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Anyone who has read my blog over the past couple of years has probably heard me complaining about how I don’t feel passionate for anything lately. I’m not depressed. I just can’t muster up a lot of enthusiasm for things I used to be enthusiastic about, like my writing career or other creative projects I’ve embraced in the past. Hopefully, that’s about to change. I’ve got some big shifts occurring in my horoscope over the next few months, most notably planetary ingresses into houses that rule over the fire signs.

First of all, Venus moves into my fifth house in a week from now. My fourth house is crowded again, so having any planet exit that part of my chart will be a welcome change. “Astrodienst” describes the transit as follows:

“This influence signifies an appropriate time for fun, entertainment, having a good time. Your self-discipline may be at an all-time low during this period, but everyone needs a break from time to time, so enjoy yourself. Just make sure not to overdo it.”

That shift is followed by Mars moving back into my ninth house in the middle of February. The planet was there for a while last autumn when I started my new job. It slipped back into my eighth house for a couple of months. I’ve been laying low as a result, trying to keep my mouth shut so that my words don’t come back to bite me in the ass sometime in the future. The eighth house is a place where we may be better off internalizing our anger rather than looking for a fight. I just hope that the rage I’ve internalized doesn’t make me blow my top once Mars moves back into my ninth house. That part of my chart is where I am likely to experience “unbridled energy.” I was reminded of where I should be focusing my pent-up anger when I looked back at another passage from regarding Mars’ transit through the ninth house:

“You will assert and defend the beliefs and ideas that you consider true and important wherever necessary. Obviously this is valuable if you have to influence other people and make an impression on them, but it can also be a danger if you try to beat people over the head with your opinions and ideas.”

The biggest move, however, happens a couple of weeks later when Saturn enters my fifth house for a long stay that will include my second Saturn return in a couple of years from now. “Café Astrology” provides an excellent interpretation of this transit that makes me feel hopeful about how the next few years of my life will play out:

“With Saturn moving through the house of creative power, you may feel limited initially by a lack of internal ‘spark’ or ‘spunk’. How you entertain yourself, how you have fun, and issues surrounding how you manage your ego are now coming up for ‘inspection’.

By the end of the transit of Saturn to the fifth house, ideally, you will have a stronger sense of purpose, and a re-worked ego. What makes you unique? How do you handle pride? What are your creative talents? Have you worked hard enough to feel good about ‘playing hard’? These are issues you will face during the course of this transit. By the time Saturn enters the sixth house, you should have a solid sense of what makes you different than others, and a rather concrete belief in your own creative talents.

Many people go through a period of re-evaluation of their talents — how they have perhaps wasted them to date, and how they can express themselves in a more practical, useful manner.”

If that wasn’t enough, Jupiter will be moving into my seventh house in March. While the seventh house corresponds to an air sign, perhaps that planetary ingress will feed some oxygen into the flames (not to mention the fact that Jupiter is currently moving through one of the fire signs).

I’m optimistic about all these changes that will be “heating up” my horoscope, and I’m encouraged even more by the idea that they will be happening just as the sun starts to brighten up the sky in this part of the world. Saturn’s ingress in particular has been a long time coming. After a long, dark winter, I’m eager for a change in the cosmic weather . . .

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