Countdown to Mars Retrograde

By Holiday Mathis

September 8, 2020 6 min read

Make the most of your current energy level. Take note of what you want and how much you want it. Consider what you long for, and express what you desire. Why now? Later you'll be glad for this point of reference. In a matter of hours, Mars will do a reversal and will be traveling retrograde until mid-November, so change is afoot.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You're given more responsibilities than the others because the general consensus is that you can handle them. Bonus: You grow stronger and more powerful by fulfilling requests.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). To have someone to bounce your ideas off of is a gift. If you don't have this, try anyone, really, because the reflection will be fundamental to your next moves.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It won't be hard to find cheerleaders for team Gemini. Sometimes, it's just about relatability. An Aquarius or Libra will lead the parade and bring out your best in these times.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Resentment is a strong energy and a hard one to get over. Bitterness follows suit. Feelings like this are like spice — a little gets the dish going and too much ruins it.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Mistakes happen. So what. Breathe in and out. Who cares? Someone, for a second, and then they don't. There's no use in you caring for a lifetime. Move on, move on, move on.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Loose clothes and tight relationships — that's comfort. It feels good and cozy — until it doesn't. Comfort is messy, and then too messy. When the line gets crossed, comfort changes into discomfort.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Life is music. Interactions have a rhythm and stick to a certain pace. You'll groove with this music today, create it, walk in it. It can go from pop to classical to jazz, but mostly it stays in the realm of indie.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The stoic way is fine and good, though it's not exciting enough to engage some of the others. Letting emotions out is the only way to connect. We connect in our mess.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You can look forward to a professional exchange and the particular thrill of going from formal modes of communication to more informal, which always means the same thing: You're liked.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). How best to show your love? Do you show it by assisting others or by encouraging others to help themselves? Each situation and relationship is unique, so there is not one blanket method that is best for all.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). People understand best people who are like them. But that excludes so many when you're an Aquarius, as you are unique, singular and having bright ideas very much in line with your sign today.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Wouldn't you love to know the conversations they have about you when you're not there? But since you can't, you make sure to drop in some interesting details that will be sure to be repeated!

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 8). You'll strike a deal beneficial to you and to your entire family going forward. Open your idea of what "deals" are. Contracts are sacred. Not only the ones that you agree to but also the ones you create through your living by the principles of your choice. Take it seriously because destiny is forever altered by your choices. Gemini and Leo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 4, 38, 19 and 16.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I'm an Aquarius (Jan. 23, 1972) and am dating a Sagittarius born Dec. 6, 1961. We seem like a match as we're both very independent and require the same amount of time together — which isn't very much — about once a week. This is a relationship that seems to work for us, but other people don't see it as a relationship. I think we are very close though, and getting closer. Can you explain why this might work for us?"

Aquarius sees relationships as another kind of friendship. With Mars in Aries, I'll bet you are driven by your work, your interests, your impulses — and you're not into asking permission to do anything. Your Sagittarius has four luminaries in the sign of the archer, so he's always on the go. The fact that you have once a week together is his version of a major commitment. Even when things progress to living together, you two will still be constantly doing your own thing and enjoying one another on your own schedule. As for the ones who don't understand, they probably never will. Luckily, they don't have to for you to have a fabulous time together.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Pink is a Virgo with a passionate warrior moon in Aries and natal Jupiter in show-stopping Leo. With Mars in caring, maternal Cancer, Pink has a huge heart, the proof of which is in her considerable charity work with PETA and the Red Cross. Plus, recently, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she donated half a million dollars to a fund at the hospital where her mother worked.

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