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The Benefits of Integrating Astrological Insights in Your Business Strategy

Case for Astrology

Throughout history, astrology has been a useful tool for scientific methods, political strategy, business growth and the pursuit of fame. The earliest Popes used astrology either through other’s interpretations or their own.[1] Scientists such as Hippocrates[2], the Father of Medicine, believed astrology was invaluable to medicine, even teaching astrology to his medical students. He’s quoted as saying, “A physician without the knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”

Galileo Galilei was both an astronomer and astrologer, drafting horoscopes[3] for nobility and students and Johannes Kepler, the calculator of planetary motion, was also the official astrologer for the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II[4]. Carl Jung incorporated astrology with his psychological counselling work, calling it ‘synchronicity’ and is quoted as saying, “Your psyche is the breathing of the cosmos.”[5]

A famous astrologer, John Dee[6], counseled Queen Elizabeth I, Theodore Roosevelt hung his horoscope in the Oval Office, Franklin Delano Roosevelt quoted horoscopes and President Reagan used astrology when making decisions[7].

J.P. Morgan is the most recognized businessmen to use astrology, being quoted as saying, “Millionaires don’t use astrologers, billionaires do.” [8] Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress to a huge fortune and successful business woman in her own right, was a keen follower of astrology.[9] According to Fast Company, “astrology has officially infiltrated work culture.”[10]

The former U.S. Secretary of Treasury, Donald Reagan, once said “It’s common knowledge that a large percentage of Wall Street brokers use astrology.”[11]

Angelina Joile uses astrology daily and to make important decisions about movie roles and premiere dates. Cameron Diaz, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna, Princess Diana have been avid fans of following astrology for their life and career choices. Beyonce even has a song titled, “Signs”.[12]  

According to a 2018 Pew Research poll, about 29% of American adults now believe in astrology. Likewise, the poll found that women are more likely to believe in astrology (37%) than men are (20%).[13]

Astrology in Business

Astrology is important for business because it creates certainty and calm amidst chaos. Astrology helps business leaders with decision making, setting strategy, creating plans and scheduling. It helps inform teams of direction and next steps, as well as gives insight into team strengths, communication abilities and effective skill building methods.

Astrology supports timing and course of action for marketing events, sales promotions and outreach, product launches, travel, staffing, communication and investing or divesting. Astrology increases self-awareness and empathic relations for business owners and their staffs. It’s useful for branding, positioning and informs business modeling for success.

Across the organization, astrology is a useful tool, creating results on the top and bottom lines.

Results based on Astrology in Business

Kim Woods, MBA Business Strategist and Master Astrologer, uses astrology in her own business as well as all of her clients. She and her team of Intuitive Leaders have consulted with over 350 business leaders in either 1:1 customized solutions or in small group programs.

For her own business, everything is based on astrology, from decisions regarding high-level multi-year strategy to timing during the day for reaching out to a prospect or associate. She uses the Sun and its power to leverage each monthly zodiac sign for coordinating launch cycles for seasonal programs and relies on the Moon for timing of the business growth and optimization phases. Kim’s organizational planning is dependent on her personal astrology as well as the worldly annual forecast. Each of her leadership team also consults their astrology when front-facing with the marketplace. Big star events are scheduled and communicated to her company’s audience to take advantage of the star energies for expansion or deepening, depending on their particular influences.

Astrology is effective as Kim’s company has grown an average of 378% over a three-year period, even during the pandemic.

For her clients, Kim begins every engagement with a ‘Big Reveal’ into the business owner’s birth chart by walking into their stars the minute they’re born and opening them to their full potential. She assesses their foundational personality characteristics aligning these with their life mission, bravery, mastery and soul destiny signatures. She compiles themes based on their evolutionary DNA, success factors and satisfying love, money and relationship expressions.

The client’s personal star roadmap constructs the foundation of their work together, continuing to relate to their business models, success blueprints, marketing and sales energies. The work doesn’t end with business, but involves partner relationships and family dynamics in order to achieve the client’s goals for creating ease and satisfaction as well as growth and abundance.  Additionally, she reviews team, client, prospect, vendor and collaboration opportunities for her clients as well as advises on buying and selling personal or business properties.

For corporations, Kim uses the astrological ‘birth’ chart of the business itself to further inform about the most successful direction for the business.

Kim also relays timing based on transit analysis to give her clients notice of positive growth-oriented periods for outreach, negotiations, promotions and sales versus the right timing for streamlining, optimizing and divesting.

Aligning business opportunities with the stars is something unbelievably valuable, it’s almost priceless. Kim has seen her clients grow an average of 51% across the board during the pandemic, even with brick and mortar businesses. She’s experienced her clients double their revenues, or gain 30% revenues while lowering effort by 40%. She’s seen triple digit jumps month-over-month when her clients align themselves with their astrological signature, as well as the astrology going on in the world.

Check out Kim’s stepping stone Rich and Powerful Leaders Academy with Kim to see how your astrological insights can be leveraged in business so you can gain a competitive edge in the market!


[1] “Leaders Who Followed the Stars”, Orlando Sentinel, by Sam Hodges, May 17, 1988.

[2] Astronomy, Astrology, Medicine, by Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum, July 7, 2014.

[3] Galileo’s Horoscopes, Swerdlow, N.M., Journal for the History of Astronomy, Vol 35, Part 2, No. 119, p. 135 -141, 2004.

[4] “400-Year-Old Horoscope Shows Kepler’s Sideline”, New York Times by Associated Press, March 9, 1999.

[5] “Carl Jung and Astrology in Psychoanalysis”, Exploring Your Mind, February 8, 2018.

[6] “Painting of John Dee, Astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I”, by Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian Magazine, January 18, 2016.

[7] “White House Confirms Reagans Follow Astrology, Up to a Point”, New York Times, by Steven V. Roberts, May 4, 1988.

[8] “Can Planets Affect Your Portfolio?” Forbes, by Kenneth Rapozza, February 20, 2012.

[9] “The Surprising Ways Successful Business People and Presidents Used Astrology”, Numerologist, August 29, 2019.

[10] “From Tarot Readings to Gemini Memes…”, Fast Company by Pavithra Mohan, September 9, 2019.

[11] “Famous People and Their Astrologers who Guide Them”, St. James Chicago, December 15, 2017.

