Frustration, anxiety, and anger during Mars/Mercury retrograde

Mars, planet of action and passion, went retrograde 6/26 and won’t go direct until 8/27. Mercury, planet of thoughts, communication, and travel, will be retrograde 7/25-8/18 (which means we’re already in the foreshadow). We’re all pretty familiar with the frustration we can potentially experience during a Mercury retrograde; understand that’s going to be compounded by Mars.

Mars is strongly tied to anger, because anger is a call to action. In and of itself, there’s nothing wrong with anger, we have just been trained poorly in what to do with it. That’s actually why I started my Shifting Anger workshop, so we could retrain ourselves and turn anger back into a useful tool, rather than a hindrance.

In any retrograde period, we are offered the opportunity to get introspective, to repair any of our aspects of that planet that have gotten off balance, and to adjust our course. These opportunities are often painful, because we’re not very good at recognizing subtler offers. If we could get more conscious, present, and attentive, we would save ourselves a lot of discomfort. I’m not there yet, personally.

If we haven’t been following through on any calls to action we might have been presented with this year, the Mars retrograde may be provoking anxiety, frustration, or overwhelm, all of which can be expressed as anger. Considering the state of the world, there have been many calls to action. Your current explosions may not even have anything to do with your original call(s) to action; there’s just such a build up of pressure that it vents at the smallest opportunity.

When we add Mercury retrograde into the equation, frustration can become exponential. The slowing down of everything we’ve come to expect to be zippy (travel, electronics, communication) tends to go over poorly. Your best first step is to sync up with the energies, and consciously s-l-o-w down.

The best next step is to get into acceptance. If you want to be in action, if you want to effect change, you have to work with what is real, or you’re trying to change illusion, and it’s a waste of energy. Make a bullet point list (on paper) (says the woman typing a blog post) of all of the verifiable information about anything bothering you – what can you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch? Remove opinion and conjecture from it. For the line items which you find especially frustrating, start writing down potential solutions. Continue to keep conjecture, opinion, and judgment out of it. By taking this step, you stop giving your power away, and you start to become a conscious actor (one who takes action, not one who pretends) in your life.

Happy retrograding!

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New Moon in Cancer & first eclipse of the season!

Eclipse SeasonTonight: Solar Eclipse New Moon @ 20 Cancer at 7:48pm Pacific

First the jargon: It’s a partial eclipse, not viewable from North America, and happens at the same time that the Moon goes Void of Course. Mars is conjunct the South Node. The Moon is exactly opposite Pluto in Capricorn. There is a Water Grand Trine (Jupiter in Scorpio 13º, Sun/Moon in Cancer 20º, Neptune in Pisces 16º) and an Earth Grand Trine (Saturn in Capricorn 4º, Venus in Virgo 3º, Uranus in Taurus 2º).

Let’s unravel that.

In a solar eclipse, the light of the Sun (outward facing self, large scale, global, consciousness, rational self) is blocked for a time by the moon (emotions, inner self, subconscious), and then revealed again. Introspection is stronger than during a typical New Moon, and revelations are strongly indicated. Because the Moon replaces the Sun temporarily, it also increases in power, which means that any New Moon work will be more powerful.

This is only the first (of three) eclipses of this eclipse season, so the following events may dramatically shift the long-term results of this.

New Moons are thresholds. They’re good for refocusing and setting intentions. The New Moon is in Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon. So she’s home. Cancer is the sign of home, mother, nurturing, and family, and is strongly tied to the emotions. The Sun and Jupiter (expansiveness and growth) are in Cancer as well.

According to Dorothy Oja, “The Void-of-course (VOC) Moon is a kind of limbo. As it reaches the end of a sign, the Moon makes no major aspect to another planet before it enters the next sign. VOC is best for less outcome-oriented activity, since VOC often means detours, distractions, drifting, or delays. If you want specific outcomes, or if timeliness is critical, don’t use a VOC Moon time. VOC is best for processing, imagining, creating, and open-ended activities, like parties, research, or cleaning your desk/closet for instance! It is said that when a new action is initiated during VOC, “nothing will come of it,” or energies go in unplanned directions, which may not necessarily be negative.”

