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Mars Retrograde in Virgo

RisaNewSEveryone has heard (and talks) about Mercury retrograde. Lesser known are Mars & Venus retrogrades, joining Mercury retrograde this year. Mars retrograded Jan. 23, a long three-month Mars retrograde. Mars, retrograding only every two years (51-84 days), is very significant for humanity. Mars provides us with the energy, assertion, desires and the will to exist, to be and to act. Mars rules our ability to proceed into the world. Mars, god of war and warriors, gives us strength and directs us outward into experiences that build our personality to become a strong vehicle for the Soul. Mars works with Aries (taking risks to bring forth all things new), with Scorpio (provides the Nine Tests of the Personality) and with Sagittarius (the devic angelic beings that give our bodies life – life force). Mars in Virgo means that our thinking (Virgo works with Mercury) will be internalized; there will be a quickening within us (new life). We will consider appropriate actions to take when the retrograde is over (April 13). With Mars retrograde in Virgo we ponder upon beliefs and opinions, health, nutrition, medicine and how to better serve. Animals are ruled by Virgo. We notice the animal kingdom becomes irritated, often ill and that many in the animal kingdom die when Virgo is involved. Hospitals and military staff, social workers, labor unions all may experience unrest. We remember that humanity works within Ray 4, a new harmony resulting from conflict and chaos. This will be very apparent during Mars retrograde. The U.S. chart has Mars retrograde joining Neptune. Our country can be inspired to tend to things at home. Mars can also be war. During Mars retro we must be cautious. And listen for the still small voices directing us from within. Nothing, with Mars retro, is “normal.” Read more at

Esoteric Astrology as news for week Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2012

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
Mars retro in your 6th house, health must be your focus. All aspects, from dental to eyes to full body checkups. From yoga to exercise to walking to diet to green drinks to pure water, vitamins, minerals and homeopathy. More in-depth medical check-ups are also needed. Then you will feel physically safe. Your healthier lifestyle allows you to be more efficient, effective and successful. Then you can truly serve humanity.

April 21–May 21
You will retreat inward to a place where creativity emerges. Your desire to have fun takes the form of quiet investigation into a particular art form. Take this seriously. Childlike drawings are good. In the outer world, responsibilities take more time (especially children or elders or animals who become unceasingly irritated). It will take more time to complete tasks, and you feel at times your creativity can’t be found. You find it. It’s all about time.

May 22–June 20
We had a talk last week. Here’s an overview. You’re at a fork in the road. There’s nowhere to go (not yet). You seek like-minded others. Saturn in Libra, for you and humanity, means choices will be given and then a “call.” You must remain where you are now because you are loved. That inner tension prepares you for the changes that will arrive in Right Timing. Patience is your Tarot card. And Understanding. Draw them.

June 21–July 20
Your past is in the present and it’s shaking your reality. You see all that’s needed at home and feel there’s not enough time, energy or money. This will change as life changes later in the year. So much is needed by family that your responsibility feels overloaded. You may think of moving. But where? Keep gardening. One task at a time, efficiently.

July 21–August 22
Think, think and think some more about finances and the economy. And what your values are. Perhaps your values are different than others. Do you feel a lack of a particular resource? Perhaps it’s your confidence and self-esteem. Ponder upon this. Do you feel you have enough to thrive? Build slowly. Ask where you deny yourself. Ask what calls deeply to you. Respond.

August 23–September 22
Conserving your energy will be most important. Do not push yourself or accidents could occur. Should you feel inactive with no initiative, know that this is exactly how you should be. Slow down, tend to how you look, make over your image and how you dress. Adapt to things slow and reflective. Gaze into a deep pool of water. Grow narcissus.

September 23–October 22
How is your sleep? Overmuch or too little? Dreams that awaken, scare or overwhelm? Do you sense that you can no longer live with tired old excuses? They’ve run out. Write down dreams, day and night ones. Encourage yourself, protect yourself and make yourself happy by being with the right people and seeking places where forgiveness must be given. This is your discipline now. Forgiveness heals and brings understanding.

October 23–November 21
Do you know what’s behind the government passage of law NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) that would round up Americans and put them away without a lawyer or justice? The First Amendment needs to be looked at. Many small acts of goodness change the world. We need to act with Goodwill and use our voices to protect humanity’s freedom. You’re first to do this.

November 22–December 20
Avoid all conflict, even conflicts in your mind. This will safeguard your future. Thoughts are “things.” They have projectiles. Whatever you think emanates from you and finds a target. If your thoughts are of Goodwill, they too find their target. The hearts and minds of everyone are uplifted. You don’t want to go to war with anyone in your profession. You want more than survival and conquest. What would that be?

December 21–January 20
It’s time to review all goals, assessing their reality without compromise and the details to be worked out after three months. What are the benefits of each goal and how will they direct your life in the future? It’s important to consider greenhouses, one or more, due to the radiation permeating our water, crops, grasses, milk, soil and air. This may be your most important task and goal and you will seek the best way to create it.

January 21–February 18
You will be relying on your self most of the time, relying on your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual resources. You will recycle everything in order to reconstruct a clearer picture of where you think you’re going and why professionally. You will rekindle relationships that sustain, encourage and care for you. You will return that care. Share.

February 19–March 20 
Have a three-month intention to work with harmony as struggles, confrontations and frustrations appear in relationships. Do not think in cross-purposes but respect what others are saying and doing and be generous with your time and appreciation. Be of good cheer always. Then each moment you will succeed. This benefits your alienation, your future and your healing. 

Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.

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