Mercury has come now on the other side of his retrograde and his interior conjunction as described a few weeks ago. Although the week after Mercury moves direct is generally described as the “shadow” period, you might better think of it as Mercury’s toddler phase. I saw the title of a book about toddlers recently that intrigued me: “Toddlers are a**holes!” or something like that. I haven’t read the book, but I immediately got the concept. Toddlers are filled with all kinds of #IDGAF and it’s your job to train them to give a damn about things.
That’s Mercury this week: a lovable a**hole who gets into all kinds of trouble in order to re-learn the world and engage it with fresher eyes and passion. Mind how you treat this Mercury toddler, though. You don’t want him to feel too constrained in his explorations. Toddlers have to be fearless and clueless to be brazen enough to learn new things and get on in the world like the rest of us. At the same time, you don’t want things to get too much out of hand, especially with Mercury-ruled things like communication, travel and business.
For instance, I’m initially writing more posts on my iPhone these days than I have on my laptop. That’s very new for me because I haven’t had the patience to do anything like this by phone. But I’ve decided to cultivate my patience this way. However, I’ve also set limits on how long I will write and my home computer for now is still the final terminus, if only to make sure I don’t make my posts an editor’s nightmare. You may find other examples in your life this week.
Mars settling into Capricorn is the other big shift this week. Capricorn is traditionally designated as Mars’ exaltation place. Another way to think of an exalted Mars is that he gets more ‘tude: he knows he’s a bad ass and has the determination to get even better at it. This placement for Mars is usually described as ambitious, determined and highly capable. I think this is true for the most part. However, there’s another aspect of this placement that many astrologers don’t seem to describe–the wild side of it.
I’ve looked at many of the charts of people who have this placement for Mars, like Bjork, Goethe, Lady Gaga, Tim Leary, Bertolt Brecht, and Jeff Bezos, to name several, and one thing that I find consistent is that there is almost a savage dedication to their work or approach to life. This Mars does not want to be tamed or civilized to society’s expectations, and it does, in fact, want to use technology in creative and unusual ways.
If this sounds like it should be more fitting for Mars in Aquarius, I fully understand why you would have that expectation. However, this Mars is not as interested in working in the Aquarius idea of the collective as much. He wants to lead the collective by going off on his own toward the Capricorn mountain to tinker and develop what he wants to bring back. Mars in Capricorn must have the rarefied air of focus, solitude and a sense of abandon to immerse himself in a mountain of work. There is a sensual appreciation for losing oneself in what absorbs your focus, whether that’s a lustiness in work, working out or working someone over.
This week it’s time to let the wild wo/man out to tackle a meaty endeavor, but remember the work should have playful feel to it, even a wild feel to it. Once you’re off on your own and tackling something big, then you can contend more with that a**hole Mercury toddler. You’re allowing space for Mercury to know himself again and all things associated with communication, travel and business. The horoscopes below are written to help you figure out how to start using wild Mars in Capricorn (since that’s where he’ll be for the next month or so) and Mercury, the remarkable, prodigious a**hole toddler after his interior conjunction re-birth.
The wild wo/man of Mars in Capricorn takes you to the very peak of your work mountain, and you could have more “peak” performances at work if you’re willing to clear your calendar a little bit. Now is the time to have a mini-work retreat or to hole yourself in your office or a board room to discuss long-term planning and strategy. That wild ass toddler Mercury in your seventh house of relationship and partnership has a different message for you. Your partner may be clamoring for attention, but may not be direct enough for your taste. If you’re single, you may encounter a stranger whose motives won’t be clear to you, because she or he’s not looking for more than a little attention and recognition. You may, in turn, see yourself in this, and could benefit from taking a closer look at how you’re presenting yourself.