[12] 10 Celebs Who Believe in Astrology”, The Things by Anja Grcar, January 8, 2021.

[13] “‘New Age’ beliefs common among both religious and nonreligious Americans”, Pew Research Center, by Claire Gecewicz, October 1, 2018.

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How to use the Zodiac to your Advantage

The zodiac is for everyone. No matter race, religion, gender, age or geography. The stars are here for every human to use to their FULL and COMPLETE advantage.

How can you do that?

Astrology is tied to astronomy, so the first step is understanding that the stars and planets hanging beautifully in the sky have impact on you.

Then, here are a few simple tips:

Appreciate the limitations of horoscopes.

Here’s why astrology gets such a bad rap. There are horoscopes aplenty online – everything from daily to weekly to monthly and are based on your Sun sign. Most people know their Sun sign, so it’s easy for people to search and connect with their solar horoscope. However, these horoscopes are severely limited.  Yes, the Sun is central to your astrology, yet it’s still only 1 of 10 planets. Plus, there’s so much awesome information in your chart – house behaviors, planetary aspects, lunar nodes, your heart’s desires, soul mate imprint, life mission destiny and arc of intimacy to name only a few. It’s your complete cosmic blueprint. Completely ignoring it is unreliable. But, you can have fun with horoscopes. I’m not saying don’t read them. I’m just saying take them in complete awareness of their limitations.

Understand the cosmos

Knowing what’s happening in the cosmos every month is really helpful to navigating your best interests on a daily or weekly basis. This is the reason I spend hours analyzing and interpreting the monthly energies and lunar cycles every month. It’s important to know what’s going on generally with tips on what to do throughout the month. Other people do this too. Find your person – the one you like, the one who speaks to you – then sign up for their monthly messages. I offer a FREE monthly forecast to help you navigate each month’s energies. Here you can sign up for my monthly forecast to be delivered to your inbox each month.

Follow the Sun.

Here’s some fun for you. It doesn’t matter what your Sun sign is, you can lean into the solar energies every month. You just need to know the zodiac calendar and what it means. I’ve done it for you here:

Dates (ish)Sun SignMeaning
Mar 21 –
Apr 19
Aries – ♈

Aries likes to lead.

Be brave, bold and confident. Go on an adventure. Get physical. Start something new. Seek inspiration and act with enthusiasm. Get others to follow you.

Apr 20 –
May 20
Taurus – ♉

Taurus likes stability.

Take a deep breath and seek the silence of nature. Explore anything sensorial – taste, smell, touch, sight or sound. Play with animals. Find the ability to simply be.

May 21 –
Jun 20
Gemini – ♊

Gemini likes communicating.

Talk, travel, explore, learn – anything and everything. Open your mind to the wonders of the world. Read, teach, speak. Present. Debate. Solve problems, think critically. Do everything mental – literally.

Jun 21 –
Jul 22
Cancer – ♋

Cancer likes to experience emotions.

Sink into your intuition, Nurture yourself. Be affectionate, sensitive and caring. Heal yourself and your family. Go inward. Stay at home – feel safe and loved.

Jul 23 –
Aug 22
Leo – ♌

Leo likes to be in the spotlight.

Get cheery, have fun, be generous and inspire others. Be regal, kind-hearted and charming. Express yourself. Open your heart to joy. Trust and celebrate life. Delight in being alive.

Aug 23 –
Sep 22
Virgo – ♍

Virgo likes order and neatness.

Get to work. Assume your duties and responsibilities. Get organized and set a schedule for routine. Check in with your health. Analyze, research or gain a skill. Find your mentors. Be in service to the world.

Sep 23 –
Oct 22
Libra – ♎

Libra likes balance.

Collaborate, find your teammates and work together in harmony and justice. Seek balance. Discover calm through art and beauty. Make a commitment in relationship. Find your partners.

Oct 23 –
Nov 21
Scorpio – ♏

Scorpio likes to live a secret life.

Dive deeply into honest self-reflection. Pursue the mysteries of life. Confront uncomfortable topics. Tell the truth. Investigate the darker edge of your life and heal with penetrating intensity. Forgive and let go of the past.

Nov 22 –
Dec 21
Sagittarius – ♐

Sagittarius likes meaningful experience.

Socialize, communicate and explore new experience. Open your heart and mind to differing viewpoints. Travel to learn other cultures. Expand through higher learning. Broaden your philosophy of the meaning of life. Begin your quest.

Dec 22 –
Jan 19
Capricorn – ♑

Capricorn seeks Great Work.

Focus your will, assume responsibility and get to work. Go inward to know yourself to determine your true desires. Be discerning and achieve greatness. Make effort to discover your mastery.

Jan 20 –
Feb 18
Aquarius – ♒

Aquarius likes individuality.

Be original. Shake off conformity. Go your own way. Express your truth. Create your own rules and structures. Use technology. Invent. Reach for the future. Be a visionary, create and innovate.

Feb 19 –
Mar 20
Pisces – ♓

Pisces is one with the world.

Imagine. Dream. Intuit. Connection to the oneness of the Universe. Love universally. Find joy in the wonders of the world through your imagination and sensory perceptions. Be gentle with yourself.

Note: ‘Dates- ish’ as the dates may vary by a day or two. It depends on the year.

Have fun with this. I encourage you to lean into the strength of the solar energies each month to take the most advantage of the zodiac.

For example, get stuff done during the early part of January, have so much fun in early August and delve deeply into introspection in the later part of October. The zodiac signs are more supportive of these activities due to the Sun’s entry into them at these times.

Have fun – the stars are here for you!

As always, wishing you joy,

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Do You Want to Know the Star Story of Your Greatest Success?

The Star Story

This star story focuses on leadership, discipline and hard choices (Saturn), imagination, emotion and transcendence (Pisces) and health, food and work (Virgo) to prepare you for the morning of March 7th when Saturn enters Pisces within the hour of the Virgo Full Moon.

With these huge planetary forces, the influences come over days and weeks, so are being felt now. However, the exact dates are often momentous. Certainly, as there’s no turning back once the configuration is complete.

First, Saturn

Saturn’s ultimate quest is integrity.

Saturn is a tough teacher bringing you to your highest achievement and greatest works.

