A reading that expounds on the blog post Mars Retrograde Tarot Reading 2020
Mars goes Retrograde at 28 degrees of Aries on September 9th and stationing Direct on November 13th at 15 degrees. This Retrograde period can have the effect of softening the edge on some course emotions such as rage, terror, jealousy and hatred and rekindling our heart’s true passions. It may also bring back opportunities to pick up where we left off with certain hobbies or interests. However, when Mars goes back into Direct motion in November, those pressing matters which were left unsaid and undone may come to a head – and explode!
Remember to check out the description for your Rising sign too. For a more specific and detailed reading, a full birth chart reading with transits is recommended.
Here some ideas for each of the signs:
For you Arians out there this Retrograde period is all about you getting back into touch with yourself on a deep level. What do you really want to happen and with who? In what ways have you been holding yourself back? This should be an illuminating time in which you reignite your joie de vivre.
This phase offers a reflection period for all that you have put your energy toward during the past couple of years. Are the results to your liking or are there certain things you would like to change? Likely there are both. Inspiration comes to you in unusual forms over these next few weeks.
You are interested in connecting with old friends or an old flame. Your life has undergone drastic changes and this period offers you the chance to assimilate them. Rather than keep your thoughts to yourself, you may stronger desire connection with your community in which to share plans and ideas.
Has your work load been heavy lately or have your body seemed to struggle with increased demands at work or at home? Maybe during this period you’ll finally be able to get a better handle on it all. Something finally falls into place that took a great deal of your time and energy before.
You’ve recently been drawn out into the open again, after a period of rest or laying low. It seems like everything is happening “all at once”. For some of you this year has led to a spiritual crisis or awakening. Now you will finally be able to make sense of your impressions and experiences.
The subject of money comes into focus, especially as it pertains to legal agreements. How you deal with this is a personal choice. If you’ve felt stuck this year in some way that may soon change for the better. A new option or invitation will appear. A previous gift in disguise makes itself known.
Partnerships have been a roller coaster this year, sometimes being fun and other times totally sucky. During this period Mars mellows out the tension you’ve been experiencing with someone, whether this is a close interpersonal relationship, business centered or something else. Objectivity is key.
Either more things seem to have been asked of you lately, or you have decided that you need to take major action in some area of your life that has become too stagnant. In any case this is a very busy phase for you when a special routine begins to pick up. This is also a great time for personal healing.
The highlight is your creative life force energy. You are getting back into doing something that you really enjoy, or continuing a project that you began recently. Go back to doing what you love, and what comes naturally to you. This period may also feature activities with your children or young people.
The thing being called to your attention is the need to change something within your environment. It is very possible that you leave an unhealthy situation at work or do something to fix it. For many of you this will revolve around your home life. It’s about gaining relief from something that’s bothering you.
Your family members are the highlight this month, whether that means biological or kindred spirits. If you’ve had disagreements lately this time period should help you to patch things up. For some of you the focus may actually revolve around education and being able to continue with your studies.
If money has slipped through your fingers for awhile or you’ve simply been unhappy about your purchases, that could change during Mar’s Retrograde through your second house. You’ll no longer feel like you’re getting the short end of the stick here. You’re entering a period of increased fulfillment.
Mars Retrograde in Aries September 9 – November 13
Reading for the World 🌎
Using the Herbal Tarot deck by Michael Tierra and Candis Cantin I picked 3 cards for this transit of Mars Retrograde in its home sign, Aries. Raw malachite, a stone of transformation and psychic protection is pictured above.
