The first of the major astrological events of 2012 is upon us. Mars is about to go retrograde in Virgo and there is a wonderful opportunity on tap for all of us to prepare for the wild-ride-of-a-year that’s just gotten started.
Mars is a personal planet. All of the inner bodies of the solar system (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars and Venus) represent how we experience ourselves as individuals. Mars rules the body; so the energy that Mars brings to us is interpreted by how we move physically through space.
Virgo rules how we process information and energy. It also correlates to all the various systems that support how we move through life. This is more apparent with the physical body than in any other arena; we are basically a whole series of systems that work together in harmony. Mars in Virgo is certainly all about the body.
At first glance, it could seem like this is a moment to make sure to eat right, commit to exercise, increase your self care, etc. Mars in Virgo is about mastering the day to day experience of being inside a body and managing our experience in this 3-Dimensional world. But far more importantly, this cycle is about being fully grounded in the body, while maintaining an active connection to the invisible, spiritual energies that are all around us at all times.
A retrograde cycle indicates that integration is at hand. This is the appearance that a planet is moving backward in the heavens. Of course, we know that this is just an optical illusion, but it is an illusion that comes with an enormous shift in energy. The direction of that shift is inward, creating a perfect atmosphere for self-investigation and integration.
Mars is the god that rules war. As such, he has long held sway over all matters of the masculine principle. However, this is changing. We inhabit a four-body system. The physical body is at the center of our experience. Next is the “emotional body” which is connected to the sympathetic nervous systems and is how we use the sensation of emotion to navigate our lives. These two make up the lower half of this four body system, in which the physical body is governed by Mars.
We experience the Divine Feminine through our emotional body, which is ruled by Venus. However, WHERE we actually experience this Divine Feminine energy is INSIDE OUR PHYSICAL BODIES. We experience it as emotion. Therefore, our salvation lies within the framework of expanding our relationship with our feelings. We must surrender to the notion that we are more powerfully guided by what the heart feels than what the head thinks it knows.
Given all of this, who is really more in charge of our access to the Divine Feminine? The answer may actually be Mars. Our masculine drives (read mental, ego-based thinking) must give way to the new heart-centered norm. Living in the heart is only possible when we have a healthy, open relationship with our emotions. When we allow them to simply flow through us, we are liberated from the need to make them mean something or the compulsion to find their root cause. Our emotions simply remind us the power of our instincts and the amazing responsive nature of the human mechanism when it is allowed to function without the obstacle of negative thought patterns.
Therefore, where Mars is, is where our access to living gracefully in the feminine principle lays. Use this retrograde cycle to deeply integrate everything you’ve been learning about patience, compassion, non-judgment and Love, and you will be well on your way to being ready for the huge manifestation cycle that is coming up in the Spring!
To be fully prepared for what is coming, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to be pristine in our daily spiritual practice. The days of just squeaking by are over. The second half of this year is going to require that all of us be operating at peak performance. How good is your spiritual fitness regimen? How well are you nourishing ALL of your bodies; the physical, emotional, mental AND spiritual? The time to step up is now; the rehearsals are all behind us.
Here are the significant dates for this cycle. Mars has been traveling over the part of his journey that he will be retracing since the beginning of November (in fact, you can use 11/11/11 for the date of the initiation of this cycle). This means that you can identify what issues are going to be coming up for review again by virtue of what was going on in your life between November 11th and January 23rd, when the retrograde motion will begin.
This inward journey goes all the way through April 14th, when Mars will turn around once more and we will feel the third (and least intense) passage of this same territory until the end of July.
This transit will most impact people with the Sun in Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius. To truly understand what areas of your own life that are being most influenced by this cycle however, look to where Virgo falls in your natal chart. Whatever house is ruled by Virgo is where all the action is going to be.
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