- How this year’s transits could be impacting your Ability to Shine.
- The Higher Message/Point of the Energy
- Some Ideas of how to Embrace and Move With It
- To ask me a question related to anything covered in the first three videos
- To get clarity on anything you’ve found unclear to date
- To share any ‘A-Ha’ moments
Mars has been at the final degree of Scorpio since Sunday, so be on the look out for venomous emotions that may arise in you as a signal of imbalance or as a marker for any remaining pain points that have yet to be addressed; especially if he is activating your personal chart.
If you’re feeling impatient, angry, resentful, frustrated, restless, scattered, bored, stuck, low in vitality, lacking in enthusiasm, exhausted or insensitive then you may be connecting with this energy.
Issues of low self-esteem could also be magnified now with the current Leo energy in play so watch for a tendency to berate yourself over any perceived failures or tricky challenges.
Toxic emotions; such as resentment, guilt, jealousy and suspicion could come up along with a tendency to self-destruction, obsession and controlling behaviour.
Any final nudges that he’s sending your way are a last call to clear any deep emotions around unacknowledged anger that you may have been hanging onto since he began this particular retrograde cycle back in late February*.
Mars will be hanging out here until he enters Sagittarius just before this week’s New Moon, which will take place tomorrow morning.
Mars also rules cuts and burns; both of which I have experienced this week so pay attention if you are encountering the same.
Do you need to slow down?
I have also connected with a need to take greater care of myself, which became apparent during a litter pick?** on my walk to the shops where I found myself uttering the sentence “Why should I always have to do this!”.
Remember – we cannot happily pour from an empty cup without seriously depleting ourselves.
So questions like these may be important for you to consider over the next few hours:
- Are you taking correct care of yourself?
- Do you need to slow down?
- Are you doing too much?
- Are you saying ‘yes’ a little too often?
- Are you going after what you want in life?
- Are you expressing your anger effectively?
- Do you exercise often?
- Are you asking for support or running on empty?
…and what can you do about it?
Saturn also reached the next point in his current retrograde cycle today – marked by his trine with The Sun.
This tells us that he has now slowed right down ready to turn direct next week.
Hold that celebrating for now, however, as there is not yet a clear path out of the woods with him set to stay put at the same 9 degrees of Sagittarius until the end of August.
You may feel like you’re walking in slow motion for the remainder of this month and a rise in tension and frustration could result. Especially so for those (like me) with planets at 9 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces).
Impatience can increase the desire to get things done so be wary of a tendency to rush.
Mark November 19th on your calendar, as that is the date when Saturn will reach the point at which he first turned retrograde and, therefore, the date when a conclusion of all your hard work should be forthcoming.
*Although Mars didn’t officially turn retrograde until April 2016, he first triggered 23 degrees of Scorpio during February 2016, which was the point at which he turned retrograde-direct (where his backwards journey finally terminated). This point marks the beginning of this particular Mars retrograde cycle. Such a lead up a planet turning retrograde is important, as the energy can be keenly felt as the planet first triggers the point to which he will later return in his retrograde cycle; a point, which will usually highlight an important theme of the cycle.
**I often collect litter on my way to and from the shops and have taught my children to do the same. I believe that this is all part of taking responsibility for the environment around us; helping to mitigate a build up of rubbish and looking after our animals. Looking back at the cleared street can bring a feeling of connection that we can all play our part.
Mars (now moving direct) and forming an inconjunct with Uranus is currently on Scorpio 25:
“An X-Ray Photograph Helps With The Diagnosis” (Sabian Symbol)
so don’t be surprised if you experience minor irritations today along with potential insights.
With Mars now in trine to the Sun, we move to the next phase of the Mars Retrograde cycle bringing a likely rebirth of inspiration and (thankfully!) the easing, of what was previously, heightened tension around such irritations.
Are you now ready to take action (Mars) to alleviate any pain points that have been around since April and are you now fully acknowledging the necessity of such change?
What do you need to do (Mars) to improve your future? Tune into the Moon’s contact to Uranus and generate some excitement! around those potentials.
Be mindful that these changes are likely to take time, commitment and patience, with fruition likely late August.
