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What would we do without all the wonderful, exciting this Mars in our birth chart does for us? There would  be no sex, there would be no ambition, and there would be no deep-frying or chopping things up. That’s why I’ve invited Special Guest Astrologer, Chef Gordon Ramsay (sure, he’s also an astrologer, why not?) to help drive home some points about two very interesting Mars placements: Mars in Gemini and Mars in Cancer. And by “interesting,” what I mean is “oh dear God, put the machete down!”

Okay, seriously: no Mars placement is perfect, but Mars in Gemini and Mars in Cancer both have at least their fair share of issues. Read on as I describe what each of these Mars Signs implies for you if you have that placement in your birth chart, and then Chef Ramsay will yell at you about it.

Mars in Gemini

Mars in Gemini loves directing its aggression and sense of adventure into verbal and intellectual situations, where (most of the time) aggression and a sense of adventure aren’t particularly welcome. You favorite way to resolve a conflict with a loved one is usually with a solid verbal assault, followed by a few sharp verbal stings, and finishing up with mild confusion as to why everyone wants to walk on eggshells to avoid provoking your anger. Much of your anger and aggression seems to start with minor incorrect details or logical inconsistencies, which you secretly can’t stand. People with Mars in Gemini often have better than average mechanical ability, or better than average ability to figure out where that extra park in the do-it-yourself furniture kit is supposed to go, and/or whether or not the thing will stand on its own without it. You have a good sex drive, but it can be a little fickle and unpredictable. Teach your mate to talk dirty and it will help with this.

“Don’t try to talk your way out of this: the filet is damned near raw on one side and burned on the other. Ever heard of a little f–cking thing called ‘consistency of effort’?”

Mars in Cancer

This is perhaps the trickiest placement for Mars; you have just as much drive and aggression as anyone else, but have more difficulty expressing it properly. People with Mars in Cancer are more prone than others to suppressing their anger, and ultimately pointing it inwards; resulting in high blood pressure, ulcers, and sometimes even gagging when sufficiently angry. That’s because you are sufficiently sensitive to the feelings of others around you that you realize that lashing out really does hurt people… and you don’t like that. You’d have more of a reputation as a sex bomb if your considerable drive wasn’t linked to your fluctuating moods, making you look kind of fickle to your partners. Any natural shyness or inhibitions you may have will eventually go away once you are in a genuinely caring, supportive relationship. Once you are past the childhood issues you were handed (and oh yes, you were), you will make an excellent parent.

“The Beef Wellington is undercooked and you tried to hide it with sauce, and you managed to burn your finger doing it. You can’t be a chef if you’re afraid of the f–king grill or hurting the meat’s feelings.”

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beliefnet astrology matthew currie arian grande concert explosion On Monday evening at about 10:34 PM local time, an unidentified man set off an explosive device at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. As of this writing, 22 people are dead and about 60 are injured.

(Reports vary as to the time of the explosion, from “about 10:30 PM” or shortly afterwards. Since the initial Manchester Police press release says “just before 10:35 PM,” I’m going with 10:34.)

Regardless of the circumstances, the person involved, or his motives for blowing himself up in the foyer of a crowded concert venue, the chart for the explosion seems to almost insist that something bad, sudden, and violent would happen at that place and time. There was a Venus-Uranus conjunction, triggered by transiting Moon in Aries. Normally I would be hesitant to call that Venus-Uranus combination particularly strong: the two planets are about ten degrees apart. But the Moon was right in the middle of the two, both within conjunction range and right on the midpoint between the two planets — and that Moon was closely square Pluto.

Normally you’d expect that combination to make for generally lively emotions, whether you were at an Ariana Grande concert or not. But these transits take on special significance when view from that particular place and moment in time. Venus was the ruler of the local Midheaven, which you could say represents “the public purpose” of the events there, and with the Moon and Uranus opposite that local Midheaven, it seems destined that “the public purpose” of that event was to be startling. Finally, in a chart, the Ascendant tends to represent “me” and the Descendant “you” (or perhaps better, “others). And in the chart of the incident, there’s Mars, the God of War… freshly set in the West and close to the Descendant.

