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Mars Direct – Take action as Mars begins moving forward

Mars Direct

Take action as Mars begins moving forward

Tarotcom StaffTarotcom Staff on the topics of mars, astrology

Action planet Mars is all about moving forward. However, Mars has been stuck in retrograde reverse since March 1, 2014. Finally, Mars will move direct again on May 19, and with Mars pushing forward in the balanced sign of Libra, not only will we feel an increase in energy and motivation, but people in general will be more friendly and thoughtful of others.

If you’ve still felt a bit stuck when trying to make headway in work, love or life in general the past few months, it’s time to celebrate. Mars rules our general approach to life, so in retrograde it forces us to re-examine the ways we do things — from work habits to our tendencies in love and relationships. But that period of uncertainty is about to end.

Mars Retrograde is a confusing time, because the intense influence of Mars can make us see clearly where we can make improvements that will pack the biggest punch. But at the same time, Mars’ move in the “wrong” direction makes it all but impossible to focus that motivation and turn it into action.

No more! When Mars turns direct, we’ll suddenly see ways to overcome roadblocks to success. If you haven’t been able to get a project off the ground, or to clearly express yourself to a partner or friend, the warrior planet will suddenly show you how — and push you ahead.

 

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Mars Retrograde: The Cosmic Chill Pill

Mars Retrograde: The Cosmic Chill Pill

The benefits of slowing down

Maria DeSimone Maria DeSimone on the topics of mars retrograde, mars, blogs, astrology
It’s that time again folks. Once every two years Mars, the planet that rules our motivation and ambition, turns retrograde for about a 2 1/2-month stretch. On March 1, 2014, Mars began this retrograde phase in partnership-oriented Libra, and will remain backpedaling until May 19. You’ve undoubtedly read all of the warnings about Mars Retrograde by now, and they are indeed accurate. Since Mars is the planet of initiation, you must have a strong and direct Mars if you ever want your endeavor to succeed. This is why astrologers advise against starting vital projects during this phase.

The “oomph” factor is missing or lessened somehow when Mars is retrograde. Often, we feel a sense of frustration during Mars Retrograde because we want to press forward in a certain area of our lives but feel as if our efforts to progress are futile. The universe demands that we fortify what’s happening in that area already rather than break new ground.  As long as you remember that simple rule you’ll be fine. Mars Retrograde won’t be your downfall.

When Mars is your ruler

If you’re ruled by Mars however, either by having the Sun or Ascendant in Aries or Scorpio, then you belong to the VIP Mars club. Mars, as our ruling planet, has a special emphasis in our lives. When this planet moves direct we’re enlivened and embroiled. We’re full of vim and vigor. When retrograde however, we are forced into a cosmic time out. The universe doesn’t ask, but rather orders us to take a chill pill.

I, for one, am relieved.

That’s right, I said it. When Mars turns retrograde I know that for at least a few weeks I’ll have time to fully inhale and exhale. You see, being ruled by Mars and having Mars heavily aspected in my chart (the apex of a T-square with it square Venus, conjunct Saturn, square Pluto as well as trine Jupiter) you can say that I am a high strung, an on-the-go person. I live this high octane existence and rarely give myself any down time. So when Mars turns retrograde every couple of years I might experience a bout of frustration if I’m trying to get something off the ground, but even so, I tend to be secretly thankful. Why? Because at the very least, I can count on a BREAK!

As soon as Mars enters his cave for hibernation I feel the endless anxiety begin to lift. I realize that I’ve got time to relax. There’s an almost unhurried vibration in my energy field that is foreign to me most of the time. But it allows my “fight or flight” tendency to diminish just enough to stop, sit down and smell the roses.

Mars Retrograde in Libra

During this particular retrograde in Libra, Mars Retrograde urges us to revise our current strategy of how we use our energy to pursue and cultivate close partnerships. It’ll help us to stop pushing so hard and learn to let our relationships proceed organically for once, the way they’re meant to. As a result, this retrograde, in particular, is giving me a reprieve from any of the usual partnership anxieties. Trying to make a relationship into what it isn’t, pushing for a certain collaboration when someone isn’t ready … all of these partnership themes now have a giant “pause” button on them.

