Stoking the Forge
The archetypal trend front and center now is Mars. I’ve shared about the qualities of this Action Fire Element (Aries) and Fixed Water Element (Scorpio) in past posts listed at the bottom of the page. Currently, the focal experience is it’s retrograde through Sagittarius.
This indispensable force will take on interior-related forms which may be helpful to imagine one would find in a finery forge or smithy workshop: the hearth, the fire, the anvil, the hammer and tongs, the cooling vat and the blacksmith, who by blood, sweat and skill brings forth lasting, useful works. Mars will be spending an inordinate amount of time (its been decades since we last experienced this) hammering away on our psychosomatic state of Being. Between now and July, we’ll be on the anvil and swinging the hammer.
For a more modern cast and scene that highlights exterior-related forms, we can imagine ourselves as battle heroes in training…
‘Stand Down, Soldier’
Objectively speaking, this is good; subjectively speaking, this may feel like trial by fire. Just remember that Mars
can be is egocentric: the sparks from your forge work should not catch your neighbor’s house on fire. In fact, the single most important feature of this span of time seems to me to be about how well you can contain your experience when appropriate. Until we get the hang of this energy and its effects, beware of being the cause of division and strife. Realize that your lessons are not someone else’s – unless they say so, too. (There could easily be group or network building involved.) More good news is that the energy is on tap for doing just that. If we will take the time to periodically de-clutter our minds, focus on our unique skills and receive what’s swirling around us as purifying rather than personal, we should come out the other side a veritable special ops Marine grad.
I imagine we’ll see all sorts of metaphors for what not to do with this energy playing out on the macro-level, but its vital (pun intended!) we take up arms with as much wisdom and foresight as we can muster on the micro-level. How this plays out for you can’t be addressed in a post (click here and scroll to the Here and Now option for your personalized reading) but I can surely give you some pointers to come back to from time to time…
- Below is a by-no-means-complete list of Mars characteristics through the signs. Still, it should get the mind going. I tried to come up with a few higher and lower vibe examples. It’s a good starting point for thinking about how you use your life force. Just like your heart beats without you even thinking about it, Mars is a reflexive primal energy; civilization forces the individual to become conscious of and temper it. I recommend that you reflect on characteristics (and others that come to mind) from your earliest memories to the present. It’s quite telling and usually affirming to reflect on how you have learned to manage desire, how you differentiate between needs and wants, how you have evolved in going after what you want. (This list will work for fire sign suns, too: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.)
- Note your Venus placement, too. Guess what? The highest vibes you’ve mastered in relation to material goods, ethics, morals and reciprocity will be outstanding tools for tempering the rage of an injured ego. What’s really personal and what’s just baggage that has nothing to do with you? (or them, if its you on the warpath)? What do you attract?
- Remember that the key to navigation throughout 2016 is flexibility. Through emotional floods or intellectual tornadoes, that which bends does not break. Whatever the goal or destination may be for you, expect to arrive via currently unforeseeable paths and turns and know that this is part of the grand plan. You shall still arrive. On that note, I want to add something I have found quite helpful: if you possess a great deal of mutable energy (and/or your sun sign is Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces), don’t assume you are so flexible. Does this energy govern an angular or succedent house? If so, it will necessarily carry some degree of that archetype. I have an 11th house mutable party going on all the time and rarely feel stubborn-ish in these matters – but I am!! Sure, (I think) my ‘bend arc’ is quite wide…but red lines are there, some for the good and some not at all. Awareness is an enlightening thing.
- Saturn, the Teacher and Taskmaster, is housemates with Mars. This can have a sobering effect. Think: commanding officer tells cadet, ‘Stand down, soldier’. There is something here for you to learn; learning requires a cool head and maturity. Muster as much of this as you can when someone starts pushing your buttons. Try to start each morning remembering this. This energy is on tap for every one of us. And Saturn guarantees concrete rewards upon graduation from boot camp.
Mars through the Signs
Mars in Aries: survivor, explorer, unbridled sensory seeker, ‘no baggage’ pro-creative Ego; group dynamics-challenged, childish, discontented.
Mars in Taurus: in it for the long haul, dedicated/fixed, invested in concrete results; obstinate, inflexible, sluggish
Mars in Gemini: social instigator, team oriented, hungry for knowledge; prone to rivalries and competitions, overbooked, a forest rather than a few trees
Mars in Cancer: defender of the nation/tribe/family unit, warrior for feminine issues, powerfully intuitive; passive aggressive, hyper sensitive, invested in ‘traditional roleplay’
Mars in Leo: pro-creator extraordinaire, protective, magnanimous, a leader/champion; divo or diva, reckless, hot-headed
Mars in Virgo: champion for the underdog, employee of the year, service and reliability incarnate; self-made doormat, manic-depressive, blinkered
Mars in Libra: instigator, social networker extraordinaire, interpersonally bold; bickering, caustic, self-sabotaging
Mars in Scorpio: transformer/revealer, super concentrated/focused, magnetically oriented, seductive; winner take all, uncompromising, cruel
Mars in Sagittarius: fearless pioneer, adventurous, ‘wide open’, warrior for justice; lacking empathy/compassion, sharp-tongued/TMI, overcompensating
Mars in Capricorn: calculating, consistent/constant, charismatic; comparison-driven, dictatorial, ‘tradition-locked’
Mars in Aquarius: fighting for collective advancement, challenger of status quo, innovator extraordinaire; dare devil/fringe surfer, interpersonally insensitive, party of 1/aloof
Mars in Pisces: servant-warrior, master healer/energy channeler, purified Ego; lacking direction, defeatist angst, subject to exhaustion/illness
Further related reading on Neptune and the Oak:
A Rebel for Your Own Cause (more Aries descriptors)
Between Stimulus and Response (Pluto)
Psyche Analysis (Pluto, Mars, Psyche)