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Three (or Four) Takes on Mars Retrograde

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We're now well into Mars retrograde; our closest planetary neighbor stations direct in about a month, on March 10 in the first degree of Leo. It then spends the next three months working its way back across that sign. That's how Mars works; due to its retrograde, it spends up to seven months in one sign, then covers the other 11 signs in about 17 months.

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Artist's conception of the Phoenix Lander arriving at Mars. Credit & copyright: MAAS Digital, SVV Project, NASA.

This prolonged experience ought to be giving us something to consider. I keep working through the themes of the current Mars retrograde, of which I have several for you today, but I would like to comment for a moment about repressed anger. Mars is a planet associated with anger, and the retrograde turns it inward.

As I write, a company called AIG is handing out $100 million in bonuses to its executives and employees. This company still owes the taxpayers $182 billion for various rescue packages, which we could classify as the result of some serious management incompetence. We were told in late 2008 that if AIG went under, it could take the global economy with it, and people actually believed this lie. That kind of conduct, hardly worthy of reward, they all get checks. Note, this is business as usual for capitalism. We just happen to be hearing about it now.

While we're being told that the public and those in Congress are angry about this, where, exactly is the rage? Where is the action, the resistance, the moral indignation? Stuffed inside us, is where. Part of why we may be afraid to let it out is that once we start, we may not know when it's going to end. There's so much to be angry about. But one way or another we're going to have to process that rage, or it will eventually have its way with us. Meanwhile, we are free to camp out in our anger.

Yet one problem with repressed anger is that it jams our circuits, keeping us in a stupor. Anger serves to block much else we might otherwise feel -- all the other forms of passion, pathos and curiosity associated with Mars, and in this respect it can be useful to those intent on not living fully.

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Weekly Horoscope for Friday, February 5, 2010, #803 - BY ERIC FRANCIS

Gemini (May 20- June 21)
You're coming around to a new approach to a contract or agreement that's been driving you mad in recent months. Your updated thought process could have a significant influence on a creative project or professional situation, particularly if an investment of some kind is involved. Yet once it gets dark out and the Moon comes up, don't forget your other agenda -- getting some of, more of, or all of the sex you want. Was that some kind of New Year's resolution? If not, I suggest you add it to your list of the necessities of life, not the luxuries or 'distractions'. I would add a reminder: sex happens in the context of relationships, which are based on agreements. A negotiation process is involved, which involves stating what you want and dealing directly with the response.

Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)
One of the great obvious mysteries is what sexual experience has to do with creative experience. The simple way to explain it is they wake one another up. Sex creates more than babies; it creates awareness. Art creates consciousness, not just works on paper. What they both have in common is that they require a willingness not only to have life be 'nice' but to delve into a world of light and dark, fear and passion. Both sex and art involve transmuting taboo emotions into something that is creative or pleasurable. If that is the working concept, then you can regard all feelings as healthy, normal or acceptable. Most pain comes from judging feelings; it's one thing to feel shame and it's another to say it's bad. Or pleasure; or love; or the craving for emotional freedom that would open the way to any or all of them.

Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
This may be a really strange few days to be an Aquarius. You tend to live with one foot in the dreamtime; abstraction is as real to you as scrambled eggs for breakfast. Yet you've been experiencing something unusual: in mundane terms, a sense of purpose, combined with a sense of potential, combined with a deep questioning of why either of these things matter. They may not; that is for you to decide, and the good news is that you have a sense of your own depth that would give you access to some real information. You may at this point in your life be discovering how personal meaning really is. You are the only one who gets to determine or decide on the relevance of your feelings, your experiences or your perceptions.

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