The Lunar Eclipse on August 7 features the Moon in Aquarius, with Mars in Leo bringing up anger, irritability and a tendency to impulsive, possibly warlike, actions and also a dominating feel. Kind of like an overgrown toddler wielding power while in a tantrum! Lunar eclipses tend to manifest emotionally or in “inner world” ways, so beware of explosive feelings and the actions they might lead you to take. Fortunately, Jupiter is harmoniously trined the Moon, which may soften the feel of this eclipse and bring a resolution to the dilemma of centralized versus dispersed power that Leo and Aquarius are caught up in.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: August 7, 2017
Time of eclipse: 11:11 AM Pacific Time
Type: partial (weak in intensity)
Visible in: Australia, Antarctica, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe.
At: 15º Aquarius
Nodal Orientation:
Shadow Agents: Mars in Leo, Pallas Athene in Taurus, Jupiter in Libra.

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
August 2 to 13
November 2 to 12
January 30 to February 5
April 30 to May 10

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable. A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event). You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after). The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door. Before you even answer it, you can hear shouting. There stand the Sun, Moon and Mars, all engaged in a fierce argument. The Sun sweeps into your living room first, pushing the Moon aside as he comes. The Sun in Leo is wearing a massive golden crown, which is cocked on his head at a jaunty angle, as well as fine, brocade robes which would suit the palace of Versailles. He stops and checks out his image in every reflective surface, and becomes irritable when people don’t notice him. Mars in Leo is pulled along in the Sun’s wake. Mars has his chest puffed out and his numerous medals of honor are clanking into each other, sounding like a large ring of keys. The Moon in Aquarius, who is being outshouted, persists in bringing her agenda, a huge scroll she is carrying and reading aloud from. The Moon is dressed in a plain gown unlike the finery of the Sun and Mars. Pallas Athene is bespectacled and dressed in a professional pantsuit. She trails behind Mars, but elbows in ahead of the Moon.
Moon: I’m here to represent the people and I’m far more concerned with making their voices heard than I am with looking fancy. You’ve got to understand that the people have rights too! I’ve even heard them called “inalienable rights–to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” You can’t just have things the way you want them. And you can’t just benefit yourself!
Sun: I am the FATHER of these people! Of course I know what’s best for them.
Mars: I’m behind you, sir, backing you up all the way. (He rattles his sabre)
Pallas Athene: Are you guys aware that there are serious outside threats to our nation and our way of life?
Mars: Lemme at ‘em!
Sun: What do you mean? Is it an opportunity for me to look good?
Pallas Athene: Yes, but only if you are serious about doing what’s right for your country.
Moon: Fat chance!
Pallas Athene: (to Moon) Yes, but you are only interested in giving the people what they need, but you probably DO NOT want to rule them! Are you aware that leadership is difficult?
The Moon gapes at this idea
Moon: No, I suppose I wasn’t considering that. I mostly just like to read, and enjoy one of my eccentric hobbies, such as bunny collecting.
The Sun and Mars both hip-bump the Moon out of their way. Mars’ medals clank loudly.
Sun: There! It’s settled. I shall continue to rule!
Mars: Yeah, him!
Pallas Athene (clears her throat):
Ahem! I was actually hired as an outside consultant to help SOLVE this issue, once and for all. Now can I get you two to sign here, here, and here?
She shoves over two clipboards in the respective directions of Sun and Moon.
Mars: To hell with paperwork! My king shall be the only one to rule!
Mars slices the two clipboards with his sabre.
Moon: Oh I’ll make sure this is the bloodiest revolution to date!
The Moon pulls out a powdered wig from under her tunic and places it on her head, a la Robespierre. She begins winding up her fist to strike Mars.
Pallas Athene: Children, children…now Moon, don’t do anything that you’ll regret…
Pallas Athene begins to look overwhelmed. Moon’s fist lands on Mars’ mouth. Chaos ensues in your living room. The Sun jumps into the rumble, wielding his sceptre and swinging it blindly. All four are lost in a cloud of confusion, elbows and kicks.
Suddenly, the doorbell rings. You sidle around the brawl to your front door and open it. Jupiter in Libra marches inside, wearing a three piece suit, and ambassador’s badge. His car, parked outside, has diplomat’s plates.
You: Thank goodness you’re here!
Jupiter: I have just the solution for your political crisis!
Mars: Hey it’s the big man on campus! Who do you think you are?
Moon: Yeah, who invited you to the party? We have enough people fighting, we don’t need one more dissenting voice!
Pallas Athene: Yes, please leave. As you can see, I have this completely under control.
The Sun’s elbow comes out from the melee and socks Pallas Athene in the jaw. She goes goggle-eyed and falls over.
Jupiter: Uhh…yes, I can see that. Maybe I can show you guys this!
Jupiter pulls out a document from the breast pocket of his enviously smart suit. Everyone stops and looks in his direction.
Jupiter: This document can be your new constitutional democracy! Now you can rule, Sun in Leo, but you must do so according to the needs of the people, as represented by Moon in Aquarius. And Mars, you can help protect both!
Mars: I know I can do it! And then some! Just give me a battle to win!
Jupiter: Moon, you’re going to have to uphold your end of the bargain. The people must show up for voting and must stand up for what they believe in.
Moon: Ok, it’s high time we did that anyway.
Jupiter: And Sun, you’ve got to rule wisely and stop grabbing all the attention and glory for yourself. Do you think you can do that?
Sun: Does that mean I get to keep on being king?
Moon and Pallas Athene: Yes!
Sun: Then I’ll try. But you need to follow my lead!
Everyone: We will.
You: Whew!
Jupiter (herds the whole crew ou the door and whispers to you as he goes): We’ll see how long this lasts.

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Darth Vader iconical SW imageIn April of 2016, Mars turns retrograde in 8º Sagittarius, travels backwards into Scorpio, turns direct again and finishes its journey by returning to 8º Sagittarius by the end of August. There isn’t a better representation of Sagittarian and Scorpio themes than the loss of innocence and the encounter with evil—and there isn’t a better telling of this story than Star Wars.

Mars is the archetypal hero of the zodiac. When Mars turns retrograde, the Hero in all of us goes on a symbolic journey to discover what it really means to be a hero and how to take heroic action in our lives. The sign or signs Mars travels through will tell us much about the nature of the journey while any planets Mars encounters along the way will bring experiences or characters that shape the hero’s development.

Here’s the chart of the moment when Mars turns retrograde. In it, we’ll find inspiration and insight, along with clues about how to navigate this Mars retrograde period. In the blogpost thread to come, I’ll interpret these clues using a very famous story to answer a question all heroes must face, if they are to remain heroes and not “turn to the Dark side.”

1 Mars turns retrogradeIn this chart, Mars is conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius and is squared by Neptune, Jupiter and the Moon. We know that Mars will retrograde back into Scorpio. Sagittarius represents hope, adventure and a quest—and so the story begins with a youthful innocent. But evil threatens to consume the innocent hero, and thus Mars travels back into Scorpio and the encounter with evil shapes him.

Luke Skywalker watching the sunsetOur story begins with a boy, not yet a man emotionally, although he is an adult physically. His name is Skywalker–a very Sagittarian name. He longs for adventure and watches the double sunset wondering what’s out there for him. A pair of droids enters his life bringing vital information that must be delivered somewhere. Luke will have to go on a journey, but at first he resists, because he has a life here on Tatooine.

