Mars has been traveling retrograde since March 1st, and on the 17th it will change direction again. Planets don’t really orbit backwards, but astrologers observe the motion of the planets from our perspective on earth and watch as they periodically APPEAR to move backwards. A retrograde planet works underground, causing us to look backwards and repair the past – retrogrades offer us a Mulligan – a do-over if you will.
Mars will turn direct on May 19th, and for the past week or two it has been at a virtual standstill. We call this “stationary,” and when a plant appears stationary in the sky its influence is at a peak. Mars energizes us and motivates us to follow our dreams and desires – when thwarted it turns that energy into anger and ultimately rage. When Mars is stationary it can be difficult to motivate ourselves and we may feel that we are stuck. Just be patient: in another week the wheels will begin rolling again and forward movement will become easier.
At the same time we have a Grand Trine of planets that smooths all of the rough edges and assists us as we find our ways out of the difficult waters of the past few months. Jupiter (abundance and opportunity) is exactly trine Chiron, opening pathways to the healing process which ultimate liberates us from the bondage of our wounds (Chiron) and helps us to gain greater realization and wisdom. Later in the month, Jupiter will trine Saturn, forging stability and linking an optimistic viewpoint (Jupiter) with the ability to work hard and create solid structures (Saturn) – a combination that is the key to successfully navigating life’s joys and challenges.
Unfortunately, supportive planetary events don’t do all […]