In this and coming weeks, the days grow increasingly long, and while you may think this is related to the position of the Sun as we approach the Vernal Equinox or the beginning of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 14, the "long" I'm referring to isn't about extra sunlight. I'm talking about Mars, and its preparation to go Direct on March 10. Retrograde since December 20, Mars is finally getting ready to move forward. And while its forward motion will be a relief, as Mars moves from behind to ahead, we move into the slow-down that precedes the speed-up, a transitional phase that is sure to be more than slightly discombobulating. On one hand, there is so much excitement about advancement you can almost taste the restoration of a "normal" rhythm. Mars is one of the planets that drive the mechanics of daily life and when it's retrograde, all the plans and projects of daily life seem to take much longer to shift from first into second or third gear. On the other hand, pure forward motion is thwarted until at least ten days after Mars goes Direct, which means lots of us may find it difficult to strike an appropriate balance between hurry up and wait. In times of transition, it's always advisable to take no unnecessary action. The problem for the next couple of weeks, though, is figuring out what's necessary and what isn't.
Mars is retrograde in Leo, a fiery Sign known for its generosity, but also for its dramatic flare. Mars is the principle of will-power and symbolizes self-assertion, from anger to aggression to ambition to self-actualization. A forward moving Mars, in Leo, signals self-assurance, as well as passionate creativity. A "backward" moving Mars, in Leo, could provide enough anti-matter to turn generosity into resentment and self-confidence into self-centeredness. As Mars begins its turn-around, lots of people may find it difficult to contain their frustration with certain events or circumstances, a condition that easily translates into temper tantrums about anything and everything. I'm not suggesting denial as an antidote, but it might be a good idea to wear a thicker skin or any other protective shield that will prevent you from getting sucked into interactions that are intended solely to blow off steam. The release may feel good in the moment, but the outcome could have lasting consequences. Make the effort to stay present and conscious, even if that means avoiding instant gratification.
Fortunately, a Sun/Jupiter conjunction, in Pisces, provides the perfect remedy for Martian angst and volatility. It continues to support vibrant creative inspiration, as well as generally and genuinely optimistic attitudes. Apply this remedy liberally to any situation in need of compassionate understanding, and your kindness will help others to handle the intensity with a happy heart.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon sign, read that, too.
ARIES Mars is urging you to contemplate creative self-expression, but not necessarily a specific craft. Realize life as the greatest art of all and then think about how you want to color your world.
TAURUS Focus on what you need to feel safe and you'll find the courage to face whatever challenges your security. Yes, this is a test, and if you're determined to take life one day at a time, you'll pass with ease.
GEMINI First, listen carefully — much of what's being said is important. Then, respond — and make sure you stay on point. If you are clear and direct, your ideas will be well-received.
CANCER You're right — Mars Retrograde has been all about money, and it still is. Pay attention to your finances by staying present for how and why you spend. Continue to bring awareness to your finances, and you'll emerge victorious.
LEO Even if you howl at the Moon, you won't be mistaken for the Wolfman. Everyone shares your frustration. Hmmm ... maybe you could turn it into a howling contest to see who laughs first.
VIRGO Mars Retrograde certainly has the potential to devolve into a good, long brood — and frankly, I'm tired just thinking about how tired you must be from thinking through the mind games. Give it a rest, and lead with your heart.
LIBRA It's a team endeavor, but it hasn't been that easy assembling a team that's willing to work together. So rather than force the situation, model the ideal. Work well with others and they will work well with you.
SCORPIO While you are thoroughly determined to win, I wouldn't classify your determination as completely unbridled ambition. Not yet. When Mars moves forward, you will, too. So continue to be patient.
SAGITTARIUS Even when you scratch it, wanderlust isn't an itch that goes away. It persists through the desire to experience new places and ideas. Give yourself permission to travel, inside or out, and you'll neutralize your frustration.
CAPRICORN You're in transition, and like all shifts from one state of awareness to another, the process is uncomfortable. The best way through is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Eventually, you will come to rest.
AQUARIUS The focus is on relationships, which means that some of your interactions are certain to be volatile. Remember the old adage "do unto others ..." and you'll do just fine.
PISCES You're right: It is too much work. But somehow you're managing to get it done. This phase will eventually end; until then, you can count on an increased workload.