Through the droids, Luke meets Obi-Wan Kenobi and discovers Kenobi knew his dead father. The father theme is brought in by Saturn’s presence conjunct Mars and so Luke finds in Kenobi a surrogate father and a mentor. Neptune square Mars suggests the mystery surrounding his father’s death and Jupiter square Mars suggests the unexpected journey. The Moon square Mars is an apt symbol of the scene that struck me hard when I first saw it—the corpses of Luke’s aunt and uncle burning after Imperial stormtroopers came looking for Kenobi. They are the only family Luke has ever known and now there is no longer a reason for him to remain on Tatooine. He is propelled on a journey to discover more about his father and deliver the message to the rebellion. He is also struck by the beauty of the princess for whom the message must be delivered. And so begins the saga, during which he will face his darkest enemy, discover the truth about his father, and become a man.

The question Star Wars asks is one fundamental to human nature and I’ll ask it in 3 different ways:
“How do you defeat evil without becoming evil?”
“How do you incorporate the possibility of evil into your worldview without becoming consumed by it?”
“How do you encounter evil without having it shape you into something darker, whether by embracing it or rejecting it?”

In many stories of the encounter with evil, the villain seems to have distinct advantages that stem from his rejection of love and ethics. This liberates him to fight strongly for his own selfish purposes. To fight a strong enemy, the hero must also be strong. But is it justifiable for him to sink to the villain’s level? The hero cannot afford this—he must maintain his ethics and his heart and his connection to those he is protecting or saving—or else he himself becomes evil and then evil has won.

How does the hero fight strongly and resist the call of darkness and its implied liberation and power? Luke Skywalker’s story contains answers to all these questions and more.

Over the course of the next few months, I’ll post articles showing milestones in this year’s Mars Retrograde journey and relating them to plot threads in the Star Wars saga. (beware please that there will be many, MANY spoilers in this post-series. If you haven’t gotten current with the world of Star Wars you may want to before reading this thread. You’ve been warned.)

You can find out more about Mars retrograde here.

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Aries, this post is all about you, which must mean that I have your full attention! Your sign is the hard-headed ram (born between March 22 and April 20) and like a ram, you literally plunge head-first into life. You’re a natural leader, and the world needs people like you because it is full of followers. But when are you being a pioneering maverick or just an obnoxious blowhard?

Aries, when you’re at your best. . .
…you are being honest, direct and forthright. Nobody has to be a mind-reader around you, because you say what you are thinking with little hesitation. And people like your friendly and transparent nature since ‘what you see is what you get.’ There is a beautiful simplicity to you, and you can get a lot accomplished in your life solely because you know exactly what you want. The sun is exalted in Aries, which means that your ego’s desires translate directly into action. You are also great at pursuing things in all aspects of your life—relationships, jobs, money—so you quite often end up getting the things you need.

…and at you’re worst…
There is another side to your go-getter nature which can actually alienate others. You are the solipsist of the zodiac, so you have a hard time seeing how your actions affect others, or that there are other dimensions to reality beyond yours. You can seriously lack self-objectivity, and lose perspective on your own behavior. Know how irritating a screaming, self-centered infant can be? Well that may be an accurate metaphor for how others view you at times. You can be hasty, rushed, and while you are good at starting things, completing projects is more of a challenge. Your ‘honesty’ (which you value so much) can really just come off as abrasive, blunt and unnecessarily provocative. Your irascible nature means that you can also fly off the handle easily, while others are left spinning in your wake. 

Handling your Aries nature
In order to accomplish things at a pace which keeps you interested, try the method of ‘fail fast, fail often’ where you allow yourself to jump right into a project and fail (without penalty) as many times as it is necessary to successfully complete it. If you spend all of your time dwelling on one aspect of a project, you’ll get bored, and boredom is anathema to you. Also, try to dial down your behavior around others who are slower or have lower energy than you—otherwise you will end up bulldozing them. And lastly, have an apology ready at hand. You will inevitably step on people’s toes so be prepared to apologize quickly and gracefully. That can smooth things over and get you back on the fast track, where you belong.

Clueing others in about you….
Tell others that you appreciate it when they shoot from the hip—let them know that you need strong feedback in order to curb your behavior. Skywriting their words from a plane should do it. Also let others know that every once in while, your Aries bubble may pop and you will feel deflated. Don’t let them ever assume it’s their fault, since you, Aries, will re-inflate your own bubble in no time. And in a similar vein, let others know that if you get angry (which you will), they shouldn’t feel responsible for it nor should they take it personally. Your emotions are like a monsoon season—the skies will be bright and sunny until a torrential downpour strikes. Ten minutes later, the sun will come back again. Let others know that they can run for cover, but that you won’t hold a grudge and will quickly let go of whatever set you off. You’ll always do best with companions who also don’t hold a grudge and who are able to let go of any of your stupid mistakes right away, as being reminded over and over again of what you did wrong brings you unnecessary pain. Then you can get back to barreling through life in your usual way!

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March’s Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse, with Shadow Agents Mars and Mercury in attendance. Mercury aligns with the Sun in Aries, demanding logic and swift thought. Mars cheers from the sidelines in support. But the Moon in Libra wants balance instead of impulsivity. And all the while, the thoughts are flying thick and fast. What to do? Make a mental net to capture all the ideas that may come along this swift, intuitive stream. Do you have a good idea-capturing system? Now might be the time to begin.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: March 23, 2016
Time of eclipse: 5:01 AM Pacific Time
Type: penumbral (weak in intensity)
Visible in: North America, northwest part of South America, Australia, eastern Russia, China, Japan, Mongolia, India.
At: 3º Libra
Nodal Orientation: the eclipsed Moon conjunct North Node creates an Initiating (not Releasing) nodal orientation
Shadow Agents:  Mars in Sagittarius, Mercury in Aries

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
March 18 to 28
June 19 to 29
September 21 to October 1
December 19 to 29

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable. A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event).

This lunar eclipse falls at the North Node, making this an initiating eclipse, one which is capable of sparking events that can lead to a new beginning. Be courageous and try new things under this eclipse. You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after). The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You are resting at home, when the doorbell rings. Not expecting any company, you walk to the door and curiously open it a crack. The Sun in Aries, and his small, feisty pal Mercury in Aries, come bursting through the door. “We REFUSE to compromise!” they both scream in unison. Before you have a chance to open to your mouth and ask questions, both planets begin ranting. You suddenly realize that once you’ve let unbridled, Aries energy into your house, there is no way to simply ask it to leave…

“I just moved in with my girlfriend, the Moon in Libra,” whines the blowhard Sun in Aries. “And now, my life has been totally hijacked by this relationship! When I was living on my own, I could do whatever I want! If I didn’t feel like washing the dishes, guess what? They wouldn’t get washed ‘till I felt like it! Also, I could come and go every time I pleased, without ever having to check in with anybody!” The Sun was puffed up with anger. His face became redder and redder as he continued his petulant tirade.

“Ever since my girlfriend moved in, everything I do becomes a long discussion. If I want to decorate, I have to clear it with her first. If I want to invite my buddies over, I have to ask her if it works for her too. I’m sick of this! I want to be a bachelor again!”

