Mars, the warrior moves direct on the 20th December. Mars is one of those planets that many people do not really know how to handle. This feisty, fiery warrior is often associated with war, anger, destruction, the ego, aggression and desire (or our animal instincts).
Of course, these are all traits which we can see in Mars, but it is important to see beyond the stereotype towards the Universal Warrior that Mars actually is. Mars stands up and defends those in need; he is the force of self-preservation and the freedom of Spirit.
Mars is not afraid to stand up for what he believes, and he stands proudly in his power and his Truth. Yes, Mars is connected to the expression of anger, but to the positive expression of anger – assertiveness, personal empowerment and the ability to say ‘No!. This can be particularly challenging for many of us, in particular women, due to the stereotypical notion that women should not show their strength in this way (although this is slowly fading, it does still exist).
Mars is not about randomly wielding that sword in anger, or throwing our power around without thought though, and this is where the confusion lies for a great many people. Mars is strong, powerful and a force to be reckoned with; and yes, he can be fearsome and destructive. But when used in a positive way, he can be incredibly creative, helping us to express ourselves and our individuality.
Mars gives us the ability to know what we want and to give us the strength and courage to do what is necessary to get it – it comes down to personal and moral choice as to whether we use honest or underhand means…but of course we should always bear in mind that karma judges all of our choices…
Whatever we desire from life, Mars ensures that we stand some chance of getting it. He is the fire in our bellies when dreams emerge; he is the creative force that allows us to move outside of the box and to take a chance.
Mars is currently in the fire sign of Leo, and fire represents creative power – the power of the imagination. Fire is the desire for life, and through our imagination, takes us to a world full of possibilities and potential.
Leo adds such extra rocket fuel to Mars’ fire now, and the effect of this red planet moving retrograde will allow each of us over the coming weeks to move within and to re-connect to the power that resides there.
In addition, this is a time for introspection and for re-evaluating our directions or paths in life. It is important to be clear about the path ahead, for when Mars moves direct in March, we can expect to be propelled forwards like a jet-propelled rocket. So we had each better be clear about where we are heading (and why), to avoid running around like headless chickens in a panic.
Now is the time to think about how we stand in our power and Truth, and how much of our power we give away to others (freely or otherwise). Balance is the key – remember we should always keep at least some for ourselves. This is not about being selfish, but without self-preservation we are unable to help anyone.
Mars wants us to explore our true identities and to free the power within. This surfaces in several ways: through the positive express of healthy and justifiable anger to release pain and anguish, and secondly to believe in ourselves and our gifts, and to have the courage of our convictions and reach for our dreams…