Saturn is the task master, traffic cop and illustrious engineer of structure and logic. He adores doing the right thing and is the captain of integrity. He moves slowly, grinding you down until you’ve become a sharpened tool for your own good. Dealing successfully with him, requires patience and virtuous intention while wrangling with him fuels frustration and often tears.

Believe me, it’s better to deal with Saturn than tangle with him. If you tangle with Saturn, he’ll win and you’ll lose, while working with him helps you both win.

Words associated with Saturn are: responsibility, authority, leadership, maturity, form, structure, tolerance, effort, role model, dignity, self-respect, integrity, tradition and stoic, aloof, cold.

Next, Pisces

Pisces quest is spirituality.

Pisces is the last of the zodiac signs and concludes the path through the other 11 signs. You come back into wholeness with Pisces. Your soul breathes, your heart sings and your body rests.

Pisces is the dissolution of structure, boundaries and order. Pisces is soft, expansive and ethereal, allowing you to melt into a hazy, dreamy state. You can get lost in the vagueness, lulling yourself into a wakeful sleep.  Think scrolling endlessly on social media, binging on Netflix or imbibing too much. Pisces says, “Everything’s fine. There’s nothing to do. Don’t worry about it.”

Saturn’s been on steroids since the end of 2017, so going with the flow after the last 6 years feels heavenly. Easing into the tender side of life softens the edges and the relief is intoxicating. Take respite while pursuing the intuitive, creative aspects of life.

Words associated with Pisces are: receptive, imaginative, empathetic, fluid, sensitive, psychic, gentle, soulful, artistic, and overwhelmed, deceptive, escapist.

Finally, the Full Moon

Virgo’s aim is to embody the highest potential.

Virgo is tidy, service-oriented and biddable. Virgo is aware of what’s going on in nearly every aspect of life. She sees how things are and knows how they should be. She strives to fill in those gaps to make everything perfect. Virgo loves to help others, while sometimes overlooking herself. She’s also a hard taskmaster. She pursues to the point of exhaustion, so cautions herself by making health a priority. Discernment is a super power of Virgo when she’s connected, otherwise she’s anxious and overcritical.  

Words associated with Virgo are: orderly, organized, detailed, humble, analytical, helpful, hard-working, skillful, healthy and nagging, critical, perfectionist.

The Combination

Saturn urges you to do the things you don’t want to do, so you finish your work before you relax, eat your vegetables and not just sugary treats. You roll up your sleeves and tackle your to-do list, instead of scrolling mindlessly on your phone for hours. Pisces is the opposite. Pisces beckons you to let it all go and be swept away with your idle musings.

The influence of Pisces on Saturn either heightens creativity, blends the sweetness of life with its success and gives you ease while pursuing your dreams. Or, this combination serves to deceive you to bask in false glory, join others on an elusive journey or follow those who persuade with lies and deception.

Virgo’s participation, while short-lived, flavors the energies at the outset. Work, health and service are involved in the Saturn-Pisces 2 ½ year odyssey.

Your Star Chart

What does all of this mean for you?

The stars in the sky interact with each other during their spins and cycles, yet they also interact with you through your natal or birth chart. Your birth chart is a picture of the stars the minute you were born, representing the life you long to live. Your birth stars depict your signatures of love, money and success and your expressions of bravery, mastery and destiny.

As Saturn enters Pisces, the effects are worldwide, affecting everyone on the planet. Yet everyone feels this star configuration differently, depending on where Pisces is on your chart.

Phrases associated with your Star Chart are: map of potential, what you might become, your chosen life, pathway to you, process for your growth. 

Steps for You

This is the purpose of this entire guide. First, you’ll want to get your natal or birth chart. If you don’t have one, you need your date, time and place of birth. The astro.com site will run your chart for free. Once you do, you’ll get a circle with a bunch of hieroglyphics. No worries, this article explains it all.

Step #1: Get Your Star Chart

Go to this astrology site and fill in your information. Here’s a screen shot of the entry page. Input your information and click continue.

Step #2: Select Transits

Once you input your information and click continue, you’ll have your natal chart. Click on the blue transits button to get the stars in the sky.

Step #3: Find Saturn & Your House Number

You’ll get a picture with green symbols outside of the circle. These are the stars in the sky called transits.

  1. On your star chart, look for the green Saturn, which is outside the circle. It should be near ♓ Pisces. Saturn doesn’t enter Pisces until March 7th, so depending upon when you’re reading this, the will be near Pisces.
  2. Once you find the , move into the center of the chart until you get a house number.
  3. Note the number.

In the example above, the house number is 5. Here’s another example below, where the house number is 9.

Saturn in the Houses

Look at your own chart. Note the house number. Once you have your house number, refer to the Saturn in Pisces table below. Find the number and read the description.

The planet is the energy, the sign is the flavoring and the house is the behavior or action in your life. The higher expression is goal to fulfill your highest potential and the lower one is what you sink into during times of stress.

I’ve interpreted everything for you. 😉

House

Saturn in Pisces

1

Higher expression: Your leadership style is called into question. Compassion, sensitivity and idealism are necessary to engage your team and followers. Your style is softer and more empathic. Your success depends on creativity and intuition for the next few years. Get real with what’s true for you. Being authentic is the key to getting what you want.   

Lower expression: You feel pressed upon by others and absorb the negative vibes around you. You lose yourself and fall prey to moodiness, displeasure, and perhaps victimhood. Stand in your own gifts and be certain of your life purpose. If you can’t do this on your own, hire someone as a guide or mentor.

2

Higher expression: The way you create resources is muted and your value is blurred. Focus on your heart to create confidence and connections based on your inner wisdom and less on outside influences. This is tricky as Pisces lures you into thinking everything is going great when it may not be. Pay attention to your instincts and let your internal compass guide you. This time can be empowering if you let it.

Lower expression: Limits to resources make you optimize your connections and rank your priorities. Be wary of too-good-to-be-true money schemes. Your ability to make money is hindered by doubt, confusion and a lack of motivation. Take actions steps toward doing something to bring money to you.

3

Higher expression: Saturn asks you to get really clear on how you communicate, teach and inspire others. Saturn wants you to develop a routine to connect to your higher self and use its guidance to find your true voice. Take a healing workshop and think about folding it into how you connect with others.  Now is the time to roll up your sleeves and present yourself to the world.  

