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OTTER SPACE ASTROLOGY — MARS IN GEMINI — MAY 31  — July 13, 2013

Hello again, dear Friends and Readers, let’s begin by remembering that Mars symbolizes action, physical energy, sports, fights, accidents, leadership, initiative and new projects.  Mars in Gemini could imply some duality, so to use an old pun J) , it’s pretty important with this transit to let the right hand know what the left hand is doing.  Good communication (again Gemini) and following through on plans will be essential for the next 6 weeks.  We’re going to have to compensate for the Mercury retro from June 26th through July 20th, too.

Mars in Gemini  is great for people who are natural multi-taskers.  Gemini energy gets bored with routine and Mars also seeks new challenges, new mountains to conquer.  Playing with the energies, here are some possibilities :  This could be a good period to seek new ways of doing old tasks.  This combination of Mars and Mercury energy is great for innovation and experimenting.  Large projects can be broken down into smaller components for positive results.  Surgeons, dentists, watch makers,  and people who need good manual dexterity should do well.

This could be a very active period for people working with printing, advertising, community relations, and public information campaigns.  On a more individual level, Gemini rules siblings, the neighborhood, local community activities, kindergarten through high school and technical education, magazines and newspapers, and communication in general.  Mars in Gemini would accent those areas. Transportation issues could be stressed by this transit — more on that later…

One potential problem that could happen in communication is that Mars adds impatience and excitement to Gemini.  Angry words?  Not listening patiently to people?  Getting enchanted with your own monologue instead of fostering  a true dialogue?  Seeking to get someone riled up and fighting mad just because you’re bored?  These would be things to be careful to avoid.

The actual transits look pretty OK, not A + but not horrible either.  I don’t like Mars square Neptune on June 7th and Mars inconjunct Saturn on the 8th which is the New Moon at 18 degrees Gemini.  I think people who work on the water need to be very careful.  Same thing with chemists and  people handling chemicals and oils.  When I had young children, I was an anxious, over-protective parent.  I had girls, so it was more culturally acceptable than if I’d had boys.  No skiing when Saturn was in Sag, etc. etc. Looking back, I don’t regret it.  As an astrologer, I wouldn’t  go, and/or let children go on boat trips or swim in the sea with these kinds of transits.  Swim lessons at the YMCA would be OK.  Check out the lifeguard, though, make sure his/her attention is focused where it should be — on the kids. Keep an eye on your basement, too, (Scorpio), in case there’s heavy rain.  The weather patterns are unsettled and unfortunately, this will continue.

Back-tracking just a bit, on the 6th, Mars is semi-sextile Venus, which is helpful for the arts and for romance.  Mars in Gemini is playful, they like little jokes and puns and also using old words in new ways.  Geminis often double their words  (“hello, hello”) and they’re especially fond of alliteration.  One time I was at dinner with a bunch of people and they were talking about some ex-hippies who lived on a farm and one Gemini  guy said, “Oh, you mean the Patchouli People…” and we all burst out laughing because it was the perfect description…

You should also allow some orb for Mars transits.  I usually 3 days on either side, making for about a week, but you also have to check out the energy.  Some Mars transits are more intense than others.

For example, exact on June 15th, the Moon in Virgo squares Mars AND Mars inconjuncts Pluto.  These transits are more minor so you could allow less orb.  However, with the Moon in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn, AND the inconjuncts tend  to come out in the workplace anyway — OK, you guys, do you see where this is heading?  We have the Moon in the sign of employment and Pluto in the sign of career.  It may be minor but it could certainly be glitchy at work for a few days and the reverberations could come back to haunt you if you indulge in gossip, rumor, and innuendo.  Probably someone at work is in a big frumpy mood.  Just stay cool, try to be nice, and stay out of their way…

Exact on June 17th, Mars sextiles Uranus and trine the Moon.  This should be quite good for sports, outdoor adventures, trying new activities.  You also get your adrenalin going by watching a scary movie, if that is your preference.  Occupational therapists could be quite inventive with this transit, figuring out new ways to help people cope with daily life. People who work in emergencies will really be in tune with themselves and the other team members (hospitals, dispatch, military, law enforcement, etc.)  Courage and heroism will be in the news around this time.

