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Legal Action That Has To Happen With Mars Retrograde
So, I am wondering, when/if there is a date to go for legal action this year?
Background info: I worked on deferred payment for an independent documentary production. With all Virgoan humility, I can say that I did most of the work in 6 years of production. It was a hell of a project. Now the film is making money, and according to my contract, I am entitled to get a percentage/share each time money comes. That is until either my contract expires or the entire deferred amount will be paid. When I asked for my first share, I got told: “No, you won’t get any share!” WHAT? “Well, you know how these things go.” Right!
I am the only one excluded from the shares. I had quit this job in January already, and it does feel a bit like a punishment from the former Boss. How LOW is that for Scorpio Moon (revenge?) / Taurus Rising (possession?)?
Seriously, I have a lawyer, I have a plan, but I fear to start legal action during Mars Retrograde. I know it’s the number one rule for this astrological phenomenon.
Yours truly Squared Virgo.
You Did Not Start This Fight – You’re Retaliating
Dear truly Squared Virgo,
If you, as a Squared Virgo, say you did most of the work, I believe you. So the non-initiating legal action during Mars Retrograde rule applies to “fights” that you start. In my opinion, the with-holding of money and breach of contract IS the aggressive act here. So in terms of when to initiate this, my answer is NOW. Six years is also a hell of a long time to work on deferred payment. Presumably, you believed in this project and were thus happy with the arrangement.
My only caution with this would be to check the contract before legal redress to get the $$$. Because if they have any plausible come-back at their end, this could drag out for ages. You don’t want a situation where the legal fees outweigh any $$$ recoverable. So audit your end of it for rational outcome expectations AND if there is any odd, lower-Mars crap tied in with this. For example, if this former Boss with the Scorpio Moon and you had an affair or something. I am not saying this would mean you should not get paid but very sure of your legal ground before going in at this time. But if it’s straightforward – go for it.
A Thrilling New Enterprise During Mars Retro
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So, I have a question: if a significant life change was initiated before Mars Retro (or even before the shadow), but is picking up mega steam as we head into Mars Retro, and looks like the big event could happen at peak retrograde time – do I follow the crazy momentum or pump the brakes and lay low until after Mars Retro has passed?
The details: Over the past few months, I’ve felt the strong urge to move somewhere/anywhere and open my own business. In early April, the details became clear, I chose a city and started making behind-the-scenes plans. But I am also keeping everything super secret until it’s nailed down. In early May, I started extricating myself from my current business partnership. My biz partner is supportive but sad to see me go. There doesn’t seem to be any hard feelings. The significant deciding factor is my lease (which is set to end in mid-September – but I can get out of it as early as mid-July with no penalty).
Based on Mars Retro, I was planning to stick it out until mid-Sept, but yesterday I received a phone call with a completely out of the blue job offer in my field from a soon-to-be colleague in the very city I’m trying to move to. I don’t even know this person, but she heard through the grapevine that I’d be a good fit and reached out. But no one knows I’m moving so it is weird. Anyway, it starts in mid-July and would open all the doors for my new biz. But then that’s the middle of Mars Retro. Decisions, decisions.
So I guess my question is, if a project or change is initiated before a retrograde period begins, do the lay low, and no major action rules of Mars Retro still apply? Or is there a way to keep the momentum going while still respecting the energy of the astro times?
Thanks for your help, you wise and wonderful soul!
Excited and Cautious
(Cancer Rising, Sagittarius Sun)
If The New Enterprise Is Not A War Or Mercenary Work, Go For It
Dear Excited and Cautious,
Thank you for the validation!!! Okay, and I think that unless your business is arms dealing, mercenary work, espionage or a freelance assassin agency then go for it. I get your question because it is a bold new venture, but it’s not aggressive or in a Mars-type industry (I am just assuming that) so Mars Retro is not a Red Light. However, two red flags here: your soon-to-be ex-business partner “seems to be” supportive and the lease that you need to “get out of.” It’s not so much starting a new business venture during Mars Retro that is the issue here as that you could end up bogged down in negotiations with your ex-biz-partner, landlord or both.
So the change urges began a while ago, and they’re for real. You’re honoring them. That’s great. Mars Retro just means you handle the logistics like Saturn’s Diplomat. Be realistic about people and their propensity to be weird around money, especially if someone is – for whatever reason – essentially rejecting them/depriving them of revenue. They can say all the right, reasonable things while getting their stingers out and texting their lawyer to check out what sort of penalty they could impact you with.