Lower expression: Lack of focus, inattention to details and loss of scheduled appointments makes you scattered and frazzled. Your memory may be lacking too. This is frustrating and makes you impatient. Take more detailed notes, double-check your appointments and dot your I’s and cross your T’s.

4

Higher expression: You love your quiet time and want to stay close to home. Take advantage of being home by creating a home-based business or redesigning your spaces. Make your home a place where friends and family meet. Dive into your ancestry or family roots to find healing. Genealogy and family story becomes appealing.   

Lower expression: You become isolated from others by staying home and ignoring others outreach for socializing. Your isolation makes you doubt other’s motivations, so you further your disconnection. You sleep more, perhaps eat too much to self-soothe and spend the next few years feeling depleted and low.

5

Higher expression: Karmic healing is available to you for the next few years, so notice who comes into your life right now. Falling in love and having crushes take on a long-term and serious view. You also feel creative, playful and expressive, when you discipline yourself to stay in the imaginative mood and generate gorgeous creations.

Lower expression: You’re confused about what you’re looking for in your love affairs and are willing to accept less than you deserve.  Put your antennae up to avoid lovers, crushes and friends pushing you to put their needs and desires before your own. At the same time, stay open to widening your perceptions on how you express yourself.

6

Higher expression: Work, work, work. Take steps to create clarity in your work life to take right action toward achieving your life purpose. See the big picture and take strategic steps to reach your highest potential. Leadership pursues you, so step into it. If it involves mentorship, say YES. It looks good on you.  

Lower expression: Stress impacts your body more than usual, so take care of yourself by allowing time for relaxation and rejuvenation. Health issues may arise, seemingly out of nowhere. Get ahead of any looming issues by seeking healing. Develop a regular routine to keep yourself healthy. Also, disruptions to routines and schedules throw you off your rhythm. Be patient and go with the flow.

7

Higher expression: The next few years are an intensive in compassionate commitment. Take the high road without losing yourself. Maturity is called for as each of your relationships experiences opportunity for growth. Acceptance and allowance open your ability to foster connection.

Lower expression: Others seek you out to help them in inappropriate ways. They expect too much, pushing you to the edge. Uncertainty in your close relationships has you vying for control and mitigating the opportunity to soften the exchange with those closest to you.

8

Higher expression: Choose the ways you love to be intimate and relish the wealth you have in your life. Shoring up your closest bonds and treasuring your wealth is the priority for the next few years. Relating to finances, pay off your debts, save your money and research solid investments.  Your shared foundations can be strengthened. 

Lower expression: The mysteries require proof as practicality comes crashing down on the etheric, magical side of life. Intimacy halts, awaiting your approval to let that person get closer to you. Feeling separate and alone in your closest relationships creates isolation and depressive tendencies. Focus on sharing and caring, not on control.

9

Higher expression: Saturn pulls your desire for travel and adventurous explorations toward pilgrimages and spiritual quests.  To feed your soul, deepen your knowledge and philosophical view on life by taking classes, talking to others and opening your mind to new and different ways. Plan on going to summits, conferences and other educational trips that feed your intuitive expression.  

Lower expression: Ambiguity arises in regards to your pathway of discovery for what intrigues you. You question everything about your foundational perspectives and the meaning of life. Your quest is filled with confusion and doubt. Drop into your heart and make decisions based on your intuition and wisdom. Use Saturn’s discipline to be discerning.  

10

Higher expression: You’re stepping into the new way of leadership in a very big way. It’s time for intuitive wisdom to help you define your role in the world. This creates a solid foundation and ever-lasting impact on your success. Make plans, take steps and make the most of steady action. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. Mastering your inner knowing and demonstrating it to the world is your aim.

Lower expression: Your authenticity is tested as people may not see you for who you are. This difference between your integrity and others becomes glaring. Saturn pushes you to be true to your intuitive side, regardless of consequence or stature. The pressure to do something easier is high. Being true to yourself is everything. There is no lesser alternative. Gather your sense of self, your purpose and direction. Avoid straying off your true path.

11

Higher expression: Strategizing and planning for your future entails leveraging your strengths and gifts. Widen your perspective to appreciate your softer qualities. Colorful and eclectic people come into your life and you enjoy their presence. Connect authentically with people who share these interests. Enjoy the spiritual lift in your social circles.

Lower expression: Reality and fantasy become blurred when envisioning your future. Dreams take on a vague edge and pursuing them without discernment would be foolish. Taking time to plan your next steps is critical to achieving lasting success.

12

Higher expression: Spirituality is your new focus and becomes central in your life. Let the mysteries guide you to yourself and help others discover their connection to the unknown. Explore your intuitive gifts and look for your hidden strengths. Allow them to come to the fore.

Lower expression: The unfamiliar and the unknown is uncomfortable for you right now.  Saturn presses you to explain the realities of life, but Pisces wants you to dissolve into the spiritual side. The balance between the two is possible when you expand into possibility instead of an existential crisis.   

Saturn Returns

For those with natal Saturn in Pisces, you’re coming up to your Saturn return.

If it’s your first one (28 – 30 years old), then you’ll be required to embrace the holistic sense of what it means to be a role model in your life. You’re being looked on as a mature, responsible adult with tremendous compassion. Be compassionate to yourself too.

If it’s your 2nd one (58 – 60 years old), you’re being asked to become the wise elder. To be filled with the wonder and curiosity of life, while leading others to become more of themselves.

Refer to the house number to determine the particular actions Saturn requires of you. You’ve been living with these energies your entire life, so they are vastly familiar. The next few years adds a boost to the ability to achieve mastery.

Conclusion

Pisces’ dreaminess and tender expressions offset the hardness of Saturn for the next few years, creating a lift in your ability to achieve satisfying success. Pisces expands Saturn’s quest for owning your expertise.

Pisces softens the edges of Saturn’s single-mindedness. However, Pisces also creates delusion and confusion which can hold you back from any initiation to push toward your future.

It’s best not to do that.

In 2023, the window opens for the next decade. Losing the first few years puts you at a disadvantage if you succumb to the lure of Piscean illusions. Success is attached to the Saturn expression and he’s the toughest one to get moving, making this the year to take meaningful action.

Join me for a LIVE on YouTube on February 28th at 11:00 am ET. We’ll talk about making the most of this configuration.

Thank you for reading and sharing with friends.

