Friday March 7, 2014
As of March 6th, Jupiter is in direct motion. Since Jupiter is the traveler and Cancer is the oceanic expanse, it's reminding me of fair winds...after a time of doldrums. The growth and risks of Jupiter have forward motion, in areas related to home (shelter) and what's nourishing.
Jupiter has been in Cancer since June 25th and will get cozy there to July 16th. Here are some possible themes:
- Women and Mothers are beacons for the future.
- Emotional depth and breadth is the favored way of expanding.
- Luck with home or land transactions.
- Discovering a sense of place, and wealth that comes from belonging.
- Promoting ideals of protecting the young and vulnerable.
- Creating a cozy nest, a protected place from life's storms.
- Being guided by what's personally meaningful.
- Getting in touch with old friends, especially those that feel like family.
- Insert your own possibility here...
Wednesday March 5, 2014
The Star card in the Tarot is a favorite of mine, and it seems many. A female figure, often skyclad, is depicted drawing down cosmic energies and releasing them below. The Star is associated with Aquarius and the Waterbearer, the air sign that is open to receiving fresh currents.
The Star comes after The Devil (what binds energy and thought) and The Tower, a card of shattering of perception. It's the restoration of a sense of rightness and fresh winds, after going through ordeals.
Today Venus goes into Aquarius, after being in Saturn's sign Capricorn for a long time (since early November). Saturn is associated with what bedevils us, and what takes courage to face and dispel.
With Spring, here comes wide open spaces -- to welcome in restorative breezes to clear any remaining cobwebs in the soul and psyche. There is a final meet-up with demanding Saturnian energies on March 29th, when Venus squares Saturn. There are also freeing aspects to Mars, suggesting that freedom is there, when we open to fresh ways of relating. And we have done our own inner work, and know the shadows as well as the light.
This comes by way of Zanna Starr's Tarot Notes on The Star, a card she says represents "hope, renewal, inspiration, and spiritual guidance." It's a poem by Pamela Vaull Starr (1909-1993).
"Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul.
Le Stelle, a reproduction of an Italian deck from the 19th century
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."
Monday March 3, 2014
Venus and Mars busted into March locked in an edgy embrace, with a square (March 2nd). Mars is now in retrograde, in Venus' own sign Libra, for roiling intensity in all social and love exchanges.
And look at planetary revolving door that ushers in the month. By the 6th, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter will have switched directions. That can create some disorientation, as we emerge from the dreamlike Pisces New Moon this week.
In her newsletter, Melody Scott Zindell writes that the Mars and Saturn retrogrades are important. She says, "This is going to burn our internal engines pretty hot as Mars can feel stalled while retrograde, and at the same time, I truly don't think there is a more intense signature than Saturn in Scorpio retrograde."
Melody continues, "This energy goes deep and leaves no stone unturned. So, the opportunity is to have brutal self honesty relative to whether the direction we are on, in any area of our life, is in balance. The deeper we can go with our honest self-inquiry, the better. Scorpio in Saturn retrograde is energy that focuses out attention on our deepest layers of conditioning and most stubborn blocks."
So, in a nutshell, March is a super time for a Spring clean, from the inside-out. There's a Pluto-powered full Moon in Virgo on the 16th, to get to those hard to reach areas.
Consider that Scorpio unlocks psychic material and energy that's within us, waiting to be actualized. Seen that way, Saturn is the cosmic trowel, to dig out buried seeds of potential, and bring them to the surface, just in time for Spring.
Read more about the March Big Picture.
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Saturday March 1, 2014
Mars is traditionally frustrated in Libra, classified in astrology as in being in its detriment. Mars is an energy of being all-in and forceful, but in Libra, there's the whole fighting fair credo.
And weighing both sides, striving for harmony, keeping up a social facade -- exhausting! All this drains Mars vitality, or delays action. Mars Libra gets aggressive when all else fails.
But Libra has been jarred out of people-pleasing, with other planetary energies angling from all sides, particularly urgent Uranus (in Aries) in opposition. Some Libras have been forced to stand up and fight, in ways that take them out of that harmonizing comfort zone.
Mars begins now, in retrograde, moving into the grand square to peak around April 23rd. So Libra people are pressed to go beyond any habits of being agreeable, especially if it's created a build-up of repressed anger.
It's a more fierce face of Libra. In his article, Mars Retrograde in Libra: Charm Offensive, Austin Coppock writes, "Practiced imperfectly, diplomacy yields only a mounting list of small injustices -- cold wars iced over with chill politics. There may come moments when we, like Mars, declare war on passive aggression, abandoning all pretense."
And later, on the retrograde period, Austin writes, "Though it may be difficult, the best strategy during this time is often not to push action, but to drift and observe, learning the landscape of the new arena as it slowly takes shape."
One way to look at Mars in retrograde -- and Austin suggests it above -- is that the usual rhythm of activity is disrupted, to give way to something new. The established pattern of engaging with another could seem awkward, and like going through the motions. Libra is about playing off others, and a disruption could lead to fresh ways of being in the moment together.
During retrogrades, the energy of that planet -- in this case Mars -- symbolically switches gears into reverse. Some could sense a change in momentum, or motivation (impulses of Mars). Libra is an air sign, so there could be some detachment that brings revelation (a word with re in it, for retrograde). The silver lining is that insights can lead to more authenticity, in word and deed.
Read more about When Mars is in Libra, and the retrograde period.
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