If you need to take responsibility for a much-needed conversation or perhaps just want to ponder those changes, Saturn’s trine to today’s Mercury/Venus conjunction in Leo may help; bringing warm, diplomatic and generous self-expression along with disciplined and creative thinking.
When Mars turned retrograde in April, he offered us a chance to really connect with the frustrations that are currently at play within our lives.
They’ve been sitting with us for some time; brewing away.
As he slowed this week those frustrations seemed to magnify and yet we felt stuck. Like we were walking in moon boots and struggling to pick up the pace.
Some of us may not have been walking at all, as this part of the Mars Retrograde cycle can culminate in illness; just to tip things ever so slightly further over the ‘inability to move’ edge.
Mars station-direct on Thursday really bought our frustrations to the fore.
Did you feel it? That up-rush of previously pent up energy?
I know I did.
Wherever Mars has been travelling in your chart indicates the area of life where this energy would have been most pressing.
For me, Mars (at 23 degrees Scorpio) has been sitting on my North Node (Destiny/Growth) in my natal 10th house (Career/Status) all this week.
Having Mars station on a key part of your chart is big energy. I’ve felt it and I’m listening!
With Mars highlighting my Status/Career house (10th) and working my nodes across my career and family axis, the realisation that our current lifestyle is not sustainable has been a strong one.
Providing for a family of six on one wage is simply not going to work. Especially, as this family is made up of a huge ball of dynamic energy that needs to be active, needs space and needs to have regular adventures.
So, here we are two days on from Mars’ change of direction and with the help of today’s Gemini Moon, it’s time to start making those calls and looking at how I can help to get our family back on track financially in the most supportive way possible for all concerned.
How are you going out there?
Can you feel a sense of clarity finally coming through?
Are you feeling propelled forwards with regards to changes that you have been contemplating?
We may not yet see the destination yet, but it’s certainly time to pull off from the side of the road and to resume the journey; whatever direction that takes.
The New Moon on Monday may help us bring in some intentions for some more of those changes.
For me, the Cancerian energy (Home/Family/Nurturance and Support) of this Moon is particularly apt.
My New Moon post will be out later today.
Until then, I hope that you are enjoying feeling once more active and back in the driving seat.
I know that I am :).
We’re almost there!!
I know it feels exhausting right now, but we’ll be through it soon, so hang on in there.
Mars is currently travelling at his slowest ready to station (seemingly stop) tomorrow and yes, that’s having an effect on our energy levels right now, as Mars is the planet responsible for:
- the way that we Act,
- our Physical Energy (along with the Sun) and
- our Assertion.
Add to that yesterday’s void of course Moon in Pisces and I think most of us were feeling pretty wiped out last night.
Over the last 10 weeks we have been given ample opportunity to:
- Slow Down
- Up Our Patience Levels
- Reassess our Ways of Asserting for What We Want
and to meet with those parts of ourselves that are experiencing:
- A Sense of Powerlessness
- A Fear of Moving Forward
Some of us may even be experiencing the exacerbation of physical illness this week; forcing us to slow down further, in order that we contemplate how we are using our physical energy.
Are we using it wisely and making time for self-care or are we directing it all externally; potentially leading ourselves forwards into burn out?
Are we directing that energy into something that is healthful and in line with our true self/passions?
Add to this the Saturn/Neptune square that is currently in force (with both of those planets also retrograde) and it’s been heavy.
It’s been a time when we have been given the chance to glean what is no longer sustainable in our lives as well as the opportunity to confront those darker feelings that have been requiring our attention and subsequent release; such as:
- Past Hurt
- Inappropriate ways of expressing anger…
Many of us will have connected with feelings of:
- or Melancholy
over the past couple of months and the sense of frustration in knowing what needs to change and not knowing how to change it or perhaps, in some cases, knowing that we need to let go and yet not being able to.
When Mars stations-direct at 23 degrees and 03 seconds of Scorpio on Thursday 30th June at 09:39 am here in Brisbane (AEST) we may get a clearer idea/sense of knowing around that which is no longer workable within our lives.
For some, this may coincide with the ending of something – a relationship, a venture, an ambition, a way of life…
Remember to note where this point (23 degrees 03 seconds of Scorpio) falls within your chart. The themes of that house will be important.
