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“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.” Buddha

Enterprising Mars in initiating Aries forms an exact opposition to restrictive Saturn in relationship Libra (12:03 pm EDT). Our varied efforts to spearhead things (Mars) may encounter stiff resistance or opposition from others (Saturn). “Mars-Saturn” energy is often portrayed as trying to drive a car (Mars) with the brakes on (Saturn). Often with this aspect we come to an awareness of our limitations or weaknesses, and accordingly, we often end up having to patiently revise our strategies, or run the risk of defeat if we don’t.

With Mars-Saturn, we often need to work harder, or at least smarter, and most likely in a very disciplined and controlled manner (Saturn). Too, if we do, and are able to endure and withstand any trials or hurdles that are put in our path, we may be rewarded with a golden victory.

The very last time that we had this identical aspect, Mars in Aries opposite Saturn in Libra, was back in late March of 1981. Interestingly, on March 29, 1981, the “London Marathon” debuted with 7500 runners. Of course, most of us have all heard about how hard marathon runners have to train. This arduous training process is a perfect template for understanding the workings of this “Mars-Saturn” type energy. It’s not an aspect for wimps or quitters. Or for those hoping to coast by on their coattails.  Mars-Saturn characteristically demands our best efforts.

The “London Marathon” is now reportedly one of the biggest running events in the world and is one of the five top world marathons that make up the World Marathon Majors. Too, this Mars-Saturn aspect is indelibly stamped in the horoscope of this annual event. (Birthchart horoscopes can be done for events, not just people.) Also, the day the London Marathon debuted, the empowering Sun was exactly conjunct energy planet Mars in Aries (Aries rules sports) for extra punch.

Wanted to throw in here, too, that actor George Clooney was  born with his Mars in entertainment Leo (0 degrees) exactly opposite his Saturn in ambitious Capricorn (his Saturn is at 30 degrees).  I also see George as a “marathon man” in many ways, don’t you? Seemingly extremely driven, probably doesn’t back down till he gets what he wants (he’s also a plodding Taurus). Too, what woman would not want to gladly “go the distance” with George, regardless of the hurdles? 🙂

Besides the Mars-Saturn opposition today, we also have the Moon entering passionate Scorpio (2:20 am EDT) intensifying our emotions and desires. The Moon also makes a potent sextile to transforming Pluto in Capricorn (2:14 pm EDT), Scorpio’s ruler. A good time for instituting “makeover projects,” especially on the career front (Capricorn).

NEWS UPDATE:  Here I am blogging about the very first London Marathon and, would you believe, that on this very day, with the Mars-Saturn opposition once again exact, Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest marathon ever, finishing the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds!!! How cool is that? I love the synchronicity!!!

Famous Birthdays April 18th: Conan O’Brien (48), Hayley Mills (65)

Patrice Thompson

Copyright 2011

Source Notes:

famous birthdays: http://www.astro.com/

orange flowers: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1267328

Clooney horoscope: http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Clooney,_George

London Marathon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981

Buddha: http://thinkexist.com/quotation/endurance_is_one_of_the_most_difficult/143666.html

mosaic sun: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1327692


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