A how-to guide in a nutshell:
The agony of isolation is actually an illusion caused by a disconnection from the Universal; reconnect to this and you will find respite from that which ails you. We are never truly alone – anyone in human history who has experienced, is currently experiencing, or who will experience similar pain is right beside us in Spirit. Imagine how many people over how many thousands of locations and lifetimes understand exactly what we’re going through! If this visualization isn’t enough by itself, there is always Divinity to turn to; Spirit is always there for us. Go within and reconnect to God/Goddess/Source, your Guides, Angels, Ancestors, and any Power Animals (living, passed on, or symbolic) that resonate with you – remembering always that Divinity has an infinite amount of love, mercy, and compassion for whatever we are going through – because spiritual healing is a huge keynote of this energy. Meditate, pray, and in those moments when the road ahead seems impossible, practice surrender and ask for help. The more we do so, the better our chances for a miraculous healing.
Hamstring (verb): To cripple a person or animal via cutting their hamstring muscles.
Remember when I said the T-square of Mars, Saturn, and Chiron had a “decreased mobility” kind of feel? This can be taken metaphorically as well as literally. When you want to act but your hands are tied, or want to speak up but can’t because there’s a gag order in play – damned if you do, damned if you don’t. It can also represent a case of Writer’s Block due to a lack of time, energy, too much “pressure”, or even actual censorship. The Mars/Saturn/Chiron T-square is that rock-and-a-hard-place painful “Catch 22” situation where we’re squeezed between a pressing sense of desire and a greater sense of responsibility/repercussion. Options seem limited/as if there is a trade-off involved no matter what we do.
But what’s this? Mars is also makes a sextile to Uranus! We yearn for freedom, and get it by doing the unexpected. So yes, we *do* get to do something about the situation; just not in the way we initially thought. We have to do something…inventive…and perhaps even a little “crazy”. Because when all the options suck, the only sensible thing to do is find an alternative way of redefining the “problem” (Hint: It’s not what we think it is). And we may even have an ally in this courtesy of Venus’ approach to Uranus; a friend or companion who helps us to make a jailbreak out of this “stalemate”.
Perhaps the issue is we have been operating off logic and fear all the while neglecting to trust; forgetting that our intuition, Highest Self, and spirit Guides know at all times exactly what the right thing to do is. If we get quiet enough to listen (say through meditation, prayer, or Journeying), It/They may advise patience or in contrast beckon us across a bed of hot coals as an Initiation. Because that’s exactly what this hamstrung feeling is on a spiritual level: A shamanic rite of passage. Can we walk a path that cuts through fear and logic by suspending disbelief?
Odin hanging from the boughs of Yggdrasil as depicted in the Rider-Waite tarot.
Public Service Announcement: Mars in Gemini approaches a T-square w/ Saturn in Sagittarius & Chiron in Pisces! Extra caution & restraint is beneficial at this time in order to help prevent injury, because these are two malefic planets opposing one another while a particularly painful asteroid squares off with both! If you have planets or points in the late degrees (23-29) of ANY Mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) take it extra easy because you’ll be directly tied into this. This T-square is strongly in effect now through June 5th, so until then do bear in mind the following:
On a physical level, do watch for the flare up (inflammation) of chronic pain; particularly from overuse/overwork, excessive compression (especially from too much standing), and/or general weakening from increased wear/age – overall, there is a “decreased mobility” feel to this energy. There may be issues with shoulders/hands/arms/fingers/lungs/nerves (Gemini) and/or difficulty with hips/legs (Sagittarius) – bone, joint, or arthritic issues may come into play as well with the Saturn involvement. Good alignment/posture may help – our bones need good support and aligning the muscles and joints in such a way as to avoid putting excessive pressure where it shouldn’t be is absolutely key. Also be aware that pain may not be straightforward to diagnose with Chiron in Pisces – it may be vague/diffuse/nonspecific/reflexive, or the actual cause may be obscured by symptoms that masquerade as something else. If you’re doing any activity and something in your body hurts, STOP DOING IT IMMEDIATELY – do NOT try to push through the pain to show how tough/strong you are! This is not a measure of your masculinity, boys (and girls)! If you exercise/work out, this is the kind of thing where you’ll want to make sure you (non-aggressively) stretch, are really mindful of your form, and avoid using too much weight.
On a somewhat related note specific to the Mars in Gemini end of things, know this can also be a verbally aggressive placement and a wounding war of words can occur – dealing/receiving a “sick burn” is a real possibility, so make sure to temper your tongue’s fire w/ caution & restraint (especially over topics like religion and politics). With Mars presently aligned with the constellation Orion, don’t club someone over the head just to make a point. And know that if you don’t self-censor, someone else may be tempted to do this for you – try & use the verbal energy of this Mars responsibly to heal rather than harm. And speaking of burns, ping-ponging back to the physical end of things once again, literal painful burns and cuts are possible under this vibe as well. Watch your arms/digits particularly – especially around sharp/hot objects – & immediately rinse the wound under cold running water if anything should happen. Apply pressure/a burn cream/topical analgesic quickly; don’t wait. And for the love of Divinity, since we have a long summer weekend here in the US, be cautious around any fireworks!
