Mars, the planetary archetype that symbolizes the part of our psyche related to development of our will, survival instinct, assertiveness and courage, has just entered the tropical sign of Leo as I write this. Collectively we may be feeling a shift from a need to fight for safety + expressing our anger indirectly (Mars in Cancer) to fighting for self-expression + expressing our anger directly (Mars in Leo). The willpower in Leo is often expressed dramatically…and stubbornly. Leo is a fixed and fiery sign whose dysfunctional shadow expression here is expressed as superiority complex, domineering attitude and touchiness. Positive expressions are self-confidence, self-assurance, optimism.
Mars in Leo will be also approaching a square to Saturn in Scorpio which will be in effect from on about September 3rd to approx. September 13th. It calls for a lesson in how to control our drive + energy but also a lesson in fighting against resistance or suppressed urges. This aspect will be followed by the revolutionary Mars-Uranus trine (the fight for independence + freedom). Mars and Saturn have a great difficulty playing together in the sandbox. Mars is driven, unrestrained and rash. Saturn is resistant, controlled and mature. Put them together and there is lots of steam and frustration produced (fire and water of Leo and Scorpio energy) and not a lot of play. Where Mars wants to move, Saturn wants to put the brakes on; where Saturn wants to control, Mars wants to fight back. Saturn is aligned with transiting North Node in Scorpio so Saturn’s strategy will likely be a more effective one: self-discipline and maturity, limit, structure and necessity. It rules the area of life where we must learn to stand and act alone and be self-sufficient.
If you are wondering if there is something you can do to assist with healing of the accumulated collective low-vibrating negativity in a more harmonious way, now is the time to clear another layer of the unresolved and repressed anger and resentment you may still be holding on in your heart and to let it go. This is the time of the year that our ancients would consider one of the most challenging to overcome, where our patience and positive focus will be tested.
Mars has entered fiery Leo on August 27th and will stay there until October 15th. This combined with Uranus-Pluto activation is another emergency signal for a necessary collective shift in how we manage our energy + drive + emotions + our resources, both renewable and non-renewable:
personal, collective, global
corporate, social, financial
light, sound, vibrational
electric, magnetic, electromagnetic
thermal, chemical, nuclear, solar
The children of Syria and all the children of the world that are suffering are our own mirror. They are a reflection of our collective perceived helplessness, frustrated creative urges, and accumulated repressed anger. They are a reflection of not taking care of our inner child which is crying out for play time and joy time. Who is responsible for our happiness and emotional wellbeing? Is someone outside of us responsible for our behaviour and success? What is it that we CAN do today to assist, just where we are, in our homes, in our own communities, without projecting our own responsibility OR “helplessness” to anyone over whom we have no control of such as “those in power”. What we do have power over is our own lives and how we show up and lead by example.
If you would like to contribute to collective and planetary healing by starting from healing yourself, here is a suggested mediation: Place your hand on your heart and visualize any relationship or a person that is causing you an irritation or frustration right now. Whatever image comes to mind that is holding this negative charge for you, just repeat I breath in love and forgiveness and I release whatever no longer serves me while holding the image in your mind. Repeat this three times until you feel an energetic shift. Then: Grace and bless that.
Where can you demonstrate more tolerance and courage in your life starting right now? Where in your life is there a possibility that lack of tolerance and understanding may result in a full-blown conflict? Clear what is holding you back by releasing and forgiving the negativity in that area of your life that is troubling you right now or causing fear, anxiety, doubt, jealousy, guilt, frustration, shame. Clearing it will open up a possibility for a new more peaceful reality and a new perspective.