Motive, motivate, motion, action, activate… what planet am I talking about? The one and only Mars of course, the red planet, associated alchemically with the metal iron.
What I would like to talk about in this post is the importance of EXAMINING YOUR MOTIVATIONS. Energy (Mars) is on it’s way the minute you become motivated to do something. The problem is that so many motivations are unconscious, and the energy is still on it’s way, but it might not be so welcomed.
What happens when you get scared? Blood is sent to the major muscle groups to enable you to fight or flee. During sexual arousal the blood is sent to a persons genitals to enable what Al Green sings about.
The point is, a motivation is like a pole being set up, seeking it’s appropriate energy. The energy arrives because it was invited.
Legend has it that magnets were discovered around 600 BC by a Greek shepherd named Magnes who noticed that the nails and buckles on his sandals as well as the tip of his staff were attracted to the rock he was standing on. He dug up the earth and discovered lodestones.
Compasses were invented in the 1100s when it was realized that a freely suspended lodestone always oriented itself in the same direction.
The word lodestone comes from the Middle English meaning of “leading stone” as the word lode meant “course, way or journey”. Lodestone is a naturally magnetized form of magnetite, a type of iron ore.
By examining the history and mystery of iron we can better understand how Mars is working within us. It has the ability to become magnetized (aka Venus-ized), like the lodestone, from then on always orienting to the same direction. In this way our energy has the ability to become ATTRACTED (magnetized) to what it wants and from then on pointing us in that direction.
Once the course is set, or the lodestone is pointed, the ENERGY arrives to get us there. This is displayed in the way iron (energy) eagerly arrives at the magnet (the lodestone, aka the course).
So check in with those motivations everyone! Give your Mars a tune up to better enjoy the energy that is arriving to you. The Rocky steps await.
The word “integrity” sure has a good vibe to it doesn’t it? If someone were to compliment you on your integrity would you not feel fantastic? It feels to me that it’s one of the best things to compliment a person on.
When I think of a famous archetype of a person with a lot of integrity my mind migrates towards Cary Grant, or at least his screen persona. His feathers just refuse to be ruffled and his moral standing seems very difficult to become compromised.
His characters embody that of charm and effortless problem solving. Being socially graceful is of utmost importance, even when it would seem out of the ordinary. In this way he comes across as more alive then the other characters, more awake.
Venus is very apparent here. Calm cool and collected. Let’s examine the word “integrity”. It comes from the notion of integration which is another very Venusian concept. Increasing the strength of something by bringing things together.
There is a longing for us all to find order in ourselves. Chaos happens when our energies are attuned to disintegrating qualities such as jealousy, anger, hatred etc. The solution is assuredly not to suppress these natural forces within us but to gently get back towards SOME kind of natural and integrative mode of conduct.
Instead of letting these disintegrating emotions and thoughts become deconstructive to us we must gently put ourselves back in line with CONSTRUCTIVE tendencies. Con-(with) structure (structure) puts order back in our lives, and order is naturally in tune with INTEGRATIVE energies.
Back to Cary Grant for a moment. Social grace, integrity, personal order, how might these look symbolically in a natal chart?
Without knowing a thing about astrology one can see the clump of planets at the bottom of the chart. What is the feeling that conveys? Perhaps the feeling of anchoring?
These planets are in the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius which are both affiliated with Saturn. Saturn itself is at the very bottom of the chart. What planet in astrology best signifies ORDER?
Now keep in mind, Aquarius, although co-ruled by Saturn welcomes in the bizarre. Could this be saying that order in the natural world IS bizarre yet still orderly?
And what about that social grace? The wit, the charm? In other words, what is happening with Venus? Well, it is in the sign of Sagittarius which embraces larger than life essences and enthusiasm. It is squared by Jupiter which only EXPANDS it further and is opposite Pluto which serves to EMPOWER it. OF course this is if he is working well with his own energies, and he sure seems to do that.
The virtues Cary Grant embodies on screen speak so loud to people because they are resonant with natural laws. Social harmony and order are birds of the same feather.
Personal order can be cultivated by practicing and making room for these things within ourselves. By doing so we unite with nature and our fellow humans.
Was Archie Leach this schooled in the craft? Archie Leach was Cary Grant’s birth name. In a bizarre (Aquarius!) moment in the film “His Girl Friday” Grant says this. Talk about embodying his new persona! Watch it- it’s only 7 seconds.
That’s pretty wild right? He isn’t who he was, he’s who he is becoming.
On a final note I want to celebrate the fact that we can all learn to tap into our inner Cary Grant in times of trouble and chaos. With a little cool-headed grace can come a little more order and vice versa. Constructive choices bring put us in better reception to INTEGRATING energies which keep us more settled in nature’s natural order. Letting deconstructive choices block integration, working more to dis-integrate ourselves. It is always possible to balance it a bit more in the natural direction.