Fast and furious: Five Things To Consider with Mars in Libra (starting Friday!)

I can’t help but think about an odd synchronicity between the death of Paul Walker, the newest details about the Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx  and tonight’s new moon at nearly 11 degrees of Sagittarius. If we make allowance of a little more than a degree of orb, tonight’s new moon is conjoined to the fixed star Antares.  I’m a big fan of Marina Partridge’s thorough breakdown of the fixed stars, but this keyword breakdown stunned me:

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Seems almost too fitting to describe how “fast and furious” can get you in trouble. It’s believed that Walker (who starred in six films called “Fast and Furious”) was a passenger in a car that was “joyriding” too fast. It seems that Metro-North train that derailed was also going too fast. That’s a kind of sober reminder for all of us to slow down.

For the astrologically astute, you might notice that the fixed star, Antares, references Ares, the god of war. Ares is what we now call Mars, from Rome.  The other big celestial event is that Mars goes into Libra on Friday and that’s where he’s going to stay until July 2014!  That’s a long freakin’ time!  As I’ve tweeted recently  and put in this week’s horoscope for Libra, it’s ultimately a good thing for Libras, whether we’re talking those who have the Sun, moon or rising in Libra. You’ll be a little more amped to kick ass, especially if someone has been showing theirs to you.  But if we can step away from “signology” for a minute–when we’re overly concerned about events by “our” signs, I’d like to talk about Mars in Libra itself.  Mars in Libra is a planet in detriment, meaning that he’s in a sign that’s the opposite to his home, Aries.  More specifically, he’s in a sign of Venus; so the “god” of war has to use Venusian charms and wiles, like diplomacy, manners, or consensual debate/discussion. Mars can’t stand those things.  I talk a little more about the difference between planets in detriment & fall here. But here’s a little more to know about a planet in detriment.  Regardless, Mars is gonna be a testy little bugger, but this could lead to good, if not great, things if managed with care.

Here are, at least, five things to consider with Mars in Libra for the next 7 months

1. Slow the heck down. Mars is going to be opposite Uranus about three times in the next 7 months, including exactly on Christmas Day. Mars opposite Uranus is a classic signature for accidents or sudden disruptions. Of course, this could include all the stuff you can’t control, but get real about the things you can control like…slow down.

2. Nice-nasty. Like I said above, Mars’ natural inclination is not to be nice, though it’s not necessarily to be mean either.  Overall, he just wants to fulfill an action as effectively as he can. His emotions or those of others only come into play if there’s a hold-up or some frustration. In Libra, he’s encouraged to think about other people’s feelings. When that happens, he could be inclined to be what’s called “nice-nasty,” meaning he has a veneer of niceness to his nastiness.  You know like when you say to your honey, “Could you pass me the damn remote, please?”  Ain’t nothin’ cute about passive-aggressiveness.  If you feel aggressive, own it first. Doesn’t mean you have to act on it, but only unpleasantries can ensue if you don’t acknowledge it in the room with you.  Once you acknowledge it, perhaps you can tone down the aggressiveness and somehow get back to the action that’s required or requested, perhaps even pleasantly.

3. Learn the difference between debate and an argument.  I’m sure there are cleverer, wiki-friendly descriptions of the difference between the two, but as someone who has been in a lot of debates, even a noted debate champion, I have my own distinction. With a debate, you’re examining the pros & cons of ideas, evoking either evidence or examples. In an argument, you’re examining the pros & cons of feelings. If discussing pros & cons for feelings sounds odd to you, then, congratulations, you have a glimpse of how pointless arguments can become. (Of course, debates can quickly become arguments, so it’s important not to “catch feelings.”)  Mars particularly gets thorny here, because he likes to win and thinks when doing something Libra-like, it’s still about winning.  That’s great if you’re a trial lawyer, but not so awesome if you’re discussing how you feel and your partner wants you to provide corroborating evidence with dates and witnesses for said feeling.  Libra expressions help us cultivate more “we” than the winning. There is a way to have both, though.

4.  Think about more win-win scenarios. Mars likes to think either a winner takes all or somebody’s gotta lose in order to win. In Game Theory, this is called a zero-sum game. In the hood, it’s called going out like a sucka. But these are not the only ways to victory. Win-Win goes beyond compromise or lopsided victories to envision outcomes where people can get maybe even more of what they want, if they’re willing to think out of the box, collaborate or re-direct their priorities.  It’s great to cultivate the winning spirit, but, perhaps, Mars’ long stay in Libra will reflect a change in more people seeking win-win solutions.

