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June 2016

Mars Stations Direct 6/29

Making these images on my snapchat cracks me up. Awesome that they have the zodiac stickers tho!

Anyhoo, I’m finally getting around to discussing Mars Retrograde. This started all the way back in April, around the 17th, when Mars stationed retrograde around 8° Sagittarius (really though, it started in February when Mars passed 23° Scorpio and entered the shadow zone). Mars resubmerged into Scorpio around May 28. Since last Sunday, he’s been slowing waaaaaaaaaay down. The moment when he stops going back, or stations direct (fancy astrology terms, baby!) is coming up in a few days on June 29. This means Mars will be hovering around 23° Scorpio for over three weeks, finally moving forward again by July 11! At the beginning of August, we’ll get back into Sag and by the end of the month, we’ll have exited the shadow zone.

So what does it mean? Mars is our drive, will, passion, our outgoing energy to achieve our goals. Mars rules Aries, the Ram, the First, the “I Am.” Mars likes to do what it likes to do, and doesn’t like to be told no or to necessarily consider others; that’s more Mercury’s job, right? Well in fiery Sag, Mars loves it because it’s pushing for your higher truth, goals related to travel and expanding horizons. When the retro started, that Mars energy that usually goes out, became refocused inward. We started reevaluating what our truth was, if we were really heading in that direction. THEN, Mars went back into Scorpio.

Mars traditionally ruled over Scorpio as well as Aries, when Pluto was discovered that rulership changed. The personal will becomes enmeshed with those closest to us. Am I doing this because I want to or because you need to? The personal power of the will becomes diluted, and that can cause Mars to chafe. We might be more aware, if not resentful, of our close ones making demands of our energy.

I’ve talked about this in various other posts, but the overall effect of this year’s Mars Rx seems to be really going back and digging up secrets, figuring out who we are going to merge wills with and who we are not, how those connections work for us. Once we’ve investigated our way out of Scorpio, we’ll take the truths we learned there into the light of Sagittarius and decide our own path. This process over these almost eight months (Mars rarely goes retro, and usually moves through the signs muuuuuuch more quickly) has tested our will in close bonds. By the end of the summer (Northern Hemisphere), we will have much more clarity and focus in terms of what we want to do, and we’ll be less entangled as we have been.

Personally, what I’ve noticed as an Aries Ascendant is that I’ve felt markedly more relaxed than usual. I’m often running around from thing to thing so fast that there’s not a lot of time for reflection. During this Rx, I’ve felt less impulsive and hasty. I take things slower than my normal breakneck pace. Like it’s more important to relax and be safe than be anywhere on time-not that I haven’t been punctual, but unhurried, unrushed. Even in times of conflict, I noticed that my usual reaction to crush any and all opposition was not on the surface. I’ve also been a little listless. I have had drama with my close relationships, but I’ve noticed that I’m talking more than fighting, listening more than doing. It’s been restful while seeming like an eternity-I felt early on that if I tried hard to do something, the resistance was so great it made the task impossible; when I stopped doing the Mars TRYING so hard, things flowed a lot easier.

So these next two weeks will be v interesting. I’m wanting to see if we’re going a little stir-crazy by July 11. My prediction is that we’re gonna feel a bit stagnant by then, like what is happenniiiiiiiioooiing? But after that clears and we’re done with the 8-month event in August, our will shall be in time with our higher truth. We’ll have dug deep into our relationships and have a force of will looking globally outward.

Let me know what you think! Any stories to share about the Mars Rx experience?

Cheers,

Will

Lil quick reference:

-2/19-Mars enters shadow zone at 23° Scorpio. Mars reached 29° Scorpio around March 4ish, and was into 0° Sag around March 7.

-4/17-Mars stations retrograde at 8° Sag.

-5/28-Mars back into Scorpio at 29°.

-6/19-Mars reaches 23° Scorpio again. Going very slow, he’ll be at this degree until about July 11. That’s over 3 weeks of Mars in the same spot.

-6/29-Mars stations direct.

-8/3-Mars re-enters Sag at 0°.

-8/23-Mars reaches 9°, emerging from the shadow zone.

Full Moon in Sagittarius Numbah Dos!

Heidy ho!

