Candle (source: Medium)

Mars makes its much-anticipated move into my fifth house later this week. I’m eager to have another planet move out of my fourth house after half the galaxy crowded into that part of my chart for what seemed like an eternity.

“Café Astrology” offers a textbook interpretation of the transit that includes an old adage that resonates with me. That passage reads as follows:

“This is a very self-expressive time when you have lots of energy, but not necessarily self-discipline to match. You have more energy at your disposal to express yourself creatively, through activities with children, romantic activities, hobbies, or sports. Your love life may step up a notch, and this could be an especially passionate time. You tend to put more energy into play and pleasure! Be careful not to burn the candle at both ends. Also, watch out for a tendency to want to gamble. You are more playful than usual, and especially magnetic.”

For years, I did a million things at once. I had a few jobs, including my volunteer positions, and I still managed to have a terrific work/life balance. Then things started to change about five or six years ago. My employment status became rather tenuous at times. For that reason, I actually began to shed duties and focus on specific endeavors. That was fine because I still had the energy to do a lot of things at once. Then the pandemic hit.

Since then, I’ve had neither the focus nor the energy to “burn the candle at both ends.” Some people might think that is a good thing, but I honestly don’t mind doing a lot because I have a talent for achieving a work/life balance and I don’t really get “burnt out.” But with the COVID lockdowns making me feel like a prisoner in my own home, I didn’t need all the planets ganging up on me simultaneously in the dimmest part of my chart.

With Mars moving into my fifth house, that means that only Saturn and Pluto remain in my fourth house. Saturn doesn’t move onward until next March, but I can already feel an upswing in my energy and a change of focus. I no longer feel trapped inside my house, nor do I feel trapped inside my head. I’m eager to get out and about. I’m looking forward to burning the candle at both ends because I know that it only makes me shine brighter.

I can’t wait for this shift in my horoscope. My time has finally come!

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