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For the week of07-30-2003


For All Signs Because of its importance, one more time I will write the opening paragraph on the subject of Mars' retrogradation through most of September. If you notice what is happening around you, you will see that people rather instinctively tend to avoid confrontations or disagreements during this period. That is a wise choice because we often are unable to handle anger well during these periods. Mars retrograde will affect each sign in the following ways:

Aries Mars is your ruling planet. While it is retrograding, you probably will not have the energy and drive to which you are accustomed. It will do little good to beat yourself up over this issue. Consider that the cosmos is asking you to slow down, just for a couple of months.

Taurus You may be recognizing the need to back off or back out of some of your friendships and community associations during this period. At minimum you will be reassessing why you are involved and whether you wish to continue in the future.

Gemini Issues of career and future direction are highlighted during this Mars retrograde. You may have thought you were headed in one direction, and now suddenly you are shifting into neutral or reverse. If so, it will be best to think this one over for awhile.

Cancer You likely will experience delays in activities concerning the law, education, and travel. You may have to redo your records to accomplish the same thing in a different style or format. If traveling, you may be going someplace where you have previously been.

LeoActivities concerning taxes, insurance payoffs, government funding, and loans will likely be delayed, and maybe even denied. Talk with your partner about issues concerning joint resources. It is not a good time to attack, but to discuss and look for jointly favorable solutions.

Virgo Mars, the god of war, is in your partnership territory. Therefore it is particularly important not to attack another, verbally or physically. If you have enemies, let them make the first move and you will be assured of ultimate victory over the issue.

Libra The warrior energy entered your 6th house of work and health in June. Since then you have been moving as quickly as you can to cover all the bases and still maintain your health routines. While Mars is retrograde it is common to plateau on weight loss or muscle gain, but it is temporary.

Scorpio Mars, your co-ruling planet with Pluto, is retrograding in the house concerning romance, children, gambling, and playful activities. While retrograding you may be strongly inclined to "go back" to a former condition in one or more of these areas.

Sagittarius Mars is retrograding in your territory of home and property. Because Mars rules machinery and tools of all kinds, there may be breakdowns of household gadgetry. It is better to repair items than to buy new ones while Mars is retrograding.

Capricorn Since June you may have been more than normally conscious of issues concerning your vehicle. Mars in this sector may represent the need to make repairs. It is possible that you are angry with siblings, roommates, or neighbors, but now is not the time to create scenes.

Aquarius Mars is in the sector related to income and outgo. You may feel compelled to purchase something expensive and impractical. Wait out the transit and see how you feel about it in three months or so. Meanwhile, don't spend what you do not have to spend.

Pisces Mars, the warrior, is in your sign until nearly the end of the year. You know you need some changes and now is the time to probe yourself deeply to identify them. Anger buried in the past is liable to pop up and be splattered everywhere.

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