Exact on June 22nd, Moon in Sag opposes Mars in Gemini.  These two signs rule travel.  We’ve already seen when Mercury went through Gemini, all it took was a difficult transit and there were accidents — bridges, railroads, all kinds of stuff, not even counting all the tornados and storms.  It’s been really  terrible.  There’s a lot of voltage when Moon and Mars combine, no matter what the aspect or angle.  So I would venture a guess that there will be more storms close to this date and people need to be careful as the Full Moon is the very next day !!!  The day before, the day of, and the day after — the times to be very careful with Full Moons because you can never tell when it will hit.  I’ve been doing research along those lines and this one looks like it’s the day before.  Just be careful and protect yourself and your loved ones.  Not the time to go hang out at the mall, or make frivolous trips just because you’re bored.  Try having a house party instead, a potluck with sleeping bags :))  Sag rules adult beverages; people who party shouldn’t drive…

Exact on June 28th, Mars is inconjunct Saturn, Moon  is inconjunct Saturn and Mars is square the Moon.  This has a similar flavor to the 15th except with the Moon in Pisces and the culmination late on a Friday night, it’s not likely to be a problem at work so much as a problem at a pub or tavern or with some kind of social plans.  Like someone is putting pressure on you to do a certain thing, or go to a certain place, and you don’t really want to.  In a case like that, it might be better to just say no, or suggest other plans.  If you are a caregiver, this would be a time when you could really use a day off or some respite care.  When people aren’t feeling well, they get pretty whiney/fussy and there’s really no pleasing them.  You can be empathetic and still know your boundaries.

On July 1st, Mars is semi-sextile Mercury — mild but helpful and very good for a private conversation that stays private.  This transit is also helpful for tasks requiring good manual dexterity.  If you’re a writer, this could be great for mysteries, puzzles, identifying with your characters and getting inspiration on where the plot is heading, almost like they ARE talking to you !!  Don’t get freaked out; it’s just your guides helping you :))

Exact on July 6th, Moon is conjunct Mars in late Gemini.  There’s a lot of voltage in this conjunction…when I see this in a private client’s chart in their 4th house,  I usually warn them to slow down and avoid home accidents.  The vulnerable areas would be hands, arms, and shoulders.  In general, watch the driving and the transportation issues.  If you KNOW your  car needs repairs, you should get it done BEFORE Mercury goes retro 6-26.  On the other hand, if you’ve had your car in the shop and they haven’t solved the problem, you can try taking it in on the retrograde since it would be fixing and correcting something from the past.  Just put your concerns in writing and keep a copy, too, so there’s no misunderstandings.  I had that happen once…

In general, Moon on Mars means your emotions and your actions are aligned.  You can get a lot done though other people might find you a little pushy.  It’s a great time to sort and file paperwork.  You might find stuff that you thought you lost :))…

Just as an example of how transits work, I had a client with transiting Mars conjoining her Moon-Mars in the natal, in her 4th.  I went through the usual stuff, and we spoke about safety, new batteries in the smoke alarms, safety drills with the kids, home repairs, etc.  Well, her house and family were fine but she happened to make a short trip with the kids and stayed in a hotel in a different city.  And in the middle of the night, the hotel alarms went off and there was a fire and everyone had to evacuate.  They were safe but not much sleep.  Mars can be disruptive at times.  A little drama to get the adrenalin going …:))

More soon, Blessings, Jenae

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WISH UPON A STAR — MARS IN TAURUS — APRIL 20 — MAY 31, 2013

