As I write (on Monday evening, May 19, 2014), Mars is about to go direct - at 9:30 tonight.
Mars has been retrograde in the relationship sign of Libra since early March, so we’ve had plenty of time to think about relationships. It’s been an introspective winter and spring, so now is a time when introspection may bring clarity — especially about what we want in relationships, professional and personal. And how to keep them in balance.
I want to note right away that as Mars appears to speed up (a retrograde is an astronomical illusion), our lives will seem to do the same. Many of us have noticed this already: new jobs, new relationships, new challenges, and even new opportunities for handling old relationships and projects.
And the Big Transition aspect, which has been around relentlessly for over a year now, begins to separate. In other words, as we leave May and go into June, we get a break from the shaking up of collective consciousness. That break too will help our life processes feel lighter.
We still should drive carefully. Our perceptions may continue to be off, especially since Mercury now slows down to go retrograde (on Saturday, June 7 - more on that in a later Astronote).
But the world should still feel lighter as we move though May and into June, and by July, we could feel positively giddy.
For now, let’s look at what our “I survived the Mars retrograde of 2014” t-shirt reads:
We hope that we’re clearer about why relationships work and do not work, including trauma factors and social programming.
We hope that we’re clearer about our adult roles in relationships, what it feels like to be more grown up as we relate to others.
We hope that we’ve tapped more into our creative sides, using that energy in increasingly vitalizing ways
We hope that we see the patterns of life around us, including the meaningful patterns that make up our life’s history.
Let’s keep in mind that we think things are true, usually because someone or some institution says so. Now, though, we realize that as we discover deeper layers of meaning, the insights we find in those layers seem true to us because they are so meaningful.
And that’s an important distinction when we’re living in a time of huge change, which can lead, one one hand, to defensive dogmatism (“My x is right!” where x may be a religion, political party, family, or country) or insecurity (in fact, dogmatism comes from insecurity).
A time of great change may lead, on the other hand, to the realization that we all participate in a higher consciousness that’s been there all along. The higher awareness now becomes so clear that any lesser awareness reveals itself to be precisely what it is. It can’t hide behind the curtain anymore, claiming to be the great and powerful wizard of everything.
And that’s a great insight to take into the future.
Thanks for reading. And I hope you’re enjoying the spring.
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