The Sun and Mercury storm into your living room and plop down on your couch. They put their feet up on your coffee table. You hesitantly offer some advice, “Well relationships can be tough, because they require lots of communication…” but then you get interrupted by brash Mercury in Aries.

“Who is better at communicating than me?” he exclaims as he clearly hasn’t heard anything you have just said. All of a sudden, a text pings on your phone. It’s from the Moon in Libra: “Excuse me, but would it be all right if I stopped by? I’m having problems with my boyfriend, the Sun, and I’m at my wit’s end about what to do with him. I would appreciate some advice about it.”

As the Sun and Mercury whine on about how lame it is to have to talk about everything, they don’t even notice you texting the Moon back. You write: “Of course you are welcome to come over. But the Sun has already beat you here!”

Half an hour passes, and the Sun and Mercury have not stopped talking about how much the Sun is ready to move out from his home with the Moon. In fact, neither of them has even asked you one question about how you are doing. You’ve already begun to sense where the root of the problem in communication may lie…

The doorbell rings and you get up to answer it. As you expected, the Moon in Libra is at the door. She is standing there politely, and has even brought over some flowers in a gesture of consideration. Behind her is Mars in Sagittarius, one of the Sun’s best friends. As they enter the living room, the Sun and Mercury jump up from the couch. “Hey, Mars buddy!” the Sun exclaims. “Did my girlfriend drag you over here? Oh, hey babe….” the Sun says as he glances over at Moon.

Mars in Sagittarius has often played the mediator between the couple, diffusing tensions and suggesting actions that can help things move forward when they’re stuck. The Aries Sun loves his bluntness, and the Libra Moon enjoys his travel stories. They’re both happy to see him, sensing an end to the tension between them.

“Guys, it’s time you two sit down and discuss you problems,” Mars says, as the Sun rolls his eyes. “Discuss?! That’s all we ever do! I guess I have no patience for living with someone else. I’m not much of a compromiser.”

“Oh, shut up and grow up, Sun!” replies Mars in his typical shoot-from-the-hip style. “You’ve been hanging around with that Peter Pan Mercury in Aries too much. He may never want to grow up, but you’d better, if you expect to have the lovely and talented Moon in Libra in your life.” It’s just the kind of directness that the Sun in Aries needs to make him actually listen. “I could never have said that to him,” whispers the Moon in your ear.

“There’s no reason to be afraid of having your independence taken,” says Mars. “The Moon is in an Air sign. She’s perfectly capable of giving you space when you need it. But now that you and she are living together, naturally she expects you to tell her about things ahead of time, because they affect her too.”

For the first time you can ever remember, the Sun is at a loss for words. Even Mercury in Aries can’t argue with that kind of logic.

Mars in Sagittarius continues, “Sun in Aries, you don’t want to be single. You’ve been on your own for most of your life. This is merely a new experience—and there’s no one better than you at trying new things. Maybe underneath all of your complaints, you are just really afraid of something…maybe it’s becoming more mature, maybe it’s losing your independence…but those fears are all ungrounded. You see, Libra Moon isn’t your adversary, she’s your teammate. And with her, your life is so much better. You live in a beautiful home with someone who cares about what you’re up to. What could be better than that?”

The Moon in Libra relaxes noticeably because Mars has cut straight to the point. And the Sun relaxes too. “Thanks, my brother,” he says. “I needed that.” Mercury looks on in amazement that Mars has stated both positions and brought the two into alignment by being soft on the Moon and tough on the Sun. It looks like magic to him. He sidles up to Mars, whispering, “Can you teach me how you did that?” Mars signs him up for a teleseminar on the spot.

The Sun in Aries and Moon in Libra look adoringly into each other’s eyes, then link arms and happily stroll out of your home towards their own, trailing a cloud of little pink hearts.

Read about 2016’s eclipses here.

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This Full Moon (also a Lunar Eclipse) suggests a feeling of persecution. “How unfair!” cries the Libran Moon, while Shadow Agents Pluto and Uranus pick on her. How will she learn to stand up for herself? Fortunately, Jupiter in Leo brings confidence and pride. During this Lunar Eclipse, learn to defend yourself and add teeth to your diplomacy.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: April 4, 2015
Time of eclipse: 5:05 AM Pacific Time
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Asia, Western Australia, Oceania, North and South America and Antarctica
At: 14º Libra
Shadow Agents:  Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Leo

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
March 30 – April 9
July 1 – 11
October 3 – 13
December 31 – January 10

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable. A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event). You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after). The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a strange sound outside, like a breeze growing into a wind, quickly growing into a monsoon. You head for the door when it is thrown open by the Moon in Libra, looking like a 1920’s starlet wearing a long gown. She throws herself at you and clings to you. The wind blows her skirt around and then suddenly dies down.
Moon: Save me! They’re after me!
You close the door and hold her. She’s shivering. Soon there’s a beating at the door. Through the peephole you can see Pluto in Capricorn, wearing a long, dark cloak and Uranus in Aries, carrying fiery thunderbolts in a satchel on his back. The thunderbolts give off an occasional sizzle that is audible even through the door.
You: You’re not coming in!
Pluto: What, not by the hair of your chinny-chin-chin?
He and Uranus snicker.
Uranus: I mean, really! That’s just plain silly.
Pluto: Clearly, I am to be the villain of the piece, so I’ll live up to the image.
He produces a flask from inside his cloak and drinks from it, then laughs in an evil way.
Pluto: Come out, Moon! I’ve got some flaws to detect in you this time! You’re not as pretty as you look, ya know!
Uranus: Yeah, and I’ve got an angry mob of protesters here who say justice is not as blind as she should be.
Pluto: Maybe we should take out one of her eyes?
The Moon gasps, looks at you and shivers more violently.
Pluto: Which story is this anyway? Am I supposed to tie you to the railroad track, so I can steal your inheritance? Am I supposed to rip your bodice, turn out to be a bad man with a heart of gold and fulfill your sexual fantasies? Am I supposed to put you out for the monster to eat? Am I the monster? Come on, Moon, give me a clue!
The Moon looks confused. Just then, you hear a rumble on the roof and see some soot drop down your fireplace. Suddenly, Jupiter appears at the opening and tugs his large self free of the fireplace, knocking over the andirons as he goes, but not upsetting his dignity.
Jupiter: I’m used to using fireplaces. After all, some see me as Santa Claus. He pats the Moon gently on the back.
Jupiter: Don’t you know Moon, that you are in charge here? Where’s your power? You’re not a victim of beauty, you wield it. Is it a weapon? is it a connector?
What’s the truth and what’s the pretty lies?
Moon: Those two really have me off balance. I can’t find my center with them around.
Jupiter: Rather than hiding and crying about the unfairness of the situation, why not claim your dignity and stand up for yourself? After all, fairness is a two-way street.
There’s a resounding toot from a horn and the door opens by itself. The Sun in Aries strides in, a larger-than-life warrior figure wearing full armor, with battle plumes on his helmet. Pluto and Uranus are still on the other side of the threshold, with a crowd behind them, brandishing pitchforks and axes and suchlike.
Sun: I sincerely hope everyone is remembering this is an ECLIPSE! Of the MOON! A time for us to look at our emotional shadow. And here and now, that shadow is niceness. False sweetness. Empty beauty. Passivity and excess yielding. And it is love without teeth that runs and hides at the first sign of trouble.
He looks very sternly at the Moon.
The Moon has started to look very pale and begins to go dark while the Sun brightens.
Sun: The powers of day assert themselves over the powers of night. Libra Moon, I am doing what you cannot–I am the Inner Warrior coming out to protect you.
He draws a sword and brandishes it at Pluto and Uranus. Uranus cheers while Pluto cowers, hiding under his cloak.
Pluto (resentfully): Like I said, why am I always being cast as the villain of the piece?
The Moon goes entirely dark and disappears. She is only gone for a few minutes before she begins to fade into shape again. When she takes her form again, she strides over to the Sun and takes his sword, then raises it above her head.
Moon: How could I have forgotten? I am JUSTICE! I am the Scales. Where there is unfairness, there am I with my sword.
She grabs a doily from a nearby tabletop and covers her eyes inexpertly with it.
Moon: I am Blind Justice, impartial and symmetrical! I am pure objectivity!
Uranus (aside to Jupiter): She’s something of a drama queen but she does speak sooth.