5. Standing up for real justice. Who would’ve guessed some 10 years ago, with the proliferation of smart phones with cameras, that we’d use the cameras more to film and post injustices for entertainment than to use the actual phone feature to call for help when an injustice is taking place?  For instance, like this or this.  My heart has been warmed by the outcries of people decrying unfair wages in fast food and retail jobs, but there’s a lot more work to be done. And it has to be a real sense of justice, not false cries for “justice” as we saw from “Bachelor” producer Elan Gale as discussed here.  We also later learn that Diane has cancer, unfortunately.  Yeah, Elan, live tweeting how you’re passing notes to what appears to be a self-indulgent, self-entitled woman was funny with the first note; but the subsequent later notes, a la “eating a d*ck” admonition ain’t a way to stand up for the “little guy” in retail or service industries.  Hopefully, we’ll do better before Mars moves on home into Scorpio in July.

So, I hope you’re better prepared for Mars in Libra on Friday.

In the interim, here are some horoscopes for how this week, including Mars going into Libra, may affect your favorite signs:

Aries [March 21st to April 19th]

Taurus [April 20th to May 21st]

Gemini [May 22nd to June 20th]

Cancer [June 21st to July 21st]

Leo [July 22nd to Aug 21st]

Virgo [Aug 22nd to Sept 21st]

Libra [Sept 22nd to Oct 21st]

Scorpio [Oct 22nd to Nov 21st]

Sagittarius [Nov 22nd to Dec 21st]

Capricorn [Dec 22nd to Jan 20th]

Aquarius [Jan 21st to Feb 18th]

Pisces [Feb 18th to March 20th]

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The cost of things…

On 9/28, I will commemorate the 33rd anniversary of preaching my first sermon at 12 years-old, on my mom’s birthday. Mom passed away in ’94, and I couldn’t be farther away from the Christian gospel ministry, but somehow the “spirit” of both are with me.  This year, on 9/28, Venus and Mars will square off with each other, following up on the conjunction they had about six months ago. Now, Venus is in Scorpio (another Mars sign) and Mars is in Leo (another fire sign). Venus in Scorpio  points us toward how our attractions pull us toward what’s unfulfilled and unfulfilling in us, especially from the past.  Mars in Leo is more about what we must act on now as our most authentic selves. These two couldn’t be more at odds. The square definitely fits.  And it also directs us to a deeper question: What’s the cost of keeping your pain vs. acting on what desire and could have…now? 

When I started this post, I was just going to focus on that question. Then I remembered what 9/28 means to me.

Although I’m a Muslim convert, my formulations about the afterlife are soft, to say the least.  It took about 10 years for my belief in God (as something different as I once believed) to come back. It looks like my belief in an afterlife is taking a little longer.  So, I don’t fantasize about Paradise or Hell.  I mostly struggle to believe in either.  I don’t believe in traditional reincarnation, so I don’t have any fantasies about encountering my mom as my sister or daughter in another future life.  I mostly just miss her. Daily. Then there’s 9/28 every year. But on this occasion, thinking about this Venus-Mars square, I’m reminded of my mission to write and speak, just as I did 33 years ago…on her birthday. I remember what this Mars in Leo means to me. It has even additional meaning as this weekend I came from a lovely weekend giving a lecture and spending time with my wife, our extended Philly family, and friends.

All of this prompts me to remember a poem I wrote in 2009, or rather channeled at a bank, of all places. It just came to me then.  At the time, after a break up with my fiancee, a different woman than my bride, I was jolted into seeing the cost of keeping myself in my pain, as Venus in Scorpio may like to do as well.  In that moment, Mom didn’t come for me from the afterlife. She spoke to me very much in this life. Still.  Here’s what she “spoke”:

Not Still Born (as “channeled” to me by my dear departed mother)

I named you Samuel after the man
who raised me
I named you Frederick after the man
who raised your father.
I did not know Samuel meant
asked of God, though I kept asking
God for you to be alive when you would not
stir in me for weeks at a time.
I did not know Frederick meant
anything else
I only wanted peace between two men
who had fathered neither child who would
honor them both with a namesake.