What surrounds us: 8 of Swords
This currently speaks of the continued sense of being hemmed in and locked down. It is important to ground, pause and focus because there are so many ideas, so many options that make it difficult to know the truth or choose correct decisions. Many s-words can mean the mix-up of words, and resulting anxiety. The swords represent air and the air quality in many parts of the world is very poor right now due to smoke from so-called “wildfires”. This card indicates a collective movement through a “dark night of the soul”, where we have the opportunity to face many fears, conquer many obstacles. Black Cohosh is an herb long sacred to Native Americans and used for nerves, cramps and pains. On the energy level this herb and its flower assists with spiritual detoxification – especially of those toxins that have accumulated as a result of suffering many years of abuse. This is a social kind of abuse that very few of us have escaped. Now, more are recognizing it and ready to break the pattern.
Advice card: Temperance
Temperance speaks of the search for truth. It suggests cooperative efforts for global transformation. There is a star 🌟 of truth and divine providence that shines above each of us, lighting the way at every moment. By following this truth instead of temptation, greed and temporary conveniences we break free of vicious cycles that would keep us trapped in a state of perpetual suffering. Temperance also reflects being shown a method/methods of honing our unique skills, to perfect our artistry (there is an art to almost every skill) in a way that positively impacts those around us. Traditionally, this card depicts an Angel holding alchemical cups. This, among other things serves as a reminder that divine assistance is available when we truly allow it into our lives. Echinacea is an herb widely used for building immunity. It is not meant for long term use, nor is it for use by all people. Here, it primarily serves as a reminder to keep up our immunity in every possible way, because we need our strength to get through these immensely challenging times.
Outcome: 6 of Swords
This speaks of a journey be it physical, mental or spiritual. The journey may take place over water, figuratively or literally. Some will sink, others will swim, and yet others will sail across. The water in this case may be Neptunian in nature…an ocean of deception that many have risen above and now navigate above. It indicates a big mental “AHA” that is and will be occurring by the time Mars goes Direct in mid-November. The 6 of Swords points to the shedding of outmoded ideas and becoming more aware of the world around us. Old views are replaced with new knowledge and wisdom, especially near the Equinox of September 22nd. Blockages to many 3rd eyes 👁 wil be cleared so that more people see the truth of what is going on. Vervain induces sweat, removes toxins. This could hint at the healing quality of the sweat lodge, sauna, steam-room or of the Sun. It’s time to sweat out the poisons of global domination from our collective Souls.
Mars, planet of action moves backward in a square with Pluto these next few months. This is a sign of both tension and huge changes underway.
We are the resistance to medical tyranny, economic slavery and global corruption 💪
2020 rounds off to a Four year in numerology, bringing stability and strength to various aspects of life including health, relationships and significant endeavors. Four is an even number and therefore brings a certain degree of predictability along with peace of mind. This may come as great relief after the frenetic Three year coming to a close.
The Three year of 2019 has brought many opportunities, options and ideas to mull over but frequently too much going on all at once to process. It was exciting but also over the top. There was a lot of movement and inspiration along with extreme anxiety and uncertainty about the environment, which path to choose and about the future overall. Three corresponds with the Empress card of the Major Arcana and during the year there have been many themes both positive and negative revolving around maternal figures, relationships or issues with women, fertility, creativity, romance, sexuality, and the feminine. The Empress card’s ruling planet Venus made powerful alignments with Mars, the planet associated with the number Three vibration.
Four corresponds to the Emperor card of the Major Arcana, which is influenced by the sign of Aries and the planet Mars. The presence of the Emperor signifies a shift of focus toward paternal figures, politicians, men, masculinity, masonry, order, architecture, the building of structure, tradition, ambitions, security and protection.
Whereas life may have moved too fast, at a hectic pace that seemed uncontrollable during 2019, the Four vibration of 2020 will slow things down and so that movement itself is more carefully thought out and deliberate. Three is wild and won’t be contained while Four seeks for organization and fits things neatly into boxes. Insecurity, doubts and fears will be replaced with increased confidence, practicality and a warrior-like sense of courage. It will become easier to set down some roots, grow in stamina, create or nurture something of lasting value, gain steady income, become more focused and to achieve what previously could not be due to distractions or impatience.