Read about other eclipses this year: 2015 Eclipses.

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Do you love an Aries?
Are you an Aries in love?

Human relationships are complex, layered things.  Every sign responds to love differently and has needs that are particular to it.  Also no individual can be categorized by their Sun sign alone.  Every person is a mixed bag of astrological traits, but an emphasis on Aries in your chart (or its ruling planet, Mars) will result in distinctly Arian experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Aries OR if you have Venus or Juno in Aries, this article is just for you.

Are you an Aries in love?
It’s not surprising. You fling yourself headlong into everything you do. Aries loves with an immediacy no other sign can match, and an intensity only Scorpio can match. Aries also brings an innocence and freshness that is irresistible to the object of your desire. When you love, you take your beloved on exciting adventures, but remember that you are a charismatic, exciting Fire sign and that you may be unaware of your effect on others. You come on like a box of fireworks—explosively attractive but also very willful and bent on your own direction. This self-determination is what wins you your way in the world, but it’s also sometimes overwhelming to others. You can find yourself in a new romance one second and out of it the next because you pushed where you should have been patient. Ease off the pressure—and let the object of your affections catch up.

How to manage your relationships as an Aries. . .
Some animals chase other animals because they run—and so it is sometimes with Aries. The thrill of the chase can overwhelm your good sense, and land you in relationship with someone who was fun to run after, but who you really don’t belong with. I could tell you to think ahead, Aries, but that would be counter to your nature. You learn by doing and that means lots and lots and lots of failures on the way to an inevitable success—inevitable as long as you have the hard-headed confidence that is the Mars-born’s birthright. Just don’t stop trying. There are lots more fish in the sea and after trying a bunch of them out, you can always throw them back and fish again. Just be sure to learn from your mistakes, and never make them twice.

Do you love an Aries?
Then give up. You’ve been conquered. The ramparts of your heart have been breached. You might as well surrender because the “You Belong To Aries Now” flag has been planted in your heart. You always know when you’re loved by Aries, which I like to fondly call Captain Obvious. Captain Obvious can’t keep his mouth shut when he loves any more than he can any other time. And it’s very hard to break up with an Aries who believes in the relationship. You want to knock their heads in—or at least rap their noses with a rolled-up newspaper—but oddly, you don’t want to burst their bubble. That selfsame hardheadedness that got you here in the first place can become a warmth at the center of your heart. Know that your Aries believes in you and loves to love you. That makes it worth the effort of being with him.

If you have Venus or Juno in Aries in your chart, the chances of you dating Arians is very high.  How to handle the Aries you love. . .

  • Keep it simple. Tell the truth. Be honest. Don’t play head games or manipulate.
  • When you have to deliver heard-to-hear feedback, begin gentler than you think you should. Aries people look much stronger than they actually are. You could crush her ego, so start out light.
  • Be trustworthy, because he will give you all his trust immediately when he loves. If he’s a mature Aries, he already knows he has a low tolerance for sneakiness and stealth, so the more adult he is, the shorter your relationship will be if you pull any funny stuff.
  • Aries women need a manly man in the bedroom and a man who respects them as an equal in all the other rooms. Are you “strong enough to be her man?”
  • Your Aries wants to be a hero. Give him opportunities to do just that and slather him with praise when he does.
  • When Aries people get angry, it’s an explosion of volcanic proportions that quickly fades, along with their bitterness. Aries does not hold a grudge—so it’s best if you don’t either.

How to find out more:
In this article there’s only room to hint at the deeper understanding of Aries that astrology has to offer.

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Check out this EXCELLENT description of Mars in Libra individuals, posted by a blogger whose name I could not find on her blog.

Charming, Strategic, Non-Confrontational
People born with Mars in Libra would rather not fight. They are aggressively peaceful. That may sound oxymoronic, but these are the cool Pink Panther types that derive joy out of killing people with kindness.  The angrier their opponent gets the nicer they will behave. These people wrote the book on remaining cool under pressure.  They actually thrive there.   They will drive their opponent insane with their lack of cooperation in the anger game. These people are usually very skilled debaters. They are usually very good at talking their way out of confrontations and charming their way into their love interest’s bed. They hide their intentions behind manners and chivalry.  They are violently charming, so be very careful trusting these people.  They are experts at hiding possibly dubious intentions behind flowers petals, perfume, and smiles.

Men:
A man born with Mars in Libra will be one of the coolest people you will ever meet. He will be. . .

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Mars warrior with symbolThe Warrior in the Sign of Grace–Wha? 
Mars is spending about 12 weeks retrograde this year (from March 1 to May 19, 2014) and is traveling through Libra.  This is an uncomfortable sign position for Mars.  Mars is the Hero, the Warrior, the Pioneer, the Athlete, while Libra is concerned with beauty, grace, fairness, tact and diplomacy.  Thus Mars in Libra is the expert negotiator, the verbal sparring partner who pushes every point, the ultimate litigator.  It’s hard for Mars to do his usual job in Libra—he’s supposed to fight, to guard the perimeter, to be aggressive, and all these things are exactly what Libra hates most.  Mars in Libra will do everything to avoid a fight, and will try other tactics first, such as persuasion, charm, even seduction, before resorting to fighting.  Even then, fighting takes a verbal form and Mars wishes to come out smelling like a rose.  When it comes down to physical fighting, Mars would rather retreat until the battle can be joined on a more intellectual field.

Iron Peeps of the Past
Not that I’m saying Mars in Libra is a slouch in the battle department—far from it.  Some famous Mars-in-Libra individuals of the past include Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady,” well known for her stubborn, uncompromising negotiating style and Winston Churchill, whose use of the phrase “Iron Curtain” (in his “Sinews of Peace” speech) led to this phrase’s common use throughout the Cold War and up to today.  It’s no coincidence that both these phrases contain iron and refer to martial strength.

But there’s something Mars in Libra hates more than fighting, and that’s injustice.  In defense of the weak, the disenfranchised, the unfairly accused, this Mars rears up and brings all the fierceness he’s got.

