Mars, Reporting for Duty

Mars can be seen as an active force the sun uses to bring about its desires. The Sun decides something and Mars works to achieve whatever that ‘something’ is. Mars and the Sun need to work together in our charts in order for us to be successful in our endeavors. Keep in mind that success is subjective.

Our charts can hinder this energy exchange between our Sun and Mars or it can allow it to flow easily. Take a look at the aspects in your chart between your Sun and your Mars. Easy aspects, such as a trine or a sextile, can show free flowing energy exchanges. The houses can point to where the energy is likely to focus around.

‘Difficult’ aspects, such as a square or an opposition can hinder this energy exchange. They can make it difficult for both planets to agree with each other. Mars might rebel against the Sun’s orders- this is because Mars has a different agenda than the Sun. An opposition can be remedied easier than a square because both agree on certain terms and they need to come to a happy medium, no one side of the teeter-totter gets more pull, and both sides are equal, creating harmony. A square needs to be sorted out more carefully. This sorting can be done through checking other aspects your Sun and Mars have and finding commonalities. Be creative with the houses and signs they hold and figure out how they can work together.

If Mars and the Sun don’t hold any aspects, problems arise by both operating independently. You may feel torn on what actions to take. Mars might be in overdrive and ignore the wishes of the Sun, driving through projects but not feeling like have much success or feeling like your actions don’t actually represent who you are. Sun might go into overdrive, ignoring the wishes Mars, lowering desire and passion, finding you have little drive to carry out tasks. When brought to your attention, you can see the wishes of both planets and give them both the attention they need, and in turn, they will work together, allowing you to thrive.

Conjunctions of the Sun and Mars create a ton of energy, mental and/or physical, and can be used for an infinite amount of energy working toward goals. It can also burn out quickly if other planets aren’t given proper attention. Mars teamed with the sun in a conjunction often overpowers the rest of the chart, so make sure to nurture your other planets and let them in on the plan so you don’t fizzle out.

When Mars and the Sun are working together, we will feel clean energy on our life path. When they are not working together, or working together in the wrong direction, we will feel sapped of energy despite great efforts. Listen to your energy levels- Mars will tell you if you’re on the right path or not. What energizes you? What sparks your passion? What makes you feel tired and weak? Follow your energy.

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Progressed Retrograde Mars

Looking beyond our natal chart and into secondary progressions can be eye-opening. It can show us things we didn’t catch during real-time transits. Progressed planets are SO important when furthering your astrological studies and delving into your own psychological development.

Any major change in a progressed chart is life-altering. It isn’t a simple moon transiting mars for a couple days event, it’s a matter of years, and even sometimes, a lifetime. Retrograde plants in a progressed chart are crucial time stamps for mapping out our personal development. Retrograde planets in general point at internal functions.

Before Mars turns retrograde, it stations. This period of time doesn’t last very long in real-time, but in the symbolic realm of secondary progressions, it lasts years. If you have a retrograde mars in your progressed chart, go back and check when it was stationary and revving up (if you can even use revving in relation to a retrograde motion, ha!) to hit retrograde. When mars is stationary in your progressed chart, it is a beautiful time of swirling energy. It’s a powerful time when all types of energies swirl around in your consciousness and allow you to use them to their full potential, bridging between the past, present and future. They connect, break apart, throw ideas at you- an overwhelming yet exciting time to collect. Take those years to serve your higher self, work with the energies you want and leave the ones no longer serving you, because when retrograde hits, you will delve deep inside yourself.

When finally hitting retrograde, you’re officially in it for the long-haul. Mars will likely stay retrograde for the rest of your life, or at least the majority of your life, depending on how old you were when it first turned. This is nothing to fear, but instead, something to embrace. Mars retrograde in a progressed chart shows an individual deeply invested in their personal energy, someone who reflects on their actions and their life. When used positively, it breeds mystics, astrologers, healers, and lovers. This internalized mars energy is incredibly potent, it has the power to manifest in ways others may think impossible. Life gave these natives a tool for bringing new beauty into the world.

Mars retrograde, whether in a natal or progressed chart needs to be aware of the positives as well as the negatives. The sign Mars is in can dictate the type of energy felt and therefor the type of actions manifested and internalized. When Mars is in a fire sign, this energy can be aggressive if not nurtured in the correct way. When retrograde fire, it can turn to self-hatred and self-aggression. If nurtured in the correct way, fire retrograde can create immediate manifestations. If has the potential to inspire and spread like wildfire. It has the ability to bring light and excitement to their lives and others’ lives. Air and earth mars signs, when retrograde, are slightly easier to deal with as they are less reactive than the fire element. Air can say exactly what needs to be said to inspire change, they can use communication and action to truly change the world. Earth Mars retrograde has a never ending supply of endurance, they can use their energy to create things that will last. Water Mars retrograde can be difficult if the emotional energy turns depressive or too caught up in the past. Mars retrograde naturally deals with the past, it re-works things it’s tried before until success. The positive potential for water mars retrograde shows a deep love and unconditional nurturing of themselves and others. They are introspective and intuitive and can use those skills to heal those around them.

