Mars Retrograde Charms & Cures

Mars in Sagittarius is rearing up to go Retrograde at 8 degrees of Sagittarius on April 17th. The planet of passion, lust, anger and aggression going backward sounds like a scary thing, and although it can be, it can also bring a settling of discordant affairs. Some people may be more agitated right now than usual, and suddenly might not seem like themselves. Others who blow a gasket regularly will be piping down, chilling out, and in some cases will give zero flips about things they probably ought to if they knew what was best for them.

Mars will reenter Scorpio May 27th, deepening emotional sensitivities and possibly turbulence and reactionary behavior. Experiencing setbacks or an inability to fight is common with this influence, which will last until Mars goes Direct at 23 degrees Scorpio on June 29th. The Retrograde starts with fussing and bit of fumigating and then throughout May and June, all hidden drives and motivations are brought to light for better or worse.

Mercury goes Retograde on April 28th so there’s double trouble to contend with for awhile, for those who choose to view things that way. Believe it or not, sometimes things that have been going all wrong can begin to go right during Retrograde phases. Usually, what happens is a combination of the good and bad, just as during any other time in life.

We have the choice now to affirm that we are going to release toxic habits, integrate the lessons learned and reviewed, embody our true selves and give thanks for the help that we receive in the weeks ahead. Whatever the case may be, here are some charms, herbs and flower essences that might help during this very Retrogrady rite of passage we are entering.


Rocks, Crystals and Gems to wear or carry:

Bloodstone – the stone of victory, courage, strength, success in legal matters and healing. In ancient Babylon it was carried to overcome enemies. It has also been carried by soldiers to either avoid wounds or serve as a magical first aid. It has long been believed to help staunch the flow of blood or to bring balance to blood disorders, including menstrual pain.

Flint – Flint, also known as Thunderstone or Elf Shot is a variety of opaque quartz that was sacred to several Native American tribes, used in many of their healing and magical rituals. It was carved into blades and carried as protective amulets. Use this stone to energetically stop all hateful attacks in their tracks.

Garnet  – a red stone associated with the planet Mars. In the 13th century this stone was used to repel insects, perhaps because of its ability to repel many other types of pests. Garnets are worn and carried to increase energy, strength, good fortune, and as a highly protective shield.

Pyrite – a stone of prosperity, luck and protection (in China this stone has been used to guard against crocodile attacks…most of us live free of this worry but one can never be sure)

Herbs & Essential Oils to take or use externally:

Black Pepper – this is a common kitchen spice that is sometimes mixed with salt to purify the home and protect it from harm. It is considered one of nature’s perfect foods by Yogis, used to cure and prevent diseases of the throat and sinuses (disclaimer – I make no medical claims here whatsoever – try any of this at your own risk!). Michael Tierra, author of The Way of Herbs suggests mixing seven ground peppercorns with honey and taking this each morning.

Ginger – a kitchen spice that brings circulation and aids digestion. This root is also used as an aphrodisiac. It can be shredded and added to cooked or raw foods, and it makes a very warming and calming tea.

Peppermint – a mild adaptogenic herb, inhaled via essential oil as a pick-me-upper to clear the sinuses and stimulate the senses by day, calmative and digestive as a tea by night.

Flower Essences to take internally:

Cliff Rose by Desert Alchemy – This is the essence for overcoming procrastination and all the ifs, ands, or buts that prevent one from acting on their goals. It helps to unite the will, intention and power to act.

Gentian by Bach Flower Essences (available at most “health food” stores) – Gentian helps to become more resilient and patient during challenges and to restore faith and optimism after a setback. The “strength to go on” essence.

Holly by Bach Flower Essences (available at most “health food” stores)– Overcoming feelings of jealousy, rage, hatred and other toxic emotions that build up and burst at the seams. Restoring a sense of trust and love.

Resins to burn:

Dragon’s Blood – a reddish resin burned to clear negativity and evil from a space and to protect it from any intrusions. It can also be carried or bits of it sprinkled around the house or property.

Frankincense – this resin highly prized by the ancients raises the vibration wherever it is carried or burned. It exorcises demons and dispels depression.

Ritual Space:

Mangala is the Sanskrit name for Mars, the red planet and the god of war. For those who are so inclined it could may be helpful to create an altar dedicated to this deity and to recite his mantra on Tuesdays: “Om Mangalāya Namaha”

Some people may prefer to dedicate their altar to a different version of Mars or even a feminine one. Whatever one decides, it might be most effective to use a red cloth, candle or other red object on this altar to symbolize Mars.