Good Morning, dear Friends and Readers,  I hope you are recovering from the events of the week.  Mars conjunct the Sun at 29 degrees Aries is never a walk in the park.  Just in the USA, we had fights, accidents, bombs, explosions, firefights — enough already!!!  There’s a reason they call Mars the Red planet.  Today let’s take a look at Mars in Taurus and some of the main transits Mars makes during this time frame.  Mars in Taurus can be more peaceful but when you look at the stubborn side of Taurus, the slow burn that can ignite into absolute, unthinking rage (think of the Bull blindly charging)  — all of us should remember what we learned this last  week and continue to be observant, vigilant, and cautious.  Full Moon in Scorpio/Taurus Sun this month is exact April 25, 2013.  For more on the Full Moons you can look at my FB page, Otter Space Astrology.  EVERY year, this particular Full Moon and its opposite in the Fall, Full Moon in Taurus/Scorpio Sun — these 2 seem to bring up domestic violence issues and crimes of passion.  Sometimes the trigger is arguments about money, since these 2 signs rule financial matters.  So take it easy for a few days and don’t push.  Go out and pull some weeds to let off steam, or shovel dirt.  I had a Scorpio friend years ago; he lived in the country.  He had Taurus rising, too.  After a rough day at work he’d go out and push dirt around with his bulldozer…made him feel better :)).   Of course, not all of us own bulldozers, but a shovel will do…

I like to allow about a week for major Mars transits, a few days before and after.  In general, Mars in Taurus is great for art — working with earth materials like dirt, clay, wood, rock.  Sculpture, adobe, pottery, landscaping, making or repairing furniture or musical instruments — all these are favored.  Geology is an earth science, so is farming, and Taurus rules trees so forestry comes into play at this time, too.  Wonderful for getting outside and either creating beauty or appreciating the beauties of nature.  A great time to work with young children and let them plant something easy, like radishes or beans.

Taurus rules auctions, yard sales, flea markets…you can use the Mars energy to make some extra money or find great purchases.  Just don’t get greedy.  Sometime Taurus can get TOO attached to their possessions and their emotions influence the price.  If your goal is to clear out stuff then make the prices attractive to others.  If you have collectors’ items, a yard sale is not the place to sell…find another venue like Ebay or an art auction.

On April 21, Mars is semi-square Jupiter.  Not the easiest day for travel, so work around that date.  It’s a minor transit, more annoying than dire.  Flexibility is not a Taurus quality, but that is what is needed this weekend.

On April 29th,the Moon  trines Mars from Capricorn.  That means that your emotions can flow well and in harmony with your physical energy.  A great day to get a lot done and feel satisfied with your accomplishments.

I want to advise caution when Mars opposes Saturn , exact on 4-30 and 5-1, depending on your time zone.  If you have a lot of planets in fixed signs, then be EXTRA cautious.  The urge to move forward (Mars) is at odds with the need to consolidate (Saturn).  This is a major transit and no doubt will manifest in world events.  The current mood of the stock market ( in the USA) feels unstable to me.  It’s also very manipulated.  Protect yourself from sudden drops.  Those of you who know your personal chart will have a better idea of where to be cautious since you will know which houses are involved.  I’ll use my own chart as an example.  For me it would be the 3rd and 9th houses.  So I will stay home, work in my garden, and avoid travel, and doublecheck anything related to communication or finances for accuracy.  Most likely I will use the energy for writing and studying, which would fit with the houses involved.   For those of you in a partnership based on absolute respect and good communication, whether business or personal, this is actually a good period for financial planning and discussions.  Oppositions CAN symbolize the gaining of awareness through partnerships.

By May 4th, there’s a more pleasant but minor transit as Mars semi-sextiles Uranus, which is a 30 degree aspect.  This one is pretty good for using your intuition and repairs — mechanical, electronic, fixing tools themselves.  You could be quite innovative today.

Continuing the above theme, Mars trines Pluto on May 5th.  Remember, you’re allowing some orb  so you’re not limited to this day only.  This is a “get results” transit.  Shrewd, practical, very focused.  Those of you in research, tracking people, finding missing objects, police work and forensics and investigations of all types should be having a great time — quite productive and satisfying.  Those of you at home could still find something that was missing, and it’s great  for cleaning out closets, etc.  For fun,  try a metal detector and/or go digging for rocks and gems.  To me, that’s great fun, but others would rather dig around in a thrift store and that’s good, too.  You’ll notice the underlying theme here — finding the hidden treasure — just apply it where it fits into YOUR life.

