When Mars is vitalized, it stokes the inner fires bringing passion and desires to the surface. When Mars is in Leo, it's all about creative ambition. We want to be admired for the unique way we express who we are. These days, Mars is retrograde, driving an intense internal churning of the creative fires. It fuels a desire to be proud of what we're doing, and what we can pour our heart into.
In her article on Mars retrograde, astrologer Eileen Grimes says it's a time-out, to see what pushes our buttons. She writes, "The ego drives will be very strong. Anger about the thwarting of these drives will likely surface, and must perhaps be redirected in finding arenas of self-expression that will add to the person's life - and not blaming others for why it hasn't worked in the past."
The atmosphere now -- under a waning Scorpio Moon -- is right for some soul searching about lost creative potential. It's a time to see what time-stealing dramas we're feeding, and look for ways to redirect it toward creative fulfillment. It's occurring against the relentless pressure of the Saturn-Pluto square, which strips us of what's dead in our lives. This includes what we're half-heartedly doing. In myths about Pluto, the Dark Lord was only summoned when all had been lost, and a person lost their fear of death. We're living in a time when the old is dying, and the new has yet to be born. In this void, the realm of Pluto and Scorpio, we die to superficial layers of who we are, so that the locked up, concentrated core can be released.
It's timely for making tough, bold decisions. Shedding old skins allows us to make progress with what evolutionary astrologers like Deva Green call our special mission. If we trust, and surrender to these extreme changes, the intensity of all that we are is mixed in the cauldron, and transformed.
Look to the house where Mars is retrograding, for insights about the life sphere where your unique presence is expressed. For me, it's the 5th House of Creativity, and that's the only area where my jealousy surfaces. When I intensely envy someone for their artistic achievement, I know it's telling me what I want. Jealousy is a guide to unnamed, unclaimed desires. If jealousy, angst or regret surfaces, try listening to it closely for what it needs and wants. There's fire power there now, and the courage to let go of what has kept these longings buried in your heart.
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