Four is a number that relates to many things that give structure such as:
Four directions, Four seasons, Four elements, and Four limbs
These things help us to navigate, tell what time it is, and to better understand our place in the Universe. Four gets us in touch with good old terra firma, reminding us of our feet and the way that gravity holds us, keeping all of our parts intact and upright. 2020 could be a favorable year for building a home, launching a career, providing for family, planting a garden or working to restore natural resources, and to strengthen our boundaries which means different things to different folks. This is a number of conventional views and with its influence, frivolities fall away in the pursuit of lasting satisfaction and success through dedication and consistency. It can also indicate public recognition for efforts and achievements.
The number Four is one of endurance and is an appropriate match for the heightened focus around Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto all transiting the highly industrious sign of Capricorn in 2020. The planet Mercury which represents mental faculties and communications has been linked with this number. Mercury relates also to merchandise and money. Four is considered a lucky number for not just making money or achieving stability but increasing prosperity through sales, hard work or even through knowledge.
Fatherhood, patriarchy, relationships or issues with men and male activities will be the highlights throughout the entire year. During the Sun’s transit through Aries, from March 20th to April 19th the Emperor’s influence will be strongly experienced. This may be especially noticeable in April, the fourth month of the year. The long-standing results of what occur during this time could be positive or negative depending on several factors.
The Emperor gets all of us in touch with the Sacred or Profane Masculine in some way, shape or form. This card can relate to male authority figures including fathers, politicians, dictators and world leaders. Symbolically it addresses all of the injustices that have been done both to and by men, through the ages. It zeros in on what men are going through or what women are experiencing regarding the men or males in their life. Many young men who are called “Millenials” are becoming aware of a need for emotional recovery and empowerment. They have suffered the burdens of those before them who offered no real support or validation of their masculinity. They may have had poor role models and now seek for enlightened methods of living, parenting, and relating to others and themselves.
The planet Mars which corresponds to the Emperor will be in Aries, the first sign of its rulership, for an extended duration (more than half of the year 2020) due to its Retrograde motion September 9th to November 13th. This transit beginning in late June and carried into the New Year of 2021 may entail a great deal of reworking and recovery of the male self-image, sexuality, and ambitions. It may indicate that we are dealing with some very powerful male dominant forces or that we need to become better organized in coping with the pressing issues in our countries and communities.
There are four recognized Cardinal Virtues and four Cardinal signs of the Zodiac, which are the first signs to form a cross within the wheel. Those born under the signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn those or having a predominance of planets in them in their charts will likely be experiencing profound shifts, endings and new beginnings throughout 2020. Part of this is due to the focus of planets in Capricorn which also deals with paternity and masculine authority, as well as the Nodal Axis continuing its focus between Cancer and Capricorn until May. In addition to the awaited transit of Mars through Aries, the comet Chiron is transiting Aries, emphasizing areas in need of healing, particularly for those with personal planets or placements in any of the four Cardinal signs.
The downside of a Four year is that for some people it could seem too monotonous, boring, predictable or stale. It could cause the sensation of being stuck, pinned down or locked into place. It could also indicate stagnancy in the political scene. Negatively, the Four vibration imposes rules that are limiting instead of supportive. Depending on where the focus has been largely placed in the past and where it’s going in 2020, people may seem trapped and immobile or they could become more grounded. Effects are going to be unique to each and every individual because of their innate value system and set of circumstances.
The Four year supports activities that bring greater strength and stability, such as working muscles through various weight-resistance exercises or starting a savings account. Paradoxically, as an even number the Four also supports non-action. This is the year to become a lot more careful about expenditures of energy, making sure to get adequate rest instead of working oneself into the ground.
The number Four is all for what’s practical and not glamorous. It highlights work that may be humble but that definitely pays off in the long run. This is especially true of the kind of work that ensures that our basic needs are met. It’s about not being afraid to get our hands dirty as we slowly but surely build the life of our dreams.
