Erin's AQUARIUS 2016 News: ♂ Mars Retrograde
Welcome to Aquarius 2016 and to a Most Interesting Year Ahead!
Last month I wrote about the Mutable Dilemma with the T-square between the planets Jupiter opposite to Neptune with Saturn T-squaring that opposition: these planets are related by “birth” and archetypal origin, and mythically as well as astronomically are planets that have been in disagreement . . . and seem to still be at it!
I will re-mention that this backdrop of planetary ‘sound’ is more confusing than it is explicit! Thus, we will experience this space oddity in our personal lives as well as in the global ethos. News and facts are shape-shifting and are a particular test for those of us who like some degree of definition and control – which is not a bad thing at all but will be frustrating for us who like to know what is going on.
We cannot expect to know “what is going on” out there in our great family of planets, nor can we expect to know and trust information we receive via (Neptune) network media – or the truth in all media reportage (Jupiter). And from Saturn T-cross to the Jupiter•Neptune opposition, we get a “block” from information; a censor Kronos/Saturn is the old guard of the Titans, he has a characteristic that likes to impose hierarchical standards, and from a conservative point of view.
What we can know for sure, is any moral outrage that we personally experience in this crucial time in human history and in so very many areas of “beliefs” is actually real – everyone seems to be morally outraged! Problem is, some people feel the need to “out their rage’, and do harm, while others question what they might do to help and clarify, while others just want to go to sleep.
Thus, the year is not a consolidation year, but a year for truly valuing your freedom to think your own thoughts, and do so without it being “against something” – it is possible to have an opinion and a belief system that is deeply personal and should remain so AND also to have a strong re-action to xenophobic centrism. A response is better coped with, because it means one can contemplate all sides and feel one’s way to a semblance of balance.
It is a year in which the value system of our / your heritage may be in conflict with your inner sense of spirituality and moral codes. This is good . . . it give an opportunity to learn to accept, to change and to morph into a new shape. It offers an occasion to examine seriously what you truly do believe.
Mars Retrograde: Maverick In Motion
The major event this year is the incorrigible Mars spending half the year in half a sign (15 degrees) of the zodiac! Not once, not twice, but three times it will pass over the same degree.
Mars is a double twin of earth, it has a 2 year 2 month cycle around the sun, while earth has a one year revolution. This proximity results in an anomaly in the other planetary retrograde patterns that are so rhythmic that they are embedded in our psyche.
Though all retrograde stations and directions are definitely active and eventful, they do NOT all have the same “shock factor” that Mars retrograde has.
There is a beautiful synchrony with the god Ares/Mars’ nature and mythology and its astrological ‘behaviour’.
You cannot count on Mars to behave . . . Mars is our ability to get up, get dressed, and do something!
In my multifaceted vocation – as a teacher; in my personal natal astrology consulting; as well as working with the transits of global astrology and events, I see a lot of emotional, primal, rampant moods, as well as events and results when Mars is retrograde.
To fully understand the Mars Retrograde Cycle this year, read on! For full article on:
Our Year of Global Discontent
The Mars Retrograde Cycle for February through August 2016
Joseph Campbell says in The Hero with a Thousand Faces:
“The modern hero, the modern individual who dares to heed the call and seek the mansion of that presence with whom it is our whole destiny to be atoned, cannot, indeed must not, wait for his /her community to cast off its slough of pride, fear, rationalized avarice, and sanctified misunderstanding. It is not society that is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse . . . every one of us shares the supreme ordeal."
The rarest of all planetary retrogrades is back with us this year – Mars stations retrograde on April 18th 2016 and then stations direct on June 30th 2016. That is longer than the average 60 days of Mars’ usual retrograde period of time, it being about 70 days; thus the entire cycle is also a month longer than is typical.
The full cycle of Mars’ retrograde this year occupies the entire period from February 18th 2016 through August 29th 2016. That is about 196 days. See the elegant picture of Mars in its traversing pattern from beginning to end? And how it traverses to and fro, and in its retrograde phase is closer to earth than when it is direct?
This diagram I created for a power point, shows the full cycle from beginning to end typically takes up about one-half of the year. However, this Sagittarius/Scorpio cycle is about 196 days long, while Mars traverses from 23°Scorpio to 8° Sagittarius back and forth, four times over those degrees and three times the ones in between. AND, it covers only 16 degrees of the zodiac in this long period of time. This is why the Mars Retrograde cycle is such a “shock” to the system: the solar system and the human/global system . . . all systems, in fact because the nuclear solar system is an archetypal system that is embedded in the nature of all things.