Choose your weapon carefully now; it is a fail-safe designed to be utilized only in moments where “flight” is no longer an option. Pray for the wisdom to know when to use it and – more importantly – for restraint in knowing when *not* to. Never draw it in anger and hope it will never have to be unsheathed *period*; all the while pragmatically knowing the world can indeed be a harsh place. In reality if you ever do find yourself with your back against a wall, that (metaphorical) mace on your keychain or knife tucked into your boot can provide strength, steadiness, and safety in circumstances that might otherwise threaten to bring you to your knees.
After 2 months of Retrograde status, Mars resumes Direct motion in the sign of its exaltation (Capricorn) in very short order; 10:05am EDT on Monday August 27, 2018 to be precise. The above is prudent consideration at this juncture and it’s highly likely you already have the requisite armament in question; it may just need to be dusted off a bit.
Recte et fortiter 👍💪
We have a simmering – or perhaps festering, depending on your view – astrological event on our hands as the biennial conjunction of Mars with Pluto in Capricorn occurs this week (exact Thursday, 4/26/18). While this can be a “Darth Vader meets Office Space” kind of deal that requires careful energy management, more generally I will say at this time that it is particularly prudent to use the absolute minimum amount of (restrained) force required for any situation. This is not a vibe where we want to wind up in an “overkill” scenario where we’re metaphorically bringing a gun to a fistfight, because this particular energetic combination tends to bring out repressed violence within the psyche. It is therefore crucial to be nuclear conscious of how we choose to confront/engage situations or people this week to prevent any potentially (self?)destructive actions that would be irrevocable – think about this if tempted to take lethal aim at someone’s jugular, because the (astrological or other) triggers are there and it’s entirely possible to be baited into making a bad move that would be very hard to come back from.
This is, however, excellent energy for conquering any hoary old demons within that seem to be resurgent now – especially via the therapeutic process. With Mars exalted, there’s the ability to tame the animal nature and transmute it into mature, wise, and potent insight. It’s difficult to do that, though, if we allow ourselves to be drawn off mission via the rising ire stoked by haters, trolls, leeches, and other generally crap human beings who prey off negativity. Don’t engage them at their level, but play it out a few chess moves to realize it’s ultimately not productive to lower yourself to go into battle when it’s energy that would be better spent on leveling yourself up instead. So the takeaway is: Manage all conflicts or irritants at an appropriate degree and realize that not everything is a Boss Battle – expend that energy powering yourself up rather than taking others down to save it for when it’s *really* warranted. Reactivity ultimately tends to be disempowering at this juncture; control your demons rather than allowing *them* to control *you*!
Addendum: Do also be careful when using sharp objects this week – especially if handling anything rusty. To me this energy has the feel of not only the potential for grave injury, but the possibility of picking up some kind of serious pathogen (like Tetanus) that could lead to an infection. Care regarding things like needle sticks and the proper disposal of hypodermics can also prevent bloodborne pathogens from infiltrating.
Mars is in a tricky position right now despite occupying his Capricorn fortress. Marching across the ramparts to gain a superior vantage point, he assesses the conditions and notes hostile forces closing in on the castle from multiple directions. Rather than send his troops out to meet his enemies on the battlefield, he issues the following order – “Fortify your positions and prepare to hold the line!” The wisdom gleaned from having weathered many battles during his long and illustrious military career tells him this is going to be a waiting game. He’s sent word for reinforcements, though nobody knows if the messenger will survive the long and treacherous journey to the neighboring duchy. But General Mars knows that if he yields to fear by allowing himself to be baited by his enemies into leaving the relative safety and protection of the castle walls in haste, the results could prove ruinous. No; better to hold tight for now and make preparations.
This same advice applies to all of us at the moment. If we’re engaged in any kind of conflict or can see one brewing on the horizon, patience, a cool head, and professionalism are indispensable. No matter how tempted we may be to escalate things, the situation requires careful self-regulation now. This is a chess game we’re definitely going to want to mentally calculate a few moves out as opposed to doing anything rash, because otherwise things may go downhill quickly; particularly if we find ourselves going up against an opponent with more status/clout/authority/seniority. Though there’s a possibility the messenger may be captured or killed and reinforcements may not arrive on time, this is no reason to lose our head – we’re in a stronghold and won’t be taken down quickly or easily. Best for now just to stockpile ammunition and supplies while strengthening our position and awaiting aid from allies – Mars picks up support from Venus next week, potentially availing us of a comrade-in-arms. Or at least someone who has resources to spare/share and is fighting on the same side – all we have to do is hunker down and ride it out for a bit; exhausting our adversaries by allowing them to grind themselves into dust against our fortifications.