As always, wishing you joy,

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Why You Absolutely Need to Know the Backlash When Raw Power Feels Trapped

What happens when raw power meets overwhelming mental stimulus and doesn’t let up for two full seasons? You’re about to find out as Mars enters Gemini on August 20th and camps out for 7 months, when he typically visits a sign for 6 weeks.

The reason for such a long stay?

Mars enters Gemini on August 20th as he travels from 0° to 25°, then he stations retrograde on October 30th until Jan 12, 2023 as he traverses back through 25 – 8° Gemini.  It then takes him until March 25th, 2023 to move from 8 – 30° when he enters the next sign of Cancer.  Phew, that’s a mouthful.

The mind already boggles.

Think of the havoc he’ll cause to everyone’s mental well-being when he marches relentlessly through everything ‘THE MIND’.

Let’s break it down:

  1. Mars
  2. Gemini
  3. Mars in Gemini when he’s moving forward (direct)
  4. Mars in Gemini when he’s ‘moving backward’ (retrograde)

1. Who is Mars?

When Mars is in forward motion, he’s the spark for life force. The Sun is actually the life-force, but Mars is the initiator of it. Mars asks you how do you most need to develop courage and right assertiveness? When do you choose between the role of hunter and role of prey?

Energies to access through Mars: He’s the jet pack to drive you through to the other side of everything – problem-solving, fitness routines, adventurous pursuits, leadership events and sales outreach. He’s a victor and a natural leader. He’s creativity in motion, passion acted upon and honesty without remorse. Key words:  divine spark, initiator, warrior, awakening, raw power, hunter, gatherer, adventurer, pure fire, creation, vital, motion, energy, force, momentum, brute strength, honesty, direct, decisive.

Energies to avoid with Mars: He’s petty, mean and driven to the point of obsession. He destroys as much as he creates and doesn’t apologize for anything or anyone in his way.  Key words: God of war, ancient name of The Knife, cutting, aggressive, competitive, impatient, greedy, violent, manipulative, deceptive, spiteful, evil.

2. Who is Gemini?

Gemini is the openness, duality and the polarity of life. Gemini is conversation, imagination and wonder. This sign is immediacy, youth and liveliness. Gemini makes quick connections and then forgets they’ve been made.

Energies to access through Gemini:  the mind, conditions of life, learning, teaching, speaking, observing, communicating, negotiating, changing, going with the flow, airy and light, quick-witted, social, extraverted, salesmanship, talkative, connector, charming.

Energies to avoid with Gemini: distracting, busyness for busyness sake, flighty, unable to commit, ungrounded, glib, disingenuous, incessantly chattering, vapid, gossipy, confusing, tattler, scandal spreader.

3. Mars Direct in Gemini

From August 20th – October 30th and January 13th – March 25th, 2023, Mars in Gemini stirs your mind with creative ideas, resolutions to sticky problems and connections with others. He puts so much energy into your mind, you think you’re invincible. Your mental prowess borders genius and your ability to influence, debate and negotiate is at an all-time high.

Mars in Gemini stimulates your normal mental routines, bringing them to a crescendo.  If you typically think positively, energetically engage with others and passionately embrace mental pursuits – you’ll have much more of this action into the end of October. If you typically engage in gossip, exaggeration and negative mind talk, mars in Gemini exponentially ramps up these activities to the maximum.

Overall, ideas become beliefs, persuasion becomes coercion and passion becomes obsession.

4. Mars Retrograde in Gemini  

When Mars stations retrograde, he appears to be going backward, pulling all of his energy behind him, leaving you stifled, bereft and lethargic. This feeling lasts for 10 weeks through November, December and into mid-January.

At the end of October, your head’s swimming with ideas, opinions and beliefs, so take your time to review, integrate and experiment. It’s an excellent time for study, research and deep insights. This isn’t the time for clarity. You won’t suddenly get an epiphany of brilliance for how things completely come together. Mars retrograde urges faith – particularly blind faith. So, you won’t know the outcome of your efforts over the 10-week period, but do it anyway.

Mars in retrograde also drops into your talents, taps into your intuition and deepens your passion for the mysteries. While pulling back, Mars wants you to take a break from pursuing, achieving and pushing. He wants you to walk along your pathway and develop your choices without judgment.

Bottom line: Use this time prudently as the alternative is to enter January asking yourself, “Where am I and what have I done?”

General Remedies

For everyone, regardless of your star chart, here are 3 things you can do with Mars in Gemini (direct and retrograde):

MIND – Edit and Edit again.

Every communication is fraught with too much – import, information and expectation. Relax and breathe while you plan what you’re going to say. Plan it out. Write it down, think about the effects of your message, then edit how and what you’re going to say.

Plan, then edit and edit again.

BODY – Get physical.

Move the energy from your mind and into your body. Work off the frustration, impatience and misunderstandings in the gym. Mars loves physicality – dance, walk, run, love.

Get moving.

SPIRIT – Be creative.

Put those creative ideas into the world. Take your time, roll up your sleeves and create a roadmap to construct your inspirations through action.

Doodle. Scribble. Design. Construct.

History of Mars Retrograde in Gemini:

Over the years, Mars has spent more than his allotted time transiting Gemini, specifically in 2008, 1990, 1975, 1958, 1943, 1929. Personally, do you see any patterns to these time periods?

They’ve typically coincided with extraordinary events; the 2009 financial crisis, the first Gulf War, earthquakes and tidal waves killing 660,000, China famine killing 30M, WWII and stock market crash that kicked off the Great Depression. Yet, these same time periods bring the first black US president, reunification of Germany, freeing of Nelson Mandala, end of the Vietnam War, start of Apple, first space shuttle, creation of NASA and completion of the Pentagon.

Mars spurs new ideas and innovations while causing tremendous pressure to both the Earth and her inhabitants.

This Mars retrograde period coincides with Mars moving beyond declination, or out of bounds, with the Sun from October 22nd through May 5, 2023, making him even more of himself. This turbo blast of martial energy creates extraordinary courage, physical strength, extremely violent tendencies and aggression.

The world is in for a huge and elongated jolt. Phrases to describe the next handful of months include inner courage, tests of character, physical stamina, technological snafus, charismatic influences, heated debates, powers of persuasion, deceptions, vitality, power grabs, solutions-oriented start-ups, escalating tensions, inventions, viral energies, traction on basic rights and escalation of weather events.

