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Mars Direct

RisaNewSThis entire winter Mars, planet of action/activities, has been retrograde. The result: we’ve had difficulty moving about, holding objects, having direction, maintaining energy. As projects stalled, clarity of purpose was unavailable. Some of us, paddling upstream, have experienced strange body aches.

Mars, planet ruling Aries (the head) and what creates a forward trajectory combined with direction and purpose, has not only been retrograde since Dec. 20, 2009 (almost 80 days) but has been imperceptibly slowing to a crawl in order to meet its stationary direct deadline (1 degree Leo), Wednesday, March 10, 9:09 a.m. (PST). We’ve had to focus philosophically on the big picture—retro planets only focus (to clarify) on the past. We’ve been compelled to strengthen certain areas of our life (wherever Mars retro transited our charts). If anything new occurred in the last 70 or 80 days, it was most likely (or should have been) postponed. Conflicts and challenges occurred unexpectedly. Patience and ability to dialogue were in short supply. Nothing has moved fast (enough). Instead we’ve had to wait, watch, plan, hope for, be delayed, take detours and accept compromises. Mars retro reviews goals and developments for the purpose of discovering something valuable and worthwhile. We’ve had to make significant adjustments. Seeds are sown during retrogrades. Later, when the planet is direct, those seeds take root. As Mars unhurriedly moves forward (not until May 19 will Mars move out from its retro shadow) we’ll gradually redirect our power; anxiety will lessen as we re-gather purpose and a needed aspiration to move forward. Self-identity/self-expression again become clear and definite It’s been a long interiorly-oriented winter. Mars retrogrades again January 2012.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Mar 4–Mar 10, 2010 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
In past weeks as you internally initiated project after project (your spiritual task), something always hindered your progress. As this begins to ease, you realize how tired you’ve become and wondered about your motivation and skills. They are intact. However, care for yourself as if visiting The Golden Door (spa‚— tending to body, emotions, mind, spirit and holy food.

April 21–May 21
You’re participating in groups and classes providing instruction for the nurturance and sustaining of humanity’s future. You’re being impressed from higher realms on how to create a resilient and secure future. The information comes step by step, day by day, unceasingly. You could easily become exhausted. Solitude and retreat is most important to maintain health. Take the time.

May 22–June 20
Are you wondering often what your real work is in the world? Do you go from this to that, here and there, feeling impractical? Do you aspire to save the world? The first step is to realize that Gemini is like a butterfly in a field of poppies, sipping nectar here and there, the ambrosia (information0 needed for humanity. This is how you relate and it’s your primary task. There’s a door here. Do you see it?

June 21–July 20
You work well with Taurus. You could also get angry with them. They provide information needed now and you add a nurturing setting (table, food, resources) so that others can thrive. While Taurus provides the Light, you take that illumined Buddhic light and “build the lighted house” where others can “therein dwell.”

July 21–August 22
Are you concerned, disappointed or confused about finances and resources? Is there some sort of dilemma and reason for worry? Perhaps it’s just a matter of time for hidden wealth to be uncovered. The sign of saving the world (Pisces) in affecting your assets. When that occurs it’s time to tithe (giving to those in need). When we give it’s returned exponentially.

August 23–September 22
Are you busy with ideas? Do you have goals that seem conflicting? Are you feeling differences too? It’s possible you’re very serious right now. Saturn entering your house of values could make you feel less than valuable leading to Virgo’s nemesis, self-criticism. Don’t allow this. Lots of work in relationships may be needed. Ask yourself what are your leadership skills? And how do you love?

September 23–October 22
So many areas of responsibility you must focus on – your work and health, your field of service, colleagues and co-workers, perhaps even a pet along with all things practical and mundane, With these comes overwork and worry. You need a dream and vision to get you through coming days and nights. Develop these, do a storyboard. Know your home situation may shift as the year progresses.

October 23–November 21
At some point soon, needed strength will appear to restore your confidence. Many have been feeling too hermetic to move beyond day-to-day comforts. This will shift as a new creativity emerges, but not before an ending of things takes place. Some Scorpios are experiencing flooding, liquids spilling everywhere. You’re not the only one whose mind is transforming. It’s not time to take chances. Caution in everything.

November 22–December 20
Communication can become obscured with understanding buried under overwhelming responsibility and self-protection. Tend to co-workers with loving care and understanding (task of the next sub race). Realize nothing is or should be moving swiftly. Go slowly each day. Honor psychological foundations of self and others. We are to sacrifice for our loved ones. You are doing so for your family.

December 21–January 20
The important consideration is communication. It could be confusing, mysteries, and hidden by ferns, fish and flotsam and jetsam floating to the surface. Soon obstacles will be removed. The garden is where you learn and feel comfort and where you’re most interested (and interesting to others). Be careful of other drivers. Maintain your car(s). Or buy a new one.

January 21–February 18
You’ve become more and more practical and disciplined while pondering possible futures. You’ll continue to make practical decisions in all areas of your life, especially money and finances and intimate friends and relationships. You’ll seek closeness with others and make choices based on love and care. When you extend this, harmony is created for the entire world. Secure the safety of your money.

February 19–March 20

You gained independence these past years, expressing gifts and unique talents without hindrances. You’ve re-examined and re-assessed where your gifts are needed in the future. A change of heart has occurred. There’s somewhere you need to be that’s comforting and supportive. This impacts decisions and allows you to go forward where previously you feared to tread. Your life will be enhanced and enriched. Soon, rest.

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

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