Standing in Your Courage: Mars Retrograde 23 Jan to 13 April

Courage. If your are a fan of the Cowardly Lion from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ there is a plenty you can reap in reward from listening to his advice over the next couple months as our planet of drive and action takes a break, and asks us all for reflection in The Virgin.

Mars has been journeying within Virgo since 10 November 2011. Perhaps, you’ve taken note of the sense of excitability emerging within this area of your Zodiac Pie. Our Pioneer planet does not hold back in the dynamic action that is moving energy here in all kinds of ways. As much as Mars loves to get things going, he equally draws forth conclusions to arrive down here below from wherever he is traveling within our celestial skies above, and sometimes, these are delivered in abrupt and rash ways.

As Mars reached 23 degrees Virgo on 19 January, his station occurred as he prepares for Retrograde motion on 23 January. Mars won’t move back to the 22nd degree of Virgo until 27 January, then his backwards journey will take him to 03 degrees Virgo. Here, he will station once more at 03 degrees Virgo on 07 April before going Direct 13 April. When any planet is within the station surrounding retrograde activity, it can bring on some intense energies down here below.

This entire passage marks a profound time to take a look at motivation and “what makes you tick” in the area of life that these degree points in Virgo rule over from both the natal birth chart and collective perspective. Mars prefers to convey his energies in “his own way” and can appear selfish from time to time. What is important to innately understand about “self” at this time is the difference between the attention to self and selfish acts. The first is a true response that is a gift to our Soul, while the latter is pure reaction that tends to create storms within our Spirit.

The natural energy of our Pioneer planet drives us to do things and at times do them rather quickly. Yet, under any Mars station and retrograde passage, it is in all of our best interests to sloooooow down, and take up with a patient pace. As we all take up further within our Winter’s retreats, certainly there couldn’t be a better time for some Mars reflection to take place. By the time it is complete 13 April, wowo, if your free will has chosen the SILENT LISTEN, what keys you will then have to unlock your Spring! As Virgo energy is at its’ best when all doubt is erased, truly it will be a time to come charging out of the gates, completely refreshed as Mars’s motivation will be ready to move forward again.

For the collective, be on the look out for endings and true conclusions to arrive in what Virgo’s purity and sense of discrimination represents for us all. As John Jocelyn speaks of this sign, “Ever does Virgo seek the reason; it wants to know why. Virgo, using the brain, requires sight and knowledge as to how one knows why. Virgo says, “Demonstrate to me how you know why!” Virgo attains to the power of discrimination, for discrimination is the one needful thing for Virgo souls. What is discrimination if not the ability to know the true from the false, the essential from the non-essential! Evolved souls in this sign get at the very core, the kernel of the exterior man, as well as to the center of things.”

This Mars Retrograde will tie up some interesting energies connected to what Saturn brought to the surface to be responsible for when he was transiting here September 2007 to October 2010. Virgo is the sign of the auditor, and those collective details that were examined and scrutinized over that time now get a true last once over. There is a discipline that will unleash itself, and whatever lessons did not fully come to pass from Father Saturn’s time here, Mars will now finalize the details of these deals.

So too, will you see these same kinds of activity from wherever Virgo seeks to be of service and brings a natural understanding to your life. Your natal birth chart that is calculated from your time of birth grants the true individual view, while the simplicity of knowing your sun sign casts the outer picture for how Mars’s reflective request also urges to speak with you. Remember, even as Mars goes Direct again upon 13 April, he will take all you have reassessed here moving forward to remain within the Virgo slice of your Zodiac Pie until 03 July, when he enters Libra.

A little quick guide is below from the collective perspective on which area of life Mars presently will request your courage to unfold as he journeys backwards for a pass. If you know your Rising Sign/Ascendant (determined from the time of birth) then look to how 23 to 03 degrees Virgo precisely sits within the natal birth chart for closer insight to how you can make the most of rising up to your core and grace.

Aries: Health/Being of Service/Employees/Pets

Taurus: Creativity/Children/Love Affairs

Gemini: Home/Family/Emotions/Environments

Cancer: Thinking/Mentality/Communications

Leo: Values/Earning Power/Possessions

Virgo: Approaches/Mask to the World/Motivations

Libra: Inner Psyche/Clearing of the Past

Scorpio: Innovations/Friendships/Organizations

Sagittarius: Career/Public Life/Opportunities

Capricorn: Philosophies/Foreign Travel/Education

Aquarius: Transformations/Sexuality/Wealth

Pisces: Partnerships/Marriage/Balance with Others

Mars Retrograde will test our patience and truest sense of how we handle aggression and penetration within our lives, being he is -aside from the role of The Pioneer- the true warrior within the Zodiac. Yet, instead of reacting to any pressure that may come our way in conflict, there is another innate energy of Mars that will bring us the best results as we reflect. This, simply, is the response of COURAGE. URGE OUR CORE, CURE OUR RAGE, CURE OUR EGO, GRACE OUR AGE.

