Mars Gets Problematic

By Holiday Mathis

July 1, 2019 6 min read

Believe it or not, a problem-free life is the worst sort of life to have. Problems grow us, make us stronger, better and abler. As Mars bursts into the fiery realm of Leo, remember that success is not about finding a problem-free route. Rather, it's deciding which problem seems the most interesting to you and setting out to solve that one.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). No matter how strong a person is, it's foolish to waste muscle power holding up walls that already stand, or pushing things down that are already falling. Let gravity do its work.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When the solutions don't work, try different ones. The answer is out there somewhere. Just keep going, being resilient and experimental, and you'll eventually unlock the mystery.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). One of the perks of belonging to a group is that you get to share accountability for both the successes and the failures. The strength of numbers makes the wins sweeter and the losses more bearable.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Say yes to less. Make the criteria more extreme. Say yes only when you're totally into it and immersed in all the accompanying excitement that comes with that sort of full commitment.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll manage to do about three times the work that the others around you are doing. This is what experience brings you: efficiency routes developed over time, and impressive powers of focus.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The people who don't follow up with what they say they are going to do lose credibility and are worse off than they would have been if they had said and done nothing at all. The most important part of establishing reputation is follow-up.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). True partnerships are mutually supportive. When it's only one person doing the supporting, it's not a partnership but a service. Both cases can work, as long as you realize which one you're in and don't confuse the two.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The quickest way to take your mind off your own troubles is to take care of someone else. You'll derive satisfaction and pride from providing just what someone needs.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Some goals take an awfully long time to realize, and it would be wrong, and pointless, to rush them. Lose the stress, guilt and frustration over this. It's all happening in its own time. A little work every day will add up.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Make your plans, and know that life will not feel obligated to follow them. That's OK. Experiences are richer and more interesting for the winding journey they take to destinations far from their origins.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If a thing is overly complicated, it probably won't get done today. Results depend on a simple process. And as the process develops, it gets even simpler.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Often doing what works will also please people, especially people who like things to function properly. But that's not everyone. There are those who benefit from dysfunction. Watch out for them today.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (July 1). You are emotionally bound to the people and projects you care about, and your sense of duty is your ticket to adventure this year. People come to depend on you and the way you take psychological ownership of anything and everything you commit to. Goals achieved and accolades collected will be many. You feel Capricorn and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 30, 10, 28 and 41.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I've been stuck at my job for five years, unable to make it any more than it is now. Because of inflation, my earnings, which have been the same every year, are worth even less than they were when I first started. I am very discouraged, and yet I can't seem to make myself do anything to better my situation. I think that I want to be successful, but my actions tell me otherwise. When I try to sort out the difference, I admit that I'm afraid that being successful will limit my freedom and change my lifestyle too much. Do you have any suggestions for a complicated Sagittarius?"

With lucky Jupiter on your side until Dec. 2, the cosmic wheels are greased and ready to turn you out of this stuck position. It starts with getting your subconscious mind on board with your conscious desire. Explore the specifics of your fear. Write it out. Then invite those fears in for tea. Befriend them. They're only trying to protect you. Get cozy with them. Give these monsters funny costumes and nicknames. They're part of the motley crew that's going forward with you — and you are going forward. Gather up examples of the kind of success you'd like to achieve. Knowing about and relating to this kind of success will demystify it for your subconscious mind, helping you to lose your resistance and gain greater motivation.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Many will gather today to celebrate and mourn Diana, Princess of Wales on her birthday. Born in the sign of mothers, the princess exemplified the maternal and nurturing nature of her sign. With her natal Mercury, the communication planet, also in Cancer, Princess Diana was a mother figure to multitudes beyond her own family, who obeyed the leanings of her philanthropic Aquarius moon.

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