Progressed Retrograde Mars

 

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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.

The Ascendant Sign as Baby Birds

 

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I have been reading Howard Sasportas recently and came across a technique I quite fancy. He briefly mentions the rising sign as a baby bird hatching from its shell. What kind of a bird is this? How does this bird hatch from its shell? These are the questions the sign of the ascendant answers, showing how you approach new things. I thought it’d be a fun exercise to do a write up on the signs and their bird’s hatching personality, so here it is! Feel free to comment, message, or respond with your own creative interpretations.

Aries rising: You almost violently peck away at the shell surrounding you, eager to see what that brightness is on the outside- eager to see what the ‘outside’ actually is! You break open the shell and immediately jump out, feeling spiky pine-needles under your feet, step up the edge of the nest, and burst into the air, ready to explore the world!

Taurus rising: You know its time to break open your shell but you’re warm and you’re unsure of what you’ll find. You can feel yourself crushed against the edges and know you can’t stay much longer. You worry about your safety. You realize your tummy is rumbling. You decide to break open the shell with steady punctures to the same side. The world is bright. You scream for food and your mother shoves crushed worms down your throat. You feel the cool breeze on your feathers. Maybe this isn’t so bad…

Gemini rising: You can hardly wait to burst out of this shell, you can’t stop thinking of all the possibilities that the outside has to offer! You start to peck. The light that shines through the cracks delights you so much you start to sing. You hear your mother singing back. You peck yourself to freedom and take in the colors, the vast assortment of sounds. You thought you’d be satisfied seeing the outside, but you are more curious than ever.

Cancer rising: You know you have to leave your shell, but the thought of it makes you want to cry. You secretly fear you will never find the comfort of your shell again. You refuse to leave. Eventually, you grow so large you break open your shell. You cry because the air is so cold and the sky is so bright. Your mother curls up next to your side. The light seems more bearable and the warmth is better than you ever thought possible. You feel like you can do anything!

Leo rising: You wait until sounds around your shell quiet, and you know it’s your time. You peck yourself out of your shell, opening your wings as if embracing the world. The others in the nest look at you in awe. You know how to make an appearance. The sun shines through your feathers just right and you feel like the king of the world.

Virgo rising: You peck once in the lower left corner of your shell, once in the lower right, and three times at the very top, creating a hole perfectly big enough to fit yourself through. You leave the shell, wipe off the remnants, and shake yourself off.

Libra rising: You hear the chatter outside your shell and excitedly peck yourself out of it, eager to join the others. You know it’s the right time because they are all out of their shells already. You wobble your way over to the other birds, stand directly in the middle of two of your siblings, and learn how to chirp with the rest of them.

Scorpio rising: You’re extremely apprehensive about leaving your shell. There seems to be something not right ‘out there.’ Even though you hear your other siblings, you have a feeling they will all start to shriek any second now. You realize that whatever danger is out there, they can’t handle it on their own! You burst through your shell with one fierce peck. Everything seems okay. You start to relax…but keep a sharp piece of your shell near by ‘just in case…’

Sagittarius rising: You peck three times, then twice, then a couple more, and eventually you are free. What does this mean? Freedom? You ask your mother. She tries to feed you a worm. You try to explain that you don’t have time for such trivialities but she insists. You take the worm, choke it down, then fly into the air without any goodbyes. There’s too much to explore, too little time to explore it!

Capricorn rising: You weigh the pros and cons of leaving your shell. Cons, you will no longer be warm, you are unsure of what is out there, you are actually kind of scared (you take that back, you’re never scared). Pros, there’s so much more potential outside of your shell as inside there are zero. You decide to make the leap. You peck yourself out of your shell, slowly, and deliberately. You observe your surroundings and decide how you are going to manipulate them to your benefit.

Aquarius rising: You have no reason for pecking in random intervals at the shell around you, but you find yourself doing it anyway. There’s a peck there, three pecks here, you take a short break and ponder what a strange process birthing is. You eventually end up outside of your shell covered in million tiny pieces. You see your siblings on the other side of the nest trying to share a worm. You wobble over and cut it into equal pieces and you all share together happily.

Pisces rising: You don’t even need to peck open your shell because it melts away around you. The nest melts away too and you find yourself floating in the warmth of the sun you never knew existed until that day, and you wonder how you got there, quickly lose the thought, and just enjoy the moment.

Upcoming April 2014 eclipses

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The eclipses this April are quite powerful as some of you know already! The first is in a couple days, the 15th in the very early hours, and is a total lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses often highlight inner emotional situations. We will most likely get a rush of emotion propelling us toward the physical manifestation of the solar eclipse on April 29th. Whatever the lunar eclipse makes you feel or brings up to the surface and forces you to reconsider is what will need to given attention to. So pay special attention to the inner workings of your mind and heart during this time. If there is something you feel needs to change and you resist the change, then the solar eclipse on the 29th isn’t going to be pleasant. It will be a Uranian disruption, a random event spinning you into action, whether it’s positive or negative is your decision. If you choose to take responsibility for yourself and deal with what you know you need to deal with then you will reap the benefits come the solar eclipse. If not, fate will interject and force the change.

The lunar eclipse is in 25 degrees Libra. This means that the sun will be in exact opposition at 25 degrees Aries. This already tells us that we are dealing with identity regarding our self and identity regarding others. The house that the eclipse occurs in your natal chart will expand this even further, the opposition will show the axis of which you will be dealing with. So align your chart up with the transit chart for the 15th (around 3:45a.m. but depending on where you are located so play around with it) and see where the moon and the sun fall. Any planets hit in conjunction, opposition, or square are highly important. That means there could be multiple houses included in the interpretation as well. Remember, Libra is a cardinal sign, so any cardinal sign will also be affected or even cardinal areas in your chart just not to an extreme degree. This is especially so if it’s around 25 degrees.

Now look at your chart for April 29th when the sun and the moon align in a conjunction at 9 degrees Taurus. What house do they fall in? The opposing house is equally as important. This will show you the axis that the solar eclipse hits and where the ‘disruption’ will occur (or benefits to be reaped). Find any planets making an opposition, conjunction, or square and deem them extremely important. These will be the areas the solar eclipse will physically manifest. Remember, the solar eclipse is external. The lunar is internal. Keep this in mind when making your interpretations. The solar eclipse is in a fixed sign, so any fixed signs will be especially affected. Mostly those around 9 degrees of a fixed sign.

I am personally thankful the lunar eclipse gives us an internal ‘hint’ at what we can expect to manifest physically come the end of the month so we can prepare. Just make sure to take things slow, expand your awareness, and remember that like is meant to be enjoyed not fret over. So don’t be stressed out, just take responsibility for yourself and stay on track. Follow your heart and your own intuition.

Feel free the message me about the eclipses and where they are hitting your natal chart. Sending love and light your way.

Astrology Podcasts

I found this lovely website offering podcasts on various astrology topics and the list is ever growing! If you’re well versed in astrology, as the topics do get advanced, I highly suggest taking a look. My favorite that I’ve listened to so far is ‘Why Dante sent Astrologers to Hell’ since Dante’s Inferno is one of my absolute favorite books! Check out that podcast and others HERE!