Mars in Capricorn climbs his mountain of understanding in the sector of your chart that deals with promoting understanding, forging international connections and contacts, and learning wide and far. I’m making it sound like either you’re about to become a diplomat or spend days in the library, neither of which perhaps sounds very comfortable or alluring to you. So the better way to embrace the wildness of Mars would be through whatever efforts teach you something or encourage more mental stimulation on your part. Your curiosity could be a lot more voracious than usual. This could lead to more experimentation in your work procedures, since Mercury’s toddler phase bears a similar message. If you feel the need to change something new with your computer or another form of technology, back up your existing work or be careful with changing existing settings, to ensure you don’t change more than you want.
The “wild” personage of Mars could appear as a person or situation that will cost you more than what appears on the surface. For instance, your attempt to be nice by chatting up a stranger turns into a three hour conversation that you didn’t see coming…and neither will your schedule. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but your resources, like time or money, could drain out in ways you didn’t expect. You’ll have to choose carefully how you experience this wildness–it comes at a cost. I know that sounds all ominous and bad, but some costs are worth the reward. If you just want to “chill” while Mars is in Capricorn, then you’re saying that you don’t care about the cost or the reward. Not choosing is not an option. Mercury the ingenious, a-hole toddler is working things out from your fifth house of pleasure and desire. He doesn’t understand not owning your desire or your pleasure. So go for what you truly want, knowing it has a tag & a reward attached to it.
As take-no-prisoner Mars sets up a month long campaign through your seventh house of relationships, partnerships and one-on-one connections, you may find that your patience for the mildly irritating to the hair-raising trifles of those in your orbit will only be as long as a tick’s weave. You don’t have to yield to craziness of the impatience nor develop saintly patience for other people’s annoyances. The best course of action is to listen to the message that you’re drawing from your lack of impatience and respond accordingly. The important part is accordingly. I have learned that one or two people have to be scared out of their crazy by raising your voice. Most often, however, you don’t have to yell. You need only be direct and clear. Way different. Mars is not about penting up your feelings, but taking action. So, do that. Meanwhile, Mercury the a-hole toddler is roly-pollying around your feel-good-at-home fourth house. It might be a good time to figure out how stuff you’ve bought recently (or not so recently) works.
Mercury the miraculous, a-hole toddler is now moving forward in your third house of communication, peer associations (like siblings), and short-term travel. I expect the foul-ups that you could have this week almost to have a low-brow art feel to them with high art or more productive possibilities if you re-work things. For instance, a silly conversation with a sibling could inspire a piece of dialogue for a play or a novel if you’re a writer. If you’re not interested in art, then you’ll see how an off encounter with neighbors or a short trip has possibilities for improving how you connect with people or your overall workflow, including improving your commute to and from work. Mars in your health and routine areas gives you the wherewithal to follow up on the possibilities you see.
A wayward, toddler Mercury doesn’t sound like he’s worthy enough to be your sign’s lord and master, but that’s why you have to stay sharp to guide things along. What you may see from others this week is that more people get notable marks for effort than competence. Recognizing effort is important, but it’s imperative that you also share insight for improvements as they occur to you. However, with wild man Mars in your fifth house of pleasure, you’re more interested in maintaining your own pleasurable groove, whether it’s for fun or work. You may not want to stop and “help” someone else, because you know that you’re about to make a job for yourself. Choose wisely, then. Your sign is learning the art of discernment, after all.
An a**hole toddler Mercury waddles and bangs around in your first house of first impressions, identity and bodily appearance this week. I’m sure that can’t sound too enticing or exciting for you, but it could be. You may be inclined more to speak from the hip this week, and that’s not a bad thing for you. Your sign is known for spending a lot of time on finding the right word or agonizing on how to make the best first impression. These things are important, but it’ll be refreshing for you (and others) to switch things up. Mars in Capricorn is likely helping with all of this while he’s down in your fourth house of roots and family. From down there, Mars is inspiring you to dig in your heels, both in how you make your home homier and how you can feel more at home with life in general. This could prompt you to lighten your social calendar this week, but the downtime will be well spent in shoring up your own confidence and sense of comfort.