Other planetary influences:

Mercury Retrograde

Now, from a September perspective, Mercury stations retrograde on September 9th until October 2nd, so he’s adding to the challenge. The cacophony reaches a seemingly never-ending crescendo, so employing your well-worn tools for softening your thoughts helps tremendously. Move from distraction, confusion and linear thinking to imagination, observation and intuitive discovery.

Jupiter in Pisces & Aries

The fiery planet of Jupiter returns to Aries, after a brief respite in Pisces. Think water from October 28 – December 20 and then the return to heat and fire from December 20th to May 16th, 2023.

Neptune in Pisces Square Mars in Gemini

On November 19th, Mars & Neptune confront each other to bring you to your lowest energy point while wrangling with your highest fears. Best advice: No decisions. No progress. It’s time to lay low.

Mars in Gemini trine Saturn in Aquarius

On November 28th, Mars and Saturn support each other giving you relief from the angst to soothe your emotions, boost your energy and provide clarity and focus. Enjoy.

Venus in Sagittarius opposes Mars in Gemini

On December 1, Venus tugs on Mars urging you to get passionate, explore your desires and otherwise frolic and play. Think all things social, romantic and splurging. Get out your wallet if you dare!

Sun in Sagittarius opposes Mars in Gemini

On December 8th, as with every Mars retrograde, the Sun pulls on Mars to motivate, stir and provide drive and stamina to all of your endeavors. The two fiery planets spur competition and aggression.

What it Means for You

We’re hosting a free LIVE event to talk all things Mars Retrograde in Gemini on August 31st at 1:00 pm ET in our Free Power Up group. Either way, you’ll want your star chart. Join us here. (You can always catch the replay if you can’t make it live).

Star chart:

Steps to create your star chart:

  • Go to astro.com
  • Select free chart, calculations and data
  • Click on chart drawing, ascendant
  • Agree to privacy terms
  • Enter birth data – your date, time and place
  • Click continue and you’ll see your natal or birth chart
  • Go to upper right-hand side of the screen and select with transits
  • Run your chart with transits and you’ll see green planet symbols on the outside of your circle chart (these are the transiting planets)

Steps to Find Mars Rx:

  1. Look for the orange sign of Gemini ♊ in the bezel of the circle itself
  2. Find the green symbol for Mars ♂on the outside of the circle
  3. Look for the house number on the inside of the circle

Refer to the image below as an example for finding your house number. Print or screen shot your chart for easy reference.

If you still can’t find your house or want to double check, put your screen shot as a comment in the Power Up group post asking you for your house number. We’ll respond to your inquiry during the week of August 31st.

Mars Transiting the Houses

Mars in Gemini will be in one or more of your houses from August 20th, 2022 to March 25th, 2023. Refer to the information below to determine what it means for you.

House Meaning

When Mars in Gemini is here

(direct 8/20 – 10/30; retrograde 10/30 – 1/12/2023; direct again 1/12 – 3/25/2023)

1. House of Self-Image & Outlook

-> how you see yourself

This is the house of personal identity, self-image, physical appearance, body & awareness. It covers the way you operate, how others see you, and your general outlook on life.  

When Mars is direct here, you have the courage to take action and the skills to be victorious.  You want to begin, awaken and assert. Big ideas gain inspiration and collection of others rallying around these ideas. This is heady stuff.  Beware of being overly influential as this could be considered reckless when Mars moves into Cancer next year.

Direct Strategies: Align with your natural leadership style. Step up to the challenges of life. Lead your life with commitment and flair. Let the fiery energy give you courage to step into your purposeful pathway.

When Mars is retrograde here, the ideas swirl without fruition or connection. Pent up insights become challenging to navigate without momentum. Repression becomes stronger, making you feel wounded and trapped. Bursting at the seams without any relief. Cowardice is enticing as is victimhood and being swept up in petty disputes.

Retrograde Tips: Review whether your image fits you now. If so, bravely gather your tools and skills to awaken yourself and others onto your path. If not, dive into sound leadership training. Develop a healthy fitness routine for mind, body and spirit.

2. House of Money & Resources

-> how you gather things

This is the house of money & values, value systems, resources, connections, skills, competences, self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. This is the way you fill your material world with physical possessions.

When Mars is direct here, your attachment to possessions grows, you find new ways to fill your material world. The energy for achievement heightens. There’s the ability to take resources and succeed from a possessive perspective. Fears about losing what you’ve gained. That can also mean to the point of aggression and obsession.

Direct Strategies: Claim your birthright of abundance. Embrace your financial passion confidently and make strides to receive the value you’re worth. Feel the fear and do it anyway.

When Mars is retrograde here, your sources for money seem to dry up, your connections wither and your confidence takes a hit. Your mind runs amuck with all of those times money connections didn’t materialize, making you review all of those times you lost out on those opportunities not taken.

Retrograde Tips: Calm your mind by affirming your wins, your strengths and your talents. Remember hidden treasures through gratitude exercises. Discover the wherewithal to accept healthy risk.  Breathe into earthly energies. Do money rituals and exercises to get your thoughts out of your mind and into your heart.

3. House of Learning & Communication

-> how you condition your immediate world

This is the house of information, communication, concrete ideas, teaching, writing, and the practical mind. It’s also one of siblings, early environment, neighbors, and short trips.

When Mars is direct here, you border on brilliance. Your voice gains energy and you feel you must speak to be heard. Your messages must be out in the world, there’s no denying this happening. The push is tremendous. Bravery accompanies the push from Mars as does so many ideas and opportunities.

Direct Strategies: Use the momentum to develop your speaking skills and create your support structure for all things communication. Write, speak, present, teach. Say YES to outreach opportunities that feel aligned, especially if you’ve been planting the seeds for the last few months.

When Mars is retrograde here, hiding, being silenced or otherwise foregoing your right to speak up for yourself.  Beware of forceful communication and over-stirring of challenging ideas as influencers take advantage of their following with smarmy sales. They’re getting rocked as the constrictive energies feel foreign after the jetpack over the prior two months. For you, know this is part of the gathering and deepening cycle. Revel in it.

