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Mars Retrograde again

On April 17th, Mars turned retrograde. About every two years Mars goes retrograde. What does that mean for us personally, for the world and how do I best make use of it? Here are some phases (or steps) through the process that might help make sense of it.

Phase 1: March 6-April 17: MARS DIRECT IN SAGITTARIUS
Mars entered Sagittarius in early March. Sagittarius is the sign of the goal, or in this case, the destination. Where is Mars (planet of action) headed? Maybe it’s somewhere specific; maybe you don’t even know. What are you hoping to obtain? A new job, a new relationship, a new home? Or, perhaps it is something more intangible. Perhaps it’s the search for meaning in your life right now.
Mars is also the archetypal male and represents the male in any male/female pairing. How is the male energy focused and what is it focused on? Keep this in mind through these steps of Mars as the male/female energy, which is often more Martian, gives way to Venus, during the apparent retreat of Mars. It’s okay to step back and receive now, rather than push forward and produce.
Mars is moving along, driving the car, sailing down the road in Sagittarius until April, when it begins to slow down and suddenly come to a complete halt.

Phase 2: April 17-May 27: MARS RETROGRADE IN SAGITTARIUS
Mars is still on the road, headed toward the goal, but now it’s temporarily stopped and reversing course. This is the phase where we define “What’s holding me back?” Take this time to review what it might be. Maybe the vehicle broke down. Maybe the road was washed out. Maybe we forgot something important and need to go back and retrieve it. Maybe we just forgot to say good-bye properly to what we left behind before we set out on our journey to a new land.

Phase 3: May 27-June 29: MARS RETROGRADE IN SCORPIO
Mars goes back to Scorpio, re-visiting ground it has already covered a few months ago, during late February, early March. What is revealed to us now that was previously over-looked or not known? Use this time to “define the motive” behind what we’re setting out to achieve.

Phase 4: June 29-Aug 2: MARS DIRECT IN SCORPIO
Still in Scorpio but now in direct motion and moving forward once again, we may now experience true alchemy. In it’s own sign (Mars’ night sign) ask to bring forth the inner wisdom and get the confirmation or truth about the situation. An alchemical change will take place during this time as Mars in Scorpio is determined and delivers, no matter how tough it seems to keep up its strength, to keep up the fight.

Phase 5: Aug 2-Aug 24: MARS DIRECT IN SAGITTARIUS
We have just crossed the border now, into a new land. Proceed with caution, Mars is being told, as it passes the toll-gate of Saturn in Sagittarius and either pays the toll or is warned to slow down because there is a high price to pay here for speeding. In any case, still moving forward, Mars is now collecting the pieces it left behind in early March when it passed this way before.

Phase 6: August 24-Sep 26: MARS COMPLETES SAGITTARIUS
New ground! Finally Mars gets to a new place on the road, with clear sailing ahead. By the third week in September, the journey that began in early March, now seems attainable. We may not arrive at the destination we originally intended on this journey, but after having made the repairs and experienced the alchemical changes that were necessary, we reach the the goal! As our little navigational devices tell us, “You have arrived.”

Tune into Arielle’s presentation: “The Lovers of Mount Olympus” for a lively discussion on planet/asteroid connections between two charts. Date: Sunday, May 15th
Time: 11 am PDT, 2 pm EDT (adjust for your timezone)
Information & Registration: https://geocosmic.org/education/webinars/
Lecture Description: What is the chemistry between two people as examined by the astrological chart? What is this relationship actually based on? Is it love or is it service? Is it business or is it pleasure? Is this a soul-mate relationship? Does it sizzle with passion and excitement? Is it a fleeting love-affair or a long-term, sustainable partnership? Using planet and asteroid connections, Arielle will outline the primary basis of the relationship between any two people.

Stepping Through The Mars Retrograde Cycle

On April 17th, Mars turned retrograde. About every two years Mars goes retrograde. What does that mean for us personally, for the world and how do I best make use of it? Here are some phases (or steps) through the process that might help make sense of it.

Phase 1: March 6-April 17: MARS DIRECT IN SAGITTARIUS
Mars entered Sagittarius in early March. Sagittarius is the sign of the goal, or in this case, the destination. Where is Mars (planet of action) headed? Maybe it’s somewhere specific; maybe you don’t even know. What are you hoping to obtain? A new job, a new relationship, a new home? Or, perhaps it is something more intangible. Perhaps it’s the search for meaning in your life right now.
Mars is also the archetypal male and represents the male in any male/female pairing. How is the male energy focused and what is it focused on? Keep this in mind through these steps of Mars as the male/female energy, which is often more Martian, gives way to Venus, during the apparent retreat of Mars. It’s okay to step back and receive now, rather than push forward and produce.
Mars is moving along, driving the car, sailing down the road in Sagittarius until April, when it begins to slow down and suddenly come to a complete halt.

Phase 2: April 17-May 27: MARS RETROGRADE IN SAGITTARIUS
Mars is still on the road, headed toward the goal, but now it’s temporarily stopped and reversing course. This is the phase where we define “What’s holding me back?” Take this time to review what it might be. Maybe the vehicle broke down. Maybe the road was washed out. Maybe we forgot something important and need to go back and retrieve it. Maybe we just forgot to say good-bye properly to what we left behind before we set out on our journey to a new land.