Mars retrograding in Scorpio sure has been bringing a lot of internal sludge up to the surface and putting it front-and-center for us all, serving it up raw-and-bleeding-style. It gets pretty hard to ignore our character defects under this vibe, as Mars retrograde in Scorpio is all about facing down anything grotty lingering in dark corners of the psyche. Now the Red Planet turns direct in fairly short order (June 29th), but its current slowed movement has put it in prolonged contact to both Uranus & healing asteroid Chiron. We have certainly seen the Mars/Uranus end of things via the shocking outburst of rage that hit the news recently; a man said to be waging an internal war with his own sexuality who lashed out and perpetrated a horrific act of violence at a gay nightclub in Orlando. But rather than focus on this tragic facet of Martian energy, let’s direct our attention to the tremendous healing potential afforded to us by the current trine between Mars in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces.
With Mars in Scorpio, what we are fundamentally looking at is the destructive side of anger and how it can implode on us from within if we don’t transform it. Before I go any further, let me just state that I strongly disagree with the general New Age mentality that entails automatically slapping a “negative” label on emotions such as anger – I don’t believe in judging any natural, organically-occurring emotion as being inherently “bad”. All emotions serve a legitimate purpose, and our ire can also be a vastly effective motivational tool when channeled properly. But for the purposes of this post, right now we’re going to be discussing the more pathological side of anger, as any planet found in Scorpio can easily corrupt if we’re not digging for the insight that allows us to turn it into a source of empowerment. It is the nature of the beast, after all; Scorpio is either the Scorpion or the Phoenix as it is a sign of extremes.
So Mars’ retrograde back through Scorpio (since May 27th) has involved many of us getting face-to-face with our “demons”; anger being one of them. But with The Red Planet now in harmonious contact with Chiron in Pisces, we start to heal this with things like compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness. We come to an understanding that – underneath it all – anger is often just a reaction to pain, and we start confronting it instead of denying so it can be dissolved, released, and ultimately healed. Perhaps the source of this is frustration, or even deeply buried grief – if you’re into working with the metaphysical properties of stones and crystals at all, the energy of Apache Tears may be helpful to this end. Regardless, the next month+ is a fabulous time to bravely face the REAL source of our rage: Our pain. The blessing inherent in Chiron/Mars contacts is they do tend to bestow motivation to “heal thyself”, where we are driven to seek wholeness rather than act from a place of woundedness. Along this vein, anger (especially the chronic variety) can take energy away from our individual healing process, so when we’re pissed off about something know the answer isn’t always the outward-based focus of having it out. Sometimes it lies instead in retreating to look within so we can reflect upon the way(s) this emotion may not be truly serving us, and seeking to mend that which has been doing more harm than good.
Virgo – the sign of health and wellness – has been quite supercharged lately! Jupiter arrived in this sign for a year-long tour (see excerpt from my newsletter) back in August, but more recently the planet has also been joined by asteroid Hygiea, Mars, and even Venus! The long and short of it = our wellbeing is (and had been) a pretty big running theme as of late, and with Jupiter’s energy anchoring this whole collection of planets I think it important to take a macro, more holistic view of things rather than just focus on the typical Virgo nuts-and-bolts of diet, nutrition, and exercise alone. Things get a little more “woo-woo” anyway with these planets making oppositions to both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, so our viewpoint on health matters benefits from looking at health in a more spiritual context as well. Pisces, as the polarity of Virgo, is a more restorative energy than its busy bee counterpart, and we bring our bodies into better balance by also incorporating complimentary practices for healing and wellness that are more reflective and still in nature. Solitude, meditation, yoga, cultivating a connection with The Divine, focusing on good quality sleep, and even reflexology (which deals with the feet; a Pisces keynote) are favored at this time.
On that note, I decided to make a reflexology appointment the other day. In conversing with my reflexologist, I found myself quite intrigued by how the feet serve as a map for the body’s various systems and internal organs, from the pituitary gland to the spine, liver, and even the lymphatic system. There are corresponding “points” in the feet for EVERYTHING, and her gentle touch served to both relax and to also stimulate all the internal mechanisms of my body that nutrition and exercise alone couldn’t reach.
The health of our feet can say so much – in Western society, we tend to get hung up on aesthetics rather than look at their appearance as possibly being a helpful diagnostic tool in assessing the potential for certain imbalances within the body. For example, if you have calluses, what points in the body do they correspond to on a reflexology chart? Your spine? Your parathyroid? Maybe it’s not just your shoes or your gait that are causing them…perhaps your body is trying to “protect” these areas with extra skin because the organs they correspond to in the body might be weak or injured for some reason? What about the dreaded cracked heels – do we possibly have some lower back issues and/or are we potentially deficient in Fatty Acids? If we REALLY want to get woo-woo with it, could those cracked heels actually be a sign of a Root Chakra issue? Perhaps some underlying security fears exist and may need to be addressed and there might be some asanas we could also do to help out on that front.
Now I’m obviously neither a doctor, nor a reflexologist, nor do I specialize in medical astrology. But I always find it interesting to examine the subject of health in a more holistic multi-dimensional sense, even if this includes using a more abstract point of view from time to time. So why not use the energy of this Virgo stellium to take a look at YOUR tootsies? Non-judgmentally reflect upon their condition and try to figure out if there’s something they might be trying to tell you about the state of your health?