The SECOND full moon in Sag happens at 5.02am MST on Monday, June 20 (thanks zodiacarts.com for the timezone breakdown!). This is also called the Strawberry Moon, and was known in Europe as the Rose Moon or the Honey Moon (thanks almanac.com!). Much of what applies from my last post is still in effect, but the nuances are nuancier. A couple of key things are different, changing the tone. The last full moon was at 1° Sag, and this one is at 29.33°. The beginning of the sign and the last bit right before it becomes Capricorn. This suggests that we’ve made much headway on those Sag higher truth goals from the last full moon, but there is still work to be done to hone and perfect the energy. We still have to learn what is foreign, what is outside of our experience, we still need to follow our own higher truth. This full moon gives us extra fire to do so.

Last time, we were in Sun Taurus and Mercury was retrograde in that same sign. Mercury is now moving forward, and is even in it’s own sign of Gemini! Communication is flowing freely now, and isn’t so caught up in esteem issues.  The last moon cycle energy started in Taurus, and had to do with self-worth, values, standing on your own ground, and money. Then the first Sag full moon had to do with developing that self-worth into higher consciousness. This moon cycle happens in Gemini (the full moon JUST before the Sun shifts into Cancer), which means that the new moon and the full moon energies are tied into communication rather than what is solely yours. This time, the action taken on the full moon comes from your interactions with the people in your everyday environment. Your everyday exchanges (Gemini Sun) will be opposition your emotional awareness and duty to your higher calling (Sag Moon). Oppositions are either a tug of war or a perfect balance (all full moons are oppositions). Maybe you’ll feel compelled to get away from it all, take a trip or something. Maybe your everyday thing won’t be jiving right. Maybe you’ll feel surrounded by voices and opinions, and think, “None of that feels right.” This is the time to take action, the full moon, the intuitive/emotional nature illuminated by the light of the conscious Sun. What I’m saying is, you gotta do what you gotta do. Are your obligations working for you? Experiencing and hearing about plans falling thru, I’m not taking it personal, I’m conscious of everyone doing what they really need to do, regardless of my expectations. Examining expectations is definitely a Sag ideal, that sign ruling philosophies, religions, knowledge, etc. But! It’s communication that will open up this higher path. Gotta balance the Gemini and Sag energy. What do you engage (Gemini) and what do you let go (Sag, kinda)?

So the Grand Cross that the new moon in Gemini was a part of is reignited with Mercury’s current transit. I feel like maybe things are being talked about right now that happened during the new moon earlier this month? Mercury is opposition Saturn right now, so it’s a balancing act of communication and those grounding trials to that higher truth. This feels like a push/pull to me. We want to talk, but we’re pressed to follow our inner voice. We’re talking about what we felt before, maybe not feeling like we’re being heard? The new moon grand cross post, but put Mercury in for the new moon. Lolz. Do we feel like we can speak, or do we feel restricted by outside forces? Do we have something to say but hold our tongue because those hoes ain’t worth it? Things like this.

Something I’ll add on to this grand cross energy is that Jupiter is conjunct the North Node in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter is blessings and expansion, growing opportunities and the north node is soul destiny. Jupiter is also justice and harmony and all the good things, so there’s a feeling of the Virgo-detail energies being a big deal right now. Those day-to-day routines of service as well as self-care are a part of our destiny, the details are feeling important. Trine Pluto in Cap suggests that those energies will be practical and transformative. This can be huge for the bankroll, Jupiter expanding and Pluto(cracy) collecting those coins. This grand cross might not be fun, but the transformative energies seem to be for our benefit. Go there.

