Saturday, March 20, 2021, we will experience the Vernal Equinox, when the days and nights are (very nearly) the same length. The point of the Vernal Equinox on the wheel, 0º of Aries marks the endings and beginnings of cycles, large and small. This time of year, when the sheep are having their lambs and the trees are budding, everyone feels the push of Nature. We have a sense of new possibilities. We want to clear out the stagnant air of the past months and do some ‘spring cleaning’. There is suddenly an urge to hook up and get the juices flowing.
The equinoxes of March and September offer us a unique opportunity to balance our dual nature. Meditation during the equinox is an ancient practice aimed at achieving internal equilibrium of the polarities within us. The spring equinox sees us moving from the inwardly-focused half of the year to the externally-focused half of the year. Activities these past months have been primarily indoors, focused on home and family, but as the weather warms up, we begins to think about all the activities we want to do outdoors this year.
The traditional symbols of Spring live on even if we have become disconnected from their meanings. Eggs represent the never-ending circle of life (§), rabbits are the very definition of fecundity, and the baskets filled with new grass, eggs and flowers nod to growth, fertility and youth. It may seem a modern idea to color the eggs with dyes but it isn’t. Back in the times when we lived closer to Nature, we dyed eggs with natural things like dandelion, heather, madder root, berries, and the tops of carrots.
An Aries person (with Sun, Ascendant or Moon in Aries or with Pluto in the 1st house) is propelled through life by the force of their desires. Aries corresponds to pure, subjective being and instinct. It must go towards what it wants and it must have total freedom to follow where those desires lead. Aries people need challenges to overcome (a positive target for the force of their will), they will need to deal with their anger, let go of the past, and work on being less impulsive (thinking before acting or speaking).
When the Sun moves into Aries all of us have a chance to hit the reset button and make another go of things. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said, “Well begun is half done.” This month, from March 20 to April 19, give a big push: begin new projects, ramp up your exercise goals, and face fears to try new things you’ve never done before.
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(§) The conundrum “What came first the chicken or the egg?” is meant to get us to see that life is a circle. Although, technically, it would seem the egg came first. Reptiles lay eggs and reptiles are older than birds.
This has been an exceptional year for retrogrades. It doesn’t happen every year, but in 2020, every single planet went retrograde. When planets are retrograde, things don’t slow down, they speed up. The reason why details go missing, devices act strange, and travel gets disturbed during a Mercury retrograde isn’t because the flow of information is going slower – it’s because information is moving faster than normal.
While Mars has been retrograde (September 9 – November 14, 2020) it has been much easier to get angry and frustrated, especially about things not moving forward as fast as we would like or about things not going our way. This has been especially true because Mars is in his home sign of Aries. During this time, you probably had to ask yourself if the thing you’re pushing along is worth it. You probably also looked at different ways to go about getting what you want.
When Mars stations direct late this week and begins to move forward, our projects will finally get off the ground or get back on track, obstacles that seemed impossible to deal with will shift or dissolve, and new solutions will be easier to see. In about a week, life will return to its normal speed. Hang in there. 2020 is almost over.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Mars will station retrograde at 28º of Aries. For two months he will appear to travel backwards (from our perspective on Earth) until he stations direct, November 13, 2020 at 15º Aries.
Like with every other planet, when Mars goes retrograde, it’s energy is felt especially strongly. Mars will be nearer to us than usual and on the same side of the Sun as we are, and so it’s unmitigated influence will be especially loud for us here on Earth.
Mars is happy in it’s home sign of Aries. It gets things done, it moves in total freedom according to it’s own desires, it is passionate and subjective, and it does start fights – but only when it feels bound or restricted. The placement of Mars in your chart shows how you go about getting what you want, what makes you angry, what makes you fearful, and where you are especially courageous. Where Aries is in your chart shows where you need to let go of the past and where you are needing to gather up your courage to face your fears.
While Mars is retrograde, you can expect that things will not move forward very easily in the area of life ruled by Aries in your chart. (You are welcome to share your chart on the Quality Astrology FB page and ask a question about Mars retrograde in your chart; I’d be happy to answer it). Even if you don’t know where Mars is traveling in your chart, you can expect that excitement and enthusiasm for the projects in your life will wane in September and October. You may feel tired or burned-out. Don’t push. And don’t lean on yourself, on others, nor on the project. Down-shift. And, if it’s possible, don’t launch anything new in those two months. It’s better to continue plugging away on your current projects instead.
Adding to the intensity of this particular Mars retrograde are the three hard angles (squares) Mars will make to Saturn in the late degrees of Capricorn. Frustration will most certainly boil over (especially around September 28-30) as the forces of change engage in potentially bloody conflict with the forces that be. Think of this time as a battle (not a war) in which retreating to reorganize is the smartest move. Mars doesn’t have the weight to win a fight with Saturn in Capricorn (forces which are represented in our lives by authority figures, parents, governments, police, world leaders, etc.), so it’s best to make sure you have a way of letting off steam during this time (exercise and laughter are excellent).
The take-home message of Mars Retrograde in 2020 is: slow down, slow way down. Sometimes the way forward is by taking a step back. This is one of those times.
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