Re: Planets at Odds
Squares indicate an inner tension that requires people to manifest the energies indicated by the paired planets. This is why squares often indicate people's career direction. Most people have at least one square in their charts.
Traditional astrology deals with good and bad. Fortunate and misfortunate. Modern astrology acknowledges the difficulties that people face in life, but suggests that most people can handle their difficulties in positive ways.
Note that Mars is also the traditional ruler of Scorpio, which trines Cancer.
In a natal chart, you will often find the moon and Mars in compatible signs and degrees within the signs.
"That which you have tried yourself, which you have experienced, which you have recognized as true, and which will be beneficial to you and to others; believe that, and shape your conduct to it." --Buddha, Kalama Sutta
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