Phase 3: May 27-June 29: MARS RETROGRADE IN SCORPIO
Mars goes back to Scorpio, re-visiting ground it has already covered a few months ago, during late February, early March. What is revealed to us now that was previously over-looked or not known? Use this time to “define the motive” behind what we’re setting out to achieve.

Phase 4: June 29-Aug 2: MARS DIRECT IN SCORPIO
Still in Scorpio but now in direct motion and moving forward once again, we may now experience true alchemy. In it’s own sign (Mars’ night sign) ask to bring forth the inner wisdom and get the confirmation or truth about the situation. An alchemical change will take place during this time as Mars in Scorpio is determined and delivers, no matter how tough it seems to keep up its strength, to keep up the fight.

Phase 5: Aug 2-Aug 24: MARS DIRECT IN SAGITTARIUS
We have just crossed the border now, into a new land. Proceed with caution, Mars is being told, as it passes the toll-gate of Saturn in Sagittarius and either pays the toll or is warned to slow down because there is a high price to pay here for speeding. In any case, still moving forward, Mars is now collecting the pieces it left behind in early March when it passed this way before.

Phase 6: August 24-Sep 26: MARS COMPLETES SAGITTARIUS
New ground! Finally Mars gets to a new place on the road, with clear sailing ahead. By the third week in September, the journey that began in early March, now seems attainable. We may not arrive at the destination we originally intended on this journey, but after having made the repairs and experienced the alchemical changes that were necessary, we reach the the goal! As our little navigational devices tell us, “You have arrived.”

The Mutable Dilemma of Our Current Time

Venus has left her retrograde shadow, the eclipses have concluded until next spring, and Mercury is slowly making its way through its retrograde shadow, soon to emerge. Now that all the fury and frenzy is over, what’s next? It occurred to me that the shifting sands of time is now upon us. The old story has ended and we are soon opening a new one, about to write Chapter 1. As the former chapter terminates, we are asking ourselves how we navigate this transitionary era.

The Shifting Sands of our Current Mutable Dilemma
With the entry of Venus into Virgo on the 8th of October, all of the planets find themselves in mutable signs. Secondarily in Cardinal Signs. NOTHING is Fixed at Present. In the book Mythic Astrology (1993) I wrote about mutable as this: “The only thing constant is change.” That quote can be traced back to the Roman poet Ovid from Metamorphoses, himself a mutable Pisces. So change is a constant of life, but in the mutable signs, it finds its season.

Of the four elements, fire leads the brigade at present. With mutable/fire (Sagittarius signature) ruling the affairs of the day, I would say there’s a mass migratory movement in process. This goes from Syrian refugees on the move, to immigration concerns everywhere. Speaking of immigration, it is bound to be the hot topic of 2016, as the next long Mars retrograde period will take place in Sagittarius, coupled with Saturn, from March through September, with a brief back-track into Scorpio. A hot topic and issue!

The excess of mutable/cardinal deals with individuals and families, even those with the most fixed planetary signature in their charts, to pull up their roots, give up their (false) security, take a look at their foundation and watch it slowly begin to dissolve and mutate. The most striking image from the news recently was the floods in South Carolina, uprooting homes and buildings. The news anchor said something to the effect of: “this flood is enough to raise the dead, literally” as he showed images of gravestones torn from their foundations, floating through flooded fields and streets. (Grievances to victims of situations like this and prayers that the re-settling process flows expediently.)

That says a lot about the state of our current affairs. I would advise that we not get stuck in a fixed belief system that makes us think the way things are at this moment is where they will be tomorrow. For Cardinal oriented people, this is actually very good news. Cardinal loves to morph into the next phase of life and do it quickly and painlessly. The best feature of mutable is their endless quest for exploration, which occurs as much internally as it does externally. So even if you’re not on the migratory path of movement at this time, keep your mind open to allow the dissolution of painful memories, that they be washed away, and cleansed. Earth is in a purification process and so are we in body, mind, spirit.

Current Planetary Line-Up, beginning with Outers and moving to Inners, as of Oct 14, 2015:
Pluto – Capricorn (Cardinal) – for many more years
Neptune – Pisces (Mutable) – for many more years
Uranus – Aries (Cardinal) – for several more years
Chiron – Pisces (Mutable) – for several more years
Saturn – Sagittarius (Mutable) – for 2 more years
Jupiter – Virgo – (Mutable) – for 1 more year
Mars – Virgo (Mutable) – until November 12
Venus – Virgo (Mutable) – until November 8
Mercury – Libra (Cardinal) – until November 1
Sun – Libra (Cardinal) = for 9 more days
Nodes – Libra/Aries (Cardinal) about to change to Virgo/Pisces (Mutable)

Another feature of so much mutable and cardinal action would be the weather. If the weather prediction models are true, there is the expectation of a sizable El Nino in the Western U.S. for Fall 2015/Winter 2016. I would not hesitate to believe this based on all these mutables, the ones that are best suited to carrying powerful winds and storms our way, quickly, from long distance.
Mantra: Keep Movin! If not your body, surely your mind. The Cosmos is, why not us?
Warning: Don’t get too soggy in the process!