Returning to Old Battles
When Mars is retrograde, we’re invited to go back and fight old battles, with the hope that a new resolution will come.  Those who habitually avoid asserting themselves can relearn to fight, and restore balance to their lives.  Habitual aggressors may meet with more resistance than usual—and those who evade rather than defend may find themselves uncharacteristically fighting back.  Some of us may be pushed against the wall, forced to fight when we don’t want to, but seeing that if we don’t draw a line, someone who really needs help may go undefended.

Mars wants to know:
Where’s your battleground?
Can you resolve an old battle once and for all?
Can you learn to fight effectively, but in a more gracious way?
Can you engage in fair fighting?

Mars is asking all these questions while he goes retrograde from March 1st, 2014 to May 19th, 2014.  What are your answers?

If you read my blog, then you know Pluto and Uranus are busy “toppling the Great Edifice” right now. Read more about Mars Retrograde and its interaction with the intense T-square involving Jupiter, Pluto and Uranus, that’s in the sky now (spring of 2014): Who Invited Jupiter To The Party? And Who Said Mars Could Crash It?

Is Mars bugging you?
If you want to find out how this tricky transit affects you,
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Whew—I don’t know about you, but for me, this year’s season of multiple-retrogrades-in-a-row is absolutely relentless! Venus retrograde followed by Mercury retrograde—and look out people, because Mars retrograde is just about to begin and that’s the longest one of all. It’s thrown me off balance so hard that I haven’t been able to even take a break from the flack long enough to write about it much. That’s the challenge with being an astrological writer—I can predict the transits by the book, but I don’t really know what they’re like until I experience them, and then they may hit me so hard that I lose perspective for the duration. Which is a shame because writing about them can get me back on top of it all. And isn’t that the nature of life here on Earth anyway?

So I’m picking myself up and writing about this while we’re all still “in the trenches” and there’s still time to understand it as it’s happening.

Let me lay it all out on the table before you:
Venus Retrograde ran from December 21, 2013 to January 31, 2014 (I began this as-yet-unfinished post-thread about it then.)
We all drew a breath when that ended, then . . .
Mercury Retrograde ran from February 6 to February 28, 2014 (i.e. yesterday)
No time for a breath now because . . .
Mars Retrograde begins TODAY at 8:24 am Pacific time (in just a few hours) and runs till May 19. Yup, that’s about 3 months, which is totally normal for Mars Retrograde.

Sigh.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t view astrology fatalistically. The future is not carved in stone. Instead I take a positive approach and look for ways to make use of any given event (or piece of character) and turn it into a win. So that’s what I’ll be doing with Mars Retrograde. But before that, I’m just pausing for a moment to really feel the weight of several retrograde periods in a row and girding my loins for the possible battles ahead.

While Mars is retrograde, it will be traveling through Libra, sign of beauty, harmony, design, symmetry, diplomacy, negotiations, relationship, fairness, balance and the law. It also happens to be the sign Mars least likes to be in (which we call Mars’ sign of detriment).  Librans may be feeling more combative than usual during this time.

Strap yourselves in, folks. It could be a bumpy ride. Get your armor on and sharpen your sword. Get yourself to the negotiating table because it’s time for some serious diplomacy—with a bite behind it.

I’d love to hear your experience with this extraordinary season of retrogrades. Tell me about it on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pandoraastrology

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This eclipse has more energy moving through it than Grand Central Station!  An emotionally fragile baby Moon in Scorpio must contend with the harsh realities of Saturn and the cold logic of Mercury, but fortunately Mars helps bring in some self-assertion, Chiron brings healing and Pluto brings release.  Be very gentle on yourself and others during this eclipse, because things could too easily go off the rails.

Details About This Eclipse here. . .

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It’s springtime again, and to celebrate, I’ll share with you how spring babies, the Aries types among us, remain forever young.  As the first sign in the zodiac, Aries (March 20-April 19) represents birth and newness.  The Aries temperament is a great example of how to cultivate freshness and the ability to begin again, no matter what the circumstances.  Here’s how Aries does it:

1. Be athletic.  If you’re an Aries, you need to move your body–plain and simple.  You may have been sporty in grade school and high school years, but in adult years it’s all too easy to channel that fiery drive into projects until you suddenly wake up to discover you actually have (gasp!) fat!  For an Aries, this is unthinkable.  In every Aries’ mind, he is a bead of pure energy moving through space:  unstoppable, inexorable and completely devoid of baggage.  When he’s not moving his body, he loses touch with his own sense of himself.  To regain it, he needs to “get physical” on a regular basis (yes, sex counts as exercise!).

2. Push for what you want.  Aries is nothing if not pushy.  This is not a bad trait—it’s very useful, especially in a world based very much on competition.  Aries in a woman’s chart represents her inner Warrior Woman.  This part of a woman is reviled and like Mary Wollstonecraft (who had a strong Aries influence), the Aries female might well be called “a hyena in petticoats.”  But if you’re not willing to push for what you want in this world, how will you get it?  For Aries, pushing means hoping, and without hope, all is lost.

3. Live in the now.  For Aries, it’s natural to forget about the past as soon as it’s over.  Letting go of the past is as easy as letting your attention be grabbed by the next shiny thing.  Naturally, this can come back to haunt Aries when they think they have moved on but find that the past unexpectedly rears its head.  But to really be in the present, fully and completely, simply acting from your transparent truth is what Aries does best—making life immediate and vital.

4. Keep moving.  Aries never gets stuck for long—which is a feat, considering that Aries comes with a built-in challenge-seeking missile.  Aries perpetually seeks obstacles so that they may be overcome.  No other sign is as hard-headed, driven and impatient as Aries.  If there’s anything Aries can’t stand, it’s waiting for things.  Those of this sign type need to keep moving much as a shark does—without motion, stagnation sets in and death soon follows.

5. Relish life’s challenges.  “Battle frenzy” is what they call the altered state you get into in the midst of a fight.  It is a state of high arousal where you are loaded with adrenaline and endorphins.  You have a lot of energy and you feel no pain.  Now I’m not saying you should consume masses of caffeine and painkillers, but I am saying that when life throws you challenges, you can enjoy the alertness that the situation draws from you.  Years ago, I recall a friend describing the amazing feeling she got in her women’s self-defense class:  “I almost want to meet an attacker in a dark alley,” she confessed, “If I could fight for my life and win just once, then I wouldn’t have to be eaten up by anger anymore.”

You don’t have to be an Aries to try on these attitudes.  Every human being alive has at least a little Aries in them.  Cultivate yours and stay young!

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I just saw Lincoln last night—it’s the portrait of an irascible, progressive man at the very height of his powers, in just one crucial month near the end of his life.  To find out more about who he was and what he was doing, I looked up Lincoln’s chart.

Lincoln is hated in the South and beloved in the North, still today.  Why?  What made this man push a change that his nation wasn’t completely ready for, and why did it succeed?  Why did this man care so much about ending slavery that he was willing to cripple the economy of half his country?  We go to his chart looking for Lincoln the Humanitarian and Lincoln the Warrior and right away we find them.

