Mars Backs Into Capricorn

By Holiday Mathis

August 12, 2018 6 min read

Can anyone really be blamed for undervaluing their blessings? It's human nature to overlook the things we already have. Our brains are wired to notice potential dangers and fight or flee at the first sign of trouble. It takes a superhuman effort to counteract this biology, but Mars in Capricorn will help, encouraging us to extend our trust and high hopes through life's uncertainty. It's a week to be positive and enjoy a lightness of being.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Bringing your loved ones together will make this week really sing. The venue won't matter all that much, so don't worry about throwing down your hard-earned money for a fancy setting. The magic ingredients include effort and a genuine appreciation for the talents of others, with an evergreen curiosity to match.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can disagree with someone and still basically get along. In fact, you do this on the daily. What makes it possible is a sophistication of mind, the ability to communicate well and a tolerance for those with different moral codes. You grow in power and joy this week because of your diverse social circle.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). For anything to grow, thrive and improve, it needs attention. Most ruin isn't caused by evil intention, but by indifference to upkeep. It's true for relationships, buildings, property, your own body. This week sees you very busy as you devote yourself to the care and maintenance of all you hold dear.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The big, happy bonus is coming. Keep going through the entire cycle. Don't back off just because you're approaching a turning or breaking point in the action. When the clouds get so heavy that they finally burst, it ends the oppressive humidity. A change of state will be a relief.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Elitist situations in which only a few have the power and they keep to themselves in some kind of metaphoric ivory tower — that is the breeding ground for corruption and evil. To serve the greater good, avoid creating this dynamic in your own life, and work and do what you can to disrupt this dynamic wherever you see it.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Just because you can doesn't mean you should. This is why you put every possible course of action through a series of mental tests, asking things such as "Whom will this benefit?" and "Is there a smarter/cleaner/cheaper/faster way?" Your thoughtful, measured approach will pay off in efficiency and other rewards.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The immature will want unreasonable things. They'll take their good fortune for granted and assume that serving their own interest will be what's best for all. Life teaches otherwise. It's not more fun to be wise. And yet, to be wise is to be somehow more alive, more powerfully connected to reality. You'll prefer it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You will resuscitate what others abandoned. They couldn't figure out what to do with it. They saw it as dysfunctional, too difficult to work or hopelessly beyond repair. Good. Because for you it will be the golden opportunity, the missing magic ingredient, the answer to more than one big life question.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). We all have internal inconsistencies. You recognize your own, and it makes you more patient with others. Patience is not passivity or weakness. It's trust in the universal timing and acceptance of the reality that no single person is in control of it. Your patience and tolerance will be richly rewarded this week.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You respond to people as individuals, not as a demographic. You assume the best of others. You relay truth. These are basic tenets of respect, although sometimes they're missing even in the most enlightened of crowds. It's why you will be a leader and someone worth following in the weeks to come.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The ways to resolve problems are endless these days: Relay it to the internet; implore the experts; tell your family what you're trying to do and see what they come up with. Who are we kidding? You're going to go with what you want. But what you want might change when you hear all of the options.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Maybe it's not a matter of "bad" and "good" but of "useful" and "not"; or "helpful" and "unhelpful"; or some other criteria of your choosing. You intuitively feel like a free individual who doesn't have to abide by the limits of your culture, and you will exercise that right this week.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Congratulations on making it to the solar return that is sure to open horizons, invite adventures, and send you careening into thrilling, though also safe, new territory. For starters, your grasp on what people want and need will help you communicate and get what you desire. There's something you'd like to do in a year, and this is your time to really make that a concrete goal. Tell people. Make it public. Structure your life to make it more probable. The word needs what you're about to live.

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