Astrologer musings

Mars’ full steam ahead

O.M.G., what a huge breath of fresh air this Mars-out-of-retrograde-shadow is, particularly to Mars-centric folks like myself.

We have all been dealing with Mars' retrograde themes since Mid-May, when it entered this stretch of the zodiac that it then tripled-back over, forward, retrograding, and then forward again. 

During that time, our drive, passions, courage, willpower, sense of momentum and energy, our sexuality, our  ability to take decisive action forward, our very sense of vitality, have been under review and critique.

We had many opportunities to examine and rewire our reactions to social and global events, to consider the effectiveness of our will in helping to create and change realities for ourselves and our world, to become more conscious of what our desires to fit into and/or stand out of the crowd were about.
We may have been pushed back to the drawing boards of our ambitions again and again, considering and reconsidering our action plans and what truly drives and inspires  us to feel truly alive and motivated (and what doesn't).
Any fears we had about any of that, got brought to the forefront of our awareness so that we could really consider how we go about going after what we want (or defending against what we do not).
And through it all, our attempts to actually apply and experience that sense of vitality and momentum towards anything any forward actions and any new terrain, were feeling limp and unsupported. Until now!

As of this afternoon (EDT), it's Mars is finally, FINALLY outta that stretch!

And I for one can feel the difference as thoroughly as a switch being flipped back on. I have drive I can feel again. I have passion I can access again! I have some forward momentum again!
 

Whew! This one was quite the ride on this end!
How about on your end?

 

Not everybody would have had this Mars cycle activating key parts of their charts,
and obviously not everyone has strong Mars themes in their charts/personalities/lives (those who do, would have felt this period, and any other Mars activity more intensely) ; we've also each had this Mars transit moving through different areas of our charts and lives, activating different themes.
Either way, I'd love to hear about your experiences with this Mars retrograde cycle(Mid-May till now). Are you feeling this shift today?

Why Astrology doesn’t run on belief

People sometimes ask me, why I "believe" in Astrology. That question amuses me with its' underlying assumptions; that it's a question of (presumably blind) faith, or reading or being told something which you then believe to be true.

That is not how my path into Astrology went, at all;
When I was first exposed to something minorly astrological in my early teens, I had no real preconceptions on anything like it, no faith (religious, spiritual, or any other I can think of in the classic sense), and, to boot, I had an active suspicious distaste for being in any way manipulated.
But I was simultaneously a curious, open-minded, analytical sort, with intuition and a penchant for digging for answers to make up my own mind.
So I went digging online, to test some minor basic astrological thing at the time. And it clicked. So I looked up info on other archetypes, to see if that knowledge offered anything truly useful and insightful. And it did.
Then I learned about other planets having a relevance and symbolism. Looked that up, tested those with some relevant examples- they made sense. On and on it went- aspects, houses, thematic correlations, predictional, vocational, relational, spiritual, psychological... I took nothing on blind faith. I heard of a thing, I tested it through application to the personal and extrapersonal, and I kept it in my repertoire of tools if it passed my testing, discarding those I found lacking in either usefulness or personal sense to me as I went.

9 years and dozens of expert astrology textbooks and workshops later, and my tool-kit full, I started offering its' use to others with my first readings. Another 10 years later, and here we are.
So, do I "believe" in Astrology?
Do you believe that a mirror shows you a reflection of what you look like? Or did you make faces into it as a baby and had proof that it does? 😉

Perhaps what we should be asking is, why do some people believe Astrology requires being taken on faith, and whether they've done any personal testing of it for themselves, in any open, unbiased ways?
Perhaps, it is the societal bias of "nothing but the physical world can hold testable truths, so dismiss anything else outright lest you be thought a fool.", that we should really be asking people, if they "believe"?

The Virgo/Pisces oppositions- the emotional perspective

It's tempting to reject and push away depressive apathy when it somehow stealthily finds its way in, chalking it up to just a negative side effect of Virgo season which must be transmuted. But, then again, perhaps the true inspiration and compassionately creative genius in life, is found through this feeling, and out the other side.
It's one thing to be positive in a blind sort of way. It's another story entirely, when we see the imperfection, see the pain, see the challenge, and yet still know that despite, yet intricately connected to this, it is a vulnerably strong, and beautifully flawed world. It is a whole other story entirely, to let that knowledge move us, into the sacred service which may make it all a little more worthwhile.
The Virgo-Pisces themes, and the Neptune/Jupiter, and Sun/Chiron oppositions within them, are playing out deep within us all.
How are you holding up?
 
With love,
Bella V. Vid of Nurture Astrology