And I’m grateful. For the next couple of months, I get to simply BE in my relationships rather than try to direct them. So do you. What a refreshing change of pace! And an opportunity to learn how to truly relate.

As you can see, Mars Retrograde doesn’t have to be an endless cycle of frustration. It can actually be an invitation to reduce a great deal of your everyday anxiety and frustration. So go ahead and swallow the cosmic chill pill will ya? Don’t fight it. Open wide and just say “Ahhhh.” There. That wasn’t so bad now, was it?

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Your Ancient Symbol Card for Mar. 2nd is Justice

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

Justice

Justice represents the expression of fairness without bias. Simply put, Justice embodies the notion that what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong. Justice denotes the need to remedy situations lacking equality for all. Depending on the circumstances, Justice may be asking us to curb our partiality, or conversely, Justice may indicate a time for you to demand fair treatment.

As a daily card, Justice suggest that we are part of a situation that is out of balance. If you have shown unwarranted bias towards others now is the time to make amends. On the other hand, if you have been the victim of bias, now is the time for you to demand fairer treatment.

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Celebrating Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Equirria

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February 27th

Equirria

The Equirria was an ancient Roman festival of horse-racing held in honor of the God Mars. It was said to have been established by Romulus and held in the Campus Martius on Caelian Hill. There was a similar festival held on March 14 called the Mamuralia.

Mars was originally a God of agriculture and guardian of fields and boundaries, known as Mamers, Maris, or Marmar. He became identified with the Greek God Ares and so assumed the major role of war God. He was regarded as the son of Juno, and the month of March was named after him. He had a succession of festivals in February, March, and October.

Magickal Activity for Equirria

The First Pentacle of Mars

The First Pentacle of Mars is used to invoke the powers of Mars for gaining courage, enthusiasm, ambition, and all physical accomplishments.

You will need:

A square of red card stock
1 Red red votive candle in a glass holder
A small red cloth bag
 

Inscribe the First Pentacle of Mars on the red square of card stock. Light the red votive candle, and place it on top of the pentacle as you chant:

“Almighty warrior and God of power,
Fill me with courage from this hour.”
 

Allow the candle to burn completely out. Place the pentacle in the red bag and carry for courage

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The Witches Correspondences for Tuesday, February 18th

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The Witches Correspondences for Tuesday, February 18th

Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness
Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Mars rules Tuesday. The energies of this day best harmonize with efforts of masculine vibration, such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. Use them, too, for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures

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Tuesday Is Ruled By Mars

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Tuesday Is Ruled By Mars

Archangel: Samael

Candle colour: Red

Incenses: Dragon’s blood or cinnamon

Crystals: Jasper or garnet

Use Tuesdays for spells for courage, change, independence in home or business life, for overcoming seemingly impossible odds and for passion.

Where possible, work near a fire or a bonfire or with a huge red beeswax candle as a focus; alternatively work next to a flowerbed or large vase of red, orange and/or yellow flowers.

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The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, February 18th

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The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, February 18th

Tuesday (Mars): Passion, sex, courage, aggression and protection.

Saint Bernadette’s Second Vision

Waning Moon

The Waning Moon is a time for study, meditation and little magickal work (except magick designed to banish harmful energies).

Moon Phase: Third Quarter

Moon Sign: Libra

Libra: Favors cooperation, social activities, beautification of surroundings, balance and partnership.

Sun enters Pisces 12:59 pm

Pisces: The focus is on dreaming, nostalgia, intuition, and psychic impressions. A good time for spiritual or philanthropic activities.

Incense: Cedar

Color: Scarlet

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Your Ancient Symbol Card for Feb. 17th is Mars

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

Mars

Mars represents those qualities we commonly associate with the male/yang persona. Mars traits include raw energy, ambition, aggression, confidence, passion, and a sense of adventure. The occurrence of Mars denotes the dominating presence or need of the qualities listed above. Martian influence may have a negative impact unless it is balanced with an influence that can blunt the brashness and impulsiveness of Mars.

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