With your sign’s planetary patron, Mars, in your third house of communication and relationships you have with the regular folks around you, you’ll find a big carafe of change brewing with how you connect with certain people. Most likely, you’ll become clearer on your expectations with them and how you can emerge as a leader or font of knowledge in their lives. However, Mercury the annoyingly curious toddler is moving direct in your reserved twelfth house, where you like to store your secrets away. This suggests that you could feel more anxious about changing your roles with these folks around you and would better desire to stay more in the background to feel more prepared. Everything can’t happen on your time, Scorpio, or with your planning or permission. You have a lot more in you to share than you realize. You can decide either to let more out or keep it pent up, fueling more your fears than your fortunes.
There’s a reason why a lot of Sagittarians are rich, and it’s not only because you’re adventurous and smart. It’s because when life necessitates that the biggest adventure is adding more structure and order to ensure MORE of your fun, then you’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that happens. Mars in Capricorn will likely inspire you to get wildly fixed on being wealthier, stabler and more responsible. Just don’t get too focused and think you have to be ruthless about how you allocate your resources, including your time and money. One of the biggest blessings of your sign is your grand belief in the bigness of life and possibilities. If you get too narrow about that, not only are you NOT cute, but you start to miss out on one of your biggest missions in life: to direct us toward greater adventures of mind, body and soul to enjoy life more. (Yeah, the whole reason why you started to embrace more structure and order in the first place.)
“Horny goat” as a phrase has to be all about y’all, although most of astrology seems to make you out into almost celibate, career ladder climbers without a sensitive scruple around you. And this horoscope isn’t about giving you license to f*ck with abandon, though passionate Mars in your sign could direct a lot of energy that way. (And you certainly wouldn’t wait to get license from a horoscope anyway.) There’s abandon to be had this week, but there’s also a focused sense of mission. A goat on a mission can have a winding path, though, and it can look totally capricious, like Buttermilk here and his mission to garner the affections of his pet parent even at the expense of his fellow goats. (But why only the black goat, though? More on that another time.) You have energy to burn and often part of fulfilling the mission is letting the passion burn in multiple places, including sizzling with somebody. By all means, stay attuned to your need to be the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T.), but don’t forget to let your “horniness” take you into unexpected places, whether that’s sexual or not.
Mars in Capricorn lands in the outer reaches of your “unconscious” twelfth house. I think his more than month-long sojourn in that house will help you evaluate your relationship to productivity and time. From the big picture, you may feel, in some form or fashion, as if you’re running out of time, like you’re getting old (no matter your age) or that time just ain’t your friend these days and isn’t generous enough. That’s how the spectre of Saturn, your sign’s patron (and the one for Capricorn as well), could appear. However, Mars has come to remind you that it’s establishing focus, setting priorities, and operating with concentrated bursts of energy over time that allows you to finish things. Break up bigger projects into smaller bits rather than getting overwhelmed by EVERYTHING you want to accomplish all at once. That’s the challenge of it. You might know this on the deep soul level, Aquarius, especially as toddler Mercury waddles through your ninth house of philosophical understanding now; but you’ll also have to embrace that in action this month.
I picture Mars assessing the rank and file of friends and group connections in your life as he moves through your social eleventh house over the next month. With Mercury the turbulent toddler crying loudly in the far background from another part of your chart, you could become acutely aware of how you’re that baby and some of these friends or group connections are no longer fulfilling your needs. Yet you are still fulfilling theirs. Yeah, that’s the part that will have to change. This doesn’t have to stay on a sour note, however. You can rectify the imbalance by bringing your needs more to the fore when you meet up with these friends or social groupings. Likewise, you could associate with new people who do a better job of taking care of your needs, leaving you more fulfilled, especially intellectually. You may also have a strong need to get more accomplished with more worker bees in your life. They don’t have to work for you, but they should be ready to work, especially if you have a service-based project more in mind.