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Madonna (source: YouTube)

When I was eighteen, I worked in a cafe where I played a cassette of Madonna’s debut album over and over again. Of course, I liked the album in general, but I loved the track “Burning Up” the most of all. More than thirty years later, I can still appreciate just how fresh it was at the time.

Anyway, I was thinking of the song today because I was burning up last night. Mars is currently squaring my natal sun from the twelfth house, disrupting my sleep (I published a post about that about a week ago). I went to bed figuratively hot because of something that happened at work yesterday, and I woke up literally hot a few times because of the stress. I have a new bedside clock that in addition to the time also tells me the ambient temperature of the room, and it was a chilly 15°C. Nevertheless, I was sweating like a whore in church, as the saying goes.

The traditional interpretation for Mars square the natal sun is essentially “Don’t let anyone get under your skin.” I wish that I could have taken that advice because I feel like I’ve been through the wringer after waking up a few times drenched in sweat. I only have a couple more days of this to get through, and I can’t wait for it to be over.

But as soon as Mars begins to move out of orb from its square to my sun, it moves into a conjunction with my ascendant. I don’t know if that will allow me to get a more restful sleep, or if it will simply energize me so that I won’t care if I was tossing and turning all night long. “Cafe Astrology” offers this interpretation of the transit:

“You have just emerged from a period in which you were less forthright or in which you were considering new plans but not quite ready to take action. Now, you are ready to go forward, push personal plans, or go after what you want. You are more direct, courageous, and initiating. If you are too hasty, this can be a time of a minor accident or some other slip-up. You are fired up, energetic, and in need of physical or competitive outlets.”

So, instead of burning up, I’m going to be fired up? I guess I’ll take it. I did wake up feeling as if I need to stand my ground regarding yesterday’s “episode” at work. I’ve been very civil and non-confrontational since Mars moved into the Libra sector of my twelfth house. Once Mars enters my first house, I suppose I’m going to have to drop the act and let everyone know how naturally bossy I am. If I had embraced my innate bossiness last night before I left work, I probably wouldn’t have gone to bed hot.

It’s my own fault, but it’s a lesson I’ve learned. I should be glad that I will to know what to expect when Mars returns to this part of my horoscope in two years.

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