Effective Dates: June 29th- September 28th, 2016 (next Retrograde June 2018)
Helios’ Astrological angle on Mars Direct– No quotes. Quotes seem cheap at the moment. I am writing this while I’ve been drinking; This is not an uncommon thing for me, as it makes the inspiration come much quicker, but it feels like I need to disclose this. This is also being written in the wake of the shooting at Pulse Orlando (an event which has rocked me to my very core) and that will affect what I write. There is no helping it, nor can it be helped that next in our pipeline would be such an inflammatory one.
Focus, Heli- Focus on the Astro. If you go full cerebral, you can avoid feeling anything for a while. You can forget the dead who clamor for justice, for understanding. You can forget the fact that you are little more than an eidolon yourself, with no real purpose for living other than habit. Focus and forget. The task that lays ahead is more important than the pain that lies behind you.
Mars goes direct, in Scorpio. He does so while Uranus and Eris meet in his sign, Aries. Trying to find the meaning behind senseless violence seems like such a trite and base interpretation of that, but it fits, and its where we are starting. Moreso, it represents the internal struggle we face when we deny parts of ourselves. When we refuse to face the truth of who we are, and hide in delusion, then cognitive dissonance begins to take root. If it is allowed to grow, then you see yourself as more than human, and your fellow man as less than. With Neptune Retrograde already in the mix this can be a dangerous gambit- Holy warriors fooled into a crusade, knowing that if they do not slaughter others, then they will be slaughtered themselves. Those who are being manipulated by others and by belief systems which rule them instead of serve them.
No matter what, you must not allow your emotions, conditioning, or anything else to rule you during this time. Stop, Think and feel before taking any action. It is easy to massacre many- it is far more difficult and noble to try and live alongside those who think and live differently than you do. Of course, this is easy for me to say- given the chance I would exact the blood price from anyone who tried to threaten me or mine, without any hesitation. I am a barely controlled monster, and I live with that daily. There is a part of me that wants to viciously murder almost everyone I come into contact with, and that part craves release- it craves justice, blood, and all the primal impulses that make a man. That part must be kept in chains. He has no place in our society. I am not the only one who struggles with this, I am well aware- But when that part of us is let out, without proper channeling and control, we see tragedy and death on a massive scale. We are better than that. We MUST be better than that. We owe that to those who fell before us, paving the way for us to get here.
We must not allow ourselves to be ruled by fear. We must not shrink from the challenge ahead of us, we must not falter in our path. At his best, Mars is direct action, the strength and grit needed to move forward when all we want to do is collapse before our obstacles. Mars is the hard choice, he is the bastion. He is the soldier who stays behind to cover his comrades. He may be maligned in almost every astro source you will find, but I can tell you that I love him- he is incredible. He rules the “good death”, he is the warrior. And though he doesn’t exactly have a seat at the table in modern culture, he still has much to teach us. He is my staunchest ally, the one I call on first, before all others. He was there for me when no one else was. Even in the face of war and destruction, his calling cards, he is the one who will see us through this trial, if we are bold enough to fight beside him.
“Hail Ares, exceeding in strength, chariot-rider, golden-helmed, doughty in heart, shield-bearer, Saviour of cities, harnessed in bronze, strong of arm, unwearying, mighty with the spear, O defence of Olympos, father of warlike Victory, ally of Themis, stern governor of the rebellious, leader of righteous men, sceptred King of manliness, who whirl your fiery sphere among the planets in their sevenfold courses through the aether wherein your blazing steeds ever bear you above the third firmament of heaven; hear me, helper of men, giver of dauntless youth!  Shed down a kindly ray from above upon my life, and strength of war, that I may be able to drive away bitter cowardice from my head and crush down the deceitful impulses of my soul. Restrain also the keen fury of my heart which provokes me to tread the ways of blood-curdling strife. Rather, O blessed one, give you me boldness to abide within the harmless laws of peace, avoiding strife and hatred and the violent fiends of death.” -Homeric Hymn to Ares
Artemis’ Tarot take on Mars Direct:
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”
― Sigmund Freud
Cards: 6 of Pentacles, 2 of Cups, Knight of Pentacles
Last night I attended a vigil for the souls lost at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The vigil was held at a popular LGBT nightclub in Denver called Tracks, and we were patted down and had dogs sniff us before we entered the premises. It gave me mixed feelings. The guard who patted me down had a familiar face. I had seen her pretty much every time I had frequented this nightclub, dancing away the worries of the week in a place I felt was safe. A place I felt we call came to release our frustrations and and find joy was attacked. I remember talking to Helios the morning we heard about the shooting and he brought up how it could have been me or him lying on that floor as we frequent queer night clubs all the time. I tried to keep these thoughts at bay as I stared at the hundreds of people before me.
