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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2003 9:43 am | Updated: 1:17 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The world seems a little crazier than usual — gasoline is scarce and expensive, everyone wants to be governor of California and there’s a line for the treadmill at the gym. Mars may be to blame, astrologers say.

Wednesday evening Mars and Earth will come closer together than at any point in recorded history — 34,636,418 miles to be exact. Astronomers are training their telescopes to the skies while astrologers are focusing their attention the event’s effects on us.

"All planets radiate energy collected from the sun," said Darrell Harris, dean of students at North Star College of Astrological Studies in Scottsdale. "Each has a different meaning and Mars is the one that gives us our energy."

This cosmic rendezvous is intensifying that energy and potential for conflict.

Named for the Roman god of war, Mars emits a masculine energy often associated with aggression.

But the anger isn’t the problem. It’s what we choose to do with it.

The key is being aware of our sensitivity to the Red Planet, Harris said.

Some people will choose to work their energy off at the gym while others may start a project. Others will use it to confront their problems.

"I’ve got a lot going on right now," said Jody Russell, founder of North Star College of Astrological Studies. "I could use a lot of that energy even if it is somewhat stressful."

Martian energy is vital. Without it we couldn’t get out of bed, Harris said. Or, into it — Mars rules sexuality and libido.

Public viewing opportunities

• 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. (602) 716-2000.

• 9 to 11 p.m. Friday on the roof of Bateman Physical Science Building, H Wing. Free.

• 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. The observation deck is on the south side of campus. Free. (602) 787-6500.

• 8 p.m. Sept. 3 and 5 at the Riparian Institute, 1025 South Gilbert Road. Free. (480) 503-0734.

• Maricopa County parks will host stargazing events through September. Visit for a schedule.

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