Odd, polarized rhythms turn the pulse of daily life erratic, and the world wobbles from the stress of extremes. One minute the routines of daily life slow to a crawl, and the next, a rapid, staccato pace jars nervous systems into hyper activity. The lack of a consistent identifiable backbeat makes confusion probable, especially when certain situations, which don’t appear to be significant, surge forward, and others, which actually seem to matter, fall apart. This flux is part of a powerful astral turbulence generated by a collision between Mercury Direct on Friday, February 28 and Mars Retrograde on Saturday, March 1. This clash is likely to override all efforts to move almost anything anywhere with ease. Pay attention: The best way through the psychic debris is to wait until at least March 4 before setting anything new in motion.
Mercury “turns around” in a square to Saturn, a fractious interaction that continues to put the emphasis on a tendency to brood over what isn’t perfect. Try not to succumb to this critical force; expecting perfection, especially this week, is a recipe for disappointment. The next several days are nothing but one glitch after another, and accepting imperfection, with all its glorious accidents, would be a wise way to handle the ‘challenges’ as they unfold.
Mars goes retrograde at 27 degrees of Libra, almost at the finish line of the Sign. (For those new to astrology, every Sign is 30 degrees.) Mars ends its retrograde on May 19, at 9 degrees of Libra. And between now and then, as Mars retraces its recent path, we review our recent (and in some cases not so recent) past, particularly when it comes to partnerships. Libra is the Sign of relationship, and since Mars began its transit through Libra on December 8, many of us have been focused on issues of relating. On December 26, it was at 9 degrees, and as many may recall, Christmas wasn’t especially jolly. Indeed, from an astrological perspective, Christmas week and the following week were among the most difficult of the year. Be prepared to revisit some of what was put in motion during the holidays, especially decisions made in the heat of the holiday moment.
Because Mars represents the ability to take a stand for one’s self or for others, part of what transpires when Mars journeys through Libra is a keen awareness of how we hold our own in relation to significant others—whomever or whatever we love or need the most. Use this retrograde to gain greater clarity as to why and when you assert yourself and your needs or when you rise to the occasion of protecting others and meeting their needs.
Saturn begins its retrograde phase of 2014 on March 2—yes, the day after Mars—and for the first sixteen days of March, Saturn continues to square Mercury. Saturn stays retrograde until July 20. As Saturn retraces its path, it will encourage a deeper consideration of key issues, especially certain financial and/or political decisions made in the last seven months.
It won’t be easy keeping a steady, consistent attitude during the next couple of weeks, but it’s important to give it your best try. The slower pace of the 2014 retrogrades is an opportunity to slow down long enough to take stock. Use this time to take a really close look at what you have set in motion and the potential results of those actions. Remember, we are all co-creating the future every moment through every thought, word, and deed.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Patience is the key to your success in all your relationships, personal as well as professional. Stay circumspect and cautious – I know it won’t be easy, but if you can manage to soothe your anxiety by trusting in the timing of the universe, you will emerge satisfied with your accomplishments.
Taurus April 20-May 20
As Mars reviews issues of service, you’re reexamining how you stand in relation to those you work with and for. This retrospective provides opportunities to put persistent doubts about worthiness behind you. Use this time wisely, and you’ll breakthrough old negative patterns that no longer serve.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Mars stirs your creativity, inviting you to explore what would be the best medium of expression for your deepest feelings. Seize this moment by immersing yourself in whatever it is that brings you joy; whether it’s writing, singing, gardening, dancing, or potting, just do it until you are so filled with a deep sense of your relationship to yourself that you can’t stop smiling.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Mars is reexamining your foundation, inside and out, and while this process may be uncomfortable, you’re sure to emerge from it with a much better appreciation for what it is you need to feel safe and secure, again, inside and out. Don’t be afraid to find the cracks; as Leonard Cohen would say, “That’s how the light gets in.”
Leo July 23-August 22
These next few months are all about learning to be more authentic in your daily life—expressing yourself with greater clarity, sharing your ideas with greater passion, and knowing who you want to communicate to—and why. Holding back won’t work. To transform your life, you have to keep it real, and that means knowing what matters to you and owning it.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Mars is focused on value, and while that may continue to look like financial issues, it isn’t only about money. Consider this retrograde an opportunity to reevaluate your self-esteem and self-confidence. You are your greatest resource and your life should reflect that simple truth. Honor your true value and those around you will do the same.
Libra September 23-October 22
Mars Retrograde stirs an identity crisis—and it’s a big one that spans not only how you see yourself but also how others see you. Don’t be afraid to explore this process. Simply be willing to try on different attitudes as well as different approaches to persistent relationship issues that no matter how hard you’ve tried to transform, just don’t seem to budge.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Mars is retrograde in your Solar House of psyche, inviting you to explore the far reaches of your unconscious mind. Use all your skill to appreciate this process; pay attention to your dreams, especially the ones that don’t make sense. The goddess is speaking to you, and all you have to do is learn to listen closely.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
The question is how you can share your gifts with your community without overextending yourself. This is not an easy challenge, but it is one that you can embrace philosophically as well as practically. Assess where your time would be best spent, and where you can make the greatest difference. If you’re clear about your contribution, you won’t waste time.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Mars Retrograde generates a reexamination of recent career moves and opportunities. Don’t shy away from reconsidering and reviewing your career strategies. You may discover a missed moment that you can still recover. Be serious, but also be dynamic. If you want a second chance, now would be the time to go for it.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Mars takes you on an existential journey; so don’t be surprised if you spend the next couple of months questioning what you believe in and why. This is not an excuse to brood over the truth about Santa Claus; this is an opportunity to reassess and reevaluate your belief systems in the hope of weeding out ideas that don’t work for your greatest good.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Mars helps you to take a closer look at how you assert your values. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s in a confrontation with others over what matters most or about the food you eat, the clothes you wear, or who you love. What’s important is that you learn to take a stand for yourself without diminishing others. We don’t all agree, and that’s what makes it interesting.
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