My other question – and LOL for a post called Mars Retrograde Questions Answered, I am aware that I am raising more questions – is this: the woman who heard ‘through the grapevine’ about you and your skillset? This seems to be for a job? You are describing her as your future colleague – not a prospective employee or prospective business partner. So what’s up here? Because one thing that is very clear about Mars Retro is that you need to have your plan extremely clear in your mind.
How Does One Exorcise Pluto Conjunct the Ascendant?
How does one exorcise themselves? Generally, I am an easy-going, well-traveled Sagittarius with a compassionate Moon in Pisces, but I also have a nasty Scorpio Rising, with Pluto conjunct my Ascendant and square my Mars in Aquarius.
Don’t get me wrong. I couldn’t wish for a better Rising sign. And my eyes are so green even my dad can’t believe I’m not wearing contacts.
But Mars Retros aren’t easy for me, and to say I have a hair-trigger temper during that time is the understatement of the century. Before I can help myself, the meanest, most hurtful things come out of my mouth. My tongue turns into a dagger. People get hurt, and that worries me even more.
I know that I have a serpent inside me. We have lived together as long as I can remember, and that’s ok. It is getting more comfortable with age. I’m 33 now. When I was little, the snake was hard to tame, directing its rage against myself mostly. But these days I handle it ok, I think. I’ve begun harvesting its powers, and usually, it’s asleep, anyway.
The Reishi sedates it.
And it only rears its head when I am cornered or have to defend myself. Or when driving. Then it can hiss. But during Mars Retro THE GAME CHANGES. It breathes fire out of my mouth, and I grow scales.
And usually, during the Retrograde times of the Red Planet, I lower my social interactions to the minimum. I kickbox. And walk my tiny Italian Virgo Greyhound as if it were a Pit Bull. During Mars Retro, I permanently feel like the bad guy. I go underground, like a snake preparing to shed its skin. I binge watch Vikings. And hope that by the time I emerge, I still have a social life left.
But this year, everything is different: I have a boyfriend, and we have our first Anniversary in July. He is the sweetest and most decent Pisces man I ever met. But when I think about our Anniversary during Mars Retro and all the cute romantic little things he plans by the seaside, I shudder.
Scorpio RIsing Means You’re A Mars AND A Pluto Person
I wish I could retreat into a medieval multi-faith monastery with Oracle Cards, Mugwort, martial arts-infused Yoga, dark purple ceilings with silver stars painted on them, Thomas Tallis playing in the background and an only slightly poisonous herbal garden I could tend to.
And return all fresh, shiny, and relaxed when it’s over.
I am that terrified of scaring him. I love this man so much and am afraid he senses the serpent already. He is crazy in tune with me, to the point he can physically feel my pain and my struggle. I can’t drag him into this. He says he loves me, bitch and all, but I can’t believe someone actually can.
Is there a way of exorcising it/me/Mars retro? Do I need to embrace it? I mean, I once owned a Tiger Python and embracing it didn’t go so well. How does one embrace a part of themselves, one temporarily hates? Shall I try and smother it? Is there a herb? Mushroom? Asana?!
Can anyone relate to this? Are there any Scorpio- Support groups? Please don’t tell me I’m the only one?!
I Wish I Could Retreat To A Medieval Monastery And Do Martial Arts Infused Yoga
Dear Temporary Scorpy-Bitch,
Congratulations on the relationship! And actually, you’ve already prescribed yourself precisely what I would have prescribed! You’re a Mars-Pluto woman. You’re about to have your Pluto Rising triggered by Mars, several Mars Returns in a row AND Jupiter near your Ascendant to amplify. Frankly, it sounds like a simple case of you feeling crowded by the “cute romantic things.” Scorpio Rising means you are a Mars and a Pluto person. And, with those square, you need to be in constant regeneration mode. Or even non-stop action. Stagnation or inertia terrifies you and sometimes security could look like just that. You don’t relax in comfort zones.
Even “planned” things can prompt a shudder if you have any Aquarius or Uranus happening. However, you’re happy in the relationship and surely your anniversary celebrations do not have to take eight weeks? Can you not explain your desire for Stealth Mode, Kick-Boxing, etc.? Give yourself over to the anniversary DAY but also pursue your bliss?
As for smothering an aspect of yourself, I think not. It notoriously never works in fairy tales nor nature, like trying to concrete over an active volcano. If this relationship is to have any longevity, clearly your ‘serpent nature’ is a part of the deal. I am assuming that you are not referring to actual homicidal rage here or anything – just the need to channel your Serpent Vibe and be individualistic?
As for the monastery, there SHOULD be a place like that. Except for no ceilings with stars, it would be a Dark Sanctuary with no electricity so you could watch the real stars at night. I don’t think you need an exorcist, just some time to exercise your Mars-Pluto square.
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