Lincoln chartThe first thing that stands out (like a sore thumb really), is that he’s a double Aquarius (his Sun and Rising, circled in yellow).  Aquarius the Humanitarian, Man of the People.  Aquarius, the sign whose ruler was behind the French and American revolutions, sign of “Liberté, égalité, fraternité!”  Aquarius, whose clarion call in America is “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Lincoln stood strongly for these things.  But why so militant about it?  His Mars was trine that Sun and Rising (marked in red).  Mars in Libra ordinarily is peaceful—to a fault sometimes.  And Lincoln’s ambivalence about his course of action is clear.  But his alignment with the War God is also clear.  He was willing to make war to obtain a greater peace.  It was costly and he felt the pain of that.  But the man could not stand to live in a Christian nation that enslaved human beings.  In retrospect, this may seem obvious to us, but in the moment, it wasn’t at all obvious to the members of Congress in 1865.

So what made it possible for Lincoln to push the 13th Amendment through Congress and make it stick?  I’ll answer that question in a follow-up blogpost coming soon.

This is a profoundly domestic New Moon.  This Moon asks, “Exactly how do you want your home to be?  Do you feel safe at home?  Do you feel supported?  What can you do to make it a better nest for you?”  Mars, traveling through Virgo forms a helpful sextile to the Moon, offering loads of industrious energy to tidy, fix and refurbish.  This is a great time for house projects.  And because this New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse, we are also likely to see our shadows during it.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: July 11, 2010
Time of eclipse: 12:40 PM PST
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: People in New Zealand, Patagonia, the South Pacific, and parts of Chile and Argentina will see this eclipse.
At: 19 degrees Cancer
Shadow Agent: Mars in Virgo

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you most likely experienced this eclipse:
January 3-13
April 3-13
July 5-15
October 6-16

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is mostly experienced internally).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  Mars is there.  Before you can even speak, he’s rushed past you and is bringing things inside: a vacuum cleaner, a toolbox, a bucket containing cleaning supplies and several kinds of brooms, mops and brushes.  Outside you can see his van, groaning with construction supplies: jars of nails and screws, aluminum siding, wood flooring, copper pipes, roofing shingles and other sundry building materials.  After a few minutes of lightning-swift activity, he stops in front of you and gives you a military salute.

Mars:  Domestic Industry Team, reporting for duty.
You:  Team?  But there’s only one of you.
Mars:  I’m so efficient, you only need one.
You:  Oh.
Mars:  So what needs doing?
You:  Um, I have no idea.
Mars:  (pushing past you into the house) Ok, so the foundation needs fixing, the drain-pipes need adjusting before the next rainy season, and you could really use a drainage ditch.  A couple of rooms need updated wiring, and you’d really like a second story and some solar panels.  Is that all?  That can’t be all.
You:  Um, I think that’s it.
Mars:  What about your sense of safety here at home?  Do you feel loved?  Are you comfortable?
You:  What?
Mars:  How about some fixes not only to your home, but also to your sense of home?  Does your relationship need fixing?  How about your family?
He starts rummaging through his toolkit.
You:  Uh, sure.  Lots of things like that need fixing too.  Can you really do that?
Mars:  I can at least kick your butt and get you started.
You:  Wow.  You mean I could get a whole new sense of home out of this eclipse?
Mars:  You betcha.  But you gotta be willing to take action.  Just figure out what your real needs are and ask for them.  You need to take the first step.  Help is near, but you’ve got to ask.
He winks and goes back to the truck for more supplies.  You sink onto your sofa.
You:  Nothing like getting the problem and the solution at the same time!

Mars retrograde may be over, but it isn’t really finished until Mars has exited the “retrograde patch,” that span of 0-to-19 degrees of Fixed signs he’s been in for the last 2 months.  So themes of anger management, self-assertion and the need to be a hero will pervade the atmosphere through May 17 and I’m continuing my thread about the virtues of a hero as told through classical Greek and Roman mythology.  Today’s heroic virtue is devotion—the capacity to place one’s talents and abilities in the service of a greater power, to be a worthy instrument in the hand of God.  Orpheus, legendary musician and charmer of beast, men and gods, was such an instrument.

Legends of Orpheus: Music, Charm and Devotion
Orpheus was a legendary musician of extraordinary talent and ability.  He played the lyre so beautifully that he made rocks dance and stirred the hearts of even the most hardened individuals.  While playing, he created a trance so beautiful that no listener wanted it to end and using his lyre he could tame wild animals.  Nothing could withstand the charm of his music; it was like a superpower for him.  Once, during the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece, he even appeased a storm with the power of song.

But Orpheus’ greatest accomplishment was to bring back his wife from the dead.  Here’s how it happened.  He had just won the woman of his dreams, lovely Eurydice, and had married her, when, just a few short weeks after their union, she was bitten by a snake and died.  He mourned and played a dirge for her that stirred not only men, but gods also.  He would not stop his grieving until he had made his way to the underworld, where he sang and played for those cold deities Pluto and Proserpine.  And there he bent the will of the Lord of Death himself, and obtained a reprieve for Eurydice.  But there was a catch—he was not allowed to look at her, but had to trust that she was following him, until he got her aboveground again.  At the very last minute, because her footsteps were so quiet he could not hear them, he turned to look back at her, and she was carried away back to the underworld, with no recourse to try a second time.

Heroic Virtue #6:  Devotion
Orpheus had a tremendous power to charm and could probably have made any woman fall in love with him.  But his love for Eurydice was greater than his love for himself.  She was, for him, an inspiration, a muse and the meaning behind everything beautiful in his life.  So although his gift was great, his ability to be inspired by love was even greater.

Love does not have to take human form to serve as an inspiration to bring out a person’s heroic greatness.  What is needed is to be devoted to something greater than yourself, something that endures beyond physical death, something divine.

Upon his own death, Orpheus went to the netherworld and was restored to the arms of his loving wife, who had been waiting for him there with a devotion equal to his own.  It is said they wander the Elysian Fields together, hand in hand, and that Orpheus’ lyre now dwells in the sky as the constellation Lyra.

What Mars is Asking of You
Do you have a gift that you want, or even need, to give to the world?
What is your cause, your mission, the flag that rallies you?
What is the beautiful purpose that guides everything you do?
When you know that, you have transformed from a warrior, who lives for war, to a hero, who lives for a truly higher purpose.

Articles in this thread:
Mars Retrograde: The Hero’s Journey
Hercules, Hero of Strength
Achilles, Hero of Courage
Resourceful, Clever Odysseus
There’s Still Time To Be A Hero
Castor & Pollux:  Brotherhood in the Trenches
Alexander the Great & the Gordian Knot
Orpheus:  Going The Distance For Love

Mars retrograde may be over, but it isn’t really finished until Mars has exited the “retrograde patch,” that span of 0-to-19 degrees of Fixed signs he’s been in for the last 2 months.  So themes of anger management, self-assertion and the need to be a hero will pervade the atmosphere through May 17 and I’m continuing my thread about the virtues of a hero as told through classical Greek and Roman mythology.  Today’s heroic virtue is invention—the strategic capacity to solve a problem in such an unexpected way that the problem itself is rendered irrelevant.

Legends of Alexander, Warrior-King:  The Gordian Knot
Alexander the Great was a historical figure of the 300’s BC.  He was a great warrior and king who expanded his empire greatly through his exploits.  The famous story of his approach to the Gordian knot is a wonderful illustration of inventiveness.

