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Mars In Virgo: Let's Trim Our Hair In Accordance With The Socialist Lifestyle! (0)

2010 | Jun 14

By Matthew Currie

We create our own dramas for our own amusement, and frequently participate in the dramas of others for the same reason. This is one of the reasons why television is so popular. It's that time of year where many TV series are winding up, and this can leave people a little restless, having to wait months to find out what their favorite characters will do next. It's enough to make a person want to create a little drama in their own story lines to fill in the gap.

Astrologically, Mars is often the source of interpersonal drama, and Mars is in Virgo now (where it will remain until the end of July). This placement is exacting, precise, and (when it knows what it wants) is not afraid to use tactics like pickiness, nagging, and sharp words to get its way, even when it isn't being direct and exact as to what its actual needs are. That's the tone Mars is bringing to many interpersonal squabbles of late.

Of course, you might think it's safer to criticize someone's table manners when the real problem is that their cooking is terrible, and there might be something to be said for that approach sometimes. The problem is that this often makes mountains out of mole hills in situations where what is really needed is a lot fewer mountains. Even if you're trying to be nice and subtle, you could still generate a lot of resentment. Even worse: you might have a legitimate issue that never gets addressed properly because you've been perceived as being "petty."

And believe me: no one likes a petty dictator. Not even one that seems helpfully focused on minor details.

Case in point: in 2004 North Korean Television created a series called "Let's Trim Our Hair In Accordance With The Socialist Lifestyle" (Or "Sahoeju?ij?k saenghwal yangsige matke m?ri tanjang?l haja" In Korean... apparently totalitarian TV doesn't support relatively short, catchy titles like "Lost" or "House MD" or "Battlestar Galactica.") dedicated to introducing people to the propagandistic power of the right hair cut... and the terrible, counter-revolutionary threat posed by unkempt or overly-Western styles.

The series gave North Koreans a lot of excellent-sounding reasons as to why they should keep their hair cut along Party lines. For example: "Excessive hair growth has negative effects on human intelligence. Long hair consumes a great deal of nutrition, and could thus rob the brain of energy." (If this is the state of science in North Korea, perhaps we shouldn't be worried about their nuclear capabilities. They probably couldn't deliver a pizza properly to South Korea, let alone a nuke.)

More chillingly, the show also contained segments where typical Comrades On The Street would be ambushed by a reporter, pointing out their shaggy hair and questioning aloud whether Mr. Park of the #3 Chongjin Steel Works (or whoever) could possibly be working his hardest for the glory of Eternal President if he can't even be bothered cutting his hair properly. And frequently, Mr. Park's interview would include criticism of his wife. And then their full names and addresses would appear on screen too.

In a place like North Korea, public attention like that is not usually a good thing.

The point here is that we are all, more or less, Absolute Dictators of our own lives. Even faced with circumstances beyond our control, we still govern our own responses to them. This is true regardless of what sign Mars was in when we were born, or where it is now. But given where Mars is at the moment, the dramas we create with others will tend to have a slightly pickier feel, will often be more passive-aggressive, and might have that terrible nagging feeling to them.

And here you thought you were just being "helpful."

What does this have to do with an astrology dating site like this? Keep in mind that Mars also rules sex drives. So: if your partner (or lack thereof) isn't exactly who, how, or what you wanted them to be... try a little harder in the next month and a half or so to think about what you really want and need (and what your unconscious motivations might be) before you get totalitarian with your personal life. After all: everyone loves a dictator... while the dictator is paying benevolent attention. The rest of the time? He's just a dictator... and the hardest of all hands to hold is an Iron Fist.

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