If you need some inspiration for Mars retrograde or the world at this moment try this.
Sometimes I wonder what it is we’re doing when we try to fathom our world astrologically. Here are some morning ramblings.
The sun shines brightly as it rises over Woodmount Ave. It stings my eyes and I must sit in the corner of my porch, in the shadow, invisible to the dog walkers and other passers-by. Brilliant, yellow light bounces off the black metal gloss of the nondescript Honda parked at the curb, giving it chariot status for the few moments when the angle of the sun meets my eyes which, it turns out, are not quite hidden enough. Wait three minutes and it will be gone. So it is in this life, I think: Bright, blinding flashes of awareness, arising simply due to random placements and vanishing into thin air, moments later.
As the world dives deeper into chaos I am touched by this awareness combined with the retrograde station of Mars as it appears, from our earthly perspective, to stand still and turn back toward where it has recently been. How amazingly eloquent this movement of Mars is in the way it reflects the world at this moment. I am reminded that everything that happens at any given moment is connected to everything else that is also happening. There is no escape from the present.
It seems to me that the Mars station is a more predictable version of my experience of this morning’s meeting of angles and angels (angels being messengers who bring revelations, great and small). For eons humans have observed the red planet move through its paces from conjunction with the sun to opposition; from invisibility to the period when it is said to ‘rule the night sky’. This phenomenon, not unlike sunlight bouncing off metal, arises and passes specific to the angle of Sun, Mars and Earth. It would not appear retrograde if we were observing it from Venus or Jupiter. And just as I make a brief meaningful observation based on my experience of the power of the sun’s reflected beams in my eyes, so it is irresistibly human to make deeper, more powerful observations regarding this period of Mars retrograde.
No matter what you think it means to you it’s a useful time to look at your reactions and see what it would take to turn them into responses instead.