Mars: Calm Down Bro

Sunday, January 22, 2012
 I was making my list of ingredients for a Creativity Oil I'll be making soon and decided to look up the moon phase and what sign it's in. I came across a great reference site called ZodiacArts.com, which had a wonderful calendar that had moon phases, astrological signs, moon VOC, etc. As I looked for the next new moon (it's this Monday the 23rd just in case you wanted to know), there was an alert that read:

"MARS RETROGRADE: JAN 23rd - APR 13th"

Fabulous.

Now like many people, I'm more familiar with MERCURY retrograde, and all the craziness THAT  bad boy creates (check out my post on Mercury Retrograde here). And I know ALL the planets go retrograde at some point, but I wasn't too familiar with Mars Ret.


"Here I am bitches. And what? Say somethin."



 Here's a refresher:

"A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. According to modern science, this traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth with relation to other planets in our solar system. It's a bit like traveling on the road watching another car beside you: when the other car slows down, or you speed up, it looks as though the other car is moving backwards. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way due to this cosmic shadow-play."

Okay class, now what does Mars rule??....

"In general, Mars, the god of warriors, rules physical energy and efforts. His placement in your chart expresses the strength and direction of the physical force that drives your ego, your will to achieve. Mars fires your emotions and energizes your passions, but also powers your mental endeavors and communicative skills." 

"Mars describes male relationships and associations, risk-taking inclinations, and the physical challenges you are likely to encounter. Well-placed, Mars endows powerful energy and an indomitable will to succeed, but when poorly placed can mean accidents, injuries, fits of anger, rage, warfare or other forms of violence, according to the inclinations of the sign and house concerned."


"Mars loves to rush forward. The grass is always greener on the other side of that hill, so Mars does not react well to being held back, or... (gasp!) going backwards!" 
  
"Mars turns retrograde only once every two years and two months, but the effects of each period differ, according to the sign in which it happens."

And that sign happens to be...

VIRGO!

"These descriptions aren't in alphabetical order..."


Mars retrograde in Virgo. What does this all boil down to, you ask? Here's just a few things:
  
  • Worry and brooding over more or less trivial concerns will be prevalent
  • Expect co-workers and supervisors to be critical toward others and easily dissatisfied with their work during the retro phase
  • Mars retro in Virgo generates a pervasively hypercritical, perfectionist mood, inclining those most affected toward obsession with minor points, minutiae and overblown trivialities, particularly with regard to healthcare, nutrition and the military. 

HAHA! You're all screwed

"When Mars is in its retrograde cycle, we are forced to re-assess our current projects, our approach to getting what we want, and our desire nature. Rather than directly asserting our desires, we tend towards introspection. While Mars in direct motion is direct, straightforward, assertive, and aggressive, with Mars in retrograde motion, Mars energy is essentially turned inward--it's internalized, intensified, personalized, and perhaps pressurized. We can be hesitant about taking action, second-guessing our instincts or our natural impulses rather than acting upon them. The way we react to situations under normal conditions doesn't necessarily work for us now, or we don't exactly trust it."

"When anger is internalized, there can be some rather negative byproducts, such as tension, resentment, depression, apathy, and even some paranoia. On the other hand, it can also be personalized and made more intimate."

"Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will be particularly effected."

Basically, every Mutable sign. Wonderful.
 
Geez, when do I get to the good part (if any) about Mars Retrograde?
  
I posted this as a heads up. I think if you're prepared for them and find the positive aspects, every retrograde can be a blessing in a crabby disguise. The point of a Mars retrograde period is not to just sit on our asses impulses or to extinguish our enthusiasm and ambition. It's so we can better understand why we want what we want so bad! It's a period of REVIEW. To better understand WHY we're so angry. WHY we're so passionate about certain situations or people. But most importantly, it's a time to take some time out and just chill so we can figure out better and more logical and positive ways to go about getting what we want from life; starting by looking on the inside. The Universe is asking us, just for the time being, to look before we leap....instead of just bungee jumping off the bridge before checking that the carabiner is secured.


 
So I was thinking, why not use the Virgo energy in your favor?
  
Virgos love to organize! Take some time out and go somewhere you're not gonna be bothered (i.e. home, park, library, etc.), take a piece of paper and a pen with you, and begin to make a list of EVERYTHING you've been worrying about lately. As you write, visualize any negativity being drawn from you into the pen and onto the paper. Each time you write down a worry, feel yourself becoming lighter and lighter, as the weight, pressure, and anxiety is released from your being.
  
When you have written down everything you can think of, take a moment to look at everything and be VERY HONEST with yourself.
  
What worries are really petty? What do YOU need to work on before you put the blame on others?


Are you making mountains out of mole hills??



Meditate on these answers. Once you are done, burn the paper and throw the ashes out the window or from the roof where the wind will carry them away (or flush them down the toilet and let the water carry them away.)
  
If you get a chance, a nice bath with some lavender in it would be great. If you're short on time, perhaps some chamomile tea to relax you.
 
"Obsessing over who's wrong and who's right may be a problem. It's humility that we should be striving towards, as humility is the only way towards honesty with ourselves and with others"
  
Halleluyer.


"You need to work on yourself first boo boo. Go ahead. I'll wait."



Keep calm, and carry on
  
~*Atreya*~


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1 comments:

  1. Nery2318 said...:

    thanks for the heads up, I think I'm ready!

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