I fought for you, because despite the worse odds that doctors could give you,
you had the audacity to smile after
all 25 surgeries to keep you here
I did not know how long I would have you
I did not know that I would have to fight to get
the boy bright enough to give post-surgical smiles to his mama
out of a school for “retarded” children
I did not know that I would have to jump in the street to hurl children, feelin’ bigger
than their britches, who would take your small size as occasions to brutalize you
I did not know that one day that I would
even make the President of the United States
find financial aid to get you to graduate cum laude
I only wanted you to live at least longer than I would.

I speak to you, because you squelch
your voice and squander your vision to make spending money
to impress the shallow when you are already miraculous.
You wile away the precious time
I fought for to avoid believing in your own talent and vision
You shatter the perfect peace of the name I brokered
to sign off on meals you half eat, clothes you never wear
and books you half read.
I did not know you would travel as widely as you have
or be as many kinds of things as you have.
I did not know you would study stars.
I did not know when or how
I would leave you as I have.

But I do know
you were not stillborn.
Write out the vision given to you.
At least for me.
–SFR–

Mom

Marion Dollie Reynolds, Sept. 28, 1935 – December 13, 1994

So this Venus-Mars square is for action, not for stillborn living.  What does it mean for you?  This week’s horoscopes give attention to that square and other celestial happenings.  I hope they help guide you toward where you’re letting attractions to the past cost you.

Aries [March 21st to April 19th]

Taurus [April 20th to May 21st]

Gemini [May 22nd to June 20th]

Cancer [June 21st to July 21st]

Leo [July 22nd to Aug 21st]

Virgo [Aug 22nd to Sept 21st]

Libra [Sept 22nd to Oct 21st]

Scorpio [Oct 22nd to Nov 21st]

Sagittarius [Nov 22nd to Dec 21st]

Capricorn [Dec 22nd to Jan 20th]

Aquarius [Jan 21st to Feb 18th]

Pisces [Feb 18th to March 20th]

Sisyphus…

Monday started off with the moon in Scorpio and Mars “squaring” Saturn. Translation: it was no “Manic Monday.” In fact, I usually describe the “Mars squaring Saturn” moment as driving with the brakes on. That is until I thought about something different: Sisyphus. I particularly thought of Albert Camus philosophical essay on the Myth of Sisyphus that I read some 20 years ago.  I was always moved by that essay, and, of course, the Greek myth still stays with me. Sisyphus, an ancient mortal king, attempted to cheat Death by tying him up in chains. Death escaped and when it came time for the king to die, he escaped from the underworld. So the gods punished him by making him carry up a rock a mountain daily only to watch it roll back down the mountain as soon as he got to the top–for all eternity. Camus’ essay is on confronting the absurdity and pointlessness of a life without meaning. However, he offers the idea of revolt and defiance rather than resignation and suicide.

Yeah, I know that’s all pretty heavy and deep stuff for a Monday, especially now that it’s Tuesday. But I think that Mars-Saturn square has lingering lessons for us, or, at least, for me.  Some of that was brought home this morning as I watched this oddball exchange between TV host Lawrence O’Donnell and NYC Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner from last night.  I’m no Weiner fan, and I thought O’Donnell was remarkably unfair and rude last night. (How is your opening salvo for a guest on your show gonna be, “What is wrong with you?”? All that Harvard education, Lawrence, and no home training? #CMonSon) Essentially, I saw Saturn as O’Donnell, attempting to get Weiner to look at the absurdity of his run, Weiner’s possibly deep-seated fears and what O’Donnell saw as his inevitable defeat. However, I have to give Weiner credit as the Mars in Leo squaring off against Saturn. (I guess it helps that Weiner has his moon in hearty Leo too.)   I won’t say that Weiner isn’t driving along with some damaged goods in some way, either of reputation, character, mind, or whatever.  However, I believe he’s absolutely right (gulp!) in being resolute in the face of futility or absurdity.  You don’t face a no-win scenario by quitting.  Nothing, specifically, has to be wrong with you, anymore than there was with Sisyphus. In fact, O’Donnell seemed pretty close to asking, “Why won’t you disappear into that sweet goodnight? Why won’t you just die like anybody else would?” Weiner may or may not mean the passion he displays. But, on the surface, I can’t knock his answers.  He, like Sisyphus, is attempting to cheat a kind of death, and daring to ask, “Why aren’t you?!”

