Mars Direct in Scorpio 06/29/16: Pushing Forward

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On Wednesday,  June 29, Mars will station direct, completing its retrograde through the first part of Sagittarius and the last 7 degrees of Scorpio.  Mars is the planet associated with that which we desire most in life.  It is the craving we must satisfy and the lover we lust for passionately.  It is the drive to make our dreams tangible, the bravery to confront one’s fears.  It is seemingly unconquerable. Like adrenaline, Mars is the strength and energy to persevere and survive when the odds are stacked against you. With Mars retrograde the last two months, it is likely these aspects of our lives, of ourselves, have turned inward for a period of internal review and soul strengthening. Its lessons presented themselves as obstacles, such as the inability to express oneself accurately, difficulties connecting with one’s passions or inhibited creative or sexual release. Its lessons also likely inspired a sense of internal investigation leading us to question our beliefs, all that we think we know and all that we think we are. Ultimately, Mars retrograde serves to propel us forward on our journey; to get us in touch with the deep wants and callings from within, and to give us the courage to face whatever darkness we may encounter along the way.

For more on Mars retrograde, see Mars Retrograde: Rediscovering Purpose

With Mars stationing direct in the 12th house, just a degree above the Ascendant, our truth is surfacing. Attention is brought to our transforming inner thoughts. Our mind has changed, expanded to allow for a new mode of expression and being. You are more than you thought you could be. Strong, brave and ready to go. There is a deep urge to grow, to face fears and to feel fully and openly. However, where one’s truth is exposed, often, so too is one’s sense of denial. The 12th house is the house of the unconscious and secrets. With Scorpio on the cusp, we are seeking truth; personal, spiritual, physical, sexual and biological – but this cannot be found without first acknowledging whatever lies might bury it.

Mars forms a trine to Venus in the 8th house, with Cancer on the cusp. This suggests that the truths we may be coming to terms with are transforming our home, or our concept of what or where home is. Whether it is the physical structure/place, people and materials that fill it, or the spiritual and emotional connotation – change is inevitable. A shift has occurred, momentum has been accumulating, and with Mars now moving forward and our minds focused on truth – it is time to let that truth envelop one’s environment and become part of one’s story. The Sun and Mercury, also in Cancer, further emphasize the energies of the home ; perhaps the purchasing or move to a new one, re-decorating or re-financing. There is a strong feeling of needing ones identity to be adequately represented by one’s home, and making whatever changes needed to achieve this. After the instability and insecurities of the last few months, it is important to feel safe in one’s living environment, to feel free and to be able to embrace the activities and material possessions that bring joy and beauty to one’s life.

The moon in Taurus forms a sextile to the Sun in Cancer, forging the connection between how we are managing our stress and the amount of emotional energy we have to put towards our usual daily endeavors. If we are coming from a place that feels positive and capable, if the changes we are making are truly in our best interest – we are likely to find ourselves feeling peaceful and productive. Without the burdens of the past and the backward tug of the retrograde, we can move forward, re-directing our emotional output and energy. However, there is also the ability to linger in the funk of what has not played out according to desire. This can lead to a more lazy, over-indulgent behavior – so much emotional energy is being used to linger that there are limited amounts left to put towards one’s normal routine. Times are tough and it’s important to be gentle with yourself, but you must also encourage yourself to grow and to let go of that which does not serve you. The last few months have required a sense of patience with oneself, but we are at a point now, where – like Mars – it is time to push forward.

The specific affects of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed.  If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please send us an email!

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Leo Full Moon; Mercury Stations Direct, Conjuncts Pluto: Here Comes Change

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On Thursday, January 21st, Mercury, currently retrograde, began its conjunction with Pluto, planet of transformation, rebirth and regeneration. What might normally be a relatively quick and subtle aspect is exacerbated and lengthened as Mercury retrograde backtracks past Pluto in the 15th° of Capricorn to the 14th°, where it stations direct. At this point in the retrograde cycle, Mercury is moving at its slowest speed. Once stationed direct, it appears to come to a stop and then reverses direction, passing by Pluto once more and entering the storm period of the cycle. Because Mercury is retrograde and moving so slowly during this time, its transit with Pluto will be felt, emphasized and at work longer than usual.

However, before Mercury stations direct, a midst the conjunctions with Pluto, the energies are pulled to focus on the Moon, as we experience the Leo full moon, exact Sunday, January 24th at 5:46 PM PST. This adding a sense of drama and flair to the air, as well as the potential for a lighter, playful energy to our Sunday evening, before the heaviness ensues and Mercury stations direct. Leo adds a creative element to this transforming time. The Full Moon, hitting the 12th and 6th houses in the full moon chart suggests this is a good time to establish creative routine, find release. Leo, ruled by the Sun, is a bold sign, it is expressive and strong. This full moon reminds us of our part in creating our destiny in the world around us. As we engage with our environment, we have the choice as to how we greet our day, how we seize our day and how we react or respond to situations. Through this time of transformation, where many feel as though the world is shifting beneath their feet, it is important to remember the role our personal creativity plays in the life we manifest for ourselves. The Leo full moon is here to remind us of this power, the power we do have, when it may not feel like there is much power to be had.

