Hello lovely ones and happy Tuesday!
Can you feel the Full Moon feels? I hear ya. I can too...
I hope you had a chance to listen to my Full Moon Members only podcast and the Full Moon blog which will hopefully help you navigate the next few days a little better.
Onwards to today and Mars officially starting his retrograde which will continue until August 28th (two months) and sees the cosmic manifestor retrograding through Aquarius (retrograde starts at 9 degrees Aquarius) and then into Capricorn (retrograde ends at 28 degrees of Capricorn).
Now remember that a retrograde is actually not a planet turning around and going backwards, however it can have a visceral impact upon us earthlings as it makes us feel (from our viewpoint on Earth) as thought the planet is sashaying backwards through the zodiac and simultaneously repressing certain areas of life.
With Mars retrograde we can find ourselves less effective in the areas of life governed by the planet.
So, for example, we may find that things we are trying to manifest (Mars is about manifesting, he is known as the cosmic manifestor), or projects we are trying to get off the ground, or leadership we are trying to gain or assert, can feel almost thwarted.
It isn't all doom and gloom and doesn't mean everything is going to go to poop but it does mean that we will all be forced to slow down a little over the summer, which I think is a good thing.
If you follow me on Instagram I am sure you would have seen me post about how I am planning on taking it easy this summer and it was for this very reason.
I pushed a couple of project launches to the Fall and decided to take some time out to myself.
I will still be working away but more quietly/less visibly and I will be spending a lot of time RElaxing and REdoing - perfect for Mars retrograde!
Rather than rushing ahead with plans and asserting ourselves, each of us are asked to go inwards and to REflect more - to reassess our plans, the projects we have and the goals we are trying to manifest, and indeed how we go about getting what we want from life.
All of the themes governed by Mars will come up for review too - our energy, mojo, leadership, competitiveness, anger, sex, impulsiveness and courage.
It's a good time to be reflective and to review, reconsider and where necessary, reset your modus operandi (aka way of being) in these areas of life and then where appropriate to reset goals.
The Soulstrology theme for this Mars retrograde is that a delay is not a denial.
Any areas of life which we may (and I say may on purpose because life may well go dandy and smoothly for you regardless of this retro!) experience delays or disappointments in over this Mars retrograde are not areas of life in which we are being punished, or will never achieve, or manifest in.
Rather, these are areas of life in which the cosmos is saying - slow down, stop, go inwards and check yourself.
It will serve each of us so well to do this work.
During the first half of this retrograde Mars is extremely close to the South Node indicating that for some old karmic baggage from a past lifetime may need to be dealt with during this last week of June, the Capricorn Full Moon and for the eclipse season of July.
It may be a little rocky, uncomfortable and even painful, but remember when we face any darkness in our lives, it immediately has less of a hold over us.
And by facing darkness we immediately shine a light on it and that light can transform darkness into goodness in our lives...
There is a lot going on in the cosmos which is having a very visceral affect on all of us.
I ask you all to hold tight this week. To be kind to yourselves and to those in your life. To hibernate, lay low and look after yourselves.
Even if it is not directly impacting you, it may be impacting others in your life.
We will all benefit from pausing this week, from going slow, from taking it easy and not trying to fight against the flow of life but rather to flow with it.
I set out below the areas ruled by Aquarius for each sign (read for your Sun and Rising sign if you know it) so you can see which life areas may be impacted for you.
If you can, check exactly where you have 28 degrees of Capricorn to 9 degrees of Aquarius as this will tell you exactly where the retrograde is impacting you.
But don't obsess or fret over any of it.
It will be what it will be and it won't be 'bad' it may just be a little challenging.... but hey each challenge is a cosmic test which when we 'pass' we get rewarded for, so in many ways, let's embrace the challenge with cosmic consciousness.
Our job this week is to navigate these choppy waters (Cancer season feels) which provide the setting for all these cosmic events (mass retros and a full on Full Moon!) and to ride the waves to calmer shores.
I will be back with more soon.
Until then, sending love.
MARS RETROGRADE IN AQUARIUS SOULSTROLOGY ZODIAC GUIDE
Aries: Friendships, groups and organizations. Your soul tribe. Your hopes, wishes and dreams for the future.
Taurus: Career, success, status and ambition. Your soul's legacy.
Gemini: Higher education, spirituality, foreign places or people, travel, legal matters, publishing
Cancer: Joint finances, sex, transformation and merging
Leo: Close partnerships of all kinds, platonic, professional and romantic
Virgo: Daily lifestyle and routine. Health - mind/body/soul.
Libra: Love, dating, romance, fun, self-expression, creativity, children
Scorpio: Home, domestic life. Who and what you consider home/family.
Sagittarius: Your mind and communication, your voice in all formats and associated projects. Siblings, neighbors and your local community
Capricorn: Your personal finances and income, possessions, your values and self-esteem
Aquarius: Your identity, appearance and how others view you
Pisces: Healing, psychological matters, work you do behind the scenes/in private, secret projects