As we’ve seen in other cases of sudden and unexpected violence, even the local transiting Ascendant and Midheaven are players when it comes to the moment something terrible is unleashed.

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beliefnet astrology matthew currie ariana grandeSo how does this affect Ariana Grande personally? It’s natural that we should ask this, because odds are very good you and I don’t personally know any of the victims — and I certainly don’t have birth charts for any of them. Undoubtedly if I did, there would be much more to say. But it’s hard to imagine that, despite not being injured, Ariana Grande won’t be affected by this. And I’m afraid that her transits indicate that this is not something she’ll get past easily.

Ariana was born June 26 1993, 9:16 PM, in Boca Raton Florida. She’s a member of the Uranus-Neptune generation (a combination that seems to always result in strange talents and/or sensitivities, somehow), and that conjunction is sitting right on her Ascendant. This give her the charm and presence and general “star quality” that she has. But, as with all the Children of 1993, transiting Pluto is now right on top of that conjunction.

A conjunction from transiting Pluto to a natal placement often brings the terrifying, the unknown, and (in this case, literally) the explosive. But this is a slow transit, and for predictive purposes it’s not like one could look at that alone and say “this is going to be a bad night for you.” However, given that Aries pile-up at the time of the incident (squaring that Uranus-Neptune-Ascendant complex of hers, and given hat transiting Mars was nearly-perfectly quincunx that part of her birth chart), everything cosmically lined up the way they did.

Of course, we must never forget those who were killed and injured. But they were all there at that place at that time because of Ariana Grande. In no way can she be held the least bit responsible… but imagine how you might feel if you were in her place. Sure, logically, you could tell yourself it was “nothing personal” and you’d be exactly right. Personally, though? I’m afraid she’s not going to be able to talk herself out of feeling some sort of guilt or remorse very easily. After all, she is a Cancer with Moon in Libra, and in my experience that combination takes things pretty seriously when it comes to not wanting to cause harm to others. I hope she’s able to put this all in perspective soon.

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Mars is where you get your bollocks from. Named after the God of War, the Red Planet has been a popular source of fictional invaders over the years, and that’s appropriate: Mars has a lot to do with your drives, your ambitions, and your temper. Mars also has a lot to do with your sex drive. People who have strong Mars placements in their birth charts with a lot of difficult aspects to it tend to be competitive, oversexed, or just plain obnoxious. It’s also where you get a lot of your drive in general from, so without it you wouldn’t really get anything done. Of course, all of these negative attributes are also prime qualities of the typical Space Hero who shows up to drive off the Martian invaders. That may not be the sort of behavior you’d welcome at your next dinner party, but you’ve got to admit that sometimes it’s good to have a Space Hero around.

Mars also rules processes involving heating and cutting things, like cooking. That’s why I’ve turned this series of blog entries over to famous TV chef Gordon Ramsay, who will give you his personal opinion of the pros and cons of Mars through each sign in the birth chart… presented “Hell’s Kitchen” style. Well, let’s be honest… this is Gordon Ramsay, so it’s mostly cons. (Also, these aren’t real Gordon Ramsay quotes, but I have a lot of soft aspects to my Mars, so I tend to get my results by being quiet and a little under-handed.)

Mars in Aries

Mars is strong in Aries, and the head-first attitude of The Ram suits it well. People with this placement are usually energetic and strong-willed. You likely launch into new projects with great enthusiasm, but may get too easily bored or distracted when the grind hits. Mars in Aries isn’t always terribly organized with its time or energy, but often achieves its goals anyway. You are likely a fierce competitor, able to completely lose yourself in a game or in achieving your goals. Whether you are athletic or not, you’d probably be a great cheerleader (literally or figuratively). Your temper may flare up quickly, but it usually burns out quickly too. People with Mars in Aries tend to be hell on wheels in bed, until they become bored, at which time they are at least as useless in bed as everyone else is. They also have a strange tendency to bump their heads more than most other people — a spin-off effect of being naturally “headstrong.”

