Dumpster Fire (source: goodbullhunting.com)

Mars moved into Sagittarius this morning where it will remain until March 17.

For the past few weeks, Mars has been rushing headfirst through one of the signs that it rules. When it first entered Scorpio in December, I predicted that it would contribute a Karmic quality to an already fateful climate (Jupiter’s ingress into the sign had already caused a change in the cosmic weather back in October). Shortly afterward, Saturn (a planet connected with Karma) entered its own sign, Capricorn. I saw these two “malefics” teaming up to give bad people what they deserved.

If nothing bad happened to you, you probably didn’t have anything bad coming to you. But say you were the President of the United States, for instance, and you tried to get the White House lawyer to fire the FBI’s Special Counsel back in June before he could dig any deeper into your shady dealings? Did you deserve to have your corrupt intentions exposed to the world just as Mars made tough squares to both your ascendant and your natal Mars? Of course you did!

However, that’s just one example of how Mars in Scorpio works; I’m sure there are plenty more out there. But now Mars has moved into a sign where it doesn’t function with such delightful subtlety. That’s not to say that Mars is ineffective in the sign of the archer. It’s just a little more reckless in the way in which it operates. It loses the finesse it exhibits in Scorpio.

What I see occurring while Mars starts to slow down in Sagittarius, preparing for its midsummer retrograde, is aggravation. Things that haven’t annoyed people that much are really going to start to get to them, like garbage building up until it begins to overtake its container. Mars is a fiery planet and Sagittarius is a fire sign. I see the trash continuing to collect until it becomes a nuisance, eventually bursting into flames when some jerk carelessly discards a lit cigarette nearby — hence the photo I have chosen to illustrate this post.

So, what does this mean for you? It means that you should stay out of the dumpster if you can. Avoid volatile situations and don’t try to fight fire with fire. Cultivate the Saturnian side of your personality if you have one. Saturn in Capricorn can be like a wet blanket, but a wet blanket might come in handy for many of us over the next seven weeks. It’s the next best thing when you can’t find a fire extinguisher.

If you can, take a step back from people who need to engage while all of this is going on. Mind your own business and deal with your own garbage before it becomes unmanageable. Otherwise, you’re just going to dragged into a dumpster fire with the rest of the trash. Is that really how you want to spend the next few weeks?

I didn’t think so.

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