Mars

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?

The Mars transit and the cycle of life

 

In order for the vital parts of us to bloom into being, the old must be shed to make room for it. What parts of the past are you ready to release? don't fight it!

In order for the vital parts of us to bloom into being, the old must be shed to make room for it. What parts of the past are you ready to release? don't fight it!

Holy unfurling, like the petals of a rose opening to the sun; like the dying and crumbling of old leaves, to make room for the bright and fresh new growth of life. There is no newness without the shedding of the old. There is no growth without decay. 
In this time of Mars' long-awaited streak through its' home-sign of Scorpio (which we have another 3 weeks of) , that truly is the focus which serves us all the most: what needs to die & transform in your life, so that your most vital self can keep on living, growing, unfurling in the direction you are most served to move towards?
With Mars' challenge of Venus in Leo, the desire to be seen for our creative and brilliant selves, to be adored, romanced, wined-n-dined, and otherwise to truly enjoy ourselves and our sense of being alive is undeniable, and though it can feel like this need to look over our shoulder and deal with the old, sad, deep and crumbly parts of self are getting in the way of it, it truly is a case of sloughing away old skin to reveal the inner glow. Creative catharsis, and artistic simplicity, may just be your best friends these days.
With Mars fusing with solid core Saturn right now, we are all also served by commitment to that which truly, deeply matters to us (and identifying what that is, which Mars should make it easier to note lately, bringing it in your face if you've been avoiding it)- find the thing that puts the sparkle in your eye and the passion for life in your heart, have at it, and remove all that's in your way!
Let things go. Let old ego habits, old possessions, old attitudes, old excuses, old toxic relationships, old thoughts that dis-serve you fall away, as gracefully as you can, these days. Make room for the new. Make room for that in you which is most vital and alive, and prepare to be filled up by it, as you surely would with an attitude like that!
Happy transits!

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Mars moves into Scorpio- behold the inner momentum!

Mars in Scorpio, image by NurtureAstrology.com- free to share without modification!

Mars moves into Scorpio, and the waiting-game is over. Time to act on what really matters to you. Follow your heart's passion now, and transform or remove all that stands in your way!

Whether you've been following the Astrological current events of the past months or not, most of us have been aware of a sense of underlying frustration to these past 8 months, while Mars, planet of willpower-in-action, was making an unusually long track through Libra, a sign it rarely felt comfortable within.
These past months have been an important, if not always satisfying, period of reflection, weighing options, learning to "play nice" (even/especially under stress), and channel our energy into acting in balance, with tact and consideration. All vitally important to learn...
but not so satisfying if you just... wanna... get... on... with it!

Well, now we can!
On 10:24p.m. last night (EDT),  the symbol of willpower-in-action slipped silently into the sign of Scorpio, and it's full-steam-ahead from hereon-in!
Mars feels right at home in Scorpio, in which it inspires us to stop weighing the options and walking on eggshells, and finally act on our passions, whatever those are, and transform or remove all that's in our way. Continue reading