The Gordian knot was tied by King Gordius of Phrygia and it was quite a piece of work.  Legend arose that whoever untied the knot would rule all of Asia.  Many tried to untie the knot and failed.  Alexander himself came to the area and tried but became frustrated with the incredible complexity and resistance of the stubborn puzzle.  Ultimately, impatience overcame him and he took out his sword and sliced the knot in two—and went on to conquer all of Asia, thus fulfilling the prophecy.

Alexander’s solution to the problem of the knot was unconventional.  He refused to solve the problem on its own level by following the rules the knot presented.  Instead he made his own rules, which transcended the rules of the knot, and solved the problem with a single blow.

Heroic Virtue #5:  Invention
Invention is the ability to see a problem from such a startling angle that it becomes solvable in a new way—and probably a simpler and faster way too.  If you can invent a solution, you can save resources and live to battle another day.

What Mars is Asking of You
What knotty problem are you struggling to solve in your life right now?
Have you taken the rules of this problem for granted?
What if you operated outside the rules of this problem?
Is there a way to solve it from outside that leads to the same (or better) results and saves time, money or resources?

Next: Orpheus–Going the Distance for Love

Articles in this thread:
Mars Retrograde: The Hero’s Journey
Hercules, Hero of Strength
Achilles, Hero of Courage
Resourceful, Clever Odysseus
There’s Still Time To Be A Hero
Castor & Pollux:  Brotherhood in the Trenches
Alexander the Great & the Gordian Knot
Orpheus:  Going The Distance For Love

Mars retrograde may be over, but it isn’t really finished until Mars has exited the “retrograde patch,” that span of 0-to-19 degrees of Fixed signs he’s been in for the last 2 months.  So themes of anger management, self-assertion and the need to be a hero will pervade the atmosphere through May 17 and I’m continuing my thread about the virtues of a hero as told through classical Greek and Roman mythology.  Today’s heroic virtue is alliance—that connection that people develop when they’ve gone through battles together.  The best example I can think of is the myth of a pair of brothers called Castor and Pollux.

Legends of Castor & Pollux:  “I’ve Got Your Back, Brother”
Castor and Pollux were identical twin brothers, born of a single egg after their mother Leda had an encounter with Jupiter in the form of a swan.  Yep.  Classical mythology is full of this kind of stuff—it’s best not to take it too literally.  Castor took after mom and was mortal while Pollux took after dad and was immortal.  The boys grew up together and did everything together, despite the huge rift between them—that Castor was always destined for death while Pollux was going to live forever.

The Twins engaged in battle side by side on many occasions, including the Trojan War, which was fought over their stunning sister Helen.  During one battle Castor was slain and fell right next to his brother.  Castor’s soul was carried away to the underworld, as inevitably happens to all mortals.  Pollux was inconsolable and begged their father Jupiter to take his immortality, so that he might join his twin in the underworld.  Jupiter relented and placed the two devoted brothers among the stars as the constellation Gemini.

Heroic Virtue #4:  Alliance
We joke about male bonding, but there is a special connection formed between warriors who hold each others’ lives in their hands.  It is a bond that can last a lifetime and does not lessen with the passage of time.  It is not a sexual bond, nor a familial one, but a bond of brotherhood or sisterhood forged between two who are not related.  It is a bond of shared experience and stress.

But to gain a brother, you must be a brother.  If you can be an ally and you can win an ally to your side, you are rich indeed.  Without alliance, you must fight your life’s battles alone.

What Mars is Asking of You
What does it mean to have someone’s back?
Do you have a comrade-at-arms that you can absolutely depend on?
Whose back have you got?  Who can depend on you?

Next: Alexander the Great and the Gordian Knot

Articles in this thread:
Mars Retrograde: The Hero’s Journey
Hercules, Hero of Strength
Achilles, Hero of Courage
Resourceful, Clever Odysseus
There’s Still Time To Be A Hero
Castor & Pollux:  Brotherhood in the Trenches
Alexander the Great & the Gordian Knot
Orpheus:  Going The Distance For Love

Still dealing with lingering anger and resentment from the Mars retrograde period that lasted from January 21 to March 10?  Still coping with anger, impulse control or wanting to resurrect your energy and drive?  Mars will continue re-hashing these issues through May 17.  Why?  Mars is demanding heroism of us.

Mars themes include anger management, awakening your drive, wielding your power and generally being a hero.  We’re currently in a period where all these themes may be present.  This year’s Mars retrograde period may already be over, but its influences don’t pass until after May 17 because, although Mars is no longer moving backwards, it is now re-covering the ground it had retrograded through.

While retrograde (i.e. moving backwards), Mars covered all the ground between 0 and 19 degrees of Leo, a very big swath of sky for a retrograding planet.  Its passage affected everyone with something in their chart in 0 to 19 degrees of any Fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius).  And while the retrograde part only lasted 16 weeks, the whole journey—consisting of Mars’ passage from 0 to 19 degrees, backwards from 19 to 0 and then forwards a final time to 19 degrees—lasts from Dec 20 to May 17, a period of over 5 months.  It has been a period of deep examination of the areas of our lives where we need to be more heroic.

This highly challenging transit tends to affect Aries people more than other types, because Mars is the ruler of Aries.  I’m an Aries myself and in fact, it affected me so much that I couldn’t do all the blog posts I wanted to do about it.  Too busy fighting those inner demons.  So I’m finishing them now, before Mars is done.

“Does this affect me?”
If you have anything in your chart in 0 to 19 degrees of any of the Fixed signs (Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius or Taurus), then the answer is yes.  If you want to find out if this affects you, send me your birth data and I’ll tell you at no cost.  Just email me at Pandora at pandoraastrology dot com and include your name, your date of birth (including the year), your birth time as accurate as you can find (the birth certificate is usually the best source) and the city you were born in.  Be sure to add the question:  “am I being affected by this year’s Mars retrograde transit?”

Articles in this thread:
Mars Retrograde: The Hero’s Journey
Hercules, Hero of Strength
Achilles, Hero of Courage
Resourceful, Clever Odysseus
There’s Still Time To Be A Hero
Castor & Pollux:  Brotherhood in the Trenches
Alexander the Great & the Gordian Knot
Orpheus:  Going The Distance For Love

In celebration of the birthdays of all the Aries Rams out there, I’ve come up with 5 reasons for their astonishing efficiency.

Aries is action-oriented. Your friendly neighborhood Aries understands the secret behind true effectiveness:  “Just Do It.”  Nike wasn’t the originator of this idea—every Aries type since the Stone Age has had the urge to act immediately on a good thought.  Keeping Aries from acting—now that’s an entirely different issue.  Sometimes impulse control is a concern!  But the Aries ability to take action and to act now, without waiting for undue consideration, means that Aries has access to spectacular timing and often shows up first in line.

Aries is the rugged individualist. Aries is willing to do it herself and often feels nobody else would do it fast enough, soon enough or efficiently enough (a trait they share with Capricorns & Virgos).  It’s just plain easier to simply do the thing and get it done, and the mere idea of showing someone else how to do the job and then standing aside while they do it (most likely badly) frustrates Aries to tears.  The Aries tendency to believe that no one else could do the job better or faster than he can is sometimes off-putting, but who can argue with results?  On the other hand, here’s a hint to the Aries types out there: if you want to grow a business, you must learn to delegate.  Nuff said.

