I was just reading the interpretation for Mars’ upcoming ingress into my eleventh house on “Café Astrology,” and it doesn’t exactly have me doing jumping jacks to celebrate. It describes the six-week transit as follows:
“Group activities and cooperative efforts are the best way to achieve your goals right now. In fact, you have all sorts of ideas about what you want to do. Avoid allowing the ego to attempt to dominate others. You prefer to lead a group rather than follow during this period, and there are certainly ways to do so without stepping on others’ toes. As well, the best way to achieve your goals during this period is to work as a team, or to at least to do some networking. You may have more energy than usual to want to organize projects. Your humanitarian impulse may be stimulated. The role you play for other people in your life becomes the focus. You may feel that your schedule gets overloaded at this time with things to do (usually for others).”
That all sounds pretty good until the last line. I’m already feeling as if my schedule at work is overloaded, and my management team just isn’t working fast enough to ensure that we are adequately staffed. On the bright side, I can see that I’m stepping into a leadership role without even being asked to take on more responsibilities. I do work for charity, so I also understand how my “humanitarian impulse may be stimulated.” Still, I really need to ensure that no one is taking advantage of my goodwill. Even though Mars is in my eleventh house at the moment, I’ve still got the sun and Mercury in my ambitious tenth house. I need to look out after number one.
Alternatively, I do volunteer for the same charity by leading fitness classes (something I’ve been doing for more than thirty years). I’m looking forward to seeing the attendance for those classes return to the numbers I was getting before the pandemic; slowly but surely my participants are coming back to the gym. I’m at my best in front of a crowd, especially when I’m wearing a pair of spandex shorts. I know, right?
Anyway, I believe that this all going to work out for the best. I do well when the swift-moving planets aren’t all traveling together in a pack, ganging up on me from a single house. With Venus and Mars ahead of the sun, and Mercury playing catch-up at the moment, I’m confident that I’m going to be able to strike a balance between my desire to get along with everyone and my need to be rewarded for my efforts. Or at least I’m going to tell myself that until Mars moves onwards . . .