Mars Direct in Scorpio – 2016

Back to the Battlefield

Wherever we find ourselves on the face of this earth, the heat is on with Mars slowing down to go Direct at 23 degrees of Scorpio on June 29th. This may not sound glamorous or even “spiritual”, but it’s high time to sharpen those blades and get back to battle. Not that we had much restfulness lately.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting or condoning violence in any way, unless of course a life-or-death situation calls for it. The kind of battle referred to here is the kind that we each experience within our souls that get reflected back to us in relationship dynamics that push our buttons and make our blood boil.

Business left unfinished since mid-February of 2016 is coming back around, and if a position of power is not taken, force may be used against us whether we choose to do anything about it or not. On a broad scale this force could take the appearance of a global stock market crash, martial law, or god forbid – a false flag ET alien invasion. Things are so whacked it could even be all of the above.

In the US politics, people are waking up to the reality of just how rigged the voting system is as we are presented with more ridiculous gimmicks than ever before. Many are so weary and desperate for relief they can barely pay attention to what’s really going on.

Is that a snake in your pocket or…?

Joan of Arc 1882 - Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Joan of Arc 1882 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti

While stationing Direct Mars has gotten uncomfortably close to fixed star Unukalhai in the heart of the constellation Serpens for the second time this year since Valentine’s day (but just missed the conjunction by one degree). This star has somewhat shady reputation with a war-like, Martian undertone. It can indicate violence, vindictiveness, and lies, especially the kind that sound pretty convincing as they are strategically slipped into conversations and situations at the most uncanny times.

Maybe you caught someone lying to you this year, or maybe vice versa. Many who take the time to read through my articles have certainly caught on to the Big Lie that had been fed to us through the media ever since before white Wonder bread began. The most convincing liars are like snakes in the grass, blending in with the colors of the environment. You don’t expect to see them, and you often don’t see their attacks coming until it’s too late.

Unukalhai, like Saturn square Neptune (from November 2015 until November 2016) exposes toxic drugs and poisoning. This year in the US we have witnessed a fight to release the film Vaxxed since April 1st along with the fight for proper GMO labeling which is coming to a head.

“Hey, what if I never asked for this war (or this fight, or this conflict)?”

If a single criminal or gang came marching or slithering in to destroy, rape, or steal your family and what’s yours would you would probably not stand there and hammer about how you didn’t sign up for this, but you would either hide or go out and fight. Except for those people out there who are doing fantastic and feeling quite fluffy right now (way to go!) those of us experiencing and/or witnessing massive or local crime don’t even have a moment to spare on wondering the age old question: “Why me?”

Ultimately, we are own worst enemy, and our own greatest savior. I have felt rather forced to come to terms with this several times through the years. Now that I comprehend it so well, I can never go back to the particular state of ignorance sometimes called victimhood, and the responsibility that comes with this awareness occasionally feels excruciatingly heavy. This heavy feeling is what humans will do or pay anything they own or anything they think they own, to avoid. For this avoidance, an even heavier toll is taken.

Third Eye Opening

“Prying open my third eye.

So good to see you once again.

I thought that you were hiding.

And you thought that I had run away.

Chasing the tail of dogma.

I opened my eye and there we were”

– Tool

Intuitive faculties become very acute with Mars in Scorpio, so if there has been veil over certain issues during the past two and a half months during the Retrograde the hidden will soon become revealed – but with Saturn still squaring Neptune, don’t expect things to be completely obvious in every way. With Mars in the mix, blazing moments of insight may come as sharp pangs in the side or perhaps they’ll appear as visual sparks.

Just because intuition and psychic abilities may be present does not mean that compassion, wisdom, and true power simultaneously coexist with those psychic abilities. We have numerous examples of this throughout history. The danger with this placement is that someone, or several people such as those nefarious characters of the matrix lumped together under the title of Illuminati uses the knowledge of others’ weakness as weapons against them. Those of us who know enough about ourselves will not fall prey to such tactics used against us, meaning certain degrees of what may be termed brutal honesty and self-appraisal may be prerequisites for self-defense. Most will not venture into that uneasy grey area where the finger is no longer pointed at others but a closer look at role-playing and reactivity is taken.

In my years of doing readings for people as well as working through my own personal issues I have come to recognize that whatever emotions are most prevalent in any given situation, one of the greatest blockages and causes of struggle is the resistance to change. Sometimes we’re afraid to even see what we know deep down inside.

For whatever accumulated reasons, we exert enormous amounts of energy in blocking the inevitable. In the process of this we deny our own power and magnificence, which includes our ability to affect change in the course of our destinies. All of us have taken a fall from Divine Grace at some point.

Return to Grace

In a more positive light the cosmic energy alignments taking place at this time can assist in the transcendence of limited states of consciousness, to comprehend the greater Whole, perhaps even through a triggering of kundalini energy. Yogic practices may have powerful regenerative effects now. The Sun in Cancer highlights our sources of nourishment both physical and spiritual. We are more inclined to reach for the tools and resources that sustain us and enhance our lives.

On June 18th Mars made the second of three transits this year to the fixed star Agena, which brings a counterbalance of favorable results against the odds. Agena is a lot friendlier in its approach than Unukalhai, so as we move into the first week and a half of July this influence will draw allies and help straighten certain affairs that have been awry since April 17th. A trine to Chiron in Pisces is also in effect in July signifying that healing may take place from the woes and wounds incurred during Mars Retrograde. Healing from long-standing illness of any kind could become an important focus.