May rising up in courage bring you the brightest blessings Dear Stars as you discover and reflect upon all of your whys. Namaste.

READ UP MORE on Mars in Virgo!

And…. a little more word from the Lexigram wise on….

MARS RETROGRADE

GO! MODERATE MEGA EGOS
STREAM A MASTER REGARD
STREAM A MAESTRO MERGER
GO! RESTORE DREAMS
RESORT ARROGATE GAMES
RESORT, SEDATE TREMORS
REORDER REDOS- REARM!
GO! REDO, ERASE EGO ERRORS
MODERATE DAMAGES, REGRETS, REMORSE
GO TO A GREATER RESTART
GO RESTART A DEAREST DREAM
GO TO A DARE- SOAR TO AGREE!
GO TO A REREAD, A REMOTE REST
GO! RESET A STAR EGO DOGMA
GO! MERGE TO A MODEST EGO

A Quick Word on The Pioneer….

Mars enters Virgo
10 November
11:15pm EST

Are you ready for some action where The Virgin is of service within your Zodiac Pie? You will now be seeing quite a bit of activity in this area of the life. What makes this passage a bit different that any regular Mars transit which normally last about 7 weeks, is that, our motivating planet will not leave this sign until 03 July 2012.

Remember all the collective changes that unfolded from Saturn’s visit here in 2007 throughout the fall of 2010? It’s time for Mars with his penetrating energy to make things truly take up with dynamic activity that will bring more conclusions to the situations Saturn requested we pay closer attention to over this period. Knowing the economic implications and realizations that drummed up alone- if you thought this time has passed and was never to return, think again. There are a many completions and endings to what we know and are comfortable with that still await to unravel.

Why will Mars be journeying so long with The Virgin? As he reaches the 23rd degree of Virgo, upon 23 January 2012, we’ll then be witnessing another Mars Retrograde that will last until 13 April 2012 at 03 degrees Virgo. The last time we saw Mars not looking where he was going was back over the Winter of 2010.

So here we are, as we turn into the “infamous 2012” date upon the upcoming Universal New Year, with Mars asking for our further examination of those details within our lives as he takes up time within the sign that loves to audit, discriminate and fuss about everything. Being Virgo is the sign that equally loves to be well-mannered and of service, when this focus is chosen, the rewards of this passage are all the more easily found.

Mars is known as the warrior planet, and wherever he is within the Zodiac sky, we are wise to apply patience to this area of the life down here below. Mars also brings forth conclusions and finalizations, so these too, can be more than expected. So, while in Virgo, tests will be placed here to see how well one handles situations of conflict. As always, responding with courage verses reacting in aggressive action will bring calm to what is meant to change in this area of the life.

There is a collective calling to apply disciplined energy to all that Mars logically will select for us to bring more efficiency and practicality to within our methods of desire. One thing that will be strongly felt over this passage is the request for simplification and further organization of what Saturn already requested we take responsible note of here from 2007 to 2010.

So, what about you? Just where will you see this intense passage bring inevitable change to your life? A quick guide from the collective vantage point will show one affect from this longer than normal Mars transit. Remember too, if you know your Ascendant (Rising sign) this too will apply to your natal chart. However, it is always the professional analysis of your natal chart that will exactly determine how any current transit is personally requesting your attention to better know thyself.

Aries: Health/Being of Service/Employees/Pets

Taurus: Creativity/Children/Love Affairs

Gemini: Home/Family/Emotions/Environments

Cancer: Thinking/Mentality/Communications

Leo: Values/Earning Power/Possessions

Virgo: Approaches/Mask to the World/Motivations

Libra: Inner Psyche/Clearing of the Past

Scorpio: Innovations/Friendships/Organizations

Sagittarius: Career/Public Life/Opportunities

Capricorn: Philosophies/Foreign Travel/Education

Aquarius: Transformations/Sexuality/Wealth

Pisces: Partnerships/Marriage/Balance with Others

More to come on the 23 January on how to ideally handle Mars Retrograde in Virgo 2012. In the meantime, take extra pause where Virgo politely requests you to slow down, and listen to what wishes to become more motivated here. With any activity from Mars, if we don’t take that time to be silent, we will miss tremendous opportunity to reap the proper changes within our lives, which will be urged to unfold quickly. Namaste, Dear Ones.