Star Wisdom: Be assertive, not aggressive


astrologyMARS INVADES LIBRA for a seven-month stay, activating the Uranus-Pluto square and challenging us to choose assertiveness over aggression.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…It would be so easy to blame someone (everyone?) else for your problems now. But Mars in your 7th House is teaching you the physics of relationship. And the first law of physics is: everything that bugs you about that other person is a reflection of something within yourself you haven’t come to terms with. Own your shadow projections and you’ll take back your power.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…You can only get from Life what you believe you can have. With your ruling planet Venus retrograde in your house of beliefs and spirituality, a two-month window has opened in which you can rewrite your life story. Start by acknowledging the deep beliefs you still hold about yourself that don’t align with your highest good.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…It’s time to update your self-image — the picture you subconsciously see in your mind when you think about yourself. Your creative energy is off the charts for the next seven months and a significant dream is within your reach. Train yourself to see yourself as who you really are. P.S. You might have to drop one or two people who are keeping you stuck in that old self-image for their own selfish reasons.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…The long Mars transit says your public life — success, status, reputation — can only improve to the extent you teach yourself to feel safe and secure internally. This lesson may involve making changes in your current living situation. It definitely calls you to heal old wounds and rewrite the faulty beliefs you learned in your family of origin.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…The creative energy surging through you now is a welcome relief after months of enforced introspection! You still need to learn to discipline yourself, i.e., manage your energy in order to grow into the titan you could be. That’s a long-term project, but if you apply yourself diligently now you could see a dream come true before the year is out.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…You are going to solve your money or self-esteem problem. The question is not if, but when. Mars is going to push you on this for the next seven months, so you might as well just decide that now is the time. Being a servant of the higher good is a noble calling, but you’ll do a whole lot more good when you’re wealthy, healthy and happy.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…This is tricky. Mars in your sign for the next seven months can give you enough energy and drive to move a mountain. But in order to use Mars’ gift of personal power, you must learn how to channel your anger into useful action. Remember that Mars the soldier needs a mission more than he needs an enemy. Setting boundaries in relationships is a key theme.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…The monsters in the psyche are clamoring for release. You could react by piling furniture on the trap door and hoping they won’t escape. Or you could choose to go down there and meet them. Chances are they just want some attention from you. If you give it willingly, they might just reveal themselves to be your most powerful allies.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…There’s an opportunity here to start creating real wealth and security and to take a big step into your life’s dream. The one thing holding you back is not acknowledging who you really are, warts and all. Yes, you need discipline to succeed. But true success can’t find you when you’re playing someone else’s game.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)…You hold a lot more power than you give yourself credit for. Mars in your career house is driving you to expand your influence and maximize your presence in the world. Don’t let those old family beliefs hold you back. The world wants your gift. Squandering it out of fear and shame serves absolutely no one.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Those who dare to trust their dreams, said Henry David Thoreau, pass an invisible boundary into a realm where the laws of the Universe expand and become more favorable to them. I can’t think of a better meditation for you this month. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost,” Thoreau writes. “That is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…A big money story starts this month. On the surface, the story hinges on your understanding of how energy flows. (In order for money to flow in, you must be able and willing to put energy out.) But the story contains a fascinating subplot. It seems that the biggest roadblock you face on the road to wealth is a refusal to honor your heart’s desire…and then join with a community capable of supporting that dream.

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D.K. Brainard
D.K. Brainard, M.A., C.H., is a writer, musician, astrologer and certified hypnotherapist who specializes in helping clients identify where they are on their own Hero's Journey and take appropriate steps to reconnect with their soul/Higher Self/creative unconscious. To carry out this work, D.K. uses the tools of astrology, energy work, compassion, and hypnotic shared exploration of limiting identity states and desired goal states. For more on the eclipses and free weekly horoscopes each Monday, visit his website:


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