During 2020, the structure that Four represents is an aid to discipline and self-mastery. It will become important to provide life’s essentials for ourselves and loved ones so that from a position of strength we may venture into the world with greater confidence and resilience than before.
Suggested reading for the #4 year of the Emperor:
Iron John, A Book about Men by Robert Bly.
Mars has appeared super bright in the night sky this month in its growing closest approach to Earth today, May 30th. In the system of Human Design, Mars reentered the 14th Gate on May 24th for the 2nd time this year since late February up until the Solar Eclipse on March 8th. It will be transiting the Gate of Possession in Great Measure until June 15th. Gate 14 is also associated with Power Skills – particularly how we utilize them to acquire wealth and things that bring us satisfaction and success in life. With Mars Retrograde until June 29th energies are being drawn inward instead of experienced in obviously empowering ways. We get a third go with this transit from July 24th until the New Moon of August 2nd.
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials” – or so the Chinese proverb goes…
Right now it may be difficult for a lot of folks to see the sparkle coming through their friction and trials. The themes brought up by Mars in Scorpio’s trine to Chiron in Pisces in early February will be revisited and integrated in deeper ways throughout June and July. Deeply buried pain, emotions, and longings must find outlets for expression and release. Those troublesome issues or feelings that are swept under the rug or suppressed will only intensify agonies, whether self-inflicted or caused by outside forces. Some may be facing ancestral karmic entanglements, while others struggle with finances and getting their personal needs met. Maybe you’re one of those lucky souls doing just fine on the earth plane at this time. Almost everybody will be getting deeper in touch with their emotional selves in some way.
With strength, determination, and willpower it’s time to make some major life changes that reflect the our truest desires and especially our truest nature’s – not the artificial, watered-down, subdued, victimized, cruel, plastic, and unreal versions of ourselves that we’ve been taught to identify with. When we allow our brilliance to shine we find greater fulfillment in our existence and become of greater benefit to those around us. Also, in the state of unencumbered radiance we tend to attract the funds and resources we need with ease.
With Mars Retrograde in Scorpio, we are called into the depths of the Underworld of our own psyches for review. Just as the shaman gathers lost fragments of soul that have been scattered aimlessly into the cosmos due to shock and trauma, we have the abilities to self-heal and reclaim our lost power. Sleep patterns, circadian rhythms, and energy levels in general may be off for many right now, and one of the flower essences that can be of tremendous assistance of this is Opium Poppy. You can get this through Alaskan Flower essences or Power of Flowers.
Going through this intense crisis in consciousness leading to completions from this and multiple past lives we will collectively be like the Phoenix rising from the ashes.
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.
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! 😉
This April is chock full of twists and turns, on-a-roll with revelations, and retroactive in many respects. Seeds planted will begin to bear fruit. Plans made long ago will be fulfilled. Issues and problems will find resolution. Maybe something spiraling downward will hit rock bottom, or if it’s already there it will rise up to greet the sun. Something will be reborn. This is a roundabout way of saying what’s gone around will be coming around, in thought, deed, or manifestation.
This month began with two planets backward motion and three slowing down to Retrograde:
Jupiter has been Retrograde since January 7th, still in conjunction to the North Node in Virgo. We’re being given a chance to clear house and make right the wrongs in our lives so that when Jupiter moves back into forward motion (June 9th) we’ll begin to see the pathways moving forward with greater ease and to receive better pay-offs than before for our investments of time, energy, and money spent on various endeavors.
Saturn went Retrograde in Sagittarius on March 25th, first squaring Neptune in Pisces in November 2015. We’re vibing on a second square coming up in June and a third in August…leading us into what might be a most disruptive if not profoundly peculiar autumn season. Already since Saturn’s entry into Sagittarius in December 2014 we have seen a significant melting of barriers in our educational, medical, religious, and corporate systems – an increasingly rapid breaking down of boundaries and flagging of false identities with the sanity of the collective mind severely at stake.