Wishing everyone a productive and insightful Mars Retrograde…get ready for a wild ride! 😉

On the Autumn Equinox New Moon! 9-23rd/24th 2014

Some hand written insights read aloud, about the Autumn Equinox 2014 as well as:

  • New Moon in Libra
  • Mercury Retrograde in Libra & Scorpio
  • Pluto Direct
  • the Libra/Aries Full Moon polarity,
  • Lunar Eclipse in Aries 10/8/14
  • and Mars in Sagittarius
  • Venus in Libra

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Word Composition & Speech Copyright by Yerevan 2014

Libra Equinox – The Power of Relationship

The New Moon on September 23rd of 2014 has a tone of potency and almost urgency about it. At just over 1 degree of Libra it forms a conjunction to the Super Galactic Center (SGC) – a voracious black hole that gravitationally organizes over thirty galaxies, our own included, as Philip Sedgwick has stated “at the cost of cannibalizing all of them”. This Autumn Equinox New Moon so close to the SGC indicates that we are being triggered toward a deeper understanding of our interrelatedness, as our relationships on Earth encompass so much more than mundane friendships and marriages, but include our extended family tree in all of life in this universe and even beyond. What does the word relationship mean to you and what sensations does it bring up? Right now we are evolving into both the question itself and the ever widening permeable answer.

There is a lot going on in the sign of Libra over the next few weeks and even months (you can tune in to my radio show on Tuesday morning the of the 23rd between 9:00 – 10:00 am PST for more info on the equinox, autumn season, and Libra/Aries polarity on KOWS radio), in addition to the Autumn Equinox with the Sun moving into this sign. Mercury has been in Libra since September first and Venus will enter on the 29th.

Libra, one of the most misunderstood signs is about relationship, and all that it entails. It indicates a duality between self and other, with emphasis on the give-and-take, the cause-and-effect, the positive and negative polarities within each relationship. In a word, we can say this sign is about Karma, particularly the growing sense of awareness or consciousness about karma and how it operates in our lives.


Ma’at, Egyptian goddess of Truth, Balance, and Justice

We have relationships to each other and also to seemingly inanimate objects that we use and abuse. We share relationships with the rocks, plants, trees, the homes we live in, with money, our neighbors, our audiences, our mail deliverers and internet servers, our perceived enemies, the planets and constellations and to this mysterious being some of us call God that we are all but extensions and reflections of.

We are shifting into the darker seasons with greater self-awareness than some of us have ever had before as well as the incentive to utilize and maximize both our latent and already manifest skills and abilities – and to do so in the spirit of cooperation. As lovely as it sounds this line of work is not for the faint of heart. We are achieving levels of success we didn’t know were possible before, that may even seem intimidating, disconcerting to our discontent. It is also exhilarating for those of us who have done the work to get where we are, and/or those willing to take up the challenge that life offers us now to create anew, driven by heart and soul. This is also the season of harvest, in which we will most certainly reap what we have sown.

Mercury has slowed down in Libra since the 14th for going Retrograde from October 4th to the 26th. Mercury enters Scorpio on September 27th, back-tracking into Libra on October 10th and completing its transit in this sign by November 8th.  Already you may have noticed quite a few miscommunications or irritating encounters with others that perhaps got under your skin or caused you to wonder “What’s in the air – did I – or did that girl get up on the wrong side of the bed or something?” Be careful about signing contracts or taking on new projects and agreements until the first week of November unless you don’t mind complications and delays. Ironically, Mercury is not necessarily at its kindest or most charming in the sign of Libra but can come across as simultaneously touchy and tough. There is also an underlying seriousness in our communications right now that thankfully can’t get too out of hand with Mars ablaze in fun-loving Sagittarius. Mars squaring Neptune during the past few days has added some colorful and bizarre additions to the mix.

With many hardships recently having passed and many blessings pouring in, we do not want to lose ourselves in either sorrow or ecstasy, anger or apathy, but to maintain a sort of non-attachment to objects and outcomes. We have gone from asking “Who am I” to now asking “Where do we go from here?” In Libra we need to keep it real and find a way to express our humanity, our truth, and our sense of justice without losing our cool. That’s all easier said than done, even though many with planets in this sign make it look like a piece of cake.

Libra is a sign that in its highest expression operates on the vibrational level of Ho’Oponopono, which is a Hawaiian practice for taking inner responsibility for whatever imbalances are both outwardly and inwardly perceived. The practice can awaken profound insights about our interconnectedness as well as lead to healing and transformation. The outer reflects the inner here quite quickly – thus indicating that the consciousness of the Law of Cause and Effect has become significantly heightened. We can either try to run and hide from that, blame others, or practice our own form of Ho’Oponopono. Here are a few relevant phrases to live by: “I’m sorry. Thank you. Please forgive me. I love you”

Pluto stations Direct after its annual six months of Retrogradation just before the New Moon occurs and approaches a square to it, and a T-square to rebellious Uranus in Aries. The collective creative impulse is greatly magnified as we seek to know and grow more fully aware of and into our purpose, as individuals and as a whole. We want to become more conscious and and on target with what kind of impact we have on those around us, as well as how we allow others to effect us.

