Everybody has a mars component to their personality: everybody knows what it feels like to want something enough to get up and get it. This can be as simple as feeding our hungry belly or as complex as defending and growing our Self. Mars is potentially our very own hero within. So, I am going to tell a little story – an allegory of sorts – and hope that you can see some helpful tips for your personal Mars component.*
Mars went spelunking in Scorpio, aka the underworld, from January 4th until the 6th of March. Collectively speaking, those with a wish list/agenda (a storyline) facilitated by getting down and dirty, by pursuing a truth to its root, by facing fears around not-knowingness, by venturing into the darkness almost certainly gleaned some pay dirt.
That’s because Scorpio deals with the symbolic underbelly – the vulnerable zone and the dwelling place of the-least-attractive. Yet a paradoxical theme holds constant: here is also where we mine rocks that have been compressed into gem stones and where ‘the source’ is located and discovered in all manner of mind/body/spirit issues. Knowledge is power. What were you willing to do to gain power?
Rising from the deep and still, on March 7th, Mars stepped through a portal and into a completely different domain: vast expanses of new space just there for the exploring…how delightful after all that cramped fixation! Action, collectively speaking, then became facilitated for those with a wish list/agenda that included expending more physical or intellectual energy (or both, as in my storyline) on a continual basis, a willingness to stretch the mind’s eye and the body’s palette, to discover one’s hope and faith ‘muscles’ and work them like a gym ad model’s six-pack.
And that’s because Sagittarius is all about the quest. Symbolised by the centaur, this archetype combines powerful physical qualities at the service of an idealized mind’s eye. That’s mind/body/spirit in alignment for the next chapter in life location. Have you felt compelled to move? By that, I mean, in either the literal sense or philosophically – or, again, both. Any mental goal posts shifted? Faith and hope can feel a bit scary and exhilarating all at the same time…
Now the next leg of the journey finds our hero getting into complications. Bounding like an escaped hunting puppy, before he knows it he has skidded into the outer encampment of Commander Reality-on-the-Ground. He begins to hear anew the age old proverbs and must even admit to feeling some teensy stretches to his comfort zone. You can’t just ‘go there’ or ‘act on those beliefs’ without any prep work! Have you considered the consequences of your sunny-day plan? What will people think? How will you return if you are wrong? How much does it pay? Do they even have indoor plumbing?! Mars looks around. Frankly, in his heart of hearts, he doesn’t give a damn about any of these things…but so many others do and maybe they realise something he doesn’t…? He was feeling So Inspired! But, of course, survival is paramount.
And like all complicated scenarios, the macro seeds the legion microcosms accordingly. Some of us are coming to believe it is wiser not to take risks; some will suddenly see acceptable treasures on tap right where they are; others will decide that the venture is still completely worth it but requires additional layers of knowledge that must be gained; and still others will gallop around and beyond, full speed ahead towards those little specks on the horizon that indicate a few small settlements exist Out There. None of these developments are right or wrong, in and of themselves. Each of us is living our own hero’s journey. We are where we are, choice by often narrow choice, informed by our level of awareness and the boundaries of our Reality.
I can tell you this: collectively speaking, the flow of Martian energy has slowed markedly over the past month. This has not been pleasant for most minds/bodies/spirits. Reality has made some solid points. Adjustments were enforced one way or another. Those entities bigger than our quest have demanded a time of perceived stasis, a time for contemplating on the experiences and revelations of the recent past.
In fact, as of yesterday, it is grinding its way back to re-fire the work of the digger, the surgeon, the drain snaker. Yes, we are all back down under. Still, we can’t unsee, unlearn, unthink all we’ve experienced. Even if – especially if – you are one who finds yourself in a new mental or physical place (and perhaps think your own storyline breaks off at this point), know that your energies will be best put to use going after the very same kinds or qualities of truths and/or knowledge you were seeking from early January to early March in this locale. Wisdom says, ‘align your step, soldier.’
Most importantly, consider this: this is not the same Mars. This guy has sludged through Scorpio: probably said or did some below-the-belt stuff or had them done to him. He’s fought the elements, battled chills, risen from the dead. He’s known moments of enlightenment, seen visions of the future and been stopped in his tracks.
With all of this in mind, our hero is not destined to squander the circumstances now at hand, right? This is a wiser, big-picture Mars with poking sticks he has made from the trees out in Sag land, new batteries in his helmet light and fresh socks. Now he knows better what he’s looking for and more importantly, WHY. What’s really at stake here? What’s the rush? Let’s just see where our new and improved methodology gets us. When a choice must be made between two tunnels, it can feel quite satisfying – downright empowering – to know why you’re choosing that way. Even if it’s a gut call, its an evolved gut call.
On June 30th, when our hero reaches 23.3’ of Scorpio, he will make camp. The Sabien symbol for this zodiac degree is:
After Having Heard An Inspired Individual Deliver His “Sermon On The Mount,” Crowds Are Returning Home.
That may or may not hold meaning for you – yet. Its ok either way. There will be multiple clues to your treasure hunt that you will note as you go along between now and then. For now, you can look forward to news arriving fairly often and regularly as the Sun and Venus twitter through Gemini. But that’s another bit of your storyline for another day…
*If you don’t understand how to really work your personal Mars energy, you may not feel in control of your direction. Facts like, ‘ All energy is neutral until directed.’ may have you rolling your eyes. Part of getting real with yourself is getting real with your life force…
You can find your Mars marker (for FREE) in a natal wheel generated by astro.com. You can then reference the characteristics listed in the posts below and many other free places on the web. As always, you are welcome to ask me for help as you go along.
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