By GEORGIA NICOLS September 6, 2020
All Signs: This week Mars goes retrograde in Aries. The last time this happened was in 1988 just before the Berlin Wall came down, and all the records from the secret police (the Stasi) were made public. It’s interesting that as Mars once again goes retrograde in Aries, the New York Times reports that “troves” of information about the complaints about the NY police are now public information for the first time online. Coincidence? (Deep Russian voice: “I think not puppy dog.”) I suspect we will see more “secret” info being revealed. (I only hope this doesn’t include the whereabouts of my salacious secret diary that is hidden on the top shelf of my bedroom closet.)
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Your ruler fiery Mars has been in your sign since the end of June and will stay there until early January 2021. Mostly, this makes you feel invigorated, physically energetic, aggressive and proactive! However, this week, Mars goes retrograde until November 13. (Its shadow period began around July 25 and lasts until Jan 2.) This means your strong, aggressive energy is waning. (“I’m melting! I’m melting!”) You feel less like initiating new things. In fact, you will have less enthusiasm about getting things done! You will also be at odds with authority figures and the government. Don’t push blindly forward. Look for a win-win solution. Slow down and take it easy. Reconnoiter your scene. (You’re no fool.)
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
It’s been a mixed bag. On one hand, you want to party, play and enjoy vacations. You also enjoy sports and fun activities with kids. You want to fix up your digs and make where you live more attractive. However, Mars has been hiding in your chart, which can trigger childish impulses that make you your own worst enemy. This week Mars goes retrograde. For the next few months, you will feel frustrated because your freedom of action is hampered. You know what you want to do, but you can’t do it. If you can’t change your situation, accept it and don’t feel resentful. Or, you could choose to not accept it and simmer in resentment. Hey, make the smart choice. It is what it is.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Home, family and your private life are your primary focus. Fortunately, fair Venus in your House of Communications makes you charming and diplomatic with everyone! Your ruler Mercury has just entered a playful part of your chart, which means you will enjoy mental games, puzzles, pranks and teasing. However, this week, Mars goes retrograde in the part of your chart that relates to friends and groups. This might make you doubt your interaction with a friend. You might question the friendship? Or, you might question your involvement with a group. (“Are these my people?”) You might question your goals for the future? By the beginning of the new year, you will have clarity in these issues. Whew!
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Your busy pace continues. Short trips, errands, conversations with others plus increased reading and writing give you a full schedule. Family conversations as well as home repairs are also on your plate. Fortunately, you might attract money to you so that you can push forward with these plans. Previously, your ambition was aroused. You were gung-ho to do certain things. You felt confident! But now, your confidence is a tad shaky. You’re worried about biting off more than you can chew or perhaps initiating something that ultimately might be a headache. Oy! This makes you cautious. Caution is okay. In fact, caution is wise. Remember that if you reverse your goals, a retreat becomes an advance. (Just sayin’.)
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This increased energy coming from fiery Mars in Aries has been great for you! This enthusiasm, especially for travel, study, publishing, medicine, the law and learning new things has been stimulating! Many of you have been reaching out to learn more about the world. It’s been fun and enlightening! However, now your enthusiasm to pursue study, publishing and issues related to medicine and the law is lessening. You feel lazy. Hey, don’t beat yourself up about this. Whatever it is you were doing, do less but continue to do it regularly. Rely on routine to help you. We are creatures of habit. Do less. Even a small amount. But keep doing it. (A Leo must always stay performance ready.)
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Naturally, you’re energized with the Sun in your sign; plus, this is a wonderful chance for you to recharge your batteries for the rest of year. Secret love affairs and flirtations might take place. Others will explore moneymaking ideas or take better care of possessions. So far so good. Now that Mars is retrograde, you might feel a bit defeated when dealing with disputes about inheritances or shared property. You might question yourself about fighting for your share. “Is this really worth it?” Even your sexual energy might be down. If you’re dealing with someone powerful who is intimidating, you might feel as if you’re already defeated. This is a temporary glitch! By January, things look different!
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Right now retrograde Mars action is occurring directly opposite your sign. This means it is “going backwards” in your House of Partnerships and close friendships, which is where you are really feeling the old squeeze play. You might doubt your partnership. You might wonder why you are with this person? You might think it’s a mistake. You might think, “I have to get away from this person for a while, we need some time apart.” You might rage and yell at this person. (Could be anything.) But you are in charge of your actions and your words, aren’t you? Of course, you are. So how you react to this situation is your choice. You can be right, or you can be in the relationship. What’s it gonna be? By January you see the truth.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You have enjoyed schmoozing with friends and participating with groups. Relations with parents and bosses have been good. You also have the energy to research and work behind the scenes to accomplish what you want. Up until the last few weeks, you had lots of energy to work on your behalf and behalf of others. But that energy is fading! Your motivation is fading! Your eagerness to get things done is fading! Relax. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Pull in your agenda. Decide to do less. It’s okay! Give yourself permission to be happy about taking baby steps. Approach what you do with tiny increments. Tiny, tiny. The secret is not to stop. Just keep on truckin’.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The Sun at the top of your chart is still shining a flattering light on you, which makes everyone thinks you’re the best. (You might be given increased responsibilities because of this.) Meanwhile, travel for pleasure and a chance to enjoy warm relations with people from other cultures favour you. You might have increased involvement with younger friends or groups. However, retrograde Mars will create stress for parents dealing with their kids. Likewise, lovers’ quarrels will increase and become nasty. You might question why you are in this relationship? Why are you with this person? By January, you will have clarification. Don’t do anything you will later regret.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Despite the challenges that you face, many areas of your life are running smoothly. Your ability to talk to parents and bosses is strong. Partners, the government and other sources are supportive with aid, money and practical assistance. Nevertheless, your domestic life and your private world are challenging! Something to do with where you live is topsy-turvy! Increased activity and chaos make it hard to run things as smoothly as they once did. This might be due to visiting guests, renovations, accidents, residential moves – something. Avoid arguments and sharp words with family. Be understanding and patient. You value family. Patience is the antidote to anger.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
With Venus opposite your sign this week, you will enjoy warm relations with partners and close friends. You might explore future travel plans and study more. You might also finish important papers, books or manuscripts. However, your Achilles’ heel will be dealing with daily contacts plus neighbours, siblings and relatives. You are opinionated. You are intelligent. Basically, you want to make the world a better place. In these uncertain times, you will argue with others because their way of thinking frustrates you. Yelling doesn’t make people hear you better. Stay calm for your own peace of mind and for those around you. You need your critical faculties to be sharp, not clouded with anger.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You face some challenges. You’re tired. (Recognize your need for more sleep and get more rest. Do yourself this favour.) Fortunately, things are going well with coworkers. You might get a raise or at least, praise for your efforts. Meanwhile, as retrograde Mars travels through your House of Earnings. you might fear a slump in your earnings. You might question how you make money? You might become disillusioned in your job? You might question your possessions and everything that you own because you’re confused about your values. Fear not, by January, you will have clarity about what you want and what you value. Relax. Be kind to yourself and others.