Action planet Mars enters Gemini on May 11th, triggering a rush of choices and different paths to follow. This is a typically busy transit, but Mars’ opposition to Saturn Rx in Sagittarius (from May 11th to 15th) will immediately put up blocks or frustrations. One issue will demand focus, and it may be quite frustrating to experience the contrast of enforced delays versus Mars in Gemini’s accelerated pace.
Whether your actions are flat out denied, or you’re called upon to work harder and break through a barrier, know that restricted energy is even more powerful once released. After the opposition peaks, there may be a surge forward; make sure you’re going in the right direction. Mars will be in Gemini until June 24th, and while it may be easier to make progress, remember that Mercury will station retrograde in Gemini on May 18th (I’ll discuss this in next week's horoscopes).
Mars enters your communication sector, accelerating the pace of emails, phone calls, discussions, introductions and ideas. You’ll be feeling the urge to say it now, whether you’re launching something or reacting to something. But the opposition to Saturn Rx (in your sector of opportunities) will put you on notice that your words will need to be aligned with your actions. Before you can go any further, you’ll have to prove yourself. Challenges around legal issues/documentation may come up.
After the opposition passes, you should see your choices multiple rather quickly. This will be in response to how effectively you focused your initiatives during the opposition. If you find yourself waiting for an answer, you’ll probably get it (plus several more).
- Restrictions: travel plans, legal issues, education, publishing, mentoring
- Focused actions needed: getting your message out, discussions with siblings, launching ideas
Mars enters your sector of personal resources, boosting your ambition to source out new areas of income, get a raise, raise your rates or your personal values. The opposition to Saturn Rx (in your sector of shared resources) could see you challenged by an ongoing issue involving debts, money that you share, or an intimacy matter. You may end up pushing for something that’s not going to happen, or you may encounter financial restrictions that compel you to slow down. This aspect can also see you working harder to get what you want, or you may discover that you’re not willing to pay the cost. Either way, this transit is a call to hone in on your personal values.
While financial issues won’t vanish, you should encounter some relief after the opposition. Even if you had to tighten your belt (or didn’t get the financial increase you were hoping for) you’ll find there will be other avenues available (your emotional/financial security will not be dependent on one source). Regarding intimacy or finances, if something is meant to be in your life, your efforts during the opposition may have helped you break through a barrier.
- Restrictions: debts, taxes, loans, your partner's finances, physical/emotional intimacy
- Focused actions needed: earned money, self-esteem, security
Mars into your sign can motivate you to start something new, or get you moving after a period of low energy. But the opposition to Saturn Rx (in your relationship sector) can see you bump up against continuing partnership issues (commitments, future plans, loneliness). This will be your reality check. Are your actions in line with your partner’s? Is this partnership working for you? Might your partner have some wisdom to offer? If there’s no relationship, the opposition can be a reminder to check your efforts against external perception.
After the opposition, you should feel a sense of release. All your problems won’t be solved, but you’ll feel like sprinting out of the gate. Use the opposition to focus your efforts appropriately, so you can use your power most effectively.
- Restrictions: partnerships, the rules of others, responses to your efforts
- Focused actions needed: personal initiatives, physical appearance, health, energy level, public image
Mars into your sector of secrets can stir up odd dreams, secret desires or background initiatives that you’re not ready to go public with. This can also be a time of withdrawal, when you find it necessary to put yourself on hold. The opposition to Saturn Rx (in your sector of routine) will make it abundantly clear where you need to pull back or rest. A health or work issue could be more demanding. Alternatively, you could find a secret goal is derailed by external obligations.
Once the opposition passes, you should find it easier to relax, stop worrying or heal (you might have a breakthrough with a health issue). Work/obligations won’t disappear,but they should feel less demanding. Use this energy to develop what’s precious to you (it may be something that no one else can see at the moment).
- Restrictions: co-worker relationships, health, service to others, daily routine
- Focused actions needed: alone time, healing, discerning the practicality of a new goal
Mars into your social sector can increase your options involving friends/groups, or get you fired up about a cause or ideal. This can be a very active time, but the opposition to Saturn Rx (in your sector of self-expression) will need to be dealt with, first. Saturn’s been urging you to get serious about a creative goal/desire for recognition/new romance, while also urging you to face the reality of what’s achievable. The opposition to Mars can make you feel cornered, denied, ignored, or it could amplify your determination to grab the spotlight.
After the opposition passes, you’ll know exactly who’s on your side, and who’s not interested. If something/someone doesn’t pan out, know that Mars will be triggering multiple chances for you to connect with new people. Keep networking.
- Restrictions: creative projects, new romance, children/pregnancy, applause/performance
- Focused actions needed: public efforts, group activities, promoting yourself
Mars into your career sector can fire up your ambition, or give your professional image some extra fuel. There can be more to work with, or more avenues to promote yourself, but the opposition to Saturn Rx (in your domestic sector) will make certain actions inappropriate, or demand extra effort/commitment. Too, you could find yourself realigning your professional and personal priorities. How much effort is too much?
This opposition can present a professional hurdle that, once overcome, will give you added confidence and drive. Use the lessons of focus to zero in on a job, issue with management or portion of your professional image, and move onwards and upwards.