During this time some deep changes are being urged and in a sense forced into our lives – pushing us all a little further on our personal evolutionary journeys. Adding to this already intense Plutonian energy that will fuel the next week or so, Mercury stations direct in the 8th house of Pluto co-ruled Scorpio on Monday, January 25th at 1:50 PM PST. This is a time of change, like it or not. Whether in regard to relationships, finances, career, matters at home, or how we present ourselves – the universe has bigger plans for us, and it is likely that beneath the stress and distractions of life, we also have bigger plans for ourselves. Pluto has the tendency to remove the unnecessary, the glitz and glamour and show you what needs addressing. Mercury’s slow visit here, implying the need to really think about what we are getting ourselves into, to really learn and dive into the details of the matter, but also implying a change in our awareness, and the need to expand our minds beyond their current limitations. Pluto, acting as a molding force.

Pluto aspects have the tendency to feel difficult and heavy, bringing about the growing pains of life as we mature emotionally and spiritually. The chance for crises and confusion is just as likely as the opportunity to achieve resolution, and to eventually find comfort in the changes taking place. Aim for patience with yourself and with others, especially over the next few weeks. You truly do not know the battles others are fighting, as you fight your own. Compassion and understanding go a long way, both personally and socially.

Furthermore, Mercury stationing direct and entering its storm phase brings up issues, commitments, conversations and plans we have made or encountered over the last few weeks, since Mercury stationed retrograde on January 5th. As Mercury made its way back through Capricorn, it is likely miscommunications, delays and revisions were common – especially in the work environment and and in regard to achieving goals. These set backs causing us to examine the structures of our lives; our homes, routines, money, authority and in some cases our bodies. For more on Mercury’s retrograde through Capricorn, check out Reclaiming Your Power. This retrograde through the earth sign Capricorn associated with the material world, has been more tangible than Mercury’s retrogrades of 2015 through the air signs. Though the specific effects of the retrograde differ person to person, based on where it is currently transiting ones natal chart, as well as where and how prevalent Mercury and its associated signs and houses are in one’s natal chart – the overall inconveniences, technological malfunctions, and miscommunications are easily felt by all during these times, as well as being re-visited by ideas and people from our past.

As Mercury reaches the 14th° of Capricorn, where it stations direct, the inconveniences and typical Mercury retrograde anomalies will reach a peak, and then slowly begin to subside as Mercury completes its storm phase, and regains its speed. During retrogrades, it is generally not advised to make any commitments, sign new agreements or begin new impulsive projects, and it is during Mercury’s storm period that the unseen fine print, or overlooked details regarding these new endeavors tend to present themselves. The completion of the storm period, and this retrograde cycle ends on February 15th in the 1st° of Aquarius. Life stops feeling so backwards, and though we are still wobbly and unsure of this new metamorphosis we have undergone, though the fog is still thick and difficult to navigate through, with both feet on the ground, we feel as though we can move forward more easily with a greater sense of purpose and power.

 

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Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn January 5 – January 25 : Reclaiming Your Power

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On January 5th at 5:06 am PST Mercury will station retrograde for the first time in 2016. Staggering in the 1° Aquarius, the planet ruling our communication and awareness will begin its journey backwards through the last half of Capricorn. During this time we are likely to find ourselves revisiting themes from the last few weeks. Capricorn is an ambitious sign associated with career, tackling great obstacles, navigation of the material world and structure. Capricorn energy is passionate, it is the foundation and drive that leads to the successful completion of tasks. However, with Mercury retrograde here; we are likely to feel stuck in one way or another and may find ourselves re-designing our goals and re-organizing the structure of our lives.

With Mercury retrograde in Capricorn we can expect the unexpected. We will likely experience miscommunications and delays, particularly in our work environments or in regard to reaching goals or deadlines. It is important to realize that these obstacles are here to serve us, to help refine whatever it is we are in the process of perfecting or learning. Try to have patience with yourself and with those around you. Practicing deep mindful breathing can be especially helpful.

For those of you less familiar with the details surrounding the phenomenon that is Mercury retrograde, here is an excerpt from an older Starface Astrology blog:

(For those of you who want to continue reading about this particular retrograde chart, skip down past the indented text.)

Mercury retrograde is an Earthly “optical illusion” where Mercury appears to be moving backwards, for 3 weeks, 3 times a year. During these times, one may notice “things” of a mercurial nature tend to go a bit awry.

As Mercury rules communication, we may find issues arise in all the many forms we use to communicate today, as well as with all those we communicate with. Mercury retrograde will affect everyone differently, however those who have strong Virgo, Gemini energy or highly aspected Mercury in their charts, may notice these periods of time to feel particularly frustrating. [With Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, those with highly aspected Capricorn or Saturn (or currently in the midst of a Saturn return) will also feel the tug a bit more.]

