Mars In Aries Is Hearing Impaired

Figuratively; not necessarily literally deaf.  Mars in Aries is incredibly headstrong; so much so that it often fails to heed good advice or adhere to valid warnings, for example.  Add in the fact this placement also tends to relish challenge and it’s almost certainly an invitation for trouble – remember that astrologically speaking, dignified or not Mars is considered a malefic for good reason!   What Mars in Aries needs to learn is how to hold up a second and figure out how it instigates conflict by not considering anyone/anything else in the room and acting purely on first impulse, which is usually its own desires.

With Mars in Aries about to retrograde in just a few weeks’ time, one of the most important things we should be asking ourselves now and for the foreseeable future is: “Where/How am I not listening?”  Where have we been perhaps ignoring sage advice that subsequently fell upon our own deaf ears, failed to take a different course of action than the straight-line one we normally would, forged recklessly onward at speed against good warnings/common sense, or perhaps failed to restrain our own (possibly angry?) impulses and (re?)actions?  Something will likely have to be walked back over the next couple of months. Mars in Aries also tends to be offensive/forceful/aggressive in approach, and if we’ve rode roughshod over others recently this retrograde may amount to a comic order to “stand down”.  Especially if we find or have found ourselves in conflict with someone over the past month, there is a good chance this might have arisen because we A) weren’t listening or B) perhaps were being rather selfish; possibly also a combination of the two where maybe we weren’t hearing/didn’t ask what the other party wanted.  When someone doesn’t listen to us – repeatedly – the most common response tends to be to jack up the decibel level and start yelling. Note that I am not advocating that raising our voice should be a first-line approach to anything; rather to encourage self-reflection as to what our own responsibility is if we’ve found ourselves being shouted at because we haven’t been listening – “Can you hear me now???

Personally, my standby is the old “3 Strikes” rule; if I’ve had to say the same thing more than twice because the person in question is intent upon not hearing me despite varying my approach, by the third time I usually either 1) disengage completely and walk away; why throw more energy into it? 2) if disengagement isn’t a viable option – say, the party in question is being pushy about something – I have no qualms about standing up for myself with a marked increase in volume.

08/12/2020

Mars Conjunct Chiron In Aries

“Jason and His Teacher” (Chiron) by artist Maxfield Parrish

Listen up, folks: We have a relatively rare astrological opportunity on our hands at this very moment as Mars prepares to meet up with Chiron in Aries in just two days’ time.  Mars/Chiron conjunctions herald the start of a new healing cycle and they only occur approximately once every two years, so this is not an everyday happening.  Essentially, something has been coming to a head recently (as all things Mars-related tend to do), but see the inflammation as integral to speeding up your individual healing process because through this energy there is the unique ability to take quick, decisive, positive action that results in an accelerated recovery in at least one facet of your life. Stand and be counted; be your own hero, because there is something important you are confronting now that – when sparked – will move like wildfire burning down fractured, fragmented facets of the Self to forge a new beginning and even a new identity; one that is much more integrated and whole.

“The Creation of Adam” – Michelangelo

When working with the one-pointed focus of Mars energy, we must be careful not to cut or burn needlessly.  While in some instances we may need the steady precision of a combat medic’s life-saving amputation or the cauterizing singe that staunches the flow of an open wound, we also mustn’t be rash as to how we go about it. Mars energy is primarily one of offense, and when we react from a wounded state there is often the tendency to lash out and harm rather than heal.  Know the difference between that which saves a life (even if it’s your own) vs. actions that brutalize, maim, or cripple.  And above all, understand your animal nature but do not let it drive; be in touch with it, yet civilize it.  Recall Chiron’s centaur form and how it was bestial but enlightened – he became the teacher of many of Greece’s young heroes  precisely because his humanity and the executive function it bestowed was allowed to ride higher than his lower animalistic nature.

What types of things might we be confronting within ourselves now and where is this necessity for healing likely to be showing up front-and-center in our lives?  These are just a few places, but issues related to how we handle confrontation, conflict, self-assertion, any Wounded Warrior complex we might be harboring, our desire (what we want as well as how we go about getting it), sex (specific as to what turns us/gets us off and how we’re directing our sexual energy), selfishness vs. being healthily self-full in a positive sense, our sense of masculinity (whether it’s toxic or healthy, as well as what it means to us to identify as a man), our feelings of strength/potency or weakness/impotency, or perhaps whether we’re active or passive in our approach to life are all likely themes that can manifest from this astrological alignment.  Those who identify as Masculine should pay particular attention to this conjunction, because Mars is the planet that “men are from”, as the old book title goes – although the Universe is asking us all to collectively address these themes in our individual lives, those identifying as Masculine are likely to be feeling it harder due natural attunement to this vibrational frequency.

