Mars and Saturn are astrology's two malefics. "Malefic" means "harm," and when these two planets conjoin in a zodiac sign like Sagittarius (Aug. 24), you can expect things to go from bad to worse. It's a rough passage, and thankfully, it will only last until Sept. 4. This is why it's so important to listen to the better angels of your nature during this time and to resist the negative. It won't be easy to turn the other cheek, to choose compassion over comeuppance or to reach out to people who don't deserve it, but if Sagittarius teaches anything, it's that there's nothing to gain by engaging in screaming matches. Each side will only get louder and shriller and angrier. To err is human, and to forgive is human, too.
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