Bad Cop/Bad Cop (source:

When I decided on a title for this post, I punched the name into Google only to discover that there is a band with the same name. This is a photo of them. I don’t know who they’re trying to fool, but they can’t be that bad if they like guinea pigs. I love guinea pigs!

Anyway, Mars and Saturn are the “bad cops” of the zodiac, and tomorrow Mars conjoins my natal Saturn in Pisces. This is an aspect that only occurs every couple of years, unless Mars’ retrograde cycle gets in the way. Lucky for me, that’s not the case.

I’m not the first person to dismiss the idea of “benefics” and “malefics” in astrology: I believe the concept is outdated and impractical. Yet these are the two planets with the worst reputations, and when they meet, bad things can happen.

But is that always the case? I don’t think so. Cafe Astrology mitigates the conjunction by providing an alternative, “positive” scenario for the event:

“You may be particularly aware of, and frustrated by, slowness, blocks to your plans, conservativeness, limitations, and other realities right now. Positively, however, you might feel much enthusiasm for getting your life into order in some significant manner. Eliminating waste or excess may be the focus now, for which you can channel tremendous energy.”

Didn’t I just blog about the same thing yesterday? Didn’t I just announce to the world that my financial situation is getting better because I’m currently learning to reign in my excessive spending by shopping less? While that proclamation had more to do with the upcoming new moon on Friday, this Mars/Saturn conjunction obviously was on my mind, whether or not I recognized it on a conscious level.

As a Capricorn, I seem to candy coat a lot of what Saturn does because I understand how well I work when Saturn slows down the pace around me. I know that other people may not feel the same, but they probably look forward to Jupiter transits. The last time Jupiter transited my first house, I gained ten pounds by candy coating everything I put in my mouth for an entire year. Why would I want that to happen again? I’ll take Saturn’s pokey pace and disciplinarian influence any day, thanks.

So, I’m not going to get stressed out over this meeting of the bad cops. In fact, I’m going to welcome the opportunity to “channel tremendous energy” into cleaning up my act.

Bring on the limitations! Woo hoo!

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