Venus and Mars in Strife

By Holiday Mathis

February 25, 2018 6 min read

True bravery doesn't want a trumpet. Why? Because it's embarrassing to be fussed over when you're just being yourself. True bravery occurs in actions that are integral to the hero. These are not really choices, but reactions to the moment that occur as an extension of a person's character, position and conditioning. The week opens with Venus and Mars in a position that calls for both bravery and compassion. This is a test.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). As much as you'd like to relax and feel comfortable, you've had enough of that. There is a point in which relaxation becomes sleep. You don't want to spend your waking hours metaphorically sleepwalking. So here it comes — the leap into uncertainty. It's a jolt — waking up usually is. It's a jolt into vitality that's worth it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Though nothing in life is totally certain, some situations feel safer than others. However, is spending time in a safe situation right for you? Is it in line with your goals? And what about the deeper meaning and purpose you crave? Your evolution won't feel as safe, but you have the guts to tolerate uncertainty.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Some of the best ideas have humble beginnings, and some of the worst ideas are born of overblown ambitions. As Walt Disney often suggested to his creative crew, "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse." This week will bring you such a "mouse" of an idea.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Here you go putting even more time and love into a person or project that will not pay you back anytime soon. The endeavor will make you internally healthy, fit and strong. It is the spiritual equivalent to a challenging fitness program. You've the fortitude to endure, to press on and most importantly to be consistent.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Remember the time when some random acquaintance suddenly proved to be of great value to you? You can't always predict which relationships will be important to you later, and this week will present yet another example. There's a wild card in your midst that will have an unexpected and positive impact on your life.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It will feel as though the action you take to fill your needs is in perfect step with the dance of life. As it is for most dances, once you get the basic moves down, it's easy and natural to add your own style and flourish. That's when things really go to the next level. This week will be more fun than you've had in a long while.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The experts suggest that people who are trying to sell a house should make the walls a neutral color, take down family pictures and create a more generic experience so that people can project their own tastes onto the place. You'll find success doing the exact opposite of this in every aspect of your life this week.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Hardly anything happens for just one reason. Life is a cumulative effect of millions and billions of occurrences and choices. Be aware of the indirect causes and environmental factors that contribute to a circumstance, many of which can be changed or influenced. Focus there.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Welcome criticism. It means you're doing something people notice. It means you're making them want to interact with what you're putting out into the world. Invite comment. If the criticism is wrong, you will one day make them eat their words. If the criticism is right, you will learn and become mighty.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The hero or villain of a good story is often someone unsuspected — a seemingly harmless character, maybe low-status and low-key, with deficiencies that make him or her an unlikely savior or threat. Use this concept. If people underestimate you, use it to your advantage. They won't see you coming.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your practical, realistic side is at odds with your natural optimism. You believe the best will happen and you want to bet on it, but that's a pretty sizable risk. This is a "go big or go home" situation. Success will depend on getting behind the idea with enough confidence, passion and conviction to be contagious.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're above the petty squabbles, but they will still need you to weigh in. If you don't, these minor grievances could turn into a major division of the group. At the very least, the conflict will go on for much longer than necessary. You'll be a calm and fair leader. The tone you set will catch on.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: This solar return brings you recognition, though not in a showy way that will make you uncomfortable. You'll be seen for your strengths, appreciated for your contributions, favorably reviewed for the way you apply your talents and handsomely paid. March and April boost business. May brings love in many forms. You'll be exhilarated by what you learn and see in June. You family will grow, too, which comes with new challenges and responsibilities for you. There's a windfall in October.

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