When your week starts off with symbolic Sisyphus moments like this one, you might be tempted to ask yourself, “What’s the point?”  There might not be a single “objective” measure you can point to in the whole wide world except that you care…about something. It might not be the thing at hand. It might not be what everybody likes or wants. Or what anyone else thinks you can do. Or it could be exceptionally difficult. But it’s your responsibility to make it your own and push it up the mountain of your aspirations with all you got. It might quickly roll down and you may have to start over. But you never know what could change. In moments like these, your attitude and passion are what matter the most. In fact, they might be the most precious things you have.  Respect ’em, especially when confronted by, “What’s the point?”

Let’s see what your sign’s weekly horoscope reveals as your own “Sisyphus” moments this week:

Aries [March 21st to April 19th]

Taurus [April 20th to May 21st]

Gemini [May 22nd to June 20th]

Cancer [June 21st to July 21st]

Leo [July 22nd to Aug 21st]

Virgo [Aug 22nd to Sept 21st]

Libra [Sept 22nd to Oct 21st]

Scorpio [Oct 22nd to Nov 21st]

Sagittarius [Nov 22nd to Dec 21st]

Capricorn [Dec 22nd to Jan 20th]

Aquarius [Jan 21st to Feb 18th]

Pisces [Feb 18th to March 20th]

On the wings of desire for the Lunar Eclipse for 4/25

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Today while watching a movie that leans heavily on a lunar eclipse as part of the plot, I thought about the one happening today. (I definitely watched it with a full heart as the director was my 1st roommate in grad school and our meeting changed my life. It was a dream come true for him…and me.)

I don’t like writing about eclipses in the general sense.  Mostly because they never sound good, even when one attempts to spin them as good. I literally spent 5-10 minutes reading a colleague’s blog and thought  why would anyone read this in his or her right mind unless s/he wanted to be scared shitless. Or worse, read it all just to think about the worst possible fiascos in what will most likely  be distant lands. And then only have some remote smug satisfaction that an astrologer predicted wrack and ruin months ago based on eclipse.  If that’s yay-worthy, I’ll pass.

Generally, eclipses sound much better when you talk about them in a specific chart, by a matter of degrees. Actually, they sound a lot better for individuals. When we apply them to nations, they can sound awesome or awful. And all that would really matter if more heads of state listened to astrologers…still.  But as it stands, they don’t even listen to the scientists on their payrolls.

This lunar eclipse aligns with any astrological point, like your ascendant or midheaven,  or a planet that’s close to 5-6 degrees of Scorpio or Taurus.  You can think of an eclipse as an activation for all the issues, promises and problems for that particular point or planet.  The “good” or “bad” of that point or planet depends on whether that point or planet is auspicious. (I know that’s not specific enough, but then again that’s the problem with writing about eclipses, as I said, right?)  Truthfully, I can better deal with the implications for an eclipse in your own chart in a session. Please believe me though when I say I didn’t write this post to be a pitch for that.  It’s the truth, nevertheless.

With this eclipse, my mind drifted with less interest about attempting to nail what particular events it might hold for the general public. Or Libras. Or even my sign, Scorpio. I thought a lot more about looser connections.

Having a lunar eclipse/full moon in Scorpio-Taurus, by virtue of those signs being ruled by Mars and Venus, respectively, highlights how we experience our desires. I think a lot about desire, if mostly because the word itself directly relates to my profession. Desire literally means de (of or from) + sidere (star). Or what comes from (or is of) a star.

Perhaps the old Romans were saying our desires come from or move us toward the stars. Take your pick. But there’s another way I wrap my head around this.  Desire is certainly about what you want, but it’s also a lot about how you go about getting it. Desire stays afloat in our psyches with the wings of Mars & Venus and their flapping is what transports us to our own private heavens or hells.  Desire is no small thing even when you desire something small. So that means that “power” isn’t the only thing that  comes with responsibility. Your desires even requires more responsibility.

If you desire a Mercedes Benz, you can choose to steal one (if you know how) or you can buy one (if you have the means or a savings plan to do so).  One way could land you in the hell of a jail cell and the other could put you in the vehicular heaven of smooth open highway without a care in the world or a cop car on your tail. It’s all about how you go about it.

