Mars has already left its footprint on the year. Named after the Roman god of war and mayhem, it means you don't have to look very far to see his handiwork. One would think that the planet's retrograde (Mars turned retrograde on April 17) would have cooled the fiery anger, but retrogrades tend to make this planet worse. That's because the backwards motion switches Mars’s energy from fight to flight. This creates an atmosphere of fear, panic and hysteria. We see it in our politics, we see it in our media and we see it in our society. But Mars also stands for good things as well, like chivalry, honor and heroism — qualities we aspire to embrace. Over the next five weeks, Mars will be winding up its prolonged stay in Scorpio. We've done the ordeals part. Now it's time to witness the transformations that will arise from them.
It took a long time to climb to the top, and now that you're here, you can already see that others are eyeing your spot on the roster. You face the dilemma that many leaders and managers face. You don't want to squash anyone's ambitions — after all, that's what makes people who are worthwhile go the extra distance — but you don't want to lower your guard either. This would be a good time to remember that competition doesn't have to be cutthroat. It can actually bring out the best in everyone if it's directed towards reaching for a bar that's always being raised.
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