Retrograde Tips: Gather your ideas into cohesive categories and look for patterns and themes. Study. Read. Learn. Carve out time to dive into your writing. Don’t succumb to argument or sarcasm to hide your fears. Breathe and be true to your inner voice.

4. House of Home & Family

-> the basis of your world

This is the house of home, family, roots, bonded relationships, nurturing, instinctive behavior, family, and domestic life. It also represents security, connection to our past, and your ancestors.

When Mars is direct here, your desire for home, family and roots is heightened. Pursuing ancestral information, connection and healing is available. You discover your core values and relate them to those in your immediate circle. You may begin a home-based business, turn your hobbies into profits or make connections with others through self-care regimens. Too many opportunities present themselves, keeping you occupied and busy.

Direct Strategies: Dive into your inner resources to deepen your trust in your soul’s journey. Ask which opportunities support your soul growth, so as not to pursue profit for profit sake. This is short-lived and will ultimately ask the price of your soul. Develop your acumen for everything home central that’s nurturing and supportive. Discover new ways for nutritious cooking and organic gardening.  Create healthy self-love routines.

When Mars is retrograde here, repressed ill-will among family members threatens to heat above boiling. Anger, resentments and blame are the fodder for family dinner. Take care during the holidays. Much may be said that’s later regretted. Resentments simmer beneath the surface to remain unspoken and unresolved. Familial conflicts without end.

Retrograde Tips: Edit and edit again, especially during family dinners. Employ all of your tools to make it through the holiday season unscathed. Work on creating security and a sense of belonging by healing the past. Ancestral and soul DNA healing is a must to resolve the inner hurts and come out the other side.

5. House of Creativity, Pleasure & Romance

-> your creative world

This is the house of creativity, fun, pleasure and entertainment. It’s the one of self-expression, falling in love, affairs of the heart and romance. It also represents children.

When Mars is direct here, you feel competitive, wild and justified in your wildness. Every pleasure desires to be pursued without end. Your mind is on board with hedonistic tendencies. If you’ve been repressed, let loose and have fun. If you’ve been carefree, use your energy to create, begin and express your gratitude for savoring life’s pleasures.

Direct Strategies: Get authentic and real. Find ways to express joy. Discover your faith. Fall in love with life.  Boldly claim your creative expression.

When Mars is retrograde here, he can be wildly pleasurable to the point of infidel. He pressures risk taking and gambling. He tips your vulnerability to self-indulgence. Your mind falls prey to being hunted by aggressive rationale for woe-is-me. Karmic hurts remain unhealed. The wounding keeps coming.

Retrograde Tips: Use your natural athleticism to quiet your overactive mind. Get physical and sexy in healthy relationships. Dive deeply into your past history to figure your patterns for falling in love. Take a creative writing, art or theater class.

6. House of Service & Health

-> your functioning world

This is the house of duty, routines and responsibilities. It also covers health and service to others. It’s the house of mentors.

When Mars is direct here, you get energy for vigorous work, so roll up our sleeves and dive right in. Work seems to burst to unparalleled levels. Opportunities for connections abound. Competitive pressures awaken your desire to come out on top in your career. Healthy routines are within reach. Fitness is top of mind.

Direct Strategies: Avoid busyness for busyness sake. Develop a strategy for advancement. Seek trustworthy mentors and advisors, who have your best interests at heart. Ask for support and receive it. Reach for opportunities that promote your natural talents.

When Mars is retrograde here, self-critical thoughts, tedium of detail and servant-based work activities are plentiful as is mastery of your craft, development of your skills and improving healthy habits. Defensive postures on your well-deserved territory. Protecting others who are downtrodden and unable to serve themselves. Strategic pursuits are available and well-received.

Retrograde Tips: Be brave enough to stick to your pursuit of meaningful work. Serve in ways that support your purpose or calling. Dive deeply into what comprises your calling and the steps necessary to bring it about. Get real about fulfilling your potential for healthy work and work/life balance. Seek counseling and support to improve your health in mind, body and spirit.

7. House of Partnership & Marriage

-> your relational world

This is the house of intimate relationships, partnerships, and contracts. Soul mate energy.

When Mars is direct here, he pushes how you relate to your world and others who have a long-term place in it. Thoughts, communication and patterns arise creating instability and competitiveness. Selfish tendencies become full blown habits. Conflicts, difficulties and complicated scenarios require attention.

Direct Strategies: Formulate plans, develop tools and apply both to the relationships that are worthy of your time and attention. Work through issues honestly and with devoted commitment.

When Mars is retrograde here, he fuels fear of being ridiculed and being suppressed by others. Unhealthy relationships reveal themselves requiring decision of moving forward or severing ties. Codependence or unhealthy self-reliance is no longer tenable. Karmic patterns seem unending for this 10-week period. Guilt, shame and blame ignite the need for action. Complacency is not an option.

Retrograde Tips: Seek counseling or learn new ways of being in committed partnership. Interdependence is the goal. Define what it means for you and your long-term relationships. Reciprocity and appreciation bring harmony. You have the right to both.

8. House of Intimacy & Death

-> your bonded or shared world

Intimacy, sexuality, sex, transformation and crisis, letting go, death & endings, rebirth, healing or regeneration, occult, inheritance, shared resources, attachments, psychology, or partner’s resources, other’s money, what you need from others.

When Mars is direct here, power ignites and electrifies. The tenor of crisis normalizes. Solutions present for transformation and healing. Every day presents itself as its last. The mysteries compel. Deep soul bonding and intimacy are top of mind as is passion and sex. Wealth abounds and hypnotizes. Inheritances come from surprising places.

Direct Strategies: Be present and available for self-examination without drama, emotional outbursts or unhealthy triggers. Stay in the flow of your soul destiny to ignore the intoxicating obsessions that lead you astray. Get sexy and romantic. Be passionate.

When Mars is retrograde here, immense pressure to determine how life and death inform the soul as wound healing and intense power is available to you right now. Into-me-you-see is the term for intimacy. Unhealthy obsession with everything magic, spiritual bypassing and misrepresentation of true healing methods either spring from you or you attract these types to you. Wealth creation is suppressed in all meaningful ways. Raw honesty, deep truth and integrity is the mainstay. Connect on deeper levels in intimate relationship.

Retrograde Tips: Be true to your heart your intimate loved ones and your soul pathway. Do no harm is your mantra for magic. Think of your legacy for any and all decisions, especially those about wealth creation.