This is not the time to claim Truth as some kind of doctrine or cure-all pill under the assumption that we know everything we need to know. Far from it. If ancient lies finally being exposed for what they are are not enough to stir us into action (because the energy of apathy, hopelessness, and despair is pumped into the media we’re fed and the air we breathe), there’s nothing in the world like rolling up our sleeves and getting directly involved with what matters. If every vote counts, then each able-bodied person would do well to start by looking in the mirror. This is the time to seek for clarity and take a stand for what we deem as worthy, genuine, and sacred within ourselves. We are so powerful, and it seems like this is what we are most afraid of.
Mars is slowing down to turn Retrograde in Sagittarius on the 17th while it’s higher octave planet Pluto prepares to put on the breaks in Capricorn on the 18th. Mars recedes back into Scorpio on June 28th right before turning Direct on the 29th. The general tone between now and then is less aggressive and more introspective than usual. Players on the field whether sexual, psychological, or otherwise could begin to feel as though they’ve lost a grip on their game. Something that was taken to an extreme could fizzle out as other things become more important than it seemed to be. Battles should be chosen very carefully or avoided altogether. Whatever we’re doing we may seriously need to lighten up and see the humor in this circus we call life.
Mercury enters Taurus on the 5th and goes Retrograde from April 28th until June 22nd. Communication becomes more subjective and details take on deeper levels of importance during this stretch. Suited to this transit are activities related to bettering ourselves in some way by taking a second or third look at the work we’ve done or the wealth we have acquired in a certain area and seeking to improve and expand there. Reread a favorite book, restring a well-played guitar, repot a cherished plant, repaint a house, reevaluate stocks, bonds and other financial investments to see if little or large tweaks can be made.
The recent eclipses in March shook some deep dark debris from our psyches and left us with a lot to consider for the next phase of our journeys. What are the concepts, tools, energies, and people that we will share our newfound “space” with? April will clue us in by revealing many of our true values versus those we’ve bound ourselves to out of necessity, habit, and neglect.
What happens when our planet named after the God of War goes Direct? Only one thing is sure. It won’t be boring.
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.
April Full Moon Eclipse in Libra 25 degrees 4-15-14
The coming Lunar Eclipse in Libra may agitate things, people and the Earth to the pinnacles of polarity as opposites alternate between major attraction and aversion. Clashes like the ones we may be experiencing now are ironically rare and hard to come by, in that they are so compelling and intense they actually may draw us into greater awareness of our flaws in objective ways – that we may improve. This could assist us in seeing more clearly than ever before what we’ve previously missed in our misguided attempts to either control or avoid our fate. Like loud gongs sounding the beginning, the end, or the acknowledgment of a sacred ceremony, we hear the thunder rolling in our minds or from those around us who will no longer be contained. We must act. Not doing so would mean stasis and death in the current mode of existence. Fortunately many conflicts and events come to conclusions during Lunar Eclipses, so there are many instances where we are going to breathe a big sigh of relief.
The infrequent stellar alignment of Mars, Earth, and the Sun on April 8th will have primed us for this wave of even more intensified energy, which is actually similar to what happens every time a month contains a set of eclipses. Foundations are tested; those tried and true remain and possibly strengthen while those outworn or have lived their purpose are often kicked mercilessly to the curb.
The beauty and potency of this Mars Retrograde activated Lunar Eclipse in Libra is that we get to choose. Whether we like it or not, we must choose. Default button here would not be fun. We get to choose our words, allies, opponents, positions, and our tools. Essentially we get to choose our battles. Later in the month we also get to choose a new set of values or redefine and polish our old ones, highlighted by the Solar Eclipse in Taurus on the 28th. Some may wonder how is it that two eclipses in signs ruled by Venus the goddess of Love could stir up so much hate and aggression in people…quite simply the extra long Mars in Libra transit is not one to inspire anybody to turn the other cheek on what rubs the wrong way. While Libra is the sign of marriage it is equally (in relationship the scales come into play) the sign of divorce. The greatest challenge here is really a conquering of the ego, which Mars tends to arouse. From December 7th of 2013 to July 25th 2014 we have been facing our dragons, or whatever roadblocks have been in the way of our progress in life coming both from inside and outer events and adversaries.
