Mars Retrograde (June 26 – August 27, 2018)

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Mars stationed retrograde on Wednesday, June 26th, at 9° Aquarius. Here’s what that means…

We follow patterns in life: habits, routines, responsibilities…unconscious behavior patterns. As Mars slows down and stations retrograde, these patterns emerge from our unconscious into our awareness, allowing us to glimpse a portion of our being that had been on autopilot for nearly two years. Instead of perpetually repeating our patterns and not heeding other winds of change blowing our way, the winds now cease so these can all crystallize in front of our very eyes. We can assess the patterns and understand much more clearly WHY we should take a new course of action. All the advice that was whispered to us over the past couple of years, all the subtle feelings of wanting to change but not feeling ready to, not wanting to, not believing it was necessary; they’re all staring us in the face with wide bright eyes waiting for us to open up our maps and plan a new course. And they are reassuring us that this new course is going to be better than the last!

If a new course is truly welcomed by us in our hearts, greater freedom will emerge and help liberate us from the shackles that chained us to our unconscious behaviors for so long. Aquarius liberates us if we heed its lightning flashes of inspiration with open hearts and minds. Mars stationing here brings a fiery fervor to this inspiration and stirs conceivably monumental achievement if we harness the flavors of this recipe. All the action you’ve been wanting to take but have put off? “Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world.” New visions, new goals, new cycles and patterns, these all resonate with you becoming YOU! As Mars retrogrades back into Capricorn (August 12) to station direct and reemerge into Aquarius (September 10), we will be revisiting perhaps hard-to-handle truths and consequences that put us where we are. Capricorn shakes up the bullshit to expose boundaries and lies, wrong-doings, karmic patterns that need to shed like a snake sheds its skin in due time.

MAKE time to meditate upon your patterns, your bullshit behaviors, your shortcomings, etc. before (and during) Mars’ transit back into Capricorn on August 12th. If you get yourself in order and have a good sense of your map and new course before Mars reenters Capricorn, Capricorn will reward you with authority and recognition and a reputation that you deserve. That authority will come if you open your eyes to your old patterns, patterns you can consider old friends that you don’t have much in common with anymore. Make peace with those patterns, and instead of calling them bad or evil or horrible patterns, call them friends that brought you to where you are today. They taught you lessons, helped you understand your world, and helped you land upon the solid ground you’re standing upon now.

And beware! Mars in Aquarius can really shock your electronics, your speed, your elitism, your high standards, your higher-than-thouness! Advancement and progress through higher-consciousness with community, friends, and all collective endeavors is upon us. Gather with these people, open up your maps, plan your journeys, lash the mainsail, set a course, and embark upon those high seas of your destiny toward horizons of freedom and inspiration moving brightly through the rain and stars and wind!

Relationships can suffer due to Mars’ placement in Aquarius. It can bring a detachment to our passions, thus severing our grounded desires we tend to familiarize ourselves with. If you are aware of this subtlety it can serve your relationship well. Do things together with friends and community that can help you both grow and awaken and become more inspired in life. Brainstorm ideas, even if they’re far-fetched. Build dreams and visions. Go vision quest together or separately for the sake of your relationship. Understand the process of inspiration and freedom!

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Mars, Saturn, and the Milky Way

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Late at night on June 16, 2018 looking south in Raymond, Maine, USA.

Mars, Saturn, and the Milky Way
June 16, 2018
Raymond, Maine, USA

 

You can see the subtle arc of diurnal motion in the movement of this long exposure. Again, Mars and Saturn are the brightest.

Moving Mars and Saturn
June 16, 2018
Raymond, Maine, USA

 

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Country Roads to Saratoga Springs

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Country roads from Portland, Maine to Saratoga Springs, New York – June 8-12. Route 4 west may have been a favorite, along with the town of Woodstock, Vermont. Quechee State Park Campground, outside White River Junction, Vermont, was a great quiet overnight resting spot. Started the next day with a beautiful gorge hike in Quechee Gorge, then a picnic lunch and fresh strawberries fueled the rest of the journey into a late afternoon arrival in Saratoga Springs. The town is an excellent destination with a bustling downtown and breathtaking parks, of which offer expansive trails, sprawling greens to walk, bike, or throw a blanket in the grass, and numerous sulfuric mineral springs bubbling or spouting everywhere. Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is debatably one of the greatest outdoor music venues ever. It could have something to do with how cool the town is and how seemingly laid-back people are, but its location in Saratoga Spa State Park is the best part. Favorite part of the journey is always meeting Roving Souls throughout the land. Blessings to you and everyone along the way. Enjoy the photos!

