Tom Ford Lipstick (source: Tom Ford)

I Googled the word “discretion” while looking for an image to illustrate this post, and I discovered that there is a Tom Ford lipstick color called “Discretion.” If I wore lipstick, I’d consider that a sign from the heavens that I should buy it. Instead, I’ll just keep stalking all the fabulous, brightly-colored Tom Ford underwear on Mr. Porter until it goes on sale.

Anyway, the reason that I was thinking about the word “discretion” was that I realized that retrograde Uranus is getting awfully close to squaring my natal Mars again. My long-term forecast on “Astrodienst” describes the event as follows:

“Watch out for impulsive actions, rash decisions and other actions that may have sudden, unexpected consequences and undesirable results in the future. You may feel that your ego is at stake in some way and that you have to assert yourself now regardless of the risk of getting involved in an accident.

There may be considerable tension with others who seem to be in your way all the time. It may be difficult to avoid disputes and ‘blowing up’ at others. This influence challenges your sense of security and just how much you believe you can assert yourself. The more insecure you are, the more likely you are to do something rash as a way of saying to the world that you are a person to be reckoned with. Authority figures who limit your freedom of movement and self-expression are very likely targets for your rebellion, which may be through petty acts or through larger actions that could get you into difficulties. It is not that you are wrong in wanting to assert yourself, but that the ways you choose to do this are not very well considered or effective. Do what you must, but act with a little discretion.

Quite often the effects of this influence are more unconscious; that is, you will not be aware of the feeling described above. This can lead to unconscious eruptions of the energy that can be quite disruptive.

The only real answer to this influence is to try to achieve some security about who you are and what you are doing. Then you will not feel such a great need to break free and take rash and ill-considered actions. You may still feel obliged to do something that is a significant break from your normal routine, but it will not be so destructive.”

I have been a little touchy lately, but I haven’t done anything rash. When this aspect becomes exact on Christmas Eve, and then again in mid-March, maybe I will do something petty, but that is quite out-of-character for me. What’s more likely is that I will continue to harbor grudges. The warning against those “who seem to be in your way all the time” seems quite prescient to me at the moment because there are a few people in my universe that I would like to see much less often. While I do dream of telling them to fuck off, I typically just remove myself from their orbit when we’re in danger of colliding. I’m not an Aries, after all.

I am glad that I did take the time to investigate this rare alignment of planets in my chart. Perhaps I can figure out how to make a break from my routine that will allow me to deal with this aspect in a way that doesn’t result in “unexpected consequences and undesirable results.” The last thing I’m going to need in 2022 is to have less people on my side when the planets start to gang up in my fifth, sixth and seventh houses. I guess I can thank my lucky stars that exercising discretion has never been a problem for me.

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