leaves a considerable imprint even if it happens once every two years. Lasting approximately eleven weeks, this Mars retrograde will begin in Aquarius and step into the late degrees of Capricorn before stationing direct on August 29th. What does this mean? Well for one thing we are all going to feel less aggressive and probably a lot less will get done. However, the biggest impact will be when Mars while retrograding backwards comes into the early degrees of Aquarius where it will form a square to the unpredictable Uranus now currently in Taurus. A Mars square Uranus aspect can spell trouble so we must be mindful of it and prepare accordingly. Because of the rebellious nature symbolized by Uranus and the often aggressive and even violent nature of Mars we might see a significant event arise out of that influence. This could be a triggering point for any sort of conflict that appears to be ready to pop. Underlying tensions or misunderstood intentions can be misread and “boom,” an event occurs. A full Moon occurs just two days after this alignment and can further inflame bubbling tensions. This merits our attention on a personal and global level.
There may be some softening of the aforementioned influence in early August as Venus steps into Libra and forms a softer, kinder angle to Mars which will be in fellow air-sign Aquarius at the same time. This connection may allow the conversation to ascend beyond political dispute as a slim chance of diplomacy sets the stage for compromise and progress. Still the aspect that bears noting is the Mars/Uranus connection which might see us facing a show-down that could easily happen quite mistakenly and yet, once in motion, is hard to real back or to contain. Towards the end of the week Mercury will step into Leo where it has the power to command attention with words and communications. Of course words and communication may be just what’s needed to tamp down any aggressive behavior that may arise as a result of the tension brought to the fore by Mars/Uranus. One area that may be particularly vulnerable is the financial markets. While all may appear rosy as the stock market climbs and unemployment remains low, much of what has been reported may be a false front as volatility lingers in the wings.
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ARIES (March 21- April 19)
Be mindful of the connection between what you do for work and how that supports and provides for your security and your family. You may be feeling especially concerned about making ends meet or perhaps trying to find that happy balance between work and home. Elderly relatives may have sage advice for accomplishing just that.
TAURUS (April 20 -May 20)
The call of increasing your value to the world and to yourself may be hard loud and clear this week. You may feel as if education is the only way to succeed and in many respects you may be right in the pursuit. A sudden change in events may open up this opportunity.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
Financial topics may be in high visibility this week as the inevitable weight of responsibility comes into clear focus. You may be making serious decisions regarding your long term investments or seeking counsel on which direction to take going forward. Your opinions may be strong and go against the logic of trusted counsel.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
The Sun will be in your sign and your personality may be shining brightly. At the same time you may be having serious concerns about a significant relationship. This might be a good week to open up a dialog that addresses your worries. Diplomacy is key and you should not act hastily.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Expect to see a heightened sense of responsibility as the week unfolds. Saturn will be bearing down on your daily work and health routines so you may be looking at shift in expectations and limitations in both areas. Added responsibility simply means paying more attention than usual and that may prove to be beneficial.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Business associates may occupy many of your conversations this week, especially surrounding creative topics and children as well. Responsibility is an powerful underlying theme especially as it comes to the little ones. As long as you are cognizant of the theme and pay close attention to details and facts you may be fine.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You may find that your time is divided between demands and recognition at work while your domestic scene may require more of you than you anticipated. This sets up a dynamic that may make you feel conflicted about where to focus. Despite the recognition of good work done you may have to attend to the home first.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov 21)
Expect to be working hard on a documentation process or deliverable. Reports, presentations, copy-writing and the like may require more of you this week than usual. Deadlines may supercede your desire to travel and expand your mind, but duty must come first. YOu may be able to accomplish both but not without some concentrated effort.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Financial obligations may be weighing heavy on you this as you come up against a snag in your plans going forward. This situation may force you to come to terms with your expectations versus the reality of a financial dilemma. You may find that you have to do some fast thinking in order to accommodate the shifting landscape.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
The Sun may be shining brightly on your personal relationships and that may be very gratifying. At the same time you may find that what you gain from others, especially partners and close friends, comes at a personal cost. You may discover that the more you adjust to make things work, the better the outcome.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You may be in a prime spot regarding your career. Perhaps you are being recognized for the good work you have accomplished. You may not be over the finish line yet and that may be where you feel the pressure to step up and complete. You might enjoy the process and the results.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Expect to devote some dedicated time to business alliances this week. The attention required may be of a creative nature and that might pose a challenge for you. Trying to create something by committee can be tiresome and tedious, but the effort may be worth it especially if you get a better product at the end.