When you combine the New Moon with the VoC energy, it becomes important to process before you set your goals. What’s working? What’s not?

The South Node represents what we have brought forward from the past and what we are evolving beyond. Mars is about action. You may find yourself cutting away things from the past that no longer serve you.

Pluto is about our shadow self, and shows us where we are not in control. Saturn is about rules and structure. Both are in Capricorn, the sign of hard work, logic, and the material. It’s time to make friends with your shadow self and to incorporate it into your structure. It will likely not be easy, otherwise everyone would be doing it…

Both of the Grand Trines are in elements with feminine energy; the feminine is about receptivity, but also boundaries. A “grand trine symbolizes earned, special advantages to be enjoyed in this life in the element common to the three planets. Trines indicate a harmonious flow of energy, the potential for creative self-expression, or blessings, gifts and talents related to the planets and houses involved” (from MyAstrologyBook). Neptune, the only planet in the Water trine we haven’t discussed yet, rules spirituality and subtle energies. Venus, in the Earth trine, rules love and money (which tend to be earthy energies anyway). I tend to associate Uranus, also in the Earth trine, with revolution and sweeping changes.

Do some assessment this evening. What in your life is working and what isn’t? Where are you ready for change? Are your affairs in order, or do they need cleaning up? What are you ready to let go of? What should you let go of even if you don’t want to? And how do you want your life to look and feel in 6 months?

Set those goals and intentions. Not a bad idea to start on the planning, either, although you’ll have time for that later this month when Mercury goes retrograde. Look for some interesting revelations and changes in the news, as well, although I don’t know if we’ll be able to tell the difference at this point.

Posted in Astrology, Moon, Personal growth, Practice, Summer, Tools

The dust storm on Mars: symbolism and paradigm shift

“A martian dust storm that started in late May, silencing NASA’s Opportunity rover, has now wrapped itself around the entirety of Mars, radically transforming the appearance of the Red Planet. Amateur astronomers are taking pictures of the storm through backyard telescopes, and even naked-eye observers say they can see changes in the planet’s color.”

animation showing the changes on Mars, by longtime Mars photographer Damian Peach of the UK

Mars is somewhat symbolic, in some traditions, of the power elite of Earth. [Disclaimer: here’s where we put on our tinfoil hats!] In one theory of the history of planet Earth, we were colonized by various offworld races. One of these races was from Mars, after they separated themselves for their compassion and killed the atmosphere on their planet. They contributed to the fall of Atlantis, and the dropping of our vibration, and their offspring now make up the power elite. Every story, every legend, has multiple levels of information to it; as a mystic and a shaman, I am always looking to the symbolism. So let’s just go with the idea that Mars symbolizes the .01%.

This dust storm, shrouding the planet from view, and changing how it is perceived, could mean a change to that .01% of the population who owns 90% of the wealth. It is certainly valid to say that the population in question has been changing how they act and how they wield their power. But is it a consolidation of their power or the Hail Mary pass of a group in its death throes?

I have been saying for some time that we are in the midst of a paradigm shift (March 2018, December 2016, August 2015). The energy we hold, the places in which we focus, will have a lot to do with how that ends up looking. If we focus on the fear, on what we do not want, we feed that. Conversely, if we focus on what we do want, we feed that. So continuing to work for positive change in the world is more likely to get us where we want to go. Fighting against what we don’t want only sends energy there. So when you encounter something you do not want, figure out what you want instead, and put your attention and your efforts there.

I understand that this is easier said than done. Regardless of your goals and vision for your reality, we are being inundated with a lot of information about what we don’t want. Moving past that is challenging. Turn off the news. Filter your social media feeds. Limit your time reading the headlines. It all just serves to keep you stuck in your fears, which makes you easier to influence. Take your power back. Spend some time each day envisioning the future you want to live in, and generate the feelings and the sensations you will have when that comes to pass. And then, take action. Put some effort into making that happen. This is how you manifest positive change.

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