Mars represents the inner warrior – our courage and ability to defend ourselves. Mars entered Aries, where it is most powerful, on June 27, 2020 and because of its retrograde cycle it will not leave Aries until January 6th. While Mars is in Aries it will stress the 2020 Capricorn stellium for much of the year (watch this two-minute video to see how the 2020 planetary drama unfolded). This story from Pema Chodron is perfect for helping us to tap into this warrior energy and do battle with our own fears.
Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear.
She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle.
The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons.
The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.”
Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.”
In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.
― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times