“Bloody awful. You were in too much of a hurry and the grill was overheated. You started cooking the chicken kebabs before anyone had actually ordered. You’re not a f–king chef, you’re a pyromaniac with an apron.”

Mars in Taurus

Mars in Taurus is not considered to be a great placement, but you are too stubborn to let that stop you. Like a bull, you are probably placid most of the time, until something provokes your temper — at which time you become a raging menace that’s almost impossible to stop. You probably have some kind of creative talent, whether you are using it or not. You were probably a star in kindergarten when it came to arts and crafts — and that was probably the last time you were able to work for a long stretch of time without being distracted by thoughts of material gain and/or sex. When your drives are frustrated, you are more likely than the average person to treat your emotions with food. You tend to be practical and methodical in your approach to problem-solving, and have a great deal of energy to get things done — you just have a hard time engaging that drive. You probably like sex a little more than the average person, and are probably a little better at it than the average, and you’d probably get a lot more of it if you were better at getting up off the couch and going to get some.

“It took you twenty f–king minutes to grill the bass. It came out tough, so you turn the heat up when I corner you about it and burn the steak. Do you even know what you’re doing here?”

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One of the most unfair characterizations about Gemini is that they switch back and forth between two entirely different personalities. This completely dismisses the Gemini capacity to be several people more or less simultaneously. Have you ever had one of those phone calls to Customer Service where they keep transferring you from one department to another and you keep getting different answers, but never the right one? Yeah… it can be a bit like that.

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Thanks for calling Gemini! How may I help you?

Hi. Are you going to be home from work on time tonight?

We’re currently experiencing unusually high call volumes. Your estimated wait time for an answer to this question is between two and four minutes.

Wait, who else is calling —

(Seven minutes of hold music while waiting, specifically, this…)

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Thanks for calling Gemini! How may I help you?

Are you going to be home on time tonight? I’ve planned something for your birthd —

Well, you know, it’s awfully busy here at work and I’m doing my best.

I just don’t understand you sometimes.

Para servicio en español, presione “dos.”

Ha ha, that’s hilarious. Now can you answer my question? I’ve made some plans for you and it’s cost me a fair bit of money to —

Ah, I see. Let me put you through to Billing.

What? Wait…

(Several more minutes of hold music)

Thanks for calling Gemini! How may I help you?

Good God, it’s hard to get a straightforward answer out of you sometimes.

That’s because reality is complicated. Now, as regards the money you shelled out for my birthday tonight? I do appreciate that, and thank you. But right now I’m in the middle of my own situation regarding a bill and I can’t just drop everything right now to give you an answer. You see…

What are you talking about? I just don’t understand you sometimes.

Pour service en Français, appuyez “trois”

Now you’re just being deliberately difficult! Are you coming home on time tonight or not? I need an answer!

Let me put you through to a supervisor. If you’ll please hold…

Now, wait, don’t you dare —

(More hold music)

Thanks for calling Gemini! How may I help you?

(sigh) Are you going to be home on time tonight or not?

Normally I’d say “sure, no problem.” But like I said there’s this situation with work, and with billing, that’s making things really complicated for me. It’s pretty complicated to explain.

Well, maybe you can take the time to lay it out for me in a way that my non-Gemini brain can comprehend.

Для обслуживания на русском языке, пожалуйста —

STOP THAT! You’ve fed me some kind of line about work being complicated, and there’s an issue with a bill, but you haven’t answered my one simple question in a straightforward manner. Now cut the crap and tell me if you’re going to be home on time tonight or —

(Seventeen minutes of hold music)

Thanks for calling Gemini! I’m at the bar with a few friends for my birthday, and they’re currently arguing over who’s going to pay for the next round. I’ll be home later. I might bring a couple of buddies back with me. You okay with that? I hope so, but if not — I can explain. Please leave your message after the beep and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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