Angelina upon Departure
Angelina Overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee
Westward Bound on Route 4 in Vermont
Quechee Gorge
Angelina at Quechee Gorge
Roots at Quechee Gorge
Stumbled Upon Simon Pearce Factory and Showroom
Simon Pearce in Hartford, Vermont
Simon Pearce in Hartford, Vermont
Simon Pearce in Hartford, Vermont
Angelina Overlooking the Falls at Simon Pearce
Route 4 West near Rutland, Vermont
Both Ways
Fresh Saratoga Strawberries
Tallulah Spring in Saratoga Spa State Park
Geyser Spring in Saratoga Spa State Park
Behind SPAC
Geoff in Saratoga Spa State Park
Readings on the Road
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Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn (Thursday, April 26, 2018)

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Victor Brauner, Weaning of the Ego, 1949

Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn (Thursday, April 26, 2018)

Capricorn is the authority of the Zodiac. The vigorous path of the warrior is molded by the discipline of Capricorn’s will upon our lives. Whether we think we know what is the right thing to do or not, this sign shows us the way one way or another. Although often regarded in a harsh light, Capricorn brings out the best in us through test upon test, even if that means letting go of things that might mean a lot to us. Because what might mean a lot to us may not necessarily be what we should be doing or following on our path. This is why it can seem harsh or cold.

The father, the teacher, the law, the bank…it may be divine authority or artificial authority. And it is tricky to know if some of our beliefs, actions, decisions, or desires are acceptable and worthy of hanging on to, because what might seem perfectly fine according to our belief system may not be fine according to man-made laws and regulations. The same is true the other way around. It may be fine to drink a lot, smoke a lot, eat a lot…but higher powers step in and awaken us to our health problems through ruptures in whatever facet of our lives we are not aligning ourselves to. This is why Capricorn is equated with Karma.

Take a moment to think about what is not working in your life right now. Is something out of alignment? Are you wondering if what you are doing isn’t good for you? It is highly likely that most of us are experiencing some form of change in our lives, perhaps big changes. These transits are difficult to navigate and understand. Sometimes the best counsel is to just learn to flow with them and make whatever changes are necessary, but it isn’t always this easy. These transits may be aligning with other planets or luminaries in our chart and wreaking havoc upon our lives. We may be feeling upside down or inside out, not knowing which way the wind is blowing even if it’s making our eyes water. Take heed! There is a message in that wind and that message is change. We must crawl deep into our own womb of discontent and listen carefully to our inner child to determine what changes need to be made and why.

Mars and Pluto are both associated with Scorpio, the sign of deep waters, deep emotions, deep secrets, deep fears. Pluto is the harbinger of limitations and death, though not necessarily physical death. Instead, it brings roadblocks so we can learn more empowering routes to redemption and greater achievement. The path we follow can grow old and monotonous with little veering or adjustments being made. Pluto will put something we don’t understand in front of us to steer us onto a new road; a road of greatness and growth. But be careful you don’t resist the limitation with force or malice or neglect! With Pluto and Mars in Capricorn, we are called to duty, responsibility, and discipline of the highest degree. Work is imperative if we are to succeed, grow stronger, and triumph on our paths.

Mars is the original ruler of Scorpio, the lower octave, if you will. It is the driving force behind the will of the sign. It is the strength, determination, and action needed in order to triumph. What we stand up for, what we believe in in the depths of our beings with all our soul’s essence; that is Mars. At times we can grow complacent, lackluster, mundane, even bored with life. Perhaps feeling like nothing matters. Mars is the fire in the root of our spine. It is the driving force of nature that bursts new life into being. It is the threshold, the birthing, the beginning of all things. This is why it is often the catalyst of change without thought. It doesn’t think, it does. Sometimes with dire consequences. Take heed of the wise counsel Capricorn bestows upon us with Mars in this placement, because if we don’t, we can skip the steps needed to take RIGHT action. Patience and perseverance are as valuable as the determination and will needed to achieve right action.

