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Starting a war? Not with Mars, the God of War and Lust, going backwards, you don't. This is no time to get sassy, or to get fresh with somebody for the first time, either. Whether you're punching out the goon who's trying to steal your darling or launching a couple of private missiles, you'll see better fireworks if you wait till Mars goes forward again. (Astrologers, free Ukrainians, Ukraine watchers, and Mr. Putin, take note.)
Remember, timing and discipline are the secrets of success.
Here's how to play and win the Mars retrograde game.
Why didn't Napoleon listen to the astrologers? He invaded Russia when Mars was retrograde. President Johnson went into Vietnam with Mars going backwards. The Argentinians attacked the occupied Falkland Islands when...you get the idea.
Conduct your own experiment: Watch the news. Who launches a first-time attack, invasion, or takeover bid? What happens? Are the results a success, or a mess?
Let us hear from you after checking out the results!
In astrology, what counts is the START DATE. Don't meet, greet or begin a
romance on Mars retro.
If you have already met and kissed your new honey before Mars retro, Mars suddenly going retrograde for a few weeks is no biggie.
Are you a bad boy or naughty girl? Eshew commitments: Mars Retrograde is a sure bet for one-night stands or to start an affair that is sure to flop. (We don't recommended this, though, as these pesky affairs often don't go away as neatly as one would wish. Even with a fling, the idea is to avoid hurt, mess, and to keep CONTROL over your own life.) If you prefer real food to junk food, and paradise to pick-ups, keep your Mars to yourself.
For Elective Surgery:
When you have a choice, schedule surgery to skip retro Mars. Mars 'rules' all thrusting tools, including knives and the act of cutting. Avoiding Mars retrograde chops the odds of needing a second surgery later.
Should you break a bone or suddenly discover an uninvited guest loafing around in your body, not paying rent, you must of course dash to the doc, Mars or no Mars. Such messy happenings are Life, the Unseen Hand that shakes Tabasco on our biographies.
If you do have emergency surgery when Mars is retrograde, do not fear: the doctors haven't finished with you yet. The drugs, the truss, and rides in weird machines that follow will more than mitigate any crooked cuts Dr. Hans Shakey might have made when he was so rudely beeped away from watching his beloved Nikkei.
I wish Svetlana Godillo, the passionate master astrologer in Washington D.C., was still on Earth, and if you knew her work, you would, too. She was a hell of a stargazer, good writer, too: she had an astrology column in the Sunday Washington Post--- no fortune cookies, just essays or astrology profiles of folks in the news. The whole town went nuts for Svetlana's predictions. She knew a lot of politicians, and always told them what she thought of them, and their prospects.
Svetlana hated Mars retrograde. Writing in the
Washington Post on February 14, 1982, she laid it on the line: "This is
a very unhappy and restrictive turn of events for lovers-to-be... one should
never begin a war or a love affair under retrograde Mars, because it will
accomplish nothing and end in disaster."
Hmmm...Let’s not get too superstitious here, gang, but don’t sign important stuff when Mercury looks as if it’s going backward in its orbit. It does this backward boogie in a three-week stretch, three or four times a year.
Letters get delayed sometimes. If you’re sending
some Wedgwood to Uncle Nigel you’re safer if you deliver it yourself---those
packages will rattle just a touch too much otherwise.
Travel gets weird. Often the buses go on strike, or the plane’s delayed. Your hosts said they’d meet you on the left side of Princess Diana airport, and it’s bigger than you thought, and you can’t find their home phone number. Double check and have a back-up plan before you embark.
Contracts and leases that you sign now will need adjusting later. You may overlook an important clause. Or the landlord may forget to sign the thing, too. You will probably want to alter something in the contract later.
Your new music system will seem to be your pride and joy when you buy it on the backward boogaloo, but when that rewind button sticks for the twenty-eighth time, you won’t think it’s so cute. Ditto for all the electronic junk, computers, cars and mechanical furshlugginers you buy now. Don’t buy major appliances now. You can buy other things. Cars and boats may perform surprisingly well on a retrograde Mercury, if you don’t mind the sound of little bits and bobs rattling ans squeaking and smoking.
Writers, hacks, and editors beware! The stuff that gets handed in during a Mercury backward period needs redoing, if it gets handed in at all. Don’t believe the deadlines you give your writers---those jaw-jerkers will promise you the Moon but they can’t deliver on a Mercury retrograde.
Whatever gave you the impression that Mercury retrograde was
bad? It’s all in how you look at it. Use it to clean
out the drawers and files, edit your book report,
revise, rethink, retread, and tidy up. You can stall, you see, and
hold off your decisions on major matters until Mercury goes
direct again. It’s cleverer to stall at these times because more
information will come to you during and after the retro. Why push
your affairs when the tide is out?
Not everything will go goo-goo when Mercury marches backward, but the odds are definitely in favour of Mr. Myxlptk. Don’t sweat the small stuff, but if it’s a big deal, check the Don’t Sign, Don’t Buy, Mercury Retrograde dates. And here they are...
6 February to 28 February
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From Al H. Morrison, the genius astrologer who traced the knowhow of Void Moons from the ancient times of Firnus Maternicus through Elizabethan times to the present, comes this explanation:
"Every couple of days there comes a time which is best used for subjective, spiritual non-material concerns, like prayer, yoga, play, psychotherapy, or passive experience, sleep or meditation.
"This period may last a few seconds, or it may be three days and nights in a single session. "It begins when the Moon in transit makes the last major aspect it will make before it changes from one sign of the zodiac to the next. It ends when the Moon enters the next sign. The name of this period is Void of Course Moon. You may call it a silly season, or vacation from normal living.
"Decision making in such periods turns out later to be unrealistic. Creativity diverges into unpleasant directions, improvisations, false starts, error. Business moves fail to generate profits, or meet unexpected difficulties. If you buy any object it usually fails of its intended use. "Human judgment is more fallible than usual during the time the Moon is Void of Course. This is the principle factor in all observed experience thus far.
"Routine proceeds readily, but often requires an adjustment later. Defects or shortages come to light. Delay and frustration are commonly experienced while the Moon is Void of Course. "Neurotic tendencies, bad habits are more open to change. ESP experiments show odd results.
"Historic events during such periods have a wild, Pandora's Box impact on cultural evolution. The first two dozen successful spaceshots were all launched with the Moon Void of Course, to open an all-new age in which old concepts and ideas are corrected or disproven.
"In every presidential election from 1900 through 1972 one of the two major party candidates was nominated with the Moon Void of Course. Every one of the candidates nominated with the Moon Void of Course lost. "Jimmy Carter's 1980 nomination came in a Void of Course Moon."
[John Kerry's 2004 nomination and Al Gore's 2000 nomination came in a Void of Course Moon. ---DK-S]
"Only observation can demonstrate what the Void of Course Moon indicates in your daily living. the scientific approach is to check it out. Design your own experiment.
"There is much more to selecting a "good" time to act or decide material issues. Skipping the Void of Course Moon is just staying out of avoidable difficulties.
"Go out of business when the Moon makes it's last aspect. Feed your soul until the time the Moon enters the next sign. Then, go back into business!"
(Reprinted from SECRETS FROM A STARGAZER'S NOTEBOOK,
by Debbi Kempton-Smith)
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