Quantifying An “Omen”

Omen (n) : a prophetic sign; something that happens that is regarded as a sign of how somebody or something will fare in the future. See also “portent”.

As fairly Plutonic person, I find that am perpetually seeing “signs” everywhere – it is somewhat of an occupational hazard, you might say, when this planet is active in your nativity. Things that might otherwise remain invisible to others tend to stand out to me as if they’ve been bathed in Luminol, LOL.

However, I realize that it can be challenging for many to work out exactly how to know if something is indeed an omen. That’s a tad hard for me to put into words, actually – when you’re naturally inclined to latch onto even the smallest of details and follow them like a proverbial breadcrumb trail and don’t believe that anything in life is a mere coincidence, synchronicity is found EVERYWHERE. Yet for the sake of this post, I will try anyway so that readers may understand – beyond a shadow of a doubt – exactly how to identify an omen.

So here is a related anecdote for you: Tonight on my way home from the gym, I saw one of these:

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Cool, right?

But just two weeks (to the day) earlier, I had seen another:

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Ok, a little weird, but still pretty cool.

What if I told you, though, that exactly three weeks before this instance – after emerging from a very profound healing session on the Gemini New Moon (that was conjunct Mars, BTW) – ANOTHER had appeared before me?

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Yeah, that’s just SPOOKY! “Can you hear me NOW? Good!”

Always on a Tuesday, the day of the week ruled by Mars. And always lingering just long enough for me to get the shot before it literally vanished into thin air right in front of my eyes. Is it coincidence also that magical Neptune is currently affecting my (Plutonic-flavored) 8th House Mars, LOL? I don’t think you get much more magical than a rainbow, do you? Those are certainly neat correlations, but the primary takeaway for me lies in contemplating the symbolism of rainbows, which I always take as a harbinger of happiness after a difficult period (i.e. the preceding storm). Here is a quote from famed astrologer Isabel Hickey (rest her soul) regarding 8th house energies, taken directly from her fabulous book Astrology: A Cosmic Science – “Every 8th House operation is a celestial messenger in disguise and a challenge to penetrate this disguise and become the recipient of the blessing he bears. In the wake of an 8th House storm there is always a rainbow if we but lift our eyes to perceive it.

So what’s the moral of this story? You cannot go wrong if you abide by the old Rule Of Three regarding omens! There is no way – in this writer’s humble opinion – if you encounter something via three separate instances, that it’s NOT a sign! This is roughly the equivalent of being hit in the head with a Cosmic 2 x 4, in my estimation. So if all else fails and you’re not sure if something is a sign or not? Watch how many more times it manifests – you’ll have yourself a definitive answer!

Trips, bay-bee - read 'em and weep!
Trips, bay-bee – read ’em and weep!


Mars Into Pisces, Part 2

MarsInPiscesLet’s see, where did we leave off…? Oh yes, we were discussing Mars in Pisces and reflecting upon its occasional propensity for being its own worst enemy. We’ve touched upon how guilt can be a problematic motivating force for this energy, but let’s move onto another critical topic when discussing Mars: anger. Because Pisces is the sign of “self-undoing” – the place where we metaphorically “shoot ourselves in the foot” – Mars can have difficulty with anger for a myriad of reasons when in this sign. Now I have a feeling some reading this post out of context and in a vacuum might be inclined to misinterpret my point of view on Mars in Pisces as being more controversial or negative than intended. As I’ve stated countless times, every astrological energy has the capacity to express in Hi-Fi, Lo-Fi, or in a more middle-of-the-road manner, and today we’re talking about some of the more problematic expressions of this energy is all. Rest assured that I have a much more panoramic and multi-dimensional take on this energy as a whole, but for the sake of staying on-topic and following a particular train of thought, in this specific post I am speaking only of the ways in which this placement can work against itself and wind up being its own worst enemy when dealing with anger. Pisces is symbolized by two fish tied together and swimming in opposite directions, and this imagery alone should give us an idea that it can indeed be at cross-purposes with itself from time to time.

Now that I have that disclaimer out of the way, when anger surfaces for Mars in Pisces, one possible manifestation can involve trying to ignore it and pretend it isn’t there; sweeping it under the rug in moments when healthy self-assertion is called for. Pisces energy can have a very “now you see it, now you don’t” quality to it, and it’s the inclination to dissipate anger that can lead to scenarios where this placement may be walked on by others if it’s not careful, because others may interpret this as weakness. Indeed, there can be a “conflict avoidant” side to Mars in Pisces to the point that its vision of even healthy self-assertion becomes skewed; where it mistakenly views “sticking up for itself” as “being a jerk”, thus inadvertently causing much of its own suffering in the process. It should also be noted …Read More…

Mars Into Pisces

FieryPiscesWith Mars making ready to transition from Aquarius into Pisces, we are about to experience a noted energy shift! Mars in Aquarius has been a rather frenetic vibe largely due the presence of a mutual reception between this planet and Uranus in Aries. But Mars in Pisces has an altogether different feel…it’s more restorative, relaxed, and concerned with motivations that come from an inward-focused, spiritual place rather than purely outward physical or social activity. Pisces is a reclusive sign you see, so while physical activity levels may not be as high as they have been in recent weeks once Mars dips into this sign, perhaps we’re a bit fried from all the social activity of the holiday season anyway and could really use an opportunity to rest up, reflect, or just plain veg-out on movies and catch up on some sleep!

Mars represents our vitality and physical energy – it’s our muscles, pumping red blood, desire, testosterone, and/or our “piss and vinegar”, so to speak. But Pisces is a very nebulous sign – it’s decidedly not “of the physical world” and operates on more etheric, intangible realms instead. This is the sign of the mystic, the hermit, the guru, and the dreamer, and when Mars enters here some of its physical “get up and go” tends to be dissipated and replaced by motivations and desires more idealistic in nature. You see, there has to be an element of the divine or even fantasy fueling Mars’ actions to really get him moving (swimming?) when in Pisces, because it’s never about pure physicality just for physicality’s sake. It’s not a matter of being lazy; it’s just that Mars wants his actions to have some kind of meaning that transcends the mundane whenever possible when he’s here! This is why activities like yoga, tai chi and qi gong are right up his alley – there are spiritual, meditative aspects of these pursuits being coupled with movement, which creates an ideal synergy Water (Pisces) and Fire (Mars).

When The Red Planet arrives in the sign of The Fishes (unless we’re a Pisces Sun about to get a Mars transit!), we shouldn’t be surprised if we find our energy level ebbing. Consider adapting to this state of flux and going with the flow rather than fighting it – try for lower impact, lower stress activities that engage your flexibility, like any of the above suggestions. Or try swimming a few laps in a (heated) pool and see what your muscles can do when they’re weightless…. if you close your eyes and turn on your imagination, perhaps you’ll find yourself transported to another place, like a sandy island in the tropics or an infinity-edge pool overlooking a gorgeous panoramic mountain scene. But don’t push too hard if vitality is low or you’re feeling run-down, as Pisces can also be an infirm sign and this could be a potential indicator that we’re coming down with a fever or flu. Listen to your energy level and what it tells you to do right now, because Mars in Pisces does sharpen the intuition. If it says “nuh-uh” and urges you instead to draw a hot bath, pour a warming cup of herbal tea, and curl up in a blanket, have at it without feeling guilty. That’s one of Mars in Pisces’ downfalls – doing something ill-advised because it allows itself to be motivated by guilt. A Pisces Mars has been known to be its own worst enemy from time to time, but we’ll talk about that facet (and others) of this energy the next time around…