Ceres, the asteroid goddess connected with nurturing, food, and the Mother archetype’s shadow is in exact conjunction to the Lunar Eclipse in Libra. The need for deep and meaningful exchange with others and the Earth herself here override pride, aloofness, and in some cases prejudice. This includes a reorientation in our relationship to terra firma, whether this occurs through nature’s disruptions to our plans or our ability to ride the waves of change with grace. Positively, we may find or come across someone with whom we have a lot more in common than we previously thought or would have imagined based on their appearance. We may find new uses for what we once considered weeds while certain pests become precious. Vesta close behind enhances our ability to respond with emotional warmth in situations where we may otherwise have held back. The energy of Juno conjunct the Sun opposite of this cluster is further reflecting back to us a profound sense of oneness with those we share a connection to.
The fixed star Arcturus is conjunct this eclipse, believed astrologically to bestow riches and honor. Combined with the moon it is said to bring new friends, business success, and domestic harmony. It may be worth mentioning that Spica joins in with an even sweeter known benevolence which not only potentially brings or enhances fame and fortune but raises spiritual awareness, inspiration, or virtues. However, with Arcturus in the tighter conjunction having been in opposition with Mars we shouldn’t push our luck. Anything is possible now if we remain open and grateful for what we have going right.
The building energy of seven exact squares to Uranus and Pluto between 2012 – 2015 make this Eclipse even more incredible and far-reaching as the fifth square and cardinal Grand Cross between Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter and Mars rounds off between April 21st through the 23rd. Many wonder if they are coming or going and the answer is both. Old particles of energy that we once claimed as the sum total our identity are dissolving or showing us where we need to revise and restructure with areas such as work, career, health, relationships and creative endeavors. Our political and justice system goes without saying, but with Uranus involved rebellion is reaching a peak. Breakdowns are showing us what we can no longer ignore or accept as truth. New opportunities being presented to us may be long ago prayers finally being answered and long time efforts now bearing fruits.
The North Node is closely aligned with the Lunar Eclipse, attuning us to subtle and not-so-subtle currents within our environment, heightening intuitive faculties particularly in response to the moods and nuances of those we are in close relationship or proximity to. Whatever we ourselves are processing or putting out to others, we need to “own it” and not be afraid of emotions which otherwise remain stuck and toxic to us. This doesn’t mean to indulge in projection but simply to allow feelings to be what they are and pass through, rather than trying to resist them.
Last but not least the Sabian symbol for this Eclipse is quite beautiful…
“An Eagle and a Large White Dove Change Into Each Other; the Interaction of the Love Principle When Critical Needs Arise”
(Libra scales by Kagaya, Ceres artist unknown)
The Full Moon at 26 degrees Virgo is one of harvest, personal renewal and body-mind-soul integration. Being so close to the Equinox, this moon signals a major turning point not only in the year but in our lives, mostly likely for the better no matter how things appear on the surface. We are noticing that many of our prayers have been answered, perhaps not in ways we imagined or requested. Seeds we planted are beginning to bear fruit, and efforts we have made are beginning to show signs of how we have progressed.
Being a feminine earth sign Virgo brings out our abilities to act and select with a high level of integrity and refinement, whatever gender we happen to be. It brings out our feminine powers of the kind intuitive discernment that can be immediately applied in practical, tangible ways to better ourselves and our endeavors. As long as we don’t get carried away with a “fix-it” attitude or become dominated by another’s, then we can manage to get a lot done. There can be deep mind purification in facing challenges with the willingness to tackle them down methodically, versus shunning them or plunging into them in a manner of self sabotage.
The Sabian symbol for this moon is:
“A Group Of Aristocratic Ladies Meet Ceremonially At A Court’s Function”.