9. House of Exploration & Cultural Pursuits

-> your meaningful world

Personal world view or belief system, higher education, exploration, long journeys, spirituality, search for truth and meaning, philosophy, ideas, travel, teachers, cultural exchange, connection with the divine, exotic, wanderlust.

When Mars is direct here, travel, action and adventure are the themes. Socializing, staying busy and exploring every single thing that presents. Shocking the system with events, invites and activities. Learning about different philosophies, cultures and norms bring meaning to your life. Bravery inspires strategy, pattern weaving and brilliance.

Direct Strategies: Review your intentions for 2022 and then take a step back and look at your calendar. Does your schedule support your intentions or detract from them?  Align your activities with your overall goals and then enjoy!

When Mars is retrograde here, dogma, judgment and preaching ways arise, even within your own mind. Challenges to your belief system. Culture wars and religious rigor break patterns.  The hunter and the prey change positions throughout the 10 weeks. Up is down and down is up. The gyroscope of life is topsy-turvy.

Retrograde Tips: Set yourself free from societal expectations and cultural norms to determine what’s right for you, regardless of what others think or expect, especially ‘the past you’. Fresh perspective is the outcome after the retrograde period. Are you brave enough to follow its course, wherever it takes you?

10. House of Life Mission & Standing

-> your public world

Career and profession, vocation, reputation, position in society, ambition, public image, responsibility, authority, attainment, vocation and recognition.

When Mars is direct here, brave thoughts and actions to claim your rightful position in the world, without apology or compromise. Independent pursuit of success regardless of what others think. Challenge, conflict and protecting one’s turf, especially ideas, solutions and creations. Risk taking has its rewards.

Direct Strategies: Become a warrior for status, leadership and authority. Claim your inner power to ignite others to follow you, especially those needing your skills. Become recognized for your gifts. Get public about who you are and the ideals for which you stand.

When Mars is retrograde here, ambition, greed and lust for power become traps. Fame for fame’s sake is short-lived and shallow. Stress threatens to topple leaders from their perch, especially those unworthy of the stature. Unfairness, injustice and insecurity for basic human rights intensify to reach an apex at the end of the year.

Retrograde Tips: Integrity, core values and being worthy of your position seem fragile, yet don’t believe these falsehoods. Stay true to you. Defend those around you. Be the leader you know you were born to be.

11. House of Future & The Collective

-> your inclusive world

The future, plans, aspirations, goals, hopes, wishes, groups, friends, associations, organizations, leaving a legacy, community ties, humanity and humanitarianism.

When Mars is direct here, finding your people comes front and center as does your future. Inclusion and, advocacy in service of that inclusion, ignite. Grass roots, organic organizing and defending the climate become themes.

Direct Strategies: Set your goals and aspirations and bravely pursue them. Find like-minded people and either join their community or form one together. Review the outcomes of your decisions to determine whether they support the future. Realign your goals if they don’t. Strengthen your intentions if they do.

When Mars is retrograde here, stressful and karmic tensions among the collective bring endless exhaustion. Pointless acquaintances and empty promises shatter the soul. Overextension and fruitless connections suppress energy and force choice.

Retrograde Tips: Prioritize your efforts. Get real about the outcomes and make your decisions without input from others. Be discerning and strategic about how and where you put your resources.

12. House of Soul Growth & Undoing

-> your inner world

Behind the scenes, privacy, inner Self, secrets, karma, dreams, soul growth, hidden strengths and weaknesses, private affairs, spiritual life, the past, spiritual insights, channeling.

When Mars is direct here, spiritual courage to the point of living every day as the spiritual archetype of Priestess (wisdom itself) or Empress (the embodiment of creation). Stimulus to make active spiritual choice on a daily basis. Mind games to the point of self-sabotaging activities without constant vigilance. Breaking free from any and all soul karmic patterns.

Direct Strategies: Intuit versus think. Imagine versus reason. Observe versus react. Develop connection to the unseen and unknown. Pursue blind faith that the universe has your back – unwaveringly. Put one foot in front of the other – without review or regret. Be vigilant and constant about your big dream. Believe in YOU without logic or reason. Bottom line: TRUST. Simply Trust.

When Mars is retrograde here, anger, repression and thoughts about being trapped in the never-ending loop of the endless grind of life. Repeated existential crises about the meaninglessness of it all. Self-sabotaging pressures. Thoughts of letting go and giving up come up daily, especially about your particular soul karma/destiny equation.

Retrograde Tips: Employ all stress-relieving methods every single day. Become unflappable to triggers. Seek brave solutions rather than succumb to accidents or misfortune. Get healing, especially around soul karma. Highlight your soul destiny and write it so you see it every single day. Employ the Goddess who speaks to you for bravery to represent your inner spiritual warrior.

In a Nutshell

I’ve given you the bottom line as part of my 2022 annual forecast at the top of the year. Excerpts include:

Mars retrograde: October 30 – January 12, 2023 @ Gemini 25- 8°

Mars retrograde in Gemini may bring disruptions to mental pursuits and add to health issues, specifically for the lungs. This is music to the corona virus and all of its variants. This is also a time for accidents, so care is called for during this period.

Mars out of bounds: October 22 – May 5, 2023

We can act with bravery and courage, using our vitality to power us into our next project or adventure. Or we can act rashly, be too selfish or react defensively. This out of bounds coincides with his retrograde, making things completely out of control. Harsh words, violent tempers and aggressive messages become the norm once again. The virus, rebellions and weather events are at an all-time high during this period.

Mars forward-motion in Gemini: August 20th – October 30th and January 13 – March 25th, 2023

Gemini is everything mind, words and interests. This sign can’t get enough material to read, debate and broadcast. The cacophony that quieted down in January ramps up again with the sheer power of Mars. Curiosity, excitement, new ideas and insights thrive and boredom, impatience and scattered focus reign. Mars pushes your mind in Gemini, making it a wonderful time to take a class, learn a new skill or digest lots of information. It’s also a great time for a meeting of the minds, where coming together in understanding is possible.

When Mars enters a sign, he usually stays for 6 weeks, yet will spend 7 months here between August 2022 and March 2023.

For those use to this energy, it’ll feel familiar. For others, take care as your mind may be exhausted after such a long time in this sign.

As always, wishing you joy,