We get the first pass of the Mars/Mercury planetary war with Mercury winning the war on Wednesday, August 18th  and with the exact conjunction on Wednesday, August 18th at 11:28 pm  Eastern time.   Mars and Mercury are bitter enemies in conjunction because Mercury needs to win through the intellect and Mars is too action-orientated to win a war of words.   The two create squabbling and irritation and it will be felt particularly by Gemini and Virgo rising and Aries and Scorpio rising.   If you do not find a way to release anger and conflict, it could spill over into accidents and fires, and wounds and cuts.  Mars wins the war from Mercury on Thursday, August 19th.

We need to model ourselves after kids.  They get angry, they let out their aggression and they may even get into a fight with another kid but then it’s over and they move on and they do not hold onto it.  As adults, we have been taught that fighting and aggression is bad and we repress it.  Find a way to get to let go of your anger in a positive way.  Scream at the top of your lungs in an empty car or house; take a baseball bat and pound a pillow;  do some exercise or engage in a competitive sport; do some service work and help veterans on a Tuesday or donate to their charities.

When we feel victimized and do not express or act then accidents happen so we can gain sympathy for frustration.  Do not let it get that far.  Find a way to get it out and release it before it gets dangerous.  Aries, Scorpios, Geminis, and Virgos are most vulnerable through the next few days and on days like Wednesday which is ruled by Mercury and Tuesday ruled by Mars. .  Leo/Aquarius rising also seem vulnerable with the planets on the Leo/Aquarius axis.   We also have to worry about the world as world leaders can get into angry shouting matches with this energy.

The problem is that Mars and Mercury are within 6 degrees of each other through about August 26th when Mercury goes into Virgo and then after Sept. 6th when Mars goes into Virgo they are in the same sign until Sept. 22nd.  The fact that Mars is in Virgo also creates an association.    With Mercury going retrograde Sept 27-Oct. 18th,  we will get a 2nd conjunction Oct 9-11th and then a 3rd pass in Libra, Nov. 10th.    Virgo and Gemini rising particularly need to be careful about accidents and injuries but you would also have to have a Mars/Mercury natal signature in your chart and it would be more serious if you are in a Mars/Mercury or Mercury/Mars period or running a Virgo dasha.   Mercury is winning the planetary war with Mars Wednesday morning and then maybe less so after the exact conjunction so a good few days to hunker down if you are in a Mars/Mercury or Mercury/Mars period and Aries and Scorpio seem particularly vulnerable so drive carefully on Wednesday.

The combination of Mercury and Mars can bring up disputes and arguments so remember not to argue in the car and pullover if something starts and drive carefully and watch out for the other guy August 18-19th.   During the most intense part of that transit.  Drive carefully. Be alert for the other guy.

Mars/Mercury causes us to get caught up thinking in our head and hashing over things that people have said and that prevents us from being alert (Mars) and then problems happen.  So focus on one thing at a time. If you are driving, do not talk on your cell phone and multi-task. Stay focused.  If you are exercising or in physical activity, be 100 percent. If you work with power tools, focus entirely on what you are doing in a Zen sort of way.

Mars-related yoga postures can be helpful for developing alertness so doing the Warrior Pose will help and the frog pose will help with low energy from the Sun’s combustion to Mars which also officially starts August 17th but will really not be a problem until late September and early October.     Shoulder stands will support Mercury and calm the over-active mind.

So, you all be careful out there as the Sargent in Hill Street Blues used to stay!

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