art by Rainbow Carnage. Last fall when I was in Jamaica, transiting Saturn made a square to my Mars. Saturn is the planet that causes restriction – it brings delays, disappointments, and can cause us to feel overworked. Mars in our chart shows where we are energized, inspired, and how we go about getting things done.
Having just gone through a major transit of Pluto to my Mars, my Mars is pretty well activated. I speak up for myself, get plenty of exercise to activate that Mars energy, and set good boundaries, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when Saturn first squared my Mars when I was on vacation in Jamaica last fall. As it happened, I turned my vacation into a fitness bootcamp by getting serious (Saturn) about exercise (Mars), but I also got trapped in the hotel room when I was so eaten up by bugs that I couldn’t venture outside. My husband Rich took off for the beach, leaving me peacefully reading on the veranda until I couldn’t find the key to lock the room which effectively trapped me (Saturn) inside the room, unable to do anything (Mars). I later found the key right where Rich said it was, on the dresser, but meanwhile I had a powerful Saturn/Mars experience.
So yesterday Rich and I were up in Asheville for a couple of days, and he had a meeting there Monday morning. I had a whole list of cool things I was going to do with the dog while Rich was at his meeting (he left at the crack of dawn), but when I got dressed and was ready to go, I realized he had taken the car keys, effectively trapping me in the room again! Sure enough, that was the exact second hit of the transit of Saturn in a square to my Mars.
As Saturn transits go that could have gone a lot worse and I really had to laugh. Instead of gallivanting around Asheville (Mars), I worked (Saturn) all morning. Fortunately I was able to get a lot done, because Saturn really does ultimately reward us when we knuckle down to our responsibilities.
Seems your choice to move the blog back to your website is another manifestation of Saturn/Mars. I guess the negotiation part with BeliefNet will be one more page in this on-going inner conversation between these two archetypes.
Appreciate the clarity about Ads on your blog – I made a similar choice last month when contemplating including Google AdSense. I chose not to include them for the very same reasons you articulate here.
Saturn was stationed near my Mars in Nov-Feb, or for what seemed like an eternity while Pluto squared it. So I can relate to what you share on many levels. I
I had my own Saturn/Mars “trapping” experience (with a boost from Pluto). Back in November I stayed at a friend’s house in Oakland after flying from Europe (12 hour flight). He left that evening for a few hours. Invited me to use his outdoor hot tub. As I walked towards the tub, I realized I forgot to take the lock off the door before closing it. Trapped outside!
I was outside in very chilly air for 3 hours waiting for him to return. Very cold air and very hot water is great for about 30 minutes. Not so much for 3 hours. Glad I can laugh about it now. :)
Thanks Joseph, great story about Saturn/Mars. Life is certainly easier when we understand about astrology!