From an astrological point of view, the new year will be dominated by the planet Mars, with everything that goes with it: passion, impatience, impulsiveness. Under the glow of Mars, astrologers believe, our planet spins faster, people make decisions more intuitively, we act more irrationally and abandon reason more often. Perhaps the new year will put us back in touch with our emotions, perhaps we will recognize the world of feelings again, perhaps our old love will come back, even our love for cars. A car was once the most valuable thing a worker could afford.
There was a time when the car was a highly respected member of the family, a friend for life, or at least a long-term partner with whom you could go through thick and thin together. The car triggered desires in people: jealousy, pride, tenderness. Old, white-haired men told each other jokes about how irreplaceable their car was; they had elevated their vehicles to symbols of freedom and extolled them as a favorable alternative to the opposite sex. On weekends, men would say to their wife: I’m going to visit some friends. To their friends they said: I have to stay home with my wife. And then they would head off to the garage.