December 6-12 — Out of the frying pan, into the fire?

By Christopher Renstrom

My birth date is 08/18/1979, 12:55 am, in Bountiful Utah. I am trying to decide between another year of AmeriCorps or looking for a job with the degree that I soon will finish. But not in the degree I actually got.

2010 will be a dramatic year, given that all the major planetary action will be taking place in fire signs. The fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Fiery years tend to be sensational, pulse pounding and conflict-ridden. That’s because fire is the element that rules passions, enthusiasms and beliefs. As we approach 2010, people born under these signs will feel increasingly restless and like they have to do something (anything!) to get their lives back on track.

Now, this would all be fine and good if you had a clear idea about what your next step should be—but that’s unlikely given that Mars (the planet of drive and ambition) will be turning retrograde in Leo on December 20, 2009. “Retrograde” refers to a backwards motion and it’s during this time that Mars could prompt you to undo all the good you’ve done recently. That’s because Mars retrograde will make you feel like you’re losing ground and that you have to do something daring to push yourself forward. There’s always a danger of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire when Mars is reversed, which is why you should avoid making any major decisions until Mars comes out of retrograde on March 10, 2010.

At first glance, AmeriCorps looks like the perfect fit, because you were born with Jupiter next to your Sun in Leo. Jupiter is the planet of government agencies and philanthropic institutions, and AmeriCorps’ commitment to community service and higher education resonates nicely with your horoscope. But I can also see how money has been a problem since July 2009, and that the upcoming lunar eclipse in Cancer on January 31st will be tightening the purse strings even more. This can leave you feeling squeezed between a rock and a hard place. It’s almost as if you can’t afford to continue with the job you have now, but you’re not really in a position to part ways, either because doing what you do also exempts (or protects) you from certain debts or obligations. Instead of walking out on what you’ve done, you could use this time that Mars is retrograde to go back over the ground you’ve covered. Sometimes it’s only by retracing our steps that we recognize the opportunities that lie underfoot. For instance: How much have you really maximized the resources and contacts of this organization? Could you use them to transfer to another department that would be of greater interest to you or even to reinvent what you do? This would require some research along with drawing up some proposals, but give it a go. Trailblazing is all part of the fire sign credo, and with Mars in your sign until June 2010 the end result could be you creating a position for yourself in this organization where there wasn’t one before.

This article was originally published on December 5, 2009.