New Solutions to Old Problems?

Looking for new solutions to old problems?

Now, with Mars moving into Aquarius, you’ve got your chance!

Since mid-February until now, Mars has been in Capricorn, and chances are good that you’ve either had your nose to the grindstone and/or fire- fighting in a very focused way. Either way, you’re probably exhausted. One of the downsides of Mars in Capricorn, is that you can get so focused on achieving your goals that you lose sight of the cost you pay.

But now in Aquarius, Mars gives you the opportunity to come up for some much-needed fresh air – it’s time to take a more considered, egalitarian view of your ambitions and your place in the world.

Over the next month and a half, you can take some idealistic, innovative approaches to develop and deliver new solutions to old problems especially when it comes to getting whatever it is that you want.

But as with any planet in Aquarius, there is tension between the way things are right now and the way that you think that they ought to be. This means that if you’re not careful, when it comes to clarifying your problems/challenges you could be tempted to take the easy – but dangerous – black and white approach.

The human mind is a categorization machine, taking voluminous amounts of messy data and simplifying and structuring it in order to make sense of the world. Studies have shown that this happens unconsciously in a matter of milliseconds after first being presented with the data.

Clearly this has its upsides. For example, when on a walk through the woods you need to be able to tell in a single glance whether something is a snake or a stick.

But categorical thinking has downsides too, ones that we often fail to fully appreciate:

  1. Compression –  treating members of a group or category as more alike than they really are. This is the bane of marketing demographic studies that present us with complete fabrications like households with 2.75 kids. This type of thinking almost ensures that the stars at which you’re shooting to realize your ambitions, won’t actually exist.
  2. Exaggeration – amplifying or blowing up differences between members of different categories which in turn results in misleading conclusions regarding unrealistic stereotypes. For example, we all realize that all not all ‘blondes’ are dumb but how tempted might you be to think that all ‘Republicans/Conservatives focus not on the people but on the economy’?
  3. Discrimination – favoring certain categories of people, places, and things over others by distorting how we interpret what we see and hear. This limits the range of potential options too early in the process.
  4. Fossilization – treating categories created as if they were static, invincible to change.  This leads to a fixed world view which impairs your ability to adapt to a fast-changing world, virtually ensuring that your approach will quickly become obsolete.


  • Mars in Aquarius allows you to tap into innovative thinking – finding new solutions to old problems. But if you allow yourself to fall into the trap of black and white thinking, you’ll not get nearly as far as you might.

To avoid this trap, you can employ various mindfulness techniques to help you to focus more clearly on the ‘here and now’ and avoid snap (unconscious) decisions. You might also enlist the aid of trusted others to remind you when you’re taking too narrow a view. The trick here, however, is not to turn for help to those who naturally think the same as you but instead seek out someone with whom you usually disagree.

Published by debramoolenaar

Formerly an American lawyer specialising in international tax, I'm now an astrologer, novelist, and aspiring life coach.

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