Your Rage Triggers
Anger. It isn’t the most attractive aspect of the human condition. We’re taught from an early age to stifle it, avoid it, or go to our room if we’re going to “act that way,” but therein lies the rub. Anger is the astrological property of Mars (“Roman god of war”), who doesn’t take kindly to being ignored. He’s the sort of guy who demands attention – or else! – so it’s best to acknowledge his presence and give him an outlet. Here’s how to manage yours.
Mars in Aries: “Ares” is the Greek counterpart to Mars. Mars plus Aries equals twice the average daily dosage of anger. That sure explains why people back off whenever there’s a remote possibility you might be less than pleased. Continue feeding a steady diet of outbursts, but only aim in deserving directions.
Mars in Taurus: Slow to anger? Definitely. Impossible to anger? Not hardly. Taurus is the Bull, and Bulls aren’t known for patience when pushed. You don’t butt offenders immediately, but heaven help them when you do. If the horns don’t get them, the force of the charge will. This is strong stuff in one dose. Try releasing it a little at a time.
Mars in Gemini: Yadda, yadda, yadda. That’s all you hear when you’re angry, mostly because you’re not listening. You’re waiting for your turn to put yet another verbal victim at a complete disadvantage. You bob, weave, and turn words around so skillfully that opponents eventually become teammates. Pay attention to their side, if only for the extra ammo.
Mars in Cancer: Steam. Not the soothing hot-tub kind but the kind that scars you if you take the cap off while it’s still scalding. In the meantime, you tend to pout, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and beat yourself up, which is. Give ’em a five-minute warning, then feel free to let ‘er rip.
Mars in Leo: All the world’s a stage, and when you’re angry, there’s no such thing as a non-captive audience. Dramatic? Theatrical, even? Oh, you bet. You put Streep to shame when your mane gets ruffled, especially if your pride is involved. It may goeth before the fall, but it won’t go unnoticed. Don’t over-emote in the vicinity of fans.
Mars in Virgo: Ninety-nine point nine percent of your opponent’s anger may be justified, but once you identify that point one percent, they’re toast. You turn slight defects into glaring errors by simply refusing to focus on anything else. Nope. There will be no discussion until the problem is corrected, and it’s not your problem, so you win. You really should bottle this stuff.
Mars in Libra: Your honor? The defense respectfully requests a recess, after which you’ll return with a closing argument good enough to convince any jury you’ve been unfairly accused. Forget the DNA, fingerprints, and eyewitnesses. You’re too nice to ever, ever do anything like that. Still, keep your list of character witnesses up to date.
Mars in Scorpio: Can you say, “grudge”? Bet you can. Bet you’ve got a couple you just won’t let go of, too. In your mind, anger equals unfortunate but necessary assassination, and you just won’t rest until it’s done. Revenge? The sweetest – even if it takes decades. Advice? Wear a warning label.
Mars in Sagittarius: There’s no such thing as being a bit peeved, a little upset, or slightly miffed. You’re either furious or apathetic. Favorite tactic – nonstop “jokes” at the opponent’s expense. Outcome – you don’t understand why they’re so mad. You were just kidding! Can’t they take a joke?
Mars in Capricorn: According to section one, paragraph 359-D, you have every right to be angry, and the offender should be removed from your presence. Failing prosecution, exile will do, but only after a well documented, unemotional explanation of said offense, culminating in a formal apology. Don’t forget the universal loophole – they’re only human.
Mars in Aquarius: Man, it’s cold. Freezing, even. Look, you can see your breath. That’s what happens in the room when you’re mad. Point your anger directly at someone and it causes frostbite, the kind that removes fingers, toes, and egos. Careful with this. There are only so many acquaintances in the world.
Mars in Pisces: When you’re MIA, you’re upset. Anger confuses you, so you tend to retreat to a closet to mull over the offense. Once you’re done, however, duck. That veritable ocean of anger is capable of drowning both you and your opponent. Let them catch their breath.