Pluto and Mars in Capricorn can indeed bring rapid change, even violent change. Ruptures of relationships, broken bones, accidents, etc. Be vigilant and watchful, with a keen eye on all that is around you and coming at you. You still may not see it coming, but if you’re prepared and equipped, it will be less traumatic than if you’re not. Be prepared to dig very deep, if you haven’t already been. Dig deep into the shadows of your darkest corners, the suppressed memories you didn’t ever want to remember, the limitations you always knew you had but pretended you had conquered. The pretending and hiding and denying is coming to an end.

This transit is brief but nearly as powerful as transits can be. Breathe through these days with an open mind and a bold heart. Love is the essence of the entirety of existence. Although you may believe evil is present, it is merely a profound ignorance and rejection of love. Those who reject their essence proceed darkly into their own pits of despair, quite often dragging many down with them. Beware those who claim the truth without acceptance of all beings. Beware those who claim the truth without also claiming love. Beware all teachings, decisions, actions devoid of love at their core. It is the fuel that feeds our path to redemption and resurrection. It is the thread that weaves through the journey of our lives, holding us fast to hope, faith, and serenity.

This conjunction is one of reckoning, despair, struggle, anger, darkness, and grim reaping of past decisions. But there is a light in this passing union, and through complete and utter surrender to the forces that surround and embody us we can emerge from it as completely rebirthed souls on our journey to enlightenment. Perhaps through others dear to us we can find a spark that ignites and guides us forward together, reaching toward the gold ring, as it were.

It is time to heed the counsel our darkest shadows have to teach us, determine right course of action, and ignite the spark that will explode our inner fires into the realms of new awakenings, new accomplishments, new journeys, rising from the ashes as though a phoenix, soaring beyond anywhere we ever could have imagined before.

Do this work and you will sail through this intact. Watch your tempers, calm your anxieties, relax your nervous systems. Find activities that nurture these things. Sleep longer, drink less, walk more, quietly stretch or do yoga, swim in calm waters, drink more water, absorb more sunshine, breathe deeply often. These are the pathways through this labyrinth.

Believe it implicitly
Love is tranquility
If you don’t know that
Then nothing is known.

– Robert Hunter

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Mars conjunct Saturn in Capricorn (April 2, 2018)

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Complex Simple, by Wassily Kandinsky, 1939

Mars and Saturn respectively imply action and discipline, violence and crossed boundaries, accidents and authority, justice and karma. Together in Capricorn they are a force to be reckoned with. On the chart of the United States, for instance, they were aspecting each other in one form or another during the battle of Wounded Knee, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the detonation of the first hydrogen bomb, the assassinations of both Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and on 9/11/2001. These are all horrific events, but it shows the breadth of impact and the roles they can play on authority figures, buildings, violence, and justice. Saturn teaches us lessons whether we want to learn them or not. And Mars shakes it all up.

What’s important is to understand that there are always lessons to learn, and sometimes it’s better to learn them the hard way. Following our path and being open to positive change is critical, despite the fact we might want things to stay just the way they are. The evolutionary lesson of this signature is to ascertain exactly what our goals are so we can work toward them with determination and perseverance. This is a fusion of hard work and endurance, but one that requires diligent foresight and wisdom. Mars can be rash and imprudent, forgetting to determine exactly what action is best before taking it. Mars can also be harsh, full of ruptures and trauma, sometimes aggressive or violent. Saturn is structure, both physical and intangible. This combination can bring shocks to our daily structured lives, disrupting what semblance of routine we have. It is indeed a vortex demanding our attention on many fronts. These two will show us what they can do, we just have to be watchful and aware of our own actions. This means we need to be very careful that we don’t take our authority for granted and abuse it in any way. If you are a leader or teacher or parent, don’t get caught up in anger toward your students, children, co-workers, or followers during this time. And regarding physical structure, this can be buildings or our bones. There can be accidents that break down structures of any kind. Be cautious and prudent during this time.

