Star Stuff: Mars in Scorpio

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Last week, Mars changed signs from relationship-oriented, balance-seeking Libra to passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will travel until March 5th.  Mars is the planet of action, energy, and motivation. With Mars in Scorpio, energy for everyone is more passionate and intense. Raw expression of sexual energy is magnified and there will be deep, instinctive urges to contend with. The physical as well as the psychic weather might be affected, storms are likely. There is tremendous energy for healing and personal regeneration.

While Mars in Libra strives to bring fairness to the world, Mars in Scorpio knows that life simply isn’t fair. Mars in Libra seeks the middle ground; Mars in Scorpio says “It’s black or white: Pick one!” It’s all about accepting challenges and making changes with concentrated energy and willpower.

We rely heavily on our gut feelings. We can see through others, could potentially exploit or (quietly but formidably) oppose them. We project cool equilibrium; below the surface may be another story — in general, we don’t want to show our hand…

We may be attracted to sexual taboos or fantasies in which the “other” surrenders their body and will completely — and our sex appeal could perhaps be strong enough to bring that about.

Mars in Scorpio has a provocative quality to it: We might test ourselves and others. We make all kinds of rules and goals, just for the personal satisfaction that comes from achieving or mastering them. Our survival instincts are stronger; we more easily embrace our own animal nature, without guilt.

All this is especially true if you have an Aries or Scorpio Sun- or Rising-sign. Scorpios will feel unusually energized, passionate and direct — and physically stronger. Aries will feel more intensely connected to others (and to life) for the next 5 weeks.

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