- Restrictions: domestic responsibilities, relocation, personal versus professional focus, aligning past with future
- Focused actions needed: professional image, job search, dealings with management, authority at work, status
Mars in your opportunity sector can push you to explore the unknown, step outside your comfort zone, or learn something new. The opposition to Saturn Rx (in your communication sector) can trigger some delays involving legal documents, visas, red tape or waiting on an official answer. Alternatively, you may find that your attention is strongly focused on one area in a sea of options, or your passion for a crusade/ideal is enhanced, even as you’re confronted with limitations. The enforced focus can actually be helpful if you’re exploring something new, with no idea where to start.
Once the opposition peaks, you should have more freedom, even if a certain avenue has been blocked. There are plenty of other people/opportunities to connect with, so don’t hesitate to keep pushing forward.
- Restrictions: official answers, communications, legal documents, issues with siblings
- Focused actions needed: long distance travel, legal issues, education, publishing, exploration
Mars in your sector of shared resources can push you to confront financial or intimacy issues. It may be time to deal with money owed, joint finances, or the most sensitive areas of your relationship. The opposition to Saturn Rx (in your sector of personal resources) can hi-light a debt, lack of funds, or area where you feel ignored/denied. Don’t avoid these trouble spots; now is the time to address them. However, be aware that it will be up to you to identify and meet your needs. This opposition can also clearly point out an area where your partner cannot/will not give you what you want.
After the opposition, you should find more financial breathing room, or more initiative to move things forward with a partner. Mars can fire up your love life, but it can also stir up tension and power plays. Aim to stay light on your feet and be open to whatever develops.
- Restrictions: earned money, self-esteem, emotional security
- Focused actions needed: debts, taxes, loans, your partner's finances, physical/emotional intimacy, getting what you need from someone
Mars into your relationship sector can push you to get out and circulate. You may find yourself being more social, with more partnership options (if you’re looking) but watch for an undertone of competitiveness. Mars opposing Saturn Rx (in your sign) will make it clear what social situations/new romantic prospects or existing partnership issues require extra work (or need to be dropped entirely). There are some places you’re simply not meant to go.
Things should feel lighter after the opposition. Even if you encountered a “No” or discouraging development, know that Mars will keep bringing new people into your life. Your best approach is to stay open to all new contacts, and be ready for some people to come and go rather quickly. If you find yourself locked in a tug of war, remind yourself that healthy competition is good, but none of this has to become a life or death struggle.
- Restrictions: personal responsibilities, increased authority, public image, personal goals
- Focused actions needed: all one on one contacts, partnerships
Mars into your sector of daily routine can trigger an upswing in energy and work. Little things that need to be attended to can multiply quickly, leaving you feeling scattered. The opposition to Saturn Rx (in your hidden sector) can help you prioritize, as one issue causes the most frustration, or slows you down. Whether it’s health, work or your attempts to help someone, this area is likely to claim your attention until the opposition passes. Note that the root cause may be a background issue that’s been simmering for some time. Extra effort will be called for, but be wary about pushing yourself (or another) too hard. Use caution when exerting yourself physically during the opposition; Saturn will only allow you to go so far, and injury/exhaustion is a clear sign to stop.
Once the opposition passes, it should be easier for you to get things accomplished, although the pace of work may continue to increase. Prioritizing and classification will be essential to ensure that your efforts are having the most effective impact.
- Restrictions: hidden issues, background shift in lifestyle, releasing/saying goodbye
- Focused actions needed: work tasks, health/exercise/diet, co-worker relationships, obligations, daily routines
Mars into your sector of self-expression can give you a boost of positive energy. You’ll be ready to get out and circulate, show off, flirt or promote your creative ideas, and you’ll have a competitive edge while doing so. But the opposition to Saturn Rx (in your social sector) will point out one area where you’ll have to work harder, or where your efforts may not be welcome at all. Know that you can’t force something that’s not meant to be, but you can use these events as a trigger to pour your focus into something else. One caution; this opposition is not supportive of taking emotional or physical risks. Consequences will be immediate.
After the opposition peaks, use the tension to propel yourself forward and accomplish more or impress someone. This energy promises more fish in the sea, and multiple social contacts/creative avenues. Excellent for performance, advertising, creative writing.
- Restrictions: friends, groups, your place in the collective, group activities, public image
- Focused actions needed: new romance, creative projects, putting yourself out there, competition
Mars into your domestic sector can increase the pace of activity with home renovations/relocation or family matters. There could be multiple family events or domestic chores to attend to, and the opposition to Saturn Rx (in your career sector) will pinpoint one area/family member that calls for concentrated effort. Discussions may reach an impasse, or efforts to move forward may be temporarily blocked. Too, work responsibilities can claim the bulk of your attention during this opposition, creating stress and exhaustion.
Once Mars moves out from underneath Saturn, you should discover a solution, or at least an alternate route. Know that Mars can stir up family discord and trigger minor breakdowns around the home, so remind yourself that a lighter approach will serve you well. On the other hand, this energy is excellent for powering you through all domestic tasks.
- Restrictions: career, professional status, external rules, authorities
- Focused actions needed: family issues, home business, domestic repairs, relocation