Venus, consort of Mars, is in Cancer is conjunct Sirius on the 28th through the 30th forms a sextile with Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo and an opposition with Pluto in Capricorn. The influence of Sirius with Venus gives us a deep glimpse into our true motives and the motives of others, which is supported by Jupiter and significantly heightened by contact with Pluto. There may be power struggles or strong projections.  Due to the Cancer and Capricorn polarities as well as Venus still being in the hidden underworld until July 13th there may also be some family muckraking going on. Whether married or single, involved with community or a recluse, to who or what are we loyal may be the great question at this time. What will we do to honor and protect our loved ones?

While Mars switches gears, we’ll have help in stabilizing with a grand earth trine between the Moon, Pluto and Jupiter/NN. With the right attitude and application of energy, anything is possible and miracles may occur.

Mars Direct, May 19th

What happens when our planet named after the God of War goes Direct? Only one thing is sure. It won’t be boring.

Mars

Mars entered relationship focused Libra for an extra long transit on December 7th 2013 where it will continue to transit until July 25th 2014. It has been in Retrograde in motion since March 1st 2014 and will go Direct this month of May on the 19th, just four days after the Full Moon in Scorpio. At its stationing Retrograde early March it was conjunct the North Node in Libra and fixed Epsilon star Izar, in a tense square with Venus in Capricorn. Izar is noted for its motivational qualities, particularly relative to work and contributions to society. With this combined influence many people were not only fussing and fidgeting within their close relationships but figuring out what was working and what wasn’t regarding livelihood, career, community and how their life purpose fit within the framework of these things. It may have seemed like everything was going wrong, and just needed a change of direction.

On the 19th Mars will go Direct on the fixed star Vindemiatrix, also known as the Gatherer of Grapes. This star has been known to host a malevolent or serious influence, bringing worry, despair and widowhood…how’s that for depressing? More plausible or at least a nice counter-balance to that possibility in my opinion is what Bernadette Brady has described as this star’s prominence being an indication of harvest and gathering. What we are harvesting and gathering depends on our previous actions and what is available to harvest, and with Mars here what is quite likely is that there will be some incredible force to the effects. There is also a deep, even if buried knowing in this position, whether due to grief of loss or to the gathering process that time and space are but illusions that we are currently entertaining. We seem to be living externally most of the time, but the more we advance, our focus goes inward where outer manifestations begin.

Some people believe that Mars being Retrograde subdues its energy, but this is not exactly so. Due to being rerouted, the energy it generates does play out differently than when Direct, and it can actually exacerbate any existing anger, bringing up a plethora of unresolved issues that relate to the planet and sign it occupies. In Libra, there has been a heightening of relational, marital, business and legal issues. Since Mars is a planet representing initiation, action, and passion, trying to initiate new projects during its Retrograde phases is generally not conducive because obstacles are all too common with this influence. It can be fine to work on existing projects, but patience will be required in the process, as there will be a lot of review happening. Toward the beginning of this phase there was a surge of energy that could be described as implosive; that is volatile emotion, rage, passion and aggression seeming go down and collapse or combust within the collective self, sort of forcing it down. For example, anger could have been intensely felt but for whatever reason people may have been forced to swallow it, along with their pride. As it gets toward the end of Retrogradation this next couple of weeks the Martian energy is becoming explosive, rising up and moving outward in expression.

I must emphasize that none of these energies being described are bad or negative – unless they are. This means that what comes up for each individual is based mostly on their own level of awareness and development, and self awareness is a critical part of what Mars can potentially bring to us if we do not fear the “monsters under the bed”. In bravely facing our problems with responsibility rather than blame, we come to truly make some of the best use of what Mars reflects and means to us, as individuals gradually affecting mass consciousness. We’re not only looking at problems and flaws rearing their ugly heads but what really gets us going, makes us tick, and fuels our souls. So, depending on our inclinations the intensity of our focus with Mars could either be very physical, spiritually elevated, or somewhere in between.

Themes that arise at this can may seem similar to those of a Mercury Retrograde period, in that automobiles and other mechanical objects break down or crash more easily. The issues at hand are less about communication and more about the energy, intention, drive, and passion behind it. When it comes to moods and bodily functions, rather than nerve impulses losing or confusing signals (such as occurs with Mercury Retrograde), in some cases people plainly seem to be losing control of their emotions and especially tempers at the worst of times. Rather than giving much attention to the full scope of their mental abilities, Mars seems to trigger peoples motives, base desires and aggressions on an egoic level. Recklessness should be avoided, and all extremes of mannerisms and reactions to stress we would do well to examine with less egotistical attachments a genuine sense of self appraisal, for best results.

Another theme relative to Mars is sexuality, typically in its raw, animalistic modes of existence. It’s not about the candles, roses, and incense right now but how pheromones, contours, and certain types of interaction and affection stimulate people on sexual levels, regardless of gender. This is ironic and itchy business for Libra, the sign in love with love itself, often craving romance more intensely than the physical union it may bring. However here is where Mars is making both its fears and desires so powerfully felt , and for all this area has been involved in the recent Grand Squares particularly during April of this year. We must honestly look at what drives us and how we drive others, what pushes our buttons and how we push others’, what gets us going and how we get others going, what turns us on or off – as honesty and integrity are essential to the Scales of Justice. Measure for measure, we reap what we sow.

As we exit the shadow phase of Mars stationing back into Direct motion we will enter Mercury’s pre-shadow, to turn Retrograde on June 7th. The intensity of issues and struggles will have lifted considerably by that time but July, August and September are some of the most progressive months of the year 2014 that will allow for moving forward after so much redoing, releasing, and reviewing. As of now, it would behoove us to choose our battles wisely (most current battles are bound for losing on both sides), avoid rash decisions, make amends when appropriate, pay existing dues if possible, and know when it is time to let go and move on.