Collectively, this can bring authorities to their knees. Saturn represents authorities of all kinds in our lives: governments, banks, parents, teachers, leaders, etc. We shall see just which leaders are being challenged. Already there are plenty of them grappling with karmic debts needing to be paid. Let’s hope none of them choose to create more bad karma through new acts of warfare or violence.

Stay calm and carry on, as the saying goes. It’s a time to breathe deep, focus on our strengths for positive change, and not erupt in reactionary anger when we are faced with challenges. Karma can be a bitch, but not so much if we are prepared to face it. Beware not to burn important bridges! Instead, take wise action, keep your nose to the grindstone, stay focused, and work hard. Saturn rewards those who abide in universal Truth. It is about aligning to what is best for you in the long run. Stay the course!

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Mars in Capricorn (Mar 17 – May 16)

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Castle and Sun, by Paul Klee

The battle for credible authority! Hot off the heels of learning how to believe in our own power—and learning the power of belief—now is the ultimate test to see if that power has merit. Mars in Capricorn brings a level of credibility to how we take control of things. In many ways it can manifest an actual test to see if we have what it takes to be an authority in whatever it is we do. Just be mindful not to let aggression stand in the way of your strength.

Life seems to always be testing us, from anger management to death and loss. But this transit is about how we build our foundation of authority in our own lives with patience and determination. If we have made mistakes or done people wrong in the past, this is a good time to own up to them. When faced with a difficult task or a steep climb to succeed, this transit can really give us that alignment and sense of courage to make it where we aim to go. But only if we are willing to make the necessary adjustments, design a valuable and credible strategy, and stick by both of them with discipline. If you have been waiting and waiting to test your leadership, hoping others will listen and take you seriously, this is the time to make that happen.

Collectively, this may bring a lot of previously recognized leaders to their knees. It is indeed a test of strength and merit; does someone deserve what power they have? If someone has been dominant and in control, but their legitimacy and validity is questionable at best, this transit can humble them and wipe out that illusive strength and authority they thought they had. We may see leaders being called out on false claims or boundaries crossed. Their ethical and moral standards may not be as pure as they led us to believe.

A very valuable two month period to take control of our own lives and step into the ring of authority we know we have inside. We learned about how to believe in ourselves over these last two months, now it is time to put that belief in ourselves to the test. Go outside and show the world that you are worthy, credible, and strong. Recognize the power you have to take yourself seriously and for others to take you seriously. If what you do isn’t something that others will easily take seriously, this is the time to transcend our insecurities and embody the inner strength that has been sleeping within. Through honest alignment with universal ethics and morals, patient determination, and believing in ourselves, despite what others may say or do, we will step into a role of confidence, authority, and leadership for the right reasons: to teach, mentor, and help bring the world to a better place, which is the greatest success of all!

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Scorpio

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The deepest depths of Gaia’s oceans crawling with undiscovered life. Waters cold and dark, easily mistaken for another world, are the essence of Pluto’s domain, Hades’ haven. Lurking just above these nethers lie creatures with phosphorescent beams of light probing up through miles of muted silence into the corners of our past, guiding us where we need to go, giving light where there was only darkness. Sweeping around our memory and confusion demanding we envelope ourselves in it, the revelations rain down upon our psyches and bathe us in the Sacred Mysteries. Awakening to brighter seas and faster tides, we greet the swarming masses of myriad life all around us with vibrant awe and wonder. How dark must we go, how deep must we see, how lost must we feel before the doors of the denizens of the Underworld open to our new birth? What ghastly grim reaping must we endure before we can know serenity? The Shadows of our consciousness stretch far back beyond our mother’s face. The realms unseen are not for the faint of heart. Not enough is not an option. Too much is Scorpio’s tune. When pain seeps in, expect more. When fear haunts you, expect more. The gloves come off and the bells ring. Your escapades through the dark nights of your soul find you at last on the shores of the freedom and opportunities of Sagittarius. The revelations gleaming from your experiences of having gone astray wash over you like warm ecstasy and exotic nectar. Quiet your mind and swim in the clear vast lagoons of tranquility. There will be battles still, but your valor has bestowed an honor upon you that you’ve never known.