As Mercury slows to station retrograde, our logic and abilities to reason may slow down with it. Most will notice their thoughts become sluggish, while at the same time creating a scatterbrained effect. It is common for listening and staying focused for extended periods of time to prove more difficult than usual; and to find that in the midst of a conversation you lose your train of thought. This often accompanied by the thought/feeling that “nothing is going right or according to plan.”

As legal agreements and contracts also fall under Mercury’s ruling, it is best not to sign or commit to anything new during these times. Retrogrades are ideal for re-visiting ideas, jobs, or relationships from the past, but attempting to begin or commit to new endeavors during these periods can backfire and is not recommended. With the constant change and the rather peculiar way of Mercury retrograde, it can be hard to predict what the outcome of situations will be. There is the tendency for whatever was agreed upon in said contract to change once Mercury goes direct.

However, in today’s world, it is difficult to stop from functioning and living in a “forward” motion. Many people find themselves in situations or careers where they must sign agreements or initiate new projects, life happens and deadlines are set, waiting until Mercury goes direct is not an option. It would be wise to be extremely cautious when/if you do find yourself in these situations, that all facts are thoroughly discussed and all fine print is carefully gone over (and over and over again). Though there are many inconveniences of its nature, (re-doing things over again being one of them) Mercury retrogrades can serve as a time for slowing down and really taking a good look at what is happening in our lives and how we can redirect things and make them better. There is no reason for fear or withdrawal from life, (though you may feel a bit more introverted during these times) but there is the need for heightened awareness, clear intentions, patience and preparation.

When Mercury is retrograde, it is a good time to expect the unexpected. Delayed flights, traffic jams at odd hours, computer/electronic malfunctions and miscommunications are often a very obvious part of the experience. Preparation is key to avoiding and overcoming such obstacles during this time. Some ways one can prepare are: allowing for more time to get from point A to point B, making copies of important documents, backing up computer files and double checking details you wouldn’t normally think twice about. When Mercury is retrograde, plans seem to never quite be set, life feels wobbly and uncertain. Leaving room for error and time for backtracking is helpful, while being uptight and trying to “fight” against the current will likely prove a waste of energy. Though we may consider these things to be inconvenient to our daily lives, they serve to help guide us. Underneath the mental fog and distractions is opportunity. Practice going with the flow.

While Mercury is retracing its path, there is increased mental ability to use retrospect in a positive way. To reassess the way we have done something, to revisit old ideas and thoughts- things that we didn’t commit to at the time but find new reason to appreciate now. There is support for reconnecting with old friends, rekindling old flames as well as the likely hood that current relationships will be under scrutiny and review. It is common for old relationship issues that have been brushed aside to rear their head, and it is likely that with the flux in communication, it will be difficult to deliver the message so both in conversation are on the same page. It may be necessary to confirm that your message is heard and comprehended by the other party in the way in which you intended, and to make sure that you are hearing and understanding others correctly too. It is important to note, that this is really not the time to take drastic measures. Do not do anything that you cannot undo – if necessary.

 

[Lets Talk: Astrological transits like Mercury retrograde affect everyone differently depending on one’s natal chart. If you would like to discuss your chart or how this transit may specifically present itself in your life, please email me. I would love to hear from you and am always looking for new perspectives!]

Mercury stationing retrograde is just one of the many aspects that form the celestial equation for the day and pattern for the month.  Though usually inconvenient and sometimes even burdensome, the addition of the other events taking place simultaneously deliver a rather intense message; suggesting that beyond the set backs and revisions, this period of reassessment is part of our journey to reclaiming our own personal power and mastering responsibility.

Both Mars and Pluto fuel the sky with great Scorpion energy. Mars, who recently entered Scorpio forms a square with Mercury just as it stations retrograde, and the Sun makes a conjunction to Pluto in the 1st house in the very degree that Mercury will station direct in on January 25th. The implications of this chart are deep and transforming. There is great emphasis on personal power and our sense of authority. Do we find we often play the role of the victim and give power away?  Is our need for control excessive?  We may find ourselves in situations where we feel challenged by authority figures or must demand respect, on the contrary we may find ourselves in positions where we must act as leaders or change the way in which we lead. Whether it be to lead a group or to simply lead ourselves onto the right path – it is time to reclaim our personal fire. By owning our power we will find ourselves achieving goals and attracting that which we truly desire.

This will be done, however, in the fashion of Mercury retrograde, which emphasizes the communication – or miscommunication –  factor and suggests we should be open to different methods of communicating with others than what may come naturally to us. Be open to change. A little flexibility will go a long way.

The energies of the past few months have been tense and it seems that we are likely to see this tension stick around awhile longer. But, if we can stick to our goals regardless of the setbacks we find ourselves up against, with dedication yet flexibility, we can utilize this energetically transforming time and truly learn the meaning of success.