Aries has drive. Mars types have abundant energy—more than they need.  They must use it up somehow.  Regular exercise is the key to keeping the Aries person in balance both in body and mood.  Aries men and women must find ways to burn off that excess drive, otherwise irritation and anger can dog this upbeat, driven person, creating contentious social circumstances that make it hard to progress in love or career.  “When all you have is a hammer,” etc. etc., but who wants to volunteer for the position of nail?   Oh, and another whisper to you Aries types:  don’t live in a constant state of excitation (however good that might feel), or you’ll burn out your adrenals.

Aries can start over. There’s nothing like the hope that dwells in the Aries soul—it’s made of iron.  This sign gifts its natives with the ability to begin again after even the most crushing blows life can deal out—and to begin again with a freshness and innocence that makes the Aries type seem almost untouched by the past.  Scorpio hates this Aries trait, because Scorpio holds onto resentment longer than anybody, but Scorp also has to admit that the resulting freshness seems to keep Aries types young in body and soul.

Aries cuts away the dross. Garbage, waste, loose ends—these all have no place in the Aries existence.  How can such vestigial trappings even stick to someone who is moving so fast?  Aries is unattached to and easily lets go of anything in the way of forward movement.  The Aries type streamlines every space simply by barreling through it.  You want to get the job done?  Hire an Aries.  You want a fresh start?  Live with an Aries.  You want love to be reborn every spring?  Marry an Aries.

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Mars Retrograde: December 20, 2009 through March 10, 2010

Mars is still retrograde, i.e. moving backward in the sky.  Because this is a time when the hero is called forth in all of us, I’m telling stories of heroes from Greek and Roman mythology as examples of heroic virtues.  Today’s virtue is resourcefulness, the ability to face obstacles cleverly and to sometimes overcome them by evading them.  The most resourceful and smart hero of Greek and Roman mythology is undoubtedly Odysseus (also called Ulysses).

Legends of Odysseus:  The Odyssey
Odysseus had finished up with some wars that were happening far from home and the Odyssey tells the story of the many adventures he encountered on his return to his loving and devoted wife, Penelope.  On the journey, he faced many obstacles, some of which required strength in battle, but many of which required cleverness, resourcefulness, wisdom and a pure heart.

Here’s one example:  Odysseus and some of his sailors entered a cave that contained some goat-pens.  It turned out the goatherd was the Cyclops, a terrifying giant with one eye in the center of his head.  It also turned out that the sailors found themselves trapped inside the cave, blocked by a boulder only the Cyclops could move.  It was no use killing the Cyclops, because only he could move the boulder.  So instead, Odysseus sharpened a pole and poked the giant’s eye out with it.  As the Cyclops fumbled around for his enemies, and moved the boulder to find out if they’d escaped, Odysseus and his men escaped by clinging to the undersides of some of the goats.

In another example, Odysseus managed to sail past the Sirens.  The Sirens were beautiful nymphs whose singing was so beguiling that they could tempt sailors to crash on the rocks for love of them.  Odysseus stopped up the ears of his crew with wax so they could not hear the Sirens’ song.  For himself, he wanted to hear it, but didn’t want to be a danger to himself or his crew, so he had them tie him to the mast and instructed them not to release him, no matter how he begged or threatened them (which of course he did).  In this way he was able to hear the Sirens while his men sailed safely past them.

Penelope herself was a fit match for her clever husband.  During the many years it took him to return home, many suiters came to press her to remarry, because surely Odysseus was dead.  Her response was: “Sure, as soon as I finish this burial shroud.”  Every day she worked on the shroud and every night, when no one was looking, she unraveled all she had woven.  In this way she fended off the pressure to remarry and was waiting faithfully for Odysseus when he came home.  Odysseus deserved such a wife because at the beginning of his journey a goddess had told him it would be very hard and offered him herself instead of Penelope.  But Odysseus knew that the love of a true, mortal wife is worth more than the whim of a goddess and he chose the journey with all its hardship.

Heroic Virtue #3:  Resourcefulness
Sometimes a battle is best won not by brute strength or by any kind of force at all.  Sometimes it’s about taking the right approach.  An obstacle is an obstacle and you always have the choice about whether to push through it or to find a way around it.  A clever hero looks for many ways to solve a problem and selects the one that leaves him fit to fight another day.

What Mars is Asking of You
During this Mars retrograde period, Mars wants to know:
Have you been fighting too hard?
Have you tried force when cleverness might win you the battle?
Is there a resource you’ve forgotten about?

Next: There’s Still Time To Be A Hero

Other articles in this thread:
Mars Retrograde:  The Hero’s Journey
Hercules, Hero of Strength
Achilles, Hero of Courage
Resourceful, Clever Odysseus
There’s Still Time To Be A Hero
Castor & Pollux:  Brotherhood in the Trenches
Alexander the Great & the Gordian Knot
Orpheus:  Going The Distance For Love

Mars Retrograde: December 20, 2009 through March 10, 2010

Mars is still retrograde, i.e. moving backward in the sky.  Because this is a time when the hero is called forth in all of us, I’m telling stories of heroes from Greek and Roman mythology as examples of heroic virtues.  Today’s virtue is courage, the ability to face the enemy with a strong mind as well as a strong body.  The best example of that is valiant Achilles, hero of the Trojan war.

Legends of Achilles
Achilles, central character in the Iliad, was one of the best-known heroes in Greco-Roman mythology.  He was considered to be the paragon of manly valor and gorgeousness.  For Achilles, courage was based in fearlessness, because his whole body was literally invulnerable, except for one small part—his heel.  Yet he is known to us mainly by that vulnerability.  In modern-day, we speak of an ‘Achilles heel’ as a person’s chief, or only, weakness.

And how exactly did he come to have an ‘Achilles heel?’  According to the mythology, Achilles was the child of a mortal man and an immortal sea-nymph.  When he was an infant, his mother foresaw his death and gave him invulnerability by dipping him in the river Styx.  The Styx was the river that the dead must cross to get to the underworld.  In bathing the child in the river of the dead, she was giving him an early experience of death and rendering him, if not immortal, at least invulnerable.  But she held him by one heel and so that was the only part of him that never touched the underworld’s waters.  It thus became his only weakness.

Heroic Virtue #2:  Courage
Not much of a weakness for battle purposes, you might think, as perhaps his mother did.  Who would think to shoot Achilles in the heel?  Yet someone did, with a poisoned arrow, and that’s how he finally perished.  But on the way to that death he performed incredible feats of courage, which were bolstered by the kind of fearlessness that comes from repeated experiences of surviving when others around you are falling.  So Achilles stands for courage, because he fought bravely, without giving in to fear.

What Mars is Asking of You
During this Mars retrograde period, Mars wants to know:
Where have you forgotten to have courage?  Have you been listening to your fearful inner voices instead of your encouraging ones?
Are you focusing on your weakness (the heel) instead of your strength?
Have you been whining and complaining, when you could put your complaints aside and meet the obstacle more bravely?

Next:  Resourceful Odysseus

Articles in this thread:
Mars Retrograde: The Hero’s Journey
Hercules, Hero of Strength
Achilles, Hero of Courage
Resourceful, Clever Odysseus
There’s Still Time To Be A Hero
Castor & Pollux:  Brotherhood in the Trenches
Alexander the Great & the Gordian Knot
Orpheus:  Going The Distance For Love

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