Arizona Today, New Mexico Tomorrow?

ARIZONA TODAY, NEW MEXICO TOMORROW?

© Arielle Guttman

June 13, 2011

Summer in Santa Fe is a time when people love to gather outdoors in the cool evening air – and there is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy outdoor music festivals, dancing on the Plaza, the Opera, etc. But tonight, as I sit and look out at the almost full moon in the evening sky, one of the first things I contemplate is that I actually can sit outside this evening. And for this I am grateful.

That’s because tonight there is no wind. For nearly two months, the wind has been blowing like crazy and the state has been in severe drought. Which makes sitting outside as much fun as being downwind of a bunch of kids in a giant sandbox, hurling the sand in every direction as fast as they can. And, for the past three weeks, the wind has also been delivering —straight to our front doors—the hideous smoke and ash from the fires burning in Arizona, near the New Mexico border.

In fact, when I reflect on Arizona, it makes me wonder what’s going on in  that great old state with the Grand Canyon and all those other fun places to visit (Sedona, Tucson, etc.). Because it seems like Arizona has had nothing but trouble for the past couple of years. So I turn to the locational maps and voila! There it is, right before my eyes.

Two years ago, in the summer of 2009, the planet Neptune crossed into Arizona. This was about the same time the new governor, Jan Brewer, came in. Neptune has been transiting the last few degrees of Aquarius for what seems like forever now, and Arizona sits smack into those last few Aquarian degrees on the geodetic map of the world. Now, Neptune is a planet of the sea—remember Poseidon and Pisces and all its watery associations? What’s it doing in the desert? Never mind that it’s hundreds of miles away from a sizeable body of water on the ground, there’s not even any water falling from the sky these days. How can the god of the sea possibly survive in the desert? Evidently, not very happily.

When Neptune entered Arizona two years ago, Jupiter was right beside it, with both of them moving through Aquarius. Seemed like it could be a propitious event, no? With the old and new ruler of Pisces aligned together. After all, isn’t Pisces a sign of compassion and humility and sensitivity?  But Jupiter, the faster moving body, didn’t stay long, leaving Neptune to fend for itself all this time. Neptune is associated with dissolution, such as the great power and force of water pounding against the rocky shore and slowly eroding its mighty cliffs. Could we then assume that Neptune is slowly eating away and eroding some facet of Arizona’s infrastructure?

The first thing to emerge was Governor Jan Brewer, who proclaimed open warfare on immigration. “Let’s build a great wall,” the governor said. Let’s show those illegals that they are not welcome here (even though they do all the jobs that the legal residents don’t care to do). From that came the Arizona boycott with several large conferences being cancelled, potentially driving Arizona’s economy right into the gutter.

Once that fire cooled down, the next thing you knew was that a deranged gunman shot nineteen people at an open political forum in Tucson. Six were killed, including Christina Taylor Green, age 9. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was the target, taking a severe gunshot wound in the head, but who is today recovering from what could have been a lifelong brain debilitation. Truly, a sad day for the nation, a very sad day for Arizona. That was January 2011, with Neptune still holding court in Arizona, but now joined by Chiron as well. Chiron is the gifted, wise healer/teacher whose lesson to humanity is that sometimes pain and suffering is the greatest teacher of all. It is what makes us human.

Now, we have fires raging out of control in Arizona and at last count, 469,000 acres have burned, fueled by heavy winds. Nearly 10,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and the smoke is blowing to neighboring states where we’ve been warned repeatedly not to go outside for very long if we are suffering from any kind of respiratory disease. Oh, and leave your swamp coolers on “OFF”. No problem, it’s only 105 in the southern part of the state and high 80s in the northern part of the state.

Neptune and Chiron will be dancing together, back and forth across the state of Arizona for another two years, until 2013. But wait, there’s more.

A very slow moving invisible planet named Transpluto has also been stuck in Arizona with no ability to leave for quite some time. Transpluto, as its name implies, lies beyond the orbit of Pluto (which is already far enough away) but seems to pack an even more powerful punch than Pluto does. Astrologers know Pluto to be a planet of power. Transpluto has been called a perfectionist, and has also been considered a planet of unstoppable power and force of transmutation. And, reflecting on the events going on in Arizona for the past few years, I’d have to conclude that there is certainly a very powerful force of transformation and transmutation going through Arizona now. Transpluto remains in Arizona until 2023.

As the planets travel from west to east on the geodetic map, all I can say to New Mexico is that the same grouping of planets is headed our way. Fortunately, by the time Transpluto gets to New Mexico (twelve years from now) Neptune and Chiron will be but a distant memory even if the wind is blowing them our way long before their due date. But tonight the moon outshines the smoke.

Geo Transits for Arizona - June 2011

Black: Transpluto; Purple: Chiron; Blue: Neptune