FREE WILL ASTROLOGY: Wednesday, August 27, 2003

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Mars, shining 85 times brighter than it did a year ago, will be the most brilliant light in the night sky this week. Is the red planet beaming an intensified dose of its melodramatic Martian vibrations at us? Will our libidos feel supercharged? I suspect so. Psychotherapists may be besieged by clients who donít know how to handle the gift of wildly enhanced vitality. I doubt thereíll be many complaints from you Aries folks, though: Mars is your ruling planet. While other signs may be held hostage by lust, anger, competition, and blind ambition, youíll know exactly what to do with that all that extra mojo.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): This week Mars is closer to Earth than it has been since cavemen roamed the earth. Itís also midway through a five-month sojourn in your astrological House of Networking ó its longest stay since 1956. Because the red planet invigorates everything, you could be a whiz at winning friends and influencing people from now until December. But unless you respond with all your passionate ingenuity to the arousing Martian energy, it may also have a disruptive effect. Hereís your rule of thumb: Go all the way, give everything you have, and donít hold back.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Would you enjoy being able to focus all your ambitions in one overarching dream? Can you imagine what it might be like not to feel your desires split in five different directions? While your predilection for versatility and vacillation isnít a bad thing, it might be interesting at some point in your life to explore the ferocious pleasures of single-mindedness. Now is a perfect moment to launch such an exploration. Mars, the planet that rules willpower and determination, is currently expressing tremendous force in your astrological House of Total Commitment. Itís time to stabilize your purpose and steel your resolve.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The largest mountain on Mars, Olympus Mons, is almost three times the size of Mount Everest. It should serve as your sacred symbol of power in the coming months. Why? Because the red planet is now pouring extra mojo into your astrological House of Exploration and will continue to do so through mid-December. You will have the ability to pull off frontier adventures equivalent to climbing to the top of Olympus Mons.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Itís a perfect moment to purge leftover romantic karma. Donít go another week without doing a ritual to dissolve the bad memories, lingering resentments, and ancient wounds that still tweak your intimate relationships. Itís also time to kill off your outdated dogmas about gender roles and to blow up any obstacles that interfere with your total sexual pleasure. How can I be so sure youíre ready? Mars, the planet of creative destruction, is bringing its tough love to your astrological House of Sexy Emotions. I predict it will liberate you from influences that prevent you from finding more beautiful and flagrant ways to enjoy your libido.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Astronomers are uncertain about how brightly Mars will glow in the sky this week. Itíll be as close as it ever gets to both the Earth and sun, and should be a dazzling beacon. But itís possible that huge dust storms will sweep the planet, increasing its reflectivity and boosting its illumination even further. Due to arcane astrological factors, I predict that you Virgos will be as shiny and brilliant as Mars and that any storms passing your way will only make you shinier and more brilliant.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Mars is not only a heavenly body but also an aspect of your psyche. Your inner Mars consists of your ambition, animal energy, willpower, and sex drive. By studying the red planet, we can make educated guesses about the state of the Mars force within you. My analysis: Your ambition will get back on track if you give it a chiropractic-like adjustment; your animal energy will awaken if you stop doing the careless thing thatís weakening it; your willpower has been muted by the consequences of a past mistake, but you now have the insight to correct that; your sex drive is not as pure and strong as it could be, but will become so if you get clearer about what really turns you on.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A French skeptic who set out to prove astrology is bunk found scientific evidence of its validity. One striking discovery was the Mars Effect: There is a significant probability of world-class athletes and military leaders being born when the red planet is rising in the sky. You are now benefiting from a variation on this phenomenon. Mars, one of your astrological rulers, is closer to Earth than it has been in 60,000 years and is in the midst of a rare five-month visit to your House of Creative Self-Expression. Not only are you extra fertile; youíre also at the peak of your physical vigor and your ability to emerge victorious in competitive struggles.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You and your tribe are the restless explorers of the zodiac. Your wanderlust sometimes becomes so consuming that you forget how important it is to have a home base. Suffering from that delusion, you arenít likely to devote much creativity to keeping your foundations strong. Luckily, youíre now in a phase when you canít possibly get away with this ignorance. The energizing planet Mars is stirring up a flood of feelings and ideas about what you need to sustain you ó and how to take good care of it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Alert! Mars is extremely up-close and personal right now. In cosmic terms, itís practically on top of us. Itís in our faces. Itís forcing us to deal with its favorite agendas. What that means for you Capricorns is that youíd better communicate with concise candor in all matters related to your ambitions and sexuality. Find a way to express your burning desires with uncompromising integrity.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Mars is not only closer to Earth right now than it has been since the Stone Age, but itís also making its nearest approach to the sun. As a result, we can get our best look ever at the melting of the red planetís south polar cap. This rare confluence provides a good metaphor for the effect that the intensified Martian vibes may have on your astrological House of Finances and Possessions. I believe your frozen assets are about to thaw.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Mars usually cruises through a sign in five to eight weeks, but it has been in Pisces since June 16 and will remain there until Dec. 16 ó its longest stay since 1956. But thatís not all: Mars is now closer to Earth than it has been in 60,000 years. I predict that your relationship with the red planet will be more intense and intimate than ever. Some of the tasks you can expect cosmic assistance with: discovering secrets about how to ask forcefully for what you really want; making your strategies for success more foolproof and irresistible; and clarifying the life goals that are most important for you to pursue in the next 10 years.

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