Mars retrograde in the progressed chart shows a lifetime of dedication to harnessing potential energies and breathing life into them.

12th house planets musing 8/29/17

I see a lot of talk about 12th house planets. There’s no coincidence there, as the 12th house is known as the house of mystery and mostly everyone loves a good mystery. It’s clouded in confusion and can even be associated with darker things such as depression and hidden enemies. There’s a positive and negative association with every house and sometimes the line between the two isn’t clear. This is even more accurate when discussing the 12th house.

Those who don’t connect naturally to their 12th house but still have planets placed there in their natal chart might complain of depression, lack of focus, confusion on how to succeed in life, difficulty finding happiness or a purpose, paranoia, apathy, etc. These are all very common as the 12th without a true cause to represent can feel lonely to the point of being painful. The 12th house can seem contradictory because it often produces those who prefer to be alone or at least those who are more secretive about their private lives. It really represents the collective though, which is inside each and every one of us, and is anything BUT lonely. The fog needs to be lifted to see this connection and in order for those struggling with the energy to not feel so out of place.

How can one do this? Everyone has their own way that works. For some it takes days, for some it takes years, but the key is patience. When you decide to devote yourself to connecting to your 12th house planets (or even just sign ruling the 12th) you will notice little miracles all around you in your daily life. Synchronicities will line up. Things will start connecting. Your body will feel lighter, your heart will feel fuller, blessings will surround you, and life will make sense again. There will be a sense of purpose and beauty in your life that you may have lost or never even felt before.

Take a look at your 12th house. If you have planets there, check their aspects and create a plan. Feel out the energies that create your personal 12th house and map out how to bring those energies to life.

I know I personally connect with my 12th house energies by taking time every day to meditate. I do this in order to silence my thinking mind and reinforce that my soul has space to make its deepest desires and dreams known. I give special attention to my body/mind/soul connection through yoga. I try to spend time in nature, observing the daily cycles and appreciating how truly beautiful it is all is. All of these things help my 12th house sun feel connected and thrive. I feed my 12th house Pluto by acceptance, letting go of that which does not serve me in a positive way and turning seemingly negative things into blessings. I observe my own personal power and stay true to myself rather than repressing that which hurts me, building my strength and becoming grounded in who I am as a person. I use gentleness to heal my deepest wounds. I write out my dreams and allow inspiration to flow into me whenever it pleases, staying blissfully open and engaged with the spiritual and physical worlds. I have faith in the universe and faith in myself.

How do you harness the energy of your 12th house? What are your thoughts on the energy found there?

Thoughts on the Full Moon Eclipse Feb. 10, 2017

Just a little musing about this full moon eclipse coming up in 22 degrees Leo.

I’m calling this full moon and eclipse the Chiron Activation eclipse. It sits exactly on my Chiron, activating an opposition with my moon (so sun is conjunct my natal moon also), a trine with my North Node, and a square to my Pluto, as well as some other minor aspects with Mars and Jupiter.

When I first saw this, I’m going to be honest, I panicked a tiny bit. I turned to Bernadette Brady and her awesome book The Eagle and The Lark which informed me that this saros cycle is a positive one. There may be a pleasant surprise, a lucky break, and/or sudden joy.

This is further supported by the easy, free-flowing energy between the Sun, Jupiter, Moon, and Uranus, which gives us a mystic rectangle. Each of these planets are working together. The Sun and Moon are of course opposing along with Jupiter and Uranus- this creates friction that the trines and sextiles easily use to create positive change. There is a spiritual energy coming from this eclipse and the prediction of sudden joy, pleasant surprises, etc. are easily seen as these energies play with each other.

Though Chiron isn’t making a major aspect to the eclipse, he is in a quincunx, adding some annoyance to what the Moon is trying to achieve. I’m taking a look at the energy of my natal  Chiron because of the conjunction it’s making to my chart, but I suggest taking a look at yours also. Eclipses can hit on emotionally charged times, especially with this full moon showing its face, and I feel Chiron could always use some attention during them. How can you heal yourself from past wounds or restrictive thinking that is bringing you down in order to allow yourself to thrive? This eclipse IS about thriving, so take the steps to free yourself from mental and emotional chains. Don’t let the annoyance keep you from the potential this eclipse can unlock for you.

On a further note, anyone else super excited for CHANGE? From negativity to healthy expressions, from being stuck to soaring? This Leo energy can re-spark your creative flame. It can help you discover your true self and how you can live your life as authentically as possible. Embrace it, enjoy it.

Much love to you all. Happy full moon eclipse!

8th subtleties

The 8th house also rules the astral plane. Planets in the 8th can dictate the types of emotions you pick up on in certain situations more than others, and show the emotions that are magnified in the astral, therefore attracting circumstances correlating to those emotions.