There is A LOT going on as we enter the 2nd week of May.  Mercury is conjunct Mars and sextile Chiron on the 7th and 8th and the New Moon is the 9th and 10th, depending on your time zone.  Additionally, on the 9th Moon in Taurus is conjunct Mars and Venus is at the 29th degree of Taurus.   I have noticed through the years that the day BEFORE a New Moon often feels like a Full Moon, with people and events being glitchy and out of control.  Mercury conjunct Mars can symbolize hot head people who shout rather than converse, so you may want to be at your most diplomatic this week.  A Mercury-Mars conjunction is good for coordinating your mind and your body — manual dexterity, sports, etc. so there could be some positives.  There’s less accident potential in Taurus than if it were in Aries.  The problem here would be with people who are fixed in their viewpoint, stubborn, resistant to change.  A “this is the way it’s always been done”  kind of mentality.  The energy of Mars in Taurus tends to be slow and steady.  The positive is that reliability; the negative is getting in a rut.  Taking all this into consideration, I would say that medical appoints look OK on the 7th and 8th.  A  surgeon or a dentist needs  good manual dexterity.  Taurus is also the sign the rules touch, so massage would be great.  By the 9th the energy changes and people want to be more self-indulgent.  DON’T eat the whole box of chocolates !! :))  And don’t blow your budget on shopping.  This New Moon is an eclipse at 19 degrees Taurus.  Eclipses affect us for about 6 months.  Be sure to check if you have any planets at 19 degrees and what aspect is being created in your chart by this transit.  Make a note of the events of these 2 days in your life and watch and see what happens  related to them in the months ahead.  The best way to play this New Moon is to be patient and kind with your loved ones.  The worst way would be selfishness.

Actually, I think these transits are very special if you’re an artist.  Great inspiration and Venus in the last degree might symbolize the culmination of a large project.  Musicians, too.

On May 19th, Mars is semi-sextile Jupiter.  Nice for a short trip.  You might even stay in your own town but be busy hitting all the hot spots.  A lot of socializing.

The 20th is big — Uranus squares Pluto AGAIN.  5 of these over several years and the influence is ever present.  I’m just giving you the day of the EXACT square.  Really, you have to figure on years for this one.  The Sun enters Gemini and the Moon trines Mars the same day.  Uranus – Pluto is large groups of people protesting against the corruption of the established order and wanting more freedom and more respect in their lives.  And also better economic opportunities.  A well-fed and prosperous people have no need for rebellion.  There’s just too many people hurting these days and they deserve a chance at a better life.  That makes them vulnerable to manipulation by people with a radical agenda.  You’d think these repressive governments would understand that and help people get jobs and education, but NO —-  they are dumb and selfish and they hurt their people instead of helping them.  This is the great tragedy of our times…that it doesn’t have to be this way.  Pray for peace…daily…

There’s another Full Moon building…on May 22nd, Mars is inconjunct the Moon in Libra early in the morning.  Probably means some grumpy people at work that want you to help them.  Don’t allow yourself to be guilt-tripped.  If you want to help sincerely, then do so.  On the 24th the Moon is opposite Mars and the Full Moon is exact on the 25th.  Gemini-Sag — lots of stuff going on with education and the end of the school year is in sight.  Lots of pressure on kids, and older students, too.  Remember to take your vitamins when you are studying for exams and finishing term papers J.    Parents — this is the time to feed your children well, no junk food, so they can concentrate better.  Small protein snacks are good — sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts, cheese and crackers, celery and peanut butter, etc.   If you smell peppermint oil when you study and then take it with you when you take a test, the peppermint increases memory 20% — very helpful.

The potential problems with this Full Moon show up more the next day with transit and transportation problems.  Drive carefully, be polite, and be prepared for detours and/or delays.  Sun square Jupiter, Moon inconjunct Mars from Sag, and Mars semi-square Uranus.  This last one could symbolize mechanical breakdowns.  Really, folks, if you can avoid travel the 26th, then do so.  Smart people see this coming and will get their car in for servicing earlier in the month on a better day, like the 4th or the 5th.