This indicates that even in times of war, struggle, famine, and hardship we tend to benefit from cultural and feminine traditions that help keep us and others in line so to speak – honoring changes with grace rather than resistance.
With Mars Retrograde in Libra conjunct the North Node relationships are undergoing many challenges as issues of control, fairness, equality, and human rights take precedence over fun and romance. The asteroid Vesta supports the direction of this combined energy where it needs to go, but still requires a great deal of self-determination, effort and focus to see specific goals through. Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio isn’t letting anybody skips steps either, but it is well aligned with this Full Moon so that we know exactly what steps we need to take. Patience and perseverance are both needed at this time.
The Cosmic pressures are currently such that we must finally recognize the patterns that we have held locked in place and how we have prevented our own progress. By noticing our own misconceptions, our resistance and disgust with those who have wounded us or those we care about, along with the pent up rage accumulated over lifetimes, we are faced with a major opportunity to clear house spiritually, so that the Divinity of who we truly are can fully inhabit our bodies. Why would any of us willingly and consciously house anything other than that in our bodies?
This means that because of noticing our harmful habits we are looking and wanting to find more ways to self nurture through various forms of earthy medicine, minerals and food. The Virgin symbolizes more than sexual chasteness; in ancient times a virgin was meant to describe a woman who was self-contained in her essence. She honored the temple of her body, replenishing it with nutrients and rituals rather than casually giving herself away. She could simultaneously have been a servant, a healer, a priestess, a warrior and/or a woman of the wilderness. This is the inherent ability of the Virgoan person.
Compassion and forgiveness are keynotes of the Sun in Pisces, which is reflected in its polar opposite sign as Virgo’s willingness to humbly be of service. Forgiveness of the self is in some ways more difficult and therefore important than the forgiveness of others. Of course when we hold spite and anger toward others we further hurt ourselves with that anger and possibly keep that other person locked into their own harmful patterns by focusing on what we hate about them. I won’t lie – not doing this is easier said than done.
New Agers and God worshippers out there can talk all the fluffy idealistic love and compassion they want, but when push comes to shove…who wants to hear it? In actuality we are often living in a world where brutality, suffering, and hardship forces humanity to crawl on its hands and knees for those very things it needs most. This is precisely what the Cardinal Grand Square between Mars, Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter is pushing our society deal with and figure out. Are we going to act with gentleness and sweetness (that will be the day…when astrology becomes obsolete), or are we going to step up to the plate and just do whatever dirty work we’ve been avoiding but now must be done? We don’t get to not act, but we get the choice of whether and how to act or react to stress and injustice. We can choose whether this work will be done with a positive or indignant attitude. Many of us will get to choose who to work with and who to walk away from. There will be a lot of walking away for the next few weeks, since Mars is in Libra but not in any kind of position to fight.
The Sun in Pisces reminds us that what goes around comes around. This should help us to stand back and get a better view of our situations, whether they seem good or bad. Maybe we created what we are experiencing with either our own abundance or lack of sound judgment, maybe we were perpetrators or victims, or maybe we were just lucky and the list goes on. There is not necessarily a spiritual connotation to everything that happens in life. We must remember however that the more emotion imbued into anything, the more karma it generates. It’s also not necessarily our job to make sure someone else gets their “just desserts”. It’s our job to be true to ourselves, which will be our insurance for a better life ahead.
Virgo can be the High Priestess of the Zodiac, as in her highest manifestation she is intuitive, practical and wise. She help us to cultivate our finer qualities in order that we may use them to benefit others in some way. Her subtle beauty is contained in an air of authority and autonomy – she does not cast pearls to swine. Details are attended, yet energy is reserved only for what is worthy and important. She is like the Divine Nurse who directs us to the doctor within that actually has the power to heal. She helps those in need with a hand up – not a hand out. May we be inspired to do the same.
Virgo image by Josephine Wall