It’s also about how you tap into where you desire comes from. If it comes a small place within yourself, then chances are this is the same small place you’re going to stay in until you find something larger or similarly small yet different. If it comes from something as bright and vast as your spirit, burning like a star within you, then your joy might burn just as bright and vast.

So, basically, I’m talking about how you experience heaven and hell on Earth, much like one of my favorite parables.  But I’m also talking about being responsible for your desires, not only the way you go about them.

Every day I watch men look hard at women who pass them on the street with what looks like desire. Sometimes they say something. (Most times I wish they wouldn’t because it’s usually half-hearted and quickly becomes harassment.) Other times they just look. You know, the kind of lecherous look at the front and the back of a human being as if they’re appraising food. And I’m always struck by a question, “What does he really want in that moment?”  I mean, it’s all “lust of the eyes” right there. But what’s being stoked in the heart, the classic seat of desire? Is it the habit of looking at “things” you’re never going to pursue? “Things” that you half-want, mostly couldn’t handle or keep up with if given a quarter of the chance? Is it all a nod to carnal desire to remind your body that it’s still alive? Or a pass to your ego to let you believe that you still are highly desirable because you looked, regardless of whether you really see or have been seen (in all your antiquated playa glory)?  Or, to be fair, maybe these men are looking because they still have eyes and cherish the delight of flesh they see with them.  Nonetheless, desire starts to flutter its wings and the question is still, “Where are you letting your desires take you?”

I’m still of the mind that if you’re in the habit of letting desire beat its wings willy-nilly and with no focus, you’ll find yourself nowhere or anywhere, like short stops at heaven or hell with no consistency.  And for those women ogled by those men on the street, they have to beat off half-hearted angel-winged addresses that quickly turn batshit when not appreciated or well-received.  So it’s amazing how so few men realize how they’ve made their desires flightless birds, without soar or spirit, by abusing them. Just the beating of inner wings and eyes with no heart fueling them. That’s one of the saddest parts.

But this isn’t a post about ending street harassment. Or to upbraid men. Maybe that’s another time. But let this eclipse be a reminder of how your desire is a portal to your own heaven or hell. Don’t abuse it. Treat your inner wings of desire with respect and responsibility.  You can’t manifest anything of serious value without your wings of desire being strong and firm. When another flaps his or her wings your way recognize rightly the might or meekness of each flap. Treat it accordingly.  If your own wings are stirred, then perhaps you will soar together. If not, keep beating your wings of desire from the heart, following your course, undeterred by those who can’t keep up.  You have a heaven of your own choosing to reach.

Lighting a candle…the conjunction of the Sun, Mars and Venus in Aries on 4/6/13

She told me that she lit a candle.

It was during a Venus hour for her location sometime around 8/20/2010, the last time that Venus and Mars conjoined (but in Libra.)  When I wrote about it, I talked about a little bit about how to finesse one’s desires.  My friend certainly did. She was praying for her husband.  And now that she’s met the man that she believes will become her husband, in retrospect, the time of that last conjunction turned out to be a turning point for both her and the guy who would become her man.

And now, on Saturday (4/6), Mars and Venus will light their candle of desire again, this time in Mars’ home–Aries.  This time both planets are pretty close to the Sun in Aries too, which only happens every 32 years I discovered.  So it’s a pretty rare time. Now before you line your house with candles and inundate me with questions about the Venus hour to summon your one true love, let me give a caveat.  Astrology, of any kind, is not a one size fits all proposition.  100 people can take the exact same flight and have at least 101 different kinds of experiences during and after, while all arriving at the same destination.  However, it’s more probable that the Sun, Mars and Venus may speak at the heart of your desires with extra focused intention and attention on Saturday.  Let’s talk a little bit about how.

I look at Mars and Venus as 2 planetary functions that tap into how we struggle for and expect to receive pleasure from what we desire, respectively.

Mars pushes to make something happen. He’s that “Action Jackson” part of ourselves that helps us define our world and identities through our actions. And often by using stronger energy like anger to clearly delineate and distinguish what seems unclear.

On the other hand, Venus creates affinities and attraction between what and who we want.  She’s the Belle of any ball where she effortlessly draws suitors, gifts, appreciation and attention by her presence.  We constellate our world of kinship, affiliations and bonds through her.