There’s a lot going on as this Mars in Taurus transit draws to a close.  Mercury is semi-sextile Mars at the 29th degrees of Gemini  and Taurus, respectively.  Mars enters Gemini and Mercury enters Cancer the same day, the 31st. Adaptability is coming with the planets changing signs, but just before that there could be a major confrontation.  I’m not sure if this is out in the world or that we as individuals need to side-step angry people ( Mars at 29 Taurus) or con artist people (Mercury at 29 Gemini).  My advice here would be don’t commit to anything long term unless you have ALL the facts.  I feel like there’s hidden elements to stories we are told.  Probably a good day to be skeptical.  If you are mediator or a labor contract negotiator, this is going to be a tough day because neither side wants to compromise.  There may still be a lot of pressure on students.  If there are young people in your life, be gently encouraging and help them keep perspective.  One poor test result is not the end of the world.  There are so many people in history that did not do well in formal education but went on to accomplish great things in life.

Well, that’s it for now…Stay safe, Jenae

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WISH UPON A STAR — MARS IN ARIES — MARCH 12 — APRIL 20, 2013

Hello dear Friends and Readers… Spring is here, the killdeers are back and I’m a little behind the curve with this post due to gardening season gearing up.  The Spring Equinox is March 20th — that’s the day the Sun enters Aries.  Do take note that Mars squares the Moon in Cancer early in the morning on the 20th.  Depending on your domestic situation, the energy builds to a conjunction between Mars and Uranus, EXACT on March 22nd but you need to allow some orb for this powerful transit, so from now through the 25th should work.  OK, I hear you guys — “What does this MEAN, Jenae?”  Let’s take things step by step…

Mars rules Aries and in its own sign, there’s an abundance of vitality, intiative, leadership.  Taken too far, Mars here would exhibit risky behavior, bossiness, someone who’s looking for a fight just to get their adrenaline going.  You need to look at the aspects from Mars in your NATAL chart.  Some people don’t handle Mars energy too well.  If you have a lot of challenging Mars aspects within your NATAL, then slow down, count to 10, and really think about what you’re doing and how best to accomplish your goals.  Why win the battle yet lose the war?  People with easier Mars aspects in their NATAL, like trines and sextiles, maybe a conjunction with Venus — these people will find they have lots of energy and a desire for more physical activity, plus leadership opportunities arise because they know how to motivate people rather than alienate them.

SO…look at your NATAL — where is transiting Mars in your chart?  If you have Aries rising, by all means use the energy to start a new fitness program, a new hobby, go after your personal goals to renew and recharge yourself.  If it’s in your 7th (Libra rising) for example, a partner may push you out of some misguided sense of enthusiasm; you may have to stand your ground and remind them to show more sensitivity to what other people want to do.  If Mars is currently transiting in your 4th or 5th,  you may be knocking down walls, cleaning house, building a patio or doing some kind of outdoor work on your home.  Kids  could be a bit  rambunctious, but they just need to run around and get outside after being cooped up in the winter.  If transiting Mars is in your 10th, then career matters require both initiative and careful relationships with bosses.  The  transiting conjunction of Mars and Uranus can symbolize sudden changes, even crises.

It’s important to remember that Uranus takes 7 years to go through a sign or a house.  Mars takes 2 years to transit around the wheel of the chart.  The first week of April 2011, the 4th week of March 2013, the 2nd week of March 2015, the 4th week of February 2017, and the middle of February 2019 (critical degree) — all these are transiting Mars conjunct Uranus.  Uranus is the planet of the unexpected.  Put these  2 together and explosive situations can arise with no warning.  The Challenger blew up in front of a generation of school children when these 2 planets conjoined ( though in another sign).  So let’s start by avoiding aviation, ruled by Uranus.  Book your flights for other, safer times.

One of my fellow bloggers felt that there could be a giant solar storm and this kind of event would affect electricity ( ruled by both Mercury and Uranus).  We ARE in a period of heightened solar activity, so keep an eye on the news about the SUN.  On a more mundane level, families could use Mars-Uranus to have safety drills with their children — fire drills, earthquake drills, etc.  Floods are less likely — these 2 planets are in Aries, which is a fire sign.  The accent would be more on explosions, fire, earthquakes, electrical malfunctions, civic emergencies…

Looking at the positive, this is such a great transit for emergency service providers — this is what they train for, are prepared for, heroes — all of them.  Firemen, ambulance crew, dispatch, etc. — be prepared to save lives — it’s going to be a very active cycle. No matter what your career — are YOU prepared?  On the news this am, 2 little boys helped a mother save her baby’s life because they knew CPR.  Each and every one of us should have First Aid and CPR knowledge.  Let’s go back to the example of Mars-Uranus in your 10th…what if your boss has a heart attack?  Would you know what to do?