I haven’t done a post on Mars retrograde, but I’ve been sneaking it into these updates. Mars is still backing up through Scorpio until he stations direct again at the end of the month on the 29th. It’s only connection to this grand cross action is a quincunx (not directly across, but one sign over, unpredictable) to Uranus in Aries, and a trine (120°, most harmonious) to Chiron in Pisces. This feels like the will is hidden away, like maybe we’re not wanting to face things directly. With Mars being retrograde, as it’s the ruler of my chart, I’ve felt a distinct lack of motivation, maybe why I never got around to doing a full-fledged post. Like…I don’t wanna. Hahaha. It feels like charging in full force isn’t working, so let’s wait and see what happens. The thing about it right now is, this underground approach is low-key healing because of Chiron, the will and the wounded healer vibing out. And the connection to Uranus gives unpredictable, explosive insight to the will. This could be moments of breakthrough, but also moments of breakdown. With Mars retrograde, the will is redirected inward. In the sign of Scorpio, Mars is subdued by the will of the close, bonded relationships in your life. An uncomfortable element of this could be feeling stifled in your unions (lots of breakups during this Mercury and Mars retro). The will is directed inward, is bound by the needs and desires of others (hint, doesn’t like to be), and all that energy is digging up all the skeletons in all the closets. Mars is going back and digging up at the Scorpio secrets, but right now is given healing by Chiron (though it can hurt) and unpredictable surges of energy by Uranus. Lay low! Heal and vibe out. The craziness of the grand cross is happening around you, you don’t need to approach any of that mess directly. And with the full moon theme, if that mess ain’t working for you, it’s time to clean house. Scorpio is where the secrets get unearthed, Sagittarius is where we look at them, informed, in the bright fiery light of day. This Mars retrograde for me, personally, has felt a bit like the end of my Saturn return last summer: thinking about letting go of what is not mine, etc. It’s been a trip.

The OTHER crazy thing about this full moon is that the summer solstice happens the same day! The Sun moves into Cancer around 4.30pm MST. This is a rare event to have the full moon and the solstice and won’t happen again for decades. It will be the longest day of the year, so we will have extra time to soak up all that fire before we get onto watery Cancer summertime:) This Monday is a big day, lots of energy shifting happening. The Sun is preceded by Venus. This brings our focus to how the world feels. Cancer is the first water sign, it has to do with the ebb and flow of the tide (Cancer rules the moon), and the waves and swells that ensue. Cancer’s keyword is security, moving forward from the Gemini communication. Not just what is mine and how do we exchange, but what is my home, what is my refuge from the changing tides, what is my security? Cancer is the sign of the Mother, it’s glyph suggests breasts or ovaries, or testes in the male. Cancer is a female-aligned energy, as all water and earth signs are. It’s the ancient sea goddess before Apollo at Delphi, suggesting older matriarchal societies. Cancer people feel very deeply, and can feel the currents of other people’s emotions. They are incredibly intuitive, any time a Cancer has a gut feeling, trust them. It’s the feminine source of life, springing from the fountain of youth rather than the next sign of Leo, the authoritarian force of will. So get ready to be all up in your feelings! Venus there is already making us aware of how comfy or home is right now, we’re wanting pleasant surroundings where we live. When the Sun gets there on Monday, all this physical body/practical Taurus, chatty/mental Gemini and fiery/philosophical Sagittarius energy gets washed out in some good old-fashioned feelings!

Thanks for going along with my chatty, chatty swiping finger today, and for your support in general. Hope any of this made sense:)

To write this, I used my trusty empemeris (the same one), and the resources mentioned above.

 

Cheers,

Will

New Moon in Gemini

Hi there,

The new moon in Gemini happens this Saturday the 4th at 8:59 pm Mountain Standard Time. I may or may not have said Sunday in the video, so…my bad.

Decided to do a lil video update since this new moon is in Gemini.

Don’t think I got to it in the video, but also interesting rn is Mars Retrograde, currently in Scorpio. Retrogrades make energy closer, more inward because the planet itself is actually closer. Lots of internalized energy in terms of will and passion. This had been in Scorpio for awhile, was in free Sag for a bit but now we’re back. More skeletons in the dark Scorpio closet, maybe more things to let go of from the past. Issues in expressing will in close, bonded relationships; maybe this internalized Mars energy has you or your close partners acting in different ways? Dunno but in general, lots of scheming, especially in this chatty Gemini weather. All under a grand cross as well, so there are a lot of things coming to a boil right now. Keep an eye out.

I referenced ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ASTROLOGY by Nicholas Devore, THE NEW AMERICAN EPHEMERIS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY by Rique Pottenger based on Michelsen, and THE ONLY ASTROLOGY BOOK YOU’LL EVER NEED by Joanna Martine Woolfolk.

Check out this video: New Moon in Gemini and a Grand Cross

And check out goldenbraidbooks.com, where you can purchase an astrological chart or tarot card reading. I’m excited to be working with the fantastic team at the Golden Braid, and I hope you’ll come visit us!

Cheers,

Will

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