Saturn’s continued mutual reception with Pluto and conjunction with Ceres in Scorpio during the New Moon emphasizes a need for many of us to reparent ourselves in regards to to emotional security, money, and the Mother Earth. Just as a black hole such as the SGC devours everything in sight, many of us in civilization have been born into a reality that bases its entire existence on consumerism and wastefulness of resources to the point of creating poverty on an otherwise rich and fertile planet.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon of the 23rd is:


“The transmutation of the fruits of the past experiences into the seed-realizations of the forever creative spirit; a repolarization of inner energies leading to a creative centralization of consciousness”

Creative centralization assists us in Manifestation, which is what we achieve more readily when we collaborate, cooperate and relate compassionately with others.

Mars In Sagittarius – Divine Retribution or Transformation

With Mars entering Sagittarius today, the heat is on! By the time many of you read this Mars will have exited the shadowy depths of Scorpio where much has been reckoned with and released and burst through the gates of the house of the fiery archer. There is an excitement in the air that tells us we should change direction, try something or go somewhere new, and commit more deeply to a pursuit for freedom and truth.

Pozhara fire godSome people may have a tendency to become too pushy about their version of “truth”, particularly of the religious variety (Mars in Sagittarius has often been known as a crusader) , while to others it will simply become more apparent as what they believe is repeatedly met with confirmation.

The greatest danger with Mars here is that we or others will fight mercilessly wherever injustice has been witnessed, without weighing out the pros and cons of any particular execution.  Sparks and tempers may fly, but facts and intentions should be double-checked before definitive action taken with Mercury slowing down to Retrograde in Libra, holding every word said in its scales.

We have an especially great opportunity over the next few weeks – until October 26th to push through some major obstacles in our way if we don’t let the destructive energy of Mars get the better of us. We know how miscommunications can wreak havoc on relationships but we also know that certain misconduct is or has been intentional…and this is what may enrage the Mars in Sagittarius person and those with planets being activated by this transit. We can either explode and place blame on things and others that make our lives more difficult than they should be or we can direct that passionate energy to our own transformative and evolutionary process.

Mars forms a square to Neptune in Pisces on September 21st, ironically on “International Peace Day”. This is when nightly dreams might really start getting weird as will possibly interaction from those who wield some kind of religious or seemingly magical power and influence over us or the world. It is equally possible that heightened spiritual states liberate us from oppressive outside influences.

Into the first week of October Mars begins to square Chiron which might bring up some very raw emotions that need physical outlets for release and expression. Meanwhile we receive help from a Grand Kite that trines Mars to Jupiter in Leo, Uranus in Aries, and the Sun in Libra. There is an optimism and readiness to act on our convictions with fairness and level-headedness rather than cruelty or rashness, thanks to Libra’s inherent desire for peace and equilibrium. After all, we need friends and allies to achieve many of our goals for as alien as we may sometimes feel we are not islands unto ourselves.

With Mars in this sign and Mercury Retrograde we are in for a wild ride, but the harmony between Sagittarius and Libra indicate that we got this – we can do this without running ourselves into the ground or losing our minds. If either of those things start to happen, don’t be afraid to stop, recalibrate and “reboot”. Cheers to wild adventures and revelations! ❤

Mars in Sagittarius 2014

I asked a good friend of mine yesterday how the Full Moon’s been treating her and she nonchalantly replied “It’s been ok for the most part. Over the weekend I jumped out of a plane…and yeah, that was cool” Following her reply was my uproar of laughter…”Oh ok, that’s all!” She proceeded to tell me how much I’d probably love sky-diving too, once I give it a try (which she declared with confidence that I will at some point…we’ll see…..maybe some time when Mars is transiting Sagittarius I’ll find the nerve!).  We talked on for a bit, sharing insights and encounters. “Yes, that sensation of total unexpected calmness makes sense! It’s kind of like the time I went inside of a cage and pet a tiger”, I said. We both agreed that either we’re just plain stupid or we’re on to something here…something……so enlivening.

Relevant things we have to look forward to this fall:


Mars enters Sagittarius on September 13th until the October 26th. It forms a reckless sesquiquadrate to Uranus the next day on the 14th as Mercury enters the shadow of its Retrograde through October that will also station Direct in Libra on October 26th. The planet of fiery passion in the sign of adventure spell out sass, splendor, and spectacular dances within the borders of death.

Mars in Sagittarius is as much about savoring the last strawberry we may ever eat to testing our limits on how much hot sauce we can down, how much ice we can sit in, how long we can maintain an intense yoga posture, or how fast we can drive when nobody else is on the road.  You get the picture that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist or an athlete to appreciate the fine qualities that this transit potentially stimulates within and around us.

It really can also help us to also get off our haunches if we’re stuck somewhere, somehow, and can’t see a solution or a way out. Mars in Sag says “When there is a will, there is a way!”

Whether you’re timid about asking someone on a date or just need to make some pretty huge and disconcerting changes in your life that completely take you out of your comfort zone, take heart – for Mars in Sagittarius is here to save the day – and the month. This super hero combination won’t let us not do what we want or need to do, no matter how bumpy, trippy or intimidating it may seem.