Expect a reboot of inspiration and a renewed sense of direction to arise over the next 2 weeks, as Mars moves to trine the Sun on the 17th July; potentially directing us forward into a more suitable and sustainable future.
Now is the time to act upon re-doing/re-working all of those things that have been up for reassessment; to move forwards on those intuitive hunches and prompts.
Mars will once again pass the point at which he stationed-retrograde on August 23rd bringing this Mars retrograde cycle to its final conclusion.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…
Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities
How are you going today?
If you’re going like anyone else I’ve spoken with lately then you may have been finding things rather tough.
Especially this last week or so and there’s a reason for that.
The current Cosmic line up is not exactly favourable for forward momentum, but I want you to know that it’s okay.
It’s okay to feel frustrated with your life, it’s okay if you’re feeling disappointed, let down and even downright miserable right now.
Feel it and sit with it, but please don’t give up and please don’t think that it’s going to last forever.
We have Mars (planet of action) currently sitting at 23degrees and moving ever so ever so slowly. He’ll stay at this point until he turns direct next Thursday.
That means that most (if not all of us) are feeling a little stuck in life right now. There can be blocks, frustrations and a sense of being held back and that can have us running headlong into dead ends and road blocks.
On top of that, we have just encountered the second hit of this year’s Saturn/Neptune square. The second hit means we’re in the middle of it right now. Right in the midst of a sense of lack, a sense of loss, disappointment, disillusion and perhaps even a sense of complete despair for some.
This type of energy can bring up depression and a sense of powerlessness. It can have us questioning what we’re doing with our lives; whether the dreams we long for and wish to pursue are even valid any more and are we ridiculous for even aspiring towards them?
Life can feel grim and rather like a Charles Dickens novel at such times, but you know what? There is always a purpose.
This energy can teach us a great deal if we really take the time to slow down and to take it all in.
Here are my tips on how to get through:
- First and Foremost – Keep it simple. Simplify your life and take it day by day. Be patient…
- If you are meeting with frustration, just stop for a while and breathe. Take some time out…
- Spend time in nature – get outside (in the Sun, if that’s possible). Sit by trees, play ball in the park, listen to the birds, walk by the Ocean…
- Notice what you feel is dismal about your life – where are you frustrated? What do you dislike? Write it down on your ‘I’d love to change’ list…
- Notice what you love about your life – where do you feel that things are working really well? What brings you joy in your life? Write it down on your “I am immensely grateful for” list…
- Now write out what you’d love to bring into your life. Perhaps create a manifestation board. Again, I recommend keeping it simple. Start with the easy wins. You can create a manifestation board by using an A3 piece of cardboard. Glue images on the card of what you’d like to bring into your life. If you’re Arty, really go to town and get creative with it. Enjoy the process. Allow yourself to dream. Allow yourself to literally re-dream the dream and to reconnect with who you are. What do you actually want from your life?..
- Mars is on Scorpio 24: “Crowds Coming Down The Mountain To Listen To One Inspired Man” so do what inspires you. Play YouTube movies of inspirational speakers, Play loud music, dance…
- In keeping with the previous point, stay away from the TV and the News if you feel that it is pulling on your energy. Keep your vibration as high as you can and again, do the simple things that bring you a sense joy at this time…
- Move your body. Walk (or run), do Yoga, Stretch, Create a Home-Routine of squats and window sill dips…
- If you’re at home with youngsters, play active games with them and listen to your children giggle…
- Watch an inspirational movie or, perhaps a tearjerker that enables you to let out any blocked emotion…
- Stay away from alcohol and drugs, as these can further deepen those depressive moods…
- Connect with family, friends and loved ones and enjoy an afternoon tea together…
- Be There for Each Other…
- Hold and Support one another…
- Keep the Faith…
Once Mars begins to pick up speed (after next week), we should start to feel a sense that things are progressing a little more.
The final hit of the Saturn/Neptune square will occur early September.
That gives us 11 weeks to really work with it…
To feel our sadness, to confront our fears, to acknowledge our worries.
To let go of what is no longer working within our lives nor bringing us joy and to ultimately RE-DREAM the DREAM.
How about we make a pact? A pact that during the next 11 weeks we will:
Be Kindness, Be Love and Be unto Others What we would Love For Ourselves?
With that approach, who knows what changes we could bring forth over the next couple of months…