The Strategy Favored by Mars and Saturn

By Holiday Mathis

January 15, 2017 6 min read

Archeologists have uncovered over a thousand ancient Greek tablets inscribed with curses invoking the gods to promote one personal agenda at the cost of misfortune to another. Perhaps these tablets predate the idea of "win-win." Sooner or later, the curser always becomes the cursed. As Mars and Saturn square off, good fortune befalls those who strive for a resolution strategy that aims to accommodate all disputants.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). People around you may know where you're from, but do they know why you wound up here? It's something you may not even be clear about, and it's definitely worth the time it takes to get the story down. The exercise will remind you about your values and reconnect you with a fount of inner wisdom.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll be doing some archiving — a presentation may be part of this. If your aim is to capture the essence of an experience, you don't need any tips from the peanut gallery; just do what feels right. If, however, your aim is to generate a feeling in others, outside help is essential, expert help is preferable — and free help is a bonus!

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're the only one living behind those eyes. You will never be sure if you see the world the way other people do, and that's what drives you to share often and fully this week. When there's a consensus of opinion, it's validating. When there's not, others appreciate your fresh views, and that will feel good, too.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You can harken back to a time when you didn't have this particular job, relationship or position. And there will be a time in the future when the current circumstances will be but a memory. This is why it's crucial that you don't define yourself by role you're playing. It's only part of who you are.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). So often we tend to follow the lead of the person we wind up next to. Actually, this will have a better outcome than if you'd made a more deliberate choice, as the powers of chance are on your side. Also, the animal in you knows when and where to be. You're being guided by an intuition that is at once higher and lower.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When you fear it will get lost in the not quite, not yet, not at all — this is when to do something bold, even drastic to keep hope alive. Accountability is a must. Set it up so that you're being watched. Don't leave yourself short on "team." Get more people on your side; together you can make it happen.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Finding the right work is as important as finding the right romance. When it's love, you'll know. When it's not, there's still something to learn, but be careful not to spend too long learning it. Don't settle. You deserve real happiness, and it is definitely out there for you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There's safety in numbers, and, more to your point, there's a statement you can make with a squad that's impossible to make on your own. It's not something to use in every venture; your individual presence and attention will do in most situations. But when it's time to call in the crew, don't hesitate.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). For the most part, a good vibe prevails, but if you lose it for a moment, no worries. There are positive gains that can come out of negative emotions. For instance, anger is a powerful motivator. Frustration is an invitation to stop and refocus on the goal. As the great maestros say, "Once more, with feeling."

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). An earworm is a catchy song that repeats in the mind long after the song is over. A noseworm is a scent experienced even when the source is no longer around. You're a kind of presence-worm to someone this week. This is about your strong influence, the impression you make — and maybe about love.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If you don't keep track now, you won't have anything to look back on to remind you what went right or what could have been better. If you do keep track, however: evidence! If you're on the 100 percent moral, ethical and all-around acceptable path, evidence should only work in your favor.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You sought the support of like-minded people, hoping the group would make your work exponentially easier. In some ways that proved true, but there are also politics, unexpected requirements and social demands that play in. Temper your involvement. Recognize when the group is more distracting than helpful.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: In this high-energy year, many of your brilliant ideas will be sparked in fast motion. Time and again, a deep and profound intelligence within you will be unlocked through movement. For this reason, pursue a sport, exercise or dance activity. February and July are the most romantic, though all sorts of friendships come to the fore in March and June. Family connections help with business. The deal that goes down in May brings luck beyond what money could buy.

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