Put those two together and you get a push-pull, an electric-magnetic charge, and the simultaneous power to both define and draw what we want.  With some conditions, of course.

Mars is happy in Aries, but Venus isn’t so much.  That’s interesting because on 8/20/2010, Venus was happy in Libra (opposite to Aries) and Mars wasn’t so happy in Libra.  The Sun is also happy in Aries, because the Sun is exalted in Aries.  Basically, we can say the Sun has more ‘tude in Aries, so wants to strut how “bad-ass” he is.  That leaves Venus trying to run with the fellas on their terms.  This is how desire can get tricky now. The congealing power of attraction loses herself.

Venus in Aries attempts a Martian way to meet her desires. It doesn’t really suit her.  I once defined it this way for a Venus in Aries client: with Venus in Aries, Venus has a sword or a scalpel to cut things that where she’d do better to use either to smooth and shape.  In Aries, she’s more barber with hair than surgeon with skin.  (Or, at best, a plastic surgeon.) She can become the sculptor of rough edges rather than the sculptor with rough edges or just plain rough. Or put differently, Venus learns to say “I get mine” rather than “I go for yours.”

So we can say that this Mars-Venus conjunction gets extra “fuel” from the Sun to smooth out the rough edges of our desires. Or we create a fluidity in how we “martial” ourselves to go for our desires that’s graceful and powerful (Venusian) like the Brazilian martial art Capoeira.

In real life, this can look like lighting a candle like my friend did.  But it also entails the hard work of smoothing and shaping our internal ball of desire to rightly match what we both want AND need in our actions. This can initially happen by quietly reflecting on whether how you are is really matched with who or what you want, even as an ideal or an imagined partner.  For instance, if you’re a “take charge” person, are you prepared, in action, to deal with a person who also likes to take charge?  Are you constantly frustrated with your current partner because you don’t want to acknowledge you’re so much more independent than him or her?  Are you bottling your energy to match the low energy of your partner?

This smoothing and shaping goes way beyond relationships though.  Much like I said about the “spicy” full moon last week, this Aries time is a great time to achieve more profound levels of personal innovation and transformation.  I think the Sun, Venus, Mars conjunction helps us reach a clearer degree of true cohesion of our individuality, meaning that we better consolidate our “legion” of selves, as spiritual teacher GI Gurdjieff says.   I talk to people all the time who have an assortment of competing desires that they haven’t figured out a way to consolidate into a clearer or single (Aries) desire.  If someone said, “I want to have a lot of money yet give it all away,” that could sound like a contradiction. It would be better for the person to say “I desire to be a philanthropist.”  We become better individuals (meaning that which can not be divided) by getting clear on what’s dividing us from the inside out.

So unlike my other post on the Mars-Venus conjunction from 2010, this conjunction isn’t so much about consideration and collaboration (Libra) outside of ourselves or with others to fulfill our desires as much as lighting a steady, flickering light within oneself as the drawing force for what we desire.  This time I would tell a friend to light a candle during a Mars hour* and be sure that her actions were rightly aligned with her power of attraction.  The net result might indeed be the same as before, but the experience is likely to be completely different.

*If you’re wondering what I mean by planetary hours, like the Venus or Mars hour, you can find more info here.

Thoughts about supposedly nasty mofos known as malefic planets…

In traditional astrology, there are two planets that are considered malefics: Mars and Saturn. Modern astrologers tend to abhor the word malefics and I can’t blame them. But I still think the intention to *not* have malefics is wrong-headed. I think it’s all about where your head is actually. If your mind is only on terrestrial desires, then I think it’s okay to think of malefics as malefics. If your mind is oriented toward the spiritual, then the malefics can be Godsends.

Saturn signifies loss, restriction, discipline, structure, societal expectations, societal roles, solitude, deprivation, and maturity. Mars signifies action, desire, anger, wars, fights, destruction, initiative, distinction, and injury. Most of that sounds pretty bad to me. But not all of it.

If we only want to have worldly success and worldly treasures, then rest assured when malefics signify something in your natal chart or perhaps by transit, then they rock your world…and usually not in a good way. That’s what we usually call bad. However, Saturn and Mars can be seen as great liberators because they can be the demolition crew that literally opens your house to see the heavens…perhaps prompting us to reach higher.

If we choose not to reach higher, then stuff just seems messed up. If we reach higher, then they’re really not so bad.