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Closing Thoughts on Mars Retrograde

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NASA's Curiosity rover photographed Mount Sharp on Mars in August 2012. - PHOTO BY NASA/JPL-CALTECH
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  • NASA's Curiosity rover photographed Mount Sharp on Mars in August 2012.

I'm taking an hour from my one-week retreat to send a few thoughts your way about Mars, which just stationed direct in Scorpio on Wednesday (at 7:38 pm EDT). Planet Waves has put significant resources into covering this event all year, so I trust you're familiar with some themes or know that it's happening.

The extraordinary world events surrounding Mars direct, still unfolding in the news day by day, hint at how deep this astrology goes. It's directly related to a parallel event, Uranus conjunct Eris in Aries. The two are related through Mars' dual rulership of Aries and Scorpio, and because they are in aspect -- that is, they are energetically linked.

Apart from any interpretation, the best thing you can do in honor of this astrology is to be aware that these things are happening. Astrology works organically and intuitively as well as it does as a structured thought system.

Whatever is developing for you now at the time of these events is what they are about. To get the message, pause and consider what is coming up for you. It's always possible to follow the astrology deeper; to develop themes; to relate it to other times and places along your journey.

Yet what is emerging now will both inform you and provide a way into anywhere else you may need to explore. I suggest being a little extra reflective, particularly where your desire nature is concerned.

Now is the time to go past the usual taboos on sex and death (described by Mars and Scorpio) and ask yourself what you really want. Let the answer stand, regardless of what you might want to do about it, or choose not to do.

It's often said that we live in a highly sexual culture. Were that true, there would not be so much obsession with killing, or such tolerance of it. We would have far less interest, or none at all, in the pain and mayhem that is sold to us 24/7. We would be far more responsive to the necessities of life, and the pleasures of life.

What we get is, in effect, sexualized violence: violence that is made glamorous, or that substitutes for pleasure, contact and the love of nature. What we want, I believe, is something down-to-earth, closer to our bodies and feelings; I believe we want to live and celebrate life. That, however, is a choice to be made.

I will leave you with that thought.

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