The guard said to me, “Okay honey, you are good to go, have fun… no…” and she cringed and shook her head, “I’m sorry, I’m so use to saying that.” I saw tears well up in her eyes.
Viscous violence with undertones of unconscious forces ripping a part an entire community… that was the intent. But what the shooter actually did was bring the LGBT community closer together. We are a tight knit group of individuals who have been through much hardship our entire existences. We fight oppression and hate every single day, and we always understand that coming together is what brings us strength when hot headed violence is on the table.
So 2 of Cups… Why the 2 of cups? I have been staring at this reading for hours without being able to write a thing. Mars is going direct in the sign of Scorpio, both energies speaking of impulsive and severe actions. We have gone weeks with Mars torturing us in retrograde; rattling us with repressed anger and pummeling our drive. Now the inertia kicks in and everything is being driven to the surface. Why the 2 of Cups? The 2 of Cups represents love, compassion, spilling of lifeblood into each others cups and seeing yourself in others.
Couple this Mars direct with Neptune retrograde and you have a dangerous mixture. Things we have been repressing, deluding ourselves about, are surfacing. Denial and frustration do nothing but settle in the deepest, darkest parts of ourselves and corrupt our soul. They emerge in destructive ways that severe a relationship, a community, a country, the world. The answer to dealing with these intense emotions brought on by the planet of war, we must open ourselves up to the ones who are closest to us and disclose our emotional state. It is hard to fight a battle in your own head. It is harder still for those you love to deal with the destructive actions brought on by inability to communicate frustrations.
The 6 of Pentacles shows us that we do not have the entire truth. We must share with others in order to obtain parts of the truth. As I mentioned in our Neptune Retrograde post, it is vital that we share our experiences with our fellow humans. You cannot intellectualize people’s lives. You do not know the pain that they go through, you do not know what their repression or their struggles. If only one community has a monopoly on the public dialogue, then exploitation is the natural outcome.
What about the Knight of Pentacles as our warning? Well, the Knight of Pentacles doesn’t give up. He is the most steadfast of the Knights; loyal, obedient, realistic, and thorough. He trudges on no matter what hardship he faces. We must do this. Don’t let the anger and out-lashing of others at this time give you pause from your work. Don’t worry – the inertia of Mars switching into direct will vanish and Mars will stumble back into more lighthearted (yet still not anymore controlled) Saggo. Keep on keeping on. The warning that comes with this Knight is against obsession, stubbornness, and closing oneself off from the rest of the world.
We cannot retreat back into our shells and let those with dead hearts exploit our heightened emotional state for their causes. Be this because of the current political climate and the groups that will be vying to make a tragedy into a tool for their agenda, or be this people in your own life who will manipulate the heightened emotions of Mars switching direct to push you. Center yourself. Bring to yourself the positive aspects of the Knight of Pentacles and center yourself. When people are reactive, truth comes out. You wont like what you hear from people at this time, but you must stay centered and reach out with love and do so steadfast. Ground yourselves. Find activities that bring you in tune with your body. Don’t let the turmoil knock you off of your path.
I love you all.