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Saturn in the First Quadrant

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Saturn in His Chariot, Artist Unknown

Saturn in the First House: We think we are in charge and can discipline everyone. And we might be. Saturn is the leader. Saturn is the mentor. Saturn is the authority. We also may be afraid of taking the stand we feel we want to take. The first house is the beginning of new cycles in this life, what we need to learn for the first time in a long time. It is what we have come here charged to do. It is the combustible energy of two atoms colliding. The fire that drives us forward and gives us strength to stand up for what we believe is right and to fight against what we believe is wrong. This is the signature of the determination of Will. These are the leaders of movements that shake the world. Mentors that people look up to in awe because of their raw energy and grounded determination. But sometimes their determination and hardheaded convictions can go too far and bring violent ruptures or trauma. These people are often those who died by the sword in a past life. Their zealous leadership may end them up in jail for standing up for a cause. Guilt arises here out of recognition of one’s aggressive nature and hot temper, perhaps having been the bully. It can also be the signature of those not ready to stand up and take charge, doubting their inner drive. Take a stand! Lay down your doubt and know you have the charisma and inner fire to be bold and lead others. And if you’re overzealous and act before thinking, keep calm, chill out, and be productive through positivity. Temper your temper!

Saturn in the Second House: Here we have a robust capacity to manage our resources with discipline. However, we may instead mismanage those resources and be paying the price. One typically is well aware of when to spend and when not to spend, but as Saturn is both the rule maker and rule breaker, discipline can either be inherent or lacking. Discipline requires work, and sometimes we brush aside the work that needs done only to wait for a transit that teaches us that lesson the hard way. With these two earth energies (Taurus/Capricorn), there is a rigidity that seeks to encapsulate stability through repetition and lack of change so that nothing can go wrong. So, if things are managed properly they won’t go wrong, but mismanagement can bring financial setbacks, loss of personal belongings, or blows to their self-esteem. There can be an element of greed that will come back to bite them if left unchecked. They also may need time and lessons in life to teach them to believe in themselves. Self-doubt can run deep here. But if they’ve harnessed their inner authority, this can be the ultimate money manager, the financial guru, especially with their own money. They are, at their finest, masters of resource protection. It is also possible for these people to cross boundaries sexually or have boundaries crossed sexually towards them. They may have been the victim of sexual abuse by an elder male as a child, or the perpetrator of such abuse as an adult. Respect and honor the morals and ethics of Truth. Align your dignity with a disciplined approach to taking good care of yourself and your resources and your journey will be bountiful.

Saturn in the Third House: Play! Stop! Play! Stop! Play! Stop! Never quite sure if it’s okay to be the life of the party, these people can hold back from having fun because it makes them feel guilty. “There’s work to be done! Why are you wasting your time playing!” Yet despite this caveat, they are solid learners who structure their lives around a disciplined approach to gathering knowledge and learning about life. But they can doubt their own knowledge and education, thinking they don’t have the authority and understanding they need to succeed in life. They may have a gruff voice and seem stern and strict. They’re making sure you don’t forget about the work that needs to be done. It may be they spoke up in a past life and it didn’t go so well. It may be they crossed a boundary or two in this life by speaking up, too. Methodical in their phrasing of sentences, perhaps renowned for their writing or public speaking abilities, these folks can be masters of the word, both spoken and written. It may be hard, however, for them to believe they’re as good as they truly are at it. For Saturn can make it hard for us to take ourselves seriously where it is placed. Additionally, their reputation can be two-fold: at once brilliant and a liar. Crossing boundaries to see how far one can go, as Saturn is wont to do, can lead one down the road of talking a big talk, saying untrue or mean things. They need to bite their tongue and temper their talking. In its finest essence, these are the responsible studiers of eclectic knowledge. The A-students. The law writers. The editors. The master linguists!

 

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Open Studio

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Friendly Reminder!

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 1st, from 10am-2pm Student Teacher Angelina will be at Redefining Yoga in Windham, Maine. Come in and check out the studio, make a new friend, share your journey, meditate, do some yoga, or just come see what the studio looks like. Stay as long or as little as you’d like. It’s up to you!

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