The good thing is this energy is *not* subtle – it’s the kind of thing that hits us right in the face.  The painfully itchy, irritated, inflamed areas of our lives related to the above themes are telling us precisely where to direct healing energy *right now*. It’s not the kind of thing we can or should put off, nor is it about half-assed “trys”; there is only “do” now.  We have the ability to directly address and resolve some kind of paradox we’ve been living with right up until this very moment and find a healthier way to deal with it head-on rather than allow infection to set in or spread.  This is, collectively, a sort of cosmic contemporary shamanic “initiation” where we are being baptized by some kind of fire to learn how to burn non-functional parts of the Self down to be replaced by a grounded sense of identity re: our own personal strengths and weaknesses, and picking today to choose the path of wisdom & holistic recovery.  Any fragmented portions of the Self that have not been identified – where we are (re?)acting out of alignment regarding walking (not just talking!) the Path of Healing – will be revealed to us, if they haven’t already.  Drop everything you’re doing to attend to this personal spiritual emergency at once, because collectively we should all be seizing upon this relatively rare opportunity to confront something in need of immediate healing within ourselves in order to initiate a new recovery cycle.  Make like a certain sports apparel company’s tagline and “just do it”.

“Nike of Samothrace”

07/12/2020

Path Of Least Resistance Mars

Hi-Fi Mars is awesome – it’s heroic energy and bravery incarnate among many other things! But with Mars passing over the Moon’s South Node in Aries tonight, let’s talk about the more unsavory side of this energy for a moment; the “path of least resistance” that can get us into trouble.

Lo-Fi Mars in Aries is a bully and on the South Node this indicates an excess of self-assertion. Its whole paradigm is built on conflict as well as its ability to flex its muscles in response to this; so with Mars on the Aries South Node we have to be careful how we use our strength so that we don’t push others around – especially when it comes to getting what we want. Standing up for ourselves is one thing; dominating others is another. Because Mars in Aries relishes a competition and is invigorated by the thought of winning, we should also watch for a tendency to engage in “pissing contests”, or to take anything/everything as an affront/challenge. Lo-Fi Mars loves an opportunity to trounce someone or something, so this is a situation where operating from that baseline paradigm of life = conflict CREATES conflict. As ye seek, so shall ye find, and Mars passing over the Aries South Node can be extremely pugnacious and willing to fight over nothing at the drop of a hat. Unresolved anger issues can also be problematic with this placement – Mars in Aries would be much better suited to just taking it out on a heavy bag, picking up a martial art, getting laid, or doing something – anything – else that gives this stereotypically “macho” energy a healthy outlet.  Um, well how about some virtual hand-to-hand combat with “Macho Dragons” at least, LOL?  Mars has always championed dragon-slaying, and digital Uranus lingering close to Mars would certainly approve of doing it via a futuristic medium like your computer – hey, this IS the Age Of Aquarius we’re in, after all!

 

 

Real Mars can take a challenge and respects any opponent willing to go to the mat with it, baby Mars flips out and has a tantrum if someone has the *audacity* to challenge it when it know this opponent has a strong position and it might not be able to win. Lo-Fi Mars in Aries is libel to pitch a fit before throwing its toys out of the sandbox in an infantile manner; a real sore sport. Lo-Fi Mars on the South Node can also be supremely selfish, and nobody looks out for old “Numero Uno” and is capable of demonstrating such a profound lack of consideration for others as a Lo-Fi Mars in Aries! The final angle I’ll touch upon re: Path Of Least Resistance Mars is how crass, obnoxious, and abrasive it can be when done wrong. This is the lowbrow guttersnipe complete with cockney accent – indeed, this energy in combination with Venus’ simultaneous passage through this sign does have a rather Eliza Doolittle feel to it! The Libra North Node working in concert with Venus in Aries ask that we do our best to introduce a little refinement (however challenging this may be with Venus in the sign of her detriment!) to the equation.

Hopefully this post has provided ideas for how *not* to do this energy – those with planets or points near the 10 degree mark of Aries/Libra may be particularly sensitized to this vibe at the moment. Since the Moon’s Nodes are essentially creating echoes of last year’s Mars Retrograde, issues may be brought to the forefront that are reminiscent of events that arose between late December 2013 and mid May 2014. While Libra can certainly benefit from incorporating some Martian elements into their persona now, care should be taken not to swing to the other pole and go overboard with it because it can be real easy to do under these conditions. Aries, on the other hand, should be particularly wary of the hazards outlined in this article and looking to integrate a more considerate, polite, and compromising demeanor – for both signs, it appears there has been a sort of rebalancing going on where change has been the name of the game.

03/04/15