The beauty of Mars in Aries is such a strong presence in emergencies and a good survivor instinct.  People with this position in their natal make great soldiers, doctors, nurses, firemen, etc.

I knew a woman who had 17 sheets of plywood fall on her at home ( broken ribs, etc.) when Mars was in her 4th.  One year when  transiting Mars conjoined my natal Uranus in Cancer, every male relative on my father’s side of the family was either ill or injured  within a week.  Believe me, I was kind of spooked and 2 years later when the same transit came around again, I held my breath — AND NOTHING HAPPENED :)…  That’s the thing with these 2 planets, you just never know…

OK, going back to the beginning, the reason we should pay attention to our domestic situation on the Equinox with the Moon in Cancer, is whatever is going on could escalate to a crisis during the following week.  If you’re taking care of an elder, keep a close eye on their safety.  Walkers, grab bars, eliminate hazards at home, etc. I’ll be reminding my Cancer daughter about my Aries granddaughter  tonight on the phone — safety at home and moderation in diet — this conjunction is 2 degrees from opposing her Moon.

Mars  squares Pluto on the Full Moon on the 27th — cardinal sign people are going to feel this the most.  Pretty much continues the theme of being careful,  deliberate, safety conscious as we go about our daily lives.  Relationships at home would continue to be a little tricky, lots of room for drama, but also for changes that bring solutions to long-term problems.

On the world level, more spontaneous and massive protests by people demanding more freedom from corrupt leaders.  A continuation of the long-term square between Uranus and Pluto….

I spoke with another astrologer about the cardinal transit, Uranus square Pluto, lasting for a few more years yet,  and she shared an interesting viewpoint.  Especially with Pluto in Capricorn, it’s time to let go of what we don’t need anymore.  It will weigh us down and we need to make room for the new stuff (Uranus).  Cleaning house can be done on the mental/emotional level as well as the physical dwelling…

Here’s a special one — the 2nd week of April Mars will conjoin Venus exact on the 6th and 7th and the New Moon on the 10th conjoins both Venus and Mars.  Love is in the air !!!  Allowing for orb, April 5th through the 13th should be lovely.  Remember, Readers, look at your chart and see where the late degrees of Aries fall — what house is activated.  This will give you clues as to what kind of love and what kind of creativity.

As far as Art, Aries is a fire sign so people working with pottery, metals, welding, ornamental iron, jewelry, wood-burning as a form of design, cloisonné, glass-blowing — all ARTS that involve the use of fire and heat are favored.  This is a great transit to take a workshop, lessons, try something new.  People already working in the arts should find inspiration and MAJOR creativity.  A great transit to submit work for jury and/or to enter contests or art shows.

As far as love,  already established relationships could find a new chapter is beginning.  Couples should try new activities together.  Outdoor time is as important as indoor activities, too.  The nature of Aries favors NEW relationships beginning at this time, so if you’re single, don’t be shy — it’s OK to take the initiative and say hello to someone new.  New meetings at outdoor gatherings would be favored, or at sports events, or simply at the park or the beach or the town plaza.  Don’t forget HOME AND GARDEN SHOWS either — a great place to see new ideas and products and maybe new people, too. The energy is changing from Aries to Taurus and this would also favor plant nurseries.  Anything that accents the beauty of the outdoors is highly favored at this time.  Personally, I don’t believe it works to go looking for a partner as  well as just living your life and doing what is fun and interesting to YOU.  The ideal is to meet someone who shares the same hobbies and interests as you.  The places I’ve mentioned are only the beginning of an astrological definition.  Sports events — maybe you go to play miniature golf, or sign up for tennis lessons, or join the local baseball league…so MANY possibilities here, please don’t let anything I write limit you.  It’s simply a wonderful time to do what you love the best…

SO…at least we end up on a happy note, TG.  Just remember I didn’t write the playbook, I only report the plays :)…  Blessings, Jenae

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