Mars has gone direct but for those who are attuned to this energy we have not heard the last of him. For one thing it will take until June 20th for Mars to be out of the shadow of the retrograde. A shadow in this case are the degrees of the zodiac which Mars inhabited during the journey from retrograde to direct motion. Although Mars went retrograde on January 23rd the shadow began in mid November. And although Mars went direct on April 13th the shadow doesn’t end until June.
At this stage of Mars’ journey we are called to take our show on the road. Whatever Mars has stirred up for you, now is the time to see how your actions may change or grow regarding the issues. Given that Mars has been in Virgo for all this time the issues are small ones that really make a difference in your life: How you spend your time, what you think about, how you deal with momentary emotional moments; especially the anxious ones.
Toward the end of May and until the 7th of June Mars will tangle with Venus. Since Venus is making the Transit to the Sun at that time this is a significant planetary moment as well as for individual Earthlings. The issue is desire; the need to balance what you think you want/need against the knowledge that it will or won’t actually make your life more livable.
I will write more about this on the Venus page.
The opposition: March 3, 2012
This opposition is big news in the symbolic world at the moment. Once every two and 1/2 years Mars opposes the Sun. It is at it’s brightest in the night sky and has free reign there since it is the one place the Sun cannot come.
Mars is the warrior; at it’s worst the bully, the killer, the bringer of violent chaos. But Mars has another side if we can rally our inner forces. It represents the relentless urge we have to break through, to change, to bring a new order to the old and dying regime. The Sun needs Mars in this way if it is to remain alive and true to it’s connection to the Great Spirit which animates all things.
The exact day of the opposition is March 3rd.
What have you learned since January 23rd about stagnation in your life and the power which you require to break through it? Are you willing to see and then to act? Between March 3rd and April 13th the idea is to use the power of breakthrough creatively. It is our job to enliven our days with meaning because we are not afraid to see where meaning has drifted into soulless routine. How can this creativity improve life on planet Earth for you and those in your vicinity?
If you are looking for an event in the world to reflect the Mars retrograde opposition (and there are many) a very descriptive one is the robocalls scandal regarding the Canadian national election. The opposition party (Mars) is challenging the Harper (the Sun) to take responsibility for the actions of his party. Possibly Harper’s gleefully won majority was manipulated not honestly elected! The power in this case comes from the information about calls that were made right before the election that disrupted voters from their choices.
The way the astrological picture unfolds it would seem that anything of major significance that has arisen during the Mars retrograde period will take till at least the end of June to sort itself out. It is also true that June seems to shape up astrologically to be a month of more disruptive information coming to light.
In any case, future outcomes for individuals as well as governments are not specifically predictable because they always depend on how people do what they do in the present!
Mars opposite the Sun is symbolic encouragement to assess your creative tools and powers and use them against stagnation and meaningless routines.