Cancer Full Moon, January 12th 2017

I am unsure how to start this post because there is simply too much to say about this full moon coming up in less than 12 hours. I know I’m late in posting this, and I even tried to avoid the responsibility I felt in writing something about it, but here I am…being pulled in…as Luna does every time.

Welcome to the Cancer Full Moon energy, the truest of all full moons, the deepest part of the moon’s soul. Luna is opposing the Capricorn Sun, sending a message to us about our emotional nature and the way we structure our lives. For me, personally, I see this message quite clear. This particular full moon sits right on top of my Mars, urging me to take to heart the lessons the Cancer Full Moon is shining in my face: feel and don’t stop feeling. Don’t apologize for feeling. Live to the point of tears, as my dearest Albert Camus said (also shares with me the same Mars placement in degree and sign, as well as Sun/Moon/Mercury!!). I am truly grasping this concept, learning that these tears are not always sad, but can be beautiful as well. Embrace the beauty that brings you to tears.

Enough about me though, what does this mean for everyone? It follows along the same lines. Take a look at how you live your life- are you forcing yourself to repress certain emotions? Are you allowing your emotions to rule your life? Are you feeling numb or apathetic? Are you feeling overwhelmed and manic? All these things can relate to being too heavily reliant on one side of this teeter-totter. If you feel like Capricorn is weighing too heavily on you to where you can’t find joy in simple things or you’re too exhausted to enjoy relaxing at home and with those you love, then look to Cancer and bring some nurturing into your life. If you feel like Cancer is weighing too heavily on you to where you’re depressed, lonely, or letting your emotions get the better of you, look to Capricorn, set some easily achievable goals and go for them, bring a little more structure to your life, but don’t forget to do so while having an open heart.

In general, this full moon is making some rough connections with other big players in the horoscope for Thursday: A Grand Cardinal Cross to be exact. It urges us to get moving but also cautioning that it’s not going to be that easy to do so. Lessons are being dished out left and right, so navigate with care. In fact, rather than physically ‘getting moving,’ I suggest making a plan first. The full moon is opposing Pluto which is conjunct the sun, transforming ourselves in order to better connect with our emotional nature (that’s the goal at least) as well as squaring Jupiter and Uranus (think wide-scale and sudden). Jupiter and Uranus are of course squaring the sun/Pluto as well, forcing us into the widescale transformations.

If this is making you panic, stop, take a breath, and listen. YOU have the ability to transform this intense energy into something beautiful, something healing for yourself. The way to survive any transit, no matter how ‘possibly difficult,’ is to go at it with an open heart and to learn to let go of all that is unneeded and to trust that this is boosting you toward where you are meant to be in order to be the best version of yourself. The stars will bring the energy, it’s up to you to use it in a positive way. So get excited! It’s a great time to make goals, set resolutions, create intentions, meditate, focus on compassion, write down your feelings, etc.

The full moon wants to cradle you in her arms, whispering secrets of the universe into your ear until you fall fast asleep and dream up ways to create a beautiful reality.

Much love and light,

Vesta Lyn

Moon square Pluto

Free flowing ideas on Moon square Pluto:

I have many ‘difficult’ aspects in my chart, and Moon square my Pluto is one of them. When you add the nurturing and emotional nature of the moon with the death, intensity and regeneration of Pluto, you get a lot of emotional transformations. Lots of upheaval. It’s an every day struggle to balance my mind, emotions, and the undercurrents of the unconscious with each other. Giving up the struggle would cause a downward spiral into the dark abyss, meaning, attention is necessary. For those with this placement- you are truly blessed with a bittersweet predicament. Bitter will come first- you will be thrown obstacles consistently through out your life involving emotional areas. You will fall to the depths and then use your hidden power to rise up when you feel all is lost. Then comes the sweet- this placement, when overcoming hardships, feels stronger than ever before (and they are!). They can take the punches and roll through them victorious. They are the warriors of human emotion, passion, and depth. It’s a bumpy road and the road won’t stop until one has learned the lesson. And in this case, it’s all or nothing. Learning to be one with your emotions and the dark side of life is not an easy task. It gets exhausting and many people tend to give up after awhile and live unfulfilled emotional lives, or even kill themselves. But the ones who trek through will keep building their reserves of power and can spread these reserves to help others in need. Developing compassion is the goal for this combination. Once found and integrated, this person can change the world with their experience and help soothe the wounds of the world. Nowhere is too deep for them to travel, nothing too dark, they will go where no one else is willing to go in order to accomplish great good.

To add, I wrote this excerpt awhile ago and happened upon it again which inspired me to publish it to this blog. I want to say that working with this aspect, as well as any other aspect, takes a more in depth look at your chart. What energies flavor your Moon and Pluto, what signs/houses are they in? What other aspects do they make? What sign rules the house cusp they reside inside of? Take all these things and mesh them into a plan toward healing and bringing out the best side of this combination. And, of course, my advice on everything, meditate! Take time to listen to silence, and the answers will arise.