Ask the Astrologer: Will my ex win in challenging my sanity?

By Christopher Renstrom

My name is Irene. My birth date is June 8, 1966. I am divorced. My ex husband is taking me to court on November 1st claiming that I need to be psychologically tested. He wants to eliminate my alimony and reduce child support. I know this is a legal issue, but I hope that you can help me. Will this happen?

Hello, Irene. I’m sorry to hear that you are having these legal issues with your ex husband. It sounds very unpleasant and like the last thing you need to deal with right now.

That said, it looks like the onus will be on your Ex to prove his case. To that purpose it does look like you may have to undergo some psychological testing and honor his requests. This is symbolized by Mars being the ruler of Venus retrograde in Scorpio at the top of the horoscope that I cast for the time when you asked this question. Mars is the planet of men (in this horoscope Mars symbolizes your Ex) and Mars is also the planet that rules Scorpio. We are currently in the month of Scorpio and this gives Mars supremacy and power. The best thing that you can do right now is to cooperate with your Ex’s requests. Indeed the more you cooperate, the more you will succeed at undermining his case.

So will he win? It looks unlikely. The reason I say this is because Saturn is the planet that represents you in the horoscope cast for your question. Saturn was in Libra when you asked your question and Libra is the zodiac sign of Justice, marriage, and the courts. The symbol for Libra is the scales and Saturn is exalted—i.e. Saturn is at its most powerful and benevolent—when it is in Libra. My interpretation of this is that the law will back you up on this matter so I expect that your alimony will not be eliminated nor will child support be reduced.

However I must point out that Venus is retrograde in Scorpio near the midheaven, so you won’t emerge from this trouble-free. The retrograde (which is a backwards motion) shows that your Ex will get some kind of sympathetic hearing from the court on Monday– especially if the judge is a woman. This could introduce new hurdles that you may have to jump over in order to prove that you’re entitled to the things you are entitled to. This could last until Venus emerges from her shadow period—which will be on December 20th.

Again the best way to navigate this situation is to cooperate with your ex-husband’s requests. Remember that cooperating with his requests does not mean that he is winning. On the contrary, the secret to prevailing over Mars energy is to use your antagonist’s maneuvers against him (just like in jiu-jitsu). It’s by agreement and appeasement that you will best demonstrate that he is being outrageous in his demands. However this won’t be easy as it will require a great deal of patience and fortitude on your part. You will have to steer the middle course—no matter how stormy things get. Do this and it looks like you will find safe harbor by Christmas.

This article was originally published on November 1, 2010.