The Lessons of Mars Retrograde
How have the themes of anger, assertion and power been showing up in your life of late?
I hope that question strikes a chord for you. It should. We've been covering some bumpy territory, and although your first take may be that your friends and family have been replaced by a gang of low-blood sugar two year olds that have missed their nap, remember that those around us are mirrors, we all have shadows and we all have blind spots. It's a definite possibility your dark side may have made an appearance as well.
Mars has been teaching us powerful lessons, if we've been willing to pay attention.
Mars has just moved forward after a retrograde in Scorpio. There are a couple of things that make this particular cycle unique. Mars is a fast mover and typically spends about one and a half months in each sign. This year, however, he is in his own sign of Scorpio (making this even more powerful) for the better part of the year. On top of that he is tracking the path Saturn, the teacher and planet of karma, took from late 2012 to late 2015 through Scorpio. Whatever Saturn turned up, Mars is calling for action on.
Mars is the warrior and the pioneer. He is the energy that helps us create boundaries and stand up for ourselves and find the drive and courage to move forward. He is our assertion and our motivation. He is also our anger and violence. Mars energy needs to be consciously managed and directed. He is like a fire. We can use a fire to do many things - provide warmth and light, use it to cook food...but a fire we turn our backs on and allow to burn out of control is extremely destructive. If we ignore the hurts, the fears, and the resulting rage within us, we run the risk of allowing the Mars energy that is there to get our needs met and keep us safe to be misdirected and misused.
Mars turned retrograde in April and although he turned direct at the end of June, he spent the last two weeks of June and first two weeks of July just sitting on the 23rd degree of Scorpio, which intensifies the energy, before moving on into the 24th degree on July 12th. You may have had opportunity to really gain the full insight the Mars retrograde has to offer this week.
Have you noticed any patterns in others or yourself around the themes of assertion, power and anger? Have you been able to see, even if it is just the tiniest glimpse, how our worst behavior comes from our deepest wounds and fears? Have you noticed how our focus on our hurt and protecting ourselves can escalate a situation and how direct and honest communication based in a desire to share personal truth and be vulnerable and compassionate can diffuse and even heal it?
Here a few questions to think about as Mars completes this transformative cycle and heads toward Sagittarius. (He will be in the 29th degree (karmic degree) of Scorpio, where Saturn was in mid-September last year around August 1st and 2nd, so be aware of what's happening on those days.)
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