Today’s photo: Auroras over Bergheim, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 30, 2014 (photo by Mike Boyce, posted on SpaceWeather.com)
TWO PLANETARY EVENTS that occur this week are notable in in their support of forward motion:
- After being retrograde (moving backward) since March 1, Mars finally goes direct on Monday.
- And, on Saturday, a process that began last July comes to completion with a harmonious Saturn-Jupiter trine aspect.
Taking these two events chronologically, let’s talk a bit about Mars. Astrological tradition tells us that Mars represents the assertive/aggressive sides of our human natures, as well as the power of individual will and the advancement of personal desires. As the Roman god of war, Mars (known as Ares by the Greeks) is the leader of the charge, the one with the courage to venture where others fear to tread.
WHILE MARS has been retrograde, it’s clear that all progress has not completely ceased — I’m sure that if we look back to early March, each of us can find ways in which we have taken steps forward. But when a planet is retrograde, we are most supported if we internalize the process it represents.
This means that part of our psychological and spiritual directive over these past 11 weeks has been to acknowledge and work with the fears or other internal resistance that may have been inhibiting the manifestation of what we desire. If you are familiar with the channeled work of Abraham-Hicks, you may call this resistance “being outside your Vortex” or “holding your cork underwater.”
BECAUSE Mars has been in Libra throughout this retrograde phase, some of what we’ve needed to look at is whether our need for others to like us, or our need to maintain a semblance of harmony in our relationships, has actually been undermining our ability to create the life we desire. The paradox of Libra is that it wants to create relationship and harmony, but it often does so at the expense of self. We tend to forget that the Scales of Libra are also about balance and fairness, which means we need to give ourselves equal value in all situations.
So perhaps, as we look back over these past 11 weeks, we can find some progress in how we assert ourselves and have learned that it’s OK to want things for ourselves. If we’ve made advancement in those ways, as Mars goes direct and then starts to pick up speed over the coming weeks, we will likely be more successful in creating circumstances and relationships that are fulfilling on deeper levels, not just in appearance.
It will be interesting to watch our experience in mid- to late June, when Mars once again reaches the energy field of the ongoing Pluto-Uranus square. We are likely to see developments then that are related to our experience during the grand cross in mid-April — but in June, with Mars direct instead of retrograde, we may find our engines more revved and our courage more online for taking those forays into new territory. (Exact dates: Mars square Pluto June 14; Mars opposite Uranus June 25.)
OUR OTHER major event this week is the Saturn-Jupiter trine on Saturday. Because of the back-and-forth nature of planetary movement, this trine is actually the last of three that these two planets form while in their respective water signs (Saturn in Scorpio, Jupiter in Cancer).
The link back to the other two trines (on July 17 and December 12, 2013) may seem a bit obscure in our memories, since this is not a “flashy” aspect, with lots of fireworks and clearly life-changing events. This trine tends to work more on subtle levels, along the lines of “slow but sure” effects.
SATURN deals with manifestation in form — practical, tangible results based on discipline, responsibility, and hard work. Jupiter is quite different in effect, providing hope, optimism, and faith, and asking us to always look for the larger meaning in events and in our lives.
When these two planets are working in harmony — as they are throughout this week and next — principles we usually think of as being opposites are on the same team and working together. This means we have equal access to both realism and optimism, both practicality and faith, and both conservatism and expansionism.
In effect, Saturn is helping ground Jupiter, and Jupiter is helping uplift Saturn. And, with both planets in water signs, this trine should be helpful in stabilizing our emotional bodies.
SINCE SATURN is retrograde and Jupiter is direct, the Jupiter qualities theoretically will be getting more conscious “air time” — but we can’t forget that Saturn in Scorpio is still at work beneath the surface, weeding out the emotional patterns that may be interfering with our ambitions.
Perhaps the best advice with this planetary aspect is to take advantage of all the positive perspective available, and